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Tick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppers
PORTLAND, Ore. — The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn't complete. Don't fret — you aren't alone. The National Retail Federation found that only about half of shoppers had finished shopping as of Dec. 10. That means tens of millions will be ticking those final items off their lists in the coming days.

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Business manager allegedly stole $105K from company
WAUKESHA — A Milwaukee man who allegedly stole $105,000 from his New Berlin employer over a two-year period spent the money on pain pills, bills and gambling, according to a criminal complaint against him.
Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 4 deaths 12-19-2014
WASHINGTON  — Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states, including Wisconsin.
Pratt Industries to build factory in Beloit, create 140 jobs 12-19-2014
BELOIT — A new factory and 140 jobs are coming to Beloit, according to an announcement from Pratt Industries, a 100-percent recycled paper-packaging company.
Management team buys Appleton Coated 12-19-2014
APPLETON — Appleton Coated announced Friday it has been acquired by Virtus Holdings LLC, a company formed by members of its management team.
Walmart Foundation donates to Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic 12-19-2014
WAUKESHA — The Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic was one of seven Wisconsin nonprofits to be awarded $175,000 from the Walmart Foundation recently.
White House of Music reopens 12-19-2014
WEST BEND - White House of Music in West Bend moved from Washington Street to a more central location in the city.
Northwestern Mutual opts for new plan
MILWAUKEE — Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. announced it intends to build a mixed-use real estate development, including a parking structure, immediately west of its downtown Milwaukee campus.
Magellan’s reopens tonight after extensive remodel 12-19-2014
WAUKESHA — Magellan's on Main Street is reopening tonight after an extensive remodel that includes new flooring throughout the establishment, upgraded back bar and additional tap beer offerings.
Artist and Display to close after 78 years 12-19-2014
WAUWATOSA - Like great art, Artist and Display is an original. After 78 years of family operation, the business will close at the end of February when its lease at 9015 W. Burleigh Road ends.
Oshkosh Corp gets $67 million Army contract 12-18-2014
OSHKOSH — Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, announced it will manufacture 256 Family of Medium Tactical trucks and trailers after receiving a $67 million order from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command.
Marshfield Clinic to seek membership in ‘abouthealth’ 12-18-2014
APPLETON — The Board of Directors of the Marshfield Clinic announced Thursday that it wants to seek membership in abouthealth, a strategic health care partnership, after a vote on Dec. 12.
Marcus Corp had record revenues during second quarter 12-18-2014
MILWAUKEE —Marcus Corporation CEO Gregory Marcus expressed pleasure Thursday that his company had record revenues during the second quarter and that earnings increased 61 percent.
Actuant Corp’s sales decline in first quarter 12-18-2014
MENOMONEE FALLS —Total sales declined by 3 percent and core sales decreased 1 percent for Actuant Corporation ATU during the first quarter ended Nov. 30, compared to the same period a year ago.
WEDC plans trade trip to Mexico 12-18-2014
MADISON — Companies looking to learn more about trade with Mexico are invited to participate in a trip to the country in March with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.
Property across from Corners site sold for $2 million 12-18-2014
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — A prime piece of land from the future The Corners project on Bluemound Road was sold Tuesday to Poplar Creek Club, LLC.
Council gives car dealer go-ahead 12-17-2014
OCONOMOWOC — It was a very short regular meeting of the Oconomowoc Common Council Tuesday without the debate that has dominated the past half-dozen meetings.
Safety is paramount when you're selecting gifts for kids
MEQUON - The holiday season is in full swing at stores and malls all across the area. Masses of shoppers sift through racks and shelves looking for the perfect gift.
Survey: Wisconsin residents spend less on holiday shopping 12-18-2014
WAUKESHA - Wisconsin residents will spend $275 less than the national average during the holidays, according to a report released Wednesday by BMO Harris Bank.
GMF to steward Kohl’s arena gift 12-18-2014
MILWAUKEE - The Greater Milwaukee Foundation will be steward for the $100 million former U.S. Senator and Bucks owner Herb Kohl pledged towards the building of a new arena in Milwaukee, the organization announced Wednesday.
Northwestern Mutual grants $225,000 to area nonprofits 12-17-2014
MILWAUKEE – Northwestern Mutual is recognizing local area nonprofits with grants totaling $225,000 through its Days of Sharing program.
Export award applicants sought 12-17-2014
MADISON — The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is seeking applicants for the 2015 Governor’s Export Achievement Award, which recognizes businesses and organizations that have achieved extraordinary results in international markets or have contributed to the state’s ability to compete in the global economy.
A fresh place to shop for food 12-17-2014
HARTFORD — Fox Bros. Piggly Wiggly opened last week to an overwhelming response from the community, one that co-owner Patrick Fox said he hasn’t experienced in his 41 years in the business.
Company plans $20 million expansion 12-17-2014
GERMANTOWN - A package of state, county and village financial incentives has primed the pump for jobs at a growing Germantown company.
‘We want to put our stamp on this team’ 12-17-2014
WAUKESHA - A new downtown Milwaukee arena has the potential to be more than just the home for the Milwaukee Bucks - it has a chance to enliven the entire city, in addition to the state and the region, according to Alex Lasry.
