Biz Notes

Milwaukee-based Telkonet Inc., developer of the EcoSmart energy management platform, recently announced that a United States military academy, which the firm declined to name, is the latest military institution to deploy its network-enabled energy-saving technology.


Telkonet was awarded a contract for $226,000 to provide the SmartEnergy platform in residence halls at the military academy. Telkonet will install a network-enabled SmartEnergy energy management system, including intelligent networked thermostats, occupancy sensors, and door contacts. An integral component of the solution is the online management platform, which will allow the military academy to monitor and control each in-room HVAC system remotely.

DCI Cheese

DCI Cheese Company, Richfield, has launched “Always a Winner,” an enter-to-win contest sponsored by King’s Choice, the company’s line of imported Danish, Dutch and German cheeses. One Grand Prize winner will receive a $2,000 gift card that can be used to pay for lodging, dining, tickets to shows and more in Las Vegas.

In-store shelf talkers featuring contest information and a coupon can be found in participating retailers through Nov. 30. Additionally, consumers with smart phones can connect directly to the promotion’s website for recipes and wine pairings via the promotional display’s QR code. This website will also feature an online entry form and rules detailing the specifics of the contest, as well as a slot machine-styled game that further emphasizes the promotion’s Las Vegas theme.


The Milwaukee office of Deloitte LLP recently released its 2011 Wisconsin 75 list. All public and privately owned companies with $50 million or more in annual revenues and employee, family or individual(s) majority ownership are eligible to be included on the Wisconsin 75. Companies must be headquartered in Wisconsin and not a subsidiary of a foreign-owned entity or a company located outside of the state. Public companies are eligible if there is a majority ownership by an individual(s), family or employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). The Wisconsin 75 excludes cooperatives, venture capital-owned companies, and businesses that provide accounting, tax, legal and consulting services. For the 2011 list, the top 75 companies are ranked by annual sales revenues. Companies based in the Milwaukee area on the list include: 1. S.C. Johnson & Son Inc.; 2. Quad/Graphics Inc.; 10. Uline; 12. Sargento Foods Inc.; 14. Charter Manufacturing Company Inc.; 16. Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc.; 18. Trek Bicycle Corp.; 21. West Bend Mutual Insurance Company; 22. Masters Gallery Foods Inc.; 27. Boucher Automotive Group; 30. Adelman Travel Group; 31. Hydrite Chemical Co.; 33. Husco International; 34. Miller Compressing Company; 35. Ewald Automotive Group; 36. Meridian Industries Inc.; 37. J.P. Cullen & Sons Inc.; 38. Edward H. Wolf & Sons Inc.; 39. IEWC Global Solutions; 40. CG Schmidt Inc.; 44. Bauer Built Inc.; 48. Gustave A. Larson Company; 49. Palermo Villa Inc.; 51. Hal Leonard Corp.; 52. Mayville Engineering Company Inc.; 55. Herzing University; 56. Everbrite LLC; 58. Inland Power Group; 59. Zilber Ltd.; 60. Standard Process Inc.; 61. QPS Employment Group; 62. Western States Envelope & Label Co.; 63. Derse Inc.; 66. Badger Truck Center Inc.; 67. Holz Motors Inc.; 68. Dental Associates; 70. W.T. Walker Group Inc.; 71. Engman-Taylor Company Inc.; 71. Shorewest Realtors, 73. Mortara Instrument Inc.


Milwaukee-based 7Summits, a social business agency, has partnered with Milwaukee’s Primum Marketing Communications. 7Summits is partnering with Primum brand specialists to propel and execute their strategic marketing and public relations initiatives. Focusing on 7Summits’ public relations, Primum will shape the company’s strategic communications. As a strategic partner, Primum Marketing Communications will stress the importance of integrating public relations into 7Summits’ overall strategic marketing plan.

E-Freight Couriers

Brookfield-based E-Freight Courier has opened a new division, devoted solely to handling medical pickup and delivery. The company started as medical courier but never officially had a separate division. The company has added several new key personnel with several years of medical logistics experience. The company specializes in pharmacuetical pickup and delivery as well as warehousing, hospital logistics, lab, oncology, histology, blood bank, organ, radioactive transport, and bio-hazard. The new division is operating 24/7, handling medical pickup and delivery, stats, and blood delivery.

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