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Wellness that Works

Our 2017 roster of Corporate Wellness Awards honorees boast healthy programs focused on each employer’s unique characteristics


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From the Publisher

Increasing taxes for good?

Brown County board decision validates half-percent sales tax as a pain free means of advancing public capital improvements and economy

by Sean Fitzgerald, New North B2B publisher

Brown County officials had little to gamble over when they voted to reinstitute a county sales tax in mid-May. The 15-year experience assessing Brown County consumers a half-percent sales tax from 2000 to 2015 generated between $20 million to $25 million most years, which helped convert Lambeau Field from an outdated, cramped NFL stadium to a modern globally-competitive coliseum for professional sports and concerts. All the while, Brown County businesses didn’t seem to suffer the loss of sales to competitors in neighboring counties where the sales tax was a half-percent less. Once that sales tax was repealed in September 2015, the only thing Brown County residents seemed to miss was the large influx of cash that many local governments enjoyed for property relief and community development when more than $17 million in surpluses were distributed in early 2016. Brown County’s previous experience with a half-percent county sales tax was such a relatively nascent intrusion on residents’ spending, in fact, that 21 or 24 members of the county’s board of supervisors supported resuming a county sales for the next six years, promising an estimated $147 million for a variety of capital improvement projects, debt reduction, and offsetting the annual property tax levy. And while county sales taxes have traditionally been unpopular within the business community, this one carried the benediction of the Greater Green Bay Chamber, which issued a statement five days before the vote supporting its approval. The bold decision from county officials will ultimately contribute to a new exposition facility, a new jail, a new technology park and research facility, improvements to the county’s libraries and roadways. It’ll help reduce long-term debt. It’ll hold annual property tax levies stable, and perhaps even lower them in some years. In fact, the resolution from the county board adopting the sales tax includes a provision to end it if property tax rates increase at any time between now and 2023.

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Why don’t other stragglers follow?

It’s certainly an interesting decision for a county in northeast Wisconsin, which has perhaps foolishly prided itself in remaining among the last few of Wisconsin’s 72 counties to not adopt a half-percent sales tax. Brown, Calumet, Manitowoc, Menominee, Outagamie and Winnebago counties represent six of the eight counties statewide that don’t collect a county sales tax on top of the 5 percent state tax. Kewaunee County had also been on the list until April, when a half-percent tax went into effect to aid local governments that previously relied on payments from the operators of the now-shuttered Kewaunee Power Station nuclear energy plant.

Fond du Lac County had been counted among the last 10 holdouts in the state to implement a half-percent sales tax until 2010, when it adopted a county sales tax to assist Mercury Marine in its efforts to expand and move jobs from out of state to its facilities in Fond du Lac. Proceeds from Fond du Lac’s county sales tax are additionally used for various economic development packages. The Fond du Lac County Board’s decision to implement that sales tax almost eight years ago was supported by both the Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corp. and the Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce. County sales tax considerations are whispered quietly in Winnebago and Outagamie counties from time to time, but are often quashed before citizens genuinely develop an understanding of the benefit to such revenue infusion for local government compared to the couple of dimes per day it costs the average consumer. But such conversations shouldn’t have to be so taboo. Now more than 20 years old and used in 64 out of 72 jurisdictions across Wisconsin, the half-percent county sales tax has proven itself as a relatively unintrusive, sustainable means of advancing economic development and developing public infrastructure without taking on debt or raising property taxes. Additionally, revenue derived from a county sales tax isn’t exclusively funded by local residents. Visitors contribute – rather significantly at times – to local sales tax collections, whereas visitors to an area enjoy many of the benefits of local government services funded by the property tax levy without contributing to it. It’s increasingly foolish and imprudent to take pride in being the last Wisconsin county without a half-percent sales tax. Consumers simply don’t care. Northeast Wisconsin counties currently without sales tax need to give it due consideration as an alternative to raising variable property tax rates and burdening local residents with greater amounts of debt. 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. April 24 The federal government enacted tariffs on softwood lumber from Canada after the country changed its trade policy and blocked imports of ultra-filtered milk from the United States, substantially impacting Wisconsin dairy producers. That same day, Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority enhanced its loan guarantee program for state dairy farmers to help them expand their operations. April 26 The Green Bay/Brown County Professional Football Stadium District pledged $1.5 million toward two substantial development proposals, including $1 million to replace the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena and Shopko Hall in Ashwaubenon and $500,000 toward The Shipyard baseball stadium complex on Broadway in Green Bay. The $9 million stadium project would be built by the City of Green Bay and leased back to the owners of the Green Bay Bullfrogs for the team’s home games, as well as for high school sporting events and concerts.

2002 June 1 – ThedaCare opened its new Level II trauma center and the new Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin-Fox Valley at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah. 2003 June 30 – Fond du Lac Transit made its last bus run to North Fond du Lac after the village decided to discontinue the service due to low use. Approximately 20 passengers were using the service into North Fond du Lac per day. 2006 June 6 – Oshkosh Truck Corp. announced plans to purchase 4.8 acres in Menasha’s Midway Business Park to construct a 10,000 to 15,000-sq ft. data center and offices.

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April 27 Oshkosh Area United Way announced that Sue Panek will retire as executive director at the end of 2018. Panek began her current role in 1993 after serving as an executive in the Girl Scouts of America. The organization has already started the process of identifying a new executive director to replace Panek. May 1 The Village of Kimberly Board of Trustees approved a development agreement with Appleton-based Integrity Construction to build 49 residential townhomes on the site of the former NewPage paper mill along the Fox River. The plan includes as much as $840,000 in tax incremental finance assistance from the village if the developer creates at least $10.5 million in improvements with the proposed residential developments. It’s the first development on the nearly 90-acre site since the mill closed in 2008. May 4 Village of Hortonville Police Chief Michael Sullivan resigned his post following months of controversy in which he was suspended from his job without pay, reinstated, and came

2006 June 9 – Thilmany LLC of Kaukauna agreed to a $268 million merger with Packaging Dynamics of Chicago that will make the new entity among the top 10 flexible packaging firms in the country. The Thilmany name will remain for both its Kaukauna and De Pere mills. 2011 June 7 – Schreiber Foods announced plans to build a new $50 million corporate headquarters and technology center in downtown Green Bay on the site of the former J.C. Penney Co. store in the closed Washington Commons mall. 2013 June 20 – Kimberly-based Capital Credit Union and Green Bay-based Pioneer Credit Union announced plans to merge the two financial institutions in mid-2014, creating a credit union with more than $1 billion in assets.

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up short in an election for the village’s board of trustee. An internal investigation into Sullivan’s professional behavior for allegedly violating the city’s personnel policies led to a twoweek suspension in February. When he returned to his job in March, the Wisconsin Professional Police Association filed a complaint against Sullivan indicating his behavior had not changed from that prior to his suspension.

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May 5 The Fox River lock system between Menasha and De Pere reopened for the 2017 boating season, including the first time opening of the Little Chute lock, which enables a 13mile navigable stretch of the river from Menasha to the east of Kaukauna for the first time in three decades. Two of the system’s 17 locks – Rapide Croche near Wrightstown and the Menasha lock – will stay closed to prevent invasive species from the Great Lakes from migrating into the Fox River and Lake Winnebago system. Last year, 100% of our clients surveyed reported they would recommend or work with us again.

May 5 The U.S. Department of Labor reported 211,000 new jobs were created in April, nudging the national unemployment rate down slightly to 4.4 percent. Job gains occurred in leisure and hospitality, health care and social assistance, financial activities and mining.

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May 5 The U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency shuttered Glendale-based Guaranty Bank and its 107 branches due to the bank’s inability to recover from bad loans dating back to the mortgage-lending crisis. Most of Guaranty’s branches were located inside grocery stores, including its Fond du Lac location. Federal regulators transferred all of the bank’s accounts and assets to First Citizens Bank. May 8 The Port of Green Bay reported 205,000 tons of cargo passed through during March and April, an increase of 41 percent over the same period in 2016. Port officials indicated shipments of cement, salt, coal and petroleum increased from a year ago. A total of 19 ships had come through the port through April, up from 12 ships during the same period a year ago. May 11 West Corp., which employs more than 1,250 people in the Fox Valley, announced it will be acquired by the New Yorkbased private equity firm Apollo Global Management in a deal estimated at $5.1 billion. The Omaha, Neb.-based publiclytraded enterprise communications service provider employs more than 1,000 at two downtown Appleton locations and another 250 employees at an office in Ashwaubenon. Officials from West did not indicate whether the change of ownership might affect employment levels or services provided by its Fox Valley offices. The acquisition is expected to close later in 2017.

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Since We Last Met May 11 Grand Chute Holdings LLC filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin seeking damages from Marc Waltzer, the owner of the former Parma and Wild Truffle restaurants in Appleton, for fraud and breach of contract associated with the sale and leaseback of the former Parma building on College Avenue. Waltzer sold the building to Grand Chute Holdings in 2016 for $1.25 million with a provision that Waltzer would lease the building for 15 years with a monthly rent of $12,500. Waltzer allegedly failed to pay beyond the first month’s rent and ceased operations of the restaurant the following month. May 12 Green Bay Area Public School District received a $75,000 Universal Service Fund Grant from the state Public Service Commission to help students from low-income families obtain affordable Internet access at home. Specifically, the funds from the grant will be used to investigate and provide access to technologies which would provide students from low-income, underserved families in the Green Bay area with affordable access to Internet-based school content from home. The grant for the Green Bay area was one of 11 awarded by the PSC for fiscal 2017. May 12 Oshkosh Defense landed $165 million in contracts to refurbish 478 heavy tactical vehicles and trailers for the U.S. Army. The orders came from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command to revamp and rebuild used vehicles to return to “operational readiness. Delivery on the contract will be in the summer of 2018. May 17 EMT International Inc. of Hobart announced it acquired RotoControl GMBH, a German manufacturer of label-finishing equipment. The acquisition strengthens EMT International’s

product development capabilities within the label industry and gives the Greater Green Bay-area manufacturer of finishing equipment and web transports for commercial digital printers an enhanced market share in Europe. Officials from the 130-employee company plan to migrate the manufacturing of the RotoControl product line to Hobart during the next six to nine months, and expect to create several sales, manufacturing and customer service positions at its facility west of Green Bay. May 17 The Brown County Board of Supervisors overwhelmingly approved a measure to implement a half-percent county sales tax for as many as six years between 2018 through 2023 to fund various capital improvement projects in the county, as well as to help lower the annual property tax levy. The new sales tax will start in January and is expected to generate as much as $147 million over the next six years. It would contribute proceeds toward various projects, including $60 million for roads and infrastructure, $20 million to revamp four libraries, $15 million toward a new exposition center, and $20 million for a jail and mental health center expansion, among other smaller projects. The resolution adopting the sales tax includes a provision that if property tax rates increase at any point during the next six years, the additional half-percent sales tax would cease at the end of that year. May 22 Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Steve Jenkins announced he will be leaving the organization at the end of June. In a letter to community members, Jenkins said he will be departing the organization that he took over in early 2012 as it prepares to merge with the Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce later this summer. Jenkins indicated he was pursuing other professional opportunities elsewhere, but did not elaborate on potential prospects. n

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Once each quarter, New North B2B runs a digest of quarterly financial reports from local publicly traded companies, or from out-of-the-area parent companies with significant operations in our northeast Wisconsin coverage area.

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Illinois Tool Works Inc.

1Q 2017 1Q 2016 Income $53.9 million $40.3 million s 34% EPS 35 cents 27 cents s 30% The Green Bay-based financial institution reported bottom line growth was driven by higher residential mortgages and a 12 percent increase in commercial real estate lending. Total deposits increased 4 percent to $21.5 billion compared with the first quarter 2016.

1Q 2017 1Q 2016 Revenue $3.5 Billion $3.3 Billion s 6% Income $536 million $468 million s 15% EPS $1.54 $1.29 s 19% The parent company of Miller Electric Manufacturing operations across the Fox Cities reported revenue growth in six of its seven business segments, with the exception being its welding segment – including Miller Electric operations – which was flat on the quarter.

Kimberly-Clark Corp. 1Q 2017 1Q 2016 Revenue $4.5 Billion $4.5 Billion s <1% Income $563 million $545 million s 3% EPS $1.57 $1.50 s 5% The manufacturer of consumer paper and tissue products with significant operations in the Fox Cities reported its earnings benefitted from $110 million of cost savings compared with the first quarter 2016. The company’s personal care segment increased sales 2 percent to $2.3 billion while its consumer tissue segment revenues fell by 3 percent.

Oshkosh Corp. 2Q 2017 2Q 2016 Revenue $1.6 Billion $1.5 Billion s 6% Income $44.3 million $56.1 million t 21% EPS 58 cents 76 cents t 24% The manufacturer of specialty vehicles reported a 50 percent increase in its defense segment revenues offset decreases in sales from each of its other business segments. As a result of Oshkosh Corp.’s positive bottom line performance through the first six months of its fiscal year, company officials increased full year earnings projections by 50 cents to a range of $3.20 to $3.50 per share.

