space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Peshtigo & Coleman Claim Conference Golf Titles
* Area Athletes Decide Conference Titles
* Cougars Lead M&O in Final Week; Cavvies Still in Championship Hunt
* Coleman Claims M&O; Peshtigo Tops Packerland Conference
* Peshtigo Invite Showcases Area Talent

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space

Gov. Walker Joins Marinette Officials for WMCOE Opening

Issue Date: February 7, 2018

The long-awaited Wisconsin Maritime Center Of Excellence (WMCOE) at 1320 Main Street in the City of Marinette was officially opened for business with ribbon cutting ceremonies on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

The 23,715-square-foot WMCOE, more than five years in the making, was constructed under the oversight and ownership of Marinette County Association for Business and Industry (MCABI). It will act as a business incubator and to house gathering space and offices for U.S. Navy officers and personnel assigned to oversee construction of Littoral Combat Ships at the adjacent Fincantieri Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard on the banks of the Menominee River. One of the center's key objectives will be to support the Navy's commitment to building the LCS and other military vessels in Marinette through 2022 and beyond.

Primary goal of the WMCOE, in addition to providing space for the Naval offices, is to assist individuals and small businesses related to maritime industries to become sustainable, successful companies and employers in the community.

The initial $5 million grant from the Wisconsin Building Commission that spurred construction of the building was announced by Gov. Scott Walker on Dec. 11, 2013, and Gov. Walker was on hand to wield the scissors that cut the ribbon on Thursday, along with George Bousley, Niagara mayor who was chair of MCABI during the years of planning and construction.

Bousley has since retired from the MCABI board and that position is now held by Crivitz Village President John Deschane, who was also on hand, along with numerous members of the MCABI board.

Holding the ribbon for the outdoor cutting while the crowd watched on a chilly Wisconsin afternoon were Ann Hartnell, recently retired Executive Director of MCABI; her successor Lindsay Callow, and Fincantieri Marinette Marine President, CEO and General Manager Jan Allman.

Prior to the ribbon cutting, speakers in addition to Gov. Walker included State Rep. John Nygren of Marinette; Navy Commander Josh Fields; Marinette Mayor Steve Genisot; Allman; Jennifer Garner, an aide to Sen. Tammy Baldwin: Deschane; spokesmen for Smet and Moyle Construction; Bousley; Lockheed-Martin spokesman Ron Hutchison, Hartnell, and others.

Most members of the MCABI Board of Directors were on hand,as Was County Board Chair Mark Anderson. MCABI serves as the economic development arm of Marinette County government.

Several speakers praised Gov. Walker as a friend of industry, and Hartnell for her perseverance in overcoming obstacles and getting the job done. First there were problems finding a suitable site, and then when the site was selected it was found to soil contaminants. That problem was cleaned up with the help of a separate $500,000 Brownfields grant from Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to help fund cleanup work on the 2.2- acre site.

"This building is a testimony to his ability to see the big picture and make it happen. Thanks to him, the help we needed was there when we needed it.," declared Deschane when introducing Gov. Walker at the start of the afternoon program. Deschane, now MCABI chair, was a member of the MCABI board during the entire time the WMCOE project was being planned and constructed.

Walker said workers at the Marinette Marine shipyard are building ships that are on the front lines around the world, every day, defending our freedoms.

"The Wisconsin Maritime Center is a significant investment in Marinette County's maritime and shipbuilding industry," said Governor Walker. "This center will help improve our workforce by providing unique education, research, and training opportunities to local technical college students, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders," the governor declared.

He particularly thanked Nygren, who he said has done a phenomenal job with the project, as well as Rep. Mike Gallagher in Congress helping to get things done. He mentioned need to get students excited about joining today's job market, and keeping education in Wisconsin in step with the needs of today. He noted, as he had during a visit to Coleman three weeks ago, that Wisconsin's new budget puts more actual money into education than it ever has before, with the goal of getting young people excited about filling the jobs of tomorrow.

Nygren said the idea for the MCOE came to him back in 2013, "But I had to go to the right guy to make it happen...the governor."

