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Magnificent Workspaces

Corporate environments gracing northeast Wisconsin’s employment landscape


Top Ten of 2016

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Talent Scouts

Unique program casts a wide net to attract young IT and engineering minds to the Fox Cities



Medical Cost Comparisons

Our annual chart comparing the real costs of procedures common to employers in the region


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Since We Last Met

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From the Publisher

Whining in a Land of Plenty Wisconsin’s sound job market is among the top 10 nationally for workforce participation

by Sean Fitzgerald, New North B2B publisher

The job market in Wisconsin closed out 2016 by reportedly employing more people than ever before. A report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics at the end of the year indicated 3,009,600 state residents were employed, an alltime high. It’s important to note the state’s population is also near an all-time high, registering a labor force participation rate of 68.4 percent. That’s not necessarily the highest workforce participation rate the state has recorded, but it is among the top 10 in the country and well above the national labor force participation rate of 62.7 percent. Resultantly, unemployment in the state is at 4.1 percent – it’s lowest point since early 2001 – and unemployment rates are as much as a full percentage point lower here across much of northeast Wisconsin. Jobs are available in the state and the region, and people are working. It can probably be argued that Wisconsin’s economic and job creation success is as much a factor of the bustling national and Midwest region economy as it is a result of state policy driving employment growth. Unfortunately, the misguided rhetoric coming from Assembly Minority Leader Rep. Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) is once again much more an effort to score political points than it is to drive a meaningful discussion about workforce development in the state. Barca’s office used the Labor Department’s December report on job figures to incite cloudy perceptions of Wisconsin’s economic performance in recent years. The legislator who has continually taken a stance opposite the Walker administration massaged federal data last month to claim that Wisconsin ranks 34th in the nation over the past five years on private-sector job growth. When viewed in such a narrow box, it’s actually a true statement, but it severely lacks proper context to paint a portrait of the awful Wisconsin economy Barca hopes to illustrate. Wisconsin’s job market hasn’t been suffering from the lack

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of job opportunities that plague the economies of many southern states, for example, which consistently rank among the bottom 10 states for unemployment. The state’s 4.1 percent unemployment rate posted for November 2016 ranked 16th among states, and was just three-tenths of a percent away from ranking in the top 10. Simply put, with such high labor force participation and near record unemployment, there’s just not as much room to create jobs in Wisconsin as there is in Mississippi, for instance, without the risk of those jobs going unfilled. And as such, chasing the metric of job creation rankings compared with other states is a meaningless and fruitless endeavor. What should be more important to Barca and legislators as they approach the upcoming 2017-19 state budget deliberation process is the quality of jobs created here and making every effort to ensure Wisconsin’s labor force can adequately meet the skills demands of the jobs that are available. With so many crucial positions going unfilled and the prospect of many impending retirements for skilled jobs that might remain vacant, keeping Wisconsin’s economy competitive with other states in 2017 has become more about attracting new talent and enhancing the talent that’s already available here in the state. Initiatives such as Wisconsin Fast Forward, a recent program from the state Department of Workforce Development to provide training for a variety of job skills in high demand across the state, should be given even more consideration for funding expansion in the upcoming state budget. That lengthy budget deliberation process kicks off more publically later this month when Gov. Walker delivers his State of the State Address. State officials are already wrestling with the prospect that revenue forecasts for fiscal 2017 are expected to be much lower than what was projected earlier last year, meaning spending increases will ultimately need to be scaled back as well. Yes, the economic development mantra of jobs, jobs, jobs still rings true. But in this current economy, the paradigm of “more jobs” has shifted to “more competent and quality job candidates.” It’s a dynamic to which Barca and other likeminded legislators need to adjust, and cast aside the deceitful politicking in order to ensure our state’s economy benefits everyone living and working in Wisconsin. n

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Since We Last Met

Since We Last Met

Since We Last Met is a digest of business related news occurring in the Greater Green Bay, Fox Cities, Oshkosh and Fond du Lac areas in the one month since the previous issue of New North B2B. November 22 A federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction of the Labor Department’s new overtime rules scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, blocking the implementation of the rule that would extend overtime eligibility to salaried employees making less than $47,476 a year. The decision resulted from a lawsuit filed in October by 21 states, including Wisconsin. For now, the salary threshold for paying overtime to employees remains at $23,600 per year.

November 30 Clearwater Paper Corp. in Neenah filed notice with the state Division of Unemployment it will shut down two of its tissue production machines by the end of December and lay off 91 employees. Company officials indicated the restructuring is part of a cost-cutting measure aimed at creating nearly $10 million in efficiencies annually. Clearwater will continue to operate three tissue machines in Neenah and will still employ about 300 people.

November 28 The parent company of Sanimax in Howard agreed to a settlement in a lawsuit filed in Brown County Circuit Court in which it will spend $375,000 during the next two years to enhance its emission controls to cut down on nearby unpleasant odors from the meat rendering facility. Sanimax will also pay $915,000 to homeowners living within two miles of the rendering plant since 2010.

December 1 Owners of Third Street Market in downtown Menasha announced plans to close the grocery store by the end of December after only two years in business, indicating there’s a lack of customers to keep the supermarket profitable. In 2014, the store had received $250,000 in tax credits from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., as well as incentive payments of $27,000 per year from the City of Menasha’s tax incremental finance district No. 10. The owners of Third

2005 January 4 – State officials launched the Wisconsin Angel Network, a program designed to spur the growth of early-stage investing in Wisconsin by linking entrepreneurs with seed-stage equity investment dollars in Wisconsin companies. 2006 January 4 – Gov. Jim Doyle signed Assembly Bill 464 which expands the definition of brownfields to include residential properties, assisting cities and counties in the cleanup and restoration of contaminated properties to productive use. The governor also signed Senate Bill 290, which makes tax credits for early stage seed and angel investments easier to administer. 2009 January 28 – The U.S. House of Representatives approved the $819 billion economic stimulus package which includes an estimated $544 billion in federal spending and an additional $275 billion in tax cuts for individuals and businesses.

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2011 January 4 – Less than 24 hours after being sworn in as Wisconsin’s chief executive, Gov. Scott Walker presented drafts of five legislative bills aimed at jumpstarting the state’s economy. The five bills include: tort reform legislation to curb frivolous lawsuits brought against manufacturers and retailers as well as setting a cap on non-economic damages for medical malpractice; legislation to create a tax credit for income deposited in a health savings account; a bill to exempt businesses from income and franchise taxes for two years for firms that have done business in Wisconsin for 10 years or longer; a bill to increase funding for economic development tax credits from $75 million to $100 million; and lastly, legislation to require a super majority from both houses of the legislature to pass any bill raising taxes. 2014 January 5 – The Wisconsin Department of Transportation reopened the Interstate 43 Leo Frigo Bridge in Green Bay to traffic following a more than 100-day closure since one of the support piers unexpectedly sank on Sept. 25, 2013, causing the highly traveled span over the Fox River to sag. The contractor hired to repair the bridge completed the project 12 days ahead of its deadline, earning it a $750,000 incentive under its state contract.

Street Market also own Webster Avenue Market in Allouez and University Avenue Market on Green Bay’s east side. December 2 The U.S. Department of Labor reported 178,000 new jobs were created in November, dropping the national unemployment rate to 4.6 percent. Employment gains occurred in professional and business services and in health care. December 5 Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt was sentenced to 40 hours of community service and ordered to pay a $4,000 fine after pleading guilty to three misdemeanor counts of violating the state’s campaign finance law. Schmitt had been charged in September following an independent investigation which discovered Schmitt’s campaign finance reports made false statements and accepted funds in excess of the allowable contribution limit of $1,040 from an individual on three occasions between 2003 and 2014. Schmitt entered into a plea agreement and acknowledged he failed to accurately record and verify donations. He also said he wasn’t aware of the campaign contribution limits.



December 6 The City of Green Bay Common Council authorized more than $1 million in allocations to 15 separate community projects using its portion of additional revenue left over from the close of the half-percent county sales tax to finance Lambeau Field improvements which ended in 2015. Notable earmarks include $200,000 to fund the city’s revolving loan fund to aid businesses; a $100,000 infusion into the city’s revolving loan program for historic building renovations; $50,000 to the Military Avenue Business Improvement District to establish a visible gateway at Lombardi and Military avenues; $25,000 to the Downtown Green Bay and Olde Main Street business improvement districts for community enhancements; and $75,000 for artistic and cultural activities administered by the city’s Public Arts Commission. The city had received a total rebate of $5.5 million at the end of 2015 and had already designated $1 million toward economic development projects, among other expenses. December 8 Fox Cities Chamber President and CEO Shannon Full announced her resignation at the end of December to take a job with the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce in suburban Minneapolis. Full was appointed to the top position at the chamber six years ago after serving in a similar position at the chamber in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Chamber leadership will form a search committee to recruit a new chamber president.

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Since We Last Met December 9 Employee-owned industrial contractor Azco Inc. of Appleton was acquired by Burns & McDonnell of Kansas City, one of the top 100 largest contractors in the nation. Officials from Burns & McDonnell indicated plans to maintain Azco’s 250 employees in Appleton and at additional offices in Minnesota and Colorado. Azco was founded in Appleton in 1949 as a mechanical contractor. December 12 St. Norbert College in De Pere named Brian Bruess as its eighth president, succeeding outgoing President Thomas Kunkel, who plans to retire in early 2017 after leading the college for the past nine years. Bruess, a 1990 St. Norbert graduate, currently serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn., where he’s served in a variety of leadership roles during the past 21 year. Bruess received his bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology from St. Norbert, followed by his master’s and doctoral degrees from Ohio University. Bruess is expected to begin his tenure at St. Norbert in July. December 12 Lakeland University President Daniel Eck announced plans to resign in January to assume the role of deputy director of Sarasota Museum of Art in Florida. Eck has served as president for the past three years and has been with Lakeland in various roles since 2008. Former Lakeland President David Black – who led the school from 1989-97 – will return to serve as interim president. The university’s board of trustees plans to conduct a search for a new president in 2017. December 13 The Internal Revenue Service set the 2017 standard mileage rate to 53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 54 cents during 2016. The new rate for calculating the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business purposes took effect on Jan. 1.

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December 14 The Federal Reserve Board voted to raise the target range for the federal funds rate to ½ to ¾ percent, noting the labor market has continued to strengthen and economic activity has expanded at a moderate pace since mid-year. The committee hinted at the possibility of further rate increases during 2017 in order to help inflation rise to 2 percent and to maintain maximum employment in the labor market. December 14 The City of Appleton Common Council unanimously approved a settlement agreement which is expected to absolve any remaining liabilities related to the more than $1 billion lower Fox River PCB remediation project. Appleton

December 15 An economic impact report released by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Aeronautics indicated Appleton International Airport contributes an estimated $676 million in economic output to regional and state economies. The report also found the airport’s economic impact supports nearly 3,200 jobs in the state and region, which translates to more than $150 million in personal income.

will pay $832,708 – which will be covered by a city insurance policy – as part of a larger $8 million, multi-party lawsuit from Appvion Inc. and NCR Corp. seeking recovery of some of its costs already appropriated toward the 10-year project cleaning up polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, deposited in the river by several local paper manufacturers during the 1950s through the 1970s. Other parties involved in the settlement agreement include Menasha Corp. for $666,167; U.S. Paper Mills Corp. and WTM Company, both for $3.33 million each; and NeenahMenasha Sewerage Commission for $832,708.

