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Selected headlines — 10/14 edition of The Business News

Keeping them flying

Oshkosh company converts vintage C-47s

by Amanda Lauer
alauer@thebusinessnewsonline.com

On June 6, 1944, “That’s All, Brother” led more than 800 C-47s in the main airborne invasion of Normandy. On June 6, 2019, thanks to the recovery and restoration efforts of Basler Turbo Conversions in Oshkosh, that historic airplane led 12 other vintage C-47s flying in formation over Normandy to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Basler Turbo Conversions is dedicated to converting C-47s, known in the private sector as DC-3s, to BT-67s, which landed on this year’s list of the Coolest Things Made in Wisconsin, a contest sponsored by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC). Out of 150 products nominated statewide, Basler’s BT-67 was among the final 16 as determined by online voting.

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Packaging the hunt

Easy Street Meats processes venison; has growing jerky business

by Annette Salm
asalm@thebusinessnewsonline.com

When it comes to processing venison, Pat Bouche, owner of Easy Street Meats, is one of the busiest wild game processors in Kewaunee County, and with hunting season in full swing, he’s about to be flooded with work. “We always cut 125 deer or more per year,” he said. “This year, I’m expecting 150 or more. If it’s an early hot season, I get more because people don’t want to process their own deer. It was 1994 when Bouche began his venison processing business at 4811 North County Road P, northeast of New Franken. “I worked construction all over the United States,” he said. “So, I wanted to get back into what I did since I was six years old with my dad, and that’s what I did.” Meat processing was a task that Bouche always found enjoyable, so it only seemed fitting to make it his business.

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People who make a difference

Davis strives to help others

by Nancy Barthel
nbarthel@thebusinessnewsonline.com

“Opportunity.” It’s a word Robyn Davis, president and CEO of Brown County United Way uses a lot. She became leader of Brown County United Way just over two years ago after eight years as president of Freedom House Ministries in Green Bay, which serves homeless families, guiding them to self-sufficiency. In September, Davis was honored twice for her contributions to the community. On Sept. 17 the Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice & Public Understanding at St. Norbert College in De Pere bestowed upon her the 2019 Ambassador of Peace Award which recognizes a person who demonstrates the qualities of a peacemaker in a consistent and outstanding manner. Read More

Growth Strategies

New addition is Gusmer Enterprises’ fourth since 2000

by Jean Peerenboom
jpeerenboom@thebusinessnewsonline.com

Gusmer Enterprises Inc. is growing — again. While that may pose some challenges for Vice President Chris Gusmer and his team in Waupaca, he thinks it is a good problem to have. “Growth is a better challenge to deal with than decline,” he said as he talked about his family’s business that manufactures and resells products to the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries, focusing on fermentation and filtration. At the Waupaca facility, Gusmer produces many lines and configurations of filters and some niche products. The current facility on Ware Street in Waupaca is 126,000 square feet and measures more than 1,000 feet from end to end, said Tom Christie, plant engineer. An addition will add manufacturing and warehouse space in addition to room for employee amenities, he said. Read More

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