FRI AM News: WisBusiness: the Podcast with Larry Kinsman of ORIN Technologies; WisBusiness: the Show with Tom Dott, First Business Bank

— This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: the Podcast” is with Larry Kinsman, owner of ORIN Technologies of Verona. 

He discusses a pilot project at the Dane County Regional Airport that demonstrated an average 97 percent removal rate for PFAS in the area over time. His company is partnering with a Canadian firm called Fixed Earth Innovations on this effort, which uses a sponge-like material to pull the harmful chemicals out of the environment and microbes that can destroy them. 

“It looks like a honeycomb sponge … it holds it better, so it can actually pass what we call leaching tests, so it doesn’t get absorbed into the sponge and then ooze out,” he said.  

After 10 months of monitoring, Kinsman said the PFAS levels have remained low in the pilot area. 

Following the success of that pilot, he added ORIN Technologies is looking to apply this method to farm fields as well. 

“We’re doing a study like that over in the state of Michigan right now … to see if we can stop the uptake of the PFAS into the plants,” he said. “By doing that, by stopping that uptake, you create that roadblock — so now it’s not available in the feed, or the grains that we consume, animals consume.” 

He said that could help prevent PFAS from being transferred into milk and beef products. 

“So we can get to the point where it can start stopping some of this, I think that’s going to be huge,” he said. 

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— In the latest episode of “ The Show,” Tom Dott, senior vice president for commercial banking at First Business Bank, talks about the recent statewide survey of manufacturers and their challenges.

In the show’s Tech Metrics section, Wisconsin Technology Council President Tom Still talks about the UW-Milwaukee Foundation’s “Panther Partnering” effort. It aims to make research deals and associated intellectual property licensing more transparent and simple. 

Still also reviews developments with the National Science Foundation’s “regional innovation engines” program.

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— State officials have announced Fiserv’s new global headquarters in downtown Milwaukee is expected to add 250 jobs in the area over the next five years.

The $40 million project is “contingent upon incentives currently being considered” by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and city officials, according to a WEDC release. 

“As part of our investment in this new Fiserv global headquarters, we look forward to being a force for good, as we create positive and meaningful impact and grow our presence in the increasingly vibrant downtown Milwaukee community,” Fiserv President, CEO and Chairman Frank Bisignano said in a statement. 

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— The Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors has released a report detailing sale prices and monthly payments made by homeowners in more than 40 metro area communities. 

That payment figure includes principal, interest, mortgage and property taxes for three price ranges. The group’s Home Affordability Report includes data for homes sold between July and September of this year. 

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— Health officials have identified at least 200 cases of multi-system inflammatory syndrome in Wisconsin children since March 2020 — a number expected to rise in the coming months. 

And researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin, Marquette University, and UW-Milwaukee will be taking part in a new research project focused on the effects of structural racism in Milwaukee. 

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# Fiserv could receive $7 million from city of Milwaukee to move HQ downtown

# Take a rare look inside Kimberly-Clark’s Neenah X-Mill, where new products are made

# David Stearns to step down as Brewers’ head of baseball operations



– American Honey Queen making Wisconsin visits


– Referendum on ballot for $175M to build new Waunakee schools


– UW-River Falls announces finalists for CAFES dean search


– Natural Resources Board signs off on last leg of largest land conservation effort in state history


– Wipfli acquires Kentucky-based business consulting firm


– Toney walks back cross-jurisdictional abortion prosecution


– Ingeteam shares growth plans during visit from local, federal officials


– Mark Belling discusses why he’s cutting back on WISN 1130 — and why he’s not retiring

– Northwoods photographer’s new book emerged from darkness of pandemic


– Fiserv HQ moving to downtown Milwaukee, adding 250 jobs

– WEDC will give Two Rivers $250K to repurpose old bank building into craft brewery

– Regus to reopen co-working space at Bayshore

– Fiserv, Inc. will move corporate headquarters from Brookfield to downtown Milwaukee

– Eau Claire is ‘cautiously optimistic’ about grant deadline for housing atop new center


– ‘This is the right time to exhale’: David Stearns ends seven-year run


– Madison residents to pay more for water as utility raises cash to replace old pipes


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