Forbes’ Top US Insurance Companies Include Sheboygan’s Acuity


SHEBOYGAN – Sheboygan-based Acuity Insurance announced a pair of recent recognitions.

First, the company was recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Best Insurance Companies in 2023.

“America’s 2023 Best Insurance Companies were identified in an independent survey based on a sample of more than 15,000 U.S. citizens with at least one insurance policy,” Acuity said in a press release. “The survey considered overall customer satisfaction in the categories of financial advice, customer service, price/performance, transparency, digital services, damages/benefits, and whether they would recommend the company to friends and family. America’s Best Insurance Companies 2023 reinforces Acuity’s reputation and reflects how peers and customers perceive the company.

Out of thousands of insurers that underwrite personal lines coverage, Acuity was ranked 13th nationwide among homeowners insurers and 23rd nationwide among personal auto insurers.

Second, Acuity was named to the Deloitte Wisconsin 75, the annual program that recognizes the state’s largest private companies for their impact on Wisconsin’s economy. In Acuity’s 16th year on the list, the insurer is ranked No. 21, up from 22 in 2021.

Acuity insures more than 125,000 businesses, including 300,000 commercial vehicles and nearly half a million homes and passenger cars in 30 states. It employs more than 1,500 people.

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Music group Sheboygan will hold a CD release concert on Saturday: Sheboygan-based music group VOX will release their debut CD, “Resilient,” at a special concert on Saturday.

VOX was formed in 2017 by Marie Hetzel (founder of Sheboygan Light Rail), who was looking for something different to offer the public.

“I knew the focus had to be on vocal harmony, because in my opinion, there’s nothing more beautiful than two or more voices forming a chord,” she said. “It goes straight to my heart.”

Brittany Savaglio and Stephanie Stowers – who both have music degrees from Lakeland University – were the perfect choice, as they shared the same dream.

Music group based in Sheboygan VOX.  Pictured from left are members Stephanie Stowers, Marie Hetzel and Brittany Savaglio.

The group describes its genre as “world music”. They explore culture through the fields of folk, rock, pop, blues and gospel.

“If you come to one of our gigs, you’ll hear everything from Leadbelly to Adele to Fleet Foxes to Pink Floyd to a medieval folksong,” Hetzel said. “The common denominator is harmony.”

The three women are joined by instrumentalists Simon Ulrich, who plays guitar, keyboard, djembe, bass and cello, and Tammie Butzen, who plays guitar, banjo, bass, djembe and of the cajon. Violinist Dan Ognavic makes an appearance on the new CD.

“Resilient” was recorded in Hetzel’s home studio and mixed and mastered by Ulrich, a music student at Lakeland University.

The CD launch concert will be at 7 p.m. on October 15 at First Congregational UCC, 310 Bluff Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The concert is free, although tips are appreciated to help cover production costs. Refreshments will be available afterwards. CDs and T-shirts will be available for purchase.

Old Wisconsin VP, GM Featured in Chamber ‘Executive Series’ October 20: The next in the Sheboygan County Chamber’s “executive series” will feature former Wisconsin vice president and general manager Steven Harrison speaking on “culture in the workplace.”

The event will take place at 7:30 a.m. on October 20 at Pine Hills Country Club, 4914 Superior Ave., Sheboygan. Admission is $25 for Chamber members or $35 for non-members. People can register online or by calling the Chamber at 920-457-9491.

Old Wisconsin Sausage's electronic sign features the company's 75th year, Wednesday, July 27, 2022, in Sheboygan, Wis.

According to a press release, Harrison “will lead a discussion on ‘workplace culture’ and how it helped shape Old Wisconsin Sausage for 75 years.

“Steve has worked for Old Wisconsin Sausage Company for over four decades. He was born and raised in Sheboygan County and has had an impressive impact on both the organization and many local nonprofits by serving on boards or volunteering his time to charities. events. As he contemplates his retirement, Steve is aware of the corporate culture that has been built in Old Wisconsin over the years, especially focusing on the strong foundations the company has built in this community. His experiences leading an exponentially growing company, while maintaining tradition, led to this presentation on ‘workplace culture’.

TDS expands its all-fiber high-speed Internet network in Sheboygan County: TDS Telecommunications LLC plans to bring its all-fiber broadband internet network to Sheboygan County, the company said in a news release.

According to the release, upon completion, more than 25,000 homes and businesses in Sheboygan County will have access to TDS’ network, which will include the communities of Sheboygan, Sheboygan Falls, Plymouth and Kohler.

Construction is expected to begin this month.

The TDS network will offer download and upload speeds of up to 2Gig. In addition, residents will have a new choice of television services and phone options, according to the statement.

Founded in 1969 in Madison, TDS said it was building fiber networks in nearly every corner of the state with the recent announcement of projects in 18 Wisconsin communities.

STEM conference for girls in November; registration deadline Oct. 28: The Sheboygan branch of the American Association of University Women is sponsoring its fifth Girls’ STEM Conference for girls in grades six through ninth on November 5 at Sheboygan South High School, 1240 Washington Ave.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to noon. Girls can choose three of 11 hands-on 45-minute workshops that will be limited to eight girls per session.

Workshops are Robotic Surgery, Chemical Demons, Crime Scene Investigation, Color Science, Architecture – Design Awareness, Beaded Binary Bracelet Shop, A Look Inside the bovine hide, hydroponics, graphic design for beginners, flowers and perfumes and sensory slices.

Kathryn Clouse, director of Kohler Co.’s kitchen and bath product innovation program, is the keynote speaker.

Registration is $10 – which includes workshops and supplies – and is due by October 28.

To register or for more information, call 920-458-5819.

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