This is the most significant investment the state has ever made in the City of Marinette, Nygren said. He said when he was growing up in the city the founder of Marinette Marine was a neighbor. Referring to he nickname of the sports teams at Marinette High School, he said he always thought they were named after the shipyard. He later found that was not true, but the city and the shipyard are connected. He said there was not a stable work environment at the shipyard until 2009, when the LCS contracts began

"To say this journey was not easy would be an understatement," declared Deschane. He said just finding a site that suited everyone was nearly impossible, but thanks to Hartnell's tenacity, they got it done. He said thanks to input from the MCABI board the building is better than it would have been, and Bousley's calm leadership kept them on target. He said thanks to Board Member Fred Meintz, with his engineering and construction expertise, "this building was completed on time and in budget."

"During a time of great personal stress, Ann (Hartnell) persisted, from one site to another, until she found an acceptable location, and then she got a grant to clean up the site contamination. She can and should take great pride in her now completed building," Deschane declared. He said all through this, Hartnell also continued to carry on her other duties.

Bousley also expressed thanks to Hartnell and everyone involved, and introduced his wife, Rose, who also served on the MCABI board. He said the current MCABI Board is one of the best groups he has ever worked with. He joked that Marinette Mayor Steve Genisot, seated in front of him, "is the only mayor I've ever seen at a meeting that has kept his mouth shut for the whole meeting."

Allman said Hartnell was one of the first friends she met when she came to Marinette, and declared the new building represents her firm's partnership with the City of Marinette, and the entire operation "stands as a testament to what wise investors can achieve." Marinette Marine today stands as one of the top tier shipyards in the entire nation, and preparations are being made for future contracts to build future ships of new designs. She thanked Mayor Genisot and the City Council for their help, and Hartnell, "for her persistence and relentless focus" that made the building a reality.

Commander Field speaking on behalf of the US Navy, said this building serves as a significant milestone that strengthens the ties of the Navy to Marinette Marine. "The Navy's presence in half of this building has already improved our function here," he declared. He said previously, he and other Navy officers assigned to the Marinette projects had worked out of mobile trailers on the grounds of the shipyard.

Allman had noted in an address to Marinette County Board on Tuesday that their facility has been identified by the US military as one of the most secure shipbuilding facilities in the nation.

The WMCOE will act as a business incubator owned by the Marinette County Association for Business & Industry and operated in cooperation with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC). The primary goal of the WMCOE is to assist individuals and small businesses from the maritime industry to become sustainable, successful companies and employers in the community.

Groundbreaking was Sept. 28, 2016, less than a month after the BRownfields grant was announced. It is to serve as a training, educational, research and entrepreneurship center that is expected to help fuel commercial collaboration and supplier development for the shipbuilding industry.

MCABI offices are located in the building, low cost office and maker maker space is available for rent for startup businesses, and business assistance programs are to be conducted there. Anyone interested can contact the WMCOE director at 715-732-1050, or find the facility on line.

A free workshop, "Pathways to Entrepreneurship," aimed at getting questions answered for anyone considering starting a new business, is scheduled at the WMCOE at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Business incubators like the WMCOE are facilities that provide shared resources for young businesses, such as office space, equipment, consultants, and personnel, and may also provide access to financing and technical support. Primary goal of the WMCOE is to help new and/or growing businesses to become sustainable, successful companies and employers in the community. Providing industry related growth and quality of life opportunities. A successful tenant of the incubator is expected to graduate out of the facility within three years.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
05-17-2018Obituaries
Roger J. Albert, Jr.

05-17-2018Obituaries
Ruby F. Anderson

05-17-2018Obituaries
Arlene F. Bintz

05-17-2018Obituaries
Wesley G. Borchert

05-17-2018Obituaries
Richard A. Bruce

05-17-2018Obituaries
Ruth A. Dixon

05-17-2018Obituaries
Thomas J. Elbe

05-17-2018Obituaries
David J. Fernstrum

05-17-2018Obituaries
Jane A. Gnabasik

05-17-2018Obituaries
Douglas E. Hudon

05-17-2018Obituaries
Vincent Jasenovsky

05-17-2018Obituaries
Ernest L. Medina

05-17-2018Obituaries
Virginia L. Mullins

05-17-2018Obituaries
Margaret Peterson

05-17-2018Obituaries
Sharon L. Saunier

05-17-2018Obituaries
Margaret L. Schroeder

05-17-2018Obituaries
Theodore R. Soderberg

05-17-2018Obituaries
Peter Sohr

05-17-2018Obituaries
Robert Thoune

05-17-2018Obituaries
Judith A. Weidemeier

05-17-2018Obituaries
Rita Wery

05-17-2018Sports
Peshtigo & Coleman Claim Conference Golf Titles

05-17-2018


05-17-2018Sports
Area Athletes Decide Conference Titles

05-17-2018Sports
Cougars Lead M&O in Final Week; Cavvies Still in Championship Hunt

