There are many places where your business can prosper. There are some places where you can find a lifestyle of exceptional quality. There are very few places, like Door County, that can offer you both.
The Door County Peninsula is home to a distinctive and successful community of business leaders and entrepreneurs. They have discovered that Door County is much more than a wonderful place to vacation. It’s also a beautiful place to live and an excellent environment for business.
They set their goal at having it all. In Door County, they found that they could.
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Parcus Medical, LLC
In early 2006, a new manufacturing company began operations in the Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park. Parcus Medical (formerly Future Machine, Inc.) is a start-up medical device manufacturer, located in the center section of the former Emerson Motors building, produces plastic and titanium screws and surgical implements. Company founder Mark Brunsvold brings his prior experience starting a similar company in Florida to Door County. Parcus Medical is dedicated to machining the latest designs in the medical device industry, using sophisticated numerical controlled machines to produce surgical instruments and implants to exacting specifications that allow healthcare partners to provide patient care without compromise.
The company intends to market its services across a wide spectrum of medical companies. Parcus Medical was assisted in financing their start-up costs through funding from the Revolving Loan Funds administered by the Door County Economic Development Corporation, to purchase three pieces of equipment necessary for the establishment of the company. According to Brunsvold, “Parcus intends to be a high volume manufacturer with quality our number one priority. In the short term, we anticipate having 20 employees and hope to have at least 75 in the course of five to seven years. We are confident that we will be a major employer for the Sturgeon Bay area.”
Brunsvold was born in Milwaukee and grew up in St. Louis. He attended the University of Missouri-Rolla where he studied mechanical engineering. After school, he started his first company, a metal fabrication and machine business, with a partner. After eleven years, he left the company to pursue medical device machining and founded Machined Metals Inc. Machined Metals began in a 1,200 square foot space with no employees. One year later, the company occupied 10,000 square feet and had eighteen employees. The growth continued for seven years until Arthrex Manufacturing, its biggest customer, purchased Machined Metals in 2001. After leaving Arthrex as VP of manufacturing in 2002, Brunsvold founded Black Pearl Marine, a Florida yacht sales organization selling Post Yachts, Black Pearl Yachts and brokerage boats.
Brunsvold, his wife Jesse, who has family in Door County, and their four young children are enjoying their new life in the Sturgeon Bay area.
Key Industrial Plastics
Key Industrial Plastics, Inc. is a vacuum forming and plastic fabricating company with design, prototyping and value added services. Equipment includes three modern vacuum forming machines – two sheet fed and one roll fed – as well as four CNC routers. Items produced range from industrial wear pads to candle packaging to food service trays. Although they currently manufacture for other companies, Key Industrial Plastics hopes to begin the introduction of their own products by the spring of 2007.
The company started as Key Industrial Prototype Services in August 1998 and was run out of owner Mike Keyser’s garage until they picked up their first steady customer. In March 1999, they leased a 500 square foot industrial space in the Door County Business Development Center business incubator. Within a few months, they outgrew the 500 square foot room and moved into a larger 1,000 square foot space. By April of 2001 the company had grown to fill a 2,000 square foot area. Growth continued and in October of 2002, Keyser relocated his company to a custom build 6,400 square foot facility in the Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park. Designed with future growth in mind, the current location has the capability of adding an additional 6,000 square feet. The company is exploring possible additions to their production capabilities, including injection molding and foaming operations.
Jeremy Popelka and Stephanie Trenchard
Popelka Glass Studios
Jeremy Popelka and Stephanie Trenchard began Popelka Glass Studios in the Door County Business Development Center business incubator facility in 1997. The studio produces award-winning functional and decorative glass artworks in Sturgeon Bay that are carried in galleries around the country, including a line of blown work which utilizes a wide variety of techniques, from optical molds from the Roman Empire to mosaic applications from Murrano. The couple also creates custom and commission work for collectors worldwide, collaborating with architects, designers and homeowners to create specialized glass light fixtures, centerpieces, drawer handles and other household pieces. In January 2003, they relocated into a studio and gallery space in the downtown shopping district of Sturgeon Bay. Door County Economic Development Corporation assisted in financing their start-up and expansion costs through funding from the Revolving Loan Funds administered by DCEDC.