Wisconsin Whey Protein Recipient of Small Business Award

May 19th, 2015 - By admin

Wisconsin Whey Protein was recognized by the Polk County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC) for its contributions to economic and community development in Polk County. The 2015 Small Business Award was presented by Steve Healy, Executive Director of Polk County Economic Development Corporation, during PCEDC’s Business Awards Luncheon at Trollhaugen Convention and Events Center May 12.

State Representative Adam Jarchow presented a Citation by the Legislature on behalf of the Polk County Legislators State Senator Shelia Harsdorf and State Representative Adam Jarchow. In addition Amy Resop, State Legislative Liaison, Office of US Senator Ron Johnson presented a letter of recognition acknowledging Wisconsin Whey Protein’s contributions to Polk County’s Economy. Dave Stordahl, Vice President Finance and Administration and Phil Bowe, Plant Manager accepted the award and recognitions on behalf of Wisconsin Whey Protein .

Wisconsin Whey Protein recently built a whey protein processing plant in Turtle Lake with operation of the plant starting in late 2012. The plant is located in the Industrial Park in Turtle Lake and utilizes whey from regional cheese plants to produce its product.

The company produces Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) with a protein content exceeding 80% (WPC-80). This fat-free, low lactose, agglomerated product has advantages of high solubility and easy digestibility, and it is designed for the requirements of numerous value-added food applications. The plant produces ultra pure whey protein products for use in infant formula, baby food, sport nutrition, health and wellness products and geriatric products.

  1. Kachadurian, founder, president and CEO of Wisconsin Whey Protein said, “Our products are to be sold and used both domestically and internationally. There is very high demand growth in the international market. We have been working with this industry for 15 years in Wisconsin and we are excited to bring this modern, proprietary and high-tech technology plant to Turtle Lake.”

In the past few years, whey proteins have gained extraordinary recognition for their health benefits and functional capabilities, and as a result have experienced tremendous growth in the food marketplace.

Demand for WPC-80 has expanded steadily over the past decade. In the period from 2000 to 2009, the world market is estimated to have grown from a base of 125 million pounds to 325 million pounds, representing an increase of 200 million pounds at a rate of 10% per year.

For more information about economic development in Polk County, contact Polk County Economic Development Corporation, 715-646-3369, info@polkcountyedc.com or visit www.polkcountyedc.com.

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L to R Amy Resop, Office of US Senator Ron Johnson, State Representative Adam Jarchow, Dave Stordahl, Vice President Finance and Administration, Phil Bowe, Plant Manager, and Steve Healy Executive Director, Polk County EDC.

KAPCO Metal Stamping Recipient of Large Business Award

May 19th, 2015 - By admin

KAPCO Metal Stamping (KAPCO) was recognized by the Polk County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC) for its contributions to economic and community development in Polk County. The 2015 Large Business Award was presented by Steve Healy, Executive Director of Polk County Economic Development Corporation, during PCEDC’s Business Awards Luncheon at Trollhaugen’s Convention and Event Center May 12, 2015.

State Representative Adam Jarchow presented a Citation by the Legislature on behalf of the Polk County Legislators State Senator Shelia Harsdorf and State Representative Adam Jarchow. In addition Amy Resop, State Legislative Liaison, Office of US Senator Ron Johnson presented a letter of recognition acknowledging KAPCO’s contributions to Polk County’s Economy. Paul Pueschner, Operations Manager and John Steger, Vice President of Manufacturing accepted the award and recognitions on behalf of KAPCO of Osceola.

  • For more than 40 years KAPCO has been family owned and has provided quality metal parts for the country’s top companies. These companies trust KAPCO to manufacture parts with precision and efficiency, delivering them on time and within budget.
  • KAPCO is recognized as an industry leader in the metal stamping and fabrication industry.
  • KAPCO was founded by the late Tom Kacmarcik, Sr. at a facility in Grafton, WI. The first employee was his wife, Josephine.
  • In 1985, brothers Tom Kacmarcik Jr. and Jim Kacmarcik joined the management team assisting, their father with the running of the company.
  • As KAPCO grew, the need to find additional space became more evident and it was decided to build a new facility while continuing to run the original plant.
  • In 1999 KAPCO opened its current headquarters on Badger Circle in Grafton.
  • Since that time KAPCO has added two facilities in West Bend, Wisconsin, along with two more buildings in Grafton.  In 2011, KAPCO decided to venture for the first time out of Southeastern Wisconsin and took over some of the Polaris Industries plant in Osceola.  KAPCO was honored to provide meaningful employment to dozens of hard working citizens of Polk County.
  • Since moving into space used by Polaris Industries in March 2011, KAPCO has grown the number of jobs from 50 to 114, today with plans to add more.
  • KAPCO is honored to serve as a supporter of a number of Osceola area events, including the Osceola Big Give, Wheels and Wings, and other community endeavors.
  • KAPCO plans on growing its overall workforce in the next three years.
  • Through KAPCO’s community efforts and growth this past year the company has impacted over 1 million people.
  • Over the years the KAPCO workforce has grown from a husband and wife team to more than 400 employees within the various family of companies and KAPCO is proud to call Wisconsin its home.

