County Board schedules tour of county

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Supervisors have stops in Oconto, Gillett, Suring, Lena

Warren Bluhm,

The Oconto County Board of Supervisors has scheduled its annual industry tour for Oct. 17.

The all-day tour is an opportunity for County Board members, both long-term and brand-new, to get a comprehensive firsthand look at some of the private and public sector highlights of the county. The bus departs the courthouse at 8 a.m. with a late afternoon return.

Paul Ehrfurth, executive director of the Oconto County Economic Development Corp., walked the board through this year’s itinerary.

“Our first stop is Marine Technologies Inc., which is a company that moved into Oconto over on Charles Street a couple of years ago,” Ehrfurth said. The business does laminations for high-speed racing boats, he added, the kind “that you would see on ‘Miami Vice.’”

A tour of newly constructed facilities at the Machickanee Forest is next, followed by a demonstration from Roving Blue in Lena — one of OCEDC’s entrepreneurial companies, which makes a portable, lightweight water filtration system for the military, he said. The company has garnered clients around the world, Ehrfurth said.

Supervisors then will get a tour of Northport Inc., the aluminum boat manufacturer in Gillett, followed by a fried chicken dinner at New View Industries.

“And then up to Suring to view the new Northern Lights Hardwoods,” Ehrfurth told the board. “You were there years ago before the bankruptcy. They have new owners up there now. The employment continues to go up; I think there are upwards of 35 employees now. You won’t believe the difference if you remember the last tour that you were on.”

The board will get a look at the MAR-OCO Landfill in Crivitz, and then swing down to visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture facilities – and perhaps the Dairy Barn – in Lena.

If time permits, the Forestry and Parks Department has invited supervisors to North Bay Shore Recreation Area to see the recently installed fish cleaning station, said Kevin Hamann, county administrative coordinator.