Luxury apartment proposal for Bishop’s Woods gets mixed reviews  12-17-2014
BROOKFIELD - During Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, aldermen voiced differing views on a luxury apartment complex proposed for Bishop’s Woods, citing the possibility to add vitality to an older office park but also questioning if that was the right location for a project with a high density level.
Council approves final plans for former Kmart site 12-17-2014
WAUKESHA - A former Kmart has sat vacant at 120 W. Sunset Drive for three years, but it will soon be home to an updated retail center as the Common Council unanimously approved final plans for the site Tuesday night.
Heraeus Electro-Nite adding 60 positions to Hartland facility 12-16-2014
HARTLAND — Heraeus Electro-Nite has already started the process of filling 60 positions that will be transferred to the Lake Country facility once the plant in Ellwood City, Pa., is closed in the coming months.
Mequon’s Sydney b. Corp. announces expansion 12-16-2014
MEQUON — Sydney b. Corp. is excited to announce expansion plans for a new dance store and kids’ clothing line.
Johnson Bank moves into county
A 45-year-old company with banking offices sprinkled throughout Wisconsin has officially made its foray into Ozaukee County.
Commerce State Bank expands 12-16-2014
CEDARBURG — Even though Commerce State Bank has entered its fifth year of service to the greater Cedarburg community, last week marked a major milestone for the bank with an open house at its new bank facility.
Developers of Kmart site trying again tonight 12-16-2014
WAUKESHA — Less than a week after essentially being sent back to the drawing board by the Plan Commission, prospective developers of a long-vacant Kmart site on Sunset Drive have tweaked the design in hopes of getting a second chance for approval.
Waukesha County agencies receive funds raised through Miracle on Canal program 12-16-2014
MILWAUKEE - Potawatomi Hotel & Casino donated $1,035,789 to 30 local children’s charities Friday through its Miracle on Canal Street program. It marks the second straight year the program has surpassed the $1 million mark in fundraising.
Have falling gas prices ‘overshot their target?’ 12-16-2014
WAUKESHA - The price of oil has fallen by nearly 50 percent in the last six months, a surprisingly steep drop that’s left consumers cheering but has economists questioning whether this decline is actually good or bad.
Delafield to review Village Square settlement agreement
DELAFIELD - A proposed senior living project is providing a starting point for city staff to review a settlement agreement for Village Square development at Highway 16 and Highway 83, which has caused uncertainty about what type of development is allowable under its parameters.
Hartland panel backs Riverwalk apartment development
HARTLAND - A developer’s proposed revamp of downtown Hartland received a nod of approval from a panel Monday, but further steps in the review process are still underway.
Brandish Creative Group launches to support regional, small businesses 12-15-2014
OCONOMOWOC – Launched by Tony Stone, regional graphic artist and marketing expert, Brandish offers a variety of services for small businesses, including logo design and branding, environmental graphics, brochures, catalogs, direct marketing, web design and email marketing, and advertising requirements.
DFI announces launch of streamlined electronic filing depository for investors 12-15-2014
MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions announced the launch of the online Electronic Filing Depository to enhance the efficiency of the regulatory filing process for certain exempt securities offerings.
Report: Wisconsin lost over 68,000 jobs to China from 2001-2013 12-14-2014
WASHINGTON D.C. - The United States’ surging trade deficit with China has cost it more than 3.2 million American jobs, including 68,600 in Wisconsin alone - the 11th-highest total among all states - according to a study released this week.
The golden years of work 12-14-2014
WAUKESHA - It’s well known that the days of having one career for your entire life and then retiring are long over. Now, workers are switching jobs more often, having more than one career and often working a part-time job or starting a business after retirement.
Connecture stock value increases 10% during first day of trading 12-14-2014
BROOKFIELD — The first day of trading of stock for Brookfield-based Connecture went well with the price increasing 10 percent by the closing of Friday’s market.
Taxi service offers safe rides in Lake Country 12-14-2014
HARTLAND — When Mike Ellis started his taxi business in Lake Country he wanted to provide affordable and safe service to an underserved area of the county.
A real-world education 12-14-2014
WAUKESHA — Seniors Cade Campbell and Garrett Lamb stood before a group of manufacturing leaders at Hydro-Thermal Corporation Friday morning, pitching an invention they have been laboring on for the past two months.
Gearbox Express moving into new 75,000 square-foot facility 12-13-2014
MUKWONAGO - After three years at its original location, Gearbox Express will make the move to a larger facility next year.
All in the Family 12-13-2014
TOWN OF WAUKESHA - When Jerry Kawatski’s daughter first brought home Ryan Stefanski, did he really think he’d be handing down his auto mechanic business to the young man one day?
Pewaukee Common Council to discuss revision to proposed sports complex 12-13-2014
CITY OF PEWAUKEE - The Common Council will discuss a revision to the electrical plan for the proposed sports complex during its meeting Monday evening.
Senior living facility on Delafield council agenda 12-13-2014
DELAFIELD - A proposal for a senior assisted living and memory care facility on the Village Square property will be discussed during Monday’s Common Council meeting.
Gener8tor company Optyn acquired
CHICAGO — A graduate of the Wisconsin gener8tor program, Optyn announced it was acquired by Central Data Storage, a leader in providing software as a service to medical and specialty professionals, for an undisclosed amount.
