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  1. 1. Confidence of CEOs in region up slightly By David Wegge, PhD CEOs in Northeastern Wisconsin are slightly more confident today than they were at the end of last year according to the latest Nicolet Bank Business Pulse. While CEOs indicate the last three months have been some of their most challenging in years, they are more optimistic today. Today, The Nicolet Bank Business Pulse Index stands at 93.8 — up slightly from 91.7 at the end of 2007. While the Index remains below its 100-point baseline, the good news is that CEOs seem to say they’re more optimistic today. The Current Conditions Index is down to 83 — nearly four points from its previous all-time low at the end of Quarter 4, 2007 — but The Future Expectations Index improved slightly to 104.5 from 96.6 at the end of Quarter 4, 2007. The Business Pulse measures current economic conditions compared to three months ago, as well as expectations of CEOs over the next See CEOs, PAGE 13 The Pulse of Area BusinessSeventy percent, though, believe recession is possible this year By Betty Wall Dale Youngquist says the Neenah Rotary Foundation golf outing just keeps getting bigger and better. “Dollars Fore Scholars” now includes golf, dinner, and an auction, with proceeds going toward scholarships. The event, set for this Thursday, May 29 at Ridgeway Country Club, is open to the public. To register, call Dana Kohlmeyer at (920) 720-0649. Youngquist, a manager in the Appleton office of Schenck Business Solutions, is past president of the Neenah Rotary Club, and serves on the Club’s board as well as its Foundation board. The Neenah Rotary Foundation gives out scholarships, primarily to Neenah High School and St. Mary’s High School. He said they also support a program called STRIVE at Neenah High School that helps under-achieving students. Rotary’s largest fund raiser is Seafood Fest, held each September in partnership with the Menasha Rotary. This year’s event is scheduled for September 5-6 at Jefferson Park in Menasha. Youngquist volunteers every year at Seafood Fest, and also participates in another Rotary fund raiser As a volunteer, he’s at the ‘fore’ front See Youngquist, PAGE 4 Youngquist helps raise funds for scholarships, children’s charities People who make a difference �Dale Youngquist, manager Schenck Business Solutions, Appleton Wearing his Quarry Quest shirt, Dale Youngquist sits in a piece of earth-moving equipment similar to some used for Quarry Quest where kids and their families can actually take the controls of a crane or backhoe and learn about working at a quarry. The annual fund raiser also allows them to participate in other activities such as dig for fools gold, learn about geology, and make sand sculptures or a concrete cake. The Business News photo by Amanda Lauer May 26, 2008 THE BUSINESS NEWS 3 In This Issue 6 Technology 8 Hal Becker 10 Finance 12 Healthcare 14 Manufacturing 16 Real Estate 19 The List 23 Growth Strategies 25 People 26 For the Record 27 Stock Trends 30 Classifieds 32 Commentary 33 Opinion In every issue THE BUSINESS NEWS is published 26 times per year (every-other-Monday) by The Business News, Inc., P.O. Box 1325, Green Bay, WI, 54305. Telephone: (920) 884-NEWS (6397). Fax: (920)884-6172.Website: The Business News serves the Wisconsin counties of Brown, Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, & Winnebago. Cover price: $1.00. Subscription rates: $18.00 for one year (26 issues), $32.00 for two years (52 issues), $43.00 for three years (78 issues). U.S. Postage paid Permit No. 620. Contents of this, or any other publication produced and distributed by The Business News, Inc., may not be copied, reproduced, or re-transmitted without the expressed written consent of the Publisher. The publication of advertisements or product information does not constitute the endorsement of any company, product, or service by The Business News, Inc. © 2008 The Business News, Inc. 14 A division of Hoffmaster Group in Appleton will close its Appleton plant as part of a consolidation plan. 16 Expansion of a Kaukauna business may create up to 50 jobs. 18 Integrys Energy Group CEO Larry Weyers says the bar must be raised when developing leaders. 23 Started as a part-time business in the early 1970s, Arn’s Cabinets turned into a family business that spans three generations. C A P I TA L I D E A S Q: Sam’s truck hauls 8 tons. Billy’s truck hauls 12 tons. How much more does Billy’s truck haul than Sam’s? A: 336 tons Banking. We take it personally. 920.430.1400 Billy drove his truck straight to Nicolet National Bank. And with the help of his business banking partner, he obtained the financing needed to purchase an entire fleet. After seven years of working out of her home and taking primarily wedding photos, an area photographer opened a studio in Olde School Square in Ledgeview. Story on Page 5. The Business News northeast Programs: Quark Xpress InDesign Photoshop By Betty Wall In anticipation of labor shortages in the near future, DeLeers Construction is now selling pre- engineered housing through a separate division called Ambient Homes. Pre-engineered houses are constructed in small components in a controlled factory setting, and then shipped to the home site, where DeLeers stick-built home crews set and finish the homes. Ambient Homes is five miles south of Sturgeon Bay on Hwy 42/57, where it has sales offices and five homes on display. DeLeers Construction is at 1735 Sal Street in Green Bay. The third generation company was started by brothers Jake and Norbert DeLeers in 1945. Paul DeLeers, business development director for DeLeers Construction, said he first began looking at the pre-engineered concept while Youngquist is at the ‘fore’ front as a fund raiser Youngquist By Betty Wall bwall@the You might say Paul Linzmeyer is a business activist. The Green Bay businessman takes an innovative approach to business and started Innovation for Sustainable Operations Inc. (ISO) with partner Steve Dunn, a professor at UW-Oshkosh. Their “Grean” concept applies lean business principals to environmental, social and economic strategies to help companies secure a sustainable corporate future. “It’s no longer business as usual. We not only have to look at sustainability for the corporation but for the community as a whole,” said Linzmeyer. “I like to say that profits to a business are like oxygen to an organism.You need oxygen to survive but it is not your core purpose,” Linzmeyer said. “A company has no value if the environment fails or if society fails. So, we all need to be part of the solution to have healthy, sustainable communities and societies. Company owners must get involved and begin to drive system change. That is going to be in their own best interests.” Linzmeyer has been interested in environmental and social aspects of business for more than 15 years, and he knew that he wanted to focus on those areas. As president of Bay Towel in Ashwaubenon since 1994, he had instituted many green practices in the company. He left BayTowel in January to form his new company. In April, Linzmeyer was appointed by the United States Department of Commerce as Building toward the future See Building, PAGE 34 See ISO, PAGE 34 Potential labor shortages lead area company to create division that builds houses indoors DaleYoungquist, a manager in theAppleton office of Schenck Business Solutions, is involved in a number of area fund-raising activities including the Neenah Rotary Foundation’s annual golf outing that raises funds for scholarships given to area students. He is also involved with Quarry Quest, an annual event that has raised $575,000 for children’s charities since its inception in 1999. — Story on PAGE 3 Paul DeLeers, left, and his dad, Jerry, stand in front of one of their factory-made display homes at their Sturgeon Bay display area. Homes are made in three sections and transported to the building site, eliminating weather damage during construction. The Business News photo by J.A. Robb Linzmeyer, UW-O professor start business to help others plan sustainable strategies Former Bay Towel president now a leader of ISO Page 9 ‘Shoe geek’ turned passion into career Page 19 Economic impact of tourism on region’s counties Linzmeyer Dunn THE BUSINESS NEWSServing Brown, Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano & Winnebago counties May 26, 2008 Vol. 6, No. 2 $1.00