December 16 The City of Green Bay was awarded a $500,000 Lead Service Line Replacement program grant through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to replace lead service lines on 161 qualifying residential properties in the community. Each replacement project costs an average of $3,500 and includes complete removal of the lead service line from the water main to the connection point inside the home. Green Bay is the first community in the state to receive an award under this new DNR program. n

December 14 The boards of directors for both Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce and Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corp. agreed to merge the two organizations into one entity. The decision was based on the recommendation of a consulting firm jointly retained by both agencies to research the feasibility of a merger. The combined group is conducting a national search for a CEO to direct the newly merged organization, and plans to appoint a transitional director to lead the merger work that needs to be completed prior to hiring of a CEO later this spring.




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1 - 300 Seward St., Ripon Ripon College J.M. Storzer Center, an 88,000-sq. ft. addition to the existing athletic facility to include a fieldhouse with an indoor track, atrium, classrooms, locker rooms, fitness center and offices. Project completion expected in fall. 2- 221 Shepard St., Ripon Alliance Laundry Systems, two separate additions totaling 225,000 square feet of space to the existing manufacturing facility, warehouse and corporate headquarters office building. Project completion expected in late fall. 3 - 805 Park Ridge Lane, North Fond du Lac Side X Side Construction, a 9,600-sq. ft. office building and construction shop. Project completion expected in March. 4 - 1393 Capital Dr., Fond du Lac Lawrence Screw Products, a 6,825-sq. ft. addition to the existing warehouse facility. Project completion expected in January. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna. 5 - 660 Van Dyne Road, Fond du Lac BCI Burke, a 13,500-sq. ft. warehouse adjacent to the existing manufacturing facility. Project completion expected in March. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna.

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6 - 235 N. National Ave., Fond du Lac Moraine Park Technical College, an addition to the main entrance of the educational campus and various interior alterations. Project completion expected in late winter.

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7 - 400 County Road K, Fond du Lac Agnesian Healthcare Hospice Home of Hope, an addition to the existing palliative care facility. 8 - 980 E. Division St., Fond du Lac Marian University Herr-Baker Field, a baseball pavilion for the Northwoods League team. Project completion expected in April. General contractor is CR Structures Group of Kimberly. 9 - 100 Camelot Dr., Fond du Lac Excel Engineering Inc., an addition to the existing commercial office building. Project completion expected in February. 10 - 132 Trowbridge Dr., Fond du Lac Mid-States Aluminum Inc., an addition to the existing industrial facility.

14 - 3465 Moser St., Oshkosh Strata Graph/Great Northern Corp., a 30,000-sq. ft. addition to the existing manufacturing facility. 15 - 324 Washington Ave., Oshkosh Oshkosh Community YMCA, a 55,000-sq. ft. addition to the existing community center and various interior renovations. Projects completed since our December issue: • Blacksmoke Automotive, 1217 W. Scott St., Fond du Lac. • Dunkin’ Donuts/Great Clips, 729 W. Johnson St., Fond du Lac. • Church of Peace, 158 S. Military Road, Fond du Lac. • Starbucks, 1071 E. Johnson St., Fond du Lac. • Mercury Marine, 545 W. Pioneer Road, Fond du Lac. • Marsh Family Eyecare Center, 2510 W. Ninth Ave., Oshkosh.

11 - 3255 W. Fernau Ct., Oshkosh Monroe Equipment, an 11,500-sq. ft. sales office and warehouse for the commercial heating equipment distributor. Project completion expected in February. 12 - 3160 W. Fernau Ct., Oshkosh Best Quality Tree Service, a 6,000-sq. ft. warehouse building. General contractor is Bayland Buildings of Green Bay.

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13 - 2923 Jackson St., Oshkosh Kyria Child Daycare Center, a new child daycare facility.

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1 - N1610 Midway Road, Hortonville Valley Snowmobile & Power Sports, a 5,000-sq. ft. facility. Project completion expected in February.

13 - 1401 E. Elm St., Little Chute Village of Little Chute, a 55,000-sq. ft. municipal services building. Project completion expected in late summer.

2 - 3517 N. McCarthy Road, town of Grand Chute National Association of Tax Professionals, a 20,061-sq. ft. office and warehouse building. Project completion expected in February. General contractor is Consolidated Construction Co. of Appleton.

14 - 1700 Stephen St., Little Chute Heartland Business Systems, an addition to the existing commercial office building. Project completion expected in spring. General contractor is Bayland Buildings of Green Bay.

3 - 5325 Clairemont Dr., town of Grand Chute Harley-Davidson of Appleton, a 20,000-sq. ft. rider training facility. 4 - 2560 Cold Spring Road, Fox Crossing Red-D-Mix Concrete, a 9,000-sq. ft. storage facility. Project completion expected in spring. General contractor is Frontier Builders & Consultants of Kaukauna. 5 -1197 N. Perkins St., town of Grand Chute Metal Products, a 4,400-sq. ft. addition to the existing manufacturing facility. 6 - 616 N. Perkins St., town of Grand Chute Konz Wood Products, a 20,000-sq. ft. storage facility. Project completion expected in January. 7 - 1911 W. Wisconsin Ave., town of Grand Chute American Overhead Door, a 26,651-sq. ft. warehouse and office. Project completion expected in February. General contractor is Frontier Builders & Consultants of Kaukauna. 8 - 1800 N. Morrison St., Appleton Erb Park/City of Appleton, an 8,600-sq. ft. bathhouse, new swimming pool, equipment facility and a 3,000-sq. ft. pavillion. Project completion expected in June.

15 - 3601 Electric City Blvd., Kaukauna Albany International, a 6,062-sq. ft. office building. 16 - 201 Reaume Ave., Kaukauna City of Kaukauna Fire Department, a 29,174-sq. ft. fire station. 17 - 1601 Hyland Ave., Kaukauna Bernatello’s Foods/Orv’s Pizza, a 45,801-sq. ft. addition to the existing manufacturing facility and offices. Project completion expected in January. 18 - 1662 E. Kennedy Ave., Kimberly Kimberly High School, a 54,000-sq. ft. addition to the school for an indoor athletic training facility. Project completion expected in August. 19 - intersection of Plank & Eisenhower, Appleton Encapsys, a 37,000-sq. ft. new corporate office building and research facility. 20 - 101 S. Riverheath Way, Appleton Courtyard by Marriott, a 67,200-sq. ft., 95-room hotel. Project completion expected in summer. 21 - 300 Block of W. Lawrence St., Appleton Fox Cities Exhibition Center, a 65,000-sq. ft. convention and meeting facility. Project completion expected in fall.

9 - 750 W. Evergreen Dr., town of Grand Chute Unison Credit Union, a 4,800-sq. ft. financial office building. Project completion expected in May. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna.

22 - 1328 Earl St., Menasha Orbis Corp., a 3,000-sq. ft. office building. Project completion expected in January. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna.

10 - 2525 N. Roemer Road, Appleton Boldt Construction Co., an addition to the existing corporate office building. Project completion expected in January.

23 - 1025 W. American Dr., Fox Crossing Pierce Manufacturing, a 15,455-sq. ft. manufacturing facility for vehicle finishing.

11 - 3300 E. Venture Dr., Appleton C3 Corp., a 15,000-sq. ft. addition to the existing manufacturing facility. Project completion expected in late winter. General contractor is Frontier Builders & Consultants of Kaukauna.

24 - 1445 McMahon Dr., Fox Crossing McMahon, a 20,000-sq. ft. addition to and renovation of the existing office building. Project completion expected in January.

12 - 3301 E. Evergreen Dr., Appleton Allied Valve Inc., a 7,400-sq. ft. addition to the existing warehouse. Project completion expected in March. General contractor is Frontier Builders & Consultants of Kaukauna.

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25 - 1450 McMahon Dr., Fox Crossing WOW Logistics, a 24,000-sq. ft. corporate office building. 26 - 1501 W. Plaza Drive, Fox Crossing Community First Credit Union, a 120,000-sq. ft. corporate office campus. Project completion expected in January.




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27 - 2625 W. American Dr., town of Clayton Horn’s RV Center, a 12,000-sq. ft. recreational vehicle dealership and service center. Project completion expected in May. General contractor is Millennium Construction of Appleton. 28 - 120 Main St., Neenah Plexus Corp., a four-story, 85,209-sq. ft. commercial office building to house the company’s design center.

Projects completed since our December issue: • Anytime Fitness, 1401 N. Casaloma Dr., town of Grand Chute. • Appleton International Airport rental vehicle office, W6390 Challenger Dr., town of Greenville. • Kaldas Center for Fertility, Surgery & Pregnancy, 701 S. Nicolet Road, town of Grand Chute. • Covenant Christian Reformed Church, 1601 S. Covenant Lane, Appleton. • Arby’s, 473 W. Calumet St., Appleton.

29 - 304 Stone Crest Ct., Neenah Bent Tubes, a 22,259-sq. ft. addition to the existing industrial facility.

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Greater Green Bay area 1 - 2793 Lineville Road, Howard Prevea Health Center, an addition to the existing health clinic. 2 - 2600 Larsen Road, Green Bay Green Bay Botanical Garden, a 2,183-sq. ft. concessions building and an amphitheatre. 3 - 2740 W. Mason St., Green Bay Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, a 67,760-sq. ft. addition to the existing Business and Information Technology Center and a separate 62,000-sq. ft. transportation center. Project completion expected in early fall.

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4 - 2211 Starr Ct., Green Bay CDRN - The Textile Experts, an addition to the existing commercial building. Completion expected in late winter. 5 - 2015 Shawano Ave., Howard Meijer, 192,000-sq. ft. retail department store. Project completion expected in February. 6 - 907 N. Military Ave., Green Bay Vacuum, Pump and Compressor Inc., an addition to the existing commercial building. General contractor is Bayland Buildings of Green Bay.

7 - 2231 N. Quincy St., Green Bay NEW Water/Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District, a wastewater treatment facility. Completion expected in 2018. 8 - 320 N. Broadway, Green Bay DDL Holdings/Titletown Brewing, an addition to the former industrial facility for a mixed-use retail development. 9 - 304 N. Adams St., Green Bay Hotel Northland, a substantial overhaul of the existing 8-story building for a 160-room luxury hotel with two restaurants and a spa. Project completion expected in spring. 10 - 1742 E. Mason St., Green Bay Fast n Easy Pawn/STD Properties, a 12,000-sq. ft. addition to the existing multi-tenant commercial retail building. 11 - 1901 Main St., Green Bay North Shore Bank, a 3,534-sq. ft. financial institution office. Project completion expected in February. General contractor is CR Structures Group of Kimberly. 12 - 1160 Kepler Dr., Green Bay Aurora Baycare Medical Center, a two-story, 11,000-sq. ft. addition for cancer care and a separate four-story addition to the surgery center. Project completion expected in late fall. 13 - 1267 Lombardi Ave., Ashwaubenon Hinterland Brewery, a two-story, 23,325-sq. ft. brewery and restaurant. Project completion expected in February. 14 - 1950 S. Ridge Road, Ashwaubenon Lodge Kohler, a five-story, 150-room hotel, restaurant and spa. Project completion expected in July. 15 - 1900 Block of South Ridge Road, Ashwaubenon Bellin Health Sports Medicine Clinic, a 50,000-sq. ft. health care clinic. Project completion expected in summer. 16 - 2763-2817 S. Oneida St., Ashwaubenon Fresh Thyme Farmers Market/Bayside Marketplace Mall, demolition of portions of the existing multi-tenant retail center and reconstruction of a 28,675-sq. ft. addition for a new grocery store. Project completion expected in fall.

