Wisconsin State Fair

The Wisconsin State Fair was named “2015 Fair of the Year” at the 45th Annual International Entertainment Buyers Association Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

This was the first time the Wisconsin State Fair had been nominated.

The top attended concerts held at the Main Stage, presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, during the 2015 fair included Boston, Jason Derulo, Lee Brice with Chris Young and Casting Crowns. The fair also featured Nik Wallenda, “King of the High Wire,” who completed his longest walk ever high above the Milwaukee Mile Speedway.

The 2015 Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, took place from Aug. 6 to 16, and welcomed 1,033,053 visitors. The 2016 event is scheduled for Aug. 4 to 14.

Fitness Revolution Brookfield

Fitness Revolution Brookfield received a “Best of 2015” award from, a nationwide online service that helps consumers find professional service providers and post reviews about their experiences.

Fitness Revolution Brookfield received 11 five-star reviews in four months on, leading to the “Best of 2015” recognition. “Personal trainers” is among hundreds of site categories covering home, personal and business services.

“We are extremely honored by this recognition from, but most of all thrilled because it’s based entirely on reviews from our clients,” said owner Jeremy Belter. “Our approach to fitness has always been a partnership. It’s a simple formula: Our clients’ success is our success.”

Titan Spine

Titan Spine LLC, a medical device surface technology company based in Mequon, was recognized as a winner of Orthopedics This Week’s 2015 Spine Technology Awards in the biomaterials and biologics category. Furthermore, Titan Spine’s nanoLOCK surface technology, the only FDA-cleared nanotechnology for the spine, scored highest of all products submitted.

The nanoLOCK surface technology was awarded the Spine Technology Award as it met several criteria, including creativity and innovation; long-term significance to the problem of treating spinal diseases; providing a solution to a current clinical problem; potential to improve the standard of care; cost-effectiveness; and consumer attractiveness. These criteria are then adjudicated by a panel of spine surgeons from around the country.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. received two Excellence in Economic Development Awards from the International Economic Development Council—one for Sustainable and Green Development and the other for a Special Purpose Website.

The awards were announced at a ceremony on Oct. 6 during the 2015 IEDC Annual Conference in Anchorage, Alaska.

Entrants were categorized by population, with WEDC earning honors in the “greater than 500,000” category.

WEDC shares its Silver Award for Sustainable and Green Development with the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership for the Wisconsin Profitable Sustainability Initiative, a program that helps small and mid-size manufacturers achieve a range of economic, social and environmental benefits through the implementation of sustainable business practices.

WEDC’s Bronze Award in the category of Special Purpose Website recognized the website, which is dedicated to raising awareness of—and interest in—Wisconsin’s culture of innovation and the new solutions that entrepreneurs in the state are developing to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

SC Johnson

Racine-based SC Johnson was awarded a 2015 Wright Spirit Award on Oct. 3 by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.

The manufacturer of household cleaning and other products was selected for its commitment to preserving its signature Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings, including the restoration and opening to the public of its Research Tower, as well as its continued commitment to creating important architectural works.

The first building that Wright designed for the Johnson company was the Administration Building, which opened in 1939, followed by the Research Tower, which opened in 1950.

The Administration Building is the only Wright-designed office space still in use today.

St. Ann Center

St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care will provide dental care services in a clinic at its new facility – currently under construction – with a $150,000 grant from Delta Dental of Wisconsin.

The nonprofit organization, which delivers health and educational services for children, adults, the elderly and individuals with disabilities, could also secure another $50,000 from Delta Dental of Wisconsin if it is able to match donations.

Funds stem from Delta Dental of Wisconsin’s Charitable Fund.

St. Ann Center’s new facility, located at North 25th Street and West North Avenue in Milwaukee, will likely open early next year.


Wixon Inc., a St. Francis-based manufacturer of seasonings, flavors and technologies for the food and beverage industry, donated more than $22,000 of proceeds from the organization’s annual golf tournament to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin.

Wixon has donated more than $145,000 to Make-A-Wish over the past 14 years. The remainder of the proceeds from this record-setting golf event, held July 18, will be distributed among locally-based charities supporting families in the St. Francis area.

Rogers Memorial Hospital

Oconomowoc-based Rogers Memorial Hospital recently held a ceremony to dedicate the Charles E. Kubly FOCUS Center, renaming the facility that houses the FOCUS residential treatment program.

The facility, undergoing final renovations, will expand capacity up to 33 residents. FOCUS began in 2014 as an intensive residential program for young adults ages 18 to 30 with depression and mood disorders who are having difficulty transitioning into adulthood. With this expansion, Rogers will move toward adding a track for adults over 30.

The Kubly gift will also support the building of a new transitional living facility, which will provide FOCUS residents with a step-down treatment option in which residents return to school or work while under the supervision of a therapeutic team. The donation will also contribute toward research for a computer-based treatment tool for depression.

Winter Services Inc.

Winter Services Inc., a West Allis-based commercial snow and ice management company, is a recipient of the 2015 Snow and Ice Management Association Safety Award.

SIMA uses the annual Safety Award to recognize companies that promote safe and effective snow and ice management procedures. One of 23 recipients, Winter Services consistently maintained exceptional safety standards to help protect its employees, clients and the public during the most recent snow season.

This is the fourth consecutive year the company has won the award.

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