Joel and Julie Flewellen of Wisconsin Rapids recently opened a new catering business, J² Catering.

Julie Flewellen said she’s had a lifelong passion for cooking, and she expanded on that as her children grew. The Flewellens worked at the Wisconsin Rapids Youth Sports Baseball and Softball Organization concession stand in Kellner, which allowed her start cooking for large groups. She also started preparing food for her husband’s co-workers at the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department.

Flewellen was also a winner in Gannett Central Wisconsin Media’s So You Think You Can Cook contest in 2012 with a cocoa-roasted Cornish game hen with spinach almond quinoa and a raspberry coulis, a type of syrup served as a garnish with the chicken.

Instead of installing a separate kitchen in their home, as would be required by health regulations if they ran the business from the house, the couple is making use of already-licensed kitchens, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars clubhouse, within the community.

J² Catering offers catering menus for lunches and dinners, weddings and funerals. The business also sells 18 different varieties of cupcakes, from mint chocolate chip to lemon meringue to caramel apple pie, available for sale by the dozen.

For more information on J² Catering, please call 715-423-3450 or email jsquaredcatering@yahoo.com. You can also find them online at www.jsquaredcatering.com or on Facebook.

What’s up with EO Johnson, Sterling Water Culligan?

EO Johnson Business Technologies, a leading business technologies company, and Sterling Water Culligan, provider of quality water treatment, have announced the sale of EO Johnson’s Pure Water Technology Division to Sterling Water.

Finalized July 31, the deal allows Sterling Water to provide more extensive point-of-use water system product offerings, and aids EO Johnson in focusing on its core business technologies offerings and IT services.

As part of the transition, Sterling Water added Pure Water Technology’s three employees – Division Manager Pat Brogan and water installers Mike Fox and Randy Boneske – to its team.

According to Wells Fargo, the water treatment industry is set to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.9 percent to reach $ 18.80 billion by 2020.

Sterling Water Culligan provides water solutions for residential, business and commercial water treatment needs. Started in 1949, the company has offices in Eau Claire, Rothschild and Waupaca in Wisconsin and Sauk Centre and Willmar in Minnesota.

EO Johnson Business Technologies provides managed IT services, managed print and document management systems, and print and document equipment. Started in 1957, the company has offices in Wausau, Eau Claire and La Crosse in Wisconsin, Minneapolis and Rochester in Minnesota, and and Cedar Falls in Iowa.

For more information regarding either business, please visit www.culliganh2o.com or www.eojohnson.com.

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