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July 2012 Newsletter Waupaca Foundry and FVTC partner to Address Critical Workplace Needs For several years, the Waupaca Foundry, Inc. (formerly ThyssenKrupp Waupaca, Inc.) has looked to Fox Valley Technical College to keep its workforce strong through training. Some of these specialized training areas have included computer-related work, hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical applications, and more. Most recently the partnership extended into the world of robotics, and these high-tech units manufactured by ABB Robotics continue to make quite an impression on the value of automation in today’s lean workplace settings. Fourteen Waupaca Foundry employees participated in a twoday, 18-hour training in robotics at FVTC’s Appleton campus. The company already has 32 robots, but the first robot is about to be installed at Plant 3 in an effort to increase skill sets to reduce downtime and increase productivity. “In addition to enhanced productivity, the implementation of robotics makes our work environment cleaner and safer,” says Gordy Barth, manager of employee development and training at the foundry. “Training through Fox Valley Technical College is a solid investment because our employees are the most important asset to the company.” For Berry Degler, an electrical foreman at the foundry, his time spent working on the latest line of ABB robots definitely fostered a new way of thinking. “In just two days, I learned how to program, operate, and repair
Staff President: Terri Schulz Operations Director: Kathy LeClair Tourism Director: Jeff Anderson Information Services: Lynn Tolle Sales Director: Tom Weiss
Officers Chair, Craig Kantos, Riverside Medical Center Chair-Elect, Paul Shrode, Fox Valley Technical College Vice Chair / Secretary / Treasurer, Kirk Kallio, Waupaca Foundry Past Chair
Directors Chris Enslin, Recover Health Trey Foerster, Journal Community Publishing Group Allyce Lees, The Paint Store William Lipschultz, Alter Metal Recycling Mark Staniak, Cellcom Jerry Tiffany, Tiffany Complete Estate Planning Julie Thompson, Community First Credit Union Angie Wanty, First National Bank Bill Zimmerman, Office Outfitters
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PRESIDENT’S CLUB SPONSORS
ThyssenKrupp Waupaca, Inc.
Contact The Chamber if your business is interested in becoming a President’s Club Sponsor. 715-258-7343
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robots for very practical applications. “ notes Degler. In fact, the training was so customized that the applications focused on specific core-related tasks at Plant 3. FVTC and ABB Robotics design their training programs to fit the unique needs of any company looking to use automation as a means to improve the bottom line. “To remain competitive in a global market, businesses are always seeking ways to become leaner,” says Kurt Thern, customized training instructor for FVTC in its Automated Manufacturing Systems department. “The use of robotic systems gives employees a skill set so everyone can be on the same page when it comes to reducing waste and improving processes.” Thern noted that the Waupaca Foundry trainees caught on real fast in understanding robotic functions as they relate to automation and electronics. “The company’s employees brought a high-level of excitement and focus to the program,” he adds. Then again, Waupaca Foundry employees have demonstrated a historical commitment to learning. In addition to the workplace training areas noted above, foundry employees have increasingly utilized the services at FVTC’s Waupaca Regional Center, which relocated to Godfrey Drive in 2007 to better serve its community. Many foundry employees have enrolled in degree programming in Management Development, Business Management, and Applied Engineering Technology at the Center. Moreover, the Center serves as a Crane Institute exam site for foundry employees seeking certification in operating cranes, and other workers continue to use the FVTC regional location for general studies and personal enrichment classes.
Hometown Day Celebration It’s the annual Hometown Day Celebration, on Wednesday, July 4th. The day kicks off with the parade at 10am. This year’s parade will start out going south on Main Street and then turn east onto Badger Street and ending at State Street. Following the parade at South Park, the Knights of Columbus will have their annual chicken BBQ and the Comets Shooting Stars Cheer Squad will serve hot and cold sandwiches at the lower shelter. They will also have games for the kids. The spectacular fireworks display over Shadow Lake starts at 9:30 pm. You can tune into WDUX 92.7 for patriotic music during the show. Thanks to our sponsors for providing this wonderful end to the day! Red Level: City of Waupaca, Dayton Township, Farmers State Bank, Farmington Township, Faulks Bros. Construction, Niemuth’s Steak & Chop Shop, Waupaca Buyers’ Guide/Waupaca County Post, Waupaca Foundry and Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce. White Level: ABC Computers Inc., A.J. Holly & Sons, Health & Fitness Headquarters, Neuville Motors, Riverside Medical Center, Rick Johnson Family, and WDUX AM800/FM92.7, Blue Level: First National Bank, Janssen Accounting & Tax Service, Johnson Insurance Agency, Klismet’s Three Squares Restaurant, Knights of Columbus, Office Outfitters, and Piggly Wiggly Star Level: Bethany Home, Inc. and Waupaca Township Parking during the fireworks is available in the Waupaca Recycling Center with a freewill donation of $5. 2
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Chamber Awards $1500 in Scholarships The 2012 Waupaca Area Chamber Gregg Wehmeyer Memorial Scholarships were awarded at the WHS Senior Awards day on May 24th. Receiving the $1000 scholarship was Parker Kantos. Parker will be attending Waynesburg University, Waynesburg, PA. His intended major is Pre-Law and Criminal Justice Administration. After undergraduate school he intends to attend an accredited law school, and then enter the field of law as a prosecutor and possibly go into politics in the hope of bettering the future for all people. Parker is the son of Craig and Lori Kantos. Receiving the $500 scholarship was Joseph Pegorsch. Joe will be attending Lawrence University, Appleton WI. His intended major is English with possible minors in either History or Theatre. He is aiming to become an English/History teacher, either at the high school or college level. Joe is the son of Kent and Bernadette Pegorsch. The WACC Gregg Wehmeyer Memorial Scholarship was named in memory of a man who was an outstanding Chamber member and public-spirited citizen. Besides the Chamber, Mr. Wehmeyer was active in his church, scouting and the local fire department. Funds for the Scholarship come from monies raised at the Business After 5 raffles and the Chamber’s general fund.
