Plant/Event News

Posted on Mar 10, 2016 :: Plant News
Posted by , Insight on Manufacturing Staff Writer

Oshkosh Corporation continues work under joint light tactical vehicle production contract

Oshkosh Defense, an Oshkosh Corporation Company, will continue to perform work on the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle production contract following a U.S. Court of Federal Claims’ decision to deny Lockheed Martin’s request for a preliminary injunction while its protest is being heard.

The $6.7 billion contract was awarded to Defense in December 2015 and consists of building nearly 17,000 vehicles.

The JLTV program is charged with providing greater protection and off-road mobility for American troops as they perform future combat operations virtually anywhere in the world. The program also fills a capability gap for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps by replacing the legacy HMMWV fleet with a modern light vehicle that provides protection and off-road mobility as well as transportability via air, land and sea.

Carnivore Meat Company enters European pet food market

Carnivore Meat Company of Green Bay attained EU Certification, which authorizes the company to export its pet products into Europe.

Carnivore Meat Company manufactures premium frozen and freeze-dried pet foods and treats.

The EU Certification creates new opportunities for importers, distributors and retailers in the 28 member countries to access the frozen and freeze-dried food and treats.

The company underwent a comprehensive year-long review and the audit included verification and validation of its food safety programs, raw material source verification and an in-depth examination of its manufacturing processes.

Mercury Marine awarded top honors from Marine Marketers

Mercury Marine of Fond du Lac earned two 2015 Neptune awards from the Marine Marketers of America.

Mercury’s 2015 product catalog was named by the MMA as the Best Product Literature, and Mercury’s new global website received top honors as the Best Website.

The MMA is a professional-development association working to enhance the success of marketing and communications professionals involved in the recreational marine industry.

Waupaca Foundry merges with Hitachi subsidiary

Waupaca Foundry, Inc. announced it will merge with Hitachi Metals Automotive Components USA LLC.

The merger is part of a larger reorganization within Hitachi Metals Foundry America designed to position the organization for growth and meet customer demand. Waupaca Foundry will assume the assets and liabilities of HMAC.

After the merger, HMAC will become a division of Waupaca Foundry, but will continue to operate under the HMAC name. Waupaca Foundry produces gray iron, ductile iron and austempered ductile castings and employs more than 3,900 people at six manufacturing facilities.

Menasha Corporation now offering LAMa Display systems in both U.S. and Canada

Menasha Corp. renewed and extended its license for LAMa point-of-sale display systems. Menasha’s new five-year contract allows the promotional solutions leader to offer the sustainable, space-saving displays throughout the U.S. and Canada.

LAMa display systems fold and ship flat, have little set-up time and are 100 percent recyclable. The foldable displays help reduce total supply chain and in-store labor costs, thus increasing both execution and return on investment.

Menasha also provides temporary, semi-permanent and permanent point-of-purchase and point-of-sale display solutions that spotlight brands, command consumer attention and generate sales.

Sartori donates $33,000 to
Make-A-Wish Wisconsin

Sartori Company of Plymouth announced it donated $33,000 to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, bringing its five-year total to $175,000.

The company partnered with Mason Crosby and the Packers Radio Network to donate $1,000 for every successful field goal during the 2015 season including the regular and preseason. Sartori also pledged to donate $1,500 for every postseason field goal.

Sartori has produced artisan and premium cheese for seven decades for specialty, retail, ingredient, restaurant and food service markets.

Vital Essentials Announces Freeze-Dried Minnows for Dogs

Vital Essentials of Green Bay announced its newest freeze-dried minnow treats for dogs. The product launch is based on the successful release of freeze-dried minnows in its Vital Cat Treat line.

Vital Essentials, maker of the ALPHA Prey-model diet, is the longest tenured raw pet food producer in the nation, providing raw pet nutrition since 1968.

Jagemann expands distribution by adding crow shooting supply

Jagemann Sporting Group of Manitowoc announced the recent addition of Crow Shooting Supply as an OEM distributor of Jagemann brass casings. 

Crow Shooting Supply is a leader for both retail and OEM distribution for ammunition components including bullets, primers, gunpowder and brass casings.

Jagemann also launched Jag Magazines for the Glock 17 and Glock 19.

The polymer magazine features increased strength over standard polymer magazines and are designed with improved follower geometry and round stacking for ease of use and disassembly.

Jagemann Sporting Group, a division of Jagemann Stamping Company, is a privately-held U.S. manufacturer of brass casings for rifles and handguns, polymer magazines and other gun components.

