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Senators consider former lobbyist as EPA's permanent chief
WASHINGTON — Acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler's past lobbying work for coal companies and other industries regulated by the agency is expected to draw scrutiny Wednesday when a Senate committee considers his nomination to the position.
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Shopko files for bankruptcy protection 01-16-2019
ASHWAUBENON, Wis. — Wisconsin-based retail chain Shopko Stores has filed for bankruptcy protection as it makes plans to close more stores.
Fiserv buys First Data for $22B, creating fintech giant 01-16-2019
NEW YORK — Fiserv is buying First Data in a $22 billion all-stock deal, creating a giant player in the payments and financial technology sector.
Sears staves off liquidation, stores to remain open 01-16-2019
NEW YORK — Sears will live on— at least for now.
Watertown barbershop wins Main Street Makeover Contest 01-16-2019
MADISON — The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation announced Tuesday that Anthony’s 511 barbershop in downtown Watertown is the winner in its annual Main Street Makeover Contest.
Child and Family Therapeutic Systems adds new Elkhorn location 01-16-2019
ELKHORN — A new location in Elkhorn has been opened by Child and Family Therapeutic Systems to increase access to personalized, systemic therapeutic services.
State AG obtains $360K judgment against Froedtert Memorial 01-16-2019
MADISON — Attorney General Josh Kaul’s office has reportedly obtained a judgment against Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Inc., requiring the health care provider to pay $360,000 in forfeitures, court costs, surcharges, and attorney fees for violating state hazardous waste laws and regulations at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa.
ReStore to take over vacant Gander Mountain building in Germantown 01-16-2019
GERMANTOWN — A former big-box retail space in Germantown that once housed Gander Mountain could soon be repurposed for an expanded resale shop operated by Habitat for Humanity.
Wisconsin offers assistance to furloughed federal employees 01-16-2019
MADISON — Federal employees who are finding themselves on furlough because of the federal shutdown are able to apply for unemployment benefits in Wisconsin to help meet their financial needs.
Mama Mia’s in Mequon moving to Germantown 01-16-2019
MEQUON — Jude Barbiere’s Mama Mia’s, which has been located for more than six years in Mequon, is moving to Germantown.
Little Switzerland 01-16-2019
SLINGER — Little Switzerland is again welcoming visitors to the slopes, now boasting nearly a decade of operation under its current management.
North Shore Dance Studio moving  01-15-2019
MEQUON — New Year. New Home. This is North Shore Dance Studio’s 2019 slogan as the performance studio gears up to transition into a different space by the end of the month.
Former Tecumseh Products site in Grafton picks up another tenant  01-15-2019
GRAFTON — Phoenix Investors, which purchased the former Tecumseh Products Co. engine plant in Grafton, has another tenant for the building.
Grafton Shopko one of six to close 01-15-2019
GRAFTON — Weeks of rumors about the demise of the Shopko store in Grafton are now official.
Hartford panel rejects U-Haul development of former Kmart site 01-15-2019
HARTFORD — Officials of U-Haul Moving and Storage Company left Monday night’s Plan Commission meeting disappointed and refused to comment after the Commission voted against approving the company’s plan to redevelop the Hartford Plaza into large U-Haul Neighborhood Store.
Evers wants WEDC to create entrepreneurship committee
WAUKESHA — Gov. Tony Evers is asking the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to create a committee for entrepreneurship and innovation.
Leases, used car sales could be hurt by tax refunds: What to know 01-15-2019
DETROIT — The warnings flashed a few years back: 2019 was to be a year of the “lease tsunami.”
Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year award nominees announced 01-15-2019
MADISON — The companies competing to be named to the 31st Annual Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Awards list has been narrowed down to 28.
Cost-slasher Digital First makes run at Gannett 01-15-2019
Digital First Media, the hedge fund-controlled firm known for extreme cost-cutting in newsrooms from the Philadelphia suburbs to California, is making a $1.4-billion hostile bid for Gannett Co., the publisher of more than 100 daily newspapers, including USA Today and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
December home sales decline 10.8% in metro Milwaukee
WAUKESHA — The home selling market for the metro Milwaukee market did not end on a high note for 2018 with a decline of 1.4 percent in year-over-year sales and the month of December also dipping 10.8 percent when compared to last December, according to data from the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors on Monday.
Hom Wood Fired Grill to close at Bayshore 01-13-2019
GLENDALE — Like its first location in Brookfield, Hom Wood Fired Grill is set to close at Bayshore Town Center.
Herzing University proposes campus in vacant Brookfield building 01-13-2019
BROOKFIELD — Empty since summer, the former Fresh Market building at Brookfield Square may soon be filled by Herzing University.
Fiscal Facts: Manufacturing is a bigger share of Wisconsin's workforce than most other states 01-12-2019
WAUKESHA - In 2017, the manufacturing sector in Wisconsin produced $59.1 billion in economic output, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Shopko announces closure of 6 more stores in Wisconsin
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Shopko has announced the closure of six more stores in Wisconsin.
U-Haul proposes purchase, redevelopment of Hartford Plaza 01-11-2019
HARTFORD — U-Haul Moving and Storage is proposing to buy and develop the mostly and long vacant Hartford Plaza along Highway 60, but some city officials have said that if the company sticks to the plan as now proposed it is possible it could be rejected.
Target rings up strong holiday sales growth of 5.7% 01-11-2019
MINNEAPOLIS — Holiday sales jumped 5.7 percent at Target Corp. during the November-December holiday shopping season compared to a year ago, fueling what could be the retailer’s largest full-year sales gains since 2005.
Kohl’s reports increased holiday sales, improves outlook 01-11-2019
MENOMONEE FALLS —The holiday season was a jolly one for retailer Kohl’s Corporation, which on Thursday reported an increase of 1.2 percent in comparable sales, resulting in the company improving its fiscal outlook.