21 - 3301 French Road, town of Lawrence Santa Barbara Fuels, a 12,400-sq. ft. warehouse facility. Project completion expected in spring. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna. 22 - 601 Third St., De Pere St. Norbert College Mulva Family Fitness & Sports Center, a nearly 50,000-sq. ft. addition to the existing athletic facility for a competition swimming pool and fitness center. Project completion expected in May. 23 - 102 N. Broadway, De Pere The 102 On Broadway, a five-story mixed-use building with first floor commercial space and an attached parking garage. 24 - 633 Heritage Road, De Pere Belmark, a three-story, 41,000-sq ft. addition to the existing Plant #3 for an office building, as well as a skywalk connecting to another building on the industrial campus. Project completion expected in February 2018. 25 - 400 Destiny Dr., De Pere Paroubek Insurance Agency, a 3,000-sq. ft. commercial office building. Project completion expected in February. Projects completed since our December issue: • Alter Metal Recycling, 2175 Badgerland Dr., Howard. • Kwik Trip Express, 515 W. Walnut St., Green Bay. • University Avenue Center/Cellcom, 2448 Sturgeon Bay Road, Green Bay. • Seura, 1230 Ontario Road, Green Bay. • Sierra Coating Technologies, 1820 Enterprise Dr., De Pere.

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17 - 1801 Airport Dr., Ashwaubenon Green Bay Packaging Inc./ Jet Air, a 44,914-sq. ft. air hangar. 18 - 3142 S. Ridge Road, Ashwaubenon Quality Insulators, an addition to the existing office building. Project completion expected in January. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna. 19 - 1330 Contract Dr., Ashwaubenon Optima Machinery Corp., an addition to the existing manufacturing facility. 20 - 1800 Block Scheuring Road, town of Lawrence Denmark State Bank, a new bank. Project completion expected in spring. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna. 425 W Wisconsin Ave. • Appleton 920.882.8700

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Cover Story

Magnificent Workspaces of the New North Corporate environments gracing northeast Wisconsin’s employment landscape

Story by Sean Fitzgerald, New North B2B publisher

Some of the more fabulous work spaces that grace northeast Wisconsin’s employment landscape lend a touch of otherworldly architecture, design and staff amenities many of us don’t experience when coming to work each day. For these employers, it’s often the innovative, aesthetically pleasing, fun and relaxed atmosphere that’s an attraction for everyone from seasoned Baby Boomers to Millennials. In the following, we feature of handful of the region’s more unique work spaces that help spur breakthrough ideas and work ethic to make their employers best in class.

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Faith Technologies Menasha Completed in early 2016, the eight-story One Menasha Center is the tallest building in Menasha.

Faith Technologies leases the top seven floors of the 115,000sq. ft. building for its Innovation Center, while the street level floor is occupied by a credit union and a dental office. Faith’s Innovation Center employs about 200 people, though top-level executive leadership still works out of the adjacent corporate headquarters at 225 Main St. in downtown Menasha. In addition to its fabulous views of Doty Island and Lake Winnebago, the 8th floor features a fitness center with locker rooms and showers – available to all company staff and their families – as well as a “micro market” lunchroom and collaborative social space, which sells various lunch and break food and beverage choice to employees. All offices are situated at the core of the building, allowing natural light and views of the surrounding area through the floorto-ceiling windows for the employees. All employees enjoy stand/sit workstations. Various collaborative spaces on each floor of the building include plush furniture, white boards and workstations. Work stations are mobile – even the file cabinets are on wheels – allowing employees to move to another part of the building for a week, as an example, to work on a particular project. Onsite chair massage and chiropractor services are available to employees as well. Lastly, a 6th floor vendor/partner lab demonstrates much of the technology that Faith implements for its customers to help with automation and energy management savings.

EAA Oshkosh

The lone mature facility on our list – the post-modern Experimental Aircraft Association headquarters in Oshkosh – was constructed over a two-year period in the early 1980s, opening in 1983. The association’s headquarters near Interstate 41 employs about 160 fulltime staff and 25 part-time staff, a number that increases significantly in the summer as EAA’s annual AirVenture convention approaches. The 208,000-sq. ft. building includes offices for the association and also houses one of the world’s leading aviation museums which includes 200 aircraft and full replicas of Space Ship One – the first private spacecraft – the Wright Flyer and Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis.

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Cover Story Grande Cheese Fond du Lac

Grande Cheese Company opened the first phase of its new home office and research center in Fond du Lac this past July 2016. “We designed it to recognize and honor the past, while reaching for the future,” explained Wayne Matzke, president and CEO of Grande. “We want it to be a model for what workplaces can be.” More than 190 employees work in the 92,700-sq. ft. facility off Interstate 41. As a food industry supplier, the facility includes state-of-the-art commercial kitchens and dining room for chefs to work on menu items for Grande customers. The office space includes gathering locations throughout, including an espresso bar, a beautiful woodpaneled study and a Heritage Room, which spotlights Grande’s Italian roots and history through the years. Several pieces of distinctive, original works of art grace the walls of the headquarters facility. Employees have access to a health and fitness center, two relaxation rooms and private locations for nursing mothers. Outdoors, an interior courtyard includes a fire pit, various water features and contemporary seating along with an exterior patio complete with a brick pizza oven. The total 40-acre campus boasts walking trails and extensive landscaping, including a fruit orchard, 500 trees, 1,600 bushes, sculptures and seasonal gardens.

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Plexus Neenah

The four-story, 102,000-sq. ft. global headquarters built for Plexus Corp. in 2010 is uniquely positioned in downtown Neenah on the site of the former Bergstrom Paper Company. Overlooking the south end of Little Lake Butte des Morts, the building brought together 350 corporate employees previously scattered throughout Neenah into a single central city location. All cubicles are arranged to face the exterior floor-to-ceiling windows which invite plenty of daylight and offer views of downtown and the lake. At the center of the building is a spiral staircase, and at the landing on the staircase at each floor is a congregation area where employees can gather, keep up with one another and share ideas. The 6-year-old Plexus building also includes a large lunchroom and outside patio for employees. It’s positioned alongside the trailhead for the Loop the Little Lake Trail and adjacent to a Fox Valley paper industry monument located at the remains of the paper mill smokestack.

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Cover Story

Schreiber Foods

Miron Construction Fox Crossing

Originally constructed in 2002, a 46,000-sq. ft. addition was built in 2009 to accommodate the expanding corporate operations for Miron Construction in Fox Crossing. Nearly 110 corporate employees work from the facility, which features an employee kitchen, a wellness center and training center, which includes one room with a gym floor that transitions into a yoga and aerobics studio. A beautifully landscaped patio area complete with ponds and a walking trail behind the office invite employees outdoors in warmer weather. Indoors, a substantial amount of glass promotes transparency and collaboration. Throughout the offices, visually interactive “experience zones” help tell the Miron story and explain the services it provides clients. Additionally, the offices include a construction innovation lab – an interactive workspace allowing multiple users to work on various platforms and documents simultaneously on one large screen.

Green Bay

A beacon at the north end of Washington Street in downtown Green Bay, the new corporate headquarters and global technology center for Schreiber Foods was completed in 2014. The nearly $85 million, five-story, 250,000sq. ft. building rests on the site of the former Port Plaza Mall, which closed in 2006. The office building – which features plenty of glass both inside and out – supports about 600 corporate employees, though it was designed to be able to accommodate 880 staff members. Schreiber Foods employs an estimated 2,500 in the Green Bay area, and more than 5,000 worldwide. Just one block from the Fox River and downtown Green Bay’s CityDeck, the building features a well-manicured courtyard inviting employees to relax and take a break from the busy workday.

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“Because we care, we make it our business to know how to care for you.” It’s in those words — and the genuine heart behind them — that one feels the difference in the way the Kaldas Center for Fertility, Surgery & Pregnancy, S.C. cares for the women who enter their doors. Founded by Dr. Rami Kaldas three years ago, he and providers Dr. Donald Menya, Dr. Yadira Rafuls, and Katie Stam, board-certified nurse midwife, are known for their unique approach when it comes to traditional women’s health. There’s nothing customary about their treatment philosophies or their drive to go above and beyond for their patients — who are naturally considered a part of the family. “It is one hundred percent about the whole person,” Dr. Kaldas explains. “At the Kaldas Center, we wed medical knowledge, the individual, seeing the person as a whole and a hefty dose of a lot of common sense. We’ve got to know how a person’s symptoms fit into their life.” Communication and making a connection between patient and everyday life is essential, and for Dr. Kaldas, it often comes down to the simple question, “How does this bother you?”

“We need to know not just the problem, but how it fits into a patient’s lives to best fix it,” he says. “We adapt to the needs of all women.” And like the lives of the women they meet, each health journey is unique and presents diverse options for care. The Kaldas Center is perhaps best known for their unmatched expertise in fertility, and minimally invasive surgery including treatment of endometriosis, pelvic prolapse, and incontinence, but more typical visits are welcomed as well. “We do annual exams, and that’s really a pleasure for us,” Dr. Kaldas says. “That’s the way we avoid sometimes having to do surgeries. If we can catch things early enough and be proactive and preventive, we like to. We fill all niches.” Holding the highest medical standards in fertility and pregnancy care, along with the utmost level of attention in traditional women’s health is just the beginning when it comes to why the Kaldas Center has become an unrivaled space for compassionate care. It’s their overall philosophy and commitment to their patient’s happiness that catapults them to excellence. “Yes, we sometimes simply do things others might not be able to do,” Dr. Kaldas says. “But it’s also that life is going to throw humbling situations at people. We’ve been put here to overcome those indignities with our patients. When things seem hopeless, we’ve been able to help.”

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In their own words…

When I was a child, I was afraid of going to the doctor. If I had to go to the doctor, then something was wrong. Sometimes it was really necessary, like when I had a bad earache. I thought nothing could hurt worse. I knew completely that the doctor would make me better, and I would be ashamed of my tears of anguish. I had trust. Then I became a doctor. I learned so much and took the lessons to heart and wanted to apply them to heal, to earn people’s trust when they thought God did not love them anymore. So I worked hard at knowing deeply how to understand what my patients were saying to me, how to heal their physical and emotional wounds, and also to prevent them from occurring in the first place. That is why I chose gynecology and obstetrics as a profession. For me and the rest of the team at the Kaldas Center for Fertility, Surgery & Pregnancy, S.C., it has evolved into so much more. The needs we meet range from cases of decades long battles of attrition with pain, life altering incontinence or urine and stool, years long struggles of yearning for a child, and pregnancy conditions that risk the life of both mother and child. Recently a professional article stated that only 1 in 5 residents finishing their education could independently complete a surgery that patients assume all OBs can do. That is sad. A guarantee of competence awaits those who come to the Kaldas Center. We aim to understand why an affliction happened in the first place. The better we know about “why,” the more proactive and individualized we can be with collaborative treatment. Why do we do this? It is who we are. It is not a day job we get through to pay the bills. So blessed is the Kaldas Center with people who care and

who care to know how to care and heal, I am daily humbled by their actions. Our own staff is the best example for me. These are the people who choose to conquer demoralizing situations that life has thrown at our fellow human beings. The Kaldas Center does this by being natural and sincere, one human face to face with another. Then we can reach happiness with and for our patients. Without happiness, there is no life. And we are very much in the business of facilitating life, better life, quality of life, through understanding why and knowing how. The fashion designer Christian Dior said, “It is unforgivable to do what one doesn’t love.” We agree. We would not do what we do if we did not love life, love our patients and love to make their dreams of a pain-free life, of a family and of a safe pregnancy with a healthy baby reality. It is not a job we are doing. It is a calling. When we evaluate a woman with pain and determine what is causing it, we are excited to learn if she has endometriosis, an infection or laxity of her organs that is causing her suffering. She is beautiful, but cannot feel beautiful. She has seen three or four doctors already. No relief has been had. No way forward. Then she comes to the Kaldas Center, finds us through a friend, or online. To figure out why a couple keeps having the heartbreak of miscarriage after miscarriage, or to properly diagnose and fix why a woman is suffering the indignity of wetting or soiling herself, makes our days worthwhile. That is a game changer. The minute they make the call we insist that they understand that whatever life has thrown their way, they can trust the Kaldas Center to know the way forward. Normal pregnancy and annual exams are dear to us also. It gives us the chance to catch up from the year or years past and learn how we can promote wellness. Dreams can come true. We have dream jobs, and with insight, patience, perseverance and skill, we will help our patients dream the impossible dream.” —Dr. Rami Kaldas, founder of the Kaldas Center for Fertility, Surgery & Pregnancy, S.C.

