UP FRONT: Regional roundup – November 2013

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 :: Up Front
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

» Highway 41 Corridor

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

Oshkosh Defense will debut its new P-19R ARFF vehicle at Modern Day Marine Expo in Virginia

Courtesy of Oshkosh Defense

Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, unveiled the new Oshkosh P-19 Replacement Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (P-19R ARFF) vehicle at the Modern Day Marine Expo in Quantico, Va.

The U.S. Marine Corps awarded the P-19R contract to Oshkosh Defense in May. Oshkosh has been working to complete internal testing to deliver three prototypes to the Marine Corps in the coming months for rigorous testing, which will take place in 2014.

“Firefighting and emergency missions on military bases and airfields are critical to the overall success of Marine Corps operations,” says John Bryant, senior vice president of Defense Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “We designed our P-19R ARFF vehicle to protect Marines in these dangerous situations, and we’re proud to showcase the P-19R’s capabilities for the first time at Modern Day Marine.”

The next-generation P-19R is based on the Oshkosh Logistics Vehicle System Replacement platform. The vehicle includes an integrated diagnostics and automation system. Oshkosh Defense used the Oshkosh Airport Products Group, the industry-leading ARFF vehicle producer, to equip the Oshkosh P-19R with advanced Striker firefighting systems.

Oshkosh Defense has supported the Marines’ P-19 ARFF fleet for more than 30 years.

For more information, visit www.OshkoshDefense.com.


Summit focused on health, lifestyle

ThedaCare sponsored the Lifestyle Medicine Summit, a two-day conference in October, that emphasized the connection between lifestyle changes and improved

health. The summit featured nationally known speakers and was geared toward medical providers during the day and the general community in the evening.

“We wanted an event that focuses on how lifestyle changes can improve health,” said Sandy Panzer, vice president of health services for ThedaCare At Work. “People don’t always understand the connection between what they do and their health. There is a huge misconception that chronic disease is mainly due

to genes and age, but the truth is that lifestyle plays the biggest role. The good news is that means we are in greater control of our health than most people believe.”

The presenters included Rip Esselstyn, author of “Engine 2 Diet,” which highlights the connection between a plant-based diet and good health. Doug Lisle, co-author of “The Pleasure Trap,” also spoke. His book focuses on how people undermine health through poor choices and how they can “rewire” themselves to make healthier decisions.

Physicians who attended the event received continuing education credits.


MetJet ceases operation, cancels flights

De Pere-based air service provider MetJet cancelled its flight operations in October, including all flights operated as a public charter under the “MetJet” name in and out of Green Bay, Cancun, Minneapolis, Orlando and Fort Myers, Fla.

“As we look at the months ahead it is clear that we do not have

enough demand, or customers, to continue operating,” MetJet CEO Michael Heisman said. “It is with deep regret that we make this difficult decision that affects our families, friends, neighbors and the community as a whole.” Passengers can email [email protected] to ask about refunds.

MetJet recently marked its first year of flights from Green Bay, with more than 40,000 passengers traveling to Orlando and Fort Myers, and it had planned to start Saturday flights to Cancun in December.


BID plans under way on Green Bay’s Military Avenue

The Green Bay City Council approved a request by the Military Avenue Business Association to form a Business Improvement District (BID) on Military Avenue in Green Bay with an 11-1 vote. The BID aims to reduce vacancies and increase property values. A combination of marketing, events and physical improvements will be implemented.

A study that the city used to analyze the Military Avenue corridor in 2011 highlighted 12 sites for development and the possible formation of a BID.

Some of those projects include a plan to redevelop the old Cub Foods building into a Burlington Coat Factory, Broadway Automotive starting its multi-million dollar renovation and the Fox Communities Credit Union opening a new location on Military Avenue.

For more information, visit www.militaryave.org.


» The Northwoods

Florence, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto Counties


Techniply adds 12 jobs to Oconto County

Techniply in Oconto County has added 12 positions since January, says Brian Buckles, general manager.

In January 2012, Manthei Group Companies, based in Petoskey, Mich., purchased the Oconto Falls producer of flat and rotary hardwood plywood, then known as Burkel Inc. In early 2013, Burkel was renamed Techniply LLC.

Paul Ehrfurth, executive director of Oconto County Economic Development and Tourism Corp., says the company also retained 25 jobs through the sale and name change.

The business continues to make roller dyes for products such as cereal boxes and soda packs, Ehrfurth says.


» The Lakeshore

Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan Counties


Dental clinic receives grant for sealant program

The Ministry Door County Medical Center’s (MDCMC’s) Dental Clinic will receive a $1,509 school-based sealant program grant. A total of $600,000 in grants went to 38 organizations and will be used during the upcoming school year to provide dental sealants to low-income children in 59 counties. The grants were made available through the Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile program, which is collaboratively administered by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Oral Health Program and Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin.

“The school-based sealant programs are located in schools where at least 35 percent of students are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals,” says Tanya Fischer, MDCMC Dental Clinic manager. Dental sealants create a physical barrier against bacteria and food; this barrier helps to prevent cavities.”

Sturgeon Bay, Southern Door and Algoma schools are participating, Fischer says. The program is funded with state dollars matched by Delta Dental of Wisconsin.

“Children from families with low incomes are more than twice as likely to have untreated cavities than children in higher income families, and dental sealant programs in

schools are a cost-effective way to reach kids at highest risk for developing cavities,” says Dr. Jeffrey Chaffin, state dental officer.

For more information, visit www.MinistryHealth.org.


Door County delegation visits sister city

A 10-person delegation representing Door County visited the county’s sister city of Jingdezhen, China in mid-October. The delegation attended the China Jingdezhen International Ceramic Fair, meeting with local officials for ways to increase cultural and business exchanges between the two municipalities.

Door County has had a sister city relationship with Jingdezhen since May 2004. The relationship was further cemented when the county adopted a Sister City Project Agreement in 2005 and signed a Friendship City Relationship Agreement in 2010. Over the last nine years, Sister City Program activities focused on mutual communications and delegated travel exchanges by representatives of the town governments. In May 2010, an eight-member delegation from Jingdezhen visited Door County.

For more than 2,000 years, Jingdezhen has been known as the porcelain capital of the world and remains a national center for porcelain production.

For more information, visit www.doorcountybusiness.com/news/china.


» West Central

Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake Counties


Bonduel business awarded micro-loan

Shawano County Economic Progress, Inc. (SCEPI) announced the completion of a revolving micro-loan for a project in the Village of Bonduel. Greg and Melissa Trinko received a $10,000 loan to assist with the purchase of Meadow View Estates, an assisted living facility located at 400 W. Mill Street in Bonduel.

SCEPI’s revolving micro-loan fund program provides up to $10,000 in matching loan funds to small businesses with 25 or fewer employees. This program is just one business development incentive available to employers through Shawano Country Vision 2017, a five-year economic development plan strategically designed to address the needs of area businesses and communities. The plan’s overall goal is to create and retain jobs by implementing action steps in key areas, including business expansion, attraction and recruitment, tourism/retail development and community development.

Shawano Country Vision 2017 also includes cash incentives for job creation, a Façade Improvement Matching Grant Program, and an Interior Improvement Matching Grant Program.

“This project helps with our objectives to strengthen and grow businesses in the region,” says Dennis Heling, chief economic development officer of Shawano County Economic Progress. “Not only does it retain jobs and keep this business in operation, it assisted in creating two additional much-needed jobs.”

Any employer or entrepreneur operating in Shawano or Menominee counties can apply for incentive programs by contacting Heling at (715) 526-5839.


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