COVID-19 New North Business News

From Fortune 500 companies to small mom-and-pop shops, COVID-19 has affected businesses of all sizes. This page features the latest New North business news tied to COVID-19.

ThedaCare projects to lose $30M

ThedaCare will lose a projected $30 million in 2020 due to the financial impact of COVID-19. With COVID-19 cases rising across the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised all health systems to temporarily suspend non-urgent elective surgeries and other services to

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Report details COVID-19’s impact on nonprofits

Nonprofits are reducing staff and reducing their use of volunteers while trying to figure out new ways to deliver their services, according to a report from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Center for Public Affairs. “Covid-19 Effect on Nonprofit Organizations in Northeast Wisconsin, which is

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Fox Cities museums announce reopening plans

After being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, museums in the Fox Cities are collaborating to develop their phased reopening strategies in line with guidance from state and local health officials. The museums working together include: the Bergstrom Mahler Museum of Glass, the Building for

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Cities announce plans for attractions, pools

Cities around the region have released plans for reopening pools and other attractions as the region seeks to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. While many cities have chosen not to open pools, Green Bay plans to open at least one as well as Bay Beach

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$200M in grants to help communities address COVID-19 concerns

Gov. Tony Evers today announced the launch of the “Routes to Recovery: Local Government Aid Grants” program, a $200 million effort aimed at helping local leaders address some of their most urgent COVID-19 recovery needs. Administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration, the grants will

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NEWMA debuts COVID-19 directory

The NEW Manufacturing Alliance created a COVID-19 Directory to facilitate connections between companies offering personal protective equipment (PPE) and related products and services and companies seeking them. The resource features NEWMA products, services and solutions workplaces can add to enhance the safety of workers and

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COVID-19 economic survey shows businesses adapting to new reality

Many Wisconsin businesses responding to a second University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh statewide survey anticipate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to continue through 2020 and beyond. Twenty-three percent of responding businesses reported an inability to remain open beyond three months if current conditions persist, said Jeffrey

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State launches $75M economic recovery grant program

Gov. Tony Evers announced $75 million in assistance for small businesses today as part of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.’s We’re All In initiative, a comprehensive effort to celebrate and help Wisconsin’s small businesses get back on their feet and support best practices to keep

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Back to Business Grant accepting applications again

The Greater Green Bay Chamber is accepting applications for round two of its Greater Green Bay Back to Business Grant program — less than a week after closing the window on round one applicants. The grant caters to small- and medium-sized businesses whose operations have

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5/14 update: UWGB expands furlough plans

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is expanding its furlough plans through December as the university continues to manage the financial impacts brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the new plan, furloughs will continue through December and will extend to additional staff and faculty once

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FVWDB announces outreach for unemployed

The Fox Valley Workforce Development Board has created a form on its website to collect names and contact information to assist those permanently unemployed due to the COVID-19 crisis. Those who complete the form will be contacted by a career planner with free job search

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Green Bay Chamber launches COVID-19 small business hotline

The Greater Green Bay Chamber, in collaboration with several partner organizations, has launched a business representative-staffed Small Business Resource Hotline to answer questions from small businesses about COVID-19 and getting back to business. The hotline is a collaborative effort initiated by the Greater Green Bay

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New guidelines allow five or fewer customers in stores

Gov. Tony Evers signed an order today allowing all standalone or strip-mall based retail stores to offer in-person shopping for up to five customers at a time while maintaining required social distancing practices. The new emergency order signed also allows drive-in theaters to operate with

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COVID-19 Community Response Fund hits $1M milestone

The COVID-19 Community Response Fund has reached the $1 million milestone. Individuals, businesses and organizations have donated to the fund. In addition, the fund, established by the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and United Way Fox Cities, has awarded $554,500 in grants to

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COVID-19 economic survey open to all businesses

The second observation period of a statewide survey that measures the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Wisconsin businesses is underway. The survey is open — for both past participants and new participants — until May 14. The survey is a partnership between the

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Fox Cities Marathon canceled due to COVID-19

The Community First Fox Cities Marathon Presented by Miron Construction has canceled the 2020 weekend of events scheduled for Sept. 18-20 due to the uncertainty around COVID-19 and the ability to have a safe event. “As an event that contributes to and celebrates the health

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COVID-19 forces Kohler to adjust operations

The Kohler Co. has reduced employee hours and temporarily shut down some divisions because of COVID-19. The Sheboygan County manufacturer’s cast iron foundry and ceramics divisions have seen a decrease in demand, with both segments temporarily closing for a couple of weeks before reopening. Employees

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5/5 Update: Sheboygan launches emergency business grant

The City of Sheboygan has created a Small Business Emergency Assistance Funding grant to help businesses dealing with the impact of COVID-19. The project is an economic development activity funded with the city’s Community Development Block Grant-CV funding received as part of the CARES Act.