For more information about economic development in Polk County, contact Polk County Economic Development Corporation, 715-646-3369, info@polkcountyedc.com or visit www.polkcountyedc.com.

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L to R Amy Resop, Office of US Senator Ron Johnson, State Representative Adam Jarchow, Paul Pueschner, Operations Manager, John Steger, Vice President of Manufacturing, and Steve Healy Executive Director, Polk County EDC.

Sue Matthews, Retired Director of the Polk County Information Center Recipient of Business Service Award

May 19th, 2015 - By admin

Sue Matthews, retired director of the Polk County Information Center, was recognized by the Polk County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC) for her contributions to economic and community development in Polk County. The 2015 Business Service Award was presented by Steve Healy, Executive Director of Polk County Economic Development Corporation, during PCEDC’s Business Awards Luncheon at Trollhaugen’s Convention and Event Center May 12.

State Representative Adam Jarchow presented a Citation by the Legislature on behalf of the Polk County Legislators State Senator Shelia Harsdorf and State Representative Adam Jarchow. In addition Amy Resop, State Legislative Liaison, Office of US Senator Ron Johnson presented a letter of recognition acknowledging Matthew’s contributions to Polk County’s Economy. Sue Matthews accepted the award and recognitions.

Matthews served as director of the Polk County Information Center for the past 21 years.  The Polk County Information Center is located at the intersection of US HWY 8 and STH 35 in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.  Matthews has been a great advocate and partner for the Polk County Economic Development Corporation.  She coordinated dozens of county tourism guides, brochures, interviews and other media related projects that benefitted from her “insider” expertise.

Matthews has coordinated dozens, if not hundreds of tours, family reunions and club events, from Airstream camper groups to almost every car club possible, as well as snowmobile and motorcycle clubs.

Matthews was instrumental in bringing no less than three Governor’s Fishing Openers to Polk County, and with the, many governors and elected officials, as well as celebrities and people of note.

Sue Matthews retired from a very distinguished career at the end of March 2015.

For more information about economic development in Polk County, contact Polk County Economic Development Corporation, 715-646-3369, info@polkcountyedc.com or visit www.polkcountyedc.com.

Sue Matthews

L to R Amy Resop, Office of US Senator Ron Johnson, State Representative Adam Jarchow, William Johnson, Chairman, Polk County Board of Supervisors, Larry Jepsen, Polk County Board of Supervisors, and Steve Healy Executive Director, Polk County EDC.

First National Community Bank family grew to 4 branches with the acquisition of the Frandsen Bank in Dresser

November 26th, 2014 - By admin

 For nearly 100 years, First National Community Bank has been a common name and a pillar in the New Richmond area. With each year that has passed, the bank has continued to grow under the leadership and commitment of the Soderberg family. This past summer, John Soderberg celebrated 50 years with the bank and continues his family’s legacy of leadership and dedication to the greater New Richmond area with bank branches throughout St. Croix County including Hudson and Somerset.

In October of 2014, the First National Community Bank family grew to 4 branches with the acquisition of the Frandsen Bank in Dresser, Wisconsin, just 4 miles north of Osceola. This acquisition grew the Community minded bank to approximately 70 employees overall. Thomas Mews, President of First National Community Bank stated, “We are excited to be able to expand our community bank presence.

The Dresser location brings added convenience to our customer base which is primarily St. Croix, Polk and Pierce Counties. In addition, bank customers will continue to be served by the existing staff they have come to trust, along with the addition of Jennifer Suit as the Branch Manager in Dresser. Jennifer has been a valued employee of First National Community Bank for nearly ten years and will continue to offer the service and commitment that our customers are accustomed to and deserve.”

In closing, Mews shared, “This is the first acquisition the bank has undergone and is a testament to the commitment to grow and sustain our community owned and operated bank…while we are increasing the asset base for the bank, our greatest assets are our employees. Without a strong team, we would not have been able to even consider this!”

Over the years, the bank has worked with hundreds of organizations raising awareness for a variety of causes. Currently, FNCB is collecting new hats, mittens and scarves for its’ annual “Mitten Drive“, along with an annual food drive to benefit St. Croix and Polk Counties. Donations for both the food drive and the mitten drive can be delivered to any of the four FNCB locations.