Weak holiday sales at department stores catch many off guard 01-10-2019
NEW YORK — NEW YORK — It was supposed to be a great holiday shopping season. Many investors had expected department stores to enjoy robust sales in light of a U.S. economy buoyed by low unemployment, higher wages, strong consumer confidence and cheap gas.
Creation of Okauchee downtown zoning district proposed
OKAUCHEE — Waukesha County and the Town of Oconomowoc are looking at creating a Downtown Okauchee Zoning District in order to improve upon the city’s downtown area and attract new businesses to the area.
New plans for historic Lake Road site submitted 01-10-2019
OCONOMOWOC — Renner Architects, the developer behind plans that would place a condominium project at the historic 517 Lake Road site, has submitted updated plans to be reviewed at the Architectural Commission meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday in City Hall, 174. E Wisconsin Ave.
Bamboo Bistro bound for Grafton 01-10-2019
GRAFTON — One family’s goal is to bring the food they know and love to the community around them, because their community is just another kind of family.
Council lifts zoning moratorium 01-10-2019
MEQUON — The Mequon Common Council took several steps Tuesday aimed at what members hope will guide appropriate development for a prominent entryway to the city.
Cedarburg condo concept plan stalls
CEDARBURG — A new condominium development on Cedarburg’s south side proposed for residents 55 years and older side will have to wait another month for a necessary amendment to the land-use plan and a rezone of the property.
WaterStone Bank launches program for first responders
WAUWATOSA — WaterStone Bank has created a program to serve area first responders called HERO.
Ascension Wisconsin partners with Emerus Holdings to expand health care coverage 01-10-2019
GLENDALE — Ascension Wisconsin announced Wednesday it has partnered with Emerus Holdings Inc., the nation’s first and largest operator of neighborhood hospitals, to expand health care coverage in Wisconsin.
Grubhub has arrived in Waukesha, Washington counties 01-10-2019
WAUKESHA — It’s a bitterly cold Wednesday afternoon, but inside the kitchen at Pho King Awesome, at 316 W. Sunset Drive on Waukesha’s south side, the steam wafting from stock pots is all the warmth that’s needed, as cooks hum about preparing meals.
Improv comedy club coming to The Corners of Brookfield 01-10-2019
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — The Corners is taking shape as the living, dining, shopping and entertainment center it was planned to be with Wednesday’s announcement that the comedy venue Improv will open in the center in 2020.
Panel endorses proposed Sendik’s renovations at The Corners 01-10-2019
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — The mixed-use Corners development is less than two years old, but structural changes are afoot as 2019 gets underway.
Shopko supplier says retailer will soon file for bankruptcy 01-09-2019
ASHWAUBENON, Wis. — A pharmaceutical drug supplier to Shopko says the Wisconsin-based retail chain is expected to file for bankruptcy next week.
Landmark Credit Union announces new Brookfield branch
NEW BERLIN — Landmark Credit Union announced on Tuesday plans for a new branch location in Brookfield on the northwest corner of Bluemound Road and Janacek Road.
Some in downtown West Bend group regret overpaying for students’ ideas
WEST BEND — Members of the Downtown West Bend Business Improvement District expressed some buyer’s remorse when they reviewed some of the ideas the high school and college students generated as part of The Commons group.
Erin Hills named a top golf course 01-09-2019
TOWN OF ERIN — Erin Hills Golf Course moved up two spots and landed at No. 42 on Golf Digest’s 100 greatest U.S. golf course rankings, which includes private and public courses.
Chicago-style pizza maker Giordano’s coming to Wisconsin 01-09-2019
WAUKESHA — For Wisconsin residents who love Chicago-style deep dish pizza, the real thing will be getting a little closer.
Experienced retailers open farmhouse chic store in Hartford 01-09-2019
HARTFORD — Experienced retailers and southeastern Wisconsin natives Sue and Bill Gessert have returned to the area to bring a new store to downtown Hartford.
ProHealth Care and UW Health extend partnership 01-09-2019
WAUKESHA — ProHealth Care and UW Health announced Tuesday it will extend its clinical partnership to include heart and vascular care.
Bowls joins Public Market 01-08-2019
MEQUON — Bowls, a popular restaurant in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood, was announced Friday as the latest addition to the Mequon Public Market.
Kwik Trip purchases West Bend Citgo station 01-08-2019
WEST BEND — Kwik Trip will continue to expand in West Bend through buying and rebranding a pre-existing gas station.
Jackson panel recommends storage unit proposal, but questions still loom 01-06-2019
JACKSON — After a one-month hiatus, a village of Jackson panel Thursday gave a favorable recommendation to a proposed 60-unit storage facility near a residential development.
Bowls to open second location in Mequon 01-05-2019
MEQUON — Bowls is the latest restaurant announced for the Mequon Public Market at Spur 16.
MMAC: Economic indicators holding steady 01-05-2019
MILWAUKEE — Economic indicators for the metro Milwaukee area are holding steady and are improving slightly for unemployment and employment, according to data released Friday by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.
Kohler adds to smart product line to improve music and lighting experiences
KOHLER — As homes continue to get “smarter” with the use of technology, Kohler Co. has improved its line of technology-driven products.
36,546-square-foot manufacturing facility pitched for business park 01-05-2019
WAUKESHA — When the Waukesha Plan Commission gathers Wednesday evening, one of the bigger items it will be asked to review is a preliminary site plan for a 36,546square-foot manufacturing facility being proposed for the Waukesha Corporate Center.