Plexus Corp. 2Q 2017 2Q 2016 Revenue $604 million $619 million t 3% Income $29.3 million $18.7 million s 57% EPS 84 cents 50 cents s 68% The Neenah-based contract electronics manufacturer reported it was awarded 26 manufacturing contracts during the quarter that represent nearly $202 million in revenue. Company officials indicated its funnel of qualified manufacturing opportunities reached a record of $3 billion during the second quarter.

Bemis Company Inc. 1Q 2017 1Q 2016 Revenue $995 million $968 million s 3% Income $51.1 million $56.2 million t 9% EPS 55 cents 59 cents t 7% The Neenah-based supplier of flexible packaging indicated disappointment with its first quarter performance, noting it’s evaluating all aspects of its U.S. business segment, which saw operating profit decrease by 18 percent. Company officials expect to announce a plan during the second quarter to possibly realign its manufacturing footprint in the U.S. Bemis eliminated nearly 200 manufacturing jobs in the U.S. in late March and early April.

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Corporate Earnings

Brunswick Corp. 1Q 2017 1Q 2016 Revenue $1.2 Billion $1.1 Billion s 8% Income $64.9 million $64.8 million s <1% EPS 71 cents 70 cents s 1% The parent company of Mercury Marine operations in Fond du Lac indicated revenues from the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s marine engine segment increased 6 percent to $631.8 million during the quarter, driven by a 9 percent increase in international sales. The marine engine segment reported an operating earnings increase of 13 percent to $88.5 million during the quarter.

County Bancorp Inc. 1Q 2017 1Q 2016 Income $2.6 million $2.2 million s 21% EPS 38 cents 35 cents s 9% The Manitowoc-based financial institution with significant operations across northeast and central Wisconsin reported loan growth of $18.5 million during the first quarter. The bank with a heavy emphasis on agricultural lending did acknowledge challenges in the dairy industry from low milk prices are not expected to substantially impact non-performing credit losses.

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1Q 2017 1Q 2016 Revenue $13.8 Billion $13.8 Billion t <1% Income $1.1 Billion $254 million s339% EPS $7.49 $1.68 s346% The health and benefits company with extensive operations in the Green Bay area reported discontinued its proposed merger with Aetna after it was blocked by a federal judge early in the quarter on antitrust grounds. During the quarter the company exited certain Medicare Advantage markets across the country that have not proven profitable.

1Q 2017 1Q 2016 Income $4.0 million $3.8 million s 4% EPS 64 cents 61 cents s 5% The Manitowoc-based financial institution with significant operations across northeast Wisconsin reported 8 percent loan growth compared with the first quarter 2016. Bank officials indicated its 1-year-old Appleton office increased bank deposits by nearly $11 million, while its Bellevue office led the organization with $22 million in loan growth during the quarter.

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Neenah Paper

1Q 2017 1Q 2016 Revenue $1.0 Billion $928 million s 8% Income $22.6 million $28.1 million t 20% EPS 14 cents 18 cents t 22% The Ashwaubenon-based transportation and logistics services company reported it used a portion of the $280 million net proceeds from its early April initial public stock offering to pay down some of the $604 million the company holds in debt. Schneider officials indicated the company’s logistics segment increased revenues by more than 10 percent on the quarter to $184 million due to growth in the company’s brokerage and import/export businesses.

1Q 2017 1Q 2016 Revenue $242 million $242 million Unch. Income $17.6 million $19.2 million t 8% EPS $1.03 $1.11 cents t 7% The papermaker with significant operations in the Fox Cities indicated its lower earnings resulted primarily from $3.1 million of costs associated with the start-up of its U.S. filtration business. Operating revenues were relatively flat in both the company’s technical products segment and its fine paper and packaging segment.

WEC Energy Group Inc. West Corp. 1Q 2017 1Q 2016 Revenue $573 million $571 million s <1% Income $54.1 million $44.6 million s 21% EPS 63 cents 53 cents s 19% The enterprise communications service provider with extensive operations across the Fox Cities and Greater Green Bay areas announced it will be acquired by the New Yorkbased private equity firm Apollo Global Management in a deal estimated at $5.1 billion. During the quarter the company’s specialized agent services segment increased revenue by nearly 5 percent due to growth in its healthcare advocacy services.

Appvion 1Q 2017 1Q 2016 Revenue $167 million $181 million t 8% Income ($5.4 million) ($400,000) t1,250% The employee-owned producer of thermal and carbonless papers reported it raised product pricing between 5 to 7 percent during the quarter, which company officials expect to help improve earnings performance during the second half of the fiscal year. Appvion officials indicated the ongoing strength of the U.S. Dollar has hindered demand for U.S.-made paper products and has made the U.S. market more attractive to international paper producers.

1Q 2017 1Q 2016 Revenue $2.3 Billion $2.2 Billion s 5% Income $357 million $346 million s 3% EPS $1.12 $1.09 s 3% The parent company of Wisconsin Public Service Corp. and WE Energies reported retail deliveries of electricity decreased 1.1 percent from the first quarter 2016, including a 2.1 percent decline in residential electricity use and relatively flat electrical consumption by small commercial and industrial customers.

VF Corp. 1Q 2017 1Q 2016 Revenue $2.6 Billion $2.6 Billion t 2% Income $209 million $260 million t 20% EPS 50 cents 61 cents t 18% The parent company of Jansport operations in the Fox Cities announced in April it will sell its licensed sports group business to Florida-based Fanatics, Inc. and close its Jansport screenprinting facility in Greenville, effectively laying off 380 employees. It expects to close on the sale late in the second quarter.

Dean Foods 1Q 2017 1Q 2016 Revenue $2.0 Billion $1.9 Billion s 6% Income ($9.8 million) $39.2 million t125% EPS (11 cents) 43 cents t126% The dairy-based foods company with extensive operations in Wisconsin, including the Green Bay area, entered into a joint venture with Good Karma Foods Inc. – the leading producer of flax-based milk and yogurt – which diversifies Dean’s product line into plant-based dairy alternatives. Raw milk costs increased 18 percent from the first quarter 2016 to $17.03 per hundred weight. n

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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 - 90 Trowbridge Dr., Fond du Lac ACH Foam Technologies, an addition to the existing industrial facility. Project completion expected in August. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna. 3 - 100 Camelot Dr., Fond du Lac Excel Engineering, an addition to the existing office building. 4 - 1739 Fox Ridge Dr., Fond du Lac ACH Foam Technologies, an addition to the existing industrial facility. Project completion expected in August. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna.

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5 - 2211 Westowne Ave., Oshkosh Dream Jewelers, a commercial retail building. Project completion expected in June. 6 - 2923 Jackson St., Oshkosh Sanctuary Aquatics, a new indoor aquatic facility. 7 - 215 W. Murdock Ave., Oshkosh Verve, a Credit Union, a new financial institution branch office. Project completion expected in August. 8 - 3465 Moser St., Oshkosh Strata Graph/Great Northern Corp., a 30,000-sq. ft. addition to the existing manufacturing facility.

9 - 324 Washington Ave., Oshkosh Oshkosh Community YMCA, a 53,000-sq. ft. addition to the existing community center and various interior renovations. Project completion expected in November. 10 - 1212 S. Main St., Oshkosh Fox Valley Pro Basketball, an 80,000-sq. ft., 3,500-seat sports arena. Project completion expected in November. General contractor is Bayland Buildings of Green Bay. Projects completed since our May issue: • Tobacco Outlet Plus, 471 N. Park Ave., Fond du Lac. • Continental Girbau Inc., 2400 State Road 44, Oshkosh.

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1 - W6396 Specialty Dr., town of Greenville Wiscolift, an addition to the existing industrial facility. Project completion expected in July. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna. 2 - 4815 N. Lynndale Dr., town of Grand Chute Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve, a two-story, 18,200-sq. ft. nature center and offices. 3 - 3801 N. Richmond St., town of Grand Chute Meijer, a 200,206-sq. ft. department and grocery superstore and a separate 3,366-sq. ft. convenience store. Project completion expected in early 2018. 4 - 5400 block Integrity Way, town of Grand Chute Habitat ReStore, a 20,000-sq. ft. home improvement retail store. Project completion expected in late 2017. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna. 5 - 3225 W. College Ave., town of Grand Chute Stumpf Value Center, a 9,050-sq. ft. automotive dealership.

facility. Project completion expected in October. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna. 15 - 1100 Lawe St., Kaukauna Van Dyn Hoven, a 12,000-sq. ft. multi-tenant commercial office/retail building. Project completion expected in June. 16 - 201 Reaume Ave., Kaukauna City of Kaukauna Fire Department, a 29,174-sq. ft. fire station. Project completion expected in fall. 17 - 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 july. 18 - 2515 S. Eisenhower Dr., Appleton Encapsys, a 37,000-sq. ft. new corporate office building and research facility. Project completion expected in late summer.

6 - 116 N. Linwood Ave., Appleton Aldi, an addition to the existing grocery market. Project completion expected in June.

19 - 2830 E. John St., Appleton Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, a 4,511-sq. ft. addition to the existing commercial office building. Project completion expected in late summer. General contractor is CR Structures Group of Kimberly.

7 - 355 W. Lawrence St., Appleton Fox Cities Exhibition Center, a 65,000-sq. ft. convention and meeting facility. Project completion expected in fall.

20 - 101 S. Riverheath Way, Appleton Courtyard by Marriott, a 67,200-sq. ft., 95-room hotel. Project completion expected in late summer.

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. pavilion. Project completion expected in June.

21 - 829 Appleton Road, Menasha Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church, a 4,400-sq. ft. addition to and remodel of the existing church building. Project completion expected in October. General contractor is Millennium Construction of Appleton.

9 - 3900 Freedom Road, Little Chute Nestle, a 313,153-sq. ft. cold storage warehouse and offices. 10 - 140 Allegiance Ct., Little Chute All-Star Cutting & Coring, a 10,160-sq. ft. industrial facility. 11 - 625 Elm Dr., Little Chute Little Chute Diamond Club, an indoor athletic practice facility. Project completion expected in June. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna. 12 - 1401 E. Elm Dr., Little Chute Village of Little Chute, a 55,000-sq. ft. municipal services building. Project completion expected in late summer. 13 - 1700 Stephen St., Little Chute Heartland Business Systems, a 31,956-sq. ft. addition to the existing office building. Project completion expected in June. General contractor is Bayland Buildings of Green Bay. 14 - N2061 Vandenbroek Road, Kaukauna Van’s Waste, a service bay addition to the existing industrial 14 | June 2017 | NNB2B

22 - 1395 W. American Dr., Fox Crossing Holiday’s Pub & Grill, a 1,120-sq. ft. addition to the kitchen of the existing restaurant in the multi-tenant commercial building. Project completion expected in July. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna. 23 - 1265 W. American Dr., Fox Crossing Wisconsin Institute of Urology, a 34,837-sq. ft. medical clinic. 24 - 1450 McMahon Dr., Fox Crossing WOW Logistics, a 24,000-sq. ft. corporate office building. Project completion expected in July. 25 - 1050 Zephyr Dr., Fox Crossing St. Mary Catholic Central High School, a 6,500-sq. ft. addition to the existing school building. Projects completed since our May issue: • R & L Carriers, 2100 Holly Road, Fox Crossing. • Horn’s RV Center, 2625 W. American Dr., town of Clayton. • Plexus Corp., 120 Main St., Neenah.

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Greater Green Bay area 1 - 4975 Glendale Ave., Howard Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, a 17,780-sq. ft. driving facility with vehicle storage, office and classroom space. Project completion expected in July. 2 - 4589 Shawano Ave., Howard McAllister Landscape Supplies, an 8,000-sq. ft. retail building and warehouse. Project completion expected in August. General contractor is Bayland Buildings of Green Bay. 3 - 2780 Howard Commons, Howard Fusion Dance, a dance studio and office. Project completion expected in September. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna.

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4 - 1521 Brookfield Ave., Howard Winona Foods, a 157,210-sq. ft. warehouse facility. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna. 5 - 2740 W. Mason St., Green Bay Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, a 62,000-sq. ft. transportation center and a two-story Great Lakes Energy Education Center. Project completion expected in early 2018. 6 - 1560 Western Ave., Green Bay Aldi, a 3,205-sq. ft. addition to the existing grocery market. 7 - 2231 N. Quincy St., Green Bay NEW Water/Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District, a wastewater treatment facility. Completion expected in 2018.

