Growing Kurz buys Schneider Electric Motors

Kurz Industrial Solutions, a distributor of motors and other electro-mechanical industrial equipment, recently bought a Menomonie business.

Neenah-based Kurz announced last week that it now owns Schneider Electric Motors, 5815 N. 3M Drive, and intends to keep that business in operation.

“With the acquisition of Schneider, it strengthens our position in western Wisconsin and provides entry for Kurz into industries such as the agricultural, HVAC and waste water treatment industries,” Brian Nowak, president and CEO of Kurz, said in a news release.

Industries already served by Kurz include equipment manufacturers, paper and packaging companies, food processing firms, wind energy and plastics, according to the company’s website.

Kurz expanded into western Wisconsin in 2015 when it built a service center and warehouse in Eau Claire at 2665 Fortune Drive.

Wisconsin keeps attracting movers, U-Haul says

More people continue to move to Wisconsin than those who leave — making it the 13th highest state for growth in 2018, according to one company’s data.

Phoenix-based do-it-yourself moving equipment rental company U-Haul released its year-end migration trends on Wednesday, showing that Wisconsin maintained the No. 13 spot it also held last year.

Overall moving activity to and from the state were both down by 5 percent last year, but the end result is still a net gain for Wisconsin, according to the company.

Madison, Milwaukee and La Crosse were top destinations contributing to people moving to the state, but Eau Claire, Janesville, Racine and Appleton also had net gains.

U-Haul notes that its trends do not correlate directly to population or economic growth, but it can be used as a gauge of how well cities and states are doing at attracting residents.

Texas and Florida ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, for net arrivals for the third year in a row.

Illinois had the most net departures, followed by Michigan and California, for states where more people are leaving in a U-Haul truck than arriving.

Short Takes

• An Eau Claire insurance agency has moved one block to a new location. Previously in the 300 block of Water Street, the Cayo Agency moved into new offices on Tuesday at 216 Water St.

• Eau Claire-based Charter Bank recently hired Carla Leuck as its assistant vice president — marketing officer. Leuck has more than 20 years of marketing experience in the Chippewa Valley with positions at Group Health Cooperative, RCU, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Super Vitamin D and, most recently, Spectrum Industries in Chippewa Falls.

From staff reports