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Posted on Mar 13, 2019 :: Event News , Plant News
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Plant News

Bernatello’s Pizza to expand in Kaukauna, add jobs

Bernatello’s Pizza, a frozen pizza manufacturer and distributor, is expanding its facility in Kaukauna — a $24 million project expected to create 48 jobs over the next three years.

“The company has experienced steady growth since our acquisition of Orv’s Pizza in 2012 and we are committed to making Bernatello’s an employer of choice in the area. We believe our newly expanded state-of-the-art facility will not only provide us with significant operational efficiencies, but also be a much more enjoyable and safe work environment,” said Dave Ramsay, Bernatello’s president and second-generation owner.

Family-owned and operated since 1982, Bernatello’s is headquartered in  Edina, Minn. The company has a manufacturing facility in Maple Lake, Minn., and Wisconsin locations in Eau Claire and Kaukauna. The company’s brand family includes Brew Pub, Bellatoria, Real’Za, Pizza Corner, Hangry Bear, Orv’s and Roma.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. is supporting the project by authorizing up to $350,000 in state income tax credits over the next three years. The actual amount of tax credits Bernatello’s will receive is contingent upon the number of jobs created and the amount of capital investment during that period.

Bernatello’s recently undertook a 30,000-square-foot expansion to the company’s Kaukauna facility, which includes a new high-speed double pizza topping line, to increase efficiency and strengthen the company’s market position.

In addition to the 48 jobs expected to be created by the company, an economic modeling study estimates the project could indirectly generate 60 additional jobs in the region. These 108 new jobs are expected to generate more than $960,000 in state income tax revenue over a five-year period.


Endries International acquires Virginia-based company

Endries International has acquired Virginia-based Industrial Products Co.

Industrial Products Co., which is headquartered in Lynchburg, Va., is a provider of fasteners and related production components to the original equipment manufacturing market. IPC also has warehouse locations in Mississippi, Nebraska and China.

IPC customers are served via a variety of service offerings including on-premises vendor-managed inventory systems. Operating under ISO9001 and A2LA accreditation, IPC provides products and services to its OEM customers. Scott Wolf, owner of IPC, will remain with the company in a leadership position.

“Industrial Products Co. is an organization that is very similar to Endries in the fact that we start with a customer-centric philosophy. We are thrilled to have Scott Wolf and his dedicated team of associates join us. Together, we look forward to building on the foundation and strong reputation that has been established,” said Steve Endries, president of Endries.


Oshkosh Defense receives $232.7 million army contract

Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corp. company, was awarded a $232.7 million delivery order from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) to recapitalize vehicles in the Army’s Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV) fleet.

Under the contract, Oshkosh will recapitalize 407 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTT) and Palletized Load System (PLS) trucks as well as manufacture 601 new PLS trailers. The HEMTT and PLS have been in the Army’s fleet since 1981 and 1990, respectively, and Oshkosh has been performing recapitalization services on these vehicles since 1995.

“As the backbone of the U.S. Army’s resupply and distribution system, the HEMTT and PLS vehicles are heavily relied on to carry munitions and other critical supplies across all types of terrains and in all types of environments,” said Pat Williams, vice president and general manager of U.S. Army and Marine Corps Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “As the original equipment manufacturer, we know these vehicles inside and out, and we are in the best position to quickly return them to field operations in like-new condition.”

Through recapitalization, vehicles are stripped to the frame rails, rebuilt to the latest configuration and returned to the fleet in zero-mile, zero-hour condition with the same technology, safety features, bumper-to-bumper warranty and life cycle cost advantage of a new vehicle. Oshkosh has recapitalized more than 12,500 HEMTTs and 3,000 PLS trucks since 1995.


Shawano’s TimberPro acquired by Komatsu America Corp.

Komatsu America Corp., a global heavy equipment manufacturer, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire TimberPro Inc. of Shawano.

The acquisition is expected to close on April 1. Established in 2002, TimberPro is a manufacturer of purpose-built forest machines and attachments, offering tracked feller bunchers and harvesters, forwarders, wheeled harvesters and felling heads.

“Acquiring TimberPro will strengthen the company’s position in the full-tree-length market and enables us to offer a highly competitive range of products for professional logging,” said Rod Schrader, CEO of Komatsu America Corp.


Event News

NEWMA’s President’s Cup golf event returns for second year

The NEW Manufacturing Alliance’s President’s Cup Scholarship Golf Scramble returns for its second year June 6 on the River Course at Blackwolf Run in Kohler.

The event, which sold out last year, pairs participating companies with a manufacturing president or executive in a four-person golf scramble. Some of the confirmed participants for 2019 include Wilson Jones, president and CEO of Oshkosh Corp.; Kurt Voss, CEO of Amerilux; Louie Gentine, CEO of Sargento Foods; and Kim Bassett, president and CEO of Bassett Mechanical.

Eighteen gold-level sponsorships are available for $3,000 each. Opportunities include:

• Two golfers from a company get paired with a president and another executive (sponsors choose which president to golf with, selected on a first-come, first-served basis).

• A hole sponsor with a company’s logo on flag on green.

• A one-page advertisement in the event program that is distributed to all attendees.

Last year’s event raised $36,000 for NEWMA’s scholarship fund, which was applied to the $45,000 the organization supported in scholarships in 2018. To reserve a spot, contact Ann Franz, director of NEWMA, at [email protected] or 920-498-5587.


Export events aim to help companies increase global presence

Export season is underway in Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership is offering events to help companies prepare.

ExporTech, a three-month program aimed at helping companies develop an export strategy, will be offered at the end of April. Three full-day sessions run April 30, May 23 and June 27. The program costs $7,500, less an immediate $3,000 scholarship from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., for an
out-of-pocket cost of $4,500.

ExporTech graduates average close to $1 million in new revenue in year one. Plus, they access up to $25,000 in WEDC grant funding to implement their ExporTech plan.

In addition, the Wisconsin International Trade Conference will be held May 8 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. Pursuing opportunities in global trade can be daunting for companies, from finding financing and complying with complex regulations to determining distribution channels and selecting the most viable markets. MMAC’s World Trade Association works to help companies accelerate growth, connect with the right resources and speed up international potential.

The event kicks off at 7:30 a.m. and includes sessions on international trade and finance, staying competitive, market entry strategies, free trade agreements, compliance and international marketing, as well as a networking reception. The price is $195 for WTA/MMAC members and $275 for non-members.

To learn more about ExporTech, visit To learn more about the Wisconsin International Trade Conference, visit