The Kaldas Center is expanding!

On January 1, 2017, the team begins at their new home located at 701 S Nicolet Road in Appleton.

I’ve always been passionate about helping other women… not just helping with their medical condition but helping to shape their future. I feel a calling to doing that.” —Dr. Yadira Rafuls

“The word midwife means “with woman.” I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with women and their families during this incredible journey!” —Katie Stam, Board-certified nurse midwife

It is truly an honor to care for women’s health. It is my goal to provide the most complete care for each of my patients as each one’s journey is unique.” —Dr. Donald Menya

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Year in Review




The headlines and developments from 2016 have set the stage for tremendous opportunity for northeast Wisconsin businesses in the year to come.

In line with our annual retrospective tradition, New North B2B presents our list of the Top Ten stories affecting the region’s business community during the past year.


Development continues to surge

That’s not the sound of a record skipping. The top story from B2B’s 2015 list repeats as the leading business headline of 2016, as new construction and business expansion continued to generate more taxable property value at an even greater pace than the year prior. Readers of B2B’s signature Build Up department noticed a record number of building projects occurring across northeast Wisconsin during the past year, with as many as 80 under construction at a single time. Even heading into the winter months at the end of the year, there’s been little loss of momentum to the number of building permits issued for new commercial and industrial construction. While official property valuation totals for the past year won’t be available from the state until this next July, preliminary estimates from B2B indicate more than a half billion dollars in building permits for commercial, industrial and institutional projects were issued across our readership area alone during

2016. While the 2015 construction boom was the first definitive surge in development in the wake of the recession of 2008 and 2009, more recent growth continues to indicate that pent-up demand to expand facilities can’t wait any longer, and that businesses are eager to spend on new improvements before interest rates begin to trend upward. In total, nearly 200 building projects were featured on B2B’s Build Up pages throughout 2016. Here’s an abbreviated list of some of the more notable projects: XFrantz Community Investors began the $30 million project to renovate the historic Hotel Northland in downtown Green Bay. XAlliance Laundry Systems in Ripon initiated a $58 million project to expand its corporate headquarters, build additional manufacturing space and construct an additional warehouse. The company expects to create an additional 200 jobs in Ripon in the next five years. XFestival Foods completed work on two new grocery stores in Menasha and on Green Bay’s northeast side, at a price tag of $8 million for each store. XNavitus Health Solutions completed a $13 million, 120,000-sq. ft. expansion of its call center campus in the town of Grand Chute. XConstruction began on the $13 million Gateway Building in downtown Neenah which will house the design center for Plexus Corp. XSierra Coating Technologies finished a $13 million, 33,600sq. ft. expansion of its manufacturing facility in De Pere. XMercury Marine in Fond du Lac completed a 53,000-sq. ft. expansion to its machining plant. XNestle started a $30 million, 300,000-sq. ft. warehouse and distribution facility in Little Chute’s industrial park.

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1 Development Continues to Surge 2 Highway 41 Revamp Completed 3 Gas Prices Rise on Closed Pipeline 4 Outagamie Sheriff’s Dept. Debacle 5 Fox Crossing Incorporation 6 Sen. Rick Gudex Passing 7 Fox Cities Expo Center Underway 8 Right to Work Flip Flop 9 Rescue of Fond du Lac’s Retlaw Hotel 10 Green Bay Shipyard Development By Sean Fitzgerald, New North B2B publisher

Highway 41 revamp completed

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Brown County drivers have been patiently awaiting the completion of the Interstate 41 expansion project, which began in 2012. State Department of Transportation officials staged a brief ceremony in November which marked the end of the multi-year project which cost more than a half billion dollars. Coupled with the Winnebago County expansion on the highway that began in 2009, the total project invested more than $500 million to expand the main artery of northeast Wisconsin to six lanes, reconstructed 15 interchanges – including three elaborate projects composed of new flyover ramps – and included replacing more than a dozen intersecting overpasses and underpasses.

Gas prices rise on closed pipeline

Chicago-based West Shore Pipe Line Co. shut down its fuel pipeline serving Green Bay from Milwaukee indefinitely in June after a temporary closure was implemented in March to repair damaged portions of the pipeline in Washington County. As a result, petroleum prices in the Green Bay, Fox Cities and Oshkosh areas were about 20 cents per gallon higher than they would have been for much of summer as the region’s gasoline supply had to be delivered by tanker trucks. Fuel prices returned to normal levels on par with the rest of the state by late October. In an effort to address any potential gasoline shortages in northeast Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker implemented an emergency declaration allowing tanker truck drivers to work additional hours beyond those limited by state law for fuel runs to the region.

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Year in Review


Outagamie Sheriff’s Dept. debacle

In one of the more bizarre stories of the year, the Outagamie County Board of Supervisors voted in July to acquire a property in Appleton’s Northeast Business Park for a new sheriff’s department facility through the eminent domain process, even though the seller of the property had already received an accepted offer from a private employer that was reportedly higher than the county’s bid on the property.

A few days after the county board’s decision, Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson vetoed the resolution, halting the eminent domain process and effectively placing the property back in the hands of the owner to sell. In September, the county board ultimately decided to locate a new sheriff’s department facility on property the county already owns near the intersection of Casaloma Drive and State Road 15 in the town of Grand Chute. Construction is expected to begin this spring and be complete by 2018.

Fond du Lac-based J. F. Ahern Co. planned to purchase the Goodland Drive facility to expand its Fox Cities field operations for its fire protection division and add nearly 100 new jobs to the Fox Cities. Economic development and other community leaders raised concerns that J. F. Ahern might choose to expand elsewhere, as well as indicating the decision from the county didn’t demonstrate support for economic development.


Fox Crossing Incorporation

In April, residents in the western portion of the Town of Menasha voted to incorporate into the newly established Village of Fox Crossing, marking the final necessary approval in an incorporation process that began in early 2015. A total of 86 percent of residents living in the portion of the town west of the Fox River voted in favor of incorporation.


Sen. Rick Gudex passing

In the early morning hours of October 12, State Sen. Rick Gudex (R-Fond du Lac) died unexpectedly from a selfinflicted gunshot wound. In the days after the apparent suicide, Gudex’s family indicated in a statement that he suffered from increasing depression.

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In June the village held a special election to select its inaugural board of trustees, electing Dale Youngquist as the first village president of Fox Crossing. By fall, the remaining portion of the Town of Menasha on the east side of Little Lake Butte des Morts approved being absorbed into Fox Crossing.

Gudex, 48, had previously served as mayor for the City of Mayville and as the City of Fond du Lac Common Council President. He was elected to a four-year term in the state legislature’s upper house in 2012, but did not seek reelection in 2016. While in the state legislature, Gudex was a driving force behind creating and funding Wisconsin’s Fast Forward program, an initiative through the state Department of Workforce Development to provide training for a variety of job skills in high demand across the state. Fond du Lac Republican Dan Feyen won the Nov. 8 general election over Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris to replace Gudex in the senate.


Fox Cities Expo Center underway

In a story that’s perennially been on B2B’s Top Ten list over the past four years, construction finally began in October on the 65,000-sq. ft. Fox Cities Exhibition Center on Lawrence Street near Jones Park in downtown Appleton. Once complete later this fall, the $28 million facility will include 30,000 square feet of indoor exhibition space and an additional 7,300 square feet of flexible prefunction space, along with additional meeting rooms and a main welcome area. The design features an outdoor pedestrian plaza and an 82ft. tall LED-lit tower. An enclosed skywalk over Lawrence Street will connect the expo center to Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, which will manage the convention center.


Right to Work flip flop

Wisconsin’s Right to Work law which went into effect in mid-2015 was struck down in early April by Dane County Circuit Court Judge William Foust, who issued a judgment determining the law to be unconstitutional. Seven weeks later on May 24, Wisconsin’s Third District Court of Appeals granted a stay, overturning Judge Foust’s ruling. Right to Work prohibits union security agreements between employers and labor unions that require an employee’s membership in a union or payment of union dues as a condition of employment.

Building Trust Since 1960

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Year in Review Year in Review


Rescue of FdL’s Retlaw Hotel

The developers began renovations later in the year, planning to invest as much as $20 million more into refurbishing the historic property into a luxury boutique hotel. The group is planning to complete construction work sometime this spring and reopen the hotel by mid-year.

Downtown Fond du Lac’s historic 95-year-old Retlaw Plaza Hotel closed abruptly in late 2015 after falling behind on tax and utility payments, needing a number of costly repairs and eventually coming under federal receivership. In late June, Iowa-based Frantz Community Investors – the same group currently undertaking the nearly $30 million renovation of Hotel Northland in downtown Green Bay – placed the winning bid in an online auction to acquire the Retlaw for $908,250.


Green Bay Shipyard development

City of Green Bay officials are close to developing an entertainment district in a blighted former industrial area south of Mason Street between Broadway and the Fox River.

The development plans for what’s being called The Shipyard outdoor events center and entertainment district also include a $2 million Anduzzi’s Sports Club restaurant and a $2.5 million indoor concert venue which will be developed by Festival Foods CEO Mark Skogen. Construction is expected to begin in 2017 and be ready for the opening of the 2018 baseball season.

In October, the city’s common council created a tax incremental finance district to support much of the up-front costs of a $9 million stadium development for the Green Bay Bullfrogs baseball team. Big Top Baseball – the entity which owns the Northwoods League baseball team – will contribute $1 million toward the construction cost and will lease the stadium from the city for 20 years at an approximate cost of $4.5 million to help pay back a portion of the TIF borrowing.


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2016 Honorable Mention t In December, Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt pled guilty to three charges related to illegal campaign contributions between 2003 and 2014. The charges stem from an investigation of Schmitt’s campaign finance reports and include making false statements on campaign finance reports and attempting to accept funds in excess of the allowable contribution limit of $1,040 from an individual. Schmitt was sentenced to 40 hours of community service and ordered to pay a $4,000 fine, as well as forfeiting the more than $26,000 remaining in his campaign fund. Schmitt issued a statement indicating he failed to accurately record and verify donations and acknowledged he wasn’t aware of the campaign contribution limits. t In November, Green Bay-based Nicolet National Bank announced a deal to acquire Neenah-based First National Bank-Fox Valley in a partial cash/partial stock deal estimated at nearly $77 million, creating a combined financial institution with nearly $2.7 billion in assets and expanding Nicolet’s presence in the Fox Cities and Oshkosh. The transaction is expected to be complete by the second quarter 2017. t In February, Forest Mall in Fond du Lac was sold by Ohio-based shopping mall developer WP Glimcher to ATR Corinth Partners of Dallas for $30 million in a package deal that included a mall outside of Atlanta. The mall lost two of its five anchor stores in the past two years, and mall traffic has diminished in the 43-year-old shopping center. A few months after purchasing the property, the new owners began developing a few outlots at the southeast corner of the property to attract national retailers Mattress Firm, Noodles & Co. and Dunkin’ Donuts.

t In June, the Green Bay Packers reported record revenues from the 2015-16 fiscal year ending March 31 of nearly $409 million, driving record income of $48.9 million, up 68 percent from fiscal year 2014-15 earnings of $29.2 million. Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy indicated record stadium tour attendance of 175,000 patrons increased sharply from 130,000 visitors the prior year. The franchise reported a corporate reserve of $275 million, providing a solid foundation for future operations and investment. t In July, the City of Oshkosh approved an agreement with the owners of the former Morgan Door Co. property for a $55 million redevelopment of the 27-acre parcel on the south side of the Fox River. The plan includes residential neighborhoods, a mixed-use commercial and retail district and public walkway along the river bank, and could possibly involve as much as $38.8 million in public funding in the form of new roads, other infrastructure, and tax incremental financing. The first stage of the plan – a $16.1 million mixeduse building with 120 apartments and an Urban Market grocery store – would be built along the riverfront in 2017. Four additional phases of the project would be developed between 2018 and 2021. t In December, the boards of directors for both Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce and Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corp. agreed to merge the two organizations into one entity. The combined group is conducting a national search for a CEO, and plans to complete much of the merger work by this coming spring.

