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From the Publisher

The cost of representation Special election to fill state senate void in northeast Wisconsin might be more fuss than it’s worth

by Sean Fitzgerald, New North B2B publisher

While it doesn’t affect all of us in northeast Wisconsin, the special election underway for the state 1st Senate District seat offers a bit of a warm up to the upcoming fall elections. But it’s not necessarily a welcome exercise for voters in the region. The winner of the June 12 special election to fill the office vacated by former state Sen. Frank Lasee (R-Ledgeview) will have roughly 150 days in office before the November general election. In fact, the election falls nearly two weeks after the June 1 filing deadline for candidacy in that Nov. 6 election for the same seat. Lasee resigned his post in January after he accepted an appointed post in the state Department of Workforce Development. What’s perhaps more confusing is the fact that the recess bell already rang for the Wisconsin Legislature in this most recent session – and unless a special session is called, there won’t be any days required in Madison for the new senator in the state’s 1st District, which serves Wisconsin residents living in parts of Brown, Outagamie, Calumet, Manitowoc, Kewaunee and Door counties. While the initial campaign finance reports for the special election aren’t due until June 4, preliminary reports filed in early May indicated more than $260,000 had already been raised in the race, including $146,000 for De Pere businessman Alex Renard, who fell just a few hundred votes short in the May Republican primary to state Assembly Rep. Andre Jacque (R-De Pere). By all accounts, it’s not unreasonable to think Jacque and his opponent in the special election, Democrat Caleb Frostman of Sturgeon Bay, will run the combined campaign war chest up to the halfmillion-dollar mark and beyond. Why all this fuss and expense over electing a replacement for Sen. Lasee, a politician who will begin the re-election campaign process immediately and likely won’t have to work a day in Madison before the November elections? It’s up to the governor in each state to call for a special election when a state legislative official leaves office before their term officially expires. But it ultimately wasn’t up to Gov. Scott Walker in this case. In fact, Walker announced at the time of Lasee’s appointment there would be no special election to replace

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him, and that he’d wait for the coming Nov. 6 general election to fill the post. The governor argued the state shouldn’t place the expense of what he called “unnecessary elections” on the taxpayers, indicating the staff in Sen. Lasee’s office would still be working throughout 2018 to address concerns from constituents in the district. But since elected state legislators don’t take office until early January – about two months after general elections are held – some detractors of the governor’s decision argued nearly one full year was too long to leave 1st Senate District residents without a representative voice in the legislature’s upper chamber. Pushing this argument further, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee took Walker to court on the matter in February and ultimately won, forcing the governor’s hand to call a special election. In fact, Gov. Walker announced the special election the very next day after the court made its ruling in late March. It’s perhaps a certainty that the winner of the June 12 special election will seek re-election in November, and following the recent May 15 primary for the special election, Renard had already indicated plans to run for the seat again this coming summer and fall. The coming fall elections are bound to be hotly contested across the region, bombarding voters with yard signs, billboards, radio and television ads and online campaigns. Is it fair – even responsible – to subject constituents and the candidates of the 1st Senate District to endure this confusing barrage of campaign pleas from April all the way through November? That’s the toll both the special election and regularly scheduled general election will take on the district. In the end, pushing the needle on a special election to replace Sen. Lasee in the 1st senate District wasn’t in the best interest of constituents, taxpayers, or even democracy itself.

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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 25 Plexus Corp. in Neenah announced plans to construct a second manufacturing facility in Guadalajara, Mexico. The 472,000-sq. ft. plant is expected to be complete by the third quarter of 2019. It’s expected to employ 3,000 people once fully operational. The new facility will be located near the contract electronics manufacturer’s existing Guadalajara plant, which opened four years ago and employs 1,800 people.

by the UW Oshkosh Foundation, including Oshkosh Sports Complex; two biodigestors; the UW Oshkosh Alumni Welcome & Conference Center; and Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel in downtown Oshkosh. Inability to fulfill the debt service on the loans forced the university’s foundation to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late last year. Both Wells and Sonnleitner are scheduled to make initial appearances in Winnebago County Circuit Court on June 11.

April 26 Former University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Chancellor Richard Wells and former Vice Chancellor Tom Sonnleitner were charged by the state Attorney General’s office with five counts each of misconduct in office by acting beyond their authority as parties to a crime. The charges stem from financial guarantees the two past administrators signed for involving loans for five substantial building projects completed

April 27 Employees of Bellevue-based furniture manufacturer KI acquired the remaining ownership of the company from CEO and majority owner Dick Resch, who previously established the employee stock ownership plan as a component of his impending retirement. The company has more than 2,000 employees worldwide, and is now among the 50 largest ESOP companies in the United States.

electric reliability to the Fox Valley area by supporting the new generator at the Weston Power Plant that went into service last year. 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 1 – Wisconsin’s minimum wage increased to $6.50 per hour from $5.70 per hour. The increase is expected to affect nearly 200,000 workers in the state. 2009 June 5 – American Transmission Co. completed the 75-mile, 345-kilovolt power line connecting New London to Weston in central Wisconsin. As one of the highest-capacity lines in the state, it’s expected to bring greater 6 | June 2018 | NNB2B

2011 June 14 – The Outagamie County Board of Supervisors voted to consider selling property near its downtown Appleton Justice Center for a proposed new convention center. The proposed Fox Cities Exhibition Center would be a roughly 30,000-sq. ft. facility attached by skywalk over Lawrence Street to the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel. 2013 June 20 – Michigan-based development firm Edgewater Resources LLC submitted a bid to purchase and remodel the Clarion Hotel in downtown Green Bay – an estimated investment of $15 million – outpacing the offer of $6.7 million from current hotel operator American Hospitality Management a week earlier. The remodeled hotel would become the Hampton Inn & Suites connected to the expanded KI Convention Center. 2016 June 16 – Officials from Rasmussen College announced plans to close its Appleton campus at the end of 2016 and merge the programs offered through that campus with its Green Bay location. Students from the Appleton campus will be able to transfer to the Green Bay campus without interruption.

May 1 Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. presented more than $500,000 in fabrication laboratory grants to 22 school districts across the state, including $25,000 each to Ashwaubenon and Waupun. The funds will be used to purchase educational equipment with computer-controlled manufacturing components such as 3D printers, laser engravers, computer numerical control routers and plasma cutters. May 1 The estate of David L. and Rita Nelson of De Pere gifted a little more than $100 million to the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, the largest philanthropic gift ever in Wisconsin and one of the top 20 gifts ever reported in the nation. The previous record bequest to the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Region was a $16 million gift made in 2004. The David L. and Rita E. Nelson Family Fund is expected to award about $4.5 million annually toward projects to enhance area parks, recreation and waterways; education; health care; community services and community centers; and historic preservation. Eight inaugural grants totaling $3.5 million were issued to various community initiatives, including $2.62 million to restore two historic lighthouses on Grassy Island in Green Bay; $650,000 for the Little Chute to Kaukauna boardwalk on a former railroad bed across the Fox River; $50,000 for a restoration project at Grignon Mansion in Kaukauna; and $50,000 for a naturalist position at High Cliff

State Park in Sherwood, among other projects. David Nelson earned his fortune working for newspapers in Appleton and Green Bay before investing in radio stations and other businesses. The couple was married for 73 years – both passed away in 2017 within five months of one another. May 1 The Town of Greenville Board of Supervisors approved an Aug. 14 referendum asking voters to approve $6.5 million in borrowing to construct a new 22,000-sq. ft. fire station at the intersection of State Road 76 and Parkview Drive. The existing fire station is more than a half-century old and is beyond restoration. If approved by voters, the measure is expected to increase the property tax mil rate by 25 cents for every $1,000 of assessed property value, or $25 for a property valued at $100,000. May 1 Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development presented five Wisconsin Fast Forward contracted worker training grant awards statewide totaling $437,000, including a grant of $63,750 to Greenville-based Valley Bakers Cooperative Association. The organization will use the grant to train 50 new hire workers as warehouse laborers. Trainees will complete a total of two weeks of classroom and on-the-job training in Valley Bakers’ warehouse.

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Since We Last Met May 3 The Wisconsin Coastal Management Program awarded 36 grants totaling $1.2 million for various projects across the state, including $44,000 issued to Brown County Port & Resource Recovery Department to develop a Renard Island End-Use Plan. Renard Island was constructed of contaminated sediments dredged from Green Bay and the mouth of the Fox River between 1978 and 1997. The federal funding is directed toward developing a plan for its recreational use. May 4 The U.S. Department of Labor reported 164,000 new jobs were created during April, edging the national unemployment rate down to 3.9 percent. Job gains occurred in professional and business services, manufacturing, health care and mining. May 14 A U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved the sale of nearly all of Appleton-based specialty papermaker Appvion’s assets to a private equity group led by California-based Franklin Advisers, Inc. The agreement involves total financial consideration of nearly $340 million, which helps reduce Appvion’s debt from $585 million to less than $175 million. The sale agreement does not include Appvion’s employee stock ownership plan or other pensions plans, which will be taken over by the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. Appvion filed for Chapter

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11 federal bankruptcy protection last October in an effort to restructure its debt and access new capital. May 15 The Wisconsin Department of Transportation began work on the second phase of the $3.25 million project to resurface 7.8 miles of State Road 29 from U.S. Highway 141 in Bellevue east to the Kewaunee County line. Road crews replaced 15 culverts in the project work zone during 2017. Repaving work this year is not expected to significantly impact traffic. The project is expected to be complete by the end of July. May 15 State Rep. Andre Jacque (R-De Pere) captured 52 percent of the vote over De Pere businessman Alex Renard in the Republican primary for the June 12 special election for the state’s 1st Senate District seat. Jacque will advance to face Democrat Caleb Frostman of Sturgeon Bay, who had no challenger for the Democratic ticket. The office was vacated by former state Sen. Frank Lasee (R-Ledgeview) when he took an appointed position within the state Department of Workforce Development this past January. May 15 Port of Green Bay officials reported 147,000 tons of cargo was shipped through the port during the months of March and April, a decrease of 28 percent from the same period a year ago. Port officials indicated the heavy mid-April snowstorm and the persistence of ice on the bay through the end of April contributed to the lower shipments of cargo. Domestic imports of petroleum products were up 433 percent as the main petroleum pipeline from Milwaukee to Green Bay remains shut down indefinitely. May 18 The Fox River lock system opened for the 2018 navigation season, with 10 of the 17 locks open to boaters between Little Lake Butte des Morts and Kaukauna. The five locks through Kaukauna are closed to boaters due to the inoperable Veterans Memorial Lift Bridge in the city, while the lock at Rapide Croche will remain closed to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species from the Great Lakes into the Fox River and Lake Winnebago. The Menasha Lock has been closed since the end of the 2015 boating season and will remain closed due to the presence of the invasive round goby. The 2018 navigation season will remain open until Oct. 7. May 21 State education officials awarded $7.8 million in Technology for Educational Achievement Information Technology Infrastructure grants to 252 school districts across the state, including the following awards in the region: Berlin Area, $18,777; Campbellsport, $22,743; Oakfield, $30,000; Omro, $52,280; Ripon Area, $60,000; Rosendale-Brandon, $38,955; Seymour, $60,000; Waupun, $42,600; and Winneconne, $57,342. n