Developer submits new plans for historic Lake Road site 01-05-2019
OCONOMOWOC — Renner Architects, the developer behind plans that would place a condominium project at the historic 517 Lake Road site, has submitted updated plans to be reviewed at the Architectural Commission meeting at 5 p.m., Wednesday in City Hall, 174. E Wisconsin Ave.
US employers added a stellar 312,000 jobs in December 01-04-2019
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers dramatically stepped up their hiring in December, adding 312,000 jobs in an encouraging display of strength for an economy in the midst of a trade war, slowing global growth and a partial shutdown of the federal government.
Germantown company acquired by Nashville-based firm
GERMANTOWN — Blower Application Co. Inc. was recently acquired by Gen Cap America, based in Nashville, Tennessee.
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware to open Feb. 2 in Brookfield 01-04-2019
BROOKFIELD — The move from Milwaukee to Brookfield is complete for Rockler Woodworking and Hardware with the grand opening planned for Feb. 2.
New system helps with 163 shoulder replacements in first year locally 01-04-2019
WAUKESHA — In the first year of use by Pro-Health Orthopedic Care and the surgeons of Orthopaedic Associates of Wisconsin, ExactechGPS has helped with 163 shoulder replacements locally.
Living the good life 01-03-2019
MERTON — U.S. Census data released earlier this month indicating that several of the state’s wealthiest communities are in Waukesha and Ozaukee counties.
Buffet of Options 01-03-2019
OCONOMOWOC — Citizens of Oconomowoc don’t have to go far to find something to satisfy their appetite any longer.
Jackson salon completes months-long renovation 01-03-2019
JACKSON — Desire 2 Inspire has completed a nine-month expansion to offer more services and employ additional salon professionals.
Sprecher’s Pub to close at Bayshore 01-03-2019
GLENDALE — Sprecher’s Pub at the Bayshore Town Center announced Wednesday it will close its doors next week.
Prairie Financial Group to be divided into two brands 01-03-2019
WAUKESHA — Waukesha State Bank announced Wednesday that its Prairie Financial Group division will be separated into two brands: Prairie Trust and Waukesha State Bank Wealth Management.
Periwinkle’s Bakery to focus on special orders, products for deli 01-03-2019
WAUKESHA — A new year is the time for reinvention and the case is no different at Periwinkle’s Bakery on Broadway, which after five years of operation is transitioning to a production facility to create products for sale at its parent company, neighboring Rochester Deli, as well as to fill custom orders.
Halquist sells Lisbon quarry to Lannon Stone 01-03-2019
TOWN OF LISBON — Lannon Stone Incorporated has purchased from Halquist Stone Company the approximately 300-acre Lisbon limestone quarry at the intersection of Highway K (Lisbon Road) and Highway F on the Lisbon-Sussex border.
TD Graphics moves into new facility in Kewaskum 01-02-2019
KEWASKUM — Travis Dassow was just sick of relying on someone else to do what he needed done and, at the same time, wanted to save a little money.
CBD gains popularity as local retailers enter cannabis market 01-02-2019
WAUKESHA — The popular cannabis extract from hemp known as cannabidiol or “CBD” has emerged in storefronts and street signs as Waukesha-area businesses find their place in the cannabis market — some of which specialize in CBD while others offer CBD products in addition to their usual wares.
Multi-tenant commercial building, salon proposed on West Beloit Road 01-02-2019
NEW BERLIN — An approximately 3,000-square-foot multi-tenant commercial building has been proposed at 12301 W. Beloit Road in the city.
Mainstream Bar & Grill planning expansion 01-02-2019
WAUKESHA — Popular downtown tavern and eatery Mainstream Bar & Grill is expanding.
First Choice Tree Care relocating from Mequon 12-31-2018
GERMANTOWN — The depths of winter might soon be on the horizon, but Germantown officials recently were thinking spring as they finalized a business owner’s application request.
What a difference 50 years can make
CEDARBURG — Fifty years ago this month, volunteers with the Cedarburg Fire Department fought one of the largest fires in the community’s history. Today the building is nearly ready to become home to the largest appliance showroom in the state.
Rezoning of former Fracaro’s tops first council meeting of ’19 12-29-2018
WAUKESHA — When aldermen gather for their first Common Council meeting of the new year on Thursday, they’ll be asked to back a proposal to rezone the former Fracaro’s Lanes property at 1430 White Rock Ave., paving the way for a possible apartment complex at the site.
Connoils LLC construction underway
BIG BEND — Construction of Connoils LLC’s new building is well underway with the shell of the building almost complete, said Mike Duffek, principle of Duffek Construction.
Former American TV warehouses sold for $14.3 million 12-29-2018
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — A real estate investment trust out of Boston purchased a parcel of land in the city with two warehouse buildings on the property for $14.3 million, according to state records.
Milwaukee-W.O.W. unemployment 2.9% for November
WAUKESHA — The very low unemployment numbers continued for the month of November around the state at 3 percent, and 2.9 percent for the Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington counties region.
Oconomowoc Kmart is closing 12-29-2018
OCONOMOWOC — The Kmart at 1450 Summit Ave. will be closed come March 2019, according to a press release from Sears Holdings.
Slinger panel approves CUP for fitness center to open at new site 12-28-2018
SLINGER — The village’s Plan Commission recently recommended granting a conditional use permit that would the move and expansion of an existing village business at a nearby larger location.
Working out to tee off 12-28-2018
MEQUON — Golf has been in Andy Fish’s blood since he was in first grade.
Canyon City reopens as Silvernail Inn Bar & Eatery 12-28-2018
WAUKESHA — Longtime Waukesha eatery Canyon City Wood Grille, 2903 N. Grandview Blvd., has officially reopened under the same ownership as the Silvernail Inn Bar & Eatery.
