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Posted on Jul 15, 2016 :: Plant News
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Alliance Laundry Systems to make historic expansion

Alliance Laundry Systems of Ripon announced that a proposed $62.6 million expansion to its Ripon campus was approved by the company’s board of directors.

The project will add 225,000 square feet of new buildings, including the construction of a new North America Sales and Marketing Headquarters and the conversion of an existing warehouse into a manufacturing facility.

The company says the project is estimated to bring in 200 new permanent jobs to the local workforce.

Investment incentives from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), Fond du Lac County through the Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corporation, and the City of Ripon have also been finalized. The incentives clear the way for the expansion to move forward with support from all necessary stakeholders.

Two regional companies secure defense contracts

A pair of Northeast Wisconsin companies in June secured additional, multi-million-dollar contracts from the U.S. Department of Defense for ongoing projects.   

Defense awarded Greenville-based Tower Industries an $87.1 million modification to a previous contract for cast iron practice bombs for the Air Force. The work will be completed at company facilities in Greenville and Shawano and is expected to be completed by July 31, 2019, according to the award notification.

Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corp., secured an $18.5 million technical support contract for a March award to build Army heavy tactical vehicles. The contract supports a larger, $430 million contract awarded in March to update 1,212 Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles as well as build 345 trailers.

Bemis Company wins award, expands operations

Bemis Company, Inc. won the 2016 DuPont Award for Packaging Innovation, receiving a Diamond Finalist Award for the Doril Enxaqueca medicine package. The product exhibited excellence in technological advancement, responsible packaging and enhanced user experience.

Bemis also acquired the packaging operations of SteriPack Group, a global manufacturer of sterile packaging solutions for medical device and pharmaceutical applications.

The acquisition includes a facility in Ireland as well as packaging production assets in Malaysia and the United States.

Green Bay pet food manufacturer releases new product line

Vital Essentials of Green Bay released the world’s first ever freeze-dried VE RAW BAR for dogs.

The selection includes duck feet, duck necks, turkey wing tips, chicken necks and more.

VE RAW BAR debuted in the U.S. in March at the 2016 Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Fla. and internationally in May at the 2016 InterZoo in Nuremberg, Germany.

Vollrath Company debuts new serving equipment solutions

Vollrath Company of Sheboygan featured its newest mobile serving accessories and contemporary serving line to thousands of visitors at the National Restaurant Association show.

The serving line features three-well, hot-cold and two drop-in induction warmers. It also includes a solid surface countertop to draw on the trend of contrasting colors.

Also featured at the event was Vollrath’s newest Signature Server mobile food station. This can be custom designed to accommodate pictures, logos and more.

The company also unveiled its newest buffet ware, which fuses a modern look. The products are also portable and lightweight and are available in white, black, blue, red, yellow and green.

Vollrath is a manufacturer of equipment and smallwares for the foodservice industry.

energybank model T LED exterior fixture awarded first place for Engineering Excellence

energybank of Manitowoc was recognized as a First Place Winner of the Governor’s New Product Award for Engineering Excellence.

The award was presented during the Governor’s New Product Award event in May.

Auto dealers including Gandrud Automotive of Green Bay use the product to reduce operating costs and improve merchandising.

The model T exterior LED fixture was also previously recognized as a Plant Engineering Product of the Year and received the Transformation Award of Excellence for Innovation from the U.S. Green Building Council – Wisconsin Chapter.

Mercury Marine wins Game & Fish/Sportsman Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award

Mercury Marine was presented with the Game & Fish/Sportsman Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for “Favorite Outboard” at the 2016 ICAST show in Orlando.

The award recognizes Mercury’s 115 Pro XS FourStroke outboard for being the best-selling tournament fishing outboard in the world.

Game & Fish/Sportsman conducts two Readers’ Choice Award votes each year and results from the fishing survey are published in March. Hunting results are published in July. More than 3,000 readers voted for their favorite new fishing and boating gear.

N.E.W. Plastics Corp. Acquires Fulcrum Inc. of st. paul

N.E.W. Plastics Corp. of Luxemburg acquired Fulcrum Inc. of St. Paul, Minn.

Fulcrum Inc. will operate as Fulcrum Container, LLC. The staff of 23 will be retained and the company leadership will be helping to spearhead growth opportunities.

Fincantieri Marine Group delivers Moran’s unit

Fincantieri Marine Group’s Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) delivered the Articulated Tug Barge unit, Barbara Carol Ann Morgan and the 110,000-barrel Barge Louisiana to Moran Towing Corporation.

The 5,300-HP 121-foot vessel is certified ABS Class +A-1 Towing Service, +AMS and is equipped with state-of-the-art navigation and communications technology.

The ATB unit was delivered on the exact day called for by the contract and will work the East Coast of the United States and the Gulf of Mexico.

This is the third delivery to Moran under a 2014 contract, with two tank barges delivered in 2015.

Waupaca Foundry earns quality, supplier awards

Hitachi Metals America accepted Honda Motor Company’s 2015 Excellence in Quality Award for products made at its Waupaca Foundry plants.

The award acknowledges suppliers who meet Honda’s philosophy of consistently exceeding expectations and is given annually to suppliers who reach the top of their commodity classification as measured by Honda’s quality and warranty performance index.

Jacobs Vehicle Systems also selected Waupaca Foundry as the 2015 Supplier of the Year.

Waupaca Foundry plants in Waupaca and Marinette were cited for achieving high standards in product delivery, quality, engineering collaboration and pricing.

The foundry produces ductile iron and gray iron engine braking components for Jacobs Vehicle Systems and has been its castings supplier for 35 years.

Pieper Electric merges with Green Bay’s HiTech

Green Bay-based HiTech, with offices in Neenah, Milwaukee and Cincinnati, announced a merger with New Berlin-based Pieper Electric, Inc.

HiTech will operate as a standalone branch of Pieper and will retain the HiTech name and brand. It will continue to be run by the same management team and remain headquartered in Green Bay.

Pieper is one of Wisconsin’s largest electrical and automation contractors, with 800 employees working in seven locations in the state. Financial terms of the merger were not disclosed.