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8 - 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 summer. 9 - 1010 University Ave., Green Bay American Foods Group, a commercial office building. 10 - 1330 Bellevue Dr., Bellevue KI, a 60,000-sq. ft. expansion of the existing manufacturing facility. General contractor is Consolidated Construction Co. of Appleton. 11 - 3059 Voyager Dr., Green Bay NEW Dermatology, a new medical clinic facility. 12 - 1160 Kepler Dr., Green Bay Aurora Baycare Medical Center, a two-story, 11,000-sq. ft. addition to the existing hospital for cancer care. Project completion expected in fall. 13 - 2665 Monroe Road, Bellevue Mr. Brews Taphouse, a multi-tenant commercial retail building. Project completion expected in June. 14 - 2605 Development Dr., Bellevue Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic, a 12,000sq. ft. surgery center. Project completion expected in October. 15 - 2833 Riverside Dr., Allouez Green Bay Correctional Institution, an 8,000-sq. ft. addition to the visitor center at the existing correctional facility. Project completion expected in November.

office building. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna. 24 - 600 High St., Wrightstown Wrightstown Community Wellness Center, a 8,564-sq. ft. addition to the existing high school for a civic facility. Project completion expected in December. 25 - 1751 Matthew Dr. West, De Pere Fox River Fiber, an office addition to the existing industrial facility. Project completion expected in August. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna. 26 - 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. Project completion expected in early summer. 27 - 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. 28 - 1212 Enterprise Dr., De Pere Amerilux International, an addition to the existing industrial facility for warehouse space. Project completion expected in July. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna. Projects completed since our May issue: • El Tapatio, 1638 University Ave., Green Bay. • SuperValu Distribution, 451 Joannes Ave., Ashwaubenon. • Breadsmith, 2325 Holmgren Way, Ashwaubenon. • St. Norbert College Mulva Family Fitness & Sports Center, 601 Third St., De Pere.

16 - 1950 S. Ridge Road, Ashwaubenon Lodge Kohler, a five-story, 150-room hotel, restaurant and spa. Project completion expected in July. 17 - 1930 S. Ridge Road, Ashwaubenon Bellin Health Sports Medicine Clinic, a 52,268-sq. ft. health care clinic. Project completion expected in summer. 18 - 1265 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay Green Bay Packers Johnsonville Tailgate Village at Lambeau Field, a 22,000-sq. ft. kitchen, bar and banquet facility. Project completion expected in July. 19 - 810 Morris Ave., Ashwaubenon Home2 Suites, a four-story, 92-suite hotel. Project completion expected in late summer. 20 - 2763-2817 S. Oneida St., Ashwaubenon Fresh Thyme Farmers Market/Bayside Marketplace Mall, a 28,675-sq. ft. addition to the existing retail building for a grocery store. Project completion expected in June. 21 - 940 Waube Lane, Ashwaubenon Kwik Trip, a 7,297-sq. ft. convenience store and fuel station.

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22 - 1801 Airport Dr., Ashwaubenon Green Bay Packaging Inc./ Jet Air, a 44,914-sq. ft. air hangar. Project completion expected in June. 23 - 3377 Packerland Dr., Ashwaubenon Ashwood Centre, an addition to the existing multi-tenant

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Wellness that Works Our 2017 roster of honorees boast wellness programs focused on each employer’s unique characteristics Story by Rick Berg

This 12th iteration of New North B2B magazine’s Corporate Wellness Awards found four sterling examples of workplace wellness programs that made the most of the resources available to provide valuable resources for healthier employees. B2B’s Corporate Wellness Award – sponsored by Network Health of Menasha – was designed to recognize the efforts of northeast Wisconsin employers who create wellness programs designed to improve the health of their workforce and reduce health insurance costs. This year’s award winners represent some of the best examples of wellness in the workplace. The four wellness programs profiled here suggest that the key for employers is to focus on the unique characteristics of their organizations and create programs targeted to those characteristics. These best practices and innovations might serve as inspiration for other employers to examine their own organizations for ideas that fit their own needs.

Goodwill NCW: The whole of wellness

The wellness program at Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin caught the judges’ attention for a variety of reasons – not least of which was the holistic approach of the organization’s Circles of Care initiative. “They’re at a different level than most wellness programs,” said David Brand, an employee benefits specialist with Appleton-based Valley Insurance Associates and a long-tenured panelist for B2B’s Corporate Wellness Awards. “They don’t just talk about the physical well-being of the individual. They also talk about the spiritual side and the financial side. They’re treating the wellness of the whole person.” Brand and fellow awards panel member Mark Geiger, a regional wellness supervisor with Menasha-based Network Health, agreed that the holistic nature of the wellness program owes much to the culture created by Bob Pedersen, president and chief executive officer at Goodwill NCW.

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“It’s really not just about the program, but about the culture they have created there,” said Geiger. With a diverse population of approximately 1,200 employees spread across 27 locations, Menasha-based Goodwill NCW’s wellness program relies upon a Circles of Care Team that routinely visits all locations to offer private one-on-one coaching and biometric measurements to employees. “I can’t tell you how difficult it is to deal with 27 locations,” Geiger said. “It’s difficult enough when it’s all under one roof.” Each location also contains a wellness room where the Circles of Care Team provides coaching and organizational training. Geiger and Brand agreed that the social services and job training organization’s program included many innovative concepts, including a paid day off for employees who participate in the personal wellness assessment program, and paid volunteer days where employees can still earn their paycheck while volunteering to improve their community. Perhaps the clearest signal that the Circles of Care program is succeeding is that 12 percent of Goodwill’s employees use the organization’s employee assistance program – a thirdparty service that offers counseling for

emotional, relationship and addiction issues. “In most organizations, if you get 2 percent participation you’re doing well, because most people are reluctant to expose themselves in that way,” Brand said. “To get 12 percent participation shows that people have a lot of trust in management.” Ana Merchak, health and wellness specialist at Goodwill NCW, said the organization continues to refine the Circles of Care program based on results of the personal wellness assessments and feedback from Goodwill team members. For example, she said, more than 35 percent of team members indicated they would like to see more stress management programming. “Our claims data also tells us that the use of anxiety medications by Goodwill NCW team members surpasses the national average,” Merchak said, reinforcing the need to help employees effectively manage stress.

(personal wellness assessment) results,” Merchak said. “Also, 54 percent of our team members reported that their financial health was poor in our most recent wellness survey. That leaves us with a huge opportunity to educate and encourage our team members to improve their financial well-being.”

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In the year ahead, the Goodwill wellness program will also increase its emphasis on nutritional and financial health, she said. “We want our team members to eat healthy outside of work, so we need to also model that at work! Over 40 percent of our team members were high risk for weight control according to our


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Selecting our award winners Since early February, B2B solicited nominations for the healthiest employers in the region. We sought companies who promote innovative wellness initiatives and track and improve employees’ health year to year. Each member of our panel reviewed all of the nominations and observed a variety of factors. Wellness initiatives needed to include all eligible employees, not simply offer a pat on the back to those already healthy employees with a history of proper exercise and nutrition. Our panel also gave a nod to employers who were able to demonstrate an ability to improve the health of the workforce over time, as well as awarding creativity in providing unique, out-of-the-ordinary benefits. Efforts to communicate wellness program results to employees was also carefully considered by panelists. Lastly, our panelists gave recognition to those companies who demonstrated strong support for wellness from ownership and upper management.

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Cover Story Faith Technologies: Empowerment

Menasha-based Faith Technologies launched its workplace wellness program in 2004 and rolled out an updated version of the program in 2016. Called EmpowerYou, the program partners with a wellness technology company based in Dallas that provides an interactive wellness portal with health coaching and educational tools for Faith employees and their spouses. The electrical contractor’s focus on spouses was particularly impressive to Brand and Geiger, who noted that lack of spousal involvement is common in many wellness programs. “What really jumped out to me was the 66 percent of spouses who (voluntarily) participate in the program,” said Geiger. “That’s very strong.” The company’s focus on the health of employees’ families is no accident, said Alyssa Kwasny, wellness program administrator at Faith. “It starts with the family,” Kwasny said. “If you have your family involved, it makes it a lot easier for you to continue to do the things you need to do.” Employees and spouses on Faith’s medical insurance plan can earn a premium incentive by participating in activities on the wellness portal and can also earn points redeemable for a wellness reward of up to $100. Faith’s wellness program begins with the new employee on-boarding process and includes an impressive variety of communication materials distributed to employees throughout the year. Among those materials are success stories about Faith employees who have participated in past health risk assessments and who received treatment for previously unidentified health issues. “I really like that they promote those success stories,” said Geiger, who indicated such health risk assessments aren’t just an annual measuring stick, but a conduit for earlier detection of health issues requiring prompt attention. “I agree,” said Brand. “That’s the kind of thing that’s likely to encourage other employees to participate in the health risk assessments.” Faith’s wellness program includes annual biometric screening offered to its more than 2,000 employees and their spouses, regular wellness challenges, reimbursements for health and fitness activities, an onsite fitness center at three of its locations, weekly chiropractic care, lunch and learn education programs, health food choices, a disease management program and an employee assistance program. The company provides fruit and oatmeal in its cafeteria and break rooms at no cost to employees. Its efforts have produced results. Kwasny said Faith has seen consistent improvement in several areas over the past several years: m In 2015, Faith Technologies saved almost 8 percent on medical costs compared to 2014, and more than 14 percent in 2014 compared to 2013. Medical claim costs per member per

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“What really jumped out to me was the 66 percent of spouses who (voluntarily) participate in the program. That’s very strong.” Mark Geiger, regional wellness supervisor for Network Health and a Corporate Wellness Awards panelist month decreased by 14 percent from the previous year and continue to stay below industry averages. m Over a five-year period, Faith improved its average health risk assessment score by five points, despite the increase in average age among employees and spouses. Scores decreased by 6 percent in the extreme risk category, increased 10 percent in the minimal risk category, and the number of employees who smoked decreased 7 percent. “When you look at the improvements we’ve seen over the past several years, it’s very encouraging,” Kwasny said. “That tells us that we’re doing the right things for the right reasons and that what we’re doing is working.” In addition to the New North B2B recognition, Faith Technologies also earned a spot on Healthiest Employer LLC’s 2016 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America for the second consecutive year.

Integrity Insurance: High marks

Appleton-based Integrity Insurance might have some builtin advantages for its wellness program, with a white-collar employee population somewhat attuned to health issues, but the judges were impressed with the particularly high marks Integrity achieved with its personal health assessment program. Integrity’s already-high 2015 score of 84 improved to 89.9 in 2016. “Typically, we are more likely to see scores in the mid-70s,” said Brand. “To have scores in the 80s is really impressive.” “I get that that’s not a common level for employers to achieve,” said Katey Smith, vice president of human resources and administration at Integrity. When she arrived at the insurance carrier’s home office in 2014, Smith said she was aware the company of 112 employees already had a strong wellnessinclined population. “I knew I was joining an organization that already had an embedded interest in place – a strong population of runners and bikers and people who just generally had that awareness of heath,” Smith said. “So, we just wanted to take that and run with it.” Some of the more significant hallmarks of Integrity wellness program: m Integrity promotes work-life balance and flexibility throughout the week to reduce work-related stress. m Year-over-year results for repeat participants of its HRAs

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Cover Story have shown improvement in the high-risk areas of weight management and cholesterol. HDL and LDL cholesterol scores have dropped by 66 percent and 33 percent, respectively. Body mass index scores also dropped 25 percent in the repeat participant group. m Integrity offers an onsite gym complete with cardio and weight machines. About 90 percent of Integrity employees participate in the company’s wellness program, while about 60 percent of associates and 20 percent of spouses and partners participate in the personal health assessments. Employees can receive a wellness reimbursement benefit for up to 50 percent of out-of-pocket costs on wellnessrelated expenses such as Fitbits, fitness attire and health club memberships. An onsite health coach is available to Integrity employees and their spouses or partners, and also offers the services of an employee assistance program. Paying attention to financial wellness as well, Integrity offers employees one-on-one meetings with a retirement

representative twice per year. Smith said the organization is proud of the offerings provided by Integrity’s wellness program, but that the most important factor is the level of participation in the program. “We try to focus on the role wellness plays in the lives of our associates and we recognize that we have the advantage of a population that recognizes the value of good health,” Smith said. “At the end of the day, our program is only as strong as it is because people are participating. You can have a fitness center and all the programs in the world, but if people aren’t using it, it’s a lose-lose proposition.”

Corrim Company: Working smarter

For a small manufacturing company with fewer than 40 employees, Oshkosh-based Corrim Company has made an impressive entry into the world of workplace wellness. With the assistance of its wellness program partner at Aurora Health Care, the 37-employee manufacturer of industrialgrade commercial doors and frames serves up a wellness offering that many employers double to triple its size don’t provide. “For a company of that size, they have made great use of their vendor to enhance their offerings,” said Geiger. “That to me is very noteworthy. When I was looking at the offerings they have, I assumed they were much bigger (than 37 employees).” Bob Gluth, president and owner of Corrim, recognized using the expertise of an outside vendor is important for a company his size. “We’re able to draw on all the resources Aurora has for a lot of our programming,” Gluth said. “It really makes sense for any company, but especially for a company like ours, to work with a good third party.” “They’re working smarter, not harder,” Brand said.

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Integrity Insurance employee Moira Blaney Rossi, left, works out with a trainer from ThedaCare in the company’s onsite fitness center in Appleton.

Brand and Geiger were both particularly impressed by Corrim’s idea that employees were automatically enrolled in the wellness program and needed to actively opt out of it,

Emeritus Corporate Wellness Honorees With more than 50 years of combined wellness initiatives in the workplace between them, Silver Star Brands of Oshkosh, Neenah-based J. J. Keller & Associates and Appvion Inc. of Appleton have become mentors for other employers in northeast Wisconsin launching their own wellness programs. All three companies are 3-time winners of B2B’s Corporate Wellness Awards, and in 2011 we recognized their history of exceptional wellness programming with Emeritus Wellness Program status.

