Media & Videos

Below is a collection of media including videos, audio and news articles featuring the Door County Economic Development Center.


“Door County – Business By Nature” Talent Attraction Video

This is a video produced by DCEDC and a number of Door County companies that highlights the positive aspects of work and life in Door County, and can assist local firms in recruiting the skilled workforce required for their continued growth in our community. The video features interviews with Door County employers and employees, talking about their first impressions of the County, recreational amenities, the various communities in Door County, healthcare, schools and community engagement.


DCEDC 2016 Annual Meeting

Watch the DCEDC annual meeting, including the awards for Industry and Entrepreneur of the Year, the keynote address by Dan Ariens and the Wellness Works awards from the Door County YMCA and Ministry Door County Medical Center.


Eliot & Harrison Named Entrepreneurs of the Year

DOOR COUNTY, Wis. (April 7, 2016) – The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) announced today that David Eliot and Madeline Harrison, owners of Peninsula Publishing & Distribution (http://doorcountymarketing.com/ and https://doorcountypulse.com/), are the winners of the annual Door County Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The announcement came this afternoon during the DCEDC annual investors meeting at Stone Harbor Resort & Conference Center in Sturgeon Bay.

Peninsula Publishing & Distribution – encompassing the Peninsula Pulse newspaper, Door County Living magazine, Paper Boy distribution and Peninsula Filmworks – is dedicated to the creation of unique, original and locally-focused informational content.

  • The Peninsula Pulse debuted with 1,000 copies on May 24, 1996 as an eight-page arts and entertainment periodical. Since that time, the paper has grown to a circulation of over 18,000 in peak season, with almost 100 pages and three sections.
  • Door County Living was launched in 2003 as a free magazine telling the stories of Door County culture and lifestyle. Today, Door County Living is the county’s largest magazine, published five times annually, with an average of 110 pages in each issue.
  • Paper Boy was born in 2005 from the need to distribute the Peninsula Pulse and Door County Living to all of Door County. The service now boasts well over 140 rack card customers and 200+ racks of many styles and sizes.
  • Their most recent business addition, Peninsula Filmworks, was launched in 2015, providing an opportunity to expose millions more people through the evolution of video on the web to the beauty of the peninsula and the quality of its people.

The consistent growth of Peninsula Publishing & Distribution over the last 20 years has directly translated into the creation of a considerable number of professional, year-round jobs on the Peninsula. Between their four separate but related business entities, the company’s total combined annual revenue makes theirs one of Door County’s more successful home-grown businesses.

Leading by example, Eliot and Harrison have proven to be exceptional corporate citizens. Organizations they serve and support include the Door County Community Foundation, the Door County Visitor Bureau, the Door Community Auditorium, the Women’s Fund of Door County and the Sue Baldwin Fund. They have set an expectation that their entire team engage in Door County as active citizens, participating in both volunteer and civic life. Peninsula Publishing & Distribution has also helped establish, sponsor and promote several new and highly successful local festivals and events, including the Door County Half Marathon, Beer Festival, Pond Hockey Tournament and Peninsula Century bike rides.

“It is our pleasure to recognize Dave and Madeline with the Entrepreneur of the Year award,” said DCEDC Executive Director Bill Chaudoir. “They have built a diverse multimedia company in Door County that is focused on celebrating our unique community. We have been thrilled to watch their company’s growth and we wish them nothing but continued success.”

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award celebrates those individuals who have taken the initiative to start and grow a successful small business in Door County. Eligible businesses include those with fewer than 50 full time employees, exhibiting exciting growth potential and that have at least three years of successful business experience. Last year’s winner was the Lautenbach family, owners of the Orchard Country Winery & Market.

The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) is a public/private partnership dedicated to improving the economic vitality of the county and its residents. Founded in 1989, DCEDC has been successful in helping existing businesses create and retain thousands of jobs through a myriad of programs and initiatives. Additionally, DCEDC places strong emphasis on fostering entrepreneurial instincts in county residents as well as those who vacation on the Door County Peninsula. Door County Economic Development Corporation offices are located within the small business incubator DCEDC founded in 1997 at 185 East Walnut Street in the Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park.


Therma-Tron-X, Inc. Named Door County Industry of the Year

 

Door County, WI – The Door County Economic Development Corporation announced today that Therma-Tron-X, Inc. (http://www.ttxinc.com/) is the winner of the Door County Industry of the Year Award. The annual award recognizes a local construction, service or manufacturing business that has made a substantial impact on the community and enjoyed significant accomplishments during the past year. The announcement came during the DCEDC annual investors meeting today at Stone Harbor Resort & Conference Center in Sturgeon Bay.

Therma-Tron-X Inc., (TTX) founded in 1969 by Otto Andreae and Ray Sherman, are global specialists in the design, fabrication and installation of world-class custom paint finishing systems for industrial clients. TTX Environmental, a division of Therma-Tron-X, Inc., develops water and waste-water treatment systems that minimize the operational costs and environmental impact of industrial processes.