05-17-2018Sports
Coleman Claims M&O; Peshtigo Tops Packerland Conference

05-17-2018Perspectives
Country Cousin

05-17-2018Perspectives
From our readers

05-17-2018Perspectives
From My Window

05-17-2018Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee School Board Elects Wojcik President

05-17-2018Community - Wausaukee
Athelstane OKs ATVs On Northway Drive

05-17-2018Community - Wausaukee
Town Wausaukee Lists Committees Retained

05-17-2018Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Village, Town Rummage Sale

05-17-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Announces Memorial Day Rites

05-17-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Legion Plans Trap Shoot May 26

05-17-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Special Ed Field Day May 16

05-17-2018Community - Crivitz
Lifetouch Photography at St. Mary, Crivitz

05-17-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman High School Graduation is May 19

05-17-2018Community - Coleman
1958 Coleman Class Plans June 22 Reunion

05-17-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman Legion Post 280 Memorial Day Program

05-17-2018Community - Coleman
Bond Center Offers Swimming

05-17-2018Front Page
Local Officials Participate in Law Enforcement Service

05-17-2018Front Page
Rick Rickaby Resigns As Highway Commissioner

05-17-2018Front Page
Wagner Has Full Board For Regular Meeting

05-17-2018Front Page
Porterfield Plans To Form Zoning/Land Use Committee

05-17-2018Front Page
Shirley Kaufman Receives Alvan E. Bovay Award

05-10-2018Obituaries
John A. Cervanka

05-10-2018Obituaries
Cecelia M. Chlopek

05-10-2018Obituaries
Malachi J. Bergevain

05-10-2018Obituaries
Gerald Bero

05-10-2018Obituaries
Wayne Falk

05-10-2018Obituaries
Marian C. Gruenstern

05-10-2018Obituaries
Dean O. Klein,

05-10-2018Obituaries
Richard Kuntze, Jr.

05-10-2018Obituaries
Carol R. LaLonde

05-10-2018Obituaries
Robert A. Martin

05-10-2018Obituaries
JanetLee M. Mickel

05-10-2018Obituaries
Jim J. Murray

05-10-2018Obituaries
Mary E. Oehler

05-10-2018Obituaries
Alice H. Peterson

05-10-2018Obituaries
Donna L. Polzin

05-10-2018Obituaries
Richard K. Smith

05-10-2018Obituaries
Lynore M. Waldron

05-10-2018Obituaries
Mary von Heimburg

05-10-2018Sports
Peshtigo Invite Showcases Area Talent

05-10-2018Sports
MAROON HALL OF FAME HEROES

05-10-2018Sports
Teams Fight for Postion as Shortened Season Nears End

05-10-2018Sports
Crivitz Takes Win Over Coleman; First in Over Four Years

05-10-2018Perspectives
Country Cousin

05-10-2018Perspectives
From Our Readers

05-10-2018Perspectives
From My Window

05-10-2018Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Village, Town Rummage Sale

05-10-2018Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee To Offer Summer Food Plan

05-10-2018Community - Wausaukee
SC Auxiliary To Make Picnic Plans

05-10-2018Community - Wausaukee
WBA Farmers Market New Location This Year

05-10-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Students Told No Phones While Driving 

05-10-2018Community - Crivitz
Middle Inlet Reunion Potluck Party May 24

05-10-2018Community - Crivitz
Lifetouch Photography at St. Mary, Crivitz

05-10-2018Community - Crivitz
Legion to Meet at Post May 16

05-10-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman Legion Post 280 Memorial Day Program

05-10-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman Utility Board To Meet

05-10-2018Community - Coleman
Equity to Host Tourney

05-10-2018Community - Coleman
Change Food Pantry Hours

05-10-2018Front Page
Crivitz Area Food Pantry Soon Will Have New Home

05-10-2018Front Page
County Committee Supports 18-Month Mining Moratorium

05-10-2018Front Page
Tiffany Says New Mine Law Protects Environment, Economy

05-10-2018Front Page
Kurt Konell Named Wagner Town Chair

05-10-2018Front Page
Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale

05-04-2018Front Page
Peshtigo Chamber Announces 2018 Persons of the Year

05-03-2018Obituaries
Mary S. Zwiefelhofer 

05-03-2018Obituaries
Muriel J. Young

05-03-2018Obituaries
Lorraine B. Wood

05-03-2018Obituaries
Ralph VandenBush

05-03-2018Obituaries
Laura J. Valcq

05-03-2018Obituaries
Gloria Peetz

05-03-2018Obituaries
Victoria A. Lehmann

05-03-2018Obituaries
Richard Larson, Jr.