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Home, home on the range

Even in prosperous times, rural Wisconsin economy faces an uphill climb by Tom Still, Wisconsin Technology Council

By many standards, Wisconsin’s overall economic condition has never been better. Its core unemployment rate in the nation’s eighth lowest. It ranks fifth among the states in the percentage of adults who are part of the labor force. It ranks 11th in the per capita growth of its gross domestic product since 2010. And it ranks 19th among the states in the percentage growth of total business establishments in this decade. Those are statewide snapshots from a mix of sources, but there is really no such thing as a “statewide” economy. Depending on where you stand in Wisconsin, you might see a thriving tech-based economy in Madison, manufacturing vibrancy in the Fox Valley or a struggling small-town economy in hundreds of villages and cities. The survival challenge for rural Wisconsin, which includes many municipalities of 5,000 or fewer people, is one of the state’s most vexing issues. Unless current trends reverse, rural Wisconsin will be much older in 2025 than it is today or that it was 10 years ago. In northern Wisconsin, it is projected that people 60 and older will make up at least 30 percent of about two-dozen counties. In some counties, the 60-and-over share could be a much as 50 percent. That demographic trend may be impossible to reverse unless lots of people move to rural Wisconsin from elsewhere, including other states and countries, or the “baby bust” that includes most of the western world turns into a mini-boom. You can’t force people to live in rural settings if they don’t want to do so, you can’t stop them from getting older, and you certainly can’t force them to have more children. So, what are some courses of action in places around Wisconsin that have yet to fully share in the overall economic resurgence of the state? Here are a few examples from recent conversations involving researchers, agriculture experts and economic development professionals. n Accelerate rural Wisconsin’s connection to the digital economy. About 99 percent of the population in state urban cities have access to broadband at 25-megabit speed levels. In rural Wisconsin, it’s 57 percent of the people. National surveys indicate about 75 percent of city-dwellers use at least one social media platform. It’s 59 percent in rural America. The right connections can turn a solid Main Street business into a growing digital business. n Increase access to capital. For most people in rural Wisconsin, that doesn’t mean angel and venture capital

but smaller grants, loans and other private investments. The federal Dodd-Frank law that was intended to rein in larger banks has instead hurt small community banks and lending institutions, to the point the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis predicted there will be no banks in Wisconsin with less than $50 million in assets by 2025. From 1985 to 2016, the number of banks and thrifts chartered in Wisconsin declined from 575 to 227. Rural businesses and entrepreneurs will need to shop harder for money.

... the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis predicted there will be no banks in Wisconsin with less than $50 million in assets by 2025. n Enhance traditional businesses while diversifying. Food, paper, timber and other natural resources are staples for rural Wisconsin and will continue to be so. Existing businesses will need to embrace innovation in those sectors through organizations such as FaB Wisconsin, the statewide food and beverage cluster, and the Food Finance Institute of the University of Wisconsin Extension. Attracting new companies may well depend of ensuring rural communities have modern housing stock and more things for workforce-aged people to do. Otherwise, no one should be surprised when young workers move away in search of jobs.

From 1985 to 2016, the number of banks and thrifts chartered in Wisconsin declined from 575 to 227. Most people live in rural Wisconsin for a reason – they like it. They have traded the hassles and benefits of living in bigger cities for a different lifestyle, and usually understand that means a lot of conveniences and public resources cannot be delivered straight to their doors. Within that reality, however, there are ways to strengthen a part of the state that remains home to many people. Wisconsin’s overall economy looks strong. The question is whether much larger trends will make it difficult to stop the hollowing out of its rural communities. n Still is president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. He is the former associate editor of the Wisconsin State Journal.

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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.

Associated Banc Corp.

Plexus Corp.

1Q 2018 1Q 2017 Income $67.1 million $53.9 million s 24% EPS 40 cents 35 cents s 14% The Green Bay-based financial institution reported its first quarter results included performance from its acquisition of Bank Mutual, which closed during the first quarter. The bank indicated average loans of $22.1 billion were up 10 percent from a year earlier, while average deposits of $23.7 billion were up 10 percent from the first quarter 2017.

2Q 2018 2Q 2017 Revenue $699 million $604 million s 16% Income $12.3 million $29.3 million t 58% EPS 36 cents 84 cents t 56% The Neenah-based contract electronics manufacturer reported it earned 41 new manufacturing programs during the quarter valued at $255 million in annual revenue when fully ramped into production. The company also repurchased $31.6 million worth of its shares during the recent quarter at an average price of $61.63 per share.

Kimberly-Clark Corp. 1Q 2018 1Q 2017 Revenue $4.7 Billion $4.5 Billion s 5% Income $93 million $563 million t 83% EPS 26 cents $1.57 t 83% The manufacturer of consumer paper and tissue products with significant operations in the Fox Cities reported a decrease in earnings during the quarter related to $577 million in charges associated with the restructuring initiative it announced at its January annual meeting. Results were also impacted by a $105 million increase in pulp costs and a $45 million increase in other raw material costs.

Illinois Tool Works Inc. 1Q 2018 1Q 2017 Revenue $3.7 Billion $3.5 Billion s 8% Income $652 million $536 million s 21% EPS $1.90 $1.54 s 23% The parent company of Miller Electric Manufacturing operations across the Fox Cities reported all seven of its business segments delivered organic growth, led by its welding segment with an 8 percent gain. Company officials raised the 2018 full-year earnings projections by 15 cents to a range of $7.60 to $7.80 per share.

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Bemis Company Inc. 1Q 2018 1Q 2017 Revenue $1.0 Billion $995 million s 1% Income $47.6 million $51.1 million t 7% EPS 52 cents 55 cents t 5% The Neenah-based manufacturer of flexible packaging reported a nearly 3 percent gain in its U.S. Packaging segment sales to $666 million compared with the first quarter 2017. Company officials indicated the previously announced restructuring initiative provided $8 million in cost savings during the first quarter and is expected to provide a $35 million total benefit for fiscal 2018.

Brunswick Corp. 1Q 2018 1Q 2017 Revenue $1.2 Billion $1.1 Billion s 7% Income $80.5 million $74.2 million s 12% EPS 91 cents 81 cents s 12% The parent company of Mercury Marine operations in Fond du Lac reported sales from its marine engine segment increased 9 percent to $687 million driven by growth in outboard engine sales and its parts and accessories businesses. The company is planning a series of major outboard engine launches in 2018.

County Bancorp Inc.

WEC Energy Group Inc.

1Q 2018 1Q 2017 Income $4.1 million $2.6 million s 92% EPS 58 cents 38 cents s 53% The Manitowoc-based financial institution with significant operations across northeast and central Wisconsin reported improved earnings as a result of a $1.2 million recovery on a previously charged-off multi-family real estate loan, as well as the reduction in the federal corporate income tax rate. The bank’s total assets climbed to $1.5 billion at the end of the quarter, nearly 17 percent higher than at the same time a year ago, while total deposits grew to $1.2 billion, nearly 20 percent higher than the first quarter 2017.

1Q 2018 1Q 2017 Revenue $2.3 Billion $2.3 Billion t <1% Income $390 million $357 million s 9% EPS $1.23 $1.12 s10% The parent company of Wisconsin Public Service Corp. and WE Energies reported stronger-than-expected demand for both natural gas and electricity during the quarter as a result of colder winter temperatures. Natural gas deliveries in Wisconsin increased by 11 percent from the first quarter a year ago, while residential electricity use grew 4.6 percent.

Humana Inc. 1Q 2018 1Q 2017 Revenue $14.3 Billion $13.7 Billion s 4% Income $707 million $1.7 Billion t 58% EPS $3.53 $7.49 t 53% The health and benefits company with extensive operations in the Green Bay area indicated its substantial earnings from the second quarter last year resulted from a one-time gain associated with the termination of the proposed merger with Aetna. The company reported strong enrollment growth in its Medicare Advantage segment.

Oshkosh Corp. 2Q 2018 2Q 2017 Revenue $1.9 Billion $1.6 Billion s 17% Income $111 million $44.3 million s150% EPS $1.47 58 cents s153% The manufacturer of specialty vehicles reported doubledigit sales growth in all of its segments except defense, where revenue fell 4 percent to $428 million. Sales in the company’s access equipment segment increased 28 percent to $928 million during the quarter, driving operating income of $97.7 million within the business unit.

Bank First 1Q 2018 1Q 2017 Income $7.1 million $4.0 million s 75% EPS $1.05 64 cents s 64% The Manitowoc-based financial institution with significant operations across northeast Wisconsin reported year-overyear loan growth of 34 percent, largely attributable to the acquisition of Waupaca Bancorporation it consummated at the end of 2017. Bank officials indicated total assets were $1.70 billion at the end of the quarter, an increase of 32 percent from the same time a year ago.

Schneider National 1Q 2018 1Q 2017 Revenue $1.1 Billion $1 Billion s 13% Income $47.6 million $22.6 million s111% EPS 27 cents 14 cents s 93% The Ashwaubenon-based transportation and logistics services company indicated a pricing increase during the quarter helped push its truckload segment revenues up 6 percent to $551 million, or an increase of $208 per truck per week. Sales from the company’s intermodal segment improved 11 percent to $221 million as a result of increased orders and pricing increases.

Neenah Inc. 1Q 2018 1Q 2017 Revenue $267 million $242 million s 10% Income $16.2 million $17.6 million t 8% EPS 95 cents $1.03 t 8% The papermaker with significant operations in the Fox Cities reported record first quarter sales from its technical products segment of $149 million increased 22 percent compared to the first quarter 2017. The company’s fine paper and packaging segment revenue of $112 million was down 2 percent from a year ago as a result of declining volume.

Dean Foods 1Q 2018 1Q 2017 Revenue $2.0 Billion $2.0 Billion t <1% Income ($265,000) ($9.8 million) s 97% EPS (<1 cent) (11 cents) s100% The dairy-based foods company with extensive operations in Wisconsin, including the Green Bay area, indicated its previously announced cost-cutting initiative is on track to deliver $150 million in savings by 2020. Raw milk costs continued to decrease during the quarter to $14.35 per hundredweight, down 13 percent from the fourth quarter 2017. NNB2B | June 2018 | 11

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Fond du Lac 1 - 608 W. Johnson St., Fond du Lac Glacier Hills Credit Union, a new financial institution office. 2 - 1 N. Main St., Fond du Lac Retlaw Hotel, a substantial overhaul of the existing 8-story hotel building. 3 - 166 S. Park Ave., Fond du Lac Beacon House, an addition to the community-based chemical dependence treatment facility. 4 - 801 Campus Dr., Fond du Lac Fond du Lac High School, a 5,750-sq. ft. addition to the existing campus for a building trades center. 5 - 45 S. National Ave., Fond du Lac Marian University, a two-story, 18,200-sq. ft. addition to the existing science building on campus. Project completion expected in late summer.

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6 - 55 Prairie Road, Fond du Lac Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, an addition to the existing church building. 7 - 125 Camelot Dr., Fond du Lac C.D. Smith Construction, a 50,000-sq. ft. corporate headquarters facility. 8 - W6250 Pioneer Road, Fond du Lac Mercury Marine, a two-story, 20,000-sq. ft. addition to an existing production plant for a noise and vibration testing lab. Project completion expected in October. 9 - 420 Trowbridge Dr., Fond du Lac Grande Cheese, a 34,000-sq. ft. addition to the existing industrial facility.

