Biz Notes for 6.9.06

Last updated on May 13th, 2019 at 02:37 pm

Jon Rost Associates LLC

Jon Rost Associates LLC, Sheboygan, was named agency of record for Stoelting Inc., Kiel. Stoelting manufactures cheese making and soft serve ice cream equipment, as well as cleaning systems for heavy and light duty manufacturing applications, electronic circuit board assemblies and custom precision cleaning equipment

5th Floor Recording Co.

5th Floor Recording Co., Milwaukee, opened a second studio at its current location at 316 N. Milwaukee St. The new studio is a full service audio production suite including a voice-over booth, phone patch, music libraries, mix to picture and sound effects. 5th Floor Recording Co. is owned by Ray Fister.

Milwaukee Downtown, Business Improvement District No.21

Milwaukee Downtown, Business Improvement District (BID) No. 21, Milwaukee, recognized six area companies and individuals with Milwaukee Downtown Annual Achievement Awards. Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Kern Center received the Brick and Mortar Award; Milwaukee Street received the Entrepreneurial Award; 211 West Building received the CPR Award; United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF), received the Showcase Award; VISIT Milwaukee received the Cheerleader Award and Gary Grunau received the Champion Award.

Northern Trust Corp.

Northern Trust Corp., Chicago, promoted James Kuehn to president and chief executive officer of Northern Trust – Wisconsin. Kuehn will succeed James Rauh, the previous chairman of Northern Trust – Wisconsin. Rauh was promoted in January to director of Northern Trust Bank, FSB and president of its Midwestern States Region. Kuehn joined Northern Trust in 1999 and previously served as chair of the investment policy committee for M&I Investment Management Corp., Milwaukee. Kuehn holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Marquette University.

AXA Advisors LLC

The Milwaukee office of AXA Advisors LLC, New York, awarded $20,000 in scholarships to Wisconsin students as part of the annual AXA Achiever Awards. Tyler Sanchez, a senior at The Prairie School, Racine, received the $10,000 grand prize scholarship. Sanchez founded the Notes for Hope program to raise funds and awareness for the United Way of Racine County and the American Kidney Fund. He recorded and sold 1,000 CDs of his piano music and donated all of the proceeds to the charities. Sanchez is eligible for the AXA Foundation national awards and if selected, he could receive an additional $15,000, a computer and the offer for an internship with the financial organization. Other individual winners received $2,000 scholarships and included: Brittany Bice, Badger High School, Lake Geneva; Kinsey Bodenburg, Elk Mound High School, Elk Mound; Alex Gloudemens, Little Chute High School, Kaukauna; Joseph Raguse, Union Grove High School, Kansasville, and Paul Williams, New London High School, New London. The award winners were selected by the AXA Foundation and judged on goal setting ability, ambition, determination and respect for self, family and community.

Wisconsin Concrete Masonry Association

The Wisconsin Concrete Masonry Association (WCMA), Milwaukee, recognized local companies with the Excellence in Masonry awards. The 18th annual WCMA Excellence in Masonry competition honors creative and innovative concrete masonry building designs in Wisconsin. Entries were judged on creativity, design excellence and concrete masonry’s relationship to the overall structure. Bray Associates Architects, Sheboygan, received the Maynard W. Meyer Best of Show award for the Shepherd of the Hills Church, Eden. Excellence Award winners included: Gries Architectural Group, Neenah, for the Shattuck Park Pavilion and Riverwalk, Neenah, and Abacus Architects Inc., Sheboygan, for Tower Car Wash, Sheboygan. Finalist Award winners included: Birschbach and Associates, Kimberly, for Peace Lutheran Church, Green Bay; MSI General Corp., Oconomowoc for River Glen Christian Church, Waukesha; Bouril Design Studio, Madison, for Bella Domicile Kitchen Showroon, Madison, and Weber Homes, Pewaukee for Weber Residence, Pewaukee.

Reliable Plating Works Inc.

Reliable Plating Works Inc., Milwaukee, received the Outstanding JobLink Employer for 2006 Award from Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Services. Reliable Plating Works was recognized for its participation in Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Services’ JobLink program. The JobLink program is a workplace literacy program where Milwaukee Achiever collaborates with local companies who desire to improve the job-related literacy and performance of their workers. Reliable Plating Works has contracted with Milwaukee Achiever to teach their employees English as a second language since 1997.

Jewish Family Services

Jewish Family Services (JFS), Milwaukee, was accepted into the preferred provider networks for Cenpatico Behavioral Health, Austin, Texas, manager of the behavioral health benefit for the members of Managed Health Services Ins. Corp., West Allis, and the Medicaid members of Network Health Plan, Menasha. JFS will continue to offer its sliding scale payment option as well as accepting third party reimbursements.  

John Michael Kohler Arts Center

Community Bank & Trust, Sheboygan, partnered with The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, for a multi-year sponsorship of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s Annual Outdoor Arts Festival. The 2006 festival will be held July 15 and 16 and marks the 36th year of the annual event.

Johnson Controls Inc.

John Barth, chairman and chief executive officer of Johnson Controls Inc., Glendale, received the 2006 Leadership Award from the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) Inc., New York. In 2003, Johnson Controls received the Corporation of the Year Award.