Revenue increases 25 percent for Sonic Foundry in fourth quarter 12-12-2014
MADISON — Sonic Foundry, Inc. announced the results for its successful fourth quarter during which revenues increased 25 percent to $8.5 million.
Wisconsin delegation welcomes Navy ship decision 12-12-2014
GREEN BAY, Wis.  — Members of Wisconsin's congressional delegation are welcoming the Defense Department's decision to upgrade rather than cancel the littoral combat ship program.
Real estate market closing the gap 12-12-2014
WAUKESHA - Single-family home sales in the Milwaukee metro area were ahead for the third consecutive month, according to a release from the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors.
Walker, Bucks president Feigin speak at Business Alliance event 12-12-2014
BROOKFIELD - Newly appointed Milwaukee Bucks President Peter Feigin said his team needs to become a magnet for the city, region and state, and new owners Mark Lasry and Wesley Edens are willing to spend the money needed to do so.
Children’s Hospital, Medical College get $3 million gift
WAUWATOSA — Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the Medical College of Wisconsin announced Thursday they have received a $3 million gift from the Kelben Foundation to address community mental health needs, which will be used to establish a Community Mental Health Initiative.
Brookfield Square Mall extends hours for holiday shopping 12-11-2014
BROOKFIELD — There’s less than two weeks to shop for Christmas, and in response Brookfield Square Mall has extended its operating hours.
Wisconsin takes home more awards for cheese than other states 12-11-2014
MADISON — When people think of Wisconsin, they often think of cheese.
AIDS Network to merge with AIDS Resource Center 12-11-2014
MILWAUKEE — Effective Feb. 1, AIDS Network and AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin will be one organization with combined resources.
Manufacturers seek women for hard-to-fill jobs 12-11-2014
MILWAUKEE — Some companies looking for welders, machinists and other skilled workers are turning their sights to women.
Cedarburg to host TIF talk 12-11-2014
CEDARBURG — The city of Cedarburg will host a discussion for residents on tax incremental financing. The event will be held at 6.30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, W63 N645 Washington Ave.
Plan comes together for Grafton’s south side 12-11-2014
GRAFTON — Development is coming to Grafton as plans for Village Pointe Commons, a 204-unit senior housing development, are moving forward in the south commercial district.
Commission wants more out of old Kmart building 12-11-2014
WAUKESHA - The Plan Commission agrees with most people in the city that the vacant Kmart building on Sunset Drive is an eyesore, but it doesn’t want just anything to come in and replace it.
Health Care transparency advances in Wisconsin with new hospital quality rating system 12-10-2014
MADISON – The Wisconsin Hospital Association recently released its latest version of CheckPoint, a web-based resource that provides hospital-specific quality and safety data related to the care that patients receive while in the hospital.
Railroad settles Mississippi River oil spill claim 12-10-2014
IOWA CITY, Iowa — A railroad company has agreed to pay $625,000 to settle allegations that it failed to adequately clean up a 2008 oil spill that damaged the shoreline and aquatic life in the Mississippi River between Iowa and Wisconsin.
West Bend creates Business of Year award 12-10-2014
WEST BEND - West Bend is starting a Business of the Year program as a way to thank the job-producers in West Bend.
Kohl’s plans to be open 100 hours as Christmas approaches 12-10-2014
MENOMONEE FALLS - Kohl’s Department Stores announced Tuesday its stores will be open for more than 100 straight hours starting at 6 a.m. on Dec. 19 through Christmas Eve.
Health centers receive part of HHS funding awards 12-10-2014
MILWAUKEE - Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $377,429 in Affordable Care Act funding to 15 health centers in Wisconsin to recognize health center quality improvement achievements and invest in ongoing quality improvement activities.
Pewaukee trucking company receives grant from state

MILWAUKEE - The Department of Administration’s State Energy Office has awarded nearly $1 million to 53 Wisconsin motor carriers to help fund diesel truck idling reduction technologies.
Aurora Health Care donating $10 million toward community health initiatives 12-10-2014
MILWAUKEE - Aurora Health Care has announced a supplemental, one-time contribution of $10 million to expand and enhance community health and wellness programs in eastern Wisconsin.
Renovations transforming Milwaukee Marriott West 12-10-2014
CITY OF PEWAUKEE - An ongoing renovation project at the Milwaukee Marriott West is set to transform it from a traditional lodging into a more welcoming, state-of-the-art hotel equipped to meet all the needs of a growing millennial population.
Luxury apartments proposal moves forward in Brookfield
BROOKFIELD - The Brookfield Plan Commission liked what it saw in the renderings and plans for 194 luxury apartments proposed for the Bishop’s Woods development off Bluemound Road and is recommending that the Common Council approves the comprehensive plan amendment and rezoning during its next meeting.
‘The best holiday present’ 12-10-2014
PEWAUKEE - The Waukesha County Technical College Foundation has raised the money needed to build a proposed $4.5 million Integrated Manufacturing Center, concluding  a months-long fundraising effort.
WMC says right-to-work, tax cut are priorities 12-09-2014
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin's most powerful business lobbying group is calling on the Legislature to pass a right-to-work law, something Republican Gov. Scott Walker has repeatedly said distracts from his agenda.
Tax report to Walker offers no recommendations 12-09-2014
MADISON, Wis.  — A report from Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler written after a year of meetings around Wisconsin about the state's tax climate offers no specific recommendations for changes.