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10 - 1041 Emmers Lane, Oshkosh Choice Bank, a two-story, 30,000-sq. ft. financial institution building. Project completion expected in June.

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11 - 1025-1033 N. Washburn Ave., Oshkosh ATI Physical Therapy, a two-tenant commercial retail building. Project completion expected in June.

Projects completed since our May issue: None.

12 - 567 E. Snell Road, Oshkosh Winnebago County Employee Credit Union, a 945-sq. ft. addition and interior renovations of the existing financial institution office.

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1 - N1868 Municipal Dr., town of Greenville United Coop, a new convenience and hardware store. Project completion expected in January. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna.

13 - W2801 Evergreen Dr., Little Chute Pods/Packerland Portable Storage, a 39,000-sq. ft. storage warehouse facility. Project completion expected in July. General contractor is Bayland Buildings of Green Bay.

2 - County CB & State Road 15, town of Greenville Cintas, a 54,000-sq. ft. industrial facility for laundry and maintenance. Project completion expected in July.

14 - 820 Fullview Dr., Little Chute W&D Krueger, a 52,800-sq. ft. industrial warehousing facility.

3 - W988 Levi Dr., town of Greenville Wolf River Machine, a 6,000-sq. ft. industrial machine shop. Project completion expected in September. General contractor is Frontier Builders & Consultants of Kaukauna. 4 - 5155 W. Grand Market Dr., town of Grand Chute Home2Suites, a 4-story, 65,028-sq. ft. hotel with 104 guest rooms. Project completion expected in early 2019. 5 - 3800 W. Wisconsin Ave., town of Grand Chute WG&R Furniture, a 95,920-sq. ft. warehousing facility. Project completion expected in early 2019. 6 - 2500 N. Bluemound Dr., town of Grand Chute Baye Dentistry, a 1,865-sq. ft. addition to the existing dental clinic. Project completion expected in September. General contractor is CR Structures Group of Kimberly. 7 - 3000 W. Wisconsin Ave., town of Grand Chute Kolosso Toyota, a 68,732-sq. ft. automotive dealership and offices. Project completion expected in fall. 8 - 1207 N. Mason St., Appleton Quaker Bakery Brands, an addition to the existing bakery. 9 - 645 Ridgerview Dr., Appleton The Chiropractic Advantage, a 14,000-sq. ft. multi-tenant commercial space to include 8,000 square feet of additional retail and office space. Project completion expected in January. General contractor is CR Structures Group of Kimberly. 10 - 5300 N. Meade St., Appleton Fox Valley Lutheran High School, an addition to the existing school building. Project completion expected in August. 11 - 3600 Commerce Ct., Appleton Thrivent Federal Credit Union, a two-story, 24,000-sq. ft. commercial office building. Project completion expected in June. 12 - 2801 N. Roemer Road, Appleton Tri City Glass & Door, a 6,000-sq. ft. office addition, a 35,720sq. ft. addition to the existing warehouse and a remodel of the existing offices and showroom. Project completion expected in September. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna.

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15 - 140 Allegiance Ct., Little Chute All Star Cutting and Coring, a 5,040-sq. ft. addition to the existing job shop. Project completion expected in July. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna. 16 - 327 Randolph St., Little Chute Trigger Action Sports & CR Structures Group, a 29,838-sq. ft. multi-tenant commercial building. Project completion expected in late summer. General contractor is CR Structures Group of Kimberly. 17 - 800 Randolph Dr., Little Chute Reinders, a 9,000-sq. ft. addition to the existing retail facility. Project completion expected in the fall. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna. 18 - 1650 Freedom Road, Little Chute Kwik Trip, a new convenience store, fuel canopy and car wash. 19 - 1402 Freedom Road, Little Chute Little Chute Area School District, a two-story addition to the existing middle and high schools for combined administrative offices. Project completion expected in summer. 20 - 3921 E. Endeavor Dr., Appleton Security Luebke Roofing, a 20,000-sq. ft. commercial building and warehouse. Project completion expected in June. General contractor is Millennium Construction of Appleton. 21 - 410 S. Walnut St., Appleton Outagamie County, an 87,000-sq. ft. addition to the existing county administrative office building. 22 - 5175 W. Abitz Road, town of Grand Chute Fabel Collision Center, a 32,779-sq. ft. automotive service facility. Project completion expected in November. General contractor is Millennium Construction of Appleton. 23 - County Road CB, Fox Crossing Secura Insurance, a 350,000-sq. ft. corporate headquarters office building. Project completion expected in early 2019. Projects completed since our May issue: â&#x20AC;˘ Team Services, 5714 Technology Cir., town of Grand Chute.

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Greater Green Bay area 1 - 2810 Howard Commons, Howard Village of Howard, a mixed-use commercial retail and multifamily residential development. Project completion expected in summer. 2 - 1510 Brookfield Ave., Howard BCS International, a 92,400-sq. ft. warehouse and office building. Project completion expected in June. General contractor is Bayland Buildings of Green Bay. 3 - 1200 S. Kimps Ct., Howard Quality Technical Services, a commercial office and storage building. General contractor is Bayland Buildings of Green Bay. 4 - 2323 Woodman Dr., Howard Gander Outdoors, an addition to the existing retail building. Project completion expected in June. 5 - 1457 Donald St., Green Bay Hurckman Mechanical Inc., replace two existing smaller buildings with a new 8,400-sq. ft. industrial warehouse facility. Project completion expected in July. 6 - 1313 Bay Beach Road, Green Bay Bay Beach Amusement Park, a new concessions building and a renovation of the existing train depot for an ice cream shop. Project completion expected in June. 7 - 3466 E. Mason St., Green Bay Nature’s Way, a new industrial warehousing facility. 8 - 2641 Eaton Road, Bellevue Dorsch Ford, an addition to the existing automotive dealership.

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13 - 4400 block of County Road U, Wrightstown Tweet/Garot Mechanical, a 90,000-sq. ft. manufacturing facility. Project completion expected in late summer. 14 - 1450 Poplar St., Wrightstown Print Pro, a 65,000-sq. ft. manufacturing and warehousing facility. Project completion expected in summer. General contractor is CR Structures Group of Kimberly. 15 - 2151 American Blvd., De Pere Midland Plastics, a new manufacturing and warehouse facility with offices. Project completion expected in August. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna. 16 - 1881 Commerce Dr., De Pere Kay Distributing Co., a 25,008-sq. ft. addition to the existing beverage distribution facility. Project completion expected in July. Projects completed since our May issue: • US Bank, 1317 Lombardi Access Road, Ashwaubenon. • Prevea Therapy, 1601 Lawrence Dr., De Pere.


9 - 580 Mike McCarthy Way, Ashwaubenon Wisconsin Kenworth, a 6,000-sq. ft. addition to the existing warehouse facility. Project completion expected in early July. General contractor is Frontier Builders & Consultants of Kaukauna. 10 - 1580 Commanche Ave., Ashwaubenon Bellin Health Family Medical Center, an addition to the existing health care facility. Project completion expected in summer. 11 - 1901 Airport Dr., Ashwaubenon Jet Air, a 42,504-sq. ft. aviation hangar. Project completion expected in July. 12 - 1200 Flightway Dr., Hobart Synergy Sports Performance, an 18,000-sq. ft. indoor athletic training facility. Project completion expected in June. General contractor is Bayland Buildings of Green Bay. 4201 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Appleton | 101 City Center, Oshkosh

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Cover Story

Modeling Wellness Leading northeast Wisconsin workplaces share their wellness program best practices

Story by Rick Berg

Workplace wellness has come a long way in the past 40 to 50 years – from a feel-good, barely-on-the-CEO-radar fad to a core corporate strategy. In Wisconsin, for example, surveys have found that more than 75 percent of companies provide at least some form of wellness programming. Workplace wellness has been around long enough now that the data is nearly indisputable: For every dollar spent on wellness programs, companies can expect a $3 return on investment in the form of reduced health care costs and increased productivity. Most employers now recognize that improving their employees’ health has benefits far beyond the bottom line, said Mark Geiger, member wellness supervisor at Menasha-based Network Health. “A well-crafted workplace wellness program provides value in a number of ways for organizations,” Geiger said. “First, employees can get a strong snapshot of their overall health when their workplace offers a health risk assessment and encourages an annual physical with their personal doctor. This awareness of their health, and relationship-building with their physician, allows members to stay up to date with preventive screenings and better recognize and treat many conditions.” Health risk assessments, which have become cornerstones for successful wellness programs, also help organizations target their program offerings. 18 | June 2018 | NNB2B

“If an organization gets enough engagement in their health risk assessment, they can pull a de-identified report that shows the top preventive risks at the company, as well as the risks that their employees are most looking to improve,” Geiger said. “This can ensure that the right wellness programming is offered at the right time.” Successful wellness programs also share at least one key indicator, according to Geiger. “Engagement, engagement, engagement,” Geiger said. “Get employees involved with wellness campaigns, challenges and events. Track health risk assessment completion and annual physicals. Building engagement year after year will lead to a culture of wellness in the workplace. This culture can improve employee satisfaction, retention and recruitment. And over time, high-dollar claims may begin to drop, and renewal rates will likely steady.” Some of the most noteworthy wellness programs in northeast Wisconsin have been highlighted in recent years as part of New North B2B’s Corporate Wellness Awards program. Each demonstrates some of the best practices that separate good intentions from initiatives that positively impact employee health and business bottom lines.

