Johnson Coil In Antigo Marks 80th Anniversary

February 4, 2014

For the principals at Johnson Electric Coil Company, it’s all about the people first—their customers and their employees—with the product second. “Transformers are just what we make,” Bill Bockes, CEO, said. “The organization and all the people in it are really what we’re all about.” Johnson Electric Coil is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, an admirable goal for any business but one made more special by the tight-knit, motivated group of owners and employees who serve as the nucleus of eight decades of success. “People are the most important part of our company,” Bill Johnson, who now serves in … Continue reading

Promoting Langlade County: Deleglise Style

January 29, 2014

Among Francis Deleglise’s many roles in the history of Antigo was his promotion of the city, and his realty business, through brochures and letters encouraging families to settle in the region. Together with his business partner W.W. Hutchinson, in 1884 they published a booklet that extolled the virtues of Langlade County. The booklet proclaimed in bold letters that Langlade County was an ideal place because: “The soil is wonderfully fertile”, “ The water cannot be excelled for purity”, “The timber is magnificent”, “The markets are steadiest and surest”. “The society is the best in the west”, “Occupations are a multitude”, … Continue reading

Langlade County Receives Forestry-linked Award At Board Meeting This Week

December 20, 2013

Langlade County has been honored for outstanding achievements in forestry education. At this week’s meeting of the County Board, supervisors accepted the 2013 Chairman’s Special Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions in Forestry Education from Claudia Baker, executive director of the Lumberjack Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc. The award was presented to Langlade County for its part in the development and creation of the Wood Technology Center of Excellence located at the Northcentral Technical College, where Tuesday’s meeting was held. The program is unique to the technical college system and not offered anywhere else in Wisconsin. This modern facility, which … Continue reading

Merit Gear Sold to Rexnord, $78 million

December 20, 2013

Merit Gear, one of Antigo’s most durable industries, has been purchased by Milwaukee-based Rexnord Corp. The deal, announced by Rexnord on Tuesday, includes Precision Gear Holdings, LLC and its two operating subsidiaries, Merit Gear and Precision Gear LLC, located in Twinsburg, Ohio. The Business Journal of Milwaukee reported that the businesses were purchased by Rexnord for $78 million in cash. Precision Gear Holdings employs approximately 190 associates and has annual net sales of approximately $45 million. “Merit’s capabilities and offering are highly complementary to our core Falk product line,” Dean Vlasak, Rexnord vice president, innovation and energy, said. “This acquisition … Continue reading

Upbeat Presentations Mark Opening of December Langlade County Board Meeting

December 18, 2013

The Langlade County Board of Supervisors settled into the very comfortable conference room this morning at the Wood Technology Center at the Northcentral Technical College campus here. The December session of the supervisors had a relatively non-controversial agenda, but two interesting presentations opened the meeting. In the first, Claudia Baker, representing the Lumberjack RC&D Council, made a presentation to the entire board for its drive, funds and work developing the wood technology facility with Northcentral Technical College. She explained the role of the Lumberjack program which dates to 1962, designed to help the rural agenda in Wisconsin. “We are involved … Continue reading

Antigo Housing Authority Receives $700k Grant, Going Towards Renovations

December 18, 2013

The Antigo Housing Authority will use a $700,000 federal grant as a part of its $3.5 million dollar renovations to the Park View Manor complex. The complex supports low income seniors and those that are disabled looking for a safe and affordable place to live. Antigo Housing Authority Executive Director Mary Pavek says many of the public housing complexes under the the Department of Housing and Urban Development are getting old and need repair. The group is using the federal grant along with nearly $413,000 dollars of state tax credits to fund the project. Pavek says competition for grants is … Continue reading

Walker Announces State Funds For New Timber Plan

December 16, 2013

Gov. Scott Walker announced a new timber harvest initiative Thursday that will target the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and kick off a plan to spur economic growth in the struggling industry. The initial $49,000 from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. comes after complaints from loggers and forestry experts who say the 1.5 million-acre national forest is being mismanaged partially because of a shortage of federal harvest planning. “The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest contains a valuable resource that, right now, is underutilized – millions of feet of timber just waiting to be harvest in an environmentally sensitive, sustainable way,” Walker said in a … Continue reading

City of Antigo, Langlade County Projects Will Reap Big Energy Savings

December 16, 2013

Wisconsin Public Service Corporation  and Focus on Energy swooped into Antigo on Wednesday, presenting incentive checks totaling $122,153 to city and county officials. The dollars represented the savings realized from energy efficient upgrades including lighting retrofits, variable frequency drives and vending machine controls. The work was funded in part by special Focus on Energy programs including  the WPS Schools and Government Program, a current offer that promotes innovative energy reduction through advanced efficiency equipment retrofits. Langlade County and the city of Antigo each received competitive $25,000 grants funded by WPS plus additional funds supported by WPS’s Energy Bundle Bonus program … Continue reading

Cheesemaker announces $14 million expansion

December 11, 2013

For Immediate Release Contact: Mark Maley, 608-210-6767 Cheesemaker announces $14 million expansion Sartori Co.’s renovation project expected to create 53 new jobs at Wisconsin facilities MADISON, December 11, 2013 – The Sartori Co., a family-owned cheese company, announced today that it will embark on a $14 million expansion and renovation project at its plants in Antigo and Plymouth – a project that is expected to create up to 53 new jobs. The project will enable the fourth-generation family-owned company to update their Wisconsin facilities.  Sartori plans to update equipment, improve Team Member ergonomics, enhance safety and sustainability initiatives while … Continue reading

Northwoods Business Leaders Looking at Highway 55 To Become a ‘Scenic Byway’

November 19, 2013

If a group of northwoods business leaders have their way, Highway 55 in eastern Langlade County may soon become known as a “scenic byway” The Forest County Economic Development Partnership is taking the lead in the initiative, which would extend the byway designation from the Highways 55-64 intersection at Langlade north to the state line. “This is a huge undertaking and we are thrilled that the Forest County has taken the lead,” Chris Berry of the Langlade County Economic Development Corporation said. “We are now at the point where we can start pulling Langlade County into the mix and begin … Continue reading