Deal opens Chinese market to Regal Ware 12-09-2014
KEWASKUM — Regal Ware Inc. signed an agreement Monday that will increase sales of its products to the 1.39 billion consumers in China.
Students take part in Mini Business World 12-09-2014
WEST BEND - Some say the best way to learn is by doing.
Financial literacy workshops offered 12-09-2014
PEWAUKEE — The Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development Board is pleased to announce its partnership with GreenPath Inc. will continue through March 2015, offering free financial literacy workshops called “Steps to Financial Freedom” across the three-county area.
Pink Llama, Java House collaborate on coffee, art 12-09-2014
CEDARBURG — The Pink Llama, W62 N580 Washington Ave., has added an espresso and coffee bar that will be staffed by Cedarburg’s Java House Cafe and Micro Roaster on Saturdays and selected Sundays.
Tree farm aids charity 12-09-2014
GRAFTON — This season, Trees for Less has been looking to do more.
New Port Road retail development approved in Mequon
MEQUON — Plans for a six-tenant retail development along North Port Washington Road advanced last week after a bit of architectural tweaking by Mequon’s planning commission.
Hartland River Walk Apartments plans reduced in size
HARTLAND - Revised plans for the proposed downtown River Walk Apartments include fewer units and parking spots, but at least one village trustee Monday was concerned that there was not enough parking.
Regal Ware nears deal to expand sales in China 12-07-2014
WEST BEND - Regal Ware Inc. is scheduled to sign an agreement with officials from one of the world’s largest direct selling companies Monday that will open China to the Kewaskum and West Bend company’s for greater sales of its high-end stainless steel and cast aluminum cookware.
Former Kmart building could get big facelift 12-07-2014
WAUKESHA — Broker Jon Thoresen says by the time construction is done at the former Kmart building at 120 E. Sunset Drive, it will be “unrecognizable.”
Carroll gets $1 million grant from Bucyrus Foundation
WAUKESHA — Carroll University has received a $1 million challenge grant from the Bucyrus Foundation of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation toward the construction of new science facilities at the college.
Madison consumer group offers alternative I-94 corridor construction plan 12-07-2014
MILWAUKEE — As public hearings got underway this week for the Interstate 94 East-West Corridor project in Milwaukee, one Madison consumer group has begun pushing its own construction alternative which seeks to enable "21st century mobility" through the area.
Leaders tout economic development
ST. FRANCIS — “Development” was the buzzword recently as leaders across Milwaukee County’s South Shore suburban communities gathered to discuss how their respective municipalities are gaining momentum economically.
Fairchild Equipment celebrates expansion into southern Wisconsin 12-05-2014
MENOMONEE FALLS — As Fairchild Equipment continues to grow it celebrated the opening of its new Menomonee Falls facility and its expansion into southern Wisconsin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday.
New product sales buoy Johnson Outdoors fiscal 2014 results 12-05-2014
RACINE — Well-performing new products helped to make up for a poor-performing first half of fiscal 2014 for Johnson Outdoors.
Vintage items and antiques fill Vintiquities 12-05-2014
GENESEE DEPOT - When Amy Lauer and Dani Sutliff created a new business it was all about recycling - from barn sale finds to an old building in Genesee Depot.
Johnsonville Sausage opens first retail location in Florida 12-04-2014
NAPLES, FLA. — Johnsonville Sausage opened its first and only retail location in Naples, Fla., and attracted nearly 13,000 people during its first day of operation.
Quad/Graphics to close Atlanta facility, move some operations to Pewaukee
SUSSEX — Quad/Graphics confirmed Thursday it will be closing its direct mail production facility in Atlanta by Feb. 1 — a decision that will affect about 100 jobs.
Home delivery organic grocery service to expand to Milwaukee 12-04-2014
MILWAUKEE — As people’s focus continues to shift to eating minimally processed and organic foods, Door to Door Organics announced this week it will expand its services to the Milwaukee area.
Avenue Square Mall filled to the brim with mix of retail 12-04-2014
OCONOMOWOC — Christmas bells are ringing and business is humming in the Avenue Square Mall in downtown Oconomowoc.
Energy Bank receives $250,000 loan from WEDC 12-04-2014
MANITOWOC — Energy Bank, Inc. announced Thursday it has received a $250,000 Technology Development Loan from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to augment the company’s ongoing investment in optimized thermal dynamics, precision optics and application engineering.
Council sinks Fowler Lake Village 12-04-2014
OCONOMOWOC — The Fowler Lake Village condominium project will not move forward after the Oconomowoc Common Council voted against the approval of a developer’s agreement Tuesday night.
Thinking outside the big box store 12-04-2014
DELAFIELD - There’s always one person on everyone’s holiday shopping list who is hard to buy gifts for and another person who shuns the traditional gifts bought at the big box stores.
More high-end retailers listed for The Corners 12-04-2014
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD -For several months the site of the former Marcus Cinema and Menards on Bluemound Road has been stagnant, making residents and town officials wonder about the future of the proposed The Corners project.
Children’s Hospital clinic to hold open house 12-03-2014
DELAFIELD — An open house for the new Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Delafield Clinic will be held Saturday.
