Business development 

LaClare Family Creamery announced the completion of a $10 million expansion that will make it a national leader in Chevre cheese production.

Elevate 97 acquired United Sign Corp. of De Pere.

The U.S. Army Contracting Command awarded Oshkosh Defense a $159 million contract to produce a modified variant of Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles.

The Foxconn Technology Group innovation center in Green Bay — along with others in the state — is now on hold. The original goal was to have the office in the Watermark building open by the end of 2018.

Multi-Color Corp. announced plans to close its Green Bay facility, resulting in the termination of employment for all of the company’s workers.

The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region is nearly doubling its current office space with a 10,000-square-foot expansion. The project will get underway in early 2020 with completion slated for fall 2020. Community Care Inc., which had occupied the space, will relocate to the Trasino Centre in Grand Chute.

ThedaCare held a ribbon-cutting for renovations to ThedaCare Regional Cancer Center. The project is an eight-phase renovation, spanning from April 2019 through April 2020. This portion marks the halfway point of the project and features the addition of private and semi-private infusion rooms at the cancer center.

Immel Construction announced that 100 percent of the company’s stock was sold to its employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan.

Alliant Energy announced its “Powering What’s Next” plan. The company will locate its first Wisconsin Community Solar project in Fond du Lac County, which will break ground in 2020.

The State Bank of Chilton is planning to open a new branch in Brookfield. It would become the bank’s sixth location.

Cellcom has partnered with Direct Communication Solutions Inc. to deliver new internet of things solutions to its customers. MiFleet Business is a comprehensive fleet and asset management tool.

The former Holiday Inn in Appleton has become DoubleTree by Hilton Appleton. The project included renovations and the opening of the new Watermark Restaurant.

ICON, an amphibious light sport aircraft maker, designated Jet Air – Signature Select as a certified ICON aircraft service center, the first service center for ICON in Wisconsin.

Dental Health Products Inc. and TePe Oral Health Care Inc. announced a partnership by which DHPI is distributing TePe’s products in the professional channel in the United States.

Festival Foods opened a new store in Hales Corners.

Aspire Real Estate Group in Manitowoc has become Century 21 Aspire Group.

Business comings and goings 

Prevea Health opened a location on Enterprise Drive in Appleton. It offers specialty care including the services of a neurosurgeon, integrative medicine physician, pediatric neurologist, pediatric orthopedic surgeon and weight loss coach.

AIA Corp. moved its 90 Fox Cities employees to the ninth floor of the 222 Building in downtown Appleton.

Fox Communities Credit Union opened a new location on Calumet Avenue in Manitowoc.

The Wisconsin Institute of Plastic Surgery opened in Appleton.

Northern Electric Inc. opened an office in Sheboygan.

The Oral Health Partnership opened its new administrative headquarters on Main Street in Green Bay.

Mama’s Noodle Bar opened in Oshkosh.

After growing its roots at the Oshkosh Farmers Market, Thunderbird Bakery has completed construction and licensing of its new wholesale kitchen in Oshkosh.

Shopko Optical opened in Kohler.

Construction news

Kohler Credit Union broke ground at the construction site of its new corporate center, scheduled to open next summer.

BayCare Clinic plans to build a new 30,000- to 40,000-square-foot facility at the corner of Waldo Boulevard and Maritime Drive in Manitowoc. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2020, with an expected completion date of spring/summer 2021.

YMCA of the Fox Cities broke ground on an expansion to the Fox West YMCA Child Care Center.

Bayland Buildings broke ground on construction of D2 Sports Pub in Hobart and Wisconsin Swim Academy in Appleton and completed construction of Diesel Barbershop in Oak Creek.

Sheboygan Lutheran High School broke ground on construction of a 33,000-square-foot worship, fine arts center and science wing.

Keller Inc. announced projects for the following organizations: Village of Little Chute, Little Chute; McNeilus Steel, Fond du Lac; Cherry Tree Dental, Oshkosh; Great Lakes Roofing Corp., Menasha; Midwest Moulding & Door Inc., Green Bay; Old Fashioned Foods, Mayville; Kriete Truck Center, Madison; and Lighthouse Pentecostal Church, Wausau.


Lakeland University announced a new program to provide qualified Wisconsin students an opportunity to attend the school free of tuition and fees beginning in the fall of 2020. Called the Lakeland Promise, the program will provide students with free tuition and fees for four years and up to three years for transfer students.

Lakeshore Technical College opened its new Sheboygan location on Niagara Avenue. The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program named LTC as one of 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, a recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges.

Lakeshore Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh signed a transfer agreement allowing students who successfully complete the Associate of Applied Science degree in mechanical design and engineering technology at LTC to transfer their credits when they enroll in the mechanical engineering technology bachelor’s degree program at UW-Oshkosh.

Marian University announced a new partnership with Chippewa Valley Technical College, allowing CVTC alumni to compete their bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene at the Fond du Lac college.

UW-Green Bay reported its largest enrollment in institutional history for the fall 2019 semester — more than 8,800 students, a 9.7 percent increase over last fall.


The Environmental Protection Agency presented a 2019 Green Power Leadership Award to Kohler Co.

Smart Asset ranked Appleton No. 1 on its list of Top 10 Places to Live on a $60,000 salary.

Appleton Downtown Inc. honored downtown businesses: Dr. Jekyll’s Bar, Walter Kalata Landmark Award; Jones Park and Fox Cities Exhibition Center, Dreamers and Doers Award; Mondo! Wine Bar & Retail, Downtown Renovation Award; BConnected, LLC, President’s Award; Casting On, Rising Star Award; and Shear Chaos Hair Parlour, Downtown Business of the Year.

