Manitowoc Economic Development Awards go to Redline and Brennan Seehafer

MANITOWOC – Progress Lakeshore, Manitowoc County’s economic development agency, hosted its 2022 Economic Development Excellence Awards Breakfast at the Venue at Union Square on Tuesday.

The following winners have been announced. Winner information was provided by Progress Lakeshore.

Business Investment Award: Redline Plastics

Winner and nominees:Redline Plastics was the winner, with Broadwind/Konecranes receiving an honorable mention. Allie Family Companies and BayCare Clinic Lakeside Campus in Manitowoc were also nominated.

About the winner: Redline Plastics completed a 103,000 square foot expansion in August 2021. It has made a capital investment of $7-8 million in equipment and personnel. He has added more than 100 positions over the past year and continues to expect to add more. It is working on training/leadership training programs in addition to job skills and safety training as it continues to grow and offer more complex products to its customers.

About the price: The Corporate Investment Award recognizes a company that has had a positive economic impact on the community (capital investment), that has gone above and beyond to improve its workforce and that has developed innovations in products or processes to improve and adapt to market changes.

Entrepreneurial Excellence Award: Brennan Seehafer

FILE - Brennan Seehafer speaks to the media outside her downtown Manitowoc venue, The Wharf.

Winner and nominees: Brennan Seehafer was the winner with BRIX receiving an honorable mention. Other nominees were Beyond Nutrition, Certified Auto Services, KIELeidoscope, Lakeshore FIRST Robotics, Shields & Sanders Autobody, The High Lift and Youniquely Fit Studio.

About the winner: Brennan Seehafer owns three companies – The Wharf Manitowoc, The Venue at Union Square and Brennan Seehafer Productions – producer of the annual July 3 celebration and co-producer of Night Market 920, all located in Manitowoc. Its most significant project is to transform what began as a seasonal, experimental shipping container space into a year-round location with a permanent facility and increased outdoor space at The Wharf. The facility features a state-of-the-art retractable roof system providing the flexibility to allow events to continue rain or shine throughout the summer season. This space showcases the beauty of the waterfront while offering ever-changing entertainment, a full bar, and unique culinary specialties. His other notable project that had a significant economic impact was the opening of The Venue at Union Square, a modern wedding venue and convention space. He has shown his commitment to Manitowoc through his continued investment and downtown development.

About the price: The Entrepreneurial Achievement Award recognizes an emerging individual or small business that has developed their ideas, products and/or services into a viable and competitive business, while having a positive impact on the community.

Neighborhood Development Award: PetSkull Brewing Co.

Winner, honorable mention and nominees: PetSkull Brewing Co. was the winner while Mike Howe Builders – Union Square renovation received an honorable mention. Other nominees were Cool City Brewing Company, Elks Club Redevelopment – Allie Family Companies, Kiel Hardware, Sabbatical Brewing and Treehouse Theatre.

About the winner: PetSkull Brewing Co. at 1015 Buffalo St., which was once a tannery and iron and metal business that sat empty for four decades, is now a beautiful brewery and destination restaurant in the heart of downtown, marking the start of growing River Point District. The restaurant focuses on cooking styles not offered anywhere else in the community, including Cajun and Creole. A larger 10-barrel brewery has been added to this new space, increasing distribution and recognition in northeast Wisconsin and beyond. The expansion made it possible to hire four more full-time employees and 20 part-time employees.

About the price: The Neighborhood Development Award recognizes innovative development or reuse real estate projects that are purposefully built or adaptively reused to enhance the community and positively impact the local economy.

Community Enhancement Award: Boys and Girls Club of Manitowoc County

Winner, honorable mention and nominees:Boys & Girls Club of Manitowoc County was the winner, and Kiel Area Community Food Pantry and Lakeshore FIRST Robotics both received honorable mentions. Other nominees were Grow It Forward, Lakeshore Technical College and Manitowoc County Jail for a relationship where incarcerated students receive an approach to learning and transitioning into employment or post-secondary education, The Fitness Store, Treehouse Theatre, Vagabond Creative Studio and Wisconsin Maritime Museum.

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