Wisconsin cheese companies, retailers poised for holiday sales success 12-03-2014
MADISON – Cheese sales jumped 20 percent in the week before Thanksgiving and 35 percent in the week before Christmas, according to 2013 data collected by Information Resources, Inc.’s (IRI) database for Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.
Northwestern Mutual sells Russell for $2.7 billion 12-03-2014
MILWAUKEE – Northwestern Mutual has completed a $2.7 billion sale of its subsidiary Frank Russell Company, also known as Russell Investments.
Making people feel great 12-03-2014
HARTFORD - Customers of Nail Essentials in Hartford were asking owner Jeri Mallow for hair services, so Mallow decided in August to remodel the upstairs of her building to offer an upscale salon.
Illinois company buys West Bend industrial site 12-03-2014
WEST BEND - West Bend officials will meet with executives of Quincy Recycle next week to discuss the Illinois company’s plans for the 95,200-square-foot industrial building a company affiliate recently bought for $2.4 million.
Statewide health care collaboration announces new name 12-03-2014
APPLETON - A collaboration of seven of Wisconsin’s leading health care systems announced earlier this year has settled on a name - abouthealth.
Pop’n Spot to open this weekend 12-02-2014
BROOKFIELD — Pop’n Spot gourmet popcorn shop will hold a grand opening celebration this weekend for its Brookfield Location at 2205 N. Calhoun Road.
Milwaukee YMCA files bankruptcy plan 12-02-2014
MILWAUKEE — The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee has filed its formal plan of reorganization with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Financial wellness programs set Dec. 11 12-02-2014
PEWAUKEE — GreenPath, Inc., a nationwide nonprofit financial wellness and education organization, is hosting a "Steps to Financial Freedom" workshop Dec. 11, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Workforce Development Center of Waukesha County, 892 Main St., Pewaukee.
New campaign aims to promote Wisconsin cheese 12-02-2014
MADISON — The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board on Tuesday unveiled a new print advertising campaign for Wisconsin cheese called “Making Food Fabulous.”
Hartford airport project cleared for take-off 12-02-2014
HARTFORD - Hartford officials can testify to the validity of the adage that “it’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.”
Avalon Theater plans soft opening in December 12-02-2014
MILWAUKEE — The historic Avalon Theater, which has been closed since 2000, plans on having a soft opening next month.
Rosati’s opens in Grafton 12-02-2014
GRAFTON - In a shifting economy, some businesses downsize and some leave town, but Terence Goodman has found that there is always a place for good pizza.
Local shops buzzing during Small Business Saturday
PEWAUKEE - Shoppers spent as much as 10 percent less during Small Business Saturday according to a national survey, but some businesses around Waukesha County were still reporting record profits.
Cardiology Associates of Waukesha merges with ProHealth Care 12-01-2014
WAUKESHA – Cardiology Associates of Waukesha has joined ProHealth Care.
Several local companies make 2014 Green Masters list
MADISON – The WI Sustainable Business Council has announced the Green Masters of 2014.
STiKS Academy building on success 11-29-2014
OCONOMOWOC - Sean Smith was a standout baseball player drafted out of Oconomowoc High School in 1992 by the Atlanta Braves organization.
Fir sure: Expert offers advice about finding, maintaining the perfect Christmas tree 11-28-2014
PEWAUKEE - Ken Ottman has learned just about everything there is to know about selling and handling Christmas trees in his 55 years on the job.
Marquette-ISM Report on Manufacturing rises to all-time high 11-26-2014
MILWAUKEE – The Institute for Supply Management (ISM)-Milwaukee Production Manufacturing Index (PMI) for November has been revised to 70.25, up from the previous estimate of 68.93, indicating continued growth for manufacturers in southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
Mueller Communications, Inc. to offer scholarship and internship 11-26-2014
MILWAUKEE – Muller Communications, Inc. is accepting submissions for its annual scholarship and summer internship in the name of the late Milwaukee PR legend, Ben Barkin.
Wisconsin Arson hotline efforts with FM Global Grant 11-26-2014
BROOKFIELD – The Wisconsin Arson Insurance Council received a $2,000 fire prevention grant from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers.
Business continuity strategies offered at free SBA/agility webinar 11-26-2014
WASHINGTON – The Agility Recovery and the U.S. Small Business Administration is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, Dec. 9 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. eastern standard time.
UW-Milwaukee leader to highlight links between R&D, economy 11-26-2014
WAUWATOSA – UW-Milwaukee Interim Chancellor Mark Mone will discuss the university’s role as a regional research leader and economic catalyst at the meeting of the Wisconsin Innovation Network’s Milwaukee chapter in Wauwatosa on Thursday, December 11.
A place to play for all ages 11-26-2014
GERMANTOWN — Karen Martinson was bored sitting at home with no where to take her family because nothing appealed to the entire group, so she created an indoor recreation center for children and adults.
Electronics recycler plans move to city 11-26-2014
WEST BEND - A Wisconsin company that recycles and restores electronics and appliances plans to open in West Bend by the end of the year with the potential of providing up to 50 jobs.
Town of Brookfield commissioners raise concerns about The Corners project 11-26-2014
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — On Tuesday, Plan Commissioners recommended conceptual approval and partial preliminary approval for site work to begin for The Corners project, but shared many concerns first and asked for additional information.