Imperial House Restaurant closed until further notice 12-28-2018
MUKWONAGO — Imperial House Restaurant at 920 Greenwald Court closed earlier this year after the restaurant’s cook was injured, according to the restaurant’s website.
Coffeeville Co. to open 2nd location in 2019 12-27-2018
JACKSON — Coffeeville Co. will open a second location in early January with a limited menu but the same community atmosphere.
Laacke & Joys closing after 170 years in business 12-27-2018
BROOKFIELD — After more than 170 years of selling goods, Laacke & Joys will close its doors.
Oconomowoc KFC closes 12-27-2018
OCONOMOWOC — The Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at 860 E. Wisconsin Ave. has apparently closed for business, perhaps permanently.
Village Board approves new business park tenant 12-27-2018
MUKWONAGO — New Berlin-based Super Products, LLC is slated to become a tenant of Mukwonago’s new business park following Village Board approval of the company’s project at a Dec. 19 meeting, said John Weidl, village administrator and economic development director.
Breach of contract claim dismissed in The Corners’ lawsuit 12-27-2018
WAUKESHA — A judge has dismissed a breach of contract claim brought by the Marcus Corporation against the Town of Brookfield and The Corners, but a claim that the defendants acted in bad faith when they embarked on plans to build a movie theater at the development could continue to trial.
Business leaders get creative to find workers 12-27-2018
WAUKESHA — A tight labor market in Waukesha County is forcing area business owners to get creative to land the talent they need.
Spur 16 adds yoga studio 12-26-2018
MEQUON — Yama Yoga True North is the latest addition to Spur 16 in the Mequon Town Center.
Thiensville-based Falafel Guys opens second restaurant on Milwaukee’s East Side 12-26-2018
THIENSVILLE — Falafel Guys, a restaurant located at 105 W. Freistadt Road in Thiensville, has expanded.
Family-friendly microbrewery coming to Lumberyard 1505 12-26-2018
GRAFTON — Brews, bicycles and board games are coming to the Lumberyard 1505 in Grafton.
Lac La Belle preparing Prestwick codes 12-26-2018
LAC LA BELLE — Village staff has begun crafting zoning ordinances to control development of a corporate headquarters for the Prestwick Group near the Lac La Belle golf course following the Village Board’s final approval of amendments to the Smart Growth plan needed to accommodate the development.
Health care is where the jobs are. But what kind of jobs?
More Americans are now employed in health care than in any other industry.
A Food-Centric Family 12-22-2018
WAUKESHA - There’s a little unassuming Asian food restaurant in a Waukesha strip mall that many people may have driven past - or even eaten at - but not have known that one of its fans is famous in the literary world.
Actuant reports first quarter loss 12-21-2018
MENOMONEE FALLS — Actuant Corp. (ATU) on Thursday reported a fiscal first-quarter loss of $17.5 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier.
From Firehouse to Food Service 12-21-2018
MENOMONEE FALLS — A project transforming a historic firehouse into a restaurant and banquet hall is underway in the village.
State business leaders less optimistic about economy
MADISON — While Wisconsin’s economy remains strong and the state has low unemployment, a survey by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce found that state business leaders are less optimistic heading into 2019 than one year ago.
5 Joints @ 5 Points opens in downtown Waukesha 12-21-2018
WAUKESHA — A new downtown eatery, 5 Joints @ 5 Points, is ready for diners.
Uncle Julio’s now serving Mexican ‘from scratch’ 12-21-2018
BROOKFIELD — Authentic, made-from-scratch Mexican cuisine is now up for grabs at Uncle Julio’s, the latest establishment to open in Brookfield Square as part of the development of the former Sears department store site.
Wisconsin unemployment rate at 3 percent for 10th month
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin's unemployment rate is at or below 3 percent for a record 10th month in a row.
Parker’s Place owner Ellis starts nonprofit 12-20-2018
OCONOMOWOC — Parker’s Place owner Kevin Ellis has started a nonprofit organization called Corbin’s Foundation to help individuals get their health back on track if they can’t afford the fees associated with a gym membership.
‘I never wanted to do anything else except be right here’ 12-20-2018
CEDARBURG — You might say it’s been an uphill battle, but John Jankowski, owner of Ye Olde Pharmacy and Wellness Center in Cedarburg, never doubted his business could compete against the big guys and succeed.
Timmer’s turns the page 12-20-2018
WEST BEND — The history book for Timmer’s Resort just added a chapter to its 154-year-old tale. The previous owners, George and Judi Prescott, finalized the sale of Timmer’s and restaurant to Scott Lurie.
Postorino Decorating announces new ownership 12-20-2018
RACINE — Pastorino Decorating, Inc. announced that for the first time since the company was founded in 1946, it will be owned by someone outside of the Pastorino family.
Audit faults plans to credit Foxconn for work outside state
MADISON — Wisconsin’s economic development agency needs to modify procedures to ensure tax credits aren’t awarded for Foxconn Technology Group employees who don’t do work in the state, which would violate state law and the contract with the company, an audit released Wednesday said.
Fed lifts rates for 4th time this year but sees fewer hikes
WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate for the fourth time this year to reflect the U.S. economy's continued strength but signaling that it expects to slow hikes next year.
Bids opened for Hartford North Bookend project demolition 12-19-2018
HARTFORD — Bids were received Tuesday for demolition and other preliminary site work that could allow construction of the planned North Bookend apartment project adjacent to the city’s downtown to begin in the spring.
Eagles Landing model now open to public 12-19-2018
OCONOMOWOC — The model condominium at Eagles Landing, 130 W. Wisconsin Ave., is now open to the public for viewing a year and a half after breaking ground in June 2017.
Yoga studio coming to Mequon’s Spur 16 12-19-2018
MEQUON — Yama Yoga True North is the latest addition to Spur 16 in the Mequon Town Center.