05-03-2018Obituaries
Donald T. LaGassie

05-03-2018Obituaries
Janet E. Krueger  

05-03-2018Obituaries
Charles Knapp Jr.

05-03-2018Obituaries
Tadeusz Kielbicki

05-03-2018Obituaries
Florence T. Rosene-Heuring

05-03-2018Obituaries
Thomas C. Heckel

05-03-2018Obituaries
Tina A. Gustin

05-03-2018Obituaries
Floyd F. Fisher

05-03-2018Obituaries
Blanche A. Fritz

05-03-2018Obituaries
Gloria Cottrell

05-03-2018Obituaries
Eileen (Anderson) Boorman

05-03-2018Obituaries
Jane R. Bigger

05-03-2018Obituaries
Dorothea M. Behrens

05-03-2018Sports
Peshtigo Wins Packerland Opener at Vernon Hills

05-03-2018Sports
Peshtigo Golfers Off To A Strong Start

05-03-2018Sports
Softball in Full Swing After Freeze in Play

05-03-2018Sports
Delfosse Spins Birthday No-Hitter in Victory Over Crivitz

05-03-2018Perspectives
Country Cousin

05-03-2018Perspectives
From My Window

05-03-2018Community - Wausaukee
Town of Wausaukee Holds Meetings

05-03-2018
Silver Cliff Card Winners

05-03-2018Community - Wausaukee
Post 66 To Meet Saturday

05-03-2018Community - Crivitz
Spring Craftfest at Crivitz May 5th

05-03-2018Community - Crivitz
M&M Area Foundation Helps Crivitz Playground

05-03-2018Community - Crivitz
Seek Funds for Crivitz Playground Improvement

05-03-2018Community - Crivitz
Seek Volunteers To Paint Cabins

05-03-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman School Board To Elect Officers April 26

05-03-2018Community - Coleman
Wellness Conference at Pound Church

05-03-2018Community - Coleman
CHS Classes 1943-65 Reunion is July 15th

05-03-2018Community - Coleman
Senior Club To Meet May 7th

05-03-2018
Peshtigo Chamber Announces 2018 Persons of the Year

05-03-2018Front Page
Ed Delfosse Named New Wagner Town Supervisor

05-03-2018Front Page
Peshtigo Gets Good Annual Audit Report

05-03-2018Front Page
Garage, Contents and Logging Truck Destroyed in Pillath Fire

05-03-2018Front Page
MCABI Working On Plans For Expansion

04-26-2018Sports
Marines Sweep Quadrangular; Suring Second at Boys Invite

04-26-2018Sports
Peshtigo Middle School Bowlers State Bound

04-26-2018Sports
Marines Drop Panthers; Kotecki Fires No-Hitter

04-26-2018Sports
Peshtigo Splits a Pair; Marines Edge Out Tigers

04-26-2018Perspectives
From our readers

04-26-2018Perspectives
COUNTRY COUSIN

04-26-2018Obituaries
Beverly H. Angelich

04-26-2018Obituaries
Daniel J. Barker

04-26-2018Obituaries
Sharen K. Baxter

04-26-2018Obituaries
Kristine E. Belling

04-26-2018Obituaries
Harry W. Brendemihl

04-26-2018Obituaries
Joyce C. Miller-Cardinal

04-26-2018Obituaries
James A. Charniak

04-26-2018Obituaries
Sister Lucy Edelbeck, O.P

04-26-2018Obituaries
Maxine F. Faucett

04-26-2018Obituaries
Lee J. Fredrickson

04-26-2018Obituaries
Betty A. Clark Hanish

04-26-2018Obituaries
Thomas C. King


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Is the Foxconn facility in Kenosha a good idea?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2018
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites