UP FRONT: Regional Roundup – April 2015

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 :: Up Front
Sean P. Johnson
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

» Highway 41 Corridor

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

Another big dig underway

The big dig going on near Encircle Health in Appleton will eventually take shape as the new ThedaCare Regional Cancer Center.

Crews from Boldt Construction broke ground on the $44 million project in late February, and ThedaCare expects to have the facility ready for patients in 2016.

The Regional Cancer Center will serve as the home base for ThedaCare’s premier cancer program. At the center, patients will access the latest technologies, including promising new treatments through participation in clinical trials, as well as the ThedaCare network of cancer care physicians and support staff.

“At the Regional Cancer Center, patients and families will experience truly personal care,” says Stacy Milam, director of cancer services for ThedaCare. “Whether a patient needs complicated medical treatment, emotional support, financial guidance or more, we’ll bring those resources to the table.”

The project is the special focus of the ThedaCare Family of Foundations, and its Connect campaign. The campaign supports the ThedaCare Cancer Care program’s commitment to helping individuals with cancer, and their families.


Another golden celebration in GB

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay celebrates five decades of education and regional leadership when it welcomes its latest freshman class to campus this fall.

The opening day of the fall semester — Wednesday, Sept. 2 — is the golden anniversary of Gov. Warren Knowles signing legislation creating a new four-year university for Northeastern Wisconsin.

“The opportunity to celebrate our first 50 years is also an opportunity to commit ourselves to being a key partner in this great place,” says UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller.

The 50-year milestone is not just a time for reflection, Miller says, it’s also about planning for the community’s future needs for educational and economic leadership.

He notes that at its founding in 1965, UW-Green Bay was widely regarded as one of America’s most innovative institutions, organized around the idea that students should tackle great problems.

“With inspiration from our past and from the Phoenix itself — a mythical bird that is periodically reborn or regenerated — we at UW-Green Bay will use our anniversary as a launch pad for reinvigoration, and for shaping this community’s future,” Miller said.

The chancellor says innovation, coupled with the transformative power of higher education to change lives and promote economic growth, and a deep commitment to serving the region and partnering with business, government and the nonprofit sector, bode well for UW-Green Bay’s next 50 years.




» The Northwoods

Florence, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto Counties

Bay Area Medical Center plans new hospital

Marinette’s Bay Area Medical Center could see its first hospital upgrades since the 1970s if plans for a new hospital come to come to fruition.

The Bay Area Medical Center Board of Directors has begun exploring a design plan for building a new hospital at a new location. A site has been selected and the medical center is in the process of conducting due diligence on the location.

“A new hospital and campus would allow us to take advantage of technology upgrades, energy efficiencies and maintenance savings,” says Ed Harding, BAMC President and CEO. “A new facility would also help us meet patient care expectations including safety, privacy and an overall better patient experience.”

The majority of BAMC’s current facility needs have been recognized as priorities for at least a decade. Major sections of the current hospital facility were built between 1939 and 1970, including inpatient rooms, the emergency department and the obstetrics department, Harding says.

Key elements of a new hospital include inpatient private rooms, emergency departments and services, an OB/GYN inpatient department, outpatient women’s health center, improvements in patient flow, health and wellness facilities and primary and specialty care clinics.

BAMC will next hire a construction manager to analyze plans and confirm preliminary cost estimates. The final design is expected to be ready by February 2016 and a new hospital in operation by fall 2017



» The Lakeshore

Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan Counties

Workforce assistance on the way

The jobs are multiplying faster than businesses in Sheboygan County can fill them.

With more than 1,200 jobs available at businesses in the county, the region’s economic development leaders share a concern the growing gap could impede the ability of companies in the county to continue growing. To bridge the gap, the Sheboygan County Economic Development Partnership is adding a workforce development assistant to assist in the recruiting process.

“We have companies telling us about challenges expanding locally due to lack of workforce,” says Dane Checolinski, director of SCEDC. “This new role is an investment by SCEDC to directly impact the quality and quantity of available workforce for Sheboygan County employers.”

Sheboygan County’s growth is the highest among all Wisconsin counties on the lakeshore, coinciding with continued unemployment decline in the county, now at its lowest level since 2008, according to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. County employer’s payrolls have added thousands of new hires in just the past three years.



» West Central

Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake Counties

World events drive Alliance Laundry growth  

Building up a country’s infrastructure creates a lot of opportunities — and a lot of dirty laundry.

Those are one in the same for Ripon-based Alliance Laundry Systems, a global leader in commercial laundry systems and solutions. The company has identified the Middle East as a key market for its commercial washers and dryers, particularly with the work going on to prepare for upcoming events including the 2020 World Fair and the FIFA World Cup in 2022, which have led to a significant increase in hotel construction.

Alliance Laundry’s plans for expansion in those regional markets was recently confirmed during its attendance at a major trade show in Dubai.

“Our systems are ideally suited to all elements of the hospitality sector, and especially hotels, where we already have relationships with most of the major brands,” says John Bannister, director of international sales–Middle East & Africa.

“They have realized the significant competitive advantage that our systems can deliver, and the on-going investment in developing new systems that use less water, less power, and that are more environmentally friendly, reliable — and hence, more cost-effective than ever before.”

Alliance Laundry already enjoys a preferred supplier status to many of the major hotel brands including Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt. The STR Global Construction Pipeline Report last year predicted 130 new hotels are set to open in the Middle East and Africa in 2015 alone, and hundreds more are in the pipeline.

The company also sees opportunities for growth in in the hospital, care establishment and school markets.

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