The sweet smell of nostalgia 12-19-2018
Browsing a candy counter at a local confectionery and breathing in the heavenly scent of chocolate brings nostalgic delight to people of all ages.
Port Washington State Bank expanding 12-18-2018
MEQUON — Port Washington State Bank announced plans this week to open its eighth branch in Ozaukee County early next year.
Farm Bill awaits Trump’s signature 12-18-2018
WEST BEND — The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 — better known as the Farm Bill — is awaiting President Donald Trump’s signature.
Mayville-based engineering firm acquires Ohio metal company 12-18-2018
WAUKESHA — Mayville Engineering Company, Inc. has acquired Defiance Metal Products, an Ohio-based manufacturer of metal products for the commercial vehicle, agriculture, construction, and military industries, through a private stock purchase, MEC announced Monday.
Smart Growth to be changed for Prestwick 12-18-2018
LAC LA BELLE — The village’s longstanding policy of prohibiting commercial development, except for a local golf course, is likely to be reversed this week by the Village Board.
Health insurance on demand? Some are betting on it 12-17-2018
People with health insurance often pay for coverage they never use. A startup wants to shake that up.
New shopping center could feature Jersey Mike’s 12-16-2018
PEWAUKEE — Jersey Mike’s sub shop could make its debut in the Lake Country area following a meeting Thursday night where the Plan Commission approved a conceptual design for a new location on the village’s southeast side.
Panel backs rezoning Fracaro’s site, tables development proposal 12-16-2018
WAUKESHA — The city of Waukesha Plan Commission has backed a proposal to rezone the former Fracaro’s Lanes property at 1430 White Rock Ave. for possible redevelopment as an apartment complex.
Judge hears arguments in Corners suit 12-16-2018
WAUKESHA — A judge this week heard arguments in the Marcus Corp.’s lawsuit against the Town of Brookfield and The Corners, with a decision expected later this month.
Marcus Corporation rings Stock Exchange bell 12-16-2018
MILWAUKEE — Representatives of Milwaukee-based Marcus Corporation rang the Opening Bell on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday morning.
WhirlyBall could open this summer 12-16-2018
BROOKFIELD — Construction is underway and on track to be completed by summer for the new 45,000-square-foot Whirly-Ball facility at Brookfield Square Mall.
Farmers buoyed but cautious as China resumes buying soybeans 12-14-2018
BISMARCK, N.D. — The resumption of soybean sales to China this week is encouraging to American farmers who have seen the value of their crop plummet amid a trade war with the world's second-largest economy, but producers see it only as a small step and say they need more federal aid.
Students in West Bend learn about career options at networking event 12-14-2018
WEST BEND — More than 60 students spent their morning at the West Bend West cafeteria Thursday morning, learning about various career possibilities, along with the training and education required, when they complete their secondary education.
Prestwick headquarters a ‘done deal’ 12-14-2018
LAC LA BELLE — Village officials are admitting they are contractually obligated to allow the Prestwick Group to build its corporate headquarters in the village if the company agrees to buy the village land where the building will be built.
Sendik’s to add main level presence at The Corners 12-14-2018
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — Now solely in the lower level of The Corners, Sendik’s Food Markets will invest $5 million into the Town of Brookfield location to increase the store’s footprint, which includes a main level presence.
First Federal Bank rings closing bell at the Nasdaq Stock MarketSite 12-14-2018
WAUKESHA — On Wednesday, First Federal Bank of Wisconsin President and Chief Executive Officer Edward H. Schaefer rang the closing bell at the Nasdaq Stock MarketSite in New York’s Times Square.
Shopko Optical to open on Sunset Drive in Waukesha
WAUKESHA — Shopko Optical Center will hold a grand opening celebration Monday for its new location at 1166 W. Sunset Drive.
Walker announces deal to keep Kimberly-Clark jobs 12-13-2018
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker executed a $28 million deal Thursday to save nearly 400 jobs at a Kimberly-Clark Corp. plant.
Common Council to create antenna towers ordinance
OCONOMOWOC — The Oconomowoc Common Council will hold a public hearing for the creation of an ordinance relating to where cell towers and antennas can be located in the city at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 174 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Sleep Number store to open in Grafton 12-13-2018
GRAFTON — A new Sleep Number store is expected to open this weekend in Grafton.
Food Truck Tour promises to be bigger and better in ’19
THIENSVILLE — After a very popular inaugural year, the Food Truck Tour will return to Thiensville’s Village Park next summer with changes that organizers hope will take it to another level.
Dance studio to redevelop Main Street property 12-13-2018
MUKWONAGO — Kay’s Academy of Dance may relocate to 715 Main St. following site plan approval by the Plan Commission Tuesday night.
Shopko sells 42 pharmacies in nation to Kroger 12-13-2018
GRAFTON — The pharmacy located inside the Grafton Shopko, as well as several others in the Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington county area, will close early next month.
Good Harvest co-owner plans large development next door 12-13-2018
WAUKESHA — A Good Harvest Market co-owner revealed plans Wednesday for a three-story mixed-use building with condos and first-floor retail adjacent to Good Harvest Market off Silvernail Road.
Study: Valve hole set off refinery blast, fire in Wisconsin
SUPERIOR, Wis. — A hole in a valve was the source of an April explosion at a Husky Energy refinery in northwestern Wisconsin that injured 36 people and required the evacuation of a large part of the city of Superior, according to findings of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board presented Wednesday.
US consumer prices flat in November as energy plunges
WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in November, the best performance since prices actually fell eight months ago.
Former La Chimenea building to be repurposed for office space 12-12-2018
GERMANTOWN — The building housing the now-shuttered La Chimenea Mexican Restaurant along a major thoroughfare in Germantown is expected to live on. But another eatery is not part of the future plans.
