UP FRONT – Regional Round Up – June 2013

Posted on Jun 1, 2013 :: Up Front
Sean P. Johnson
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

» Highway 41 Corridor

Brown, Calumet, Outagamie, Winnebago, Fond du Lac Counties

Oshkosh Defense delivers record vehicle to military

Oshkosh Defense this spring delivered the 15,000th truck from its Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) line to the U.S. Army and National Guard.

Since being awarded the FMTV contract in 2010, Oshkosh has delivered more than 21,000 FMTV trucks and trailers.

The U.S. Army and National Guard rely on these vehicles for both domestic and overseas operations such as disaster relief efforts or combat resupply missions.

“The FMTV program is exemplary of the quality and value that Oshkosh provides to our military customers across all of our operations,” says John Bryant, senior vice president of defense programs for Oshkosh Defense. “Our team has worked in harmony with the Army’s goals and schedule from the onset to produce and deliver a vehicle with Oshkosh quality and performance, which provides soldiers with greater confidence as they perform their missions.”

As part of the FMTV contract, Oshkosh has delivered the FMTV Wrecker, with its tested retrieval system that leverages Oshkosh’s extensive wrecker experience based on the U.S. Army’s Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck.

The five-year FMTV contract for the production of trucks and trailers, as well as support services and training, runs through fiscal year 2014. Oshkosh also is actively pursuing opportunities for its FMTV with U.S. allies and coalition partners around the world. (See Oshkosh story, p. 30)


Visitor spending up for Fox Cities area

Visitor spending in the Fox Cities increased 2.5 percent in 2012, surpassing $392 million.

A new statewide study estimates that this direct spending generated $500 million in total business sales, sustained 7,150 jobs in the tourism industry and $125 million in income for Fox Cities residents. The economic impact study was conducted by Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics Company.

According to the data, visitors to the Fox Cities spent $115 million on food and beverage, $88 million on retail, $87 million on lodging and $52 million on recreation.

The same study showed the tourism economy in Wisconsin picked up steam as well, with an impact on the state of $16.8 billion. In 2012, visitor spending also rose 4.7 percent to $10.4 billion. For the second straight year, the number of visitors to the state increased, with 96.6 million people visiting, generating total business sales of $16.8 billion across the state. Tourism also supported 184,000 jobs, with one in every 13 jobs in the state being sustained by tourism activity.


Pfefferle Companies launches new partnership, brand

Grubb & Ellis|Pfefferle will operate as Newmark Grubb Pfefferle in a new partnership between Pfefferle and the global advisory firm Knight Frank, the companies announced.

With 15 brokers, Newmark Grubb Pfefferle has represented a number of high-profile clients throughout communities in Wisconsin, including Appleton, Oshkosh and Green Bay, for more than 40 years. In 2012, the company negotiated more than $66 million in real estate transactions.

The new partnership will leverage Knight Frank’s network of more than 11,000 professionals, operating from more than 340 offices in established and emerging property markets on five continents.

At the same time, Pfefferle Management unveiled a new brand and logo. The company provides full-service property management services, managing in excess of 13 million square feet of property throughout Wisconsin.

Clients throughout the state include Affinity Health System, ThedaCare, Commercial Horizons and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.


» The Lakeshore

Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan Counties

Manitowoc delivers giant crane to South Korea

One of the world’s biggest crane rental companies has taken delivery of one of the world’s biggest cranes.

Manitowoc has completed delivery of its Manitowoc 31000 to South Korea’s Chunjo Construction Co., which has added the 2,300-ton crawler to its rental fleet and will supply it to contractors around the globe, including those working on nuclear power plants.

The crane’s first job is at a Posco E&C plant in Gwangyang, South Korea, where the company is using cutting-edge technology to make liquefied gas from low-grade coal.

Of special interest to Chunjo is the Manitowoc 31000’s variable position counterweight (VPC) system, which ranges from 28 feet fully-retracted to 95 feet when fully extended. The VPC minimizes the crane’s footprint and ground preparation.

As part of the deal for the 31000, Chunjo purchased three 600-ton Manitowoc 18000 crawler cranes to add to its fleet. When working with the MAX-ER attachment, the 18000’s capacity is boosted to 750 tons. It has a 320-foot boom.

Chunjo owns more Manitowoc 18000s than any other company in the world. International Cranes and Specialized Transport ranked Chunjo as one of the world’s 50 largest crane-owning companies on its IC50 list.

Car ferry, EPA reach agreement

The S.S. Badger car ferry, which sails between Manitowoc and Ludington, Mich., will be able to continue sailing for the next two years without any big changes, according to an agreement reached between the ferry operator and the Environmental Protection Agency.


Renard’s is Door County Industry of the Year

Renard’s Cheese Store received the Door County Industry of the Year award from 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. The award was given at the DCEDC annual investors meeting at Stone Harbor Resort & Conference Center in Sturgeon Bay.

Renard’s Cheese is a third-generation, family owned and operated business, a Door County icon for the past 51 years. The cheese makers have received multiple awards.

The company has averaged 40 percent growth, which has resulted in growth in year-round employees from six to 29, 10 of whom joined the company this past year when it opened its expanded facilities.

During the past few years Renard’s has expanded its product line to include flavor-infused cheeses such as cranberry jalapeno Monterey Jack, morel & leek jack, and other specialty cheeses. The addition of a 1,900-square-foot retail store has helped the company offer more local products.


» West Central

Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake Counties



Shawano hospital to include latest innovations

The new ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano is expected to open its doors in the fall of 2014, a project being undertaken to deliver up-to-date medical care and evolve to meet the requirements of future health care innovations.

When Shawano Medical Center affiliated with ThedaCare in 2011, a new hospital was part of the agreement. Two years since the announcement, some still ask why a remodeling of the existing 80-year-old building is not a better option.

The answer is that patient care technology has changed so much since the building was built, a retrofit will not allow for the best patient care – from basics like air conditioning to the latest medical innovations.

“Expectations have changed a lot since the original hospital was built,” says Dorothy Erdmann, CEO of Shawano Medical Center. “Patients expect attractive and soothing spaces, and to have privacy as they are rolled into surgery. There are design improvements and equipment upgrades being planned for the new medical center that will make our patients’ experience the best it’s ever been.”

Those needs are addressed in the new design, which is a complete change in the way health care will be delivered, Erdmann says.



» The Northwoods

Florence, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto Counties



Center receives grant for mentoring program

The Menominee Business Center received a Rural Business Enterprise Grant that will fund a mentoring program assisting existing rural and tribal businesses that are under-performing.

The program will improve the Menominee Nation economy by helping business leaders create and retain jobs; provide low-cost space for office, business, and light industrial users; support local business development programs; and stimulate private sector initiatives on the Menominee Reservation.

During the mentorship, participants will take a readiness and capacity assessment. They also will receive tailored training and technical support to develop their individual and organizational business capacity, infrastructure, knowledge, skills and resources.

At the conclusion, summary data will be gathered to measure project impacts and changes from the initial baseline.