GPS Education Partners recognized
WALES - GPS Education Partners was recognized Tuesday at the Kettle Moraine School Board meeting by the Wisconsin Association of School Boards.
Handed down through the generations 11-26-2014
CITY OF PEWAUKEE - Just like a quality piece of furniture is handed down through the generations, the growing Steinhafels business has transferred from the hands of the original owner, John Emil Steinhafel, to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Cedarburg Toy Co. celebrates opening in new location
Owners Natasha and Zachary Loos cut the ribbon to open the new location of Cedarburg Toy Co., W62 N583 Washington Ave., Nov. 14.
A Cedarburg stalwart 11-25-2014
CEDARBURG - In 1884, the standard eight-hour workday was established, construction of the Statue of Liberty began, Mark TwAin wrote, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and future first lady Eleanor Roosevelt was born.
New study finds holiday spending not expected to increase 11-25-2014
WASHINGTON D.C. - Despite an improving economy, consumers appear unlikely to increase their holiday spending this season, according to a nationwide study released Monday.
Smart Choice MRI expanding with new Waukesha clinic
WAUKESHA - Small staffs, cost-effective environments and a single, isolated task. That’s the type of business model which allows Smart Choice MRI to operate as the only flat-rate magnetic resonance imaging center in the country for a cost that’s likely far below what patients are used to seeing in a hospital.
Wisconsin business closing resulting in mass layoff 11-24-2014
DELAVAN – Approximately 60 employees are affected by the closing of Pentair Flow Technologies in Delavan, WI.
Calumet Road Property LLC purchases Milwaukee building 11-24-2014
MILWAUKEE – Calumet Road Property LLC recently purchased a 67,000 square foot industrial building located at 6800 West Calumet Road, Milwaukee from The Michael Company/USA, Ltd.
Think small this holiday season 11-24-2014
WAUKESHA - Next weekend, the day after all the madness of Black Friday, many local businesses are hoping you’ll observe a different shopping-related holiday: Small Business Saturday.
ESI forms strategic partnership with Laconicly 11-24-2014
BROOKFIELD — Two companies, Laconicly and ESI, announced they have formed a strategic partnership is an ongoing effort to provide secure and smart buildings.
Trek to move distribution center to Johnson Creek 11-21-2014
WATERLOO — Trek Bicycle announced it will expand its distribution center to a new facility in Johnson Creek and transfer the jobs at its current site in the Town of Oconomowoc.
Albrecht’s Delafield Market celebrates 20 years 11-21-2014
DELAFIELD —For 20 years the Albrecht’s Delafield Market has been fulfilling its goal of selling fresh, top-quality products and providing friendly customer service.
Sears Product Rebuild Center to close in Sheboygan 11-21-2014
SHEBOYGAN — Sears Holdings Corporation informed the Department of Workplace Development on Friday that it will close its Product Rebuild Center in Sheboygan in the first part of 2015.
First Federal Bank breaks ground on Brookfield location 11-21-2014
WAUKESHA - First Federal Bank of Wisconsin recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new location at Moorland and Greenfield avenues in Brookfield.
Emergency medical department may be coming for New Berlin Froedtert health center 11-21-2014
NEW BERLIN - A new, full-service emergency medical department addition appears to be in the works for the Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Moorland Reserve Health Center in New Berlin.
Wisconsin unemployment at post-Recession low 11-20-2014
WAUKESHA — Job numbers released Thursday indicated Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is lower than the national rate and is also at a post-Recession low for the state at 5.4 percent.
Spectrum Brand Holdings exceeds financial targets 11-20-2014
MIDDLETON — The fiscal year ended on a high note for Spectrum Brand Holdings, Inc., which reported Thursday meeting or exceeding its financial targets for the period.
Sales increase while earnings decline for Brady Corp. 11-20-2014
MILWAUKEE — Sales increased almost 1 percent for Brady Corporation in the first quarter of 2015 while its earnings declined $2.6 million, which the company contributed partly to ongoing costs related to consolidation of its manufacturing facilities.
Arandell Corporation acquired by company president 11-20-2014
MENOMONEE FALLS — Printer Arandell Corporation announced it was purchased by company President Brad Hoffman and other members of the management team effective Nov. 14.
Bon-Ton Stores has ‘disappointing’ third quarter 11-20-2014
MILWAUKEE — Sales for The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. decreased during the third quarter, which CEO Kathryn Bufano called “disappointing.”
The pumps don’t lie (but your gas tank might) 11-20-2014
When you drive up to a gas station to fill up your car, rest assured you have a better than 99 percent chance you will get your money’s worth or more in fuel.
Fowler Lake Village saga continues at marathon council meeting 11-20-2014
OCONOMOWOC — The Fowler Lake Village debate provided some fireworks yet again at the Oconomowoc Common Council meeting Tuesday night when two lawyers — one an alderman, one representing the interests of the Fowler Lake Village development — locked in a verbal debate that resembled a cross-examination on a television court drama.
Jackson approves 60-unit development 11-20-2014
JACKSON - The Jackson Village Board approved a development agreement for a 60-unit multi-family residential development being proposed by Premier Real Estate Management of Brookfield.
Aurora donates new technology to local EMS 11-20-2014
WAUKESHA - Twelve local emergency medical service stations will receive new automatic chest compression devices, courtesy of Summit Aurora Medical Center.
