Ixonia-based K&S Tool, Die and Manufacturing has changed its name to K&S Manufacturing Inc. The company started as a tool and die maker 40 years ago, but business has shifted over time to about 90 percent vertically integrated contract metals manufacturing and 10 percent tool and die, said Jay Eschrich, executive vice president and chief operating officer.
K&S has 110 employees and serves major original equipment manufacturers. It has two buildings totaling 145,000 square feet at its campus in Ixonia. The company changed ownership from founder Thomas Klusken to his four children, led by president Krista Galbraith, in 2012. It has doubled its revenue since 2009.
Wisconsin Advertising Hall of Fame
Three individuals were inducted into the Wisconsin Advertising Hall of Fame at the end of September. The new inductees are: Steve Laughlin, chief executive officer of Laughlin Constable; retired creative director Tom Jordan from Hoffman York (now HY Connect); and Marsh Lindsay, CEO of Lindsay, Stone & Briggs. The ceremonies took place on Sept. 25 at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee as part of the Milwaukee Adworkers 99 Ad Show. Jordan and Laughlin helped put Milwaukee advertising in the national spotlight with their national and internationally recognized creative campaigns in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Lindsay broke the glass ceiling for women in advertising by starting in 1978 and growing one of Madison’s largest and most successful ad agencies. The Wisconsin Advertising Hall of Fame, which was established in 2012, honors the achievements and preserves the work of Wisconsin’s greatest advertising and design professionals. Five iconic and national award-winning ad campaigns were inducted as well. Among the classic campaigns inducted was Milwaukee’s popular and long-running Koss billboard campaign. Campaigns from TV-24, local FrieseMueller Plumbing and National Figure Eight Barefoot Championships also were honored, along with the vintage 1988 Wisconsin Tourism TV spot featuring Bob Uecker.
North Shore Eye Health and Wellness
North Shore Eye Health and Wellness has opened an eye care facility at the Creekside Center at N54 W6135 Mill St., Suite 700, in downtown Cedarburg. The medical center offers eye health and vision care for patients of all ages and treats ocular diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and dry eye syndrome. Led by Dr. Kyle Ross, the center will serve residents of Port Washington, Grafton, Cedarburg, Mequon and neighboring communities. The medical center will celebrate its grand opening during an Oct. 28 open house from 3 to 8 p.m.
College Possible Milwaukee
College Possible Milwaukee has established a new site at St. Anthony High School, located at 1727 S. Ninth St. in Milwaukee. The six-year-old nonprofit organization, which is a branch of a national initiative, caters to low-income high school and college students with college access and completion programs. Through its new partnership with St. Anthony High School, College Possible Milwaukee will mentor at least 15 students in the college application and admission process. The high school is College Possible Milwaukee’s 13th location. During the 2014-’15 school year, the organization also plans to launch “Scale Up 2 College,” an expansion effort backed by funding from the Burke Foundation. When complete, the effort will allow College Possible Milwaukee to work with 720 more Milwaukee students. The organization currently serves more than 3,300 low-income high school and college students from the area.