K-Mart: Is now offering a way for you to go online and check your rewards. Check it out and sign up at ShopYourWay.com. Red Cross: The American Red Cross launched our first first aid app with expert advice for small and larger emergencies. Mashable Technology has named it one of 8 Apps You Don't Want to Miss. 80,000 people downloaded it in just five days! I personally checked it out for heat wave tips earlier this week! Please download, learn from it, share it and let us know when it helps you and your audience! Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) is challenging the community non-profit organizations in its customer service area in the second annual “WPS Energy Challenge." Up to twenty selected clubs could earn up to $1,500 for learning about energy conservation, saving energy at club members' homes and assisting community members in weatherizing their homes. Non-profits must apply before the July 31, 2012 deadline. Participating organizations from the WPS service area will undergo a qualifying selection process and be notified by August 31. See this link for more information: http://www.wisconsinpublicservice.com/home/energy_challenge.aspx City of Waupaca: Local and State Emergency officials and the National Weather Service have another tool for alerting the public to dangerous conditions - called Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). These emergency alerts will be sent to newer cell phones in affected areas. Alerts will continue to be issued or available on other sources including radio/TV stations, on NOAA Weather Radios and local sirens. For more information, go to http://readywisconsin.wi.gov and click on our “Cell Phone Alert” tab. Cellcom: Launched its first phase of its 4G LTE network at the end of April which includes cell sites in Green Bay, Sturgeon Bay, Appleton, Oshkosh, Wausau, and parts of Oconto and Marinette Counties. Cellcom customers also have access to 4G LTE in over 250 cities across the United States, including Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago and Minneapolis. Additional cell sites in Northeast and Central Wisconsin will light up throughout 2012 as the company continues its 4G rollout. “The wireless landscape has changed dramatically over the past few years with data use skyrocketing in the form of applications, mobile web visits, streaming music and video downloads. The launch of 4G is an exciting development for Cellcom and our customers,” said Pat Riordan, President and CEO of Cellcom. “4G LTE technology opens the door to give consumers what they want and need, faster data interactions.” Fox Valley Technical College: Will hold its Foundation Golf Outing on Wednesday, July 18 at Foxfire Golf Club. The day includes a shotgun start at 10am with lunch and at 4pm social hour, cash bar, silent auction and at 5pm dinner, program, and awards. Proceeds provide scholarships to students who enter FVTC to gain an education that prepares them to become successful members of the community. Register on line and more information at http://www.fvtc.edu/public/content.aspx?id=1581&pid=4 AT&T: Recently released it’s 2011 Sustainability Report: Highlights include In 2011 AT&T realized $42 million in annualized energy savings from more than 4,500 energy efficiency projects; Met their $100 million commitment to AT&T’s initial four-year Aspire education initiative, impacting more than a million students and setting the foundation for another $250 million commitment to high school success and workforce readiness; and Poured more than 6 million employee and retiree volunteer hours into its communities, valued at more than $133 million. See the full report at, www.a .com/csr
Making Energy Savings Simple Focus on Energy is launching a Small Business Program this month. The program will help small businesses who have an average monthly electric demand less than 100 kw per month. The goal of the program is to make energy savings simple for you. The program will provide small businesses (e.g., restaurants, laundromats, small offices, agricultural facilities, town halls, and fire and police stations) with an energy assessment. It will also provide immediate savings by installing energy savings measures for the customer. The measures are mainly focused on lighting. Focus on Energy Advisors will be in the Waupaca area to enroll customers in the program during the week of July 16th. Or you can call the Small Business program directly at 877-229-6678. If you use more than 100kW per month or are a chain store there are other programs for you. You can contact Focus on Energy to find out what program you qualify for at 800.762.7077 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org What measures are