Sky Zone to offer free jumping with food drive donation
WAUKESHA – Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in Waukesha is hosting a food drive for the Food Pantry of Waukesha County now through Sunday, Nov. 30.
BSI celebrates first anniversary in new Design Center 11-19-2014
WAUKESHA – Building Service Inc. celebrated its first anniversary in its corporate office with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 11.
We Energies named best in Midwest for keeping the lights on 11-19-2014
MILWAUKEE – For the fourth year in a row, We Energies is the recipient of the ReliabilityOne Award in the Midwest for the superior reliability of its electric system.
WCTC seeking IT students for scholarships 11-19-2014
PEWAUKEE – Waukesha County Technical College is offering $100 scholarships to 10 students who enroll in the Network Enterprise Administrator – Accelerated pathway program for the spring 2015 semester.
Free ‘Retire Wisely’ event coming Dec. 8 11-19-2014
WEST BEND - Thrivent Financial is hosting a free educational event to help attendees learn how to retire with confidence.
Health care grant opportunity available 11-19-2014
The Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development Board is seeking individuals who are pursuing vocational studies for a career in health care or who are looking to advance in an industry specialized career pathway.
Irgens presents argument for public funds toward Brookfield development to Community Development Authority 11-19-2014
BROOKFIELD - During a special Brookfield Community Development Authority meeting Tuesday, David Arnold with Irgens explained why he believes the proposed mixed-use development at the former Ruby Farm on Bluemound Road needs public funds.
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Moraine Park’s president takes new job 12-20-2014
Moraine Park President Sheila Ruhland has accepted the presidency position at Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, Washington, and will leave Moraine Park to take on her new role March 9.
Fedor named Shorewest Realtors sales director 12-19-2014
NEW BERLIN — The Shorewest Realtors New Berlin office announced that Rick Fedor has been appointed sales director.
NML Foundation donates on behalf of county employees
WAUKESHA - Three Waukesha County residents are among the 25 winners in Northwestern Mutual’s Days of Sharing grant program.
Dr. Melinda Stolley named MCW Cancer Center associate director 12-17-2014
MILWAUKEE – Melinda Stolley, PhD, is the new associate director of prevention and control for the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.
Head of corporate banking for Associated Banc-Corp announces intention to retire 12-17-2014
GREEN BAY – Associated Banc-Corp announced that Donna N. Smith, EVP and head of corporate banking, has informed the company of her intention to retire Monday, June 1, 2015.
National Academy of Inventors and UWM announce NAI Fellow 12-17-2014
MILWAUKEE — University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Distinguished Professor of Materials Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Pradeep Rohatgi has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
Kosek joins LePoidevin as staff writer 12-17-2014
BROOKFIELD - LePoidevin Marketing recently announced the addition of Jenny Kosek as a full-time staff writer.
Cerbins receives treasury designation 12-17-2014
BROOKFIELD - First Business Bank - Milwaukee announced Tuesday that Craig Cerbins had been granted the designation of Certified Treasury Professional  by the Association for Financial Professionals.
Community Care Inc. promotes Leslie Gannon 12-16-2014
MEQUON — Leslie Gannon has been promoted to care manager in Ozaukee County for Community Care Inc. In her new role, she will manage the organization’s Ozaukee County Family Care program and work out of the nonprofit’s Mequon office.
Baird’s Lori Gervais attends advisor summit for women 12-16-2014
MEQUON — Lori Gervais, director with The Gervais Group at Baird, was once again selected to attend Barron’s Winner’s Circle Top Women Advisors Summit.
Rogers Memorial Hospital names vice president of operations for new hospital 12-15-2014
BROWN DEER – Rogers Memorial Hospital has named Jim Kubicek as vice president of operations at the new Brown Deer location.
Arandell Corporation names new senior vice president
MENOMONEE FALLS – Arandell Corporation, specializing in premier catalog printing and omni-channel solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Heimerl as senior vice president of sales and marketing.
WEDC names new vice president of International Business Development 12-15-2014
MADISON – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation named Katy Sinnott as the vice president of International Business Development.
Bryce’s Lawn Service included in young entrepreneurs showcase 12-14-2014
HARTLAND —Bryce Satterfield and his business Bryce’s Lawn Service were included in the 2014 Empact Showcase highlighting some of the United States’ “Best Companies Started & Run by Young Entrepreneurs.”
Qu named Johnson Controls Endowed Professor 12-11-2014
MILWAUKEE — Renewable energy expert Deyang Qu was named the Johnson Controls Endowed Professor in Energy Storage Research on Thursday.
Quartuccio of Denali Realty Group receives first ever volunteer award 12-11-2014
ELM GROVE – Allison Quartuccio, co-owner at Denali Realty Group in Elm Grove is the recipient of the first-ever Volunteer of the Year award presented by the Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce.
MCW alumna named chief health care officer of Association of American Medical Colleges 12-11-2014
MILWAUKEE – Janis Orlowski, M.D., alumna and board of trustees member at the Medical College of Wisconsin, is the new chief health care officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges after serving the interim role since June 2014.
Boccignone joins Rosecrance to lead fundraising as longtime development chief Lynne Vass retires 12-10-2014
ROCKFORD – Anne Boccignone, a veteran executive in the fields of marketing and communications and an experienced fundraiser, has joined Rosecrance Health Network as Vice President of Development.
