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Posted on Jul 9, 2015 :: Plant News
Posted by , Insight on Manufacturing Staff Writer

The American Great Lakes Ports Association and the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation have jointly sponsored a new bi-national public affairs program called The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership.
The Port of Green Bay is a member of the American Great Lakes Ports Association. The partnership will help enhance public understanding of the benefits of commercial shipping in the Great Lakes Seaway region of North America.
The organization will manage an education-focused communications program and sponsor research. It will work closely with media, policy makers, community groups, allied industries, environmental stakeholders and the public to highlight the positive attributes of marine transportation.
The program will serve as a platform to discuss the economic, environmental and safety benefits of the shared waterway, says Mark W. Barker, chairman of the partnership’s board of directors.
“We anticipate the program will engage our stakeholders by providing them with industry news, results of reports and studies and opportunities for them to understand — in a very real way — the impact Great Lakes Seaway shipping has on the economies of both the U.S. and Canada,” Barker says.
A new website,, features sections dedicated to the program’s three key messages — economy, environment and safety — as well as facts and figures about the eight Great Lakes states and two Canadian provinces.
In other Port of Green Bay news, April figures showed a 67 percent increase in imports/exports compared with April 2014 numbers. The shipping season began 15 days earlier than in 2014, positively impacting tonnage.
Year-to-date totals through May were 23 percent ahead of last year’s pace, attributed to strong shipments of cement and coal as well as salt.
“The port also saw a big increase in domestic exports of petroleum products such as diesel, gasoline and ethanol, which is a new occurrence for us,” says Dean Haen, director for the Port of Green Bay. “This is exactly what the port needs to meet or exceed 2014 tonnage numbers, which were our highest numbers since 2007.”
A total of 24 ships came through the port in May, the same number as in 2014.
“It’s still early and we are seeing a healthy amount of traffic, which means the demand for raw materials is strong,” Haen says. “Transporting cargo through the port shows that using waterborne transportation continues to be a valuable asset to businesses.”

More than 300 Manitowoc County businesses have taken the LEAP, Lakeshore Economic Analysis Project, survey and the study is now closed.
The goal was to gather timely information from area businesses about the local economy and future outlook. The survey generated 341 completed interviews, with employers ranging from single-person businesses to companies with more than 750 employees. The survey also reached a cross section of business categories representative of the local economy. Review of size and key industry segments will be part of the overall study analysis.
The participating organizations will start to develop action plans based on the information, with a goal of determining how to maintain economic success and support business growth.
The program is a joint venture of Progress Lakeshore and the Chamber of Manitowoc County and was sponsored by Investors Community Bank and Leede Research, both of Manitowoc. The online survey program was designed and hosted by Leede, with the program comparable to work being completed in other Wisconsin counties.
The public release of key highlights from the LEAP study is planned for Progress Lakeshore’s Pasta for Progress event scheduled for September at Seven Lakes Golf and Dining.

Engineering firm TRC Companies Inc., which has offices in Wisconsin, and its client, Waupaca Foundry, won an American Council of Engineering Companies Engineering Excellence Award in the state of Wisconsin.
The companies also won a National ACEC Engineering Excellence Recognition Award for the project, which promotes the reuse of byproducts to improve the sustainability of the foundry’s landfill.
The foundry owns and operates a non-hazardous waste disposal facility near Waupaca. The facility receives sand and slag byproducts from three Waupaca Foundry locations. The foundry teamed with TRC to determine if the foundry’s byproducts could be reused in the construction of final cover and liner barrier layers for its landfill.
In 2011, TRC and Waupaca Foundry constructed test pads with collection systems to assess the long-term benefit of reusing the byproducts. The test pads were monitored for more than two years and exposed to two cycles of Wisconsin weather.
In May 2014, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources approved a plan modification to Waupaca Foundry’s landfill permit to allow the use of the material as a liner barrier layer. Through the reuse of the sand and slag byproduct, almost 200,000 cubic yards of waste material that would have been destined for the landfill have been eliminated. Foundry officials anticipate construction of the new liner barrier layer system in 2016.
Waupaca Foundry has worked on ways to reuse its sand byproduct for more than two decades, says Bryant Esch, Waupaca Foundry environmental coordinator.
“A continuous improvement goal has been to identify and facilitate increasingly value-added uses for these materials,” Esch says. “Waupaca recognized the potential of spent foundry sands as a native clay replacement for low permeability barrier construction projects.”