Red Shoes Inc. received the Outstanding Small Business Woman Business Enterprise Award at the Marketplace Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Diverse Business Development.

FZE Manufacturing Solutions in North Fond du Lac received the WEDC’s Made In Wisconsin designation.

Promotional products retailer 4imprint was honored with an Exemplary Employer Award from the Department of Workforce Development Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Great Place to Work also recognized 4imprint as one of the 2019 Best Small and Medium Workplaces in the United States.

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded the HIRE Vets Medallion to seven Wisconsin employers, including two in the New North: SAKOM Services LLC, Appleton, and Peer Technical Group LLC, Fond du Lac.

The DTE waste-to-energy initiative won American Biogas Council’s dairy project of the year. The Calumet Renewable Natural Gas Project, located on multiple Wisconsin dairy farms, began operations earlier this year and encompasses Wisconsin’s first dairy waste-to-energy renewable natural gas processing plants as well as an interstate pipeline injection facility. DTE Biomass Energy is a non-utility business of DTE Energy.

Faith Technologies was named to the No. 10 spot on Electrical Construction & Maintenance magazine’s annual Top 50 Electrical Contractors list. The Wisconsin Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve recognized the business for providing exceptional support to employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. Faith also graduated 36 employees from its inaugural ICIAN training program, which is designed to prepare Faith’s workforce for customers’ future needs. Faith was recognized with a 2019 BUILD Wisconsin Award in the Specialty Contractor – Electrical division from Associated General Contractors of America for its work on the Illumnia Research Facility.

Dairy Foods magazine named BelGioioso Cheese its 2019 Tom Camerlo Exporter of the Year.

J.F. Ahern ranked No. 6 on ENR Midwest’s ranking of large specialty contractors in the 11-state Midwest region. The company also ranked first in the state of Wisconsin, second in plumbing, third in sheet metal and fifth in mechanical.

Acuity Insurance received the Philanthropic Award from the Sheboygan Theatre Co., recognizing Acuity’s continued support of STC over the past 14 years. The company also earned the ACORD Millennial Women’s Insurance Advancement Award and the ACORD Case Study Award.

Marian University presented its 2019 Business & Industry Awards: Holiday Automotive, Business of the Year; City of Fond du Lac and Fond du Lac County, Community Collaboration award; and Experimental Aircraft Association, Economic Development Award.

For the seventh consecutive year, ENX magazine named Marco as an Elite Dealer.

Baby-Friendly USA Inc. designated HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center as a Baby-Friendly birth facility.

The Moraine Park Technical College nursing program earned an eight-year accreditation status.

Charitable Giving and Grants

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley announced plans to break ground on a 15,000-square-foot expansion of the Boys & Girls Club of Menasha. The funding needed for the expansion of the Boys & Girls Club of Menasha is a part of the ongoing Great Futures 2020 Campaign, which has an overall goal of $9.875 million.

Encompass leaders launched the public phase of their For the Children: A Campaign to Fully Encompass Families. The $5 million initiative will build the endowment for the 100-year-old nonprofit, which has enriched multiple generations of children and their families in Brown County.

SOAR Fox Cities announced it will launch a Traumatic Brain Injury Support Program next year.

The Green Bay Packers announced five Wisconsin organizations would each receive a $50,000 donation as part of the team’s community action initiative to support social justice causes. The following organizations received donations: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, CASA of Brown County, House of Hope, La Causa and Sherman Phoenix.

Donate Life Wisconsin received its largest-ever financial contribution, over $119,000, raised at the Belmark Inc. annual employee golf outing.

The Green Bay Gamblers raised $42,000 for the local chapter of Disabled American Veterans at its annual Military Appreciation Night presented by the Animal Referral Center.

Secura Insurance and Pillars are partnering to raise awareness and funds in recognition of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. Secura, through its Community Commitment Fund at the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, will match up to $30,000 in contributions to Pillars through Dec. 8. The goal is to raise $30,000 in 30 days.

Foundations Health & Wholeness received a $25,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Trust in St. Paul, Minn., to continue mental health therapy work in homeless shelters, Boys & Girls Clubs and the Aging and Disability Resource Center in Green Bay. The J. J. Keller Foundation in Neenah is providing Foundations with a $15,000 match challenge to support the opportunity for community members in need to heal their mind and spirit.

Two Plexus team members donated the proceeds of the company’s B.E.S.T. competition — $15,000 — to the ThedaCare Cancer Care Survivorship Program.

Through its annual Forsite Move Challenge, Forsite Benefits raised more than $14,000 for CP and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fox Valley Region.

The Clintonville Area Foundation awarded $11,215 in grants to seven charitable organizations serving the Clintonville area.

All the Rest

The Oshkosh Food Co-op is launching a $1.6 million capital campaign to open a grocery store at the corner of Jackson Street and Pearl Avenue in downtown Oshkosh.

The newly renovated Mead Public Library plaza reopened in Sheboygan. The project included repairs to the Lawrence Halprin-designed water feature outside the library along with improvements to the walkways and seating areas surrounding the building.

HSHS St. Vincent Hospital, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health launched a toll-free helpline designed to help Medicare patients select a health plan that fits their needs. The helpline, serviced by MedicareCompareUSA, connects callers with local licensed agents who can assist in comparing Medicare Advantage, Supplement and Prescription plans, and then facilitate enrollment in the plan selected.