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Selected headlines — 01/06 edition of The Business News

JDog targets junk

Service is owned, operated by veterans, military families

by Amanda Lauer
alauer@thebusinessnewsonline.com

Leah Helms has a professional background in the medical field, having worked as a pharmacy tech, a vet tech and a CNA. While running an animal shelter, which at the time was her dream job, she was approached with the opportunity to oversee the Fox Valley branch of JDog Junk Removal & Hauling that opened in Kaukauna in July of 2018. “Junk removal didn’t sound appealing at all,” she said. Helms was assured it was more than just junk removal, and after accepting the position, she came to realize how true that was. “I didn’t realize that JDog Junk Removal did so much within our community.”  JDog Junk Removal & Hauling is American-owned and veteran-operated. It bills itself as a professional full-service junk removal and cleanout business built on the core military values of respect, integrity and trust. Their services include residential and commercial junk removal, small deliveries and light hauling, labor services, estate cleanouts, donation transport, metal, cardboard and paper recycling, and government and federal services. The Kaukauna location, at 600 E. Hyland Ave., is one of 200 franchises nationwide and one of three sites in Wisconsin. Read More

Parts take shape at Mid-States

Fond du Lac company offers customized manufacturing services

by Brian Neuberger
bneuberger@thebusinessnewsonline.com

The answer came swiftly and without hesitation. When asked how to best describe the process in which the company he has presided over since April 2016, Mid-States Aluminum Corporation, brings life to custom products for its clientele, Jim Spannbauer likened the creation process akin to that of an item which has captivated children and adults alike for more than six decades. “We are an aluminum extrusion company,” said Spannbauer, the organization’s president and CEO, “and I like to use the analogy that the process is like that of a Play-Doh maker where you put in an aluminum part and under high pressure we push it through a die and, from there, it comes up with different shapes.” Like the shape-changing Play-Doh modeling compound originally founded by Noah McVicker in the mid-50s, Mid-States Aluminum allows its customers options that are only limited, seemingly, by one’s imagination.

 
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People who make a difference

Helping others is important to Wilfert

by Nancy Barthel
nbarthel@thebusinessnewsonline.com

You could say that Kelly Wilfert’s car practically knows the way home to Two Rivers — traveling the same route as her heart. The Two Rivers native attends law school at the Wisconsin Law School in Madison where she also earned her undergraduate degree, but that hasn’t stopped her from continuing to make her mark in the Manitowoc-Two Rivers community she calls home. Wilfert, who is a law student, law clerk with Investors Community Bank during summer and incoming attorney/bank counsel for the bank upon her graduation in May, grew up alongside the vegetables for which her family is known at Wilfert Farms. She learned a lot about collaboration, hard work, being a team player and other skillsets as a “former farm kid” and from her work at the Wilfert Farms Fresh Market on the family’s 700-acre homestead. She said it was there she honed skills she now uses in both her volunteer activities and in pursuing her law degree. Read More

Growth Strategies

Curved window casings are Cool

by Jean Peerenboom
peerenboom@thebusinessnewsonline.com

When Pat Heckner and Joe Hanson talk about Elipticon Wood Products, they talk more about their team than their products. The two are newly appointed co-presidents of the employee-owned business in Little Chute. The team of 38 employees manufacture straight, curved, and custom architectural millwork. The company’s radius (curved) window casing was nominated as one of the Coolest Things Made in Wisconsin in 2019. It was one of 160 nominees in the contest sponsored by the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and Johnson Financial Group. Elipticon’s half-round window casing is one of the products used to adorn a variety of window shapes. Both Heckner and Hanson credit the company’s culture that emphasizes inclusion and collaboration for keeping this home-grown, employee-owned business competitive and growing. “What keeps me here is the great people,” Hanson said.

 
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