Business development 

Robinson Metal Inc. opened a second facility in De Pere. Robinson is expected to begin production at the new facility at 2107 American Blvd. this month. The 178,000-square-foot facility is its third location.

Industrial Opportunity Partners, a private equity company, purchased the Midwest Recycled and Coated Containerboard Mill in Combined Locks, which was formerly known as Appleton Coated.

ROC and SRC Technologies, which merged in July 2019, have been rebranded under the new name of Loyality.

Texas-based Transplace purchased Lanehub, a Green Bay freight collaboration platform that allows shippers and carriers to see where dedicated lines in their networks overlap and to partner to improve asset utilization and reduce waste.

Walsworth Publishing Co. of Marceline, Mo., acquired Ripon Printers.

Optima Associates acquired Savvy Consortium, a Minneapolis-based association of product development engineers with peer groups in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio.

Voith acquired 90 percent of the shares in Toscotec S.p.A., a global supplier of systems, products and services for the paper industry with headquarters in Lucca, Italy. Its focus is on tissue machines for manufacturing sanitary products such as paper towels, paper napkins and toilet paper.

Acuity announced it will begin writing business in Virginia. Personal lines insurance from Acuity became available in January, with commercial lines becoming available soon.

Viking Masek in Oostburg installed a 648-panel rooftop solar array. It provides enough electricity each year to power its entire manufacturing facility as well as surplus to power 28 homes in the community.

Crafts Inc. of Manitowoc added a new division, Schaus Roofing Services, a division of Crafts Inc.

MCR, the fifth-largest hotel owner-operator in the United States, acquired the 127-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott Green Bay.

DeCleene Truck Refrigeration & Trailer in De Pere was sold to Gateway Truck & Refrigeration, headquartered in Collinsville, Ill.

Packerland Websites and Dynamic Designs have formed a partnership in which Packerland Websites will provide website management and search engine optimization services to Dynamic Designs clients.

The C.A. Lawton Co. merged with Temperform of Novi, Mich., as part of a long-term acquisition and expansion strategy. They are creating a new specialty metals platform that will better position both companies for growth in the industry. This new specialty metals platform will operate under the umbrella of Oakland Standard, a firm that specializes in helping organizations grow through mergers and acquisitions as well as facility and automation investments.

Neenah Foundry has laid off approximately 30 workers at its Brooks Avenue site in Neenah. According to the company’s general counsel, the layoffs affected salaried staff members.

DealerSocket Inc. has acquired Auto/mate, a Dealer Management Software provider for automotive dealerships.

Verve, a Credit Union announced it has moved to Fiserv for core account processing.

Business comings and goings 

Van Horn Hyundai opened on Racetrack Road in Sheboygan. Quasius Construction constructed the new building.

Fox Communities Credit Union opened a new location on Corporate Way in Pulaski.

Prevea Health partnered with Curative Connections to open a new location offering physical, occupational and speech therapy services on Green Bay’s east side.

The Nest Cowork + Club, a female-forward co-working space, opened in Green Bay’s Broadway District.

Harry’s Prohibition Pizza opened in Sheboygan.

Construction news

The U.S. Customs and Terminal Building construction is underway at the Sheboygan County Memorial Airport. Zeise Construction from Green Bay was the successful low bidder for the $5 million project. Work will continue through the winter with completion set for July.

The new 194,000-square-foot Alro Steel facility in Oshkosh is on track for a February completion.

The National Railroad Museum announced plans for the renovation of the museum’s lobby. This is the first project in a multiphase site redevelopment plan for the museum.

Bayland Buildings is completing projects for the following organizations: Harley-Davidson of Appleton, Dörr Hotel,Integrity Warehousing, LLC, Alliance Laundry Systems and D2 Sports Pub.

Keller Inc. is completing projects for the following organizations: Laser Form, LLC, De Pere; and Karl’s Family Dentistry, Waunakee.

Premier Financial Credit Union opened an expanded and refurbished office in Kiel.


The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Foundation received a $1.9 million gift from Dr. Kenneth J. Grieb to establish the Kenneth J. Grieb Professorship. In addition, 23 UW-Oshkosh Master of Business Administration students finished in the top 2 percentile on the national Educational Testing Services fall business exam.

St. Norbert College launched the Family Business Forum to support family-owned businesses. It plans its first event in April.

Lakeshore Technical College and UW-Green Bay signed transfer agreements that allow students earning associate degrees in business management or accounting at LTC to transfer their credits to UW-Green Bay when they major in those respective fields. LTC also created a new leadership program series for front line leaders.

The Kresge Foundation awarded a $495,000 grant to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College to connect people with low incomes to critical human services supports and educational pathways to advance social and economic mobility.


Seven manufacturers from the New North are among the 25 state manufacturers nominated for the 32nd Annual Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Awards. Regional nominees include: Fox Valley Wood Products Inc., Kaukauna; MCL Industries Inc., Pulaski; Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats, Wittenberg; Orion Energy Systems Inc., Manitowoc; Outlook Group, Neenah; Professional Plating, Brillion; and Sargento Foods, Plymouth.

Forbes named Kohler to its list of Top 20 Destinations for 2020.

Kohler Co. received a CED 2020 Innovation Award for its Numi 2.0 Intelligent Toilet.

Acuity received a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award. It also won several Hermes, AVA Digital and Stevie Awards for its annual reports and educational videos.

Bergstrom Automotive received a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award.

