UP FRONT – Regional Round Up – July

Posted on Jul 1, 2012 :: Up Front
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Brown, Calumet, Outagamie, Winnebago, Fond du Lac Counties

U.S. Venture expands operations in the Midwest

U.S. Venture has acquired Trueblood Oil Co’s. branded wholesale fuel supply business serving the C-store and gas station industry. Trueblood Oil, founded in 1957, mainly operates out of Indiana, giving U.S. Venture a significant distribution position in Indiana, expanding the company’s reach in the Midwest.

“This is a great opportunity as it helps U.S. Venture accelerate our current expansion into the Indiana, Ohio and Michigan markets,” says Steve Quinette, vice president of branded sales for U.S. Venture. “Another positive aspect is that we gain access to the Sunoco fuel brand, which opens up new potential for U.S. Venture.”

Trueblood’s owner Bill Thomas expressed his enthusiasm with U.S. Venture taking over ownership of the supply. “This is a great market and I couldn’t be happier that a company with a reputation such as U.S. Venture’s is taking ownership,” Thomas says. “U.S. Venture brings new tools, services and programs that will help build on the success of the company and provide superior site support for the individual C-store owners. The sale is truly a positive for all involved, especially for our customers.”

Headquartered in Appleton Wisconsin, U.S. Venture Inc. is a leading energy and transportation products distributor and marketer.

SCA Named 2012 Company of the Year

SCA, a global hygiene and paper company with local operations in Neenah and Menasha, was recognized by the Fox Valley Chapter of the Association for Operations Management (APICS) with the organization’s 2012 Company of the Year award. The company also was presented with a Sustainable Company award.

APICS is a not-for-profit international organization dedicated to providing quality learning and networking opportunities, focusing on the management of resources in the manufacturing and service industries.

As part of the Company of the Year award, 10 trees will be planted in SCA’s name by the Arbor Day Foundation in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in Redding, Calif.

The sustainability award is given by APICS to companies that have shown a commitment to the triple bottom line in social, environmental and economic initiatives.

“At SCA, a global hygiene and paper company, sustainability is more than a buzz word. It’s a way of life,” says APICS Fox Valley Chapter President Phil Kosik. “Their heritage runs deep here in the Fox Valley with their Service Excellence Center and two tissue manufacturing sites in Neenah and Menasha. Over the years, they have become a local sustainability leader and worked hard to engage others in environmental responsibility.”

Bayland to build FedEx center in Ashwaubenon

Bayland Buildings, Inc. will be the design-build general contractor for the new FedEx Ground Distribution Center in Ashwaubenon.

The new 100,000-square-foot facility includes 95,000 square feet for distribution and 5,000 square feet for administrative offices. Construction on the project will begin in early July and is scheduled to be completed in June 2013, according to Bayland Buildings.

The new distribution center will be at 3383 Spirit Way in Ashwaubenon and will replace the current 62,000-square-foot center on Green Bay’s east side. FedEx Ground will be leasing the new building from Packers FXG, LLC.

This is the fourth project Bayland has been awarded for FedEx Ground. Currently it is working on a 10,000-square-foot addition to the Oshkosh center.

Additionally, Bayland recently started work at the future site of Anna’s Healthcare, Inc., a community-based residential facility (CBRF) on 18th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay.

The facility will neighbor The Lodge at Leathem Smith. The new 58,336-square-foot CBRF facility includes 62 resident suites with 67 total beds, adult day care, physical therapy, a chapel and other amenities. Construction on the $5 million project will be completed in November.

Anna’s Healthcare operates one other 60-bed CBRF facility in New Franken, and both facilities are owned by Tama and Tim Begley. Anna’s Healthcare, Inc. expects to add 45 to 50 new health care jobs in the Sturgeon Bay area and will create more than 125 construction jobs. “We are excited to help fill a need in the community for quality, compassionate care in a home-like setting for seniors,” says Tama Begley. “The positive response from the community has been overwhelming.”

Bayland Buildings also will be the general contractor for Hatco Corporation’s addition of a new health and wellness clinic to its Sturgeon Bay manufacturing facility. Hatco manufactures equipment for the food service industry.

The 2,000-square-foot center will provide a wide range of wellness services to Hatco employees and their dependents, including preventative health screenings, adult immunizations, acute medical care, prescription services and chronic disease treatment. The clinic will include two exam rooms and a physical therapy room. The project is scheduled to be completed in July. Bayland Buildings is a design-build general contractor and construction management firm based in Green Bay. The company was founded in 1991 and has more than 125 employees and revenue over $60 million.

Oneida Nation market to feature natural foods

The Oneida Nation, along with Oneida Total Integrated Enterprise (OTIE) and SMET Construction, broke ground for a new Oneida Market and Oneida One Stop in May. The store will be at the corner of Packerland Drive and Larsen Road in Green Bay.

The 5,300-square-foot store will feature the Oneida Market, which will sell naturally grown products from the Oneida Nation Farm and Tsyunhehkwa, an agricultural community and culturally-based program.

Products will include eggs, Oneida white corn and other canned items. Bison meat, black angus beef and Oneida Orchard apples also will be featured in the market.

This is the tribe’s sixth One Stop location and will be completed next spring. The project will add 10 to 15 full-time positions at the store and also will add construction positions.

In addition, the Oneida One Stop – WestWind is undergoing a major renovation that will include a total overhaul of the interior of the building with new gas tanks, gas pumps and canopy. The tribe is also constructing a new assisted living/nursing home just west of the Austin Straubel Airport. This project is slated for fall completion and will have more than 79,000 square feet.

Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan Counties

Cherryland Airport renovation completed

The Door County Cherryland Airport recently completed a renovation and construction project to its airport terminal building. The renovation includes a remodeled lobby area with fireplace and FBO offices. Design of the 2,588-square-foot addition includes additional office space, new restrooms and meeting rooms. OMNNI Associates’ architects of Appleton provided design for building renovations to meet current ADA standards and to update the interior finishes.

Wood Orchard named Industry of the Year

Wood Orchard LLC is the winner of the 2011 Door County Industry of the Year Award, said the Door County Economic Development Corporation. The annual award recognizes a local construction, service or manufacturing business that has made a substantial impact on the community and enjoyed significant accomplishments during the past year.

Wood Orchard is a family-owned fruit farm established in 1955 by Jim and Barbara Wood. Jim’s son, Steve, and grandson, Jeff, now work together to grow about 200 acres of strawberries, raspberries, cherries and apples on the Door Peninsula.

Steve’s wife, Janice, manages Wood Orchard Market just north of the village of Egg Harbor. Wood Orchard Market sells much of what is grown in its own orchards, along with gift items, a large variety of specialty foods and products from its in-house bakery. Orchard estimates it has about 10,000 trees, producing enough apples to supply its retail markets and wholesale partners.

Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake Counties

Kraft Foods closing Waupaca plant

Kraft Foods Group, Inc. said it would close its Waupaca manufacturing facility in the second quarter of 2013.

The plant’s 120 employees were informed of the company’s plans in mid-June. Jim Durkin, vice president of operations for Kraft’s cheese and dairy business unit, said that the company would combine Waupaca’s volume with its Wausau plant and external manufacturers.

The 84,000-square-foot plant makes specialty spreads and cheeses.

The company will sell the Waupaca property once production ends.

Florence, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto Counties

Local group buys Peshtigo manufacturing facility

JRDM, LLC of De Pere recently purchased a 130,000-square-foot manufacturing facility along with 10 acres of land on Maple Street in Peshtigo from PATS Aircraft LLC, Delaware. The building is occupied by Goodrich Company, Cabin Seating Division, which makes seating for private aircraft.

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