Notable retirements announced this past year: z Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce President and CEO Joe Reitemeier retired after more than 30 years at the helm of the organization.

z Appleton-based ThedaCare President and CEO Dean Gruner, M.D. plans to retire this coming summer after nine years leading northeast Wisconsin’s largest employer.

z Neenah-based Plexus Corp. President and CEO Dean Foate retired in September. He was appointed president of Plexus in 2002.

z Greater Green Bay Community Foundation CEO David Pamperin plans to retire in February after 10 years leading the philanthropic organization.

z Fond du Lac-based National Exchange Bank & Trust President and chief operating officer Mike Burch retired after nearly 25 years leading one of the region’s largest community banks.

z Grande Cheese President and CEO Wayne Matzke plans to retire in February following 17 years with the Fond du Lac maker of specialty cheeses.

z Ministry Health Care President Daniel E. Neufelder retired this summer after joining Menasha-based Affinity Health System in 2006 as president and CEO.

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Human Resources


Scouts Unique program casts a wide net to attract young IT and engineering minds to the Fox Cities Story by Rick Berg

Picture, if you will, talent recruiters traveling the Midwestern countryside, scouring college campuses for promising young technology talent, gathering them up in charter buses and dropping them off in downtown Appleton for three days of courtship by community leaders and employers. That’s pretty much what Talent Upload looks like – except the staff at the Fox Cities Regional Partnership has already done the legwork of identifying those students before the buses hit the road. Talent Upload completed its third iteration this fall, bringing in 74 students from 12 colleges in Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan to meet with representatives from 17 area companies. The project, launched in 2014, evolved from a series of meetings between Fox Cities employers and staff from the Fox Cities Regional Partnership, the economic development arm of the Fox Cities Chamber. Those meetings revealed concern among employers about a growing talent gap in filling engineering and technology job openings. The Talent Upload all-expense-paid visit – of which costs are underwritten by participating companies – is intended to expose engineering and IT undergrads to the opportunities available at local employers, but also to the lifestyle of the Fox Cities. “The Pew Research Foundation did a study on Millennials and what they found is that when Millennials are considering a career, they tend

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to look at where they want to live first and then they look for a job in that area,” said Beth Pritzl, director of research and technology for the regional partnership and coordinator of Talent Upload. In fact, most research on Millennials confirms the generation values work-life balance far more than previous generations and in their careers are more focused on having a sense of purpose and working for organizations that share their values. It was that focus on community and environment that moved the regional partnership and its employer partners toward the Talent Upload concept, which derives somewhat from the siteselection model used by economic development organizations to attract businesses to an area – demonstrating not only the tangible business benefits of a city or region, but also the quality of life characteristics that help attract and retain a workforce. In the case of Talent Upload, students meet one-on-one with business leaders at company sites and in group networking settings with potential employers. Participating students also take part in a mobile app-based scavenger hunt intended to take them to different parts of the Fox Cities – mainly downtown Appleton – and offer a glimpse of community life here. “The idea is to give them an idea of just the flavor of the community,” said Pritzl. “We try to make it really interactive so they have to talk to people, find out how friendly they are, make sure that they see there are some very cool housing options, as well as the bars and the social scene, so downtown Appleton is really good for that.”

Award-winning results

One of the early proponents of the Talent Upload model, Paul Mueller, who serves as chief information officer at Thrivent Financial in Appleton, believes its success is evident in the results. “At Thrivent we have an IT staff that numbers 500 or more and we have an additional 200 contract workers, so our business is very dependent on information technology talent. We also saw that there was a very unsatisfactory pipeline of IT talent available in our industry as a whole, regardless of geography,” said Mueller. “When they approached me about sponsoring this program I was very excited, because it’s the first time in my many years in IT that I’ve seen this kind of innovative approach to familiarize future IT talent with our businesses and our geography.” Three years is plenty of time, according to Mueller, to determine that the Talent Upload model works. “In each of the three iterations of the Talent Upload program we have extended offers for internships and employment,” Mueller said. “We think it’s one of the most innovative programs of its kind and believe it has brought high value to us as a company and to the region. It’s absolutely been a successful process.”

Talent Upload by the Numbers Fox Cities Regional Partnership describes Talent Upload as “an immersive three-day event to proactively engage with and recruit fresh, high-tech, university talent.” Talent Upload is a matchmaking program, giving students an opportunity to explore life as a young professional in the Fox Cities and employers a chance to engage them before they enter this ultracompetitive employment market, program leaders said. Costs are underwritten by participating employers. During its third year in October 2016, the Talent Upload program attracted 17 employers who were looking for: 8 139 engineering interns 8 58 entry-level engineering hires 8 37 IT or computer science interns 8 33 entry-level IT or computer science hires The program also attracted 74 students from 12 universities. They were looking for: 8 13 engineering internships 8 27 fulltime entry-level engineering positions 8 30 IT or computer science internships 8 7 fulltime entry-level IT or computer science positions At the beginning and at the conclusion of the program, the students were asked four questions. On a scale of 1 to 10: D What is your perception of starting your career in the Fox Cities? C Before 5.7 C After 8.6 D What is your perception of living in the Fox Cities? C   Before 5.8 C   After 8.8 D What is your perception of living as a young professional in the Fox Cities? C Before 5.5 C After 8.7 D How likely are you to pursue a job or internship in the Fox Cities? C Before 5.7 C After 8.5 Although it’s early in the process, 14 employment or internship offers have already been accepted since October. Past experience suggests that 60 percent or more of student participants will find placement with a participating company. The 2015 program attracted 88 students, 58 of whom accepted jobs or internships in the community. The 74 students who participated in 2016 Talent Upload consisted of 38 engineering students and 36 IT students from the following universities: Michigan Tech, Purdue, UW Green Bay, UW Oshkosh, UW Eau Claire, UW Madison, UW Milwaukee, UW Platteville, UW Stout, UW Stevens Point, Valparaiso (Ind.) and Lawrence.

Like Thrivent, Neenah-based J. J. Keller & Associates was quick to jump on board, feeling the pinch of the technology talent gap and determined to do something about it.

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Human Resources “J. J. Keller & Associates has been a proud participant in the Talent Upload program since its inception,” said Cindy Enli, talent acquisition manager at the transportation management firm. “As a growing company, with a strong focus on hiring technology talent, it is critical that we have engaging ways to connect with students.” Outside the region, Talent Upload has drawn attention. The program won the 2015 Best in Show Award from the International Economic Development Council as part of its Excellence in Economic Development competition, which attracted nearly 500 entries worldwide. Shannon Full, who left her post as executive director of the Fox Cities Chamber last month to take a similar post at the TwinWest Chamber in suburban Minneapolis, said the award bears out the value of responding to needs employers reported in their meetings with Full and her staff. “We learned that there were hundreds of IT and engineering job opportunities opening and employers didn’t know how they were going to fill those going forward,” Full said. “They are looking for solution-based strategies to meet their challenges and the award we won shows this program has emerged as one of the most innovative ideas to come along in terms of meeting the talent gap challenge.” Enli agreed.


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“As the Fox Valley area continues to grow, the need to find quality technology talent has also grown for many area employers, including J. J. Keller & Associates,” Enli said. “We currently have a team of 200-plus technology associates focused on developing innovative products and solutions. As our organization continues to grow, the demand to hire technology talent continues to increase. Talent Upload is a great forum for students to experience the vast technology opportunities available in the Fox Valley, while exposing them to a wide a variety of growing and innovative companies.” Stephen Kohler, vice president of human resources at Neenah Enterprises, said his company is a more recent entry into the program, having come on board in 2015, but it didn’t take long for his company to see its value. “The war for talent continues to be a hard battle and there’s no silver bullet any more for recruiting,” Kohler said. “You have to be everywhere and in every medium, and we saw this as a great way to impact a lot of students. Whether or not we hire them, if they go back to their schools and talk about what they saw, that will be an investment we have in future talent. So, we saw this as a very cool program that we just want to be part of.”

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“The purpose of work is very different for this generation than it is for Baby Boomers,” Mueller said. “As a not-for-profit we operate with a mission in mind, and the social impact we create clearly resonates with the kind of candidates we want to attract. We also have a very successful internship program and we have a holistic experience for the people who intern

with us. We assign mentors to them, we provide education, we provide meaningful, real business impacting work that they can participate in.” Beyond the value any individual employer can provide, northeast Wisconsin in general and the Fox Cities specifically are powerful selling points. “Students have the choice to build their career in almost any location,” Enli said. “Whether they are originally from the Fox Valley or considering it as a career destination, it’s important for technology students to understand the abundance of career opportunities and quality of life they can find in the Fox Valley.” “Once you get people here and show them what the area is all about, the quality of life and the quality of education, you can connect them to this region as a place to start careers and raise families,” Mueller added. “We just think this program is a really great way to sell our community,” said Kohler. “Whether or not we directly hire, we’re contributing to the greater good. It’s a great investment. We may never know the full fruits of it but we know it helps build our brand image for our community as well as for our company.” For Full, Talent Upload exemplifies the best in communityemployer partnerships. “It’s not just here, it’s nationwide that we find that attracting, retaining and developing talent is the number one challenge,

What do Millennials want from employers? 9 Millennials don’t just work for a paycheck – they want a purpose. For Millennials, work must have meaning. They want to work for organizations with a mission and purpose. 9 Millennials are not pursuing job satisfaction – they are pursuing development. Most Millennials don’t care about the bells and whistles found in many workplaces today. 9 Millennials don’t want bosses – they want coaches. Millennials care about having managers who can coach, who value them as both people and employees, and who help them understand and build their strengths. 9 Millennials don’t want reviews – they want ongoing conversations. Millennials are accustomed to constant communication and feedback. 9 Millennials don’t want to fix their weaknesses – they want to develop their strengths. Source: Gallup Inc., How Millennials Want to Work and Live 2016 and companies are looking for solutions and partnerships to address that challenge,” Full said. “Here, with Talent Upload, we have companies that generally compete for talent coming together in an unprecedented fashion to say, ‘Let’s bring the talent here, let’s expose them to the assets of the community, and then we’ll compete for them by telling our individual stories.” n   Rick Berg is a freelance writer and editor based in Green Bay.