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Catalog and Internet retailer Silver Star Brands is in its 17th year providing wellness programming to employees. The company received B2B’s inaugural Alla tua Salute! Corporate Wellness Award in 2005, as well as winning the recognition again in 2008 and 2009. Silver Star Brands earned the Wellness Council’s Gold Level Well Workplace Award for the second time in 2013. J. J. Keller has invested more than 20 years into its wellness program, receiving B2B’s Corporate Wellness Award each year from 2009 to 2011. The provider of safety and regulatory compliance products and services was 15 Years v 2002 to 2017

awarded the coveted Platinum Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Council in 2013, and it’s the only company in Wisconsin to ever achieve a perfect score. Thermal and specialty paper manufacturer Appvion has invested in employee wellness for more than a decade, and received B2B’s Corporate Wellness Award in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Appvion was awarded a Gold Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Council in 2013 and is one of the founding organizations of the Well City-Fox Cities initiative. – by Sean Fitzgerald

rather than the practice at most employers where employees are asked to opt in to the wellness program. “It’s not a mandatory program. It’s voluntary, but you have to opt out. That creates a different environment,” Geiger said. Gluth emphasized that the concept is intentional. “The idea is to encourage people to be proactive about their health,” Gluth said. The judges liked the fact that Corrim faced head-on the negative results of employees’ 2016 wellness assessments and is modifying its wellness program to address those issues. The company discovered 27 percent of its participating employees smoke cigarettes – well above the national average of 9 percent. The company also discovered that 12 participants do not have a primary care provider, which can lead to a lack of preventative care and necessary vaccinations. But Corrim is intent on helping employees improve those measurements. On the other hand, Corrim employees scored surprisingly well in several categories: m 60 percent of participants have a healthy blood pressure reading.

healthy range, a sharp increase from 60 percent in 2015. m 69 percent of participants fall into the overweight or obese category for body mass index – which, although still high – is down from 81 percent in 2015. It’s an admirable improvement, Brand noted. The early success of Corrim’s wellness program owes much to Gluth’s top-down support and communication with employees, said Shelly Birling, human resources manager at Corrim. “We hold all-employee meetings to inform our employees on health care spending and the outcomes of our wellness program efforts,” Birling said. “A recent example of this includes gathering our employees together to discuss health plan changes. The employees provided input via a confidential survey that the owner took into consideration when implementing the health plan changes.” Gluth said he acknowledges the importance of a strong wellness program to enhance the company’s success on several levels. “It will almost certainly bring down our health care costs, but more than that, it will make for healthier and happier employees, and that is going to help us succeed as a company in the long run,” Gluth said. “That’s an important commitment with me.” n

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: The economy has bounced back after some tough years, and people are hitting the road and air again for business travel, sports tournaments and leisure vacations. Because of that, competition for tourism dollars in the state of Wisconsin continues to rise. In 2016, the state recorded tourism activity was up for the seventh year in a row, reaching $12.3 billion. The 20 communities known as the Fox Cities, Greater Appleton area reaped the benefits from that statewide increase. Visitors to the Fox Cities in 2016 spent $463 million on everything from lodging and entertainment to food and beverage, a more than $7 million increase over 2015 numbers. With these impressive numbers, comes a need for a continual effort to bring visitors to the area. The Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau has been focused on doing just that for 30 years now. The Bureau was formed in 1986 as a division of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce. We then separated off in 1988, becoming a 501-C6 non-profit organization. The Bureau now consists of a hard-working staff of nine that focuses on daily business operations, sports sales, convention sales, convention and sports group services and tourism marketing and advertising. The tourism-story for the Fox Cities is a simple one. Our 20-community area is considered an urban getaway, offering many amenities that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d find in larger cities, but still offering smalltown hospitality, safety and affordability. Those amenities not only benefit those that already live here, but also are major selling points for Bureau staff when enticing leisure visitors, sports tournaments or convention attendees to make their next visit to our area.

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Thriving tourism in the Fox Cities Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau focuses on economic and destination development to ensure visitors keep coming back for leisure vacations, sports and convention events. However, the story doesn’t stop there. The visitor experience requires even more options to encourage travelers to spend their hard-earned vacation dollars here in the Fox Cities. Building a desirable tourism destination includes offering additional amenities to keep visitors engaged during their vacation. Offering exciting events, attractions, arts & culture, as well as dining and lodging options will not only keep visitors coming back but also bring new visitors to the region. That is where the Bureau’s Tourism Development Grant Fund comes into play. The Convention & Visitors Bureau has contributed to a number of projects, both large and small, to further develop our region as a tourism destination. Examples of those projects include Fox Cities Stadium, the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, ADA-accessible kayak launches, new signage for tourism attractions such as the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass, History Museum at the Castle and the list continues on. With our Tourism Development Grant Fund, we take to heart a quote from Maura Gast, Executive Director of the Irving Texas Convention and Visitors Bureau, who said the following:

Build a place where people want to VISIT and you’ll build a place where people want to LIVE. Build a place where people want to LIVE and you’ll build a place where people want to WORK. Build a place where people want to WORK and you’ll build a place where business has to BE. Build a place where business has to BE and you’ll build a place where people want to VISIT. This quote really hits home for the staff at the Bureau. Our mission continues to focus on maintaining relationships with our many tourism partners across the lodging, attraction and hospitality industries ensuring that tourism continues to grow in the Fox Cities, Greater Appleton area, for the next 30 years and beyond.

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Necessary reality Northeast Wisconsin employers prepare for potential threats of violence in the workplace Story by Lee Marie Reinsch, New North B2B editor

When Jamie Harvey went through active-shooter response training, it didn’t feel like training. It felt real. “It was scary,” she said. “I got shot all over.” Granted, not by real bullets, but plastic ones from an airsoft gun. They stung just the same and weren’t something the Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce marketing director wanted to experience more of. Trainers from the Kaukauna Police Department led that exercise, which involved hours of acting out active-shooter situations in a workplace setting and using different tactics to respond. Kaukauna Police Chief John Manion went through the training alongside lay people, too. “You get shot at as if it were a real incident,” Manion said. “They teach you some things about why you’re going to be going through some of the things you’ll be going through, and then they come back and evaluate how that went.” Companies and organizations are adding active-shooter response training to their roster of incident-management tools.

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“Nobody wants to have to practice these kinds of things, but that’s the world we live in now,” said Lisa Misco, director of student services for Pulaski Community School District. She was among 50 people who trained earlier this year with police officers from around the state skilled in active-shooter response training. “It was good for us speaking from a school perspective – we had been taught that if we were concerned, with kids, to lock the door, hide in the corner, and pretend like you’re not there,” Misco said. “What this training does is give you other tools that you can use – how to barricade a door the right way, get out a window if you need to – different things to think about besides just locking the door and turning the lights off.” Rehearsing reactions, even in your head, before a crisis happens may make dealing with a real one smoother, according to Training Sgt. Todd Wrage of the Oshkosh Police Department. He trained with the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) team at Texas State University in San Marcos. He now coaches others through the police department and through Fox Valley Technical College.

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“Mentally script things,” he said. “It creates a (mental) shortcut so when you’re under stress, you don’t have to do that.” Such run-throughs can reduce anxiety, according to Misco. “It’s important that we practice these things with the kids just like a fire drill over and over so kids know what to do,” she said. “If we practice these things, kids aren’t as afraid.”

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“If you were found, you were shot,” Harvey said. “We had face masks and they were rubber bullets but (the shooters) would enter each room and sometimes come back.”


Between scenarios, they’d regroup and discuss what worked, what didn’t and their reactions to being hunted.

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At first, some people resisted the training. “They said ‘I’m not a police officer, I don’t want to go through this training, I don’t need to go through this,’” Manion said. Afterward, many of the same people said it was the best training they’d received in their entire careers, he said. “What it does is give options to you instead of just staying

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Human Resources there and being a target for people to just walk around and shoot you; you have options and we’re going to train you,” Manion said. The Kaukauna Police Department’s first couple trainings were so well received they decided to take it to the public, to local agencies, and the chamber of commerce. They’re holding two classes this month for the public. “The overall feeling people got was ‘I feel empowered after this training …. I can save people, I can save myself,” Manion said. “It gives them a feeling of some security, at least.” Workplaces, schools and businesses are finding lockdownprocedure drills useful. “They’ll do a public alert – ‘we have an active shooter in the building’ – so people know this is what I have to do, I have to lock down, I have to evacuate the building, or I have to hide and barricade,” Manion said. His department undergoes active-shooter training yearly and incorporates many of the relevant principles in its more routine trainings. In recent years, his police department has changed some procedures for answering some SWAT-type emergencies.

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“We used to set up a perimeter around a building and wait for 20 of us to show up and go in there,” Manion said. “Obviously that’s way too late.”

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Wrage’s training usually takes the form of talks and presentations rather than incident enactment due to liability concerns. “Anytime you’re involving civilians in anything that’s high stress, you run the risk of injury,” he said. “I don’t want people getting hurt in the name of trying to prevent them from being hurt.” His talks include what people should expect when law enforcement arrives at a shooting. “We talk about why we do the things we do so they don’t take it personally if, when they’re injured and bleeding, we might step over an injured person,” Wrage said. “We have a priority of work: to stop a killing. We can’t help anybody – and will just incur more casualties – if we don’t stop the killing.” Officers who are trained in active-shooter response tactics study what’s known about real mass shootings, who survived and how, and who didn’t and why.

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Wrage prefers to tour a business before speaking there so he can customize the talk. He looks for potential safe spots for employees as well as weak points in which an intruder might enter. “I look for areas where they can lock themselves in, deny access to themselves,” Wrage said. “Say there’s a concrete walled tool bunker in a warehouse. I can use that as an example as an area where they can deny access (to themselves) if they’re not able to get out of a building.” Wrage trains groups as few as eight or 10 people up to 200.

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He spoke last year to a large conference on court security. Training can take the form of a 30-minute talk or lecture, or several hours, depending on how in-depth an organization wants. “One thing I talk about is the psychology of survival: why do some people survive and others don’t,” he said. Wrage said healthcare workers such as nurses tell him they won’t leave their patients even in an emergency. He said it’s understandable, but they can take steps to protect themselves and their patients. “My best advice if they indicate a refusal to leave their patients is for them to get into a room with one of them and close the door,” Wrage said. “Most shooters aren’t going to search roomby-room unless they have a specific intended target. They tend to focus on targets of opportunity, so being in an open area is all bad.” Such training events often generate questions from concealedcarry permit holders asking about putting themselves into the action in an attempt to take down the shooter. “If somebody chooses to put themselves in that position, I certainly support it because they’re supporting the mission of saving lives,” he said. “But I would advise them to find a way not to have that weapon in their hand when we arrive as law enforcement … because our senses are heightened and we’re going to be more sensitive to anyone carrying a weapon. Somebody having a gun in their hand is not necessarily going to be a good thing.”

Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce and Kaukauna Police Department will hold two hands-on active-shooter response training classes on June 21 and 22 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kaukauna Police Department, 144 W. Second St. in Kaukauna. Cost is $75 per person for chamber of commerce members and $125 for nonmembers and includes lunch. Limited to the first 25 people each day and 4 participants per company per day. For more information, contact the chamber at 920.766.1616.

Even though such training might just be one day out of an entire lifetime for an event with a slim likelihood of even occurring in the first place, Manion said the value comes from simply thinking about how one might react and practicing that reaction. “Are people going to be proficient at this? Probably not, but the ones who really want to will practice it and get better,” Manion said. “You’d be surprised at the woman who is attacked from behind and who had three hours of self-defense, how she disengages from that attacker and gets away. It saves her life. “When people fear for their lives, it’s amazing what they can do,” he said. n

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Update 4 of 6

A fresh, youthful perspective College students sharing entrepreneurial expertise with owners of AMC of Wisconsin by Sean Fitzgerald, New North B2B publisher Axel and Carmina Mendez’ efforts to improve the performance of the Fond du Lac-based decorative stone countertop fabricator they own came with some additional assistance during March, April and May.

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As participants in B2B magazine’s Firefighters of Northeast Wisconsin business improvement initiative, the Mendezes and AMC of Wisconsin have benefitted from the perspective of Lawrence University seniors Ryan Eardley, Mattias Soederqvist and Felix Henricksson, all three economics and entrepreneurship students who graduate this month. The team of three students also won the inaugural “The Pitch” event in early May where it developed a business plan and competed against entrepreneurial students from other four-year schools across northeast Wisconsin. The team won a $10,000 prize to help further implement their business plan.

“It’s not waste,” Carmina Mendez explained, “but we haven’t been able to (find a revenue stream) for those items.”

They’ve also worked on a plan to capitalize on the orphan slabs and remnants, the byproduct of the company’s fabrication process.

As part of the effort, the students have been researching other companies that might be interested in buying the irregular, leftover decorative store for possible use in landscaping, paving or boutique artisan applications, Mendez said.