Faith Technologies’ holistic approach

Alyssa Kwasny, wellness program administrator at Menashabased Faith Technologies, noted her company has been promoting workplace wellness since 2004, and does so “through comprehensive wellness programs; promoting a healthy, safe work organization; providing positive return on investment; and developing healthy lifestyles and behaviors. “We desire to offer a best-in-class wellness program that is customized to our diversified and geographically dispersed workforce.” Faith Technologies’ health plan realized a surplus of more than $1 million in 2016 against the plan’s projected claims, Kwasny reported. “How much was attributed to a healthy population is difficult to quantify,” Kwasny said. “However, we’re confident that our continued focus on employee wellness and the requirement for employees to be more accountable to receive a premium incentive has had a great impact.” Kwasny suggested that Faith’s wellness success is based on several key components: 

CEO and leadership support;

A wellness culture and positive, healthy environments;

 Financial incentives for both employees and spouses to participate and engage in healthy behaviors;  A holistic approach focusing on the mental, emotional, social and financial aspects of wellness;  Communication of wellness program information to employees and spouses through videos, printed material, email, websites, company meetings, and social media;  Wellness reimbursements for run/walk/bike events; gym memberships and sports leagues; home exercise equipment; portable exercise equipment for traveling employees; shoe inserts for work boots;

WELCOA’s 7 Benchmarks of Wellness Success

Wellness Council of America has created a Well Workplace model with seven key benchmarks of success. Specifically, these seven benchmarks are inherent in companies that have built results-oriented workplace wellness programs. BENCHMARK 1 - Committed and Aligned Leadership Leaders throughout the organization are deeply committed to the wellness of employees and are role models of wellness in their own lives. BENCHMARK 2 - Collaboration in Support of Wellness Formal or informal wellness teams are representative of the organization and work together to build and sustain a successful worksite wellness initiative. The important step of engaging stakeholders at all levels builds a collaborative and cooperative approach. BENCHMARK 3 - Collecting Meaningful Data to Evolve a Strategy Efforts to support employee wellness involve understanding employee populations and assessing the current state through confidential and secure data collection. BENCHMARK 4 - Crafting an Operating Plan Capturing an organization’s goals for wellness initiatives and documenting the details will serve as a roadmap to guide efforts and investments in workplace wellness. The wellness operating plan reflects the vision, values and purpose of an organization. BENCHMARK 5 - Choosing Initiatives that Support the Whole Employee Selecting appropriate health and wellness interventions based on collected data enhances decision-making skills. It brings the right intervention to an organization in support of employees across the health continuum toward healthy and thriving lives. BENCHMARK 6 - Cultivate Supportive Health Promoting Environments, Policies and Practices Supporting efforts toward healthy employees includes evaluating policies, practices and promotions to ensure the environment fosters a successful wellness initiative. Aim to align the wellness culture throughout the organization so there is consistency within resources, interventions and the experience at work. BENCHMARK 7 - Conduct Evaluation, Communicate, Celebrate and Iterate Data collected during evaluation will determine how successful the approach has been and in what ways it can be improved. It also reflects how findings from the evaluation are communicated to ensure continuous improvement efforts in worksite wellness initiatives. NNB2B | June 2018 | 19

Cover Story wearable fitness devices; weight management programs; and nicotine cessation classes;  Annual biometric screenings for employees and spouses. Although the screenings are free of charge, Faith’s contribution toward medical insurance premiums has been tied to participation in biometric screenings. Last year the program had a 94 percent participation rate among those on Faith’s group health insurance plan.  A wellness reward program encourages all employees and spouses to be even more engaged in the overall wellness program by giving them the opportunity to earn up to 100 points by participating in various wellness activities and challenges, which equates to a $100 monetary reward.  A nutritionally supportive environment that provides free fresh fruit, green tea, oatmeal and other healthy snacks in the company’s vending machines or micro market. Besides the New North B2B wellness award, Faith’s wellness program has also been recognized in several other award programs, including Atlanta’s Healthiest Employer, the Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America, Milwaukee’s Healthiest Employer, Kansas City’s Healthiest Employer, and the Wellness Council of America’s Gold-Level Well Workplace Award.

people. A good wellness plan takes time and a strong wellness culture to help people live healthier lives and feel better. Through biometric screenings and member health assessments, employees sometimes uncovered undetected conditions which led to follow-up visits to primary care specialists. ‘These individuals were subsequently referred to specialists for early intervention. Because of early intervention, one participant with heart concerns incurred treatment costs two times lower than if treatment would have been delayed. Most importantly, his life was at risk, and his biometric screening led to the care he needed.

Faith Technologies Key Metrics m Employees who participated in the wellness program every year since 2008 improved their average score from 73 to 78.7 (on a scale of 1-100). m The overall metric in the health of Faith’s employee population has improved from a 75.8 to 80.7 over the last two years. m Over half of the participants (55.4 percent) fell in the low-risk category for their health score, and only 3.5 percent fell in the high-risk category.

Faith Technologies does not quantify success in its wellness program based on bottom line results alone.

m Those in the minimal-risk category increase by 12.3 percent and those in the high/extreme risk category decrease by 10.5 percent.

“Wellness has many benefits for the culture and success of an organization outside of the health plan,” Kwasny said. “Faith’s goal with our wellness program is to improve the lives of our

m In 2016, Faith Technologies’ health plan realized a surplus of over $1 million against the plan’s projected expected claims.

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Appvion’s long wellness journey

Appvion’s journey towards building a culture of health started back in the 1950s when the Appleton-based specialty papermaker partnered with the YMCA to offer subsidized memberships for employees, according to Heather Birr, senior human resources representative. “Since the late 90s, with senior leadership team support, we have been able to grow our wellness program to have dedicated resources and programs available to improve the overall health and well-being of our employees, which reduces health care costs for our employees and the company.” Appvion’s long health-focused history and leadership buy-in has played a key role in building strong participation in the wellness program. “Employees are more likely to participate when they know senior and midlevel managers are supportive, dedicated resources,” said Birr, who previously served as the company’s wellness plan coordinator. “These individuals have the passion, creativity and motivation to help others reach their goals.” Other key factors include effective communication and data collection, according to Birr. “We’re helping employees understand what is available to them and why it’s important to participate,” said Birr. “Also, we do data collection and evaluation through health risk assessments, utilization reports and surveys to determine the effectiveness of our wellness program.” Among the most valuable components of Appvion’s wellness program is an onsite clinic managed by ThedaCare and an onsite wellness center. “The clinic offers preventive care, disease and wellness management, and acute care appointments to Appvion employees, their spouse or domestic partners, and dependents between the ages of 12 and 26 at no charge,” Birr said. “We also have an onsite wellness center that offers cardiovascular and weight-training equipment, classes, personal training, and modality treatments.” Health risk assessments and wellness reimbursements also help incentivize employee participation. “We offer health club and tobacco cessation reimbursement to all of our employees,” Birr said. Appvion employees and their spouses have the opportunity to participate in a free and confidential health risk assessment every year, Birr said, and can meet with a health coach to create a personalized plan to help them improve their overall health. Aggregate data from the health risk assessments helps determine programming that targets the employer’s leading risk factors.

“The HRA reporting tool allows us to see the percentage of participants in the low, moderate, and high-risk categories in tobacco use, (body mass index) and body fat, blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar as well as aggregate responses to their lifestyle habits. With an aging workforce, our goal is to remain consistent or to see an improvement to these scores on an annual basis,” Birr said. Appvion has been awarded the gold-level workplace wellness award from Wellness Council of America, the Governor’s Worksite Wellness Award, and multiple Light of Wellness awards from the Wellness Council of Wisconsin. While bottom-line results are not Appvion’s key indicator of wellness success, “we see a positive ROI when we look at utilization for our clinic, wellness center, EAP, health coaching and HRA services,” Birr said. “Although we’ve seen a modest increase to our health insurance premiums each year, research shows that our premiums have increased at a slower rate than similar companies who don’t have a wellness program in place.”

J. J. Keller’s strategic wellness focus

Neenah-based J. J. Keller & Associates’ more than 20-year foray into wellness is certainly not based on a whim, noted Tim Pingel, senior environmental, health and safety manager. “At the heart of the company’s strategic planning is the retention of quality associates, as they are the company’s most valuable asset,” Pingel said. “J. J. Keller realized that they needed to go beyond surface recognition by taking care of their associates, and so the Life wellness program came to be in 1996. Since that time, J. J. Keller & Associates continues to show its commitment to the overall well-being of associates and their families by providing a supportive work environment along with numerous incentive, educational and motivational tolls and programs.” J. J. Keller is in rare company having earned the Platinum Well Workplace Award from Wellness Council of America, and was the first employer in Wisconsin to ever achieve a perfect score from WELCOA. “Leader involvement is key,” Pingel said. “In 2012 we implemented a health and wellness steering committee which included the CEO, CFO, VP of HR Services, benefits manager, the environmental, health and safety manager, the marketing director, benefits consulting company, and onsite clinic and wellness vendor.”

“Employees can get a strong snapshot of their overall health when their workplace offers a health risk assessment and encourages an annual physical with their personal doctor.” Mark Geiger, member wellness supervisor Menasha-based Network Health

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As a group, the steering committee looked at the bigger picture and strategic planning of wellness and benefits, which then provided direction to the general wellness team. Also, Pingel added, “it’s not just the C-suite we need involved – it’s the team leaders and area managers that really provide traction for the wellness programs. To help these leaders out, we provide management talking points to provide easy explanation and benefits of current wellness initiatives.”

J. J. Keller’s health insurance has had no premium increases for its associates in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Pingel believes the most valuable components of J. J. Keller’s wellness program are onsite health clinics and health insurance premium incentives. “The most utilized and highest-rated wellness program is the company’s onsite health clinics,” Pingel said. “These clinics provide primary and preventative care, disease management, patient education, health promotion services and – since May 2017 – dispensing of over 40 prescription medications at no cost to those on the company’s health plan.” He indicated the company’s health plan premium incentive has been the second most valuable wellness component. “One of the company’s guiding principles is shared

responsibilities and shared results,” Pingel said. “The company uses this principle from a gain-sharing perspective, but also with the health plan premiums. The company will share the premiums equally, but for those willing to put in a little extra effort to improve or maintain a healthier life, the incentive is worth up to $2,000 annually for associates. This incentive is also available to those spouses on the company health plan.” The program is paying off for J. J. Keller in multiple ways, according to Pingel. “We have definitely seen a correlation with the health assessment risk levels and health insurance premiums. Over the last four years we have steadily increased the percentage of associates and spouses at low risk while also reducing the number at high risk. “As a result, the company’s health insurance has had no premium increases for our associates in 2015, 2016 and 2017. In addition, the company was able to provide a premium holiday in October 2016, when no health insurance premiums were deducted from associates’ pay.”

N.E.W. Plastics creating a healthier workforce Luxemburg-based N.E.W. Plastics has been on the wellness bandwagon for more than a decade and continues to see the results first envisioned when the company began offering health risk assessments and health coaching in 2008.

The motivation for that initiative was a common one for manufacturers: “An aging workforce, lost time due to injuries


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and illness,” said N.E.W. Plastics President Mike Rekitzke. “As a result, our insurance premiums were climbing and the only way we would stave that off was to get a healthier workforce.” Since replacing its current, aging, not-so-healthy workforce with a younger, healthier one was not a realistic or desirable option, the company focused on getting its existing workforce to a better place in terms of overall health. N.E.W. Plastics began by partnering with Green Bay-based Prevea Health to offer health risk assessments and follow-up coaching, “and the results have been extremely favorable,” Rekitzke said. “We stated seeing results pretty quickly, within a year really. The HRAs have been very important in terms of building awareness. We all like to think we’re healthy, but with a health risk assessment, it’s a chance to sit down and look at it and see how healthy we really are.” Rekitzke said once employees started doing HRAs and people began seeing their blood pressure was up or their cholesterol was up, they began taking more accountability for their health. “That’s when we started really seeing things change,” he said. “The place we’ve really seen improvement is the number of employees in the high-risk category move into medium risk and medium risk move into low risk. The number of employees in high risk is way down and that’s a metric we look at very closely.” The results have included a significant reduction in smokers, far fewer lost work days resulting from illness and injury and – not least – only moderate group insurance premium cost increases.

“Single digits, whereas we understand many companies are seeing increases in high double digits,” Rekitzke said. To incentivize participation and improve health, N.E.W. Plastics offers annual health insurance premium rebates for employees who participate in health coaching from Prevea and activity programs through the company’s partnership with myInertia, a Green Bay-based wellness provider that focuses on physical activity. “That has been a big boost,” Rekitzke said. “People know if they do the right things, they are going to get a rebate on their insurance premiums at the end of the year.” The company has also been able to restrain its health insurance costs – partly through a healthier employee population, but also by restructuring the insurance program. That program now includes a higher deductible, but employees don’t generally feel the impact, because a free Prevea clinic available to employees and their families means that many expenses otherwise paid out of pocket are now provided without cost. “That’s kept our insurance premiums and employees’ insurance premiums down,” Rekitzke said. “It’s been a great program for us.” n Rick Berg is a freelance writer and editor based in Green Bay.





























