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Selected headlines — 8/19 edition of The Business News

Key player for other businesses

Services Plus helps customers ‘do what they can’t’

by Amanda Lauer

Small jobs for large paper-converting and manufacturing companies are large jobs for small converters and manufacturers such as Services Plus. “We help our customers do what they can’t, that’s our value,” President Tad Campana said. Services Plus, 1001 Discovery Road in Green Bay, was founded in 1984 by Marvin Schumacher. In the mid-1990s, his sons Tom and Mike bought it from him. That pair retired in 2015, at which time Campana stepped in as minority owner with Tom Schumacher staying involved as the majority owner and chairman of the board. The original focus of the company was to fill a need in the packaging field — repackaging goods from large quantities to smaller quantities to accommodate the demands of club stores which were just coming onto the scene at that time, such as Sam’s Club, Costco and BJ’s Wholesale club which is popular in the southern part of the U.S.

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Having a positive impact

HuTerra’s consumer-driven fundraising programs help others

by Amanda Lauer

Fund-raising seems to be part of life for nonprofits and their supporters. As the father of five children who grew up taking part in extra-curricular activities, Al Zeise, CEO and co-owner of HuTerra in Ashwaubenon, knows that first hand. HuTerra was created to simplify the process of raising money for deserving organizations. Zeise is a lifetime resident of Green Bay and earned an associate’s degree in data technology from NWTC. “I started out as a programmer, and worked for a couple of companies early on, including Prange’s for almost 15 years.” In 1994, he started an IT consulting and software development company called Zyquest. Through the years, Zeise started numerous other companies, but the impetus for starting HuTerra (Hu = human and Terra = earth) in 2012, was to assist nonprofits and those who were tasked with helping raise money for them. Read More

People who make a difference

Frain strives to get defibrillators in schools, other facilities

by Nancy Barthel

Chiropractor Susan Frain, who along with her husband Patrick, owns Frain Family Chiropractic Wellness Center at 858 Hansen Road in Ashwaubenon, was sure she was going to become an ER doctor one day. Her plan was Harvard Medical School. What she learned during those pre-med years prepared her to act one winter evening when their then 3-year-old daughter’s heart stopped beating without warning. Today, she said, it is her “passion” to make sure others have the tools they need to save a life when the unexpected happens and a heart stops beating. As a pre-med student at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill., Frain was determined to gain hands-on ER experience. So, during her freshman year she became certified as an emergency medical technician (EMT), which gave her the opportunity to work with ER doctors at two hospitals. Read More

Growth Strategies

Generac’s business is built on providing standby power

by Amanda Lauer

It’s an interesting business to be a part of where you manufacture a product that the majority of your customers hope they’ll never actually use. That’s the case for Generac, a 60-year-old Wisconsin-based generator manufacturer that distributes its products around the world. Dean Zastrow is the director of operations at Generac’s Oshkosh production facility and talked about the scope of their business. “Generac started out as a small generator manufacturer, we developed our own engine line that supplied those generators and evolved from there,” he said. “We have five facilities in Wisconsin. Waukesha is our research facility and corporate headquarters. We have eleven or so Generac plants outside of the U.S.” Read More

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