“They’re very creative people,” Carmina Mendez said of the university students. “They’re very good listeners. How lucky are we to have them.” She said the students have engaged in a variety of projects to help AMC enhance its operations, including improvements to its retail showroom, where it generates higher profit margins for the countertop products it sells through that channel. Mendez explained the students toured various competitors’ showrooms to identify and bring back best practices in how the showroom is presented, some of which the Mendezes have adopted.

COMPANY: AMC of Wisconsin OWNERS: Axel and Carmina Mendez LOCATION: Fond du Lac FOUNDED: 2002 EMPLOYEES: About 40 WHAT IS DOES: Fabricator of decorative stone countertops for the home improvement industry. Much of its product is sold wholesale to a mix of national big-box and local, independent home improvement retailers. A smaller amount is sold direct to consumers through its own retail outlet. WEB:

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The three Lawrence University students assisting AMC of Wisconsin, from left to right, Ryan Eardley, Mattias Soederqvist and Felix Henriksson, posing with their first prize from The Pitch competition in early May.

But the company hasn’t managed its stock of orphan slabs, so it’s not certain exactly what it has available. Mendez indicated that the company hired an employee to sort through its yard of stone which is no longer usable for countertops, and precisely inventory the materials AMC of Wisconsin has available. “That’s been a humongous task for us,” Mendez said. But once it’s completed, the company can begin offering the product to customers. The Lawrence students were brought into the Firefighters initiative through Gary Vaughan, owner of Guident Business Solutions of Appleton, who is donating six months of business

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consulting services to AMC of Wisconsin at no cost. In addition to his company, Vaughan serves as a lecturer in economics and coordinator of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program at Lawrence, a role he’s held since 2009. Vaughan said the students have also been working on breaking down the costs on each job AMC of Wisconsin does for its customers, helping to more accurately determine what activities generate the most profit and as well as those activities that may be losing money for the company. “We want to do this to be able to validate the estimating process,” Vaughan said.

Working smarter, not harder

As the home building and home improvement seasons ramp up heading into late spring, AMC of Wisconsin finds itself at one of its busiest times of the year, Mendez said. But now the company has begun to recognize that being busy processing high-cost jobs doesn’t necessarily pave the road to success. “We don’t need to fabricate more to make more profit,” Mendez said, explaining that it’s been investigating ways to add more value to the jobs it’s already secured, charging higher prices and driving a wider profit margin. The company had begun offering rounded edges to its countertops – an upgrade from countertops with distinct edges at a right angle that have the potential to chip more easily. AMC of Wisconsin has also begun offering customers a 5-year protection plan, a type of extended warranty on the products it sells to customers. Mendez explained the protection plan is administered through a third-party finance company, but AMC retains a portion of the revenue for each plan it sells.

Methodology New North B2B magazine began seeking entries for its 6th annual Firefighters of Northeast Wisconsin initiative late last year, with a goal of assisting those northeast Wisconsin small business owners who feel as if they’re constantly burning the candle at both ends, putting out fires, spinning their wheels, but intent on finding a way to improve. Through the generous help of Gary Vaughan of Guident Business Solutions in Appleton, AMC of Wisconsin’s owners Axel and Carmina Mendez will receive five month’s worth of consulting at no cost to help them work on the strategy of improving their business profitability. B2B will provide a monthly update on the progress of the Mendezes efforts in each issue leading up to a capstone article in the August 2017 issue of New North B2B magazine.

without noticing any changes to its operations. Unfortunately, the Mendezes are bidding farewell to the three university students in early June as they graduate from Lawrence and move on in their careers. But Vaughan will continue his work with the company into July. B2B will return with another update from AMC of Wisconsin in our July 2017 edition before wrapping up our 6th Annual Firefighters of Northeast Wisconsin initiative with a capstone article in August. n

Lastly, Mendez indicated the company is wrapping up work with the Lawrence students to analyze each expense account to determine where savings could be achieved rather simply with minimal impact to operations. She said expenses for both office supplies and telephone service were two line items where the company could save hundreds of dollars per month

Gary Vaughan Guident Business Solutions, Appleton Vaughan launched Guident in 2009 after spending his entire career teaching – both in the classroom and in business. Having previously spent many years as a business owner himself, Vaughan realized many business owners lacked fundamental skills such as understanding financials, human resource practices and management skills, as examples. His firm’s proprietary Guident 360 Assessment Program enables business owners to holistically address their business needs. Vaughan has professional experience in a variety of industries, including retail, petroleum, manufacturing and academics. He is a senior adjunct instructor in the MBA program at Concordia University of Wisconsin, and a lecturer in economics and entrepreneurship at Lawrence University in Appleton.

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As a kid, woodworker Larry Melberg watched Julia Child on TV, and he filed away a piece of advice she gave the viewing audience: “Once you use a pizza peel, it’ll be the most useful thing you have in your kitchen.” He put that wedge of wisdom to work years later, when he and a friend wracked their brains for a business idea. Today, Melberg and his Appleton company, Pizza Peel the Baker’s Board, have a national audience for their handmade wood products, which range from pizza peels to beer flight boards artfully crafted in basswood, maple, cherry and walnut. A professional cabinetmaker, Melberg for years did business under the name Custom Accent Components. He’s since streamlined operations to focus exclusively on pizza peels. How did you start?

Larry Melberg Owner

Pizza Peel the Baker’s Board Appleton

I’ve been doing this in one shape or another since 1987. For years we did the pizza peel as a sideline to our cabinetry business, and when cabinets were slow we’d make pizza peels. But that didn’t work because customers who wanted pizza peels wanted them on a timely basis and customers who wanted cabinets wanted them on a timely basis. So it wasn’t something you could fill in and make when you feel like it. The materials we used for custom cabinets were different from materials used in pizza peels, so it wasn’t like we could use the off-fall from cabinets to make them. We were diversified, but into extremes, which isn’t what you should do. If you can make a complementary product out of your leftovers, that’s more logical.

Aren’t cabinets more profitable than pizza peels? The nature of the beast is there’s a lot more variables that go into custom cabinetry versus pizza peels. Granted, it takes a lot of pizza peels (to equal a large kitchen cabinet sale), but the true cost of goods sold was closer to 50 percent when I did cabinetry work. Another 25 to 35 percent went to overhead, and if things went smoothly you’d have the leftover for yourself. That would be good, but it never went smooth for me.

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How did you discover pizza peels? When I was a child, I started watching food-related programs. I stumbled onto Julia Child and she said, “Once you use a pizza peel, it’ll be the most useful thing you have.” In 1990, another guy and me were making things, and he had the idea of putting a bag-in-the-box wine into an old wine cask. It seemed like it wasn’t going anywhere, so I said how about a pizza peel? At the time I made it out of quarter-inch birch plywood and screwed a handle on it. That didn’t work, so we made them out of solid wood. We couldn’t keep up at first. We were selling them to Mr. Z’s (frozen pizza fundraising for nonprofits), they added our boards to the line and they would sell 100 or 200 boards a week.

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We had a New York company looking for peels and restaurants in California. A lot of pizza peels are imported – we’re one of the few made in the U.S. A few years ago we added the gourmet line of pizza peel. The material cost (hardwoods vs. softer wood) is higher, but the process is about the same. It’s been a nice addition. People really like them. We engrave and personalize them, and they’ve become a niche product. People use them as keepsakes, gifts, even awards. We will engrave dates, wedding invitations, names. People give them as groomsmen’s gifts. The possibilities are endless.

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When did you start engraving? We started laser engraving the pizza peels three years ago, but we’ve always done it off and on. It’s a valueadded product. We would laser engrave people’s logos so they can continue with brand awareness and we expanded off of that.

So pizza peels are not just for restaurants? You can retrieve a frozen pizza out of your oven, or anything else: pans of brownies or cookie sheets full of french fries and transfer it to a more stable resting place instead of setting it on the counter. It becomes a trivet, so it can cool off on that instead of damaging the countertop.

What’s changed in the industry? The pizza industry itself is going more toward the craft variety of pizza. Everyone likes pizza and many people want to make it at home. There’s a big movement with backyard ovens – making pizza on your grill.

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I talked to one backyard kitchen supplier who said people would want four or five wood pizza peels to every one metal pizza peel because – you prepare on wood because dough doesn’t stick to the wood peel – and retrieve on metal. That’s just for backyard oven and grill combination.

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Manufacturing There’s also the fast-casual pizza trend now. A top one is Blaze. They prepare pizza on a pizza peel for you while you’re calling out ingredients, almost like preparing a burrito for you at Chipotle. That’s taking off, but the nearest one is in the Milwaukee area. They’ll be as big as Subway. There’s also one called Firenza in Green Bay. There’s probably 30 or more of these fast-casual franchises. Some of them use a different product, some use a wood peel for the ‘construction process,’ as I call it.

How many pizza peels does a pizzeria need? These fast-casuals need 50 for each store. As they break down, they’ll replace them. They will break down because the staff fools around and plays games with them. Or they’ll soak it in a pan of water, and you’re not supposed to soak a piece of wood in water. Sometimes pizzerias use them and they don’t want to replace them because they think they’ve broken them in.

What do you use to make them? We have a CNC router that can cut out 40 to 50 an hour. We hand-sand every one of them, and that’s our bottleneck because we want to make sure they’re finessed, all the rough edges are gone and there aren’t any sharp edges where any potential splinters would be, and that’s our final touch. We make sure our product is as

good as we’d want it to be for our own personal use.

What do you do with your scraps? The scrap wood is given to friends and family for kindling, and the sawdust is sold to a cattle farm. Very little of our raw materials go into the landfill.

Who works with you? Just family. My fiancée, LuAnne, does 98 percent of the laser engraving, and we have some other family members: our sons, 26 and 24, help out occasionally. Conservatively speaking, if one person is working in the shop fulltime, one person can knock out 200 pizza peels a week from start to finish.

How did you learn woodworking? I’ve been a woodworker and an entrepreneur since I was probably in 6th or 7th grade. My dad had equipment in the basement, and we would make things that we would sell. My brother made cribbage boards, and I made a dice game called Shut the Box. It’s on the market. I’ve thought of adding new products, but sometimes it seems like it doesn’t mix. That’s the way I felt when I was doing cabinets and pizza peels. I really didn’t have the infrastructure to be doing custom cabinets, but I kept doing it and kept doing it, and all I was doing was trading dollars and it didn’t work.


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The biggest problem with us is our sales volume would be better if we had more exposure. I always felt that local exposure wasn’t enough, so I started out national and it’s tough to fund that national exposure.

Is your website your main marketing tool? Yes, and I do the proverbial cold-calling. I will follow someone on Facebook and ‘like’ what they do and start private messaging them, and pretty soon I’m asking, “Would you like your own pizza peel?” or if they want to add pizza peels to their product lineup, and pretty soon I have a sale.

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Chicken and garlic pizza with red sauce and cheese and pepperoni and that kind of thing. There’s no bad pizza as far as I’m concerned. n

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Young Professionals

Seeking the region’s top young professionals You know them – they’re whirling dervishes, excelling in career, community and beyond. They’re the kids who went to ballet lessons, took Mandarin and started to play the violin at 11 months. OK, we’re exaggerating, but you know who we mean. They’re the type of people who get things done, and yet, still have time to chair committees and help little old ladies cross the street.

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On top of everything, they’re young. For the fourth consecutive year, New North B2B will be highlighting talented 20-something young professionals across northeast Wisconsin for our annual 3 Under 30 recognition. We’re seeking suggestions from readers for movers, shakers, leaders, innovators – people whose bios and resumes make you think, “Are they really only in their twenties?” We know you know them, so put on your thinking cap and take a few moments to nominate them. They’ll thank you for it – and we will too. To jog your brain a little, last year’s 3 Under 30 included: w Jenna Floberg, the 27-year-old administrator at St. Francis Home in Fond du Lac who, with some friends, organized pop- up events around the city to “create world-class experiences” in their hometowns; and filled backpacks with toiletries to give to kids at the Boys & Girls Club. w Heather Mueller, the 28-year-old vice president at Breakthrough Fuel in Green Bay, who marketed the downtown district, organized food drives and served on the city planning commission in her spare time, all the while driving four hours to Chicago every weekend to work on her master’s degree. w Andrew Fabry, 27, president and co-founder of Badger State Brewing in Ashwaubenon, who aimed to create, in his hometown, the environment people seek out in larger cities.

Is there a 20-something you know who just

knocks your socks off? Do you know an entrepreneur or elite business professional under 30 years old with uncanny leadership maturity for their age? Nominate them for B2B’s 4th Annual 3 Under 30 recognition, coming in August. For the fourth year, New North B2B will recognize three of northeast Wisconsin’s most impressive young professionals across the region. To make a nomination, email with the nominee’s age, profession and brief paragraph outlining their career and community accomplishments. Nominations will be accepted until July 7.

Now, get going! To submit a nomination for a promising young professional you know, simply email with the nominee’s age, profession and a brief paragraph noting their career and community accomplishments. Nominations will be accepted until July 7, and the selected honorees will be featured in our August 2017 edition. n

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Professionally Speaking

Professionally Speaking is a paid promotional spot in B2B.

