Food delivery service starts in Eau Claire

Madison-based EatStreet is the latest food delivery service to begin operating in Eau Claire.

The company started its Eau Claire service last week, connecting customers with more than two dozen local restaurants.

Local eateries including Dooley’s Pub, Casa Margarita, Shanghai Bistro, Grizzly’s Wood-Fired Grill, and The District Pub and Grill are among those with food available through EatStreet. Eau Claire locations of chains including Buffalo Wild Wings, Firehouse Subs and Papa John’s Pizza also are included.

Eau Claire’s launch last week is part of an expansion this month that includes Green Bay, Appleton, La Crosse and Milwaukee suburbs.

That expansion will create about 300 jobs, according to the company, with 50 or more in Eau Claire.

EatStreet is in more than 250 cities with delivery from more than 15,000 restaurants, according to a company news release.

The service is available through the website or the company’s app for smartphones.

This is the second online-based food delivery service that set sights on Eau Claire this year. In July, Minneapolis-based Bite Squad began service in Eau Claire after buying 715 Delivery.

Federal Foam growth will add 52 new jobs

A New Richmond-based company that supplies to the foam and plastics industry expects to create 52 new jobs over the next three years with a $7.3 million expansion project.

Federal Foam Technologies is building a new 100,000-square-foot warehouse at its existing facility in New Richmond. The building will house the company’s shipping, receiving and warehousing, as well as provide additional space for new production equipment.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. touted the expansion in a news release sent Thursday, which mentioned $195,000 in state income tax credits are aiding the project.

Construction began in June and is scheduled to be completed in March.

Federal Foam Technologies is a custom fabricator of flexible cellular and plastic materials with four plants in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin.

WESTconsin helps in UW-Stout classroom

MENOMONIE — Four WESTconsin Credit Union employees helped teach UW-Stout students about identity theft, fraud, credit and managing debt during a fall semester class.

Chelse Cockeram, Kyle Behrens, Lisa Hoffman and Quinn Forsberg all gave hourlong presentations in a financial wellness class taught by assistant professor Jill Paetzold.

“We have employees who are passionate about helping others, so many of them jump at the chance to present financial wellness topics to students like Jill’s business class,” Lora Benrud, WESTconsin CEO, said in a UW-Stout news release.

The presentations are part of a new collaboration between the university and the Menomonie-based credit union, which serves members in 25 counties in west-central Wisconsin and east-central Minnesota.

Next tech revolution will be discussed

An Eau Claire business consultant will offer her insights into how the workforce will change in coming years with the use of new technologies in the workplace.

Dawn Garcia, founder of Pursuit of Excellence, will give the presentation “Fourth Industrial Revolution and Workforce of the Future” at noon on Nov. 27 at the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, 101 N. Farwell St.

Her presentation will include projected changes to the workforce, including jobs at risk, technologies that will increase in use and creating a workforce plan for your company’s future.

The cost to attend the luncheon is $20 for chamber members and $40 for nonmembers, which includes the meal.

Go online to or call 715-834-1204 to register.

Short Takes

• Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance recognized Arcadia-based Ashley Furniture Industries with the 2018 Wisconsin Rural Business Partner Award at an Oct. 29 ceremony. Ashley’s partnership with schools in the Trempealeau Valley Cooperative, including a $3 million mobile advanced manufacturing skills lab that will begin this year, led to the company winning the award from the nonprofit organization.

• Accounting firm Bauman Associates promoted two management-level employees in its Eau Claire office to the rank of principal. Under their new responsibilities, Daniel Carlson will specialize in health care clients and Chad Ryder will continue to be involved in new client development, mentoring young certified public accountants and recruiting talent.

• Citizens Community Bancorp, parent company of Altoona-based Citizens Community Federal Bank, appointed two new members Friday to its board of directors. Michael Conner, executive director of continuing education nonprofit PESI and president of commercial real estate company TBG Holdings; and Kathleen Skarvan, president and CEO of New Prague, Minn.-based Electromed, joined the bank’s board.

• Eau Claire-based Security Financial Bank recently hired Shelly Stensen as a financial analyst. Stensen has 25 years of experience in the banking industry.

From staff reports