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee, received the Trademark Insider award from NameProtect Inc., Madison, for the number of United States Patent and Trademark Office applications submitted in 2005. Michael Best filed 506 trademark applications in 2005 and ranked 27th of a total of 200 trademark law firms nationally.

Flanner, Stack & Fahl LLP

Mary Flanner, Robert Stack and Thomas Fahl recently formed Flanner, Stack & Fahl LLP, attorneys and counselors at law. The firm is located at 16535 W. Bluemound Road, Brookfield. Flanner focuses on civil litigation, estate planning and probate and business law. Stack practices in estate planning, probate, bankruptcy, creditor’s rights, collections and business law. Fahl practices in worker’s compensation, civil litigation and representation of companies in their business and corporate affairs.

Comunicar Adv/Design

Landmark Credit Union, Waukesha, hired Comunicar Adv/Design, Milwaukee, to handle its Hispanic

communication design. Comunicar will be responsible for Hispanic strategic and creative development of its collateral materials which include Spanish language service brochures.

Community Bank & Trust appoints new vice president

Sheboygan-based Community Bank & Trust has appointed Joseph Schaefer as vice president of commercial lending at the company’s Glendale office.

Schaefer is a graduate of Connecticut College with a degree in international relations/economics. He has more than 12 years of financial experience, having previously held positions with Wells Fargo, LaSalle Bank and Associated Bank.

Community Bank & Trust is locally owned and has operated since 1989 with assets of more than $480 million and 11 offices located throughout Sheboygan, Calumet, Milwaukee and Outagamie counties.

Plunkett Raysich hires new COO

Plunkett Raysich Architects LLP has named Thomas Koch as chief operations officer. Koch, a certified public accountant, most recently worked for Monster Worldwide Inc. as director of business analysis in Milwaukee.

“Thomas will work in coordination with the partnership and will have overall management responsibility for the operations of the firm,” said David Raysich, managing partner for the Milwaukee-based architectural firm. “His 24 years of experience will be very resourceful to PRA as we have a distinct need to continuously improve upon our operations. This will all me more time to engage in new client development, vs. spending my time overseeing the daily operations of the entire firm.”

First Business Bank names Wallen to board

First Business Bank-Milwaukee announced the election of Timothy Wallen to its board of directors. Wallen is principal and chief executive officer of NAI MLG Commercial. First Business Bank–Milwaukee is part of First Business Financial Services Inc., which also includes First Business Bank–Madison, First Business Trust & Investments, First Business Leasing and First Business Capital Corp.

“Tim is a respected, high profile member of the business community and possesses tremendous knowledge of the local real estate market. We are very excited that Tim is joining our board,” said Terry Taylor, president and CEO of First Business Bank–Milwaukee.

Wallen joined NAI MLG Commercial in 1989 as chief financial officer and was promoted to CEO in 2000. Prior to joining MLG, Wallen was a tax manager with Price Waterhouse in San Francisco, where he specialized in income tax planning for partnerships and corporations in the real estate industry. In 1989, he transferred to the company’s Milwaukee office, where he was promoted to the position of manager. Wallen is a certified public accountant.

Waukesha printer will buy new press

J.B. Kenehan LLC of Waukesha received an industrial revenue bond allocation of $3.4 million from the state for a business expansion that will create 36 new jobs.

The commercial printing company will use the funding to help it purchase a new web press for $4.7 million.

“The industrial revenue bond program has saved

our company tens of thousands of dollars while allowing us to purchase state-of-the-art equipment,” said Jay Kenehan, president of J.B. Kenehan. “We have gone from less than 20 employees in 2000 to nearly 100 today. We thank Gov. (Jim) Doyle and the Department of Commerce for working with us and helping ensure the process from application to allocation went smoothly.”

The industrial revenue bond program works in partnership with communities to strengthen their manufacturing base and promote and retain job creation and investment. The bonds are free of federal tax and are issued by local governments, and the proceeds are loaned to new or expanding businesses for development projects. For additional information about the program, contact John Stricker at (608) 261-7710.

North Shore Bank to build new branch in Sussex

North Shore Bank announced it will build a new full-service branch in the Village of Sussex at W249 N6600 Highway 164.

The 3,900-square-foot office will feature two drive-up lanes, safe deposit boxes, a drive-up ATM and commercial night depository. The new branch design also will incorporate new technological features, including biometrics, high-speed Internet access and electronic displays.

“Sussex is a growing community that continues to attract new businesses and residents, and now our customers in Sussex will have a convenient location at which to do their banking.  This new office will allow us to better meet the needs of our customers in this thriving area,” said Steve Steiner, senior vice president of retail banking for Brookfield-based North Shore Bank.

MSI General Corp. of Oconomowoc will design and build the new branch, which is expected to open in October.

North Shore Bank has assets of $1.9 billion and 43 offices throughout eastern Wisconsin.

Another new store will open in Third Ward

Juju Gifts, Accessories & Decor, a new home

decoration and gift store, will open in Milwaukee’s Third Ward in July.

Co-owners Wendy Pawlyshyn and Nicole Nikolic will open the store at 222 Erie St. The store will sell small gift items, jewelry, purses and accessories, Pawlyshyn said. The store also will sell small home decor items, she said.

The low-key store will be an affordably priced boutique, with a range of items not commonly available in the Milwaukee area, Pawlyshyn said.

“We’re there to be helpful,” she said. “We want to give customers breathing space to be inspired and make choices.”

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