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Posted on May 15, 2016 :: Plant News
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Mercury Marine announces manufacturing expansion

Mercury Marine is adding a 53,000-square-foot manufacturing expansion to its global headquarters in Fond du Lac. The expansion will consist of 45,000 square feet of manufacturing capacity and an additional 8,000 square feet of office space.

In addition, Mercury is investing in state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment to better streamline the manufacturing process and meet the growing demands in the marketspace.

The project will be complete in January, 2017.


The Department of Defense has awarded contracts to construct two additional Littoral Combat Ships, including LCS-25 to be constructed at Marinette Marine with a congressional cost cap of $564 million.

The Freedom-variant LCS ship is expected to be delivered to the Navy in July 2020. The contract for the other ship, LCS-26, was awarded to Austal USA, Mobile, Ala., with the same congressional cost cap of $564 million. Primary contractor Lockheed Martin has built multiple models of its LCS at Marinette Marine and has averaged about $360 million per ship. Lockheed’s LCS 25 and Austal’s LCS 26 are expected to be delivered in November 2020. The two companies have already delivered LCSs 1 through 6, and will deliver 7 through 11 in 2016.

“Over 12,000 people and 500 suppliers in 37 states contribute to this critical program and will continue to do so as we transition to the new Freedom-class Frigate in the coming years,” says Joe North, Littoral Ships and Systems vice president and general manager.

This is the 11th LCS procured under the 2010 block contract and the 13th Freedom-class variant. Marinette Marine has already delivered three ships, while seven are in various stages of construction and testing, and three more in long-lead production.

Bemis Company acquires packaging operations of SteriPack group

Bemis Company, Inc. announced it has signed an agreement to acquire the medical device packaging operations and related value-added services of SteriPack Group, a global manufacturer of sterile packaging solutions for medical devices and pharmaceutical applications.

The acquisition will support Bemis’ strategy to grow its health- care packaging business and will complement the company’s new and expanding global health care operations.

The acquisition will also increase the capacity to meet the needs of the growing health care industry.

Georgia-Pacific completes sale of engineered lumber business

Georgia-Pacific LLC completed the sale of its Engineered Lumber business to Boise Cascade for $215 million, including working capital.

The transaction included Georgia-Pacific’s engineered lumber operations located at Thorsby, Ala., and Roxboro, N.C., along with a commercial sales and technical team.

Project Mini-Choppers Unveiled in Manitowoc county

Three Project Mini-Chopper teams sponsored by New North-area companies were unveiled to the public.

The Chamber of Manitowoc County partnered with local businesses and county school districts to help students learn valuable skills in manufacturing. The mission of Project Mini-Chopper is to help students, parents, educators and the community understand that manufacturing provides excellent career opportunities, creating a skilled workforce pipeline to meet manufacturing needs today and in the future.

Throughout the school year, student teams gain real life experience in the manufacturing world by working hand-in-hand with their corporate sponsor in designing, fabricating and troubleshooting the bike, as well as managing a budget, schedule and the overall project.

This year’s corporate sponsors include: Broadwind Towers & Heavy Industries sponsoring the Two Rivers High School team, Sadoff Iron & Metal Company sponsoring the Mishicot High School team and Allstates Rigging, Inc. sponsoring the Lincoln High School team.

Omni Glass & Paint, Inc. receives bids for Madison Country Day School, Green Bay YMCA

Omni Glass & Paint, Inc. announced its glass division will be part of the three-story addition at Madison Country Day School in Waunakee. Omni will be installing the aluminum storefronts, curtain walls, doors and aluminum windows for the project.

The nearly 22,000-square-foot addition will include three new classrooms and about 7,600 square feet of the existing facility will be renovated to include a new science lab, as well as a lower school library.

Omni will also be working on part of the renovation at the historic YMCA in downtown Green Bay.

The renovation will include repairs to the façade and infrastructure, as well as renovations to the equipment and program facilities.

Omni will be completing the new glass façade as well as all-glass doors and aluminum entrance doors throughout the interior of the building. The project is expected to be complete by late spring 2017.

Faith Technologies to make improvements to Tulsa’s River Spirit Casino in Oklahoma

Faith Technologies is partnering with Manhattan Redstone to complete the River Spirit Casino Resort project in Tulsa, Okla.

Faith Technologies’ scope of work includes LED lighting in public areas and theatrical lighting in Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Restaurant. The project will also include the installation of fire alarm systems, security, public address and access control systems.

Stainless Machining Technologies builds new facility

Stainless Machining Technologies and Keller Inc. broke ground on a new, 12,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at 1306 Capital Drive, in Fond du Lac. Construction is expected to be complete this summer.

