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Langlade Ford Expands in Antigo

May 14, 2014

Construction equipment will roll onto the Langlade Ford property on Antigo’s northside during early June for a major renovation of the dealership’s sales, office, marketing areas and the body shop.Chris Corr, who owns and operates the busy Ford sales and service firm at 2530 Neva Rd., explained that the project is being coordinated by Keller, who have completed the planning and architectural projects and are waiting to swing into action of the construction phase.Keller, which is spread across a number of locations in the state including Milwaukee, Madison, Fox Cities and Wausau, will place John Elrick and Steve Klessig in … Continue reading

Sartori Breaks Ground For Big Expansion In Antigo And Plymouth

May 8, 2014

Sartori Company officials, joined by Gov. Scott Walker and a host of other state and local dignitaries, held a ceremonial ground-breaking for a massive expansion at its Antigo plant this morning.The $14 million project will be spread across Sartori’s Antigo and Plymouth facilities, but the lion’s share of the work—over $11 million—will take place in Antigo.The project is expected to create 53 new jobs.“That’s not just 53 jobs, that’s 53 families who will be supported by jobs at a great company,” Walker said. “That’s something to cheer about.”Walker joined Sartori CEO Jim Sartori in unveiling the expansion plans for Antigo, … Continue reading

Proposed Scenic Byway Takes Step Forward With Planning Meeting

April 24, 2014

Mole Lake – You can drive along plenty of scenic stretches of roads across Northern Wisconsin. However, the state of Wisconsin only considers one stretch of highway in the Northwoods as an official scenic byway. Leaders in a handful of counties want to change that by earning a distinction from Wisconsin’s Scenic Byways program. They held a public planning meeting in Mole Lake Wednesday. The proposed scenic highway, The Wolf River Nicolet Scenic Byway, is a more than 100 mile stretch of Highway 55. It stretches from Langlade, in Langlade County, north to the Michigan boarder. Richard Ackley, Board of … Continue reading

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