West Bend officials certify survey map at former Gehl site 12-12-2018
WEST BEND — West Bend officials are modifying how they designate parcels near the downtown area to accommodate a proposed development that will occur on the site.
Husco completes $9.4 million Waukesha expansion 12-12-2018
WAUKESHA — After a year of work, the $9.4 million renovation to Husco’s Waukesha headquarters has been completed.
Wellness blooms in Hartford at Lotus Be Well 12-12-2018
HARTFORD — Health of the mind, body and spirit are some of the goals at Lotus Be Well.
After months of decline, home sales increase in November
WAUKESHA — Homes sold in metro Milwaukee increased in November but only slightly at 0.6 percent, according to data released Tuesday by the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors.
CBD oil shop coming to downtown Waukesha 12-12-2018
WAUKESHA — With the market for CBD oil slowly gathering momentum across the state, the city of Waukesha is about to welcome what appears to be its first CBD oil shop.
72-unit apartment complex proposed for Fracaro’s site 12-12-2018
WAUKESHA — A Kenosha developer is seeking to turn the former Fracaro’s Lanes site into a 72-unit apartment complex.
Gov. Walker still wants plan to save Kimberly-Clark plant
PEWAUKEE, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker says he's going to do everything in his power to save a Kimberly-Clark factory and about 300 jobs after a tax incentive bill failed in the Legislature.
Making a difference 12-11-2018
OZAUKEE COUNTY — Ozaukee Economic Development’s large business of the year makes a large impact in its communities — Grafton, Mequon and beyond.
Hartland board tables Overlook Trails condo development
HARTLAND — Discussion on the Neumann Developments Inc. condominium project called The Glen at Overlook Trails has been tabled until Dec. 19, Village Board members decided Monday night.
Lac La Belle lacks transparency, say some residents 12-11-2018
LAC LA BELLE — Village officials are not being transparent about changes in the village’s Smart Growth Plan that are intended to accommodate the Prestwick Group’s new golf course and proposed corporate headquarters, according to village residents.
Workforce numbers look to remain steady going into 2019 12-11-2018
MILWAUKEE — Employers across the country largely think that the number of people they employ going into 2019 will remain the same.
Olympia property sells for $3.4M to Wangard Partners
OCONOMOWOC — The vacant, 28-acre Olympia Resort and Conference Center property was sold for $3.4 million to Wangard Partners on Nov. 29, according to First Weber Group Financial business broker Devin Piehl and former owner Rick Eckert’s business broker.
One-of-a-kind Taco Bell proposed for dormant gateway parcel 12-11-2018
BROOKFIELD — The metamorphosis of a high-profile stretch of land in Brookfield near Capitol Drive is rounding the bend as city officials consider a fast food eatery’s one-of-a-kind architectural proposal.
Wisconsin GOP legislation eases corporate tax break rules 12-10-2018
MADISON, Wis. — Companies seeking tax credits from Wisconsin's troubled job-creation agency would face less scrutiny under a provision Republicans included in a package of lame-duck legislation designed to weaken newly elected Democrats.
Belman proposing subdivision in Town of Waukesha 12-09-2018
WAUKESHA — Developer David Belman of Belman Homes is proposing a 55-unit residential development off Oakdale Drive, south of Glendale Road, in the Town of Waukesha.
Downtown West Bend group approves almost $13K for Diva Group 12-09-2018
WEST BEND — Representatives from the Downtown West Bend Association and the Diva Group will receive the funding allocation they have requested to the continue with their advertising and promotions initiatives for the coming year.

Landmark Credit Union wants to move headquarters to Brookfield 12-08-2018
BROOKFIELD — Landmark Credit Union is looking to relocate its company headquarters from New Berlin to a 19.5-acre site on Executive Drive in Brookfield, although it will maintain a strong presence in New Berlin.

Olympia Resort sold to Wangard Partners 12-08-2018
OCONOMOWOC — After almost a year of vacancy and questions surrounding the property, Olympia Resort has been sold to Wangard Partners.
Brews, burgers, brunch and more 12-08-2018
WAUKESHA - Food trends travel faster these days, bolstered by a well-connected population with access to tools like social media. 
Hands-On Education 12-07-2018
WAUKESHA — While most students were just finishing up with their first class of the day Thursday morning, a trio of Waukesha South High School Engineering Preparatory Academy students was at Metal Era, a local manufacturer that specializes in roof solutions.
Walker holds out hope for another run at Kimberly-Clark
MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker is hinting that there may still be a chance to save a Kimberly-Clark factory and about 300 jobs after a tax incentive bill failed in the Legislature.
Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council becomes WMEP affiliate 12-07-2018
MADISON — At the start of the new year, the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council will partner with the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership to become an affiliate group.
More parking signs coming to downtown West Bend 12-07-2018
WEST BEND — West Bend officials have implemented additional initiatives related to parking in the hopes of making it more convenient for visitors and guests travelling to the downtown area.
Lac La Belle to amend Smart Growth for Prestwick 12-07-2018
LAC LA BELLE — Village officials say they are going to amend Smart Growth — the village’s long-range comprehensive plan — to accommodate construction of a golf course and corporate headquarters despite the objections of more than a dozen residents who attended a Plan Commission meeting Wednesday night.
Exhibit Systems acquires trade show exhibit manufacturer 12-07-2018
BROOKFIELD — Exhibit Systems, an exhibit and display company, has acquired all assets of KMK Industries, a Milwaukee-based firm that designs and manufactures trade show exhibits.
Lands’ End: Fiscal 3Q Earnings Snapshot 12-07-2018
DODGEVILLE — Lands’ End Inc. (LE) on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of $3.3 million.