U.S. Gain, the compressed natural gas division of Appleton-based U.S. Venture, has partnered with Unilever to build a GAIN Clean Fueling CNG fueling station in Edwardsville, Ill. The station will be the largest GAIN Clean Fuel station U.S. Gain has built to date.
“This partnership establishes a relationship between GAIN Clean Fuel and Unilever, one of the top consumer packaged goods companies in the world,” says Bill Renz, general manager for U.S. Gain. “We’re excited to be helping such a recognizable brand achieve its sustainability goals.”
The agreement calls for Unilever to purchase 800,000 gallons of GAIN Clean Fuel CNG per year.
CNG produces less emissions than its diesel fuel equivalent. It also provides a cost savings when compared with diesel fuel and is domestically produced, which insulates it from price volatility.
Unilever’s decision to incorporate CNG into its logistics network was led by recommendations from BreakthroughFuel, a Green Bay-based supply chain management and transportation advisory firm.
With the addition of the St. Louis area location, U.S. Gain continues to work towards its goal of having more than 100 GAIN Clean Fuel stations in operation through North America within the next two years.

The Greater Green Bay Chamber recognized manufacturers during its 2015 Business Recognition Luncheon and Showcase in June.
Northern Electric Inc. was presented with the Cornerstone Award, which recognizes a company that takes an active role in the business community and demonstrated growth since its inception.
Great Lakes Calcium Corp. was recognized with the Growth Award. Mark Kaiser, president of Lindquist Machine Corp. in Green Bay, was named Business Person of the Year.

Students in Fox Valley Technical College’s Printing Technologies program earned a bronze medal at the 2015 national Flexographic Technical Association’s Excellence in Flexographic awards competitions.
The winning entry was a decorative Christmas wrapping paper design. Students involved were Tyler Tennessen, Claire Schuster, James King and Collin Tecca under the direction of instructor Scott Gehrt.
The FTA, chartered in 1958, is a professional society of the flexographic printing community.
Additionally, two business students from FVTC earned first-place finishes at the DECA International Career Development Conference. Angela Bird, of Oshkosh, and Alexa Donicht, of Winneconne, won first place in the Business Ethics
Team 1 competition.
The annual conference features more than 1,200 students representing higher education institutions and some high schools from the United States, Canada and China. DECA is an international organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality
and management.

Voith Paper, of Appleton, was recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.
Col. Barbara J. Elmer, who nominated Voith for the ESGR award, recently surpassed 30 years of service in the U.S. National Guard. She has been employed at Voith’s Wisconsin-based operation for 27 of those 30 years.
Elmer is a research and development engineer at Voith Paper. She currently serves in the Joint Operation Center at Joint Forces Headquarters of the Wisconsin Army National Guard. She served in both Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1990 and 1991 and in Baghdad, Iraq, with the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team as the director of Support Operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009 and 2010.
Voith received a Statement of Support for its recognition and acknowledgment of the importance of hiring Guard and Reserve members. The Patriot Award was presented to managers Matt Ryan, Robert Hilbing and Joe Alderton.
The award recognizes individual managers who are supportive of Guard and Reserve employees and recognize the importance of military service.


LINKe (Lakeshore International Network & Knowledge exchange) will host the Annual Wisconsin Global Trade Conference on Monday,
Aug. 24 at the Blue Harbor Conference Center in Sheboygan.
Possible breakout sessions may include export/import compliance, developing a working compliance policy, the exporting process from inquiry to delivery and risk management in global trade.
Register by July 31 for the early bird rate of $150 per person. Add $50 per person for a discounted annual corporate membership. Display tables and sponsorship opportunities are available. For information: (920) 693-1651 or [email protected]


The fifth annual Manufacturing First Expo & Conference, presented by First Business Bank in partnership with Insight Publications and the NEW Manufacturing Alliance, will be a two-day event this year.
Starting at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 21, at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay, the pre-Expo activities will feature programs about women in manufacturing, exporting and international trade, the food and beverage industry and lean and continuous improvement. A cocktail reception will precede the NEW Manufacturing Alliance’s Excellence in Manufacturing/K12 Partnerships Awards dinner.
The Expo is Oct. 22 starting with morning keynote speaker Ryan Estis, an internationally known leadership expert. The Expo will feature innovative industry and product highlights throughout the morning and afternoon, and four lunch-and-learn sessions presented by TEC, Sadoff Iron & Metal Co., New North Inc. and WMEP.
To register, visit