Milwaukee lawyer to lead Wisconsin Association for Justice 12-10-2014
MILWAUKEE – Ann S. Jacobs, a Milwaukee trial lawyer, was recently elected as the 2015 President of Wisconsin Association for Justice.
Editor Kaiser to leave Journal Sentinel in Feb. 12-10-2014
MILWAUKEE  - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editor Martin Kaiser says he will leave the company in February. 
MBA installs 2015 president, presents awards 12-10-2014
WAUKESHA - The Metropolitan Builders Association has installed Joe Orendorf, Orendorf Custom Homes, as its 2015 president. Also announced were the recipients of the MBA’s 2014 Builder of the Year, Associate of the Year and Hall of Fame awards.
Kohler Credit Union earns national marketing award 12-09-2014
KOHLER — Kohler Credit Union has received a MarCom Award from the Association of Marketing & Communication Professionals.
CUW Pharmacy School earns architectural recognition
MEQUON — Concordia University Wisconsin’s School of Pharmacy Building won the Architectural Portfolio Award for outstanding design in the post-secondary category in the November issue of the American School & University magazine.
Erika Doherty named manager at BMO Harris branch on Columbia Road in Cedarburg 12-09-2014
CEDARBURG — Erika K. Doherty has been named an assistant vice president and branch manager of BMO Harris Bank at N69 W5269 Columbia Road.
Freedom Wealth Alliance adds to its administrative team
BROOKFIELD —Freedom Wealth Alliance announced it has added four people to its office, including two to the administrative team.
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin CFO to move to Texas center 12-04-2014
WAUWATOSA — When Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Chief Financial Officer Weldon Gage returns to Texas in January he will continue to serve in the chief financial officer capacity, as well as the vice president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Mangold Creative welcomes new marketing specialist 12-01-2014
WAUKESHA – Mangold Creative, a strategic marketing firm, has added Brock Diedrick as Marketing Specialist.
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. adds new attorneys 11-26-2014
MILWAUKEE – Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. welcomes seven attorneys to the firm’s Milwaukee office.
Shorewest Realtors announces new employees 11-25-2014
OZAUKEE COUNTY – Shorewest Realtors recently announced several personnel moves.
Norstar Aluminum Molds owner earns professional recognition 11-25-2014
CEDARBURG — Sandy Scaccia, president and owner of Norstar Aluminum Molds Inc., has been inducted into the Association of Rotational Molders Hall of Fame.
Means joins board of directors 11-25-2014
OCONOMOWOC — Demond Means, superintendent of the Mequon-Thiensville School District, is one of four individuals added to the board of directors for Rogers Behavioral Health System.
Nine associates join local Reinhart office 11-24-2014
MILWAUKEE – Nine associates joined Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. in Milwaukee.
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. welcomes new Litigation Practice Group member 11-24-2014
MILWAUKEE – Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. welcomes Donald A. Daugherty as a shareholder in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group in the Milwaukee office.
Brookfield Chamber announces 2015 Board of Directors 11-24-2014
BROOKFIELD – The Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce announced the 2015 Board of Directors at their 57th Annual Meeting on Wednesday, November 19 at the Westmoor Country Club.
Welders Supply Company hires new director
BELOIT – Welders Supply company welcomes Therese Mueller McLain as Director of Corporate Development.
Mukwonago Johnson Bank announces new manager 11-24-2014
WAUKESHA - The Johnson Bank at 1000 Fox St. in Mukwonago has named Jeremiah Thomas its new branch manager.
New member joins Hartland Chamber of Commerce 11-24-2014
WAUKESHA — The Hartland Chamber of Commerce has welcomed Hartland Bridal into its ranks.
Bartelt owner elected to Metropolitan Builders Association Board of Directors
DELAFIELD -  Rick Bartelt, the owner of the Delafield-based Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource, was elected on Thursday to the Metropolitan Builders Association Board of Directors.
Boy’s wish granted with new snowmobile
Collin Wilcox of Belgium had his dreams fulfilled earlier this month when the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Cedar Creek Motorsports of Cedarburg gave him a 2015 Ski-Doo Renegade 600 snowmobile with a trailer, helmet and liability insurance for one year.
Waukesha State Bank employee recognized for commitment to BBBS 11-20-2014
WAUKESHA – Waukesha State Bank Senior Mortgage Consultant, Wendi Muehls, is being recognized as an “Outstanding Big” by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee at the2014 Big Gala held on Saturday, Nov. 8.
Kay & Kay Law Firm hires new associate 11-19-2014
BROOKFIELD – Kay & Kay Law Firm, Brookfield, recently hired a new associate attorney, Jessica A. Klein.
Bartelt welcomes new lead carpenter 11-19-2014
DELAFIELD – Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource welcomes Paul Pennoyer as a lead carpenter.
West Bend Mutual VP recognized 11-19-2014
Tracey Berg, senior vice president and chief information officer at West Bend Mutual Insurance Co., has been named to Insurance & Technology’s 2014 Elite 8, according to a news release.
Kewaskum woman leads in sales 11-19-2014
Catholic Financial Life adviser Sharyl Zillmer led the East Central agency in total sales and total life sales for October.
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