Begin your legacy of corporate philanthropy now! by Karlene Grabner of Oshkosh Area Community Foundation 920.426.3993 Imagine that you started the small business of your dreams ten years ago. Over time, thanks to mindful growth strategy and support from the community, your company has become a moderate to large organization with admirable profit margins. To commemorate your first double-digit anniversary you’ve decided that you want to give back to your community in a sustainable philanthropic manner, but you’re not certain what to do or how to go about doing it. You could begin the process of setting up your own corporate foundation, but that could take a good deal of time, and might involve creating a brand new 501(c) (3) entity to register the charity. On the other end of the spectrum, you could designate a certain amount of money as a one-time gift to an agency in your community, but one-off donations like this

are hardly sustainable. The optimal point of philanthropy for you, where the satisfaction of a large gift meets the responsibility of long-term growth and sustainability, may very well be a donor advised corporate fund. What is a donor advised corporate fund? A donor advised fund, as explained by the National Philanthropic Trust, is a philanthropic vehicle established at a public charity that allows donors to make a charitable contribution, and receive an immediate tax benefit. The corporate aspect comes into play when a corporation sets up a donor advised fund that its employees can contribute to and potentially make granting recommendations toward. What are the benefits to a donor advised corporate fund? Because the assets in the donor advised fund technically become the property of the public charity (ex: the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation) company donations to the fund are tax-deductible up to a certain percentage of total annual

revenue. Financially, a tax write-off of a certain magnitude may be of great benefit to your organization’s strategic plan. Additionally, a donor advised corporate fund builds the philanthropic heart. We all leave legacies, but to sustainably support a charitable cause central to the giving vision of your organization is a truly beautiful way to provide a long-lasting, meaningful contribution to your community. Start your own donor advised corporate fund by contacting Karlene Grabner at the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. The process is simple, and the impact of your giving lasts for a lifetime and beyond. Karlene Grabner is the Donor Services Director with the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. Grabner engages donors to build bridges between charitable interests and community needs. Reach her at 920.426.3993 or


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Easements – The Gifts that Keep on Giving

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by Ann Patteson of Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy, s.c. 844.833.0830 An easement can last many years, perhaps forever. Unlike sales and purchases of real estate or leases, most people are not as familiar with the concept of easements. Landowners may be caught unaware by the typically permanent nature of an easement because there does not seem to be any issues with the current usage of the property or the purpose of the easement. Also, there is no such thing as a “standard form” despite the fact that many utility companies and others claim that they are only requesting that a standard form be signed. Some utility easements will permit the holder of the easement to assign it to other utility companies. Expressly limiting the type of usage requires the landowner’s consent before a new type of utility usage commences. Some easements may also

give the holder of the easement unfettered access to all of the other portions of the landowner’s land for construction or maintenance purposes. A good practice is to specifically define the boundaries of the additional area required for construction or other work. Landowners also need to be concerned about specific obligations being created by the easement. Some easements drafted by utility companies require the landowner to maintain a certain elevation of the ground, which not only may result in costs being incurred to maintain the ground at such a level, but liability for failure to meet such an obligation. One way to address the unknown future is to include a provision permitting the landowner to relocate the easement at the landowner’s expense, so long as the easement holder shall have substantially the same benefit from the easement as from the prior location. Another way would be to limit

the life of the easement, although it may be unrealistic to expect a utility company to be able to do so. However, it may be reasonable to seek a time limit on the use of a parking lot or private drive. It is important to review and negotiate the terms of the easement before signing a “standard form,” which could affect you or your business decades from now. For advice and counsel concerning easements or other real estate matters, contact Ann Patteson at (844) 833-0830 or Ann Patteson is a founding shareholder with Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy, s.c. in Green Bay and Oshkosh. This article is intended to provide information only, not legal advice. For advice regarding a particular real estate matter, please contact the attorneys at Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy, s.c.

Deciding When to Retire – Timing is Everything by William Bowman of AEGIS Financial 920.233.4650 Deciding when to retire is more than a one-and-done decision, it’s a series of decisions and calculations based on factors of life, income, expenses, savings, Social Security and aspirations. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “I wish I could retire today!” Can you? Do you know what your life would look like if you did? The earlier you retire, the more years you will need your retirement savings to produce income. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, at age 65 the current life expectancy for men is 83 and for women is 85. Figuring out how long you can afford to be in retirement should be your primary consideration, but you must take into account inflation, reduced Social Security benefits, and potential penalties that will affect your income in retirement.

There are also those who plan to work until full retirement age, and although it doesn’t sound as appealing, postponing retirement allows for accrued savings, which is advantageous if you receive employer contributions into your 401(k). Waiting will also expand your nest egg’s capacity to last throughout your lifetime and give you time to smoothly transition into post-retirement life. Taking time to create your plan is a smart way to anticipate challenges, learn what works, and see if your income will last throughout retirement. The sooner you plan and the more confident you are in retirement, the better. Here are some key decision points: Age 59½ –  Eligible to tap tax-deferred savings without penalty for early withdrawal. Federal income taxes will be due on pretax contributions and earnings. Age 62 – Eligible for early Social Security benefits. Taking benefits before

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full retirement age reduces each monthly payment. Earned income in excess of $16,920 will reduce benefits. Age 65 – Eligible for Medicare. Contact Medicare 3 months before your 65th birthday. Age 66 to 67, depending on when you were born – Full retirement age for Social Security. After full retirement age, earned income no longer affects Social Security benefits. William Bowman, CPA, is President and Senior Advisor at AEGIS Financial in Oshkosh. Go to or call 920.233.4650. AEGIS Financial is not a registered broker/dealer, and is independent of Raymond James Financial Services. Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC.  Investment Advisory Services offered through Raymond James Financial Services Advisors, Inc. Opinions are those of William Bowman and not necessarily those of Raymond James. Content Prepared In Part by Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc.

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Who’s News


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

NAVIGATE MARKETING GROUP LLC, Annette K. Pannier, 1320 Stanek Lane, De Pere 54115. RASMUSSEN FAMILY DENTISTRY S.C., Andrew J. Rasmussen, N3933 County Road U, De Pere 54915. FOREVER GREEN LANDSCAPES LLC, Luke Sampe, 2100 Potter Dr., De Pere 54115. TRINITY RIDGE FARMS LLC, Scott Robert Snet, 1428 Fox River Dr., De Pere 54115. ELFE BROTHERS CONCRETE & CONSTRUCTION LLC, Bradley Elfe, 1620 Quinnette Lane, De Pere 54115. ONEWAY CHRISTIAN CHURCH, INC., David Roth, 2412 Reginald Hill, De Pere 54114. VENTURE CABINETS LLC, David Brian Gerstner, 1745 E. Matthew Dr., De Pere 54115. BACKYARD LAWNCARE LLC, Jamais Barnes, 975 Veronica Lane, De Pere 54115. B.U.L. TAXIDERMY LLC, Lucas F. Oshefsky, 5450 Skaleski Road, Denmark 54208. PRECISION CHIROPRACTIC CENTER LLC, Lyons Health LLC, 2920 S. Webster Dr., Green Bay 54301. ELITE DECORATIVE CONCRETE LLC, Craig R. Winnekins, 230 Berwyn Ave., Green Bay 54302. FRISSELL ELECTRIC LLC, Dale Frissell Hill, 1986 Belmont Dr., Green Bay 54304. BEST FOOT FORWARD REMODELING LLC, Brian P. Paul, 2104 Jen Rae Road, Green Bay 54311. HINTERLAND BOTANICALS LLC, Jonathan A. Olson, 211 N. Broadway, Green Bay 54303. WAXIDENTS; AN EXPERIMENTAL CANDLE COMPANY LLC, Amanda Nettekoven, 2896 W. Point Road, Green Bay 54313. THE CRAFTY WOODMAKER LLC, Katherine Wood, 3092 Parkview Ct., Green Bay 54304. BUDDYBUDDY PET SUPPLY LLC, Craig Alex Klarner, 2028 Westline Road, Green Bay 54313. S & L CLEANING SERVICE LLC, Stephaine J. Lewis, 1319 Day St., Apt. 2, Green Bay 54302. JOHNSON & JONET MECHANICAL CONTRACTORS INC., Roy Jacobsen, 1800 Sal St., Green Bay 54302. MAIN STREET MINI MART LLC, Michael Waldo, 1698 Main St., Green Bay 54302. SCOTT TARSI INSURANCE AGENCY INC., Scott Thomas Tarsi, 162 Vande Hei Road, Green Bay 54301. RACHAEL ANN GRAPHICS LLC, Rachael Ann Rogers, 627 Broadview Dr., Green Bay 54301. CHIROHEALTH CARE CENTER LLC, Richard Baranczyk, 2668 Forest Haven Ct., Green Bay 54313. E & N GREEN BAY LANDSCAPING LLC, Eldy Erina Carvajal, 1019 13th Ave., Green Bay 54304. KEEP’N’ITCLEAN LLC, Traci Marie Simmons, 12315 Velp Ave., Green Bay 54313. LASTING INSURANCE AGENCY LLC, Carrie Nohr, 915 Watermolen Ave., Green Bay 54304. LDJ CLEANING SERVICE LLC, Lucia Torres Bisarraga, 1855 Eastman Ave., Green Bay 54302. HUMMOCK CREEK WOODWORKING LLC, Philip Edward Paradies, 2171 Oakhill Dr., Green Bay 54313. B CHIC BOUTIQUE LLC, Megan Lucille Beltrand, 626 W. Idlewild Ct., Green Bay 54303. GREEN BAY VENDING LLC, Nicholas Marcelle, 476 Edelweiss Dr., Green Bay 54302. HOUTS FINISH CARPENTRY LLC, Brandon Scott Houts, 2060 Riverview Dr., Apt. 3, Green Bay 54303. 38 | June 2017 | NNB2B

BAY WASH SERVICES LLC, Daniel Ryan Franz, 1114 S. Monroe Ave., Green Bay 54301. DOLCE DOULA LLC, Melissa Lund Ziegler, 1209 Lawe St., Green Bay 54301. MI FAVORITA SUPERMARKET LLC, Gabriel Sandoval, 1908 E. Mason St., Green Bay 54302. R&CS CLEANING LLC, Claudia Liz Sanchez Granados, 625 Ontario Road, Green Bay 54311. WALL MONKEY RENOVATIONS LLC, Gregory Mark Sigmund, 345 Huth St., Green Bay 54302. BRAND ACRES BEEF LLC, Scott G. Brandenberg, 6754 County Road W, Greenleaf 54126. TWO STEP TRUCKING LLC, Dillon M. Lefeber, 6620 Deuster Road, Greenleaf 54126. THAIRAPY FAMILY SALON LLC, Brittany Leigh Derenne, 2418 N. New Franken Road, New Franken 54229. WAGNER ELECTRICAL SERVICES LLC, Zachary P. Wagner, 2431 N. New Franken Road, New Franken 54229.

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QUEEN OF CLEAN LLC, Anne M. King, W5046 Birchwood Dr., Sherwood 54169.

Fond du Lac County

SHOPPE A LATTE LLC, Teresa Louise Wilke, 142 E. Main St., Brandon 53919. K’S BOUTIQUE LLC, Kathleen A. Schraufnagel, N11049 Centerline Road, Brownsville 53006. HH&J AGGREGATE LANDSCAPE SUPPLY INC., Jacob H. Batzler, W4623 State Road 67, Campbellsport 53010. 2 FARMERS TRUCKING LLC, Tary Sass, W3373 Sunny Road, Eden 53019. POWERS TRUCKING INC., William Powers, 212 Brooke St., Fond du Lac 54935. GEL-US NAILS LLC, Heidi Sippel, W5135 Church Road, Fond du Lac 54937. BADGERLAND RENOVATIONS LLC, Karl F. Huth, N5780 Nelson Road, Fond du Lac 54937. McKEE WOODWORKING LLC, Michael McKee, 364 E. 9th St., Fond du Lac 54935. SALES AUTO SALES AND SERVICE LLC, Justin Scott Sales, 209 W. 9th St., Fond du Lac 54935. TAYLORED REHAB AND NURSING SERVICES LLC, Jennifer L. Taylor, 845 S. Main St., Ste. 120, Fond du Lac 54935. NATURAL GRANITE LLC, Guillermo Rico, 698 E. 2nd St., Apt. #209, Fond du Lac 54935. NEHRING LIMOUSINE LLC, Matthew L. Nehring, 821 Ellis St., Fond du Lac 54935. 24/7 HOMECARE LLC, Rick R. Roth, N3383 Millpond Road, Oakfield 53065. WAGNER AG REPAIR LLC, Gregory Wagner, 610 Congress St., Ripon 54971. SIGNATURE WAFERS LLC, Mark Sabel, 850 Stanton St., Ripon 54971. THE DENTAL STUDIO LLC, Debra L. McCartney, 30 W. Franklin St., Waupun 53963. INDIGO LOTUS WELLNESS LLC, Aubrey Anna Sullivan, 551 Bronson St., Waupun 53963.