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Health Care

Comparing health care costs The Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center regularly collects and publishes data about charges and services provided by Wisconsin hospitals and outpatient surgery centers. Providing this cost and quality data was part of a state government and WHA initiative to make health care more transparent to Wisconsin patients. Each year since 2002, New North B2B magazine has published average charges from each facility in our readership area for sample services and procedures common to employers. To compare cost figures from other health care facilities or for other procedures, visit Wisconsin’s PricePoint System online at ~ Research conducted by Kate Erbach for New North B2B Normal Newborn*........................ Discharges Median 2016 Median 2015 St. Elizabeth Hospital, Appleton.............. 1,014 $1,927 $923 ThedaCare Medical Center, New London..... 89 $2,254 $2,409 ThedaCare Medical Center, Neenah........ 1,019 $2,203 $2,310 ThedaCare Medical Center, Appleton...... 1,151 $2,180 $2,306 Mercy Medical Center, Oshkosh................. 513 $1,960 $1,786 Agnesian Healthcare, Fond du Lac............. 721 $2,350 $2,233 Bellin Health, Green Bay.......................... 1,197 $2,334 $2,231 HSHS St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay....... 910 $3,011 $2,781 Aurora Baycare, Green Bay...................... 1,498 $3,616 $3,417 HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital, Green Bay........ 537 $2,914 $2,724 Aurora Medical Center, Oshkosh................ 578 $3,659 $3,690 State Average.................................................. $2,583 $2,437 * Birthweight of 2,500 grams or more

Knee Replacement...................... Discharges Median 2016 Median 2015 ThedaCare Medical Center, Neenah........... 208 $25,150 $24,530 ThedaCare Medical Center, Appleton......... 451 $28,203 $25,968 Mercy Medical Center, Oshkosh................. 487 $28,245 $27,465 ThedaCare Medical Center, New London..... 31 $30,075 $27,488 St. Elizabeth Hospital, Appleton................. 384 $30,962 $29,997 Bellin Health, Green Bay.......................... 1,016 $30,676 $29,287 Aurora Baycare, Green Bay......................... 300 $38,540 $36,902 Aurora Medical Center, Oshkosh................ 171 $43,784 $41,547 Ripon Medical Center................................... 35 $44,342 $40,329 HSHS St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay....... 191 $36,178 $35,948 Agnesian Healthcare, Fond du Lac............. 181 $39,182 $39,266 HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital, Green Bay........ 250 $36,141 $36,850 State Average.................................................. $34,290 $32,965

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Angioplasty w/o heart attack..... Discharges Median 2016 Median 2015 ThedaCare Medical Center, Neenah............ NR NR $30,421 ThedaCare Medical Center, Appleton........... 69 $44,670 $32,711 Mercy Medical Center, Oshkosh................... 12 $59,878 $46,062 Aurora Medical Center, Oshkosh.................. 13 $44,304 $51,283 Aurora Baycare, Green Bay........................... 25 $54,407 $54,871 Bellin Health, Green Bay............................... 99 $82,648 $79,600 St. Elizabeth Hospital, Appleton................... 30 $50,547 $50,775 HSHS St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay....... 148 $72,271 $65,927 Agnesian Healthcare, Fond du Lac............... 74 $51,036 $55,125 HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital, Green Bay.......... 70 $63,322 $66,506 State Average.................................................. $58,120 $53,328 Vaginal Delivery........................... Discharges Median 2016 Median 2015 ThedaCare Medical Center, Appleton......... 877 $3,892 $3,829 ThedaCare Medical Center, New London..... 54 $4,191 $4,020 ThedaCare Medical Center, Neenah........... 791 $4,057 $3,907 St. Elizabeth Hospital, Appleton................. 859 $3,859 $3,976 Mercy Medical Center, Oshkosh................. 412 $3,571 $3,997 Aurora Medical Center, Oshkosh................ 427 $6,313 $6,051 Bellin Health, Green Bay............................. 922 $6,275 $5,763 HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital, Green Bay........ 445 $8,356 $8,402 Aurora Baycare, Green Bay...................... 1,004 $6,638 $6,746 HSHS St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay....... 736 $9,030 $8,672 Agnesian Healthcare, Fond du Lac............. 603 $7,164 $7,212 Ripon Medical Center................................... 35 $5,722 $7,096 State Average.................................................. $5,755 $5,083 Cesarean Delivery....................... Discharges Median 2016 Median 2015 ThedaCare Medical Center, Appleton......... 300 $9,923 $8,904 Mercy Medical Center, Oshkosh................. 132 $8,504 $8,400 St. Elizabeth Hospital, Appleton................. 218 $8,500 $8,805 ThedaCare Medical Center, Neenah........... 449 $10,605 $9,528 Aurora Medical Center, Oshkosh................ 180 $12,501 $11,854 ThedaCare Medical Center, New London..... 33 $11,863 $10,069 Bellin Health, Green Bay............................. 330 $14,368 $14,417 HSHS St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay....... 272 $14,066 $12,691 Aurora Baycare, Green Bay......................... 483 $16,465 $16,209 HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital, Green Bay.......... 90 $16,060 $15,781 Agnesian Healthcare, Fond du Lac............. 160 $16,298 $15,933 Ripon Medical Center................................... 10 $14,470 $17,265 State Average.................................................. $12,801 $12,488

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Health Care Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary. Discharges Median 2016 Median 2015 ThedaCare Medical Center, Neenah............. 59 $8,520 $8,917 ThedaCare Medical Center, Appleton........... 71 $8,479 $9,182 ThedaCare Medical Center, New London..... 20 $6,273 $5,883 Mercy Medical Center, Oshkosh................... 55 $11,375 $11,693 St. Elizabeth Hospital, Appleton................... 94 $12,410 $10,328 Bellin Health, Green Bay............................... 49 $18,756 $14,657 Ripon Medical Center................................... 12 $12,258 $16,657 Aurora Medical Center, Oshkosh.................. 64 $18,509 $16,917 HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital, Green Bay.......... 49 $15,248 $12,463 Aurora Baycare, Green Bay........................... 69 $15,793 $16,003 HSHS St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay......... 72 $18,006 $14,759 Agnesian Healthcare, Fond du Lac............. 104 $16,275 $15,702 State Average.................................................. $13,492 $12,763 Major Bowel Procedure.............. Discharges Median 2016 Median 2015 ThedaCare Medical Center, Appleton......... 155 $29,694 $27,833 ThedaCare Medical Center, Neenah............. 57 $25,847 $24,402 St. Elizabeth Hospital, Appleton................. 120 $31,050 $26,533 ThedaCare Medical Center, New London.... NR NR $19,150 Ripon Medical Center..................................... 6 $36,394 $41,714 Aurora Medical Center, Oshkosh.................. 63 $34,450 $36,713 Mercy Medical Center, Oshkosh................... 36 $33,581 $32,616 Aurora Baycare, Green Bay......................... 150 $46,675 $45,871 Bellin Health, Green Bay............................. 162 $55,020 $57,946 Agnesian Healthcare, Fond du Lac............... 74 $46,686 $51,081 HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital, Green Bay.......... 41 $61,443 $51,684 HSHS St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay....... 165 $45,948 $46,091 State Average.................................................. $40,617 $38,470

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Mammography............................. Discharges Median 2016 Median 2015 ThedaCare Medical Center, Neenah........ 5,358 $298 $298 ThedaCare Medical Center, New London.1,496 $298 $298 Mercy Medical Center, Oshkosh.............. 2,792 $246 $238 St. Elizabeth Hospital, Appleton.............. 5,253 $246 $238 Bellin Health, Green Bay.......................... 9,987 $216 $210 Ripon Medical Center................................. 673 $184 $128 Aurora Medical Center, Oshkosh............. 6,154 $209 $265 HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital, Green Bay..... 1,043 $245 $235 Aurora Baycare, Green Bay...................... 5,400 $278 $265 Agnesian Healthcare, Fond du Lac.......... 6,534 $184 $128 State Average.................................................. $240 $230 CAT Scan (abdomen).................. Discharges Median 2016 Median 2015 ThedaCare Medical Center, Appleton......... 715 $1,550 $1,348 ThedaCare Medical Center, Neenah........... 827 $1,550 $1,348 St. Elizabeth Hospital, Appleton................. 817 $1,949 $1,874 ThedaCare Medical Center, New London... 312 $1,550 $1,348 Ripon Medical Center................................. 121 $3,707 $3,564 Aurora Medical Center, Oshkosh................ 598 $4,250 $4,110 Mercy Medical Center, Oshkosh................. 601 $1,949 $1,874 Aurora Baycare, Green Bay...................... 1,467 $5,220 $4,960 Bellin Health, Green Bay.......................... 1,284 $3,225 $3,133 Agnesian Healthcare, Fond du Lac............. 967 $3,707 $3,564 HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital, Green Bay........ 641 $3,465 $3,300 HSHS St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay.... 1,121 $3,465 $3,300 State Average.................................................. $2,966 $2,698

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New North B2B publishes monthly new business incorporations filed with the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions. Brown County

FORT HOWARD HOMES LLC, Grant M. Keebler, 2675 Packerland Dr., Ashwaubenon 54313. PATRICK MARCHANT’S MUSIC STUDIO LLC, Patrick Joseph Marchant, 910 Third St., De Pere 54115. IRENIC LASH AND SPA LLC, Kristin Mary Glowacki, 1927 Williams Grant Dr., De Pere 54115. WISCONSIN SEWING COMPANY LLC, Denise A. Larson, 1226 Bruss St., De Pere 54115. BAY CELLULAR LLC, Sam Colucci, 2001 Morning Dew Lane, De Pere 54115. QUALITY LANDSCAPING & HANDYMAN SVC LLC, Hai Pham, 1002 Main Ave., De Pere 54115. TITLETOWN GUS MACKER LLC, Christopher Lee McKeefry, 1122 Countryside Dr., De Pere 54115. DEGENEFFE FINANCIAL LLC, Edward B. Degeneffe, 1710 Lawrence Dr., De Pere 54115. MELOTTE FINANCIAL ADVISORS LLC, Kenneth Melotte III, 1121 W. Main St., De Pere 54115. ATTORNEYS VANN AND CHAMBERLAIN, S.C., Jennifer Chamberlain, 2065 Kettle Creek Ct., De Pere 54115. PREMIER EXCAVATING LLC, Michael J. Mathu, 680 Scheuring Road, De Pere 54115. RUSTIC RIDGE RESORT LLC, Laurie Juppe, 244 Crestview Lane, De Pere 54115. DUCK CREEK VILLAGE PUB LLC, Michael Corey Martell, 2463 Clear Brook Cir., Green Bay 54313. GREEN BAY NAIL BAR LLC, Sang Thi Le, 2360 Costco Way, Ste. 130, Green Bay 54311. MACCO’S COMMERCIAL FLOORING LLC, James A. Macco, 2325 Hutson Road, Green Bay 54303. HAIR BY SHERRIE LLC, Sherrie Servais, 2486 Spica Lane, Green Bay 54311. TRAN AND SON CONSTRUCTION LLC, Liem T. Tran, 2146 Ridgecrest Tr., Green Bay 54313. ACME PAINTING LLC, Alex Timothy Oliver, 1841 Morrow St., Green Bay 54302. HDZ CLEANING LLC, Carlos M. Hernandez, Sr., 1265 Porlier St., Green Bay 54301. SUNRISE SALSA LLC, Khankab Chanthasena, 505 N. Fisk St., Green Bay 54303. HAIR BY KIM LLC, Kim Heim, 3053 Dutchman Road, Green Bay 54311. REBELS CLUB VOLLEYBALL INC., Matthew J. Klarkowski, Jr., 615 S. Baird St., Green Bay 54301. LUCAS MATH TUTORING LLC, Erin M. Lucas, 763 Vanguard Way, Green Bay 54313. PACKERLAND DOULA LLC, Alaina Jeanae Thomas, 1278 Shawano Ave., Green Bay 54303. RICK SKOGG REAL ESTATE COACHING INC., Jon E. Skogg, 2520 Sage Dr., Green Bay 54302. HOLMES BOOKKEEPING SOLUTIONS LLC, Joy R. Glass, 1101 Reed St., Green Bay 54303. DOOR COUNTY POPCORN COMPANY LLC AND DOOR COUNTY CHOCOLATE COMPANY LLC, Michael James Schwantes, 319 N. Broadway, Green Bay 54303. THE NAIL STOP LLC, Kou Vang, 550 N. Military Ave., Green Bay 54303. DESIGN BERO LLC, Matthew Thomas Bero, 130 E. Walnut St., Green Bay 54301. HOPE DELLA SKINCARE LLC, Hope Dalebroux, 1667 Riverbend Ter., Green Bay 54311. REVITALIZE MD, S.C., Leslie Alzuhn-Hansen, 2411 Holmgren Way, Green Bay 54304. AVA GRACE BOUTIQUE LLC, Ashley Joy Lokken, 1802 S. Locust St., Green Bay 54304.