We are also thrilled to be working hand-in-hand with the New Richmond Area Centre this holiday season for Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 20th, 2014. The event is sponsored by FNCB in partnership with the Centre as another opportunity to bring the New Richmond community together. Children will be able to have their picture taken with Santa and a FREE pancake breakfast can be enjoyed by the whole family!

First National Community Bank and their staff also looks forward to being a sponsor for the Christmas Tour of Homes in Hudson, the Light Up Osceola holiday event, the annual Holiday Business After 5 on December 18th, New Richmond Chamber Coffee on December 12th, and more!

YOU’RE INVITED! Polk County Advisory Group Meeting

November 26th, 2014 - By admin

As a follow up to an initial meeting held at the June 2014 Facilitating the Future Preconference, we are piloting the first County-wide Advisory group in Polk County! Polk County high schools and manufacturers are invited to come together to identify needs, partnership opportunities and begin to identify manufacturing-related career pathways for our local students. We hope you can join us!

Hosts: WITC, CESA 11 and Polk County Economic Development Corporation

State Launches Ad Campaign to Promote Wisconsin’s Business Climate and Innovation Advances

November 26th, 2014 - By admin

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The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has launched an aggressive marketing campaign that features radio ads in the Chicago and Minneapolis markets aimed at showcasing Wisconsin as the ideal place for businesses to grow and succeed.

The multifaceted marketing plan also includes print and online elements that promote the state’s positive business climate and workforce, and position Wisconsin as a premier location for business leaders considering starting, expanding or relocating their companies.

In addition, the $1.58 million plan includes an online campaign promoting the state’s innovation strengths to entrepreneurs and investors.
“This campaign is strategically designed to reach different audiences in different ways with the same theme: Wisconsin is a great place for companies to do business,” said Reed Hall, secretary and CEO of WEDC, the state’s lead economic development organization. “Whether it is online, on the air or in print, we are getting the word out about Wisconsin’s strong business climate, skilled workforce and dependable business infrastructure.

The new WEDC ads can be viewed online at

inwisconsin.com/marketing

River Falls Career Services Spring Career Fair.

November 26th, 2014 - By admin

 The University of Wisconsin – River Falls Career Services cordially invites you to the inaugural Spring Career Fair.

Event Benefits:

  • Market your company
  • Network with faculty and students from 48 majors of study
  • Recruit highly-qualified students for internships and full-time positions

Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 10am – 3pm

At the University Center

Register Here

Registration Now for the 8th Annual Governor’s Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit

November 26th, 2014 - By admin

Registration is now open for the eighth annual Governor’s Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit, December 4-5 in Minocqua.

The annual summit provides an opportunity to address the unique challenges and opportunities of Northern Wisconsin’s economy through a forum with the Governor’s cabinet, keynote speakers and a series of workshops. This year’s agenda includes information on workforce development, technology, and regulatory reform.

This event will be at The Waters of Minocqua. Registration for the two-day event is $75 through December 13 and $85 for on-site registration. Agenda and detailed information can be found at www.northwoodssummit.com

WEDC – Idle Sites Grant Application Deadline: November 21, 2014

November 3rd, 2014 - By admin

The Idle Sites Program is accepting applications through a competitive process with an application deadline of Friday, November 21, 2014.

Grant up to $500,000 or $1,000,000 –  with a 70% Match

  • $1,000,000 for sites 10 acres or greater
  •  $500,000 for sites between 5 and 10 acres

The Idle Sites Program is intended to stimulate investment and job creation in idle, abandoned and underutilized sites which have been abandoned for at least 5 years and due to scale and complexity cannot be redeveloped solely by the private sector. A local unit of government or tribal entity must be the applicant and awards are limited to 30% of eligible project costs.

For more information click here.

Unemployment Fund Reaches Solvency, Reducing Employment Taxes

November 3rd, 2014 - By admin

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development recently reported that the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund deficit has been eliminated after reaching a $1.4 billion deficit in January of 2011. The elimination of this debt is due to reforms enacted to the state’s unemployment insurance program and an increase in statewide economic output that has seen a reduction in unemployment.

The elimination of the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund deficit will result in a reduction in taxes for small business owners and employers throughout Wisconsin. The positive balance of the fund is expected to reduce Unemployment Insurance Tax from 1.5% to 0.6% of wages up to $7,000, saving a typical small business more than $2,500 in taxes for 2014. For more information on this and other news from the Department of Workforce Development, please visit their website or visit them on Facebook.