Jagemann adds Black Hills Shooters Supply

Jagemann Sporting Group added Black Hills Shooters Supply as a distributor of OEM Jagemann Brass.

Black Hills Shooters Supply has been servicing the market since 1982 and Jagemann has been providing brass casings to the OEM market for more than five years. It distributes through Crow Shooting Supply and Snake River.

The new addition will allow Jagemann to broaden its reach across the U.S.

Winsert, Inc. President and CEO named EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in the Midwest

Trisha Lemery, president and CEO of Winsert, Inc., Marinette, is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 Award in the Midwest, which encompasses Illinois and Wisconsin.

The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Award winners will be announced at a celebration on June 15 at the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom in Chicago.

EPA recognizes Manitowoc Foodservice with 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Manitowoc Foodservice, Inc. with a 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency achievements.

The company was honored for its long-term commitment to energy efficiency by receiving seven years of award-winning excellence and has increased the number of ENERGY STAR products offered in its Koolaire ice machine line, while maintaining strong offerings in its other brands.

Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped prevent a total of more than 2.4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and in 2014, ENERGY STAR provided more than $11 billion in societal benefits due to reducing damages from climate change.

SCA awards environmental grants to schools andnon-profits in the USA

SCA will fund 16 projects that foster environmental learning among students who delve into projects to study hydroponics, water quality, urban gardening and future cities.

This is the ninth year SCA has offered grants to communities where SCA has sites.

A total of $45,000 will be divided between the schools and organizations. In total, SCA has donated more than $300,000 to schools and organizations throughout the country since the environmental grant program started in 2008.

Oshkosh Defense JLTV program moves ahead after protest

The Oshkosh Defense team can now move forward on the JLTV program without the constraints of the competitor protest that was filed after the award of the production contract to Oshkosh.

Lockheed Martin had filed a protest and lawsuit shortly after the U.S. Army awarded Oshkosh the $6.7 billion production contract to build 16,901 vehicles. Oshkosh beat out AM General and Lockheed to build the vehicles, which will replace the HMMWV fleet.

The protest was resolved in Oshkosh’s favor and Lockheed has dropped its lawsuit. The Oshkosh Defense team is expected to begin delivering vehicles this fall.

Wisconsin Lift Truck partners with Ariens Company

Wisconsin Lift Truck will be partnering with Ariens Company to provide Jervis B. Webb Company’s Smart Cart Automotive Guided Cart Assembly System.

The Smart Cart AGC assembly system, which is integrated with Ariens Company’s production assembly equipment, has increased production of Ariens IKONX/Gravely ZTX riding mowers by 64 percent. With this upgrade, Ariens Company will have assembly stations that provide a stable and accurate production flow coupled with real-time productivity tracking.

N.E.W. Plastics OF luxemburg Acquires Fulcrum Inc.

N.E.W. Plastics Corp. of Luxemburg acquired Fulcrum Inc. of St. Paul, Minn. The acquisition will expand N.E.W. Plastics Corp.’s Midwestern geographic reach and aligns with the company’s strategic growth plans.

As part of the acquisition agreement, Fulcrum Inc. will be operating as Fulcrum Container, LLC. Fulcrum’s staff of 23 will be retained and the company leadership will be helping to spearhead growth opportunities.

Both facilities will offer view striping capabilities and other added services include product design, in-line pressure sensitive and shrink labeling, silk screening and warehousing management services.

N.E.W. Plastics Corp. President and CEO Mike Rekitzke says they expect to see growth at both locations and are excited about the additional offerings of products and services for current and prospective clients.

Mercury Marine wins WISCONSIN corporate safety award

The Wisconsin Safety Council honored Mercury Marine as one of 15 companies to win this year’s Wisconsin Corporate Safety award.

The winners were chosen based on information they provided on their organization’s safety and health leadership, training and implementation programs and employee participation.

Mercury has made improvements in air quality, machine safeguarding and emergency notification systems. In 2015, Mercury Marine implemented a supervisor roadmap to provide guidance in core safety activities and a pre-startup, safety-review process for new machine installations.

In 2015, Mercury saw a 25 percent reduction in total recordable injury rates and a 50 percent reduction in lost time injury.

Menasha Corp. wins Awardat GlobalShop 2016

Menasha Corp won an international product design award in the in-store marketing/point-of-purchase category for its Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts Toaster Display from the International Interior Design Association in Las Vegas.

GlobalShop is an annual trade show and conference dedicated to store design, visual merchandising and shopper marketing.

The award honors manufacturers and designers for advancements in function, innovation and aesthetics in product design for the retail industry.