Plant/Event News

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 :: Event News , Plant News
Posted by , Insight on Manufacturing Staff Writer

Kondex Named a John Deere “Partner-Level Supplier”

Kondex Corporation earned recognition as a partner-level supplier for 2015 in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program, which is 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.


Mercury Marine’s Skyhook GPS Technology continues to develop

Mercury Marine continues to improve its Skyhook virtual anchoring. From South Florida to the Northeast and along the Pacific, boaters are becoming hooked on technology that allows them to lock into a fishing hole with the simple push of a button.

Using a boat’s GPS system, Skyhook pinpoints its position and moves the boat’s drives independently to maintain the correct heading and keep it properly positioned.

Mercury also earned its fifth consecutive “Green Master” honors, from the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council.

The Green Masters Program measures companies on a broad range of sustainability issues ranging from energy and water conservation to waste management, community outreach and education.


The Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV) from Oshkosh Corporation has been named to Popular Science Magazine’s “Best of What’s New in 2015” list. Each year in its December issue, Popular Science honors 100 innovations that the magazine selects as “brilliant, revolutionary and bound to shape the future.”
The Oshkosh L-ATV was selected in the Auto Section.

The Oshkosh L-ATV combines the ballistic capability of a light tank, the underbody blast protection of a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected class vehicle and the extreme mobility of a Baja racer.

Oshkosh Corporation also resumed work on a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Production contract. The JLTV program fills a critical capability gap for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps by replacing a large portion of the legacy HMMWV fleet with a light vehicle that provides protection, off-road mobility and transportation.

Georgia-Pacific to sell Engineered Lumber business to Boise Cascade

Georgia-Pacific has reached an agreement to sell its engineered lumber business to Boise Cascade for $215 million, including working capital. The transaction is subject to standard regulatory review and other customer closing conditions.

Once completed, the sale will include the engineered lumber operations located at Thorsby, Ala.
and Roxboro, N.C.


Menasha Corp. adds new equipment in Canada

Menasha Corp. has added new equipment to its Canadian operations in order to maximize production efficiencies, increase capacity and support its integrated merchandising solutions across North America. The new equipment includes a large-format flatbed die cutter and litho labeler/laminator, which are both used for packaging and merchandising orders.

The Brausse-Eterna PE2100S Automatic Flatbed die cutter is equipped with a Centreline make-ready system and a side chase loader, which allows for faster set-ups for shorter runs.

The Automatan 8166 Litho Label Laminator is a large-format, high-speed labeler/laminator that can handle the largest litho labels at 4,500 sheets per hour with registration of plus or minus one millimeter.


Jagemann Launches 45 Long Colt

Jagemann Sporting Group of Manitowoc announced the launch of its 45 Long Colt product, which expands its portfolio of brass casing offerings. The 45 long dates back to 1872, when it was introduced for use in black-powder revolvers. Jagemann provides brass casings to the original equipment manufacturer market and supplies bagged reloading brass.


Kohler strike over

Union workers at Kohler Co. returned to work after a month-long strike. United Auto Workers Local 833 members voted overwhelmingly in favor of a four-year deal that provides a wage increase in each year of the contract and improves health care costs compared to the company’s previous offer.

The strike, which was the first
strike the company experienced in more than 30 years, involved nearly 2,000 employees.


Dura-Trel Inc. expands

Dura-Trel Inc. of Sheboygan Falls announced it will expand to meet growing demand for its products. A portion of the investment is financed through Sheboygan County’s Revolving Loan Fund.

Dura-Trel is a family-owned business established in 1998. The company has grown from its initial operations in a garage to its current 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Sheboygan Falls.

The company manufactures vinyl products including arbors, trellises, pergolas, picnic tables, planter boxes and compost bins.


Faith Technologies earns top 50 ranking

Faith Technologies, Inc. of Menasha earned a ranking of No. 41 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’ revenue of $376 million in 2014 earned it a spot among the top 50 specialty contractors.

Faith Technologies is an electrical engineering and technology systems contractor operating in Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin with more than 2,000 employees. Faith Technologies is one of the largest privately-held electrical contractors in the United States.


manufacturing matters!

This year’s Manufacturing Matters conference will offer opportunities for organizations to learn how to become stronger in the manufacturing industry. This three-day event starts
Feb. 24 and features keynote speaker Giacomo “Jack” Fallucca, owner, president and CEO
of Palermo’s Villa, Inc., Milwaukee-based maker of Palermo’s frozen pizza. Fallucca has led Palermo’s since 1985 and will discuss the company’s commitment to employee engagement as well
as innovation.

Other confirmed speakers include Bridget Lazlo, president of Guardian Business Solutions, Dean Amhaus, president and CEO of  The Water Council and Jim Morgan, president of WMC Foundation.

This year, attendees will select three of the following sessions to attend: growing your business; cost and efficiency; c-suite essentials; workforce and culture; the Wisconsin manufacturing ecosystem and transformation change.

For information, visit


Larry Kudlow to keynote Business Day in Madison

To help businesses connect across the state, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce will host its annual Business Day in Madison event Feb. 24.

Larry Kudlow, host of CNBC’s primetime “Kudlow & Company,” will deliver the keynote presentation to attendees.

Kudlow is a nationally syndicated columnist and will discuss issues related to
the economy.

Speakers for the event also include author Stephen Hayes, political analyst Charlie Sykes and Gov. Scott Walker.

For information, visit


Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Awards


Two local companies are among those being considered for the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year award, sponsored by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce.  Menasha Corp. of Neenah
and Fox River Fiber Company LLC of De Pere are among 38 companies vying for the honor. Winners will be recognized at an award ceremony and banquet on Feb. 25 at the Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee.

The Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year awards program celebrates the success of manufacturers in the state: their innovations, philanthropy, technological advances, commitment to customer satisfaction and quality jobs.

For more information on the event that will be held on Feb. 25 in Milwaukee, visit

Focus on Manufacturing Breakfast


The 2016 Focus on Manufacturing Breakfast will highlight manufacturing beyond Wisconsin’s borders. Keynote speaker Jay Timmons, president
and CEO of National Association of Manufacturers, will be joined by a panel of the three Wisconsin manufacturing representatives of the U.S. Department
of Commerce Manufacturing Council.

Focus on Manufacturing will take place in Milwaukee on Feb. 26. For more information, visit