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Posted on Nov 14, 2018 :: Event News , Plant News
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Finland company completes Expera acquisition

Finland-based Ahlstrom‐Munksjö completed the acquisition of U.S. specialty paper producer Expera Specialty Solutions for $615 million. The transformative acquisition will expand Ahlstrom‐Munksjö’s presence in North America and further strengthen its offering of advanced custom‐made fiber‐based materials.

Russ Wanke, the former president and CEO of Expera, has been appointed executive vice president, North America Specialty Solutions and a member of Ahlstrom‐Munksjö’s executive management team.

“Our companies are stronger together. We share a deep papermaking history with customer‐focused values,” Wanke said in a statement. “As a larger Ahlstrom‐Munksjö, the combined resources will allow us to better serve our customers, and in doing so promote continued revenue growth and customer, end‐application, and geographic diversification.”

Marinette Marine to build new littoral combat ship

The newest Freedom variant Littoral Combat Ship, to be named the USS Beloit in honor of the southern Wisconsin city’s contributions to the U.S. Navy, will be built at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard.

The vessel — the LCS 29 — will be built as part of the company’s LCS program, which has supported thousands of skilled shipyard workers and 200 suppliers statewide. Menasha-based
Faith Technologies also is partnering on the project.

Faith Technologies has been supplying electrical equipment to Marinette Marine for 17 years, and in 2013 began work with FMM and Lockheed Martin to install all the electrical systems on LCS needed by the U.S. Navy. To date, the company has completed work on seven ships and will be partnering on four additional vessels.

Faith has been able to increase efficiency and safety by using its Excellerate manufacturing services to measure and cut all the electrical cable and wiring before it arrives to the ship. This process helps increase productivity levels, since each ship contains nearly 9,000 cables for a total of approximately 1 million feet.

Endries acquires Texas fastener and supply company

Endries International of Brillion has purchased Legacy Fastener & Supply LLC of Fort Worth, Texas.

Legacy, which was founded in 2011, is a provider of fasteners to the original equipment manufacturing market. Founders Kenneth and Barbara Leasley will remain with the company in leadership roles.

“In Legacy Fastener & Supply, we found a philosophy, approach and core values that align with the culture and beliefs of Endries. In addition, we are thrilled with the footprint and team of associates that Legacy has established in the market,” Steve Endries, president of Endries, said in a statement.

German company purchases De Pere’s B&W Megtec

B&W Megtec of De Pere was purchased by the German company Dürr and will now be called Dürr Megtec LLC.

Dürr MEGTEC is a supplier of environmental control technologies and aftermarket services. The company provides equipment solutions that incinerate, filter, recover and/or purify vapor-phase and liquid effluents from a variety of manufacturing processes. Key environmental technologies include oxidizers, fabric filters, wet and dry electrostatic precipitators, solvent recovery systems, scrubbers, selective catalytic and selective non-catalytic reduction products and distillation equipment.

The company supplies ovens and dryers, specialized coating lines and material handling systems for energy storage applications, membrane production, digital printing and other advanced manufacturing processes. It also offers stand-alone components, integrated line solutions, and/or process optimization services.

Pipe Trades receives donation to apprenticeship program

UA 400 Pipe Trades received a $5,000 AT&T contribution to support its youth apprenticeship program for local high school students.

The AT&T contribution will support the Youth Apprenticeship in the Pipe Trades initiative in Northeast Wisconsin. Youth apprenticeship is a program designed to allow students entering or
in their senior year of high school to get an early start on a career path in the pipe trades.  The program provides classroom and on-the-job training in pipefitting, plumbing, pipe fabrication and HVAC/R service. 

Students complete a 15-month youth apprenticeship training program that introduces them to the core skills necessary to be productive and succeed in the workplace and offers the opportunity for hands-on learning from UA-certified instructors. Contractors also gain insight into the quality and reliability of students in the program, making it a low-risk, highly attractive method for recruitment and employment.

The AT&T contribution will be used to support the youth apprenticeship program, which includes paying the fees for students to take industry-approved certifications and providing students with additional training and skills deemed necessary for success in the pipe trades.

NEWMA names winners of its 2019 All Stars awards

The NEW Manufacturing Alliance recognized the winners of its 2019 All Stars awards at its Excellence in Manufacturing/K-12 Partnerships Awards. The awards honor manufacturing standouts from around the New North. Watch for the All Stars publication in the January 2019 issue of IOM.

Winners included:

Erica Burke, Georgia-Pacific

Patricia Cordero, Rockline Industries

Jessica Grev, Kohler Co.

Tyler Harris, Nicolet Plastics

Luke Hermann, Rockline Industries

Aaron Laubenstein, Heartland Label Printers

Laura Mitcheltree, Johnsonville Sausage

Kyle Olson, Eck Industries

Cela Perez, Heartland Label Printers

Brant Wilterdink, Eck Industries

Brandon Buchholz, Heartland Labor Printers, mentor award

Jackie Church, Nicolet Plastics, mentor award

Berlin school district nets tech ed teaching grant

The Berlin Area School District received a Wisconsin Fast Forward Teacher Training and Development Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. The grant will be used to help Berlin teachers who are working to teach technology education dual credit classes.

The grant will be used for teachers at all three district schools: Clay Lamberton Elementary, Berlin Middle School and Berlin High School.

BASD was one of eight school districts in Wisconsin to receive a WFF Grant to license teachers in various academic areas, including special education, career and technical education, general education and STEM. The Berlin grant also applies to those seeking reading specialist licenses and finishing special education programs and courses.



Technology, workforce the focus at New North Summit

“Net-work” will serve as the theme for the 2018 New North Summit. “Net” is a nod to networking and the internet and the importance of those tools in business, while “work” speaks to workforce needs.

The event is slated for Dec. 6 at the Fox Cities Exhibition Center in Appleton. The day features speakers, economic development updates and ample time for networking.

This year’s ED Talk speakers include Mary Goggans, president of Encapsys, Michelle Schuler, manager of TechSpark Wisconsin, and a third to-be-named presenter. In addition,
the event will recognize the Green B
ay Packers in honor of the organization’s 100th anniversary and its commitment to economic development in the larger community.

Featured business development projects will include TitletownTech, Foxconn’s investment in Green Bay, and SECURA, Oshkosh Corp. and Green Bay Packaging, which all are building new facilities. The event also will highlight developments at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a partnership between Moraine Park Technical College and Fox Valley Technical College.

The day ends with three breakout sessions focused on talent retention efforts in key industries and embracing diversity in the talent pool. Advancing AI Wisconsin and the NEW Manufacturing Alliance, which presented last year, will be back. The organization Northeast Wisconsin Consortium of Adult Education will bring a panel of C-suite executives to share key ingredients
for organizational success.

For more information or to register, visit

Future Wisconsin Summit to be held at Monona Terrace

The Future Wisconsin Summit 2018, hosted by the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Foundation, will explore what private sector businesses and organizations are doing to address skills and population gaps in the state.

The event, set for Nov. 28, runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison.

The day includes an introduction from thought leaders from around the state, an update on Wisconsin’s talent attraction and state branding campaign from Tricia Braun, chief operating officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., a panel discussion on private sector solutions to workforce challenges, a presentation from Alan Yeung of Foxconn and presentation of the Wisconsin Job Honor Awards. The governor or governor-elect also has been invited to speak.

Visit to register or learn more.