Since moving into the Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park in 1976, Therma-Tron-X has seen significant growth in the size and scope of their facilities, team members, clients and annual sales. Employment has grown from 10 to almost 230; reinvestment into buildings and equipment over just the past 36 months exceeds $20.3 Million and includes 73,500 square feet in new office and manufacturing expansion. The last three years alone have shown a 48% increase in sales for this growing firm.

TTX’s finishing systems and TTX Environmental serve a variety of industries such as:

  • Automotive
  • Appliance
  • Construction
  • Agriculture Equipment
  • Military
  • General Industry

Therma-Tron-X supports the community in a variety of ways through both direct and in-kind support of organizations and events, while team members are highly encouraged and given time to volunteer, support and take leadership roles in community causes and activities that are important to them and to the good of Door County as a whole. Major organizational support is designated to Ministry Door County Medical Center, the Door County YMCA, Door CANcer,  Sunshine House, and United Way of Door County, among others. Company ownership promotes a family-oriented culture that strives to make work fun.

“We are pleased to recognize Therma-Tron-X, Inc. as our industry of the year,” said DCEDC Executive Director Bill Chaudoir. “Their continued growth and investment in our community are welcome indicators of optimism and excitement for a bright future. We hope that will continue for many years to come.”

This year marks the 43rd year of the Door County Industry of the Year Award, first presented by the Door County Chamber of Commerce in 1973. Last year’s award winner was Jim Olson Automotive Group. Other recent winners of the Industry of the Year Award include Hatco Corporation, Renard’s Cheese Store & Deli, and WireTech Fabricators.

The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) is a public/private partnership dedicated to improving the economic vitality of the county and its residents. Founded in 1989, DCEDC has been successful in helping existing businesses create and retain thousands of jobs through a myriad of programs and initiatives. Additionally, DCEDC places strong emphasis on fostering entrepreneurial instincts in county residents as well as those who vacation on the Door County Peninsula. Door County Economic Development Corporation offices are located within the small business incubator DCEDC founded in 1997 at 185 East Walnut Street in the Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park.


Jim Olson Automotive Group Named Door County Industry of the Year

The Door County Economic Development Corporation announced today that the Jim Olson Automotive Group is the winner of the Door County Industry of the Year Award. The annual award recognizes a local construction, service or manufacturing business that has made a substantial impact on the community and enjoyed significant accomplishments during the past year. The announcement came during the DCEDC annual investors meeting at Stone Harbor Resort & Conference Center in Sturgeon Bay.

The Jim Olson Automotive Group consists of four divisions, all located in Sturgeon Bay, WI:

  • Jim Olson Motors (Chevrolet-Buick-Cadillac)
  • Jim Olson Express (quick lube, tire and brake center)
  • Jim Olson Motorcars (Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram)
  • Jim Olson Ford Lincoln

Between the four divisions, the company currently employs 85 full time and 20 part time employees.

Prior to establishing his four Sturgeon Bay businesses (in 2006, 2011, 2012 and 2014) Jim Olson spent over 30 years with the Heiser Automotive Group in Milwaukee. Jim has a demonstrated record of success in sales management, hiring, training, advertising, promotions and customer relations.

In 2014, the Jim Olson Automotive Group opened Jim Olson Ford Lincoln, in which it committed nearly $3 Million to acquire new and used vehicle inventory, parts, tools and supplies, equipment and furnishings to commence operations at 120 Green Bay Road. The company likewise invested several million dollars in 2012 to establish its Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram dealership, located at the corner of Highway 42 and North Duluth Avenue. In 2013, the organization completed an extensive remodel and expansion of its flagship Chevrolet-Buick-Cadillac dealership. Since 2011, it has also operated the Jim Olson Express facility on Egg Harbor road, providing customers with easy and convenient access to oil change, tire installation and other automotive maintenance services.

Since it began operations, the Jim Olson Automotive Group enjoyed steady and successful growth in annual sales. The company anticipates that its new Ford Lincoln dealership will add significantly in the overall group operations.

Jim is very active in the Sturgeon Bay community as a member of the Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary club, and an active supporter of the Door County Boys & Girls club, serving as the presenting sponsor of their major fundraiser, the Boys & Girls Club Celebrity Golf Outing, which is held annually at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club. He is also Co-chair of the Club’s capital campaign.

“We are pleased to recognize Jim Olson Automotive Group as our industry of the year,” said DCEDC Executive Director Bill Chaudoir. “Their continued growth and investment in our community are welcome indicators of optimism for a bright future. We hope that will continue for many years to come.”

This year marks the 42nd year of the Door County Industry of the Year Award, first presented by the Door County Chamber of Commerce in 1973. Last year’s award winner was Hatco Corporation. Other recent winners of the Industry of the Year Award include Renard’s Cheese Store & Deli, WireTech Fabricators, Roen Salvage Company and Door Peninsula Winery.