offered? Program measures are broken out into two packages plus an “a la carte” option: Program measures are broken out into two packages plus an “a la carte” option: Free package Unlimited CFLs (dimmable, non dimmable, globes) Unlimited CFL reflectors Unlimited vending machine controllers (cold drink machines) Unlimited low flow showerheads Unlimited faucet aerators LED open sign (1) replacing existing neon open sign Gold Package - $129 Customer Co-Pay (payable to trade ally from customer) The “a la carte” items can only be added to the $129 package. Unlimited CFLs (dimmable, non dimmable, globes) Unlimited CFL reflectors Unlimited vending machine controllers Unlimited low flow showerheads Unlimited faucet aerators LED open sign Unlimited LED exit signs Unlimited delamping Occupancy sensors – 5 max Indoor and Outdoor Hardwired fixtures – 5 max T12 to T8 retrofits (bulbs and ballasts) – 80 lamps max 1” and 2” hot water heater pipe wrap 42 watt CFL A La Carte Package Customer pays: $10 per additional T8 lamp installed (over 80) $15 per occupancy sensor (over 5) $20 per hardwired interior or exterior fixture (over 5) Hi bay fixtures. Call the contractor to determine pricing. We will incentivizing the contractor $80 per fixture but the customer will need to make up the difference. Note that new fixtures must replace existing fixtures. The Focus on Energy Representative will ensure proper recycling or disposal of the old equipment.
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Estate Administration By Jerry Tiffany, Tiffany Complete Estate Planning Probate rules are cumbersome, time consuming and often lead to unreasonable fees for the distribution of a deceased person’s property, according to a report by a senior citizens group. Probate, also called estate administration, is the process by which the debts of someone who has died are paid and the decease’s remaining property is distributed to the rightful owners. The American Association of Retired Persons said its study of 900 probate cases in California, Delaware and Wisconsin found that attorney fees sometimes exceeded 20% of the value of the property and some estates took more than a year to settle. Cases in which the deceased person had a will sometimes took just as long to settle as those without a will, it said. “With redundant reporting and notice requirements, and flexible deadlines that are often un-enforced or ignored, probate frequently lasts more than a year,” the report said. It said the three states where cases were studied were indicative of problems across the country, and it estimated probate fees could cost $2 billion or more each year nationally. “For the estates of the middle class, attorney and personal representative fees can deplete the assets by as much as 10 percent even in uncomplicated cases,” the report said. AARP recommended that states adopt simple, less costly probate procedures. “Probate as generally practiced in the United States is an anachronism,” the report says. “Probate’s procedures and protections, even with recent reforms, are inappropriate for all but the most exceptional cases.”
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Eating Contest Winner Joel Kempfert was crowned ‘Berry Short King’ at Strawberry Fest with a winning time of 39 seconds. Joel donated his winning check of $500 to the Waupaca FFA. Fast eating Joel! 6
Business Welcome Taylor Lake Marine
The Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 14th for Taylor Lake Marine located at N2757 Cty Hwy QQ. Congratulations Keith Prust!
Business Welcome The Knitting Nest
The Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, June 12th for The Knitting Nest located at 131 E Main Street, Weyauwega. Congratulations Patrick and Catherine Martin!
LEADS Network The LEADS Network may be your ticket to success. Attend a meeting and see how the network works. It turns Referrals to Riches; It is easy to participate; It can benefit your business and others; You will make new friends who will help promote your business. It is just that easy. Network #1 meets 1st Networking & 3rd Thursday at is the name 8am; Network #2 of the game! meets 2nd & 4th Thursday at 12:30pm. To attend a meeting contact Terri: Terri@WaupacaAreaChamber.com, 715-258-7343.
Anniversaries to Celebrate!
June BUSINESS AFTER 5
Congratulations to these
Thank you to our sponsor Bethany Home for a great evening of good food, drinks and friendships!
Member Investors on their July Anniversaries. Women’s Care of Wisconsin, S.C.
Apple Tree Lane Bed & Breakfast
Send your Anniversary date to Kathy@WaupacaAreaChamber.com to be recognized.
Congratulations to 50/50 Raffle Winner Deb Domask and Door Prizes winners Gene Wasserberg and Allyce Lees.
Beautification Fund Increases by $5200 The Chamber Golf Outing was a huge success. The weather was perfect with sunny skies and temperatures in the 80’s. Starting the day with lunch on the sunny patio of the Waupaca Ale House. then 92 golfers drove off in their golf carts to start the fun day of golf. Many golfers took advantage of purchasing mulligans to help with their score on the beautiful Foxfire Golf Course. Around 5pm golfers started returning to the Ale House to talk about their day and enjoy a beverage until dinner was served. Winning Foursome: Chris Rasmussen, Ken Danielson, Trent Handrich and Todd Petersen Thank you to everyone who supported the Chamber Golf Outing on June 4. Over $5,200 was raised for the Chamber’s Beautification Fund. The funds will be used to help with projects in the Waupaca are that will increase the welcoming feel of our area. 9
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Waupaca Area Business of Commerce 221 S. Main Street, Waupaca, WI 54981 - Phone 715-258-7343 - Fax 715-258-7868
Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday - Friday
Member Support Committee Meeting 7:30 am Chamber Conference Rm
10 Political Strategies Committee Meeting 8:00 am Chamber Conference Rm
11 Ambassador Meeting Chain Bar & Grill 12:00 pm
12 LEADS Network 2 12:30 pm Chamber Conference Rm
17 Business Enhancement Committee Meeting 7:30 am Chamber Conference Rm
19 20 LEADS Network 1 7:30a Breakfast 8:00a Network Comfort Suites
26 27 LEADS Network 2 12:30 pm Chamber Conference Rm
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13 Business Welcome Element Mobile/ Pro-Cellular 3:00 pm
Reminders: 1. The deadline for the newsletter advertisement submission is the 15th of each month. 2. The Board of Directors usually meets on the first Tuesday of each month. 3. Business After 5 usually takes place on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Note: The Waupaca Area Business of Commerce is a non-secular organization. Holidays listed are legal holidays and are posted for business convenience only.
Check out these Special Savings, by simply presenting your Chamber Keytag. Office Outfitters 120 W. Badger Street, Waupaca 20% off new printed materials (Repeat orders not eligible)
Acme Sports 112 S. Main Street, Suite 1, Waupaca 10% off any one item; not valid with any other offers.
Picker’s Playground 110 E. Union Street, Waupaca Chamber 10% off any purchase; other discounts not to be combined
Alter Metal Recycling 2080 Spindt Drive, Waupaca Receive 10¢ per pound more than regular scale price for aluminum cans.
ProCellular 1020 W. Fulton Street, Suite A, Waupaca 15% off accessory purchases
Big City Trendz E1247 Cty Rd Q, Waupaca Free scalp treatment with deep conditioning with any service. Broadway Vision Center 815 W. Fulton Street, Suite 3, Waupaca Save $20 on eye exam and/or save $20 on any pair singlevision lenses, $25 on any pair flat-top bifocal lenses or $30 on progressive lenses; 50% off second pair of eyeglasses; 50% off spectacle lenses when you order 6 months of contact lenses. Offers may not be combined. One offer redeemable per patient, but no limit per family. No-fault product warranties apply to all frames and lenses. Community Eyecare Center 222 S. Washington Street, Waupaca 25% off prescription sunglasses; no discount with other insurances/discounts already in place Culver’s Restaurant of Waupaca 1045 W. Fulton Street, Waupaca 10% discount on purchase Harvey Dental 211 E. Badger Street, Waupaca 10% off dentistry Hi-Style 509 Sixth Street, Waupaca 15% off on a perm, color or pedicure; 10% off retail Lindsay House Bed & Breakfast 539 Depot Street, Manawa 15% off lodging McDonald’s of Waupaca 200 Western Avenue, Waupaca Receive a FREE Apple Pie with the purchase of $5 or more; not good with any other offer or discounted offer
Pure Design 114 N. Main Street, Waupaca Free hardware with the purchase totaling $10,000 or more of cabinets; free stainless steel sink with the purchase of granite or solid surface countertops. ThedaCare At Home 710 Riverside Drive, Waupaca 20% off all cash and carry items; offer not applicable to insurance billed claims/items TLC Sign N7255 32nd Court, Weyauwega $25 off sign service for new customers; $100 off purchase of a new sign with a value of $2500 or more Waupaca Ale House 201 Foxfire Drive, Waupaca 10% off restaurant only; not valid with any other special Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce 221 S. Main Street, Waupaca 15% off all Waupaca apparel; postcards 4/$1.00 Waupaca Historical Society 321 South Main Street, Waupaca 10% off historical books and videos, including the “Waupaca Sesquicentennial History” book set WDUX AM/FM 200 Tower Road, Waupaca 10% off any WDUX Big Deals gift certificate purchase; use code “Chamber” at checkout online at www.wduxradio.com. Wireless & Game 815 W. Fulton Street, Ste. 3, Waupaca $25 off a computer cleanup **PLEASE NOTE**
Nancy’s Gifts 307 Wolf River Drive, Fremont 25% off any one regular priced item; buy one get one half price (higher price prevails) any coffee drink or smoothie
Offers valid through December 31, 2012 Discounts may not be combined with any other offers.