Green Lake County

MISTY INN LLC, Scott J. Day, 221 Broadway St., Berlin 54923. QUINN’S MARKET LLC, Alexandra K. Kohlenberg, 146 W. Ceresco St., Berlin 54923. 4 BROTHERS PEST CONTROL LLC, John G. Gonzales, Jr., 122 E. Cumberland St., Berlin 54923. D AND N PUMPING LLC, Douglas Swanke, 187 Eastridge Dr., Apt. 2, Berlin 54923.

Outagamie County

LIMITLESS FITNESS LLC, Quintin Meyer, 3003 W. Prospect Ave., Appleton 54914. C PHOTOGRAPHY DESIGN LLC, Caitlin Ringer, 2520 S. Telulah Ave., Appleton 54915. MAADA CONSULTING AND ANALYTICS LLC, David Eliot Duncombe, 320 N. Catherine St., Appleton 54911. D & J CUSTOM RENOVATIONS LLC, Dennis Kohl, 321 E. Crossing Meadows Lane, Appleton 54913.

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RESTORATIVE THERAPEUTICS MASSAGE AND WELLNESS LLC, Kathryn M. Tollefson, L.M.T., 818 W. Hawes Ave., Appleton 54914. ONE GIRL PAINTING LLC, Alisa Freeman, N432 Nottingham Road, Appleton 54915. LAUNCHTIME GRAPHICS LLC, Laura Katherine Thompson, 1931 W. Russet Ct., Appleton 54914. RISE COUNSELING & WELLNESS LLC, Shanen M. Sadowski, 5497 W. Waterford Lane, Appleton 54913. R.L.J. REMODELING LLC, Robert A. Denson, Jr., 4 Easthaven Ct., Apt. 3, Appleton 54915. SOL CREATIVE LLC, Curtis Biese, 1005 S. Outagamie St., Appleton 54914. WOODMASTER’S MILLWORK LLC, Merlin Stuebs, W2846 Brookhaven Dr., Appleton 54915. DREAMS PARTIES & EVENTS LLC, Nadiesky Ruiz Acosta, 325 S. Pierce Ave., Appleton 54914. HEALTH & BEAUTY GURU’S LLC, Patricia Canter, W6024 Pearl Dr., Appleton 54915. ALTRUSA INTERNATIONAL OF APPLETON, WI INC., B. Jane Yeager, 1801 N. Eugene St., Appleton 54914. INNOVATIVE TALENT SOLUTIONS LLC, Janine Diana, W3178 Van Roy Road, Ste. D, Appleton 54915. BEHNKE CRANE SERVICE OF NORTHEAST WISCONSIN LLC, Michael Grassl, N232 Camilia Lane, Appleton 54915. THAI Z SPA INC., Zhenyuan Li, 2575 S. Memorial Dr., #105, Appleton 54915. GREAT LAKES REALTY ADVISORS LLC, Pierce M. Buchinger, N234 Whitetail Ridge Ct., Appleton 54915. CENTER VALLEY ELECTRIC LLC, Michael Patrick Goffard, N4466 Meade St., Appleton 54913. R & S WAREHOUSING LLC, Justin L. Ringler, 505 N. Perkins St., Appleton 54915. OAK GROVE DENTISTRY LLC, Dale M. Scharine, 315 W. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton 54911. WISCONSIN ACADEMY OF SPORTS LLC, Carl A. Gardner, 621 S. Outagamie St., Appleton 54914. THE HISPANIC CENTER OF THE FOX VALLEY INC., Francisco J. Cabrera Rodriguez, N9679 Golden Way, Appleton 54915. APEX INSPECTIONS LLC, Jay Albert Van Camp, 1835 E. Edgewood Dr., Ste. 10580, Appleton 54913. FAMILY MAN - HANDY MAN LLC, Christopher Allen Tobey, 186 River Island Ct., Appleton 54914. FIFTH ELEMENT FITNESS LLC, Casey Allen Gough, 101 W. Edison Ave., Appleton 54915. TURTLE FLAMBEAU PRESS LLC, J. Michael Hittle, 4606 Timber Row, Unit 5C, Appleton 54913. THE FLOORING MEN LLC, William G. Unmuth, 3001 E. Broadway Dr., Appleton 54913. FLYAWAYS A BOUTIQUE SALON LLC, Shawna Reichelt, 2400 S. Kensington Dr., Ste. 400, Appleton 54915. ICE ROOFING LLC, Alfonso Adrian Gonzalez Garcia, 848 E. Lindbergh St., Appleton 54911. ADVANCED CONCRETE SPECIALISTS LLC, Michael S. Becker, N4268 Oak Lane, Freedom 54130. VAN VREEDE SEWER AND WATER LLC, Alex Van Vreede, W1945 County Road S, Freedom 54130. DISTILLED ADVENTURES LLC, Richard W. Germain, N1429 Julius Dr., Greenville 54942. GREENVILLE CUSTOM WOODWORKS LLC, Shane Steven Hooyman, W7331 Westhaven Dr., Greenville 54942. INFORM INSPECTIONS LLC, Craig R. Soroko, 320 N. Cherry St, Hortonville 54944. BACK TO BIBLE MINISTRIES INC., Jerome J. Hubert, N1570 County Road J, Kaukauna 54130. SOLUTION MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION LLC, Gaosheng Thao, 412 W. 9th St., Kaukauna 54130. THE GALLERIA OF TILE LLC, Amanda Septimo, 1121 Ben’s Way, Kaukauna 54130. DESIGN HOUSE INTERIORS LLC, Angela Benson, 2021 Foxland St., Kaukauna 54130. KAMBRIE’S SALON AND SPA LLC, Kambrie Merkel, 415 E. 1st St., Kimberly 54136.

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Who’s News J & S AUTO REPAIR/LOCATORS LLC, Julie Slupecki, 1402 Sunset Dr., Kimberly 54136. XFACTOR ARCHERY LLC, Andrew Richard Poppe, 807 E. Kimberly Ave., Kimberly 54136. PLATINUM HOME INTERIORS LLC, Maureen Bryfczynski, 4338 Windemer Lane, Oneida 54115. JOHN D FLIGHT TRAINING LLC, John Anthony Dery, 834 Pine Hill Dr., Oneida 54155. DEY MASONRY LLC, Douglas Daniel Dey, 339 Green St., Seymour 54165. AA AFFORDABLE TREE SERVICE LLC, Ben Shaw Liebergen, 509 Ivory St., Seymour 54165. CREATIVE TOUCH LANDSCAPING LLC, Alex Everard, W3555 Cicero Road, Seymour 54165. SHALE PHOTOGRAPHY LLC, Nancy Lynn Boyette, 449 Janet Lane, Wrightstown 54180.

Winnebago County

B.CREATIVE DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY LLC, Mary E. Blohowiak, 5049 North Loop Road, Larsen 54947. PAFFENROTH DENTISTRY LLC, Trenton J. Paffenroth, W7213 Firelane 2, Menasha 54952. SARA ANDERSON BROKERAGE LLC, Sara Anderson, 1981 Midway Road, Menasha 54952. BOBBI JO - MASSAGE THERAPY LLC, Bobbi Jo Trader, 880 Jefferson St., Menasha 54952. CROWNS NOW & IMPLANTS TODAY LLC, Patrick John Streicher, 616 Nicolet Blvd., Menasha 54952. MORACK EMPLOYMENT RESOURCE GROUP LLC, Chad Morack, 1140 Silver Birch Dr., Menasha 54952. ATLAS SPINAL CARE LLC, Tyler Allen Malueg, 763 Milkweed Ct., Neenah 54956.

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FOX VALLEY FLOORING LLC, Wayne D. Sessions, Jr., 1135 N. Lake St., Neenah 54956. GREENBID CLEANING SOLUTIONS LLC, William Green, 1926 Wasilla Lane, Neenah 54956. FIVE BRANCHES ACUPUNCTURE LLC, Pamela Ann Kososki, 907 Tullar Road, Neenah 54956. MJ’S UNICORN APPAREL LLC, Melissa Ann Jackson, 306 Bond St., Neenah 54956. FIRST CARE CHIROPRACTIC LLC, Cassandra Asmondy, 1419 Monroe St., Oshkosh 54901. EXTREME TOWING AND RECOVERY LLC, Adam L. Pugh, 910 W. Murdock Ave., Oshkosh 54901. KEVIN MOODIE TRUCKING LLC, Kevin Moodie, 900 Huntington Pl., Oshkosh 54902. OSHKOSH RENTER’S COALITION LLC, Alexander J. Oberthaler, 1115 Elmwood Ave., Oshkosh 54901. KINLEY KAY BEAUTY STUDIO LLC, Kinley Kay Dickrell, 185 Wyldewood Dr., Oshkosh 54904. HARRELL NUTRITION & FITNESS LLC, Katherine E. Harrell, 1038 E. Sunnyview Road, Oshkosh 54901. L&S LIMOUSINE SERVICE LLC, Gerald J. Kope, 3048 Jackson St., Oshkosh 54901. 1-800 PACKOUT OF NEW LLC, Matthew Louis Everett, 3630 Leonard Point Road, Oshkosh 54904. FOX CITIES HOME INSPECTIONS LLC, Kevin C. Bennett, 3916 Leonard Point Road, Oshkosh 54904. SPARE SPACE SELF STORAGE LLC, Jason Matthew Ideus, 1515 Addie Pkwy., Oshkosh 54904. PAWZZLE PIECES PET SERVICES LLC, Sara Schrage, 185 Horseshoe Road, Oshkosh 54904. NATURTALFANTASYART LLC, Richard Wheatley, 1905 S. Main St., Oshkosh 54902. THE NATURIST SOCIETY FOUNDATION INC., Ruth Percey, 910 Harney Ave., Oshkosh 54901.

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Building permits

B2B includes a monthly list of building permits (not to include residential projects) in excess of $400,000. GREAT LAKES ENERGY EDUCATION CENTER/Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, 2740 W. Mason St., Green Bay. $5,259,000 for a two-story educational building. General contractor is SMA Construction Services of Green Bay. April. ST. MARY CATHOLIC CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL, 1050 Zephyr Dr., Fox Crossing. $744,340 for a 6,500-sq. ft. addition to the existing school building. General contractor is Miron Construction of Fox Crossing. April 4. HOLY FAMILY CONGREGATION/St. Patrick Campus, 63 E. Merrill Ave., Fond du Lac. $3,137,708 for an extensive remodel of the existing church building. General contractor is Commonwealth Construction Corp. of Fond du Lac. April 4. HOLY FAMILY CONGREGATION/St. Joseph Campus, 95. E. Second St., Fond du Lac. $2,040,525 for an extensive remodel of the former school building. General contractor is Commonwealth Construction Corp. of Fond du Lac. April 4. McALLISTER LANDSCAPE SUPPLIES, 4589 Shawano Ave., Howard. $684,926 for an 8,000-sq. ft. retail building and warehouse. General contractor is Bayland Buildings of Green Bay. April 7. PJ’S COLLECTIBLE, 817 S. Military Ave., Green Bay. $560,000 for interior alterations to the existing retail store. General contractor is Innovative Construction Solutions of Brookfield. April. EXCEL ENGINEERING INC., 100 Camelot Dr., Fond du Lac. $1,154,098 for an addition to the existing office building. General contractor is Miron Construction of Fox Crossing. April 14. WISCONSIN INSTITUTE OF UROLOGY, 1265 W. American Dr., Fox Crossing. $7,500,000 for a 34,837-sq. ft. medical facility. General contractor is Miron Construction of Fox Crossing. April 17.


ASHWOOD CENTRE, 3377 Packerland Dr., Ashwaubenon. $565,460 for an addition to the existing multi-tenant office building. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna. April.

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GREEN BAY PACKAGING INC., 1700 Webster Ct., Green Bay. $1,700,000 for an interior remodel of the second floor of the existing industrial facility. Contractor listed as self. April. AMERICAN FOODS GROUP, 1010 University Ave., Green Bay. $862,000 for a commercial office building. General contractor is Schuh Construction of Seymour. April. ST. BERNARD CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1617 W. Pine St., Appleton. $806,200 for an interior remodel of the existing church building. General contractor is Boldt Construction Co. of Appleton. April 28. ALL-STAR CUTTING & CORING, 140 Allegiance Ct., Little Chute. $678,796 for a 10,160-sq. ft. industrial facility. General contractor is Rodac Construction of Hobart. April 28.

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GORDON BUBOLZ NATURE PRESERVE, 4815 N. Lynndale Dr., town of Grand Chute. $3,500,000 for a two-story, 18,200-sq. ft. nature center and offices. Contractor is Faith Technologies of Menasha. May 3. MEIJER, 3801 N. Richmond St., town of Grand Chute. $7,000,000 for a 200,206-sq. ft. department and grocery superstore. General contractor is Pepper Construction of Chicago. May 9.

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Who’s News MEIJER, 3995 N. Richmond St., town of Grand Chute. $650,000 for a 3,366-sq. ft. convenience store and fuel station canopy. General contractor is Pepper Construction of Chicago. May 9.