Bay Tek Games acquires Skee-Ball

Bay Tek Games of Pulaski bought Skee-Ball Amusement Games, the Pennsylvania-based owner and manufacturer of the original Skee-Ball alley game.

Bay Tek currently produces a line of similar alley bowling games called Fireball Fusion and will transition the brand to the new Skee-Ball.

This latest acquisition will allow Bay Tek to expand its portfolio offering, along with the opportunity to leverage a 107-year-old brand in Skee-Ball. Operations are being transitioned to Pulaski over the next several months.

American Flexpack expands facilities

American FlexPack, a contract packaging manufacturer in Green Bay, is expanding its facilities for manufacturing operations to approximately 124,000 square feet. Immel Construction will build a 40,000-square-foot manufacturing space and a 3,300-square-foot employee wellness space.

Kaysun addition complete

Hamann Construction Co. completed a 31,300-square-foot factory/warehouse addition for Kaysun Corp., located in Manitowoc’s I-43 Industrial Park. The project merges two pre-existing buildings and extends a bridge crane while maintaining access through the connecting link.

New North region ‘green masters’ recognized

Eleven companies and educational institutions from the New North region were recognized as “Green Masters” by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council: Appleton Coated, Combined Locks; Appvion, Appleton; Green Bay Packaging, Green Bay; KI (Krueger International), Green Bay; Menasha Corp., Neenah; Mercury Marine, Fond du Lac; Milk Source, Freedom; Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay; Oshkosh Corp., Oshkosh; Secura Insurance, Appleton and ThedaCare, Appleton. Each scored in the top 20 percent of all companies applying for the program.

Dura-trel expands to meet demand

Dura-trel Inc. of Sheboygan Falls will expand to meet the growing demand for its American-made vinyl products. The family-owned business is one of North America’s largest manufacturers of vinyl lawn and garden products. The company has grown from a garage-based business to its current 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility.

Keller announces new projects

Keller, Inc., Planners Architects and Builders will design a 4,060-square-foot liquid fertilizer mix/load building for the Delong Company. Keller is also building a 49,500-square-foot office, manufacturing and distribution building addition for SilverCote in Marshfield. Keller was designated to build a 3,800-square-foot sanctuary addition for Calvary Chapel of Waupaca and will design and build a 440-square-foot addition for Capital Credit Union.

Para Tech opens neenah center

Para Tech Coating Inc. opened a new coating center in Neenah, expanding the company’s regional capabilities beyond its California and Connecticut operations. Para Tech provides vacuum-deposited parylene technology for electronics, avionics/aerospace, automotive and medical applications.

Faith Technologies earns recognition

Faith Technologies of Menasha earned a top 50 ranking on the ENR National “Top 600” specialty contractor list. The company also earned the 16th spot on the publication’s “Top 50 Firms in Electrical” list. Faith Technologies is an engineering and technology systems contractor that operates in Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin and employs more than 2,000.

Kondex named partner-level supplier by John Deere

Kondex earned recognition as a partner-level supplier for 2015 in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program, Deere & Company’s highest supplier rating. Kondex is a supplier of wear parts and components to John Deere’s Ag and Turn Division and supplies new production products and service components to various John Deere facilities around the world.


Converters expo coming to Lambeau Field April 13-14

The 2016 Converters Expo will be held in the Lambeau Field Atrium on Wednesday, April 13 and Thursday, April 14. The expo features paper, film and nonwovens converters and suppliers.

Exhibitors at the expo include converter-manufacturers, equipment, supplies and related services.

The expo aims to help companies find contract manufacturers, meet partners, network and collaborate. To register, visit

Crane engineering hosting Tech Expo April 28

Crane Engineering of Kimberly will host its Tech Expo from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., April 28, at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

The event will focus on manufacturing processes and equipment innovations involving fluid transfer, lubrication, coating, cooling, contaminant removal, pressure boosting and waste treatment.

To register, visit

THINC! 2016 set for May 19

Insight Publications will hold its annual Technology & Human Innovation Networking Conference, or THINC! from 3-7 p.m., May 19 at the James W. Perry Hall, UW-Fox Valley Communications Arts Center in Menasha.

Paul J. Voss, president of Ethikos, will discuss business ethics and coaching corporate culture and corporate stewardship.

Additionally, Insight will announce its Innovation Awards, recognizing innovative champions throughout the New North and celebrating disruptive ideas that challenge the status quo.

For more information on the Innovation Awards, visit