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Traveler spending tops $20.6 billion in 2017 For the millions of travelers visiting Wisconsin, it’s all about the fun and memories. But for state residents, those memories translate into jobs, paychecks and tax revenue for local government.

by New North B2B staff

A more than 3 percent growth in visitor spending statewide during 2017 pushed the economic impact of Wisconsin’s tourism industry to a record $20.61 billion and equated to an increase in tourism-related employment and personal income, according to a statewide economic impact study conducted by Tourism Economics, a research firm commissioned by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. Tourism’s total economic impact on Wisconsin last year reached $20.6 billion compared to $20.0 billion during 2016. Since 2011, the state’s tourism economy has experienced a nearly 40 percent rate of growth from the $14.8 billion in tourism economic impact recorded at that time. Overall, direct visitor spending increased from $12.3 billion a year ago to $12.7 billion in 2017. Another industry indicator includes visitor growth in 2017 topping 110 million, up nearly 2 percent from a year ago and an increase of 17.5 million visitors since the estimated 2011 volume of 92.5 million visitors. Lower gasoline prices during the past year meant transportation costs took a smaller share of the travel budget, allowing for strong growth in all nontransportation segments, which were led by growth in spending on recreational activities travelers choose to do on vacation. Overall, recreation revenues had the fastest rate of growth during the past year, increased by 5.5 percent during 2017. According to the economic impact study released in May, tourism supported nearly 195,255 jobs and more than $5.3 billion in personal income across the state. In total, visitor spending generated $1.5 billion in state and local tax revenue during 2017.

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Closer to home

Local tourism figures continue to increase across much of northeast Wisconsin as well. The recent economic impact report from Tourism Economics unveiled the following: v Visitor spending in Outagamie County increased 3 percent to $348 million in 2017. This direct spending is estimated to have sustained 6,395 jobs in the tourism industry and provided almost $164 million in income for Outagamie County residents. Visitor spending also generated an estimated $43.4 million in state and local taxes during 2017. Reports from the Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau indicated visitor spending in its Fox Cities service region â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which aggregates tourism impact figures from portions of Outagamie, Winnebago and Calumet counties â&#x20AC;&#x201C; increased nearly 2 percent to $470 million in total visitor spending during 2017. The CVB reported visitor spending in the Fox Cities was led by $142 million in spending in the food and beverage sector, followed by spending on lodging of $107 million and retail segment revenues of $98 million.

v Visitor spending in Winnebago County decreased a bit less than 1 percent to $241 million during 2017. This direct spending supported an estimated 4,806 jobs across the county and provided an estimated $131.8 million in paychecks for Winnebago County residents. Visitor spending generated an estimated $30.6 million in state and local taxes in 2017, which was relatively flat with the year prior. v Rounding out the region, visitor spending in Fond du Lac County increased 4 percent to $147 million in 2017, sustaining an estimated 2,698 jobs in the tourism industry and provided $65.2 million in payroll for Fond du Lac County residents. In 2017, total visitor spending generated an estimated $18.4 million in state and local taxes in Fond du Lac County. n

v In Brown County, visitor spending climbed 5 percent to $671 million in 2017, ultimately supporting an estimated 11,877 jobs in the tourism industry and providing $448 million in income for local residents. Total visitor spending generated an estimated $94.7 million in state and local taxes in 2017, an increase of 4 percent from the previous year.

Total Tourism Impact in Millions County

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Radio has connected the world for 100 years and is still a powerful force. Alongside his wife, JoAnn, Tom Boyson has become a force as well, buying his first radio station in 1999 while still working for another. Now three stations play The Bug with its hits of the 1960s, 70s and 80s. WAUH 102.3 FM is based in Wautoma and WISS AM 1100/98.3 FM is licensed in Berlin and Oshkosh. In 2016, the Boysons added WRPN AM 1600 out of Ripon, carrying news, talk and 50 years of the greatest hits with a signal that reaches all the way to Stevens Point and even into Milwaukee. As of just last month, that signal is additionally broadcast on 93.1 FM as well.

Tom & JoAnn Boyson Hometown Broadcasting Ripon – Oshkosh – Berlin – Wautoma

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Boyson isn’t slowing down, and his success only confirms the power of radio. By the end of this summer, Hometown Broadcasting is moving its broadcast headquarters to Radio Road in Ripon for all five of its stations. How did you get started? My business career started while working at Pioneer Inn & Marina in Oshkosh as a bartender and in various other hospitality jobs. I attended UW Oshkosh from 1965 until my graduation in December 1971 with a bachelor of business administration in marketing. My fraternity adviser at UW Oshkosh was Dr. Robert Snyder, the founder of the campus radio station WRST-FM. After graduation I stayed in the restaurant business, managing a restaurant in Manitowoc, where I met my wife of 41 years, JoAnn. In 1974 we came back to Oshkosh and I began working at WAGO radio (in Oshkosh) for five years, followed by almost 35 years at KFIZ radio (in Fond du Lac). In 1999 there was an opportunity to purchase AM 1100 in Berlin, where I was born. Randy Hopper, the owner of KFIZ, allowed me to both work for him and follow my dream, so I did until about five years

ago when I came to operate our company fulltime. The decision was just to see if I could own and operate a radio station and it has proven to be very successful.

You started expanding right away? In 2001 we built 102.3 FM, WAUH The Bug, from the ground up and have been broadcasting the same format ever since. In 2016 Hometown Broadcasting was able to purchase and construct 98.3 FM as a translator in the Oshkosh market. Shortly thereafter, we purchased AM 1600 in Ripon, and in May added a translator in Ripon on 93.1 FM. We are in the process of moving all five stations to Radio Road in Ripon, a Heritage radio station property, recently celebrating 60 years of broadcasting excellence.

How did deregulation help? The Federal Communications Commission deregulated a lot of the laws and made it possible for small town operators to acquire an FM signal. This allows the broadcaster the ability to simulcast what is airing on their AM dial on the FM dial. We opted to move our translator to Oshkosh on 98.3 FM, which gave us a city-grade signal in Oshkosh and up into the Fox Valley, which translates into significantly more potential listeners and delivers better results for our advertisers with another music choice in the Valley.

How has technology changed business? Technology has both cost and saved money. Disc jockeys are able to pre-record voice tracks and do other responsibilities in our studios while on air. The obvious saving is in payroll, which in most small businesses is your No. 1 expense.
There were – and still are – many forms of competition, including cable TV, internet, satellite radio, other FM stations, cell phones, etc. We continue to be local and actually embrace technology and turn it into a revenue stream for radio sales. One of the many reasons radio has survived over the years is that local radio is the town crier. As a result we are involved in many groups and organizations to get the pulse of what is really going on. We are expanding our news department as we speak to keep our listeners closer to us. This will include more opportunities for local government and public service, which builds a loyal local listening audience.

How does the internet help sell ads? We do podcasts, Facebook and streaming of our programing, with the exception of professional sports. Our websites stream our stations and we sell gateway ads (prior to the stream loading), banner and tile ads. We also link our clients to our websites.

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Entrepreneurship Advertising revenue is our only resource for survival and the ability to pay bills. There is a symbiotic relationship between the radio station, the listeners and the advertisers. We must be vigilant and good stewards of our responsibilities, and pledge to all three to succeed in a very competitive market.

What’s a regular day like? There are no two days alike in radio, and that’s what has kept me interested as I have somewhat of a curious mind about businesses and how they function.

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I love people and radio brings daily challenges. As a result, I printed on my business cards “Problem Solver/ Owner.” It’s a fun business. When it ceases to be fun, maybe I will look for a real job – but this has worked just fine for almost 45 years.

Is there a 20-something you know who just

What’s it like working with your wife?

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 5th 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 6.

My wife, JoAnn, has been involved with my radio career since day one in 1974, allowing me to follow my dream, and has provided a normal family life for our two sons and myself, as radio is time-demanding career. She works fulltime doing the daily office responsibilities and is our prize lady for our on-air giveaways on all of our stations, and does remarkable in whatever she attempts. That’s why I married her! Our youngest son, Johnnie Ray, will be 28 years old on June 6. He is our program director/operations manager. He does mid-days from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on the Bug stations. His niche is playing vinyl during his air shifts and doing many remote broadcasts. He has single-handedly made our studios show places that are more functional and fun to work in. He started working officially for Hometown Broadcasting about 10 years ago.

But you aren’t on the air? Now in my 45th year of broadcasting, I have never had an on-air shift and am scared to death of a microphone. As a result, I have been in sales, management and ownership, having never really worked a day in my life. The hardest job for me is dealing with negative personalities in the workplace and in the field. When I am around negative people I try to nicely get away. Management is not easy for me, but it’s necessary to succeed. We have a dozen employees with most being part time. I am a born salesperson since I love people, but being stewards of Hometown Broadcasting requires management to serve all of our needs. We have a great broadcasting family that we have built in the past 20 years, so it is getting easier to manage every day! n

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Skyrocket Sustainability Goals with Smarter Electronics Management by Chad Hayes of Sadoff E-Recycling & Data Destruction 833.E-RECYCL As technology for business continues to evolve, the improvements we enjoy can also result in a buildup of obsolete equipment. It’s alarming to think about the massive amounts of outdated technology in the world and where it all goes. Fortunately, there are simple solutions to help companies manage outdated electronics – and sometimes even get cash back in return! At Sadoff E-Recycling & Data Destruction, we’re big believers in educating others on ways they can not only make a difference, but can benefit from it, too. To make things easier and to help share a different perspective, we’ve compiled some helpful steps you can take as an organization to responsibly dispose outdated equipment.

Refurbish or Remarket If it’s an option, refurbishing or remarketing your electronics are excellent ways to extend the life of materials and equipment. Doing this keeps materials out of the waste stream for a longer period of time. Plus, refurbishing and remarketing are easy ways you can swap these assets for cash (even when you’re stretched for time). Recycle If remarketing or refurbishing aren’t options for your equipment, recycling will keep outdated equipment from piling up in storage closets and put them back into the electronics life cycle. More importantly, sending them to a recycling and data destruction center will prevent valuable company data from getting in the wrong hands. E-recycling is simple! Your company can have someone pick up outdated equipment for you, or you can drop it off at a recycling center. At the end of the day, you can even receive certification of data destruction.

Look for Certified E-Recyclers When you use a certified electronics recycler, you ensure your outdated equipment is properly handled. Certifications exist to ensure e-recycling companies are safely recycling and managing electronics. If you’d like to discuss ways your company can meet its sustainability goals while also getting rid of outdated equipment, visit or call us at (833) E-RECYCL. Chad Hayes is Chief Technology Officer & Director of E-Recycling for Sadoff E-Recycling & Data Destruction. He joined Sadoff Iron and Metal in 2015, where he oversees and leads the strategic planning and implementation of I.T. He combines 20 years of I.T. and business leadership experience with a passion for data security, making him the perfect choice to establish, build, and lead the Sadoff E-Recycling & Data Destruction Company, a company of Sadoff Iron and Metal.

