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‘Big toys’ keep runways safe

M-B Companies makes massive trucks for airport plowing

by Nick Lauer
nlauer@thebusinessnewsonline.com

Vehicles of all kinds have a special appeal to little kids. In most cases, the bigger the truck, the better. M-B Companies, which has four locations, including one in Chilton and New Holstein, takes advantage of this fascination to capture the fancy of grown-up kids. “It’s big toys for big boys and big girls,” said Jochen Schneider, North America CEO of M-B Companies’ parent company Aebi Schmidt Holding Group. The big toys produced by M-B Companies in Chilton are massive trucks used for clearing airport runways of snow and other forms of winter precipitation. “Planes in the air and snow on the runway don’t fit together nicely,” Schneider said. “They have a special time to clean the runway. That’s why they have these huge dimensions in order to get it done in the short period of time that’s defined by the regulations of air traffic.”

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Grateful for 100 years

Paper Converting president says company ‘always wants to do more’

by Alysha Schertz
aschertz@thebusinessnewsonline.com

For 100 years, Ashwaubenon-based Paper Converting Machine Company has manufactured and serviced the machines that drive the paper industry all over the world. Founded in 1919 as Bay City Machine Company, PCMC has continued to evolve to not only meet the needs of its customers, but also its own people. “Throughout our recent history, we’ve always tried to do business by always being grateful, but never being satisfied,” said Steve Kemp, president of PCMC. “We always want to do more. We care about the success of our customers, and the success of our people.” Kemp started with PCMC 40 years ago, rising up through the ranks to become president in 2011. In the late 1970s, the company stood alone as a very strong, very unique, U.S. manufacturer, Kemp said.Read More

People who make a difference

Mossakowski says giving back is ‘fulfilling’

by Nancy Barthel
nbarthel@thebusinessnewsonline.com

Hanging in the lobby of Laura Mossakowski LLC, Financial Planning for Women and Their Families, 2555 Continental Court, Green Bay, is a framed description of all the charitable organizations she and her employees have had an impact on in the past year. Nineteen are listed. “Altruism is huge to my heart and I don’t know how people can live without it. I think it’s fulfilling. I think we all have to give back,” she said. Since arriving here in Green Bay as a toddler with her mother and three siblings, Mossakowski has known personally what a charitable community this can be. Today, she is president of the board of Encompass Early Education and Care, which at its seven area locations supports working families in need of high-quality child care.Read More

Growth Strategies

Former plumber now owns three businesses

by Amanda Lauer
alauer@thebusinessnewsonline.com

Who would think that playing pool with your dad as a teenager would be the roots of a successful career? That’s how it worked for Kendal Koch. He grew up playing pool at The Magnet Billiards & Bar, 519 N. Main St., Oshkosh, which opened in 1940 as The Palladium. When the owner of 40 years wanted to retire in 2009, Koch, who had worked as a plumber in his family’s business for 12 years, bought the business. The Magnet wasn’t exactly family-friendly when Koch took over, but he changed that by adding a kitchen and food menu. That change plus the addition of a billiards pro shop increased sales substantially. “We turned it around,” Koch said. “It does well, it takes care of itself. My manager runs the whole thing for me there and does an amazing job.”Read More

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