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7:34 PM, Mar. 16, 2013  |  Comments
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Janke General Contractors Inc. of Athens has been awarded two 2012 Projects of Distinction Awards from the Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin. Janke's River Walk and Wildlife Viewing Pier, in De Pere, won a Gold Projects of Distinction Award in the GC - Public Works/Infrastructure category, while the Cedar Side Trails Connections project, in Rice Lake, won a Silver Projects of Distinction Award in the Specialty Trades - Sitework category.

The Projects of Distinction Awards Program recognizes the most distinct construction projects in Wisconsin. Winning projects were eligible for entry in ABC's National Excellence in Construction Awards Program.

Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin is a construction trade association representing nearly 800 general contractors, subcontractors, manufacturers, material suppliers and other professional construction-related firms.


? Mary Zillman has been appointed as the new president of Brokaw Credit Union. Zillman fills the vacancy created by the retirement of former President Lyman Cline.

Brokaw Credit Union, with offices in Brokaw and Weston and a student branch in the D.C. Everest Senior High School, is a financial services provider to all who work or reside in Marathon, Lincoln, Clark, Portage, Waupaca and Shawano counties.

? Paige Burgett, a Wausau native, joined Cambridge Capital Management Corp. in Indianapolis as a customer service representative.

Cambridge Capital Management is a professional management company for four nontraditional sources of small-business capital, working with banks, other lenders and business owners in Indiana.


Jane Bentz has been named as director of the Ministry Health Care Foundation and community outreach at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center, Merrill.

In collaboration with Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center, the Foundation identifies health needs and, through philanthropy, sponsors equipment, programs and services to support the hospital. It also partners with others to help shape the quality and availability of health care services for the Merrill community.

A member of Ministry Health Care, Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center provides health care services to Merrill and the surrounding region and is sponsored by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother.

Ministry Saint Clare's Hospital, Weston, was named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, formerly the health care business of Thomson Reuters. Truven Health Analytics is a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care.

The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals study evaluates performance in mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality; and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure and pneumonia.

Ministry Health Care, which includes the recently acquired Affinity Health System, is an integrated health care delivery system serving people across Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota.

? Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, a division of Marshfield Clinic, announced that its first completed mobile app has won a national competition that challenged competitors to develop a program that will help improve heart health in the U.S.

The app, Heart Health Mobile, was developed for the Million Hearts Risk Check Challenge, organized by the Department of Health and Human Services - Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in partnership with Million Hearts. The competition aimed to find an application that supports Million Hearts' initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.

For winning the competition, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation will receive $100,000 that will support the app's development and future versions.

With an easy-to-use design, Heart Health Mobile tracks users' heart disease and stroke risk factors. Users enter statistics such as height, weight, cholesterol levels and blood pressure. They then answer questions such as: "Do you smoke?" and "Do you have diabetes?"

Heart Health Mobile works on Apple iPads, iPhones and iPod Touch devices, and is available in the Apple app store.

The app also offers educational information about heart disease and allows users to find nearby locations for cholesterol and blood-pressure screenings in areas with participating pharmacies. More than two dozen people in 11 departments helped create Heart Health Mobile. The team included lead developer Yin Xu and graphic designer Shawn Williams.

The Marshfield Clinic system provides patient care, research and education with locations in northern, central and western Wisconsin.


Latricia-Kate Ntxawv Yang has joined Clay Marketing Group/American Senior Benefits as an associate in Wausau.

Clay Marketing Group is a client-focused, independent insurance agency and specializes in serving the needs of the 55 and older community.


Randy Heideman has accepted the position of manager of manufacturing at Greenheck - Industrial and Quality Engineering. Heideman will be working in the centrifugal and vane axial fan business unit.

Kristin Meliska has accepted the position of manager, Greenheck Performance System. Meliska will be responsible for working with all Greenheck business units and functions to provide leadership, direction and expertise as it relates to Greenheck's lean manufacturing program.

Greenheck is the industry's largest manufacturer of commercial, institutional and industrial air movement and control equipment. The company is based in Schofield, with six manufacturing locations and six distribution locations across the country and around the world.


Unitel Inc. announced Kathy Tonn as its new administrative assistant/project coordinator.

Tonn will work in Stevens Point and Wausau as liaison between customers and technicians, as a receptionist scheduling service calls and new installs, and will provide training on using the Toshiba phone system.

Unitel is a distributor of Toshiba telecommunication products.


Sterling Water Inc. of Rothschild, which owns and operates Culligan dealerships in central and western Wisconsin and central Minnesota, announced the promotion of Darrell Sather to a vice president of the company in addition to his duties as dealership general manager.

Sather oversees the company's operations in central Wisconsin, including a slew of recent acquisitions such as Sherfinski and Zahn Water Systems in Merrill and RainSoft of Weston.

The dealership's bottling facility earned an Excellence in Manufacturing award by the International Bottled Water Association last year.

Sterling Water Culligan is the largest provider of water treatment solutions in the Wisconsin River Valley area. The company's portfolio of services includes bottled water, water conditioning, drinking water and problem water solutions for thousands of local homes and businesses.


Becher-Hoppe Associates Inc., a Wausau-based engineering and architecture firm, and the city of Wausau have been recognized by the American Council of Engineers Companies of Wisconsin with a State Finalist Engineering Excellence Award in the completion of the Wausau Wastewater Treatment Plant aeration system blowers and microturbines.

In 2010, the WWTP focused on sustainability and followed a holistic approach to wastewater treatment. This resulted in two major modifications at the plant. The first one focused on energy efficiency, including new technology blowers for aeration in the activated sludge process along with new flexible membrane diffusers and dissolved oxygen monitoring and control. The second modification involved the renewable component and featured the installation of two 65-kilowatt microturbines, biogas conditioning equipment and interconnections to allow the generated power to be used by the newly installed blowers. The microturbines are fueled by methane generated in the anaerobic digestion process. Energy savings of 900,000 kilowatt hours per year and 70,000 therms of natural gas per year are projected.

Becher-Hoppe worked with Brad Marquardt, director of Public Works, and his staff members to finalize project plans, construction and operation of the new equipment.

Becher-Hoppe is a leading Wisconsin engineering and architecture firm serving municipal, county and state governments, developers, agricultural clients, private institutions and businesses throughout Wisconsin. It offers a variety of site preparation, engineering and architectural services for construction of highways, streets, bridges, airports, open spaces, buildings, water control and treatment facilities, dams and other projects.

ACEC of Wisconsin is the business voice of the Wisconsin professional engineering industry, representing the business side of the professional engineering industry.

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