Keeping brands fresh is what we do. Pick up the July 2018 issue of New North B2B to see where we are taking ours.


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Statewide Uniformity – Employment Law Matters by Tony Renning of Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy 920.420.7527 Wisconsin has, for some time, preempted local governmental units (e.g., counties, cities, villages, towns, etc.) from establishing local minimum wages and imposing paid leave mandates on employers. 2017 Wisconsin Act 327 (effective April 18, 2018) specifies additional areas of employment law for which statewide uniformity applies and for which local regulation is preempted. The intent behind the Act is to establish uniform employment law standards across Wisconsin (as opposed to standards that vary depending upon the local governmental unit exercising jurisdiction). Under the Act, a local governmental unit may not: 1. Use an ordinance, policy, regulation, contract, zoning, permitting, licensing or any other condition to require a person to accept provisions of a collective bargaining agreement or to waive rights under state or federal labor relations laws (no

mandatory “labor peace” agreements).

State of Wisconsin.

2. Use an ordinance to regulate hours of labor or overtime, including shift schedules (no “fair scheduling” ordinances).

4. Use an ordinance to prohibit an employer from requesting the salary history of a prospective employee.

As originally proposed, 2017 Wisconsin Act 327 would have also prohibited local governmental units from adopting employment discrimination provisions providing greater protections than those provided by the State of Wisconsin. However, the Act was ultimately amended to remove this language, allowing local governmental units the ability to adopt and/or retain such provisions (e.g., the City of Madison’s Equal Opportunity Ordinance).

5. Use an ordinance to require a minimum wage for employees under contractual service to the local governmental unit or employees performing work that is funded by financial assistance from the local governmental unit.

For advice and counsel concerning employment law matters and, specifically, the preemption of local regulation imposed by 2017 Wisconsin Act 327, contact Tony Renning at (920) 420-7527 or

6. Use an ordinance to regulate wage claims or collections.

Tony Renning is a founding shareholder with Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy, s.c. This article is intended to provide information only, not legal advice. For advice regarding a particular labor or employment situation, please contact the attorneys at Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy, s.c.

3. Use an ordinance to require an employer to provide certain employment benefits, including retirement, pension, profit sharing, insurance or leave benefits.

Additionally, the Act specifies that a local governmental unit may not impose any occupational licensing requirements on an individual that are more stringent than those imposed for the profession by the



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

WISCONSIN AUTO GROUP LLC, Joel Tingley, 1875 Wizard Way, De Pere 54115. AMERICAN ROOFING FINANCE LLC, Jay Tomcheck, 2017A Lawrence Dr., De Pere 54115. ROCK AND BODY SHOP LLC, Anna Manzetti, 2073 E. Vista Cir., De Pere 54115. MOVE FITNESS STUDIO LLC, Brandon Michael Meisner, 1626 Colony Dr., De Pere 54115. DELAHAUT ELECTRIC LLC, Corey M. Delahaut, 1901 Cottonwood Ct., De Pere 54115. LOVE & LIGHT YOGA LLC, Amanda Buntin, 248 Cornellius Martin, De Pere 54115. RIGHT PATH YOGA LLC, Billina Susanne Augustian, 1731 Crimson Ct., De Pere 54115. C & S TRENCHING LLC, Shannon M. Denor, 6792 Denor Road, Denmark 54208. L & E JANITORIAL SERVICES LLC, Esmeralda Vera Razo, 1331 Bellevue St., Green Bay 54302. S & B FAMILY LAWN SERVICES LLC, Keith E. Socha, 1314 Benjamin Ct., Green Bay 54311. UNIFIED FLEET SOLUTIONS LLC, Anika Conger-Capelle, 2290 S. Ashland Ave., Green Bay 54304. AURA LIGHT SOLUTIONS LLC, Jeff Kennedy, 3457 Wiggins Way, Green Bay 54311. KRUEGER TREE CARE LLC, Dan Krueger, 900 Phasianus St., Green Bay 54311. K O LANDSCAPING & SNOWPLOW SERVICES LLC, Osvaldo Ordaz, 1405 Cedar St., Green Bay 54302. BON ORIENT BUFFET INC., Lixia Han, 2260 W. Mason St., Green Bay 54303. TUNDRA CHIROPRACTIC LLC, Cory D. Madison, 2150 S. Courtland Dr., Green Bay 54313. GREEN BAY EYE CARE LLC, Jason Gospodarek, 2160 Woodcrest Dr., Green Bay 54304. GOOD FATS OLIVE OIL COMPANY LLC, Kari A. Trzinski, 648 W. Idlewild Ct., Green Bay 54303. R & S HANDYMAN SERVICES LLC, Reginald Ellwood, 875 Moon Dr., Green Bay 54313. GREEN TEA TAKEOUT INC., Xiao Ling Huang, 2276 E. Mason St., Green Bay 54302. BAYSIDE LOCKSMITH & SECURITY INC., Todd Theroux, 1304 Wiesner St., Green Bay 54304. JOHNS REFRIGERATION LLC, Thomas J. McDonough, 838 Borvan Ave., Green Bay 54304. STARZ GYMNASTICS ACADEMY LLC, Mark W. Williams, 807 Parkview Road, Green Bay 54304. ORAL CARE SERVICES LLC, Kim Ainsworth, 2880 Tradewinds Tr., Green Bay 54313. CAROL’S CANDY CREATIONS LLC, Tomika Tolar, 2970 Mossy Oak Cir., Apt. 62, Green Bay 54311. HAIR BY MEGHAN LLC, Meghan Anna Beck, 1927 Sagebrush Way, Green Bay 54311. CLARITY WINDOW CLEANING LLC, Eric J. Kiefer, 412C Dousman St., Green Bay 54303. FIRST IMPRESSIONS HOME REMODELING LLC, Stephen James Hermann, 1250 Melody Dr., Green Bay 54303. SKINCARE BY BETH LLC, Beth Jossart, 1280 Eliza St., Green Bay 54301. RODEO SPORT BAR LLC, Jose L. Sanchez, 1315 Smith, Green Bay 54302. RICHARDS TRANSPORT INC., Kyle Richards, 900 Liebman Ct., #6, Green Bay 54302. 3SIXTY PHOTOGRAPHY LLC, Deanna Malcore, 3505 Edinburgh Road, Green Bay 54311. UNCLE SAM’S FIREWORKS INC., Jeane E. Peters, 1043 Griffiths Lane, Green Bay 54304.

ADVANCED BALLISTICS CONSULTING LLC, Travis W. Thoreen, 815 S. Jackson St., Green Bay 54301. WELELIYA TRANSPORTATION LLC, Cisman Weheliya, 1140 N. Military Ave., Green Bay 54303. LGA TRANSPORT INC., Osvaldo Aranda Montes, 1745 Loretta Lane, Green Bay 54302. AMERICAN VISTAS WINDOWS & DOORS LLC, David L. Brunette, 250 W. Plain Dr., Green Bay 54303. ORANGE DESIGN LLC, Lynne Holton, 2670 Nicolet Dr., Green Bay 54311. TRILLIUM SPA LLC, Hilary Young Alderfer, 1540 S. Huron Road, #9, Green Bay 54311. EL DORADO LIQUOR STORE LLC, Ernesto Perez, 741 Abrams St., Ste. 2, Green Bay 54302. JEFFS PIANO SERVICE INC., Jeffrey Pileau, 1674 E. Mason St., Green Bay 54302. MY ANGEL CLEANING CO., Miguel Angel Silva, 1971 Manitowoc Road, #4, Green Bay 54302. BOHRTZ FAMILY FARM LLC, Joshua W. Bohrtz, 778 Lamers Clancy Road, Greenleaf 54126. TURNKEY HOME INSPECTIONS LLC, Robert R. Woitula, 1675 Seminole Ct., Hobart 54313. EASY STUMP REMOVAL LLC, Travis Scott Harris, 3910 Algoma Road, New Franken 54229. MINK CREEK FARM LLC, Michael Savolt, W3284 Hofa Park Road, Pulaski 54162. REFRESH MASSAGE LLC, Lynette Bailey, 6407 Cottonwood Dr., Pulaski 54162. KASPER’S HONEY FARM LLC, Paul A. Kasper, 3910 County Road B, Pulaski 54162. PRIME WILDLIFE ARTISTRY LLC, Evan Jacob Van Lanen, 2175 Wildwood Dr., Suamico 54173. PREMIER COURT REPORTING LLC, Leah Jean Yates, 1632 Gabertfield Ct., Suamico 54173. S & C MACHINE LLC, Charles P. Klatkiewicz, 575 Fair St., Wrightstown 54180.

Calumet County

HIGH CLIFF STUDIO & GALLERY LLC, Jason Lee Sonsthagen, N7904 Lakeshore Lane, Sherwood 54169.

Fond du Lac County

CHASE’S LAWN CARE LLC, Chase Anthony Krapfl, Sr., 724 Main St., Brownsville 53006. S & H LIVESTOCK ENTERPRISES LLC, Joshua Steven Scharf, W1351 Center Dr., Brownsville 53006. HOGARTH FARM LLC, David Krahn, W2479 Big Ben Road, Eden 53019. OUTSIDER TRUCKING LLC, Mike Hornburg, N3498 U.S. Hwy. 45, Eden 53019. SHARK RC BODIES LLC, Paul Henry Peterson, N6010 Westhaven Dr., Fond du Lac 54937. SOPHIE B’S GOURMET CHEESECAKE LLC, Richard Andrew Breister, 78 Wakawn Ave., Fond du Lac 54935. MADCAR TRUCKING LLC, Corey Strom, N5539 County Road UU, Fond du Lac 54937. RNE CLEAN OUT & JUNK REMOVAL LLC, Randy N. Ebertz, N8563 County Road QQ, Malone 53049. INNOVATIVE EMPLOYMENT OPTIONS LLC, Aimee Lee Zehren, 719 Michigan Ave., North Fond du Lac 54937. ION RECYCLING LLC, Steven Edwin Ziegler, W13340 Reeds Corners Road, Ripon 54971. DPOLSON WOODWORKS LLC, David Olson, 412 Hope Ave., Ripon 54971. SPARTAN ELECTRIC LLC, Jessica S. Gales, W11020 Center Road, Ripon 54971. DISCOUNT AUTO SERVICE LLC and T&A TRUCK SERVICE LLC, Andrew C. Erspamer, W6719 S. Eastwood, Van Dyne 54979. FROM SCRATCH KITCHEN & BAKERY LTD., Kevin Abernathy, 6 S. Mill St., Waupun 53963. RENS NURSERY-RETAIL LLC, Daniel R. McGurk, N11521 County Road MM, Waupun 53963. TOBY’S LAWN MOWING LLC, Anthony J. Tibbits, 514 Bronson St., Waupun 53963.