Milwaukee’s Cafe Centraal to get renovation 12-07-2018
MILWAUKEE — Cafe Centraal in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood will be closed for about a month while owner Lowlands Group completes a renovation of the restaurant.
GRAEF to move Milwaukee HQ to downtown mall 12-07-2018
MILWAUKEE — GRAEF will move its headquarters to The Avenue, the downtown Milwaukee mall known for a long time as the Grand Avenue.
US hiring slowed to 155K jobs, jobless rate stayed 3.7%
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added just 155,000 jobs in November, a slowdown from recent months but enough to suggest that the economy is expanding at a solid pace despite sharp gyrations in the stock market.
Census: Wisconsin incomes rise, poverty decreases 12-06-2018
MADISON, Wis. — Household income in most Wisconsin counties has risen in recent years, while the percentage of residents in poverty has declined, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures that also show a digital divide between rich and poor residents.
Shopko closing 39 stores in 19 states 12-06-2018
ASHWAUBENON, Wis. — Wisconsin retailer Shopko is closing 39 stores in 19 states.
Landscaping business to occupy dormant Germantown property 12-06-2018
GERMANTOWN — The depths of winter might soon be on the horizon, but Germantown officials this week were thinking spring as they finalized a business owner’s application request.
Illinois door manufacturer relocates to Wisconsin 12-06-2018
BELOIT — A door manufacturer based in Illinois is relocating its operations to southern Wisconsin.
Regal Beloit to sell engineered drives and control systems business 12-06-2018
BELOIT — Regal Beloit Corporation announced Wednesday it has entered into an agreement to sell its highly engineered drives and control systems business to an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, Inc.
Waukesha BP adds U-Haul products 12-06-2018
WAUKESHA — Kim Petro BP on Sunset Drive is now a U-Haul neighborhood dealer.
Metro Milwaukee economic indicators weaken in October 12-06-2018
MILWAUKEE — Economic indicators analyzed by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce declined during the month of October, a report Wednesday showed.
Delafield chamber to host $10K raffle 12-06-2018
DELAFIELD — The Delafield Chamber of Commerce is hosting a $10,000 giveaway raffle open to businesses, organizations or any community member.
Slinger eyes grant money for downtown redevelopment study 12-05-2018
SLINGER — The village’s participation in the Washington County EPA Brownfield Grant Coalition could aid plans for redevelopment of the downtown area.
Midwest factories see slowest growth in two years 12-05-2018
MINNEAPOLIS — Midwest manufacturers, including those in Minnesota, are growing, but not as quickly as the average growth nationwide.
Defense contractor to receive $25 million in local, state aid
MENOMONEE FALLS — Defense contractor Leonardo DRS Inc. will build a $56 million naval power manufacturing complex in Menomonee Falls with access to $25 million in state and local aid, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation announced Monday.
A family tradition 12-04-2018
MEQUON — Sommer’s Automotive Group was chosen as the 2018 mid-size business of the year by Ozaukee Economic Development.
SCORE plans small business training for websites and financing 12-04-2018
BROOKFIELD — SCORE Southeast Wisconsin will offer sessions in December to help small business leaders with their websites and financing questions.
Walmart sues Mukwonago over property value 12-02-2018
WAUKESHA — Walmart is suing Mukwonago over a perceived excess property value assessment of over $5 million, according to a civil suit filed to Waukesha County Circuit Court on Friday.
Liberal Wisconsin magazine 'The Progressive' goes begging for donations 12-02-2018
MADISON, Wis. — The Progressive is looking for donations as the magazine founded by Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Robert "Fighting Bob" La Follette nears its 110th birthday.
Richfield Board gives tentative OK to Kwik Trip developer pact 12-02-2018
RICHFIELD — Village officials and Kwik Trip Inc. have tentatively approved a developer’s agreement between the two parties for the proposed construction of a new convenience story and truck stop near the intersection of highways 41-45 and 167.
Aerospace/defense tech company might move HQ, 600 jobs to Falls 12-01-2018
MENOMONEE FALLS - A local aerospace and defense tech company may move its headquarters and 600 jobs to a new facility proposed in Menomonee Falls.
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Luther Group joins Alliance 01-16-2019
ELM GROVE — The Luther Group, a real estate company in Elm Grove, recently joined the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast names chief development officer 01-16-2019
MILWAUKEE — Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast announced Tuesday that Ashley Hatley Caruso has been appointed chief development officer.
Strang adds vice president 01-15-2019
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — Matt Matson has joined Strang, Inc. as vice president of strategy and client services.
Teeter joins Lakeview Animal Clinic 01-15-2019
PEWAUKEE — Lakeview Animal Clinic announced the addition of a veterinarian to its practice, Dr. Linda Teeter.
Guaranteed Rate welcomes Peter Burgelis 01-15-2019
Guaranteed Rate, one of the largest retail mortgage lenders in the country, has hires longtime mortgage originator Peter Burgelis as vice president of mortgage lending.
Rumack certified instructor trainer in Romana’s Pilates
Jane Rumack, owner of Precision Pilates, a Romana’s Pilates certified studio in Wauwatosa, has achieved level IV instructor trainer certification.
Knapp earns ICPA Board certification 01-15-2019
BROOKFIELD — Nicole Knapp has been granted certification by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics in the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association’s certification program.
A. O. Smith CFO to retire 01-15-2019
MILWAUKEE — A. O. Smith announced the retirement of John KJ. Kitka and the appointment of Charles T. Lauber as chief financial officer effective May 1.
Wisconsin Grocers Association recognizes legislators
GREENFIELD — State Sen. David Craig, R-Town of Vernon, received the Friend of Grocers Award Friday morning from the Wisconsin Grocers Association at Sendik’s Food Market in Greenfield.
