Ozaukee Economic Development recognizes growth, involvement
Citing its business vitality and community involvement, Ozaukee Economic Development has named the Port Washington-based Ansay & Associates its Large Business of the Year.
The countywide recognition program was started last year and singles out businesses in three categories.
Earning the Small Business of the Year Award was Shully’s Cuisine & Events, 146 Green Bay Ave., Thiensville, while Johnson Level, 63333 W. Donges Bay Rd., Mequon, won the Mid-sized Business of the Year Award.
Ansay & Associates, an independent investment and insurance company, was founded in 1946 by Adolph Ansay and continues as a family-run business.
According to the nomination, since 1995, the company has been in a growth and expansion mode — opening offices in new markets in Green Bay, West Bend and the Fox Valley and acquiring complimentary businesses.
The company has seen its workforce grow from 85 in 2009 to 200 today.
In addition, Ansay says its sales volume has almost tripled over the past five years.
“As a company that focuses on a relationship of trust and integrity with clients, community support is vital to the company,” the nomination says.
In keeping with that commitment, Ansay & Associates is a contributor to Portal Industries, the Port Washington Historical Society, the Luxembourg American Cultural Center in Belgium and Port Washington’s Fish Day celebration.
In addition, employees are allowed to contribute eight hours of paid work time to the nonprofit organization of their choice.
Ozaukee County Administrator Tom Meaux said the company has a “long-standing legacy” of local involvement.
“Mike Ansay and his team not only are growing their business and creating local jobs, but also giving back to our community in so many ways,” Meaux said.
Johnson Level also dates back to the 1940s, and has grown to become a leading manufacturer of professional quality tools.
During the latest economic recession, the company instituted a Lean Manufacturing initiative to maintain and continue its growth.
That effort put an emphasis on workshop optimization instead of staff reductions. It also began expanding current international business relationships to increase exports to foreign markets.
Thanks to the initiative, Johnson Level increased its workforce by more than 12% and recorded a 27.5% jump in revenue.
As a third-generation, family-owned business, the company has maintained a strong community role. It is working with the Waukesha-Ozaukee-Workforce Development Board, Mequon-Thiensville Board of Education, Junior Achievement and Boy Scouts of America.
“As a locally owned manufacturer with a global impact, the company remains committed to supporting important community causes and business efforts,” said Francisco Sanchez, board president of WOW Workforce Development.
The catering business Shully’s Cuisine opened in 1984.
Owners Scott and Beth Shully have also seen significant growth in their revenue stream and client base.
Last year, the company expanded its facilities to make room for an event venue called the Watermark.
The business recently signed a contract to provide catering services at Ramhorn Farms in Newburg.
Karl Hertz, former Thiensville village president and current Ozaukee County Board supervisor, called Shully’s a “strong community partner.”
“Over the past 20 years, Shully’s has creatively grown while maintaining an excellent sense of community pride, involvement and principled citizenship,” Hertz said.
The businesses will be presented their awards at the OED Business of the Year and Economic Forecast Breakfast.
The breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m., Sept. 24, at the Ozaukee Pavilion on the county fairgrounds in Cedarburg.
For more information, contact Kathleen Cady Schilling at 238-7730 or e-mail her at