New businesses ENVOY LOGISTICS, INC. was established as an Oshkosh-based transportation management company by Tom Taake, former president of Straight Shot Logistics in Neenah. Taake has 28 years of experience in transportation management. Envoy Logistics opened an office at 1880 Stillman Ave. in Oshkosh. The firm can be reached by phone at 920.267.8709.

Green Bay-based BAYCOM acquired Communications Service Wisconsin of Portage, which provides communications system engineering, implementation and maintenance for the public safety and commercial markets in southwest Wisconsin. CSW’s 22 employees will become employees of BayCom and will continue to work out of the Portage, Madison and La Crosse areas.

New products/services The law firm VON BRIESEN & ROPER, S.C. launched its vonBriesenOneSource service which provides non-lawyer professionals to assist clients buying, selling or refinancing a business. The resource provides a variety of finance, technology and valuation services to help businesses through any complex business transaction.

GREAT LAKES REALTY ADVISORS LLC was opened by Pierce M. Buchinger as a commercials real estate valuation and advisory firm at 200 S. Executive Dr. in Appleton. Great Lakes also opened an additional office in the Milwaukee area. The appraisal firm can be reached by phone at 920.487.4299 or online at www.

ORTHOPEDIC & SPORTS MEDICINE SPECIALISTS OF GREEN BAY launched its Joint Journey comprehensive arthritis center which includes an early arthritis clinic, nonsurgical arthritis treatments, joint replacement surgery, and ongoing support and education. Joint Journey includes a team of staff orthopedic and rheumatology physicians.

PALOMA RESTAURANT opened at 1160 Emmers Lane in Oshkosh as a gourmet taco restaurant. The restaurant is co-owned by Grant Schwab, Tom Taggart and Aaron Weigandt. The restaurant can be reached by phone at 920.203.1917 or online at www.

KEGGERS BAR in Green Bay plans to launch its “Foxy Pedaler” 14-passenger quadricycle bike in downtown Green Bay beginning in July. The bike can be rented for tours along Broadway, Washington Street and riverfront routes. More information can be found online at


Business honors

CONSOLIDATED CONSTRUCTION CO. INC. of Appleton acquired Vincent Wood Works Inc. of Story City, Iowa, a national installation firm specializing in hotel fixtures, doors, frames, hardware, millwork, cabinets, granite, bath hardware and more. Consolidated created its new Vincent Interior Systems division with the firm to service the hospitality industry, and retained the seven employees of Vincent Wood Works, including founder Brian Vincent, who became a shareholder with Consolidated Construction.

EVERGREEN CREDIT UNION of Fox Crossing received first place in the bank branch category of the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star National Battle of the Buildings for reducing its annual water use. This is the second consecutive year Evergreen received the recognition.

BANK FIRST NATIONAL CORP. entered into an agreement to acquire Waupaca Bancorporation – the holding company for First National Bank of Waupaca – in a cash and stock deal valued at about $76 million. First National Bank has about $473 million in assets and operates eight branch offices in Waupaca County and in Seymour, all of which are expected to remain open. The acquisition is expected to be completed later in 2017, which will boost Bank First’s total assets to $1.8 billion with 20 branches operating across northeast Wisconsin.

CMD CORP. of Appleton was one of three companies statewide receiving a 2017 Governor’s Export Achievement Award. The designer and manufacturer of converting machinery to produce plastic bags, pouches and flexible packaging has experienced a 66 percent growth in exports since 2013 and has installed its equipment in more than 40 countries. Hortonville-based BORSCHE ROOFING PROFESSIONALS, INC. received a Platinum Safety Award from Associated Builders and Contractors for recording no lost time accidents in 2016.

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New hires

insurance experience, previously working as a commercial lines underwriting supervisor at Secura Insurance in Appleton.

BLC COMMUNITY BANK in Little Chute hired Kathy Fandrey as vice president of administration and human resources. Fandrey has more than 20 years experience in human resources, most recently working for several credit unions in the Fox Valley area.

NORTH SHORE BANK hired Steve Rewolinski as a vice president of commercial banking serving northeast Wisconsin. Rewolinski has more than 15 years of banking experience, previously serving as a commercial banker with Associated Bank.

CONSOLIDATED CONSTRUCTION CO. of Appleton hired Joy Hamons as project manager for its Vincent Interior Systems division. Hamons has 25 years experience in hospitality industry architecture, interior design and project management, most recently serving as principal of The Hamons Group in Cincinnati.

WINDWARD WEALTH STRATEGIES in Oshkosh hired Deb AllisonAasby as a financial planner. Allison-Aasby previously served as a financial advisor with Edward Jones as well as with Principal Financial, and additionally works as a real estate agent. She has served two terms as Deputy Mayor of Oshkosh.

H.J. MARTIN AND SON in Green Bay hired Rob Knaus as a material handler within its distribution center. Knaus spent the previous 13 years with Comfort Pro Insulators in Little Suamico.

Appleton-based A-MAZING EVENTS hired Julie Johnson as a business developer and project manager. Johnson most recently worked as an events and marketing communications planner at ThedaCare in Appleton for more than 10 years.

Green Bay-based CAPITAL CREDIT UNION hired Joel Williquette as vice president and chief information officer. Williquette has 25 years experience in banking, most recently serving as vice president of information technology at Bank of Luxemburg. He also serves on the U.S. Federal Reserve-Secure Payments Task Force. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN GREEN BAY hired Eric E. Arneson as vice chancellor of student affairs and campus climate. Arneson has more than 25 years of experience in higher education, previously serving as assistant vice president for student affairs at Florida International University since 2012. PROPHIT MARKETING in Green Bay hired Alison Hart as a graphic production assistant and April Johnson to support inbound sales and training. INTEGRITY INSURANCE in Appleton hired Adam Piette as commercial lines underwriting manager. Piette has 12 years of



BRANDDIRECTIONS in Neenah hired Bob Bodmer as director of business development. Appleton-based newVOICES CHOIR hired Jason Henderson as its executive director. KELLER, INC. of Kaukauna hired Dan Mertens as an estimator. ELEMENT in De Pere hired Kristen Schremp as a public relations manager. Schremp has more than 15 years of experience in public relations, most recently serving as an account supervisor for a public relations firm in Appleton.


PROSPERA CREDIT UNION in Appleton hired Michelle McClelland as chief financial officer. She has 14 years of experience in the finance industry, including work in accounting, information technology and strategic financial initiatives.





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INVESTORS COMMUNITY BANK hired Mark Sterr as a vice president and senior business banking officer out of its Appleton office, and hired Barb Wege as assistant vice president and banking services manager for the Appleton location. Sterr has more than 35 years of banking experience and is a licensed CPA. Wege has 33 years of banking experience, with 28 years in branch management. Oshkosh-based CANDEO CREATIVE hired the following new employees: Gustavo Lopez as a business development manager; Andelys Bolanos and Nicole Rayos as account managers; Jason Cardinal as a web developer and programmer; James Thompson as an interactive developer; and Kristi Popp and Hailey McDermott as graphic designers. Lopez recently worked two years as a partner at JRM Advisers in Milwaukee. Bolanos spent 10 years managing the international higher education program at a private university in Wisconsin, while Rayos has 10 years marketing experience at EAA and at a radio station in Denver. Thompson’s experience includes creating interactive museum exhibits and experiential media installations for companies like Nike, Nickelodeon and Les Paul Guitars. Popp previously owned her own freelance design firm and worked as a senior designer for the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. CASA OF THE FOX CITIES hired Dawn Gohlke as its executive director. Gohlke has more than 20 years of non-profit leadership experience, serving the past 12 years as executive director for Best Friends of Neenah-Menasha. WATER-RIGHT in Appleton hired Kira Jankowski as associate brand manager. Jankowski previously spent four years as an independent marketing and design consultant. WERNER ELECTRIC SUPPLY in Appleton hired Dan Egan as business director of process and network solutions. Egan has 32 years of engineering experience. CONSOLIDATED CONSTRUCTION CO. INC. of Appleton hired Kevin Duffy as a senior project manager and Richard Davenport as a project manager. Duffy has 18 years of project management experience at construction firms throughout the Midwest and works on the company’s commercial, retail and hospitality projects. Davenport has more than 15 years of management experience in the construction industry and works on commercial and hospitality projects in Wisconsin and the Midwest.


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Promotions U.S. VENTURE, INC. in Kimberly promoted Mike Koel to president of U.S. Gain, the company’s compressed natural gas division. Koel joined U.S. Venture in 2001 as a trader and most recently served as vice president of business development for U.S. Oil.

Individual awards JASON MONNETT, the senior vice president and senior loan officer for WBD in Oshkosh, received the 2017 Financial Services Champion honor for Wisconsin from the U.S. Small Business Administration for his work to provide commercial lenders access to the SBA’s 504 loan program.

Business calendar

New North B2B encourages businesses and organizations looking to attract interested persons to upcoming events to email JUNE 6 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 and $35 for nonmembers. For more information, call 920.437.8704 or email JUNE 7 Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce Coffee Connection, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Partners by Design, N6449 S. Pioneer Road in Fond du Lac. Cost to attend is $5 for members. For more information, call 920.921.9500 or email JUNE 8 Greater Green Bay Chamber Business Recognition Awards Luncheon, 11 a.m. to 1:15


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p.m. at the KI Convention Center, 333 Main St. in Green Bay. For more information or to register, go online to JUNE 8 Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, 5 to 7 p.m. at Ambassador Bar, 117 S. Appleton St. in Appleton. No charge for members. For more information or to register, go online to

JUNE 15 Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Card Exchange, 8 to 9 a.m. at Home Builders Association of the Fox Cities, 920 Association Dr. in Appleton. No charge for members. For more information or to register, go online to or contact Jamie Harvey at jamie@

JUNE 8 Women in Management – Oshkosh chapter monthly meeting, networking event, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at La Sure’s Hall & Banquets, 3125 S. Washburn St. in Oshkosh. For more information visit or email Cassandra at

JUNE 20 “Ethical Decisions Amid Accounting Ambiguity,” a breakfast event presented by Schenck and the Donald J. Schneider School of Business & Economics at St. Norbert College, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at St. Norbert’s Michels Ballroom, 409 3rd St. in De Pere. No cost to attend. For more information or to resister, go online to

JUNE 12 Young Professionals of Fond du Lac Member Monday, 5 to 7 p.m. at Ziggy’s Pub, 213 S. Main St in Fond du Lac. No cost to attend for members. For more information or to register visit

JUNE 20 Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce Business Connection, 5 to 7 p.m. at Mahala’s Hope, W3619 Maple Road in Fond du Lac. Cost to attend is $5 for members. For more information, call 920.921.9500 or email

JUNE 13 Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Before Hours, 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the chamber office, 101 E. Wisconsin Ave. in Kaukauna. Program is CPR training. Cost to attend is $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, go online to or call 920.766.1616.

JUNE 27 A.M. Oshkosh, a morning networking event from the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, 7:45 to 9 a.m. at Jay Manufacturing Inc., 2045 W. 20th Ave. in Oshkosh. Cost to attend is $2. For more information or to register, call 920.303.2266 or go online to

JUNE 13 Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce Connection Breakfast, 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the chamber building, 120 Jackson St. in Oshkosh. No cost to attend for members. For information or to register, call 920.303.2266 or go online to

JULY 11 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 and $35 for nonmembers. For more information, call 920.437.8704 or email n

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Per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline.

MAY 21. . . . . . . . . . . . MAY 14. . . . . . . . . . . . MAY 7. . . . . . . . . . . . . APRIL 30. . . . . . . . . . MAY 21, 2016. . . . . . .


$2.25 $2.18 $2.20 $2.28 $2.33

$474.9 BILLION 0.4% from March 4.5% from April 2016

Source: New North B2B observations




HOMES SOLD MEDIAN PRICE BROWN County .................289.......................$165,000 FOND du LAC County .........97 ......................$118,500 OUTAGAMIE County .........187 ......................$155,000 WINNEBAGO County ........187.......................$122,700 WI DEPT. REVENUE COLLECTIONS



1.0% from March 2.2% from April 2016 AIR PASSENGER TRAFFIC

MARCH 2017

$904 MILLION 4.8% from March 2016

(2012 = 100)

(Local enplanements) APR 2017 APR 2016 Appleton Int’l ATW..................... 22,416......... 22,569 Austin Straubel GRB.....................23,444 .........23,159

LOCAL UNEMPLOYMENT MARCH FEB MAR ‘16 APPLETON ........3.2% ...... 3.9% .........4.1% FOND du LAC ....3.0% ...... 3.8% ........ 4.2% GREEN BAY........3.7% ...... 4.3% ........ 4.6% NEENAH .............3.2% ...... 3.8%......... 4.0% OSHKOSH ..........3.1% ...... 3.9% ........ 4.0% WISCONSIN .......3.7% .......4.5% .........4.7%

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

MAY............................. $0.334 APRIL............................$0.491 MAY 2016.................... $0.282 Source: Wisconsin Public Service

ISM INDEX Numbers above 50 mean expansion. Numbers below 50 mean contraction. APRIL. . . . . . . . . . . . 54.8 MARCH. . . . . . . . . . . 57.2

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