Springbuk named Faith Technologies to its list of Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America.

Chefusion in downtown Green Bay was one of five businesses statewide to be named a finalist in the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.’s Main Street Makeover Contest.

The Fox Cities Marathon announced winners of its 2019 Pierce Business Challenge. First place winners included: Alliance Laundry Systems, Division 1; Kimberly Area School District, Division 2; Miron Construction Co. Inc., Division 3; and P.D.S. Fusion, Division 4. Second place winners were: 4Imprint, Division 1; Secura Insurance, Division 2; Menasha Joint School District, Division 3; and Go Fast Manufacturing, Division 4.

The Stephenson National Bank & Trust earned the Certificate of Excellence Award from the Wisconsin Bankers Association and won its first Innovation in Financial Literacy Award from the organization. In addition, the bank announced that in 2019, it donated more than $157,000 to nonprofits in Marinette, Menominee and Oconto counties.

Kondex received its eighth consecutive Gold Award from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers for its involvement in their 2019 “I Make America” advocates program.

SAKOM Services LLC and Peer Technical Group LLC received awards from the Hire Vets Medallion Program.

Sentinel Structures of Peshtigo received an award for materials it supplied for the Altra Federal Credit Union in Rochester, Minn. The Peshtigo firm made Southern Pine glued laminated columns, beams and trusses for the roof structure of the credit union complex.

The Wisconsin Bankers Association presented its Excellence in Financial Education Award to Horicon Bank.

Oshkosh Corp. ranked No. 133 in Drucker’s Management Top 250 rankings.

The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce certified Werner Electric Supply as a 2019 bronze-level Employee Friendly Workplace, the first company in the Fox Cities to receive the certification. rated Oshkosh No. 1 on its list of 20 Best College Towns in the U.S.

New North-based banks were among those named as top Small Business Administration lenders: Associated Bank, Green Bay, No. 3; Hometown Bank, Fond du Lac, No. 15; American National Bank-Fox Cities, Appleton, No. 17; and Nicolet National Bank, Green Bay, No. 22.

Faith Technologies ranked No. 23 on Engineering News Record magazine’s Top 600 Specialty Contractors list. The company made a 14-spot jump on the annual list from No. 37 in 2018. Faith also ranked No. 10 in ENR’s Top 50 Firms in Electrical, and in four ENR regional lists of Top Specialty Contractors, including: ENR Southeast, No. 8; ENR Midwest, No. 10; ENR Texas & Louisiana, No. 12; and ENR Mountain States, No. 26.

Holy Family Memorial received the Perioperative Surgical Home Innovator Award from the American Society of Anesthesiologists. It received the award for its Meds to Beds program, a free bedside service for hospital patients. Pharmacy staff meet with hospitalized patients to discuss anticipated medication needs, the purpose of the medications and the patient’s prescription drug coverage.

The U.S. Small Business Administration Wisconsin office recognized Fortifi Bank for its commitment to making financing more accessible to small businesses. Fortifi was named the top volume lender utilizing SBA financing in the $400 – $500 million asset category for 2019.

Charitable giving and grants

The Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corp. received a grant in the form of a three-year commitment to support the Winnebago Catch-A-Ride program. The grant originates from the Basic Needs Giving Partnership, which is supported by the U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs within the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, the J. J. Keller Foundation and other community partners.

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay was approved for a $20,000 Art Works grant to support the Youth Arts Initiative from the National Endowment for the Arts. This project will provide youth with access to professional teaching artists, high-quality arts programming and a creative outlet.

Fit Oshkosh Inc. received a $10,000 grant from Associated Bank to be used to further the success of the Coworking Space, a safe and creative space designed for entrepreneurs of color in Northeast Wisconsin.

Associated Bank donated $10,000 to ADVOCAP.

Unison Credit Union awarded 12 area nonprofit organizations monetary donations as a part of its 12 Gifts of Unison program.

The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region has more than $1.36 million in scholarships available for students from 60 schools in the region, with most scholarship applications due by March 1.

CASA of Menominee County (Mich.) was awarded a $7,300 Recruitment and Awareness grant from the National Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem Association for Children. Funds will be used to tailor a national public awareness campaign about child abuse and neglect for local markets and to distribute the campaign. The campaign will run on social media and on radio. The program has also received funding for materials to promote CASA at area events.

All the rest

The Sheboygan County Economic Development Corp. has partnered with the Pentecostals of Sheboygan County to assist with the Joseph Project Sheboygan County, a faith-based workforce initiative that provides soft-skills training to help connect people to the career opportunities in Sheboygan County.

Appleton Downtown Inc. launched the Community Public Market. The free event, which will offer an environment similar to the Downtown Appleton Farm Market, will be held on three Saturdays at the Fox Cities Exhibition Center: Feb. 8, March 21 and April 18.

The Experimental Aircraft Association has started expansion of the Memorial Wall at Pioneer Airport.

Business and education leaders in Calumet County launched the Calumet Business-Education Partnership aimed at connecting employers, schools and parents to create opportunities for career exploration and relationship building in Calumet County.

Prevea Health launched “Plug in to Health,” a podcast focusing on health topics and the latest developments in health and medicine. It is available for free on Apple, Spotify and other podcasting platforms as well as at

Two area companies and organizations launched new websites: Valley Transit and C3 Corp.

Compassionate Home Health Care announced the return of its Rock the Dock Green Bay music festival. It will be held July 25 at the CityDeck Landing in Green Bay.