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APPLETON COMMUNITY MUSIC INC., David Willems, 120 N. Morrison St., Ste. 200, Appleton 54911. J.R. NICHOLS RESEARCH LLC, John Nichols, 3316 E. Pollywog Way, Unit 168, Appleton 54915. APPLETON HANDYMAN/CLEANING COMPANY LLC, Heather A. Griffin, 3645 Cherryvale Pl., Appleton 54913. AB CUSTOM AUDIO LLC, Aaron N. Bethke, 1386 W. Hiawatha Dr., Appleton 54914. ABILITY APPAREL COMPANY LLC, Dean M. Van Abel, N9679 State Park Road, Appleton 54915. DAVE WINDOW CLEANING LLC, David Wozniak, 1607 S. Carpenter St., Appleton 54915. ATOMIC ARMADILLO METAL FAB LLC, Bill Habre, 4211 N. Lightning Dr., Appleton 54913. UNALOME HEALING & ENLIGHTENMENT LLC, Gillian R. Cottrell, 415 E. Harrison St., Appleton 54915. APIS BOOKS LLC, Gayle M. Cottrill, 1695 S. Nicolet Road, #6, Appleton 54914. NAIL ENVY & SPA BY VO INC., Van Thi Thanh Vo, 849 N. Casaloma Dr., Appleton 54913. CENTERLINE CARPENTRY LLC, Sean T. Evers, N2982 Mayflower Road, Appleton 54913. APPLE VALLEY DELIVERED GOODS LLC, Kimberley Ann Bracher, 1220 E. Mitchell Ave., Appleton 54915. HONOR DRUG TESTING LLC, Rachael Cabral Guevara, 2535 Northern Road, Appleton 54914. PROMINENT INTERIORS & DESIGN LLC, Brenda Purdy, 1337 W. Starview Dr., Appleton 54913. LAVENDER & BIRCH DESIGN LLC, Christy Phan, 5337 Brookview, Appleton 54913. EL AGAVE MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA LLC, Sandra Hernandez, 1750 N. Casaloma Dr., Appleton 54913. TECH FIVE DESIGN AND BUILD LLC, Nicholas J. Vanden Heuvel, 3533 Prairiewood Dr., Appleton 54913. SUBTERRANEAN EXCLUSIVE MASSAGE LLC, Leah Rose Patterson, 731 E. Atlantic St., Appleton 54911. STELLAR EYE CARE, S.C., Michael P. Vrabec, 21 Park Pl., Appleton 54914. ILLUMINATE THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE LLC, Marissa Proctor, 1536 W. Commercial St., Appleton 54914. SISTER 2 SISTER CLEANING SERVICES LLC, Tia Elizabeth Fonseca, 2516 S. Horizon Dr., Appleton 54915. PIXEL POSH PHOTO BOOTHS INC., Kristin Beihoff, W2290 Blarney Ct., Freedom 54913. KEVIN VOIGHT CARPENTRY LLC, Kevin James Voight, N3644 Vine Road, Freedom 54913. GRANDMA D’S DAYCARE LLC, Debra Eberhardy, W7029 Bluebluff Way, Greenville 54942. INTEGRITY CLEANING SOLUTIONS LLC, Jim Calhoun, W7255 Fox Hollow Lane, Greenville 54942. ACCEL AUTO AND TRUCK REPAIR LLC, Carl R. Rowe, W6131 Schroth Lane, Greenville 54942. WISCONSIN CONCRETE PUMPING LLC, Dylan D. Milis, W4567 County Road KK, Kaukauna 54130. THE BEER BAKER LLC, Michelle M. Stewart, 1451 Haen Dr., Kaukauna 54130. IRANIAN PATHOLOGISTS ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA INC., Eric Ostermann, 563 Carter Ct., Ste. B, Kimberly 54136. PRESENCE & COMPANY CREATIVE AGENCY LLC, Lyssa Rachel Schmidt, 801 Grand Ave., Little Chute 54140. FROSTBITE FROZEN TREATS LLC, Diane Dahlquist, N6536 Seminary Road, Oneida 54155. DAWN’S CLEANING SERVICES LLC, Dawn Marie Ricketts, 3004 Standing Stone Dr., Oneida 54155. JVC TRUCKING LLC, Jody Vandecorput, N8995 County Road Y, Seymour 54165. TEMP FENCE RENTAL LLC, Michael George Peotter, N8499 Lawn Road, Seymour 54165. AAE CONCRETE AND CONSTRUCTION LLC, Alexander Everard, W3555 Cicero Road, Seymour 54165.

Winnebago County

REVEL DANCE ACADEMY LLC, Dana Elizabeth Krueger, W4585 High Cliff Road, Menasha 54952. SHINOHARA PARTS AND SERVICE LLC, Luke Oehlenschlager, 1313 Racine Road, Menasha 54952. CATERING WITH HER LLC, Zer Her, 1068 Silver Birch Dr., Menasha 54952. LADYBIRD DOG GROOMING LLC, Megan Sambs, W5730 Woodland, Menasha 54952. MATHY ELECTRIC LLC, David Mathy, 1785 Wasilla Lane, Neenah 54956. C-K9 RESCUE, REHABILITATION & TRAINING CENTER INC., Maria Shawn Ochs, 92 S. Lake St., Neenah 54956. BEE RIVER PUBLISHING LLC, Rita Miller, 967 Stuart Ct., Neenah 54956. CLEANKING LLC, Dora L. Fabian, 125 Lennox St., Neenah 54956. EMPIRE HOMES LLC, Colton Saunders, 1094 Dogwood Tr., Neenah 54956. ARTISAN UNION TATTOO LLC, Jorge Lopez, 1075 S. Lake St., Neenah 54956. SALON ENBROSIA LLC, Elizabeth Nicole Rosenberg, 1123 Maple St., Neenah 54956. FOXHAUS BAR & GRILL LLC, Bryon Litton, 530 Jackson Ave., Omro 54963. ERICA’S TAX, ACCOUNTING AND PAYROLL SERVICES LLC, Erica Laniece Perry, 2490 Jackson St., Oshkosh 54901. GAINING INSIGHT COUNSELING SERVICES LLC, Jennifer Kaye Wittenburg, 1241 Kentucky St., Oshkosh 54901. RESSURECTION VAPOR LLC, Jeffrey Hasley, 2105 Parkside Dr., Oshkosh 54901. DELTA COSMETICS LLC, Dawn C. Donner, 1045 Laager Lane, Oshkosh 54902. JOE RADOSTA TRUCKING LLC, Joseph Anthony Radosta, 260 E. County Road Z, Oshkosh 54902. BOOTS SALOON LLC, Kenneth Gordon Hyler, III, 701 Merritt Ave., Oshkosh 54901. UPPER CUT LAWN SERVICES LLC, Nathan Buss, 1135 Cambria Ct., Oshkosh 54904. NATALIE AND BEN’S CLEANING LLC, Natalie Celeste Kidwiler, 620A W. 10th Ave., Oshkosh 54902. O&O PAINTING/DRYWALL LLC, Michael James O’Mary, 1130 Locust St., Oshkosh 54902.

JOHN’S TOWING AND RECOVERY LLC, Adam L. Pugh, 910 W. Murdock Ave., Oshkosh 54901. TRIMSCAPE LANDSCAPE AND MAINTENANCE LLC, Jeremy J. Schumann, 722 Bismark Ave., Oshkosh 54902. TONY’S AUTO SALES LLC, Anthony Combs, 1825 S. Washburn St., Oshkosh 54904. COLLEEN CLEANS LLC, Colleen Kay Jamrock, 223 N. Main St., Oshkosh 54901. 1ST CLASS PET SALON LLC, Amy Michelle Chellow, 1302 W. Murdock Ave., Oshkosh 54901. COMPUTER FIXER GUYS LLC, Christopher R. Jones, 4406 Country Club Road, Oshkosh 54902. MARTELL HVAC LLC, Matthew L. Martell, 1635 Chatham Dr., Oshkosh 54904. OVER TIME BAR AND GRILL LLC, Desiree Smith, 715 Monroe St., Oshkosh 54901. NEXT CHAPTER FINANCIAL COACHING LLC, Amanda Bauer, 1144 Mistletoe Lane, Winneconne 54986.

Building permits

B2B includes a monthly list of building permits (not to include residential projects) in excess of $400,000. FAITH EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 55 Prairie Road, Fond du Lac. $2,857,061 for an addition to the existing church building. Contractor is Catcon Inc. of Illinois. April 2. DORSCH FORD, 2641 Eaton Road, Bellevue. $4,000,000 for an addition to the automotive dealership. General contractor is Smet Construction of Green Bay. April 5. AGNESIAN HEALTHCARE INC., 430 E. Division St., Fond du Lac. $953,442 for interior alterations to the existing healthcare facility. General contractor is C.D. Smith Construction Inc. of Fond du Lac. April 6.

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To learn more about how LeadWell can pay off for your employees and your business, contact a LeadWell strategic advisor in Green Bay at (920) 431-1837, near the Lakeshore at (920) 892-8590 or in Door County at (920) 559-1303.

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ASHWAUBENON HIGH SCHOOL, 2391 S. Ridge Road, Ashwaubenon. $1,634,000 for various interior alterations to the existing high school campus. General contractor is Milbach Construction Services of Kaukauna. April. NATURE’S WAY, 3466 E. Mason St., Green Bay. $22,000,000 for a new industrial warehousing facility. General contractor is Immel Construction of Green Bay. April. WALMART, 1155 W. Winneconne Ave., Neenah. $450,000 for various interior renovations within the existing commercial retail store. General contractor is Singleton Construction of Ohio. April 10. WISCONSIN KENWORTH, 580 Mike McCarthy Way, Ashwaubenon. $450,000 for a 6,000-sq. ft. addition to the existing warehouse facility. General contractor is Frontier Builders & Consultants of Kaukauna. April. MIDLAND PLASTICS, 2151 American Blvd., De Pere. $2,700,000 for a new manufacturing facility. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna. April 12.


The Compassionate Employer Award is to recognize an employer who has gone above and beyond in helping an employee when they or a family member has gone through a medical crisis. Maybe they worked with an employee on time off or creative ways for the employee to work from home or another location. Maybe it was monetary help, or just kind words and encouragement. If your employer or an employer you know of, has been compassionate with you, a family member, or a fellow employee and the company is located in Brown, Calumet, Door, Fond du Lac, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, or Winnebago County, you can nominate them for the Compassionate Employer Award.



