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Hand-crafted Defense

Oshkosh manufacturer produces precision-built 1911

by Nick Lauer
nlauer@thebusinessnewsonline.com

Tucked inside of the confines of Marvel Manufacturing in Oshkosh is a business that is adept at hitting targets — both in a literal and figurative sense. That business is Roberts Defense, which is the proud manufacturer of the 1911 pistol. Unlike many gun manufacturers, Roberts Defense focuses all its efforts on manufacturing one type of gun in order to make sure it’s the best product possible. “Most of the 1911s are still mass-produced. They come off assembly lines. Ours here are still bench-built. It was built on a bench by a single gunsmith. Everything is hand-fitted and melded together by one single guy. It’s a very, very precision-built thing tuned by one guy,” said Tom Skoglind, Roberts Defense national sales manager. It’s this hand-craftsmanship that separates the 1911 made by Roberts Defense from other companies. What that means for the consumer is enhanced gun performance. “Better fit and finish, better accuracy, better function. They’re just really, really nicely put together guns,” noted Skoglind.Read More

Wisco Chips used to say thank you

Program a way for Stillmank Brewing to collaborate with others

by Alysha Schertz
aschertz@thebusinessnewsonline.com

Green Bay-based Stillmank Brewing Company burst onto the Green Bay craft brew scene almost 8 years ago. Brad Stillmank began brewing the company’s flagship brand, Wisco Disco, in Milwaukee and had the product shipped back to the area. Today, Stillmank is thriving. In an effort to reach more customers, the company recently released new 12-ounce six packs of its Wisco Disco beer and is in the process of transitioning its other flagship brands to 12-ounce cans as well. In 2014, the company purchased and renovated a 14,000- square-foot warehouse on Green Bay’s east side that previously was owned by Builders Supply on Green Bay’s east side. The company has added three additional year-round core brand brews to its flagship Wisco Disco and brews anywhere from 20 to 25 brews a year in the form of specialty brews and one-off batches, Stillmank said.Read More

People who make a difference

Olson is a neighbor ‘helping neighbors’

Laurie Olson knew growing up on the east side of Green Bay that this is where she wanted to raise a family of her own one day, and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay graduate has done just that, perpetuating what she sees simply as “neighbors helping neighbors.” Olson, vice president-senior business banking officer at Investors Community Bank in Green Bay, now calls Ledgeview home, but her community involvement with CASA of Brown County, CP and Neighborworks Green Bay takes her throughout the city — and beyond. Her involvement with CP dates far enough back that Olson jokes she’s a “lifer” with the organization; she estimates a solid 14 or 15 years. She has served in many roles including president, secretary, treasurer, and currently, board and finance committee member. Olson’s involvement was prompted by a family friend and neighbor who used CP’s services.Read More

Growth Strategies

Custom Offsets adds personality to vehicles

by Nick Lauer
nlauer@thebusinessnewsonline.com

For car and truck enthusiasts, nothing beats the feeling of customizing their ride to help express their individuality. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by adding a set of custom wheels to the vehicle — that’s where Custom Offsets in Appleton, rolls in. Owner Shawn Chartier has had an interest in this field ever since he was old enough to drive. “I’ve been obsessed with custom wheels my entire life,” he said. “I’ve always put them on my vehicles. I could never leave a vehicle alone. I’ve had 50 some vehicles now. (In high school and college) I would have a $500 pickup truck and put $2,000 worth of wheels on it.” While this has always been a passion for Chartier his career path started in a different field. “My undergrad is in industrial management, and then I’ve got a master’s in lean engineering management,” he said. “So, I’m all about process improvement and lean management, lean leadership. I was doing that at Oshkosh Corp. and then was approached by Theda Care about their whole lean effort and how they wanted to do a lot of lean improvement stuff.”Read More

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