Here is a sampling of the businesses that have successfully made the transition from the Door County Business Development Center to their own facilities. So far, 21 businesses have graduated from the incubator, creating 84 jobs in our community.
Started in 1974, Bay Electronics Inc. is a locally owned business, with its roots firmly planted in Sturgeon Bay. Developed to assist local shipyards with their Marine Electronics needs, Bay Electronics Inc. has expanded to provide a much broader range of electronic sales and services to Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and Nationwide.
Brenda Bretall Drafting
A highly successful tournament pro, Captain Tim Dawidiuk is an expert warmwater and coldwater species fisherman. Perhaps you’ve read about his Washington Island monster northern pike catches in the Chicago Tribune, or maybe you’ve studied his angling tips in Midwest Outdoors.
Founded in 1998, IceCreamSource.com was originally focused on supplying Wisconsin’s Super Premium gourmet ice cream to the entire United States. After starting in the Door County Business Development Center, the company was purchased by e-tailer Inc. in June 2002 and relocated to the Village of Ephraim in Northern Door County.
Under new management, the gourmet ice cream products were complemented by many of the Super Premium products that are typically available at the market. In 2006, the company defined another market opportunity by supplying ice cream and other frozen novelties to corporations and private parties for larger scale promotions and parties.
Key Industrial Plastics, Inc. is a vacuum forming and plastic fabricating company with design, prototyping and value added services. 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 is exploring possible additions to their production capabilities, including injection molding and foaming operations.
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. 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.
Maple Street Sign Company
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 expansion costs through funding from the Revolving Loan Funds administered by DCEDC.
TF System – The Vertical ICF, Inc. (formerly Wisconsin Thermo-Form) manufactures insulated concrete building systems. The highly efficient, patented TF Building System is based on an I-Beam structural framing skeleton, and top and bottom guide channels. This system holds panels of high-density expanded polystyrene to create a single package of form, permanent reinforcing and insulation for poured concrete walls.