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RBR INVESTMENTS, 308 N. Brooke St., Fond du Lac. $500,000 for an alteration to the existing industrial facility. Contractor listed as self. April 17. FOND DU LAC HIGH SCHOOL, 801 Campus Dr., Fond du Lac. $1,143,751 for a 5,750-sq. ft. addition to the existing campus for a building trades center. General contractor is C.D. Smith Construction Inc. of Fond du Lac. April 20. GEORGIA PACIFIC CORP., 1919 S. Broadway, Green Bay. $2,880,000 for interior alterations to the existing industrial facility. General contractor is Miron Construction Co. of Fox Crossing. April. ASHWAUBENON HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 737 Cormier Road, Ashwaubenon. $450,000 for an interior alteration to the existing commercial building. General contractor is Rodac Development & Construction of Ashwaubenon. April. QUAKER BAKERY BRANDS, 1207 N. Mason St., Appleton. $393,000 for an addition to the existing bakery facility. General contractor is James J. Calmes & Sons Construction of Kaukauna. April 23. ASHLAND BUSINESS CENTER, 2230 S. Ashland Ave., Ashwaubenon. $400,000 for an interior alteration to the existing commercial office building. General contractor is Miron Construction Co. of Fox Crossing. April. RETLAW HOTEL, 1 N. Main St., Fond du Lac. $11,160,000 for a substantial overhaul of the existing eight-story hotel. General contractor is Rodac Development & Construction LLC of Ashwaubenon. April 25. QUALITY TECHNICAL SERVICES, 1200 S. Kimps Ct., Howard. $400,000 for a commercial office and storage building. General contractor is Bayland Buildings of Green Bay. April 25. GREEN BAY CITY HALL, 100 N. Jefferson St., Green Bay. $442,574 for an interior remodel of the sixth floor of the existing municipal office building. General contractor is Immel Construction of Green Bay. April. McDONALD’S, 2600 Packerland Dr., Ashwaubenon. $695,517 for an interior alteration to the existing commercial restaurant building. General contractor is Market & Johnson Inc. of Eau Claire. April. THRIVENT FINANCIAL, 4321 N. Ballard Road, Appleton. $1,067,000 for an interior remodel of the existing corporate office campus. General contractor is Miron Construction Co. of Fox Crossing. April 26. HOME2SUITES, 5155 W. Grand Market Dr., town of Grand Chute. $6,556,000 for a 4-story, 65,028-sq. ft. hotel with 104 rooms. General contractor is Immel Construction of Green Bay. May 14.

New business Amanda Bauer opened NEXT CHAPTER FINANCIAL COACHING in Oshkosh, a personal financial advisory firm assisting clients from Fond du Lac to Green Bay. Bauer is certified as a Ramsey Solutions Master Financial Coach, and can be contacted at 920.221.0050 or by email at A BAG LADY boutique opened at 131 N. Broadway in Green Bay’s On Broadway District by Jill Zelzer. The retail store offers funky, edgy and unique clothes, purses and jewelry for all ages. A Bag Lady can be reached by calling 920.430.1839 or by emailing

New locations GANDER OUTDOORS, formerly known as Gander Mountain, opened a 28,000sq. ft. store at 535 N. Westhill Blvd. in Appleton. Camping World bought Gander Mountain assets out of bankruptcy in 2017 and is reopening 11 of the chain’s stores in Wisconsin.

Listen better. Plan better. Build better.

Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, Appleton

Mergers/acquisitions ROBINSON METAL, INC. of De Pere acquired Gas Trailer Portable Fuel Solutions, a De Pere portable fuel equipment manufacturer. Robinson will begin production of the Gas Trailer product line this summer.

Business honors

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Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. presented the following Wisconsin Main Street Awards recognizing some of the best downtown revitalization projects of 2017: Best New Building to THE 102 ON BROADWAY in De Pere; Best New Business to ATLAS GAMING of Fond du Lac; Best Retail Event to DE PERE STYLE; Best Special Event to igNight Market from ON BROADWAY in Green Bay; Best Upper Floor Development-Residential to Thomas Rogers for 123 WATSON ST. IN RIPON; and honorable mention for Best Image Campaign/Item/Event to OMRO Historic Walking Tour. Curative Connections in Green Bay presented its 2018 Community Employer of the Year Award to McDONALD COMPANIES of Green Bay. Current Young Professionals in Green Bay presented its 2018 Next Generation Best Place to Work Award to SCHNEIDER NATIONAL of Ashwaubenon. Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. presented three 2018 Governor’s Export Achievement Awards to companies, including CARNIVORE MEAT CO. of Bellevue. The pet food manufacturer and distributor experienced a 54 percent increase in international sales from 2016 to 2017.

New hires BLC COMMUNITY BANK in Little Chute hired Drew Bodway as associate vice president of lending and Kendra Anderson as vice president of commercial lending. Bodway has more than 10 years of banking experience at several large banks in the Fox Valley area. Anderson has more than 10 years financial experience with several banks in the Green Bay area. De Pere-based ELEMENT hired Anders Goderstad as a video production specialist. Goderstad has six years of experience in video production, most recently as visual

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communications designer for a Green Bay area studio. BANK FIRST hired Thomas Omdahl as its compliance and BSA officer. Omdahl has more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry and is a certified anti-money laundering specialist. HOWARD-SUAMICO EDUCATION FOUNDATION hired Nicole Smith as its director. Smith previously worked the past 10 years as a teacher in the district. L.P. MOORADIAN FLOORING CO. in Ashwaubenon hired Jay Schlagenhaft as a sales/estimator and Lisa Massey as a receptionist. Shlagenhaft has more than 20 years experience in the flooring industry.

Promotions Green Bay-based NSIGHT promoted Mark Naze from chief financial officer to CEO. Naze joined the telecommunications provider in 1984 and has helped grow the company from $1.6 million in annual revenue to $318 million in 2017. Naze’s move precipitated other promotions within Nsight, including the following: Dan Fabry to chief operating officer of both mobile and fixed operations; Brighid Riordan to chief innovation officer and vice president of emerging services and public affairs; and Ron Van Nuland from director of accounting to CFO. O’CONNOR CONNECTIVE in De Pere promoted Rachel Sonnentag to strategic communications consultant. Sonnentag joined the firm in 2014 as a senior associate for marketing communications. AGNESIAN HEALTHCARE promoted Katherine Vergos to president at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac. Vergos is a registered nurse who previously served as vice president of patient services at Ripon Medical Center when it merged with Agnesian in 2010. She most recently served as chief operating officer and chief nursing officer for St. Agnes Hospital. ST. NORBERT COLLEGE in De Pere promoted Kent Paulsen to artistic director of the Dudley Birder Chorale, where he is taking over for the chorale’s namesake. Paulsen is director of the Knights on Broadway at St. Norbert, and has served as associate conductor and pianist for the chorale. He also teaches in the college’s music department.

Individual awards Current Young Professionals in Green Bay presented its 2018 Young Professional of the Year Award to SARAH BECKMAN of Habitat for Humanity in Green Bay, and presented its 2018 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award to BRANDON ROHDE, founder and co-owner of LiveTime LLC in De Pere. STEVE BRANDES, president of the Oshkosh-based Wisconsin Herd, was named Team Executive of the Year for the 2017-18 NBA G League season. The franchise was among the league leaders in total attendance with 69,240 fans attending home games at Menominee Nation Arena. 36 | June 2018 | NNB2B





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New North B2B encourages businesses and organizations looking to attract interested persons to upcoming events to email JUNE 5 A.M. Oshkosh, a morning networking event from the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, 7:45 to 9 a.m. at Sonex Aircraft, 511 Aviation Road in Oshkosh. Cost to attend is $2. For information or to register, call 920.303.2266 or go online to www. JUNE 5 Greater Green Bay Chamber Business Recognition Awards, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hyatt Convention Center, 333 Main St. in Green Bay. Cost to attend is $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers, and includes lunch. For information or to register, go online to JUNE 6 Envision Fond du Lac Area Coffee Connection, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Galloway House and Village, 336 Old Pioneer Road in Fond du Lac. Cost to attend is $5 for members. For information or to register, go online to JUNE 6 Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Before Hours, 8 to 9 a.m. at the chamber office, 101 E. Wisconsin Ave. in Kaukauna. Topic is Financial Stress in the Workplace. No cost to attend for chamber members. For information or to register, go online to JUNE 7 Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, 5 to 7 p.m. at Tanners Bar & Grill, 730 S. Railroad St. in Kimberly. No cost to attend for chamber members. For information or to register, go online to JUNE 12 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 information, go online to www.greatergbc. org or email JUNE 12 Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce Connection Breakfast, 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the chamber offices, 120 Jackson St. in Oshkosh. No cost to attend for members. For information or to register, call 920.303.2266 or go online to JUNE 14 International Trade Seminar hosted by Global Education & Services at Fox Valley Technical College, 2:30 to 4 p.m. at D.J. Bordini Center, 5 N. Systems Dr. in Appleton. No cost to attend, but registration is required by calling 920.735.2472.

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JUNE 20 Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce Lunch & Learn, 8 to 9 a.m. at the chamber office, 101 E. Wisconsin Ave. in Kaukauna. Topic is Strategies to Increase Employee Engagement and Retention Through Personal Crisis. No cost to attend. For information, go online to JUNE 21 Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Card Exchange, 8 to 9 a.m. at Spectrum Reach, 3520 Destination Dr. in Appleton. No cost to attend for chamber members. For information, go online to JULY 10 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 information, go online to www.greatergbc. org or email JULY 10 Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce Connection Breakfast, 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the chamber office, 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 12 Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, 5 to 7 p.m. at Drop Bar Café, 631 Saunders Road in Kaukauna. No cost to attend. For information, go online to JULY 18 A.M. Oshkosh, a morning networking event from the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, 7:45 to 9 a.m. at Evergreen, 1130 N. Westfield St. in Oshkosh. Cost to attend is $2. For information or to register, call 920.303.2266 or go online to www. JULY 19 Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Card Exchange, 8 to 9 a.m. at Home Builders Association of the Fox Cities, 920 W. Association Dr. in Appleton. No cost to attend. For information or to register, go online to www.heartofthevalleychamber. com. JULY 26 Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, 5 to 7 p.m. at Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, 122 E. College Ave. in Appleton. No cost to attend. For information, go online to n

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Monday, July 16, 2018

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Per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline.

MAY 20. . . . . . . . . . . MAY 13. . . . . . . . . . . . MAY 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . APRIL 29. . . . . . . . . . MAY 20, 2017. . . . . . .

$2.77 $2.69 $2.60 $2.58 $2.25



$497.6 BILLION 0.3% from March 4.7% from April 2017

Source: New North B2B observations



HOMES SOLD MEDIAN PRICE BROWN County .................268.......................$179,450 FOND du LAC County .......102 ...................... $131,150 OUTAGAMIE County .........188 ......................$170,000 WINNEBAGO County ........196.......................$145,250 WI DEPT. REVENUE COLLECTIONS

MARCH 2018

$897.4 MILLION 0.7% from March 2017




0.7% from March 3.5% from April 2017 AIR PASSENGER TRAFFIC (Local enplanements) APRIL 2018 APRIL 2017 Appleton Int’l ATW......................27,774..........22,416 Austin Straubel GRB.......................... N/A ...... 23,444

MARCH FEB. MAR. ‘17 APPLETON ........2.9% ...... 2.9% ........ 3.2% FOND du LAC ....2.8% .......3.1% ........ 3.0% GREEN BAY........3.2% ...... 3.3% ........ 3.6% NEENAH .............2.7% .......2.7%......... 3.2% OSHKOSH ..........2.7% ...... 2.8% ........ 3.0% WISCONSIN .......3.2% ...... 3.3% .........3.7%

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

MAY............................. $0.255 APRIL........................... $0.345 MAY 2017.................... $0.334 Source: Wisconsin Public Service

ISM INDEX Numbers above 50 mean expansion. Numbers below 50 mean contraction. APRIL. . . . . . . . . . . . 57.3 MARCH. . . . . . . . . . . 59.3


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June 2018  

Regional business magazine; Modeling Wellness, Traveler Spending, Voices & Visions, business news and information

June 2018  

Regional business magazine; Modeling Wellness, Traveler Spending, Voices & Visions, business news and information