SINCE WE LAST MET
Since we last met Since We Last Met is a digest of business related news occurring in the Green Bay, Fox Cities, Oshkosh and Fond du Lac areas in the one month since the previous issue of New North B2B.
August 20 The state Department of Transportation approved a $5,384,957 construction project at Outagamie County Regional Airport in Greenville to extend one of its taxiways to eliminate the need for aircraft to cross an active runway. The project will also construct a 4,175-foot perimeter road at the airport. The Federal Aviation Administration will contribute $4,846,461 toward the cost of the project, while the state and Outagamie County will pay $269,248 each.
August 21 Outagamie County received approval from the governor’s office to join the Bay Area Workforce Development Board and leave the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board from where it had been a member since its inception. Outagamie County officials requested the change after the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board came under fire earlier this year for alleged financial mismanagement.
UnitedHealthcare announced it will create 169 new jobs at the company’s Howard facility, including 135 customer care jobs. The company began hiring for the positions in late August. The hiring expands the Green Bay-area customer services operation by 32 percent. Overall, the company employs nearly 2,000 people at various locations in the Green Bay area.
August 23 The 2012 Inc. 5,000 List of the nation’s fastest-growing
privately held companies included the following firms from northeast Wisconsin, along with their rank, three-year growth rate, 2011 revenues and most recent rank on the list: Heartland Business Systems, Little Chute, No. 2,048, 3-year growth rate of 129 percent, 2011 revenue of $135.7 million, No. 2,411 on 2011 list; JGear, Fond du Lac, No. 2,995, 69 percent, 2010 revenues of $4.9 million, No. 1,597 on the 2009 list; Campbellsport Building Supply, Campbellsport, No. 3,405, 56 percent, $57.2 million, No. 311 on the 2009 list; Huberty & Associates, Fond du Lac, No. 4,361, 26 percent, $3.4 million, No. 3237 in 2009; Prefinished Staining Products, Green Bay, No. 4,475, 22 percent, $2.1 million, No. 2,818 on 2011 list; and Seaway Printing Company, Green Bay, No. 4,872, 9 percent, $5.1 million, No. 4,103 in 2010.
August 23 Time Warner Cable announced it will create 50 customer care jobs at its Appleton office by mid-October, adding to the nearly 800 people already employed by the cable and communications provider in the Fox Cities.
August 23 The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved a proposed budget for the next biennium asking for an additional $21 million in state funding to help improve performance measures at campuses around the state and to fund the new flexible-degree initiative to grant college credit for life and work experience.
October 1 – Ripon College received a $2.5 million gift from the estate of Harold Foulkes, a former Kraft Cheese executive who attended Ripon during the 1920s. The gift will be used to pay down the college’s long-term debt.
October 10 – Oshkosh Truck Corp. officially opened its 300,000-sq. ft remanufacturing facility located in the former Leach Company factory on Harrison Street in Oshkosh. The new plant will strictly rebuild used Oshkosh Truck military vehicles, and has created 200 new jobs.
2004 October 15 – Alliance Laundry Systems of Ripon, the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial laundry equipment, officially re-entered the consumer market with its Speed Queen brand after a 5-year hiatus from a contractual obligation to only market commercial products.
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2010 October 20 – St. Norbert College, De Pere, received a $7 million gift from the Michels family, owners of Michels Corp., Brownsville, to renovate the school’s Sensenbrenner Memorial Union into a state-of-the-art commons and dining facility.