Waukesha-area legislators inaugurated
MADISON — These Waukesha-area legislators were inaugurated into the Wisconsin Assembly at the Capitol in Madison on Jan. 7.
Craig receives University of Kansas alumni award 01-11-2019
OCONOMOWOC — In recognition of his time and talents given to the University of Kansas, the KU Alumni Association has honored Jay Craig with the Mildred Clodfelter Alumni Award.
Ixonia Bank announces key employee promotions 01-11-2019
IXONIA — In recognition of outstanding performance, more responsibilities and significant contributions to its success, Ixonia Bank announced employee promotions.
Hartland chamber presents Golden Hammer Award 01-11-2019
HARTLAND — JD McCormick Development & Property Management of Madison was recently presented with the Golden Hammer Award by the Hartland Chamber of Commerce in recognition of exemplary property improvements.
Multerer retires from MBW in Slinger 01-11-2019
SLINGER — MPW, Inc. President Frank Multerer retired from the Slinger company effective Dec. 31.
Waukesha Physical Therapy Clinics joins chamber 01-09-2019
HARTLAND — The Hartland Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed Waukesha Physical Therapy Clinics as a new member.
Bastien joins Shorewest Realtors in Mequon 01-08-2019
MEQUON — Pamela Bastien has joined the Shorewest Realtors Mequon office, 1407 W. Mequon Road.
raSmith’s Green Bay project wins engineering award 01-08-2019
BROOKFIELD — Created with the help of raSmith in Brookfield, the Bellin Health Titletown Sports Medicine & Orthopedics received a 2018 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award in the projects category of $10 million or greater in construction costs, from the Structural Engineers Association of Wisconsin.
Wangard Partners names chief operations officer, general counsel 01-05-2019
WAUWATOSA — Matt Moroney has been named chief operations officer and general counsel for Wangard Partners, Inc.
Broesch & Co. joins Alliance 01-04-2019
WAUKESHA — Broesch & Co. in Waukesha recently joined the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Commerce State Bank recognizes top customers 12-31-2018
WEST BEND — The Commerce State Bank Hall of Fame Committee has selected Jackson Concrete, KLH Industries, Unbolt and Interstate Sawing for its Class of 2018 Hall of Fame.
Port Washington State Bank promotes two 12-31-2018
PORT WASHINGTON — Port Washington State Bank has announced the promotion of two of its experienced community bankers in steps to support its two newest branch locations.
Badger Meter announces retirement of CFO 12-29-2018
MILWAUKEE — On Friday, Badger Meter, Inc. announced the retirement of Chief Financial Officer Richard E. Johnson, effective in early April.
Business Alliance welcomes Bronfman Rothschild 12-27-2018
DELAFIELD — The Waukesha County Business Alliance recently welcomed Bronfman Rothschild as a new member.
Spectrum Investment employees honored 12-26-2018
MEQUON — Spectrum Investment Advisors in Mequon recently announced that Cheryl Besaw, vice president and partner for the firm, and Suzanne Weeden, Spectrum’s relationship manager, have been named to The National Association of Plan Advisors 2018 list of Top Women Advisors.
That Taco Guy celebrates growth 12-26-2018
That Taco Guy, which started as a popular Cedarburg-based food truck, recently celebrated the growth of its business with a ribbon-cutting ceremony conducted by the Cedarburg Chamber of Commerce.
Quintec Integration wins small business award 12-26-2018
WAUKESHA — Out of more than 300 nominees, Quintec Integration, Inc. in Waukesha was recognized as one of the leading companies in Wisconsin at MARKETPLACE, the Governor’s Conference on Minority Business Development, winning the Minority Business Enterprise Outstanding Small Business Award.
Victory Homes president named Builder of the Year 12-26-2018
GERMANTOWN — John Stoker, president of Victory Homes of Wisconsin, has been named the 2018 Builder of The Year by the Metropolitan Builders Association.
St. John Chrysostom Church joins chamber 12-19-2018
DELAFIELD — The Delafield Area Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed St. John Chrysostom Church to the chamber.
Halquist Stone Company receives certification for sustainable practices 12-19-2018
SUSSEX — Halquist Stone Company announced Tuesday it has received ANSI/NSC 373 Sustainable Production of Natural Dimensional Stone certification.
Dobson to head Chamber 12-18-2018
CEDARBURG — Though nearly 50 applicants expressed interest in the vacant position of executive director for the Cedarburg Chamber of Commerce, it is an internal candidate who will take over the role Jan. 3.
Shred415 joins chamber 12-18-2018
BROOKFIELD — The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for new business Shred415 on Oct. 26.
Ultra Scary LLC celebrates new offices, chamber ribbon-cutting 12-18-2018
BROOKFIELD — Ultra Scary LLC of Brookfield celebrated its first anniversary with a ribbon-cutting by The Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce Monday and a reception at its newly remodeled offices, according to a press release.
ActionCOACH hires Allen as business development director 12-16-2018
ELM GROVE — Action-COACH Business Coaching — Southeastern Wisconsin has added Jill Allen to the team as the new business development director.
May added to Mangold Creative 12-16-2018
PEWAUKEE — Mangold Creative, a strategic marketing and business development agency located in downtown Pewaukee, has added Sammie May as graphic designer and digital media specialist.
Towal joins Equips technology team 12-16-2018
BROOKFIELD — Equips has hired Ben Towal to be director of technology as the Brookfield-based company sees an increasing demand for technology solutions.
Quadracci named president of Milwaukee Art Museum Board of Trustees 12-14-2018
MILWAUKEE — Quad/Graphics CEO Joel Quadracci has been appointed president of the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Board of Trustees.
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