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Business development  

Vollrath Co. acquired the strategic assets of Albers Mechanical Contractors Inc. based in St. Paul, Minn.

Oshkosh Corp. received an order valued at $911 million from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal. The order is for 2,738 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, 1,001 companion trailers and associated kits. The contract is the second-largest order to date for the JLTVs.

The Resch Expo, which is nearing completion, booked its first large-scale event, the Great Lakes Logging & Heavy Equipment Expo, scheduled to take place Sept. 8-10, 2022. It’s expected to bring more than 340 vendors and 6,000 people to the Green Bay area.

Entrepreneurial Equity Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm focused on the food and consumer packaged goods industries, invested in Salm Partners. The Salm family will maintain a significant stake in the business. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Salm Partners owns and operates two production facilities in Denmark. 

Mills Fleet Farm closed its distribution center on Lynndale Drive in Appleton, putting 42 people out of work.

Tundraland acquired Milwaukee window company Renewal by Anderson. Epiphany Law represented Tundraland in the acquisition.

Van Horn Automotive Group purchased Dick Brantmeier Ford Lincoln Kia of Sheboygan on Kohler Memorial Drive.

KI was awarded a group purchasing agreement for capital equipment with health care improvement company Premier. The agreement allows Premier members, at their discretion, to take advantage of special pricing and terms pre-negotiated by Premier for furniture and systems, case goods, seating and accessories.

KerberRose added two new firms to its business: Klismith Accounting & Tax Group, S.C. in Plover joining KerberRose, and Scott Ciullo, Inc. dba MI Retirement Guys, LLC in Marquette, Mich., joining KerberRose Wealth Management.

Johnsonville Sausage launched two new handheld sandwiches specifically for the convenience-store market and offered in two varieties: Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage and Beef Hot Dog. It also launched three new sausage flavors: Ultimate Queso, Southern Style BBQ and Smoked Honey BBQ.

Construction news

Construction is underway on Butzen Sports Complex in Sheboygan. The multiphase project will begin with construction of eight soccer fields that will be ready for play by spring 2022.

Quasius Construction is completing a project for Miesfeld’s Meat Market that will add 10,000 square feet of production space and 5,000 square feet of retail space.

Bayland Buildings is completing or has completed projects for the following organizations: Open Hearth Lodge, Sister Bay; BCS International, Howard; The Workshop, Hobart, Country Villa Assisted Living, Little Chute; Utility Tool and Trailer, Bonduel; Marketplace by Bliss, Sturgeon Bay; and Integrity Warehouse, De Pere.

Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction completed projects for the School District of Manawa, Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District and School District of Mondovi.

Keller Inc. is completing projects for the following organizations: Tectron Tube, De Pere; Walsh Dental Group, Shawano; Biax-Fiberfilm Corp., Neenah; and Dean Distributing, Neenah.

The Door County Maritime Museum selected Southern Custom Exhibits as the exhibit general contractor for the Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower, which overlooks Sturgeon Bays working waterfront. The Boldt Co. is the building’s general contractor.

McMahon Associates is designing and overseeing the construction of a manufacturing plant for Corn Board Manufacturing Inc. of Sac County, Iowa.

Business comings and goings  

Coffee shop Glas closed its location on 14th Street in Sheboygan.

Salon Eri’s Beauty Studio opened in Sheboygan with the help of services from the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corp. and Small Business Development Center at UW-Green Bay.

Bank of Luxemburg announced plans to open a branch in Fish Creek this spring.

Education news

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved waiving electronic application fees at nine state universities for approximately the next two years. The list of schools includes UW-Green Bay and UW-Oshkosh.

Lakeshore Technical College received two competitive grants totaling $750,000 to support training for students and community members involved in carrying out emergency response activities. The funding will support curriculum development, technical and administrative support, and delivery of hazardous waste worker training programs, as well as purchases including air monitoring and confined space rescue equipment. In addition, a training equipment storage trailer, which allows Lakeshore to deliver courses off campus to local businesses and organizations, will be replaced. A $10,000 grant will fund development and delivery of training related to COVID-19.

Lawrence University and the Wisconsin School of Business Center for Professional and Executive Development launched a partnership to offer learning and development opportunities to the business community in the Fox Valley. The partnership, facilitated through CPED, provides immersive programs on critical skill development. The courses are being delivered online during the COVID-19 pandemic but will shift to in-person sessions on the Lawrence campus when it’s safe to do so.

UW-Green Bay will launch a new noncredit Diversity, Equity and Inclusion certificate program in February. The goal of the program is to promote social evolution in workplaces, organizations and communities.

Lakeland University launched an online course, Leading through a Pandemic: Perspectives of Wisconsin Executives, featuring business leaders discussing how they are guiding their organizations through the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, visit lakeland.edu/leading-through-a-pandemic. Also, the F.K. Bemis Family Foundation awarded Lakeland a significant grant that will allow it to pilot a two-year program to provide comprehensive support services for students with intellectual disabilities and other learning differences.

Kaukauna High School unveiled a $100,000 CNC machine as part of its tech ed department. Fox Valley Tool and Die teamed up with the high school to get a grant from the state.

Awards/recognitions/milestones

Two New North companies were among those to receive Governor’s Marketplace Awards: Reynolds Packaging, Green Bay, Outstanding Small Business Award, and Brothers Painting, Sheboygan, Rising Star Award.

The Abbey Bar in De Pere was one of three main winners in the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.’s We’re All Innovating contest.

Miron Construction Co. Inc., Performa Inc. and Oshkosh Corp. announced that Oshkosh’s global headquarters achieved Fitwel certification, the first project in Wisconsin to obtain a perfect 3-Star Fitwel Rating.

Miron Construction Co. Inc. received awards from The Daily Reporter: Charitable Organization of the Year through the publication’s 2020 Newsmakers of the Year awards program and Top Projects awards for the Brown County STEM Innovation Center, Community First Champion Center, Oshkosh Corp. global headquarters and The Suites Residence Hall at UW-Eau Claire. It also received recognitions from Engineering News Record: Top Safety Award for its Oshkosh Corp. work and inclusion on ENR’s Top 100 Green Building Contractors list, Top 250 Global Contractors list and Top 400 Contractors list. Miron also was named the largest contractor in Wisconsin on ENR Midwest’s 2020 Top Contractors list.

Automotive News named Bergstrom Automotive as the best dealership group to work for in the United States.

The Columbus Survey, the leading national measure of community foundation charitable activity, found the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region was the 51st largest community foundation in the United States last year. The ranking puts the organization and its $444 million in assets in the company of community foundations in more populous areas, including the Greater New Orleans Community Foundation and the Dallas Foundation.

The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council recognized companies that achieved Green Masters status for their sustainability efforts. Those in the New North include: KI, Mercury Marine, Oshkosh Corp., Kohler Co., Green Bay Packaging and Masters Gallery Foods.

Oshkosh Corp. was named to the 2020 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, highlighting the company’s commitment to sustainable business practices. 

First Business Trust & Investments, the private wealth division of First Business Bank, reached the milestone of $2 billion in assets under management.

Waupaca Foundry received a 2020 Outstanding Supplier award from Cummins.

The Kohler Co. KOHLER KG Series gaseous-powered generators was recognized as a 2020 Product of the Year by readers of Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine.

The Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel and Convention Center in Oshkosh received the M.K Guertin Award recognizing top-performing hotels within the company.