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THERAPEUTIC PILATES & MASSAGE LTD., Gwen M. Fitch, 2907 Woodale Ave., Green Bay 54313. LAACK TRUCKING LLC, Jeffrey L. Laack, 7050 Morrison Road, Greenleaf 54126. RENIER SANITATION LTD., Spencer Renier, 3900 Depeau Road, New Franken 54229. KOMPELLING LLC, Miles Anthony Smith, 3627 Veterans Ave., Suamico 54173. SPORK CAFE & CATERING LLC, Stephanie Malone, 1760 Riverside Dr., Suamico 54173. COUNTRYSIDE PUB & GRILL LLC, Marie Ann McDougal, 104 1/2 High Ct., Wrightstown 54180. WRIGHTFIT TRAINING LLC, Annie M. Johns, 615 Main St., #5, Wrightstown 54180.

Fond du Lac County

MOMENTS TO MEMORIES PHOTOGRAPHY LLC, Kerry Johanna Quade, 325 N. Woodward St., Brandon 53919. HAFEMANN ELECTRIC LLC, Frederick Hafemann, W3966 N. Point Road, Brownsville 53006. C&D FLOORS LLC, Derick Schanen, N2189 State Road 67, Campbellsport 53010. 65 N MAIN PUB LLC, Bryan Perl, 463 Cedar St., Fond du Lac 54935. MALIN VETERINARY REPRODUCTIVE SERVICES LLC, Stephen P. Malin, N5046 Oak Hill Road, Fond du Lac 54937. LILY PAD LEARNING CENTER LLC, Angela M. Schmitz, 300 Muenter Ave., Fond du Lac 54935. GRACE AND PIZZA TOO LLC, John C. Potter, 25 E. Merrill Ave., Fond du Lac 54935. CHIEF SIGN & LIGHTING LLC, Dee Burkhardt, N5528 Miranda Way, Fond du Lac 54937. LEDGEROCK DISTILLERY LLC, Joseph A. Retzer III, N5119 Grandview Road, Fond du Lac 54937. KRISTY MARIES SALON LLC, Kristy Gourlie, 111 N. Main St., Oakfield 53065. K-BOSS FARMS LLC, Lori J. Kraus, W239 Chickadee Dr., St. Cloud 53079. MICHAEL JAHN MACHINE TOOL CONSULTING & SERVICE LLC, Michael R. Jahn, 1024 Newton Ave., Waupun 53963.

Green Lake County

RIVER’S EDGE SPORTING GOODS & OUTDOOR ESCAPES LLC, Michael L. Pribnow, 318 Webster St., Berlin 54923. CWS DESIGNS LLC, Tim DeMaster, N522 34th Dr., Berlin 54923. TRUVENTURE COMPOSITES LLC, Robert L. Brooks, 409 S. Church St., Berlin 54923.

Oconto County

PATRIOT GOLF CLUB LLC, Dennis R. Kaminski, 2954 Sandalwood Road, Abrams 54101. CYNTHIA’S YOGA FLOW LLC, Cynthia Beth Nelson, 5802 Creek Crest Lane, Little Suamico 54141. NICHOLSON TRUCKING LLC, Anton W. Nicholson, 2310 County Road S, Little Suamico 54141.

Outagamie County

THOMAS GRAPHIC SERVICES LLC, Robert A. Thomas, 2509 S. Matthias St., Appleton 54915. HATZ COPYWRITING LLC, Eva Hatzenbihler, N288 Marion Ave., Appleton 54915. ADVANTAGED BUSINESS PERFORMANCE LLC, Carol A. Lee, 2759 W. Honeysuckle Lane, Appleton 54913. PROCORE ACCOUNTING LLC, Jeffrey J. Desing, 4365 N. Orion Lane, Appleton 54913. ROMENESKO DENTAL S.C., Jeffrey G. Romenesko, 2510 E. Evergreen Dr., Appleton 54913. ASSURED PRIVATE INVESTIGATIONS LLC, Jill N. Goffin, 3102 E. Pollywog Way, #12, Appleton 54915. RUSTY VELVET ANTIQUES LLC, Matthew Mark Rutkowski, 619 N. State St., Appleton 54911. C. KNEPEL TRUCKING LLC, Caleb Knepel, 3670 Cherryvale Cir., Unit 3, Appleton 54913.

SLEEK RESALE CONSIGNMENT FURNITURE LLC, Brian Gabel, 1109 W. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton 54914. MIDLAKES BEHAVIORAL SERVICES LLC, Katherine Anne Vollmer, 3409 Crestview Dr., Appleton 54915. MENOMINEE CARE CENTER LLC, Robert Parkins, 1726 N. Ballard Road, Appleton 54911. FOX RIVER KAYAKING COMPANY LLC, Soroosh Werner Karamyar, 415 S. Olde Oneida St., Appleton 54911. CHURCH OF LIVING GOD INTERNATIONAL INC., Salad Vang, 3130 W. Capitol Dr., Appleton 54914. THE DENT SMITH LLC, Daniel Kubowicz, N454 Cape Cod Ave., Appleton 54914. SOCIALFLY MEDIA LLC, Katherine Tarr, 830 E. Florida Ave., Appleton 54911. HARRY BUSH TREE FARM LLC, Kent Vernon Staerkel, W2402 Tree Line Ct., Appleton 54915. FREEDOM FORGE LLC, Gregory Daniel Hansel, W1624 Echo Valley Road, Freedom 54130. REVOLUTION PERFORMANCE TRAINING LLC, Nicholas August, N1071 Redwing Dr., Greenville 54942. HERMAN’S BEAN BAG BOARDS LLC, Amy Hanson, 833 Hickory St., Hortonville 54944. CDM SERVICE & SNOW REMOVAL LLC, Christopher Mitchell, 219 Jaquot St., Apt. 5, Hortonville 54944. IKON CUSTOM HOMES LLC, Chad John Valentyne, 431 N. Pine Grove Lane, Hortonville 54944. BADGERLAND RADON SERVICES INC., Julie Mikkelsen, W8523 Whitetail Tr., Hortonville 54944. VERBETEN’S BOWLING LANES LLC, Ryan H. Van Schyndel, 2060 Autumn Lane, Kaukauna 54130. HILSON RESTAURANTS INC., Mark D. Hilson, 1970 Greengrove St., Kaukauna 54130. APPSOLUTION TECHNOLOGIES LLC, Eric Van Handel, 2001 Hyland Ave., Kaukauna 54130. PACKAGING EQUIPMENT SERVICES LLC, Chas John Skalmusky, W1910 Sleepy Hollow Ct., Kaukauna 54130. LAMAGNA FOOD GROUP LLC, James Ostrom, N3569 Vanden Bosch Road, Kaukauna 54130. ELITE CANINE TRAINING & OUTFITTERS LLC, Jeremy John Van Beek, 335 Taylor St., Kaukauna 54130. MENDEZ CLEANING SERVICES LLC, Patricia Rivas, 2901 Glenview Ave., Kaukauna 54130. JOSH FIX IT INC., Joshua Vande Hei, 2333 E. Main St., Kaukauna 54130. LC PROPERTY MANAGEMENT LLC, Kip N. Golden, 571 Marcella St., Kimberly 54136. CREATIVE SNAPSHOTS LLC, Michael D. Dunn, 1415 Franklin St., Little Chute 54140. PARAMOUNT HOME CARE LLC, Robert C. Lee, 737 Melanie Lane, Oneida 54155. STATEWIDE BUILDING SERVICES AND MAINTENANCE LLC, Kevin A. Kamps, 342 Ivory St., Seymour 54165. RICKS AUTO PARTS INC., Rick Ryan Tetzlaff, 236 S. Main St., Seymour 54165.

Winnebago County

HENSCHEL HOOF CARE LLC, Jeremy Alder Henschel, 8435 Steeple Hill Dr., Larsen 54947. POSSELT TRANSPORT LLC, Todd J. Posselt, 3925 W. Larsen Road, Larsen 54947. MUSHABOOM: A SMALL FAMILY FARM LLC, Nicole Caley Powell, 5631 Grandview Road, Larsen 54947. NORTHSHORE BUDGET CENTER LLC, Jeff Frees, W7150 Highway 10/114, Menasha 54952. HARVESTIME KENNEL LLC, Debra M. Zierler, W4436 Manitowoc Road, Menasha 54952. MENDOZA CARPETING LLC, Carlos Lugo Gonzalez, 981 Paradise Lane, Menasha 54952. I&A M JANITORIAL SERVICE LLC, Ines Macias Rios, 1020 Woodland Pl., Menasha 54952.


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Who’s News COLLEGE MINIMART LLC AND HOLLANDDOWN MINIMART LLC, Durga Tiwari, 955 Lotus Tr., Menasha 54952. NIGHTOWL JANITORIAL SERVICES LLC, Wanita Tessen, 1452 Circle Dr., Menasha 54952. MIDWEST ORAL HEALTH LLC, Bryan Mick, 151 E. Forest Ave., Neenah 54956. TAFT ANALYTICS LLC, George Roger Taft, 562 Riford Road, Neenah 54956. CONCEPTUAL DESIGNS LLC, Matthew James Spiegel, 707 Nicolet Blvd., Neenah 54956. CONSOLIDATED MACHINE LLC, Daniel S. O’Neill, 1351 Kimberly Dr., Neenah 54956. DELVER CREATIVE LLC, Taylor Paul Delver, 133 Andrew Ave., Neenah 54956. VALLEY BATTERY SERVICE LLC, David Keene, 501 E. Forest Ave., Neenah 54956. LOVE NAILS AND SPA LLC, Sinh Dinh Chu, 2722 Oakwood Cir., Oshkosh 54904. TIGERT TRUCKING LLC, Robert E. Tigert, 3805 Fisk Ave., Oshkosh 54904. SCULPT FITNESS LLC, Jamie D. Jacobson, 4641 Red Fox Road, Oshkosh 54904.

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B2B includes a monthly list of building permits (not to include residential projects) in excess of $400,000. THE 102 ON BROADWAY, 102 N. Broadway, De Pere. $4,200,000 for a five-story mixed-use building with first floor commercial space and an attached parking garage. General contractor is Best Built Inc. of Ashwaubenon. November 1. VACUUM, PUMP AND COMPRESSOR INC., 907 N. Military Ave., Green Bay. $750,000 for a new commercial building. General contractor is Bayland Buildings of Green Bay. November.

PRIMARY CARE ASSOCIATES OF APPLETON, 3916 Intertech Ct., Appleton. $1,117,012 for an interior remodel of the existing medical clinic office. General contractor is Miron Construction Co. of Fox Crossing. November. BCI BURKE COMPANY, 660 Van Dyne Road, Fond du Lac. $732,720 for a 13,500-sq. ft. warehouse facility. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna. November 4. OPTIMA MACHINERY CORP., 1330 Contract Dr., Ashwaubenon. $800,000 for an addition to the existing manufacturing facility. General contractor is Alliance Construction of Wrightstown. November. KYRIA CHILD DAYCARE CENTER, 2923 Jackson St., Oshkosh. $883,000 for a new child daycare facility. Contractor is Chet Wesenberg Architect of Oshkosh. November 7. HUMANA, 1916 Lawrence Dr., De Pere. $967,131 for an interior alteration of the existing commercial office building. General contractor is Miron Construction Co. of Fox Crossing. November 8. No name listed, 1104 Honey Ct., De Pere. $481,000 for an interior buildout of the existing commercial building. General contractor is Alliance Construction of Wrightstown. November 8.

