UP FRONT: Regional Roundup – May 2015

Posted on May 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

Early spring for the Port of Green Bay

The Port of Green Bay got a 15-day head start on the 2015 shipping season.

The first ship of the season arrived in port April 3, more than two weeks ahead of the 2014 season, which was delayed by a late spring and ice on the Great Lakes. The first ship to arrive this year was the Michigan-Great Lakes, which sailed to Green Bay from Cheboygan, Mich. The tanker took on gasoline from U.S. Oil’s terminal at the port.

“The S.S. Alpena also came in over the (same) weekend, which shows that materials are in demand and that it’s going to be another busy shipping season,” says Dean Haen, director of Port & Resource Recovery with Brown County.

The Port of Green Bay expects more than 200 vessels in port during the 2015 shipping season. Despite the late start, the port exceeded 2.3 million tons of cargo imported or exported during the 2014 season, a 3 percent increase from the previous year.

The majority of cargo passing through the port includes bulk commodities such as limestone, sand, aluminum and fuel. There are 15 active terminal operators at the port.


Inbound marketing event comes to Lambeau Field June 4

Fox Cities-based Weidert Group will play host to some of inbound marketing’s pioneers and innovators during Inbound Wisconsin, a statewide conference for marketing and sales professionals June 3-4 at Miller Park and Lambeau Field.

The conference, which will be presented in its entirety in both locations on subsequent days, was created by Weidert and Stream Creative of Milwaukee. The first presentation is June 3 at Miller Park in Milwaukee. The program at Lambeau Field is June 4.

Presenters will include Mark Roberge, HubSpot’s chief revenue officer, Relevance.com’s Chad Pollitt, as well as executives of Google, the Milwaukee Brewers and Wistia, a leader in online video hosting. Key leaders from both Weidert Group and Stream Creative will also share experiences and takeaways.

For information and registration: www.inboundwisconsin.com.



» The Northwoods

Florence, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto Counties

Navy orders more ships from Marinette Marine

LCS launch at Marinette Marine

LCS launch at Marinette Marine

The U.S. Navy has issued a Lockheed Martin-led industry team a contract modification for one fully funded 2015 Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) valued at $362 million, along with $79 million in advanced procurement funding for a second ship.

The award also includes a priced option for one additional fiscal year 2016 ship.

Marinette Marine is building ships in the style of the first LCS, the USS Freedom, for the Lockheed Martin team.

“We are proud to continue this partnership with the Navy in building the advanced Freedom-variant littoral combat ship,” says Joe North, vice president of Littoral Ship Systems at Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training. “Thousands of people across the country contribute to this important program and will continue to do so as we transition to the new frigate upgrade in the coming years.”

The contract modification is for construction of LCS 21 and LCS 23, the 11th and 12th Freedom variant ships. The first ship on this 2010 contract, the Milwaukee (LCS 5), was christened and launched in 2013, and is slated to be delivered to the Navy this summer. Detroit (LCS 7) was launched in 2014. Little Rock (LCS 9) and Sioux City (LCS 11) are in construction, with LCS 9 christening and launch planned for this summer.

Wichita (LCS 13) had its keel laid in February. Billings (LCS 15), as well as Indianapolis (LCS 17) and to be named LCS 19 are in the construction phase.

Nearly 900 suppliers across 43 states are contributing to the Freedom-class LCS program.


» The Lakeshore

Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan Counties

Manitowoc Company patents protected

The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled in favor of Manitowoc Company in its patent infringement and trade secrets case against Sany Heavy Industries and Sany America, based in Peachtree City, Ga., regarding its variable counterweight technology.

“Innovation has always been a core value of our organization and key to our success over the years. Today’s final determination further validates our clear technological leadership in the marketplace,” Glen E. Tellock, Manitowoc’s chairman and chief executive officer, says.

ITC issued a Notice of the Commission’s Final Determination and a Cease and Desist Order against Sany after it determined at least one Sany crane infringed one of Manitowoc’s patents and that six trade secrets of Manitowoc were both protectable as trade secrets and misappropriated.

Further, ITC issued a limited exclusion order prohibiting importation by Sany of cranes that infringe Manitowoc’s patents or that use any of six of Manitowoc’s trade secrets for a period of 10 years.

The ITC also issued a cease and desist order that prohibits Sany America from importing, selling, marketing, advertising or distributing cranes that were manufactured using any of the six Manitowoc trade secrets found to be misappropriated.


» West Central

Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake Counties

More feta coming soon

Expansion of Agropur Inc.’s Weyauwega feta cheese facility is underway and construction of the new space is expected to be completed by early 2016.

Miron Construction Co., Inc. has cleared the 3.5-acre site that will accommodate a 60,000-square-foot precast addition that will house the new feta cheese processes. This phase of the project includes approximately 39,000 square feet of production storage; four new loading docks; convertible dry storage; equipment, locker and break rooms and a new maintenance area.

The work is part of a $55 million investment Agropur is making to expand and update its facilities in Weyauwega to keep pace with the growing demand for feta cheese.

Production in Wisconsin has grown from 8.1 million pounds in 1993 to 80.1 million pounds in 2013, according to statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Feta cheese made at Agropur’s Weyauwega plant was named Best of Class in the feta class at the 2014 World Championship Cheese Contest held in Madison, and also garnered Best of Class honors in the feta class in the 2013 United States Championship Cheese Contest.

Agropur is Canada’s largest dairy cooperative in terms of annualized sales — $3.8 billion in the last fiscal year. The company processes milk at 36 plants across North America and employs 7,500. In addition to Weyauwega, its Wisconsin cheese plant locations include La Crosse, Little Chute and Luxemburg.

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