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5/4 Update: JBS Packerland reopening Tuesday

JBS Packerland, which closed its Green Bay meat-processing plant in late April due to COVID-19, plans to reopen Tuesday with limited staff. The plant will initially reopen to restart the slaughtering of animals. On Wednesday, JBS Packerland will resume fabricating operations, which involve meat processing.

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WEDC launches COVID-19 digital platform

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. has launched a digital platform — Focus Forward — to serve as an online central location for state, federal and other funding and operational assistance programs to help businesses and communities facing economic challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Focus

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EAA cancels AirVenture 2020

The Experimental Aircraft Association has canceled this year’s AirVenture due to COVID-19. AirVenture is the world’s largest fly-in convention and would have been held July 20-26. “We looked at every possibility over the past six weeks as to how EAA could move forward with AirVenture

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Survey: Manufacturers worried about employee safety, sales decline

The top concerns for Wisconsin manufacturers include employee safety and health, sales decline and economic disruption, according to the results of a WMEP Manufacturing Solutions survey. Manufacturing leaders and top executives representing 147 companies throughout the state completed the survey between April 21-27. It was

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U.S. Venture allocates $1.7 million to nonprofits

U.S. Venture and its charitable foundation have increased the funds available to regional nonprofits to help them address challenges due to COVID-19. The U.S. Venture/Schmidt Family Foundation is funded by contributions from the corporation. In 2019, the foundation’s giving budget was $1.3 million, which was

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Converters provide strong respond to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has kicked Wisconsin’s converting industry into high gear. With its wide-ranging capabilities, converters are committed to running at full capacity to meet the challenges presented by the pandemic, said Scott Suder, president of the Wisconsin Paper Council. Converters produce hundreds of specialty

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4/29 Update: Experience the ballpark at home

Since no one is singing “Take me out to the ball game” right now, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are letting families take some of the ball game experience home with hot “Ballpark Dinners to Go” and swag bags from the team store — again. Due

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New North video celebrates those making a difference 

New North Inc. has released “Together, the Region is Getting Through Challenging Times,” a video highlighting the ways people and organizations throughout the region are meeting the obstacles brought on by COVID-19. The video can be viewed here. Companies and organizations within the region are

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Oshkosh Corp. income falls, launches cost-savings plan

Oshkosh Corp. is implementing several cost-cutting measures, including furloughs and decreased salaries, as the manufacturer announced its fiscal 2020 second quarter results. Oshkosh Corp.’s fiscal income for the quarter was $68.6 million, compared to $128.5 million during the same quarter in fiscal 2019, according to

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4/27 Update: Some businesses still hiring

The COVID-19 pandemic has not put an end to hiring new workers. A survey from the H.S. Group found that 42 percent of businesses plan to continue the process of filling positions — most of it being done virtually. The survey also found 34 percent

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K-C increases production of household products

Kimberly-Clark Corp. has ramped up production of toilet paper and other household goods in response to a spike in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. K-C saw its first quarter sales of consumer tissue increase 13 percent from the same time period in 2019 to $1.7

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JBS closes Green Bay plant due to outbreak

JBS USA is temporarily closing its Green Bay beef production facility due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Brown County Health Department linked 189 cases to the plant, which includes employees and people those employees had contact with out of work. During a tour last week,

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Alliance Laundry pauses manufacturing

For the second time in less than a month, the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing a halt to manufacturing at Alliance Laundry Systems in Ripon. The Ripon-based commercial laundry product manufacturer said it will close its Ripon manufacturing plant from April 27 to May 10 due

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UW-Green Bay announces furloughs

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is placing some employees on furlough due to the financial strains of COVID-19. UW-Green Bay Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven said 227 staff members would be placed on furlough from May 2 to May 31. In addition, all administrators with

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Outagamie County creates COVID-19 loan program

Outagamie County has launched the COVID-19 Business Assistance Program in collaboration with the Fox Cities Regional Partnership, the economic development division of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce. The new program offers local businesses experiencing economic challenges from COVID-19 quick access to capital. By repurposing

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