New locations De Pere-based ELEMENT opened a second location at 126½ W. Wisconsin Ave. in Neenah.

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Mergers/acquisitions Port Washington-based Ansay & Associates acquired THOMAS INSURANCE GROUP of Oshkosh. Ansay plans to maintain the Oshkosh office and its existing staff. LANDMARK STAFFING of Appleton was acquired by Grafton-based Seek Careers/ Staffing Inc. Seek moved Landmark operations to its existing Fox Cities office at 3203 W. College Ave. in Appleton.

Business honors FOX VALLEY TECHNICAL COLLEGE in Appleton received the 2016 Ann Lydecker Educational Diversity Award from the Wisconsin Department of Administration and the Wisconsin State Council on Affirmative Action for its success in college retention and completion for students of color.

New hires WRITING BY DESIGN in Appleton hired Kayde Kempen as a communications and SEO specialist. Kempen has five years of marketing and writing experience, having previously worked at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh as an associate marketing manager. McMAHON in Fox Crossing hired Derek Gruber as an architect and Jordan Jelinski as an engineering technician in the firm’s environment and infrastructure department. Gruber has 12 years experience in architecture. Jelinski previously worked the past nine years as an inspector and surveyor for the City of Green Bay. VITAL ESSENTIALS in Green Bay hired Breanna Santy an inside sales representative. Santy has eight years experience working in veterinary clinics. THE SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh hired Greg Miller as an international trade consultant. Miller has 17 years experience in both international trade and economic development, having worked in Florida, Mississippi, Missouri, Kansas and Wisconsin. MIRON CONSTRUCTION CO., INC. in Fox Crossing hired Jessica Micke as a public relations and events specialist, Terri Glasel as a marketing assistant, Scott Eigner as a project superintendent, Dan Howard as a network security administrator, and Jessica Mundt as an accounting professional. OMNI GLASS & PAINT, INC. in Oshkosh hired Jim Bridenbaugh as a commercial glass estimator and Tom Mueller as human resources director. Bridenbaugh most recently worked at Mid-States Aluminum Corp. in Fond du Lac. Mueller has more than 30 years experience in human resources, having recently worked as human resources manager for Federal-Mogul in Manitowoc. FOX VALLEY HEMATOLOGY & ONCOLOGY hired Carol Grabowski, M.D. to lead

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its diagnostic center in Appleton. Dr. Grabowski has practiced radiation oncology for more than 20 years. CONSOLIDATED CONSTRUCTION CO. INC. in Appleton hired Andy Wilke as a project manager focusing on commercial, industrial and senior living segments. Wilke has 15 years experience in construction, having previously worked for Ganther Construction in Oshkosh and Schneider National, Inc. in Green Bay.

Promotions BANK FIRST promoted Curry Kuehl to business banking representative in the Fox Valley and Green Bay markets. Kuehl joined the bank in 2014 as a business analyst in the Green Bay market. CATALPA HEALTH in Appleton promoted Scott Radtke to clinic operations director. Radtke had served as the manager for Catalpa’s day treatment program since February. He has 20 years experience in counseling. CONSOLIDATED CONSTRUCTION CO. INC. in Appleton promoted Jeremy Walker to strategic account manager of food and beverage, Brian Gebauer to project director and Mary Roellchen to controller. Walker will specifically focus on the upper Midwest with a concentration on cold storage facilities and food and beverage companies, including dairy and cheese producers. He has been with Consolidated for 18 years and is also a shareholder of the company. Gebauer has been with the construction firm for 11 years. Roellchen has 25 years experience in accounting, having joined Consolidated in 2006 as a senior accountant. NORTHERN ELECTRIC, INC. in Green Bay promoted Luke Weiner to project manager. Weiner joined Northern Electric in 2003 and is a journeyman electrician.

Individual awards DR. SHAHEDA GOVANI, owner of Govani Dental in Oshkosh, received the New Dentist Leadership Award from Wisconsin Dental Association, which recognizes dentists who have been out of school less than 10 years and who serve their profession and community.

Accreditations JAKE HARMSEN, CPA, a financial advisor at Aegis Financial in Oshkosh, earned his Certified Financial Planner designation. Harmsen has worked at Aegis Financial since 2014.

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Business Calendar

New North B2B encourages businesses and organizations looking to attract interested persons to upcoming events to email JANUARY 3 Greater Green Bay Chamber Power Networking Breakfast, 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the chamber offices, 300 N. Broadway, Ste. 3A in Green Bay. No cost to attend for chamber members. For more information, call 920.437.8704 or email JANUARY 10 Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce Sales Club, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the chamber building, 120 Jackson St. in Oshkosh. No cost to attend for chamber members. For more information, call 920.303.2266 or go online to JANUARY 11 Green Bay Chamber Business After Hours, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Gather On Broadway, 139 N. Broadway in Green Bay. No cost to attend for chamber members. To register or for more information, call 920.437.8704 or email JANUARY 12 Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce Social Hub, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the chamber building, 120 Jackson St. in Oshkosh. Topic is How to Optimize Your Website. No cost to attend for chamber members. For more information, call 920.303.2266 or go online to www. JANUARY 12 Employment Concerns Relating to Security, Technology and Social Media in the Workplace, a Breakfast Briefing presented by the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the law offices of von Briesen & Roper, 2905 Universal St. in Oshkosh. No cost to attend, but registration is encouraged. To register or for morning information, go online to

Better Business Bureau New Members Businesses accredited through the Northeast Wisconsin office during November 2016 American Insulation, Luxemburg Brady’s Automotive Center, Hilbert Laser Professionals, Oshkosh Lucky Penny Custom Carpentry, Fond du Lac Pierce Roofing, Green Bay Schwab Properties, Oshkosh Source 1 Construction, Fond du Lac

JANUARY 12 Women in Management – Oshkosh chapter monthly meeting, 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at La Sure’s Banquet Hall, 3125 S. Washburn St. in Oshkosh. For more information or to register, go online to or email Anne at JANUARY 12 Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, 5 to 7 p.m. at Midwest Design Homes, 5378 N. Amethyst in Appleton. No cost to attend for members. For more information, go online to or call 920.766.1616. JANUARY 17 Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce Business Connection, 5 to 7 p.m. at Summit Automotive, 815 S. Rolling Meadows Dr. in Fond du Lac. For more information, call 920.921.9500 or email JANUARY 18 Mid-Day Women’s Alliance chapter monthly meeting, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Grand Meridian, 2621 N. Oneida St. in Appleton. Speaker is R. J. Foster of Wordsmithing by Foster. Cost is $15 for advanced registration or $20 at the door. To register or for more information, go online to JANUARY 19 A.M. Oshkosh, a morning networking event from the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, 7:45 to 9 a.m. at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Lifelong Learning, 608 Algoma Blvd. in Oshkosh. Cost to attend is $2. For more information or to register, call 920.303.2266 or go online to

JANUARY 19 Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Card Exchange, 11 a.m. to 12 noon at American National Bank, 2200 N. Richmond St. in Appleton. No charge for members. For more information or to register, go online to or call 920.766.1616. JANUARY 19 Financial Executives International of Northeastern Wisconsin chapter monthly meeting, 2 to 7:30 p.m. at Bridgewood Conference Center, 1000 Cameron Way in Neenah. Speaker Rebecca Ryan will present “Preventing the End of the World. How Risk, Foresight and Trends Converge.” No cost to attend for members. Cost for nonmembers is $100. For more information or to register, go online to JANUARY 26 Oshkosh Chamber Business Expo, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Oshkosh Convention Center, 2 N. Main St. in Oshkosh. For more information, go online to FEBRUARY 7 Greater Green Bay Chamber Power Networking Breakfast, 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the chamber offices, 300 N. Broadway, Ste. 3A in Green Bay. No cost to attend for chamber members. For more information, call 920.437.8704 or email FEBRUARY 14 Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce Sales Club, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the chamber building, 120 Jackson St. in Oshkosh. No cost to attend for chamber members. For more information, call 920.303.2266 or go online to n

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to the advertisers who made the January 2017 issue of New North B2B possible. AEGIS Financial ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

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Appleton International Airport ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Bank First National ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Keller Inc. ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Bayland Buildings ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Millennium Construction Inc. ⎮ . . . . . 15

Borsche Roofing Professionals ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

National Exchange Bank & Trust ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Caliber Law S.C. ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Network Health ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Candeo Creative ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

NEW Building & Construction Trades Council ⎮ . . . . . . . . . 20

Consolidated Construction Company ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

NWTC Corporate Training & Economic Development ⎮

CR Structures Group ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Dynamic Designs ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

OptiVison ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

energybank ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Oshkosh Business Expo ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

First National Bank ~ Fox Valley ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Oshkosh West Side Association ⎮ . . . . . . . . 17

Fox Communities Credit Union ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Prevea LeadWell ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Fox Valley Savings Bank ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

St. Norbert College MBA program ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . 46

Frontier Builders & Consultants ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy ⎮ . . . . . 7

Guident Business Solutions ⎮ . . . . . . 43

Suttner Accounting ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Investors Community Bank ⎮ . . . . . . . 37

Winnebago Home Builders Association ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

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Per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline.

DECEMBER 18. . . . . . . DECEMBER 11. . . . . . . DECEMBER 4. . . . . . . . NOVEMBER 27 . . . . . . DEC. 18, 2015. . . . . . .


$2.17 $2.09 $2.03 $2.05 $1.95

$465.5 BILLION 0.1% from October 3.8% from November 2015

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HOMES SOLD MEDIAN PRICE BROWN County ................. 217.......................$150,000 FOND du LAC County .........95 ......................$116,000 OUTAGAMIE County ......... 176 ......................$146,500 WINNEBAGO County ........ 181 ......................$140,000 WI DEPT. REVENUE COLLECTIONS



0.4% from October 0.6% from November 2015 AIR PASSENGER TRAFFIC


$1.277 BILLION 23% from October FY 2016

(2012 = 100)

(Local enplanements) NOV 2016 NOV2015 Appleton Int’l ATW..................... 22,312......... 22,028 Austin Straubel GRB.....................23,830 .........22,017

LOCAL UNEMPLOYMENT OCTOBER SEPT OCT ‘15 APPLETON ........3.4% ...... 3.3% ........ 3.5% FOND du LAC ....3.0% ...... 3.0% ........ 3.6% GREEN BAY........3.5% .......3.5% ........ 4.0% NEENAH .............3.3% ...... 3.2%......... 3.5% OSHKOSH ..........3.4% ...... 3.4% ........ 3.9% WISCONSIN .......3.5% .......3.5% ........ 3.9%

NATURAL GAS PRICES Prices for small businesses using less than 20,000 therms. Listed price is per therm.

DECEMBER................... $0.487 NOVEMBER.................. $0.456 DECEMBER 2015...........$0.431 Source: Wisconsin Public Service

ISM INDEX Numbers above 50 mean expansion. Numbers below 50 mean contraction. NOVEMBER. . . . . . . . 53.2 OCTOBER . . . . . . . . . 51.9

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Regional business magazine; Magnificent Workspaces, Top Ten of 2016, Talent Scouts, Medical Costs Update, business information

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Regional business magazine; Magnificent Workspaces, Top Ten of 2016, Talent Scouts, Medical Costs Update, business information