Mergers & acquisitions

The Sheboygan accounting firms of VanDerJact Williamson, LLP, and Martin C. Stepzinski CPA, S.C., have merged with Clifton Gunderson. Clifton Gunderson’s offices serving eastern Wisconsin comprise what will become known as its Eastern Wisconsin Client Service Center, formerly known as the Fox Valley Client Service Center. It is based at 100 Park Plaza in Oshkosh. Its offices now include Oshkosh, Green Bay, Sheboygan, Plymouth and Port Washington. The firm now has 17 offices in Wisconsin. The former VanDerJact Williamson firm was founded in 1959. Gary Williamson has joined Clifton Gunderson as a member. In total, 21 persons from VanDerJact Williamson have joined Clifton Gunderson. The Martin C. Stepzinski firm was founded in 1983. Four professionals and staff from the firm have joined Clifton Gunderson, with Stepzinski becoming a member. They will be moving their practice to 708 Erie Ave. to join with former VanDerJact Williamson staff at that location.
Rocore Industries of Franklin has acquired the manufacturing assets of Modine Aftermarket Holdings’ Dallas-based radiator core manufacturing operation. The new facility will be operated as Rocore Southwest. Rocore Southwest will continue to offer the radiator core products currently made at the Dallas location as well as its OEM-configured construction, truck and industrial cores as manufactured at its Franklin plant. Modine Aftermarket Holdings will operate its Dallas-based distribution from a new location in Dallas. Modine will distribute the Rocore radiator core product line to radiator shops in the Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana markets.
The T.E. Brennan Co. of Milwaukee has acquired the Glendale-based risk management and property and casualty consulting firm of Brock McQuide Consultants. The firm’s staff has joined T.E. Brennan on Milwaukee’s East Side, and the Glendale office has been closed. Mark McQuide has become a Brennan consultant.
Libby Wick and Mark Metcalf have purchased Kelley’s on Donges Bay Road in Mequon. They have renovated the facility and renamed it Libby Montana Bar & Grill. The restaurant will feature a variety of regional American foods. The original bar is being restored. The small banquet room, the new room, will be geared toward families and children, with toys and books and nature videos on the television. The Volleydome will also be updated, and will continue to be available for volleyball leagues. Wick, a Milwaukee native, had managed Major Goolsby’s and the Stackner Cabaret. Upon marrying Metcalf, a New York actor, she moved to Manhattan and worked for the Ark Restaurant Corp. The couple relocated to Los Angeles in 1994, and she became the general manager for the food and beverage operations of the production lot of Universal Studios. Metcalf, a St. Louis native, has appeared in Animal House and Oscar, and has made appearances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and as the maestro on Seinfeld. He also produced the feature film Chilly Scenes of Winter. They returned to the Midwest to raise their son Julius. The restaurant’s chef, Ryan Whitman, is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in South Carolina and has worked at Club Forest and Spago in Chicago. Most recently, he was at North Shore Bistro in Fox Point and The Knick downtown.
Amato Automotive Group of Milwaukee has acquired Nodell Cadillac-Oldsmobile at 5200 N. Port Washington Rd., Glendale. The dealership is now known as Amato Cadillac-Oldsmobile. The organization also operates John Amato Ford in Mukwonago and John Amato Oldsmobile-Mazda in Milwaukee.

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