Regional Roundup January

Posted on Jan 1, 2010 :: Up Front
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Here’s a roundup of economic development news from throughout Northeast Wisconsin. For links to economic development groups in the New North, visit

THE NEW NORTH: News affecting all 18 counties in the New North region

Business plan contest entries due Jan. 11
The deadline for the Northeast Wisconsin Business Plan Competition is noon on Jan. 11. Winners will share $25,000 in prize money, with a $10,000 first place. The winner will be announced in March. For more information, contact Cathy Huybers at (920) 720-5600 ext. 306.

13 New North firms nominated for MOTY awards

Thirteen businesses nominated for the 22nd Annual Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year (MOTY) Awards are based in the New North. The nominees are Kaytee Products, Natural Stone Veneers International, Sanimax Industries, WS Packaging Group, Fox Valley Spring, The Manitowoc Co. Cranes Division, Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry Company, Mayville Engineering, Veolia ES, Oshkosh Corp., Sargento Foods,  Genex Cooperative and American Orthodontics Corporation. Winners will be announced at an awards dinner Feb. 25 in Milwaukee.

HIGHWAY 41 CORRIDOR: Brown, Calumet, Outagamie, Winnebago, Fond du Lac Counties

Community Foundation aids 31 organizations
Thirty-one charitable organizations in the greater Fox Valley hurt by the poor economy received $650,000 in bridge grants from the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region. The committee recommended grants of more than $25,000 to six applicants. The largest grants, $43,000 each, went to The Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities and Valley Packaging Industries. A full list of grant recipients can be found at

UWGB campaign raises more than $30 million
The Campaign for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay raised more than $30 million, exceeding its goal of $25 million.  The $30 million Campaign for UW-Green Bay netted approximately $19 million for academic purposes and $11 million to support construction of a new student events center.

IRBs and tax credits spur MCL Industries expansion
MCL Industries of Pulaski will create 48 jobs as a result of a $2 million expansion partially funded by a $1,650,000 Industrial Revenue Bond and an $86,000 allocation of Economic Development tax credits from the state Department of Commerce.MCL is constructing a 27,000 square-foot addition and adding machinery and working capital to expand its manufacturing capacity. The company currently employs 145 workers at its 70,000-square-foot facility in Pulaski.

THE LAKESHORE: Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan Counties

Lakeside Foods opens ‘green’ dorm for migrant workers
Lakeside Foods has opened a new 6,840-square-foot migrant labor dormitory facility at its Belgium Plant and Distribution Center. A.C.E. Building Service of Manitowoc built the facility using a waste recycling system under which the majority of construction material was re-used in the building project. The project is designed to provide housing for 12 migrant workers and their families.

THE NORTHWOODS: Florence, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto Counties

Tire recycler operating at former NewPage Mill
American Tire & Recycling Corp. has begun operations at the closed Niagara Paper Mill. NewPage Corp., owner of the closed mill, sold 47 acres of property for $1 to the city of Niagara, which is leasing the space to American Tire & Recycling. The firm will begin with 12 employees and could hire as many as 60 as production increases. The company received $200,000 from Marinette County’s revolving loan fund to help start the recycling operation in Niagara and will pay $44,280 per year to Marinette County Industrial Development Corp. for repayment of the loan.

WEST CENTRAL: Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake Counties

Owens closes Shawano plants
Owens Inc., a door and flooring manufacturer, has closed its two plants in Shawano, putting 163 people out of work. Owens officials say they had to close the facilities because they did not have the $250,000 to operate for the next two months and could not secure necessary financing. The plants will be sold at an auction in February.