Red Robin Machining Combines School, Manufacturing

April 23, 2015

By Adam Svatek, HS teacher for Red Robin Machining. Antigo high school strives to be the best in the Career and Technology Education field. One of our great programs is Red Robin Machining.  Red Robin Machining is an advanced class that takes Juniors and Seniors to the next level of education.  Students are involved with their very own manufacturing business, with help from their instructor and industry.  With a student-run business we are able to provide a real-world experience where students are responsible for taking, making, and shipping orders.  Students learn employability skills such as problem solving, teamwork, communication, business … Continue reading

County Board Gets Report on Economic Development

April 23, 2015

The Economic Development Corporation is “moving Langlade County forward,” leveraging loans to create jobs and promoting tourism to aid the hospitality industry. Those are among the highlights of the corporation’s 2014 annual report, presented by Executive Director Angie Close to members of the County Board of Supervisors this morning. “We’re proud of our accomplishments,” Close said. Much of the corporation’s work revolves around leveraging loan funds to support new and existing industries. In 2014, the organization closed four loans through its economic revolving loan fund, which has a balance of $20,753. The fund has 20 loans in its portfolio, totaling … Continue reading

Nicolet Plastics Becomes Industry Leader

April 21, 2015

Quietly, an area industry has grown into one of the region’s top plastics producer, and there are no signs of slowing down. Nicolet Plastics, a custom plastics injection molder and total solutions provider, was established by Current President and CEO Bob Macintosh and three partners in 1985 and incorporated in 1986. Macintosh had a customer service background, including a stint in the telecommunications business. The company was originally located in a small garage about a mile from its current location, with a leased Newbury press. Today, Nicolet, an ISO 9001:2008-certified company, serves its ever-growing customer base from a 41,000 square-foot … Continue reading

From Shoes to Bowling Pins

April 17, 2015

Manufacturing related to forest products has always been an important part of the economy of Langlade County. It may happen that an industry must change with the times in order to stay active and this was no more true than in the case of the Vulcan Corporation. The Vulcan Corporation was established in 1909 as a manufacturer of shoe lasts, originally in Portsmouth Ohio. In 1919 the company started a plant in Crandon, which moved to Antigo in 1925 and took over the buildings of the Antigo Tractor Company in Antigo’s industrial park. The north end of Edison Street in … Continue reading

Kretz Lumber Global Supplier of Wood

April 14, 2015

Kretz Lumber, which has grown from a small sawmill into a global supplier of wood products, was established in 1929 by Joseph and Myrtle Kretz. At the time of start-up the responsibilities in the company were split between Mr. and Mrs. Kretz and their three sons; Charles, Leon and Raymond. This ownership ran the company in some form until the early 1970s when Joseph and Myrtle’s grandson, Dan Kretz, took over the business. Under Dan’s leadership the company grew from a small sawmill operating one shift into a two-shift sawmill operation with dry kilns and a dimension plant. In December, … Continue reading

Canopy Gardens Celebrates 20th Anniversary

April 13, 2015

In 1994, Pete and Pam Augustyn prayed for a family business, and when they visited a neighboring hydroponic greenhouse, they knew their prayers had been answered. Canopy Gardens began as a small family business in 1995 and grew, just like the plants grow every year. They started with four bays, and through two additions, grew to a total of 11 bays. This year, they are celebrating their 20th anniversary. Canopy Gardens’ produce is environmentally safe, fresh, locally grown and tastes great. They grow tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce and basil. All vegetables are grown in their greenhouse. No pesticides are used … Continue reading

Congratulations to Christopher Eckerman, from Antigo, for being awarded the 2015 Beginning Cheesemaker Scholarship from Wisconsin Cheese Originals.

April 13, 2015

Congratulations to Christopher Eckerman, from Antigo, for being awarded the 2015 Beginning Cheesemaker Scholarship from Wisconsin Cheese Originals. Christopher is a full-time student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Food Science. The $2,500 scholarship will help him towards his goal of becoming a cheesemaker. Remember, Wisconsin is the only state to require cheesemakers to be licensed. To become licensed, it is an 18-month process that involves the completion of five university short courses, 240 hours of apprenticeship under a licensed cheesemaker, and passing a written exam at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. To read more … Continue reading

Mob Grazing, Is It For You?

March 31, 2015

Mob Grazing, is it for you? | Langlade County Madison, Wis. – Mob Grazing is a “new” grazing technique that has been slowly sweeping Wisconsin and the upper-Midwest for the last decade. This technique attempts to simulate historical grazing patterns conducted by native herbivores with a range of domesticated livestock. While Mob Grazing is similar to rotational grazing, producers who implement this practice typically graze forage that is taller and more mature, with more animals per unit area, faster paddock moves, and a longer regrowth period after grazing events. Graziers use this new technique for a variety of reasons including … Continue reading

Robbins Flooring Moved From Parquetry to Manufacturing NCAA Basketball Courts

March 31, 2015

Robbins Inc., with a plant in White Lake, traces its roots to the 1894 founding of the Cincinnati Floor Company by Robert A. Stoehr. Still headquartered in Cincinnati, the company originally designed and manufactured fine parquetry that replicated designs from English royalty and French chalets. Through four generations and 120 years of operation, the business has grown and changed many times, having been involved in virtually all aspects of the residential, commercial, recreational and sports flooring business, from design, manufacture, and installation, to distribution, aftermarket floor care services. Robbins currently focuses on two primary vertical markets, indoor sports/recreation and residential … Continue reading

UW-Extension Field Crop Management Videos Provide Information to Farmers in the Field

March 30, 2015

March 2015 Contact: Roger Schmidt, (608)316-0550, Madison, Wis. – The more information farmers have about farming, the more successful they might be. Growers often combine experience and science when making management decisions. However, finding the time to read textbooks or long journal articles can be challenging, so University of Wisconsin- Extension specialists recorded videos with the most up-to-date information about crop production, pest management, soil and water conservation and nutrient management. The videos are available on YouTube at: What are the six most critical stages in the life of a corn plant?  Why is variety selection important to … Continue reading