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Business development  

Nicolet Bank expanded into Michigan with its $248 million deal to acquire mBank.

AriensCo acquired Germany-based AS-Motor, a manufacturer of professional mowing equipment for high grass and slopes.

ThedaCare purchased land adjacent to ThedaCare Health Campus-Encircle. The 40-acre land purchase from Guardian Life includes the building at 2300 E. Capitol Drive, Appleton. ThedaCare now serves as property manager, with responsibility for all aspects of the land and building. Guardian Life is leasing the third floor of the building, and ThedaCare is exploring other options for the building. 

The U.S. Army Contracting Command awarded Oshkosh Defense a three-year extension to the FHTV IV contract and initial delivery orders valued at $146.8 million. Oshkosh will provide new and recapitalized Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks, Palletized Load System trucks and trailers, and Heavy Equipment Transporters. The initial delivery orders call for a total of 353 new and recapitalized vehicles. 

HolwegWeber, parent company of H.G. Weber Co., broke ground on a 15,000-square-foot expansion that will double the production space at H.G. Weber’s Kiel location.

Titletown Manufacturing moved operations from its long-time Allouez location to a larger facility in Ashwaubenon. The new facility features 40,000 square feet of space — double the size of its previous location — and includes a spacious assembly bay and three times the space for office operations. The company also announced plans to add a metal brake for precise bending and a plasma waterjet laser for enhanced cutting.

Cherney Biological Services, Green Bay, purchased Foremost Farms’ headquarters in Baraboo and is taking over the operations of its milk testing and microbiology lab. Foremost Farms will remain a tenant in the building. Cherney plans to double the current lab’s footprint from 3,700 square feet to almost 9,000 square feet by remodeling a part of the building.

Advocate Aurora Enterprises acquired Senior Helpers, which provides home care and wellness offerings for seniors.

Humana Inc. signed a definitive agreement to acquire the remaining 60 percent interest in Kindred at Home, the nation’s largest home health and hospice provider, for an enterprise value of $8.1 billion, which includes Humana’s existing equity value of $2.4 billion associated with its previous 40 percent minority ownership interest.

ISG acquired Golden Industrial Refrigeration of Milwaukee.

Sun Country Airlines will offer nonstop service from Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport to Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers, Fla., and Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix beginning in December. 

Specialty Metals HoldCo LLC, the parent company of The C.A. Lawton Co., is changing its name to The Lawton Standard Co.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox Cities Realty has joined the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices worldwide network. The company will add one office and 22 agents to the global brokerage network.

A.C.E. Building Service ownership transferred from longstanding leaders Stan Johnson and Bill Shimek to Chris Herzog, Stuart Johnson, Carolyn Hoffmann and Max Maigatter.

Paper Converting Machine Co. announced its wet wipes folding machines the Rx200 and Mako Clipper are now available with high-content alcohol, measuring as much as 70 percent.

American Airlines is bringing a second nonstop flight from Appleton International Airport to Charlotte Douglas International Airport. 

Tundra Angels, a program of the Greater Green Bay Chamber, and two other state investors have helped COovate, Inc., a Milwaukee company developing a novel anode material for lithium-ion batteries, finish its initial round of financing. 

Weidert Group was selected to develop and execute an integrated inbound marketing program for TIDI Products of Neenah, and inbound marketing, sales and website work for Barcoding Inc. of Baltimore. Weidert also was named the North American winner in the Grow Better Sales category in HubSpot’s Q1 2021 Impact Awards.

Business comings and goings  

Prevea Health opened its newly completed Prevea St. Mary’s Health Center at Shawano Avenue and Taylor Street in Green Bay. It offers primary and specialty health care services.

Miron Construction Co. Inc. announced plans to open a location within the Titletown Office building in Green Bay.

Silverstone Memory Care, a community-based residential facility that specializes in caring for people with moderate to advanced dementia, opened a new facility on Schroth Lane in Grand Chute.

Bank of Luxemburg opened a new branch in Fish Creek.

Prospera Credit Union opened a new branch on West Integrity Way in Grand Chute.

Mud Creek Coffee opened in Sherwood. It’s the second location for the Stockbridge-based business.

Holy Family Memorial Hearing and Balance opened a location on North Taylor Drive in Sheboygan.

Construction news

Construction of the Mulva Cultural Center in De Pere is slated to begin in August. De Pere natives James and Miriam Mulva are funding the entire $95 million project at the southeast corner of the roundabout at the eastern side of the Claude Allouez Bridge.

Construction has begun on a new Orthopedic & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic across the street from the BayCare Clinic corporate office on Kepler Drive in Green Bay. The 137,000-square-foot complex will include BayCare’s orthopedic practice, an inpatient rehabilitation hospital, an outpatient rehabilitation center, a rooftop track, CrossFit of Green Bay, a coffee shop and multiple patios.

Construction of the Whistling Oak Apartments in the Town of Sheboygan is nearing completion, with leasing open now for an anticipated occupancy date of July 1.

The Village of Random Lake and Scholler Development LLC signed a development agreement for the creation of Woodland View Subdivision, featuring a combination of condos and single-family housing.

Plymouth Foam is undergoing office renovations at its Plymouth location, adding collaboration spaces and providing additional space between team members, new-technology ventilation, lighting and acoustics.

Peninsula Title broke ground on a 7,038-square-foot office building in Sturgeon Bay.

Kwik Trip announced plans to build a second store in Omro. Kwik Trip also has become the presenting sponsor of the NASCAR Cup Series race at Road America.

Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction began construction of a Tom’s Drive-In/Holidays Pub & Grill location at North Richmond Street and Evergreen Drive in Appleton, and completed construction and design of the newly opened Kiel Performing Arts Center at Kiel High School.

Keller Inc. is completing projects for the following organizations: Faith Technologies, Menasha; Hobby Lobby/Big Lots, Fond du Lac; VandenBoom VerstegenWealth Management, Kimberly; Fond du Lac Water & Conservation; Capital Credit Union, Sturgeon Bay; and Otter Creek Dental, Hortonville.


Northeast Wisconsin Technical College was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to create a pipeline for high school students to gain skills and college credit toward a career in energy management. NWTC also announced new programs debuting this fall: associate degrees in data specialist, justice and community advocacy, substance use disorder counseling, and career and technical education; technical diplomas in diesel maintenance technician and landscape technician; and certificates in additive manufacturing and telecommunications tower technician. 

UW-Green Bay will launch its electrical engineering program this fall. It also debuted a Certificate in Nursing Leadership and Management program. It’s intended to give experienced nurses the confidence and skills to lead and manage most any situation.

Lakeshore Technical College received a $75,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development to support a program that offers opportunities for Manitowoc and Sheboygan county jail inmates to become better prepared to re-enter the community and avoid future incarceration.

The Fox Valley Workforce Development Board is offering 10 free training grants to eligible individuals with an interest in obtaining training in a Commercial Driver’s License program at Fox Valley Technical College. Qualified participants will have all costs for the programs covered, including application fees, tuition, supplies, mileage back and forth to the classroom and child care.

Lakeland University launched its Pro-Year program in collaboration with its Cooperative Education program. Pro-Year offers an option for students who are navigating times of transition, including determining next steps following high school graduation or entering the world of work following the completion of a two-year degree. Pro-Year students will enter the workforce and receive regular support and mentorship to develop their professional skills, identify personal goals and chart next steps. 

The Kohler, New Holstein and Random Lake school districts were among 16 in the state that were granted a total of over $440,000 through the Expanded Wisconsin Fast Forward Technical Education Equipment

Grant Program. 

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley will open a new Boys & Girls Club beginning this summer, located within James Madison Middle School in Appleton. In addition to the Boys & Girls Club in Appleton (located at 160 S. Badger Ave.), this will be the seventh Appleton school-based club location the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley operates.

UW-Oshkosh is presenting “Battlefields of Memory,” an exhibit showcasing the history and culture of Hmong Americans aimed at helping the community better understand their history and the trauma many Hmong Americans endured decades ago.


AriensCo received the Wildlife Habitat Council Conservation Certification for its work to restore and conserve 150 acres of natural ecosystem at its headquarters in Brillion.

Associated Bank ranked No. 1 in the J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Study with Retail Banking in the Upper Midwest. Associated also ranked No. 1 in convenience, channel activities and new account opening. 

Leadership Green Bay announced the recipients of the 2020 and 2021 John M. and Meredith B. Rose Business Leadership Award. Cellcom received the 2020 award, and Bank First received the 2021 award.

Fast Company recognized Carnivore Meat Co. as part of its 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards. Carnivore received an honorable mention in the Pandemic Response category for its donation of UV equipment to two regional health care systems.

Acuity announced that its policyholders’ surplus has reached $3 billion (GAAP), the largest amount ever in the insurer’s 95-year history.

Menasha Corp. was selected as a 2021 U.S. Best Managed Company. Sponsored by Deloitte Private and The Wall Street Journal, the program recognizes outstanding U.S. private companies and the achievements of their employees.

Oshkosh Corp. received the IDG FutureEdge 50 Award for its innovative use of emerging technology. Oshkosh Corp. also joined the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber as a gold member.

Aurora BayCare Medical Center and Rocky Knoll Health Care Center in Plymouth received Energy Efficiency Excellence Awards from Focus on Energy.

New North companies were among those to receive Wisconsin Safety Council Corporate Safety Awards: Fincantieri Marinette Marine, Energis Holdings, Airgas, Holtger Bros. Inc. and J.F. Ahern.

UScellular was named to Forbes’ list of Best Employers for Diversity.

Area businesses and individuals were honored as part of the first-ever Public Relations Society of America WisCOMsin Awards: Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, content creation and crisis communications; Green Bay Area Public School District, Howard-Suamico School District and Leonard & Finco Public Relations, public affairs and community education; Prevea Health and UW-Green Bay, PR and media relations tools; and Prevea Health, media team of the year. Dr. Ashok Rai, Prevea Health president and CEO, received one of two communicator of the year awards.

Boyd Group International, an aviation forecasting and consulting firm, announced its U.S. top 25 percentage growth markets, ranking Appleton International Airport 19th.

Cornerstone Business Services ranked third out of 773 lower middle market investment banking firms that brought deals to market on the M&A industry tool Axial in the first quarter of 2021.

UltraCom Wireless was named a 2020 “Elite Performer” by UScellular for sales and operational excellence at its Appleton location.

Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats received a Gold sofi Award from the Specialty Food Association for its Nueske’s Jalapeno & Cheese Beef Sticks in the Jerky & Meat Snacks category.

The UA 400 Pipe Trades and the Mechanical Contractors Association held a welding merit badge clinic for 192 Boy Scouts from the Bay-Lakes Council at Camp Rokilio in Kiel.

Verve, a Credit Union was named to Milwaukee’s 2021 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For list administered by the National Association for Business Resources.

Insurify named Oshkosh Wisconsin’s best city to retire on its list of Best Cities to Retire in 2021.

Sister Bay ranked No. 2 on a list of 20 of the “Top Friendliest Cities in the U.S.” put together by travel website