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PYONGYANG, North Korea — Like all North Korean adults, Song Un Pyol wears the faces of leader Kim Jong Un's father and grandfather pinned neatly to her left lapel, above her heart. But on her right glitters a diamond-and-gold brooch.
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HED Inc. celebrates 30 years in Hartford
08-18-2017
HARTFORD — HED (Hydro Electronic Devices) sits quietly in the city’s Dodge Industrial Park, but little do most area residents know the company is one of the world’s leading designers of vehicle control systems.
Wisconsin Assembly passes $3B package for Foxconn
08-18-2017
MADISON — The Wisconsin Assembly approved a $3 billion tax break Thursday with bipartisan support for Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group to build a massive display panel factory in the state, a project President Donald Trump touted as a transformational win for the U.S. economy.
Bean counter? No, she’s the ‘chief fun officer’ 08-18-2017
When Heather Dunn began work July 1 as the chief financial officer at West Bend Mutual Insurance, she knew she had a tough act to follow.
Court battle over butter to proceed 08-18-2017
PORT WASHINGTON — Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Paul Malloy on Tuesday rejected a motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state requirement for butter taste tests, allowing the case to move forward into discovery.
Wisconsin gains 25,000 private-sector jobs in 12 months
08-18-2017
WAUKESHA - The state's Department of Workforce Development released U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data for June and preliminary estimates for July on employment and jobs in Wisconsin.
The Corners developers name theater operator 08-18-2017
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD - A small, but growing, theater operator noted for its range of cultural entertainment offerings was officially named a tenant at The Corners on Thursday.
Journal Sentinel community publications to be consolidated 08-18-2017
WAUKESHA — Names of longtime weekly publications produced by the Journal Community Publishing Group will no longer be found on newsstands as part of a consolidation the company has undergone, according to a story posted on the Journal Sentinel’s website on Wednesday.
Germantown to pay part of developer’s design fee request 08-17-2017
There’s an old saying that half a loaf is better than none, and that appears to be nearly what the developer of Saxony Village in the village of Germantown receive for design fees they said they incurred in trying to work with the village in a sanitary sewer project that benefits Gehl Foods.
Fowler Lake Village gets two significant approvals 08-17-2017
OCONOMOWOC — Fowler Lake Village LLC’s goal to begin building its enormous five-story, 180,000-square-foot mixed-use condominium development at the corner of St. Paul Street and East Pleasant Avenue, across from City Hall, by early fall got a needed boost Aug. 9.
Controversial subdivision plan advances 08-17-2017
MEQUON — Plans to build a 13-lot subdivision in a neighborhood on vacant land north of Mequon Road ran into a flurry of neighbor opposition Aug. 7 before it cleared an initial hurdle by a divided Mequon Planning Commission.
JRS Acres to debut new eggs at Albrecht's Sentry, Outpost  08-17-2017
DELAFIELD - JRS Country Acres will debut its new cage-free eggs from hens fed soy-free grains and cage-free eggs from hens fed GMO-free grains in a limited market distribution, the company announced Tuesday.
Plans for hotel, convention center under review 08-17-2017
BROOKFIELD - Plans to redevelop a 9.5-acre parcel on the southernmost end of Brookfield Square are progressing, though specific details are still being fleshed out, according to municipal officials.
Wisconsin property value increases largest since 2007
08-16-2017
MADISON - Wisconsin property values have reached a new high.
West Bend day spa to quadruple size with new building 08-16-2017
Nicolette Kearns had enough. Kearns, the owner of Healing Elements Day Spa, 2102 Continental Drive, West Bend, was tired of getting a call from a client needing a massage as soon as possible for whatever reason and she had to say there wasn’t an opening until at least the following week.
Bringing paradise north 08-16-2017
TOWN OF OSCEOLA — For those who want to get a sense of life in Florida, one business is bringing the experience to people in Wisconsin so they don’t have to travel south.
Clearing the table at Toucan 08-16-2017
After more than 27 years of operating Toucan Frozen Custard in West Bend, the Moehr family is passing the ice cream scooper to new owners.
Joey Gerard's to close Saturday in Mequon 08-16-2017
MEQUON - Final service at Joey Gerard's Supper Club will be Saturday in Mequon, after which it will undergo renovations and be turned into Mr. B's - A Bartolotta Steakhouse.
Von Trier eyes reinvention amid changing East Side 08-16-2017
MILWAUKEE - For nearly four decades, the corner of North Avenue and Farwell has been the home of the German-centric bar Von Trier.
Keller, Inc. to build addition for Northcentral Utility 08-16-2017
CITY OF PEWAUKEE - Keller announced it will build a shop addition and large remodel for Northcentral Utility under the direction of Keller project manager Dave Stubbs and architect Chris Manske.
Eagle's Landing development to go green 08-16-2017
OCONOMOWOC - Those who buy condominiums at the in-progress Eagles Landing at Lac La Belle will have the option to power their new homes with solar energy.
Olympia Resort listed for sale 08-16-2017
OCONOMOWOC - Olympia Resort: Hotel, Spa and Conference Center, a storied institution in Oconomowoc for several decades, is up for sale at a considerable price.
Family discovers new way to keep farm in the family 08-15-2017
ST. MICHAELS — When Brent Schultz was killed in a car accident three years ago, Kevin and Lynn Thull lost a son and a way to pass on their organic dairy to another generation.
Grothman plans job fair in Fond du Lac 08-15-2017
FOND DU LAC — The office of U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Glenbeulah, will host a job fair in conjunction with local businesses from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 at the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac University Center Commons, 400 University Drive in Fond du Lac.
Floral design company opens in downtown Cedarburg
08-15-2017
The floral design company La Tulipe celebrated a ribbon-cutting July 27 at its new studio in downtown Cedarburg, W63 N633A Washington Ave.
Mequon’s Titan Spine reports growth 08-15-2017
MEQUON — Titan Spine, with headquarters in Mequon, reported several second-quarter milestones.
Aurora hospitals recognized 08-15-2017
GRAFTON — Aurora Medical Center in Grafton recently was recognized as one of the top hospitals in southeast Wisconsin.
Shady Hollow subdivision to expand in Grafton 08-15-2017
GRAFTON — Approvals have come through for 21 new homes to be added in the village of Grafton.
Condos proposed for former Mequon-owned land 08-15-2017
MEQUON — Plans for 32 condominiums along Green Bay Road just north of Thiensville advanced Aug. 7 as the Mequon Planning Commission unanimously approved several preliminary steps.
Storage wars 08-15-2017
GRAFTON — The permit for a new self-storage business in the town of Grafton is being challenged by a competitor.
Foxtown gets a thumbs-up 08-15-2017
MEQUON — While plenty of details must be worked out before the first shovel of dirt is turned, plans for Foxtown, the third phase of the Mequon Town Center, earned an enthusiastic review by a city committee last week.
Opinions vary on Molina’s withdrawal from ACA Exchange 08-15-2017
Those on opposite sides of the health care debate are using the decision by Molina Healthcare to discontinue offering insurance policies as evidence to bolster their points of view.
Scout & Molly’s opens 08-15-2017
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — The Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday to kick off the weekend-long grand opening festivities for Scout & Molly’s at The Corners of Brookfield.
Generac gets $10 million in tax credits for expansion 08-14-2017
TOWN OF GENESEE — Generac Power Systems Inc. has accepted up to $10 million in tax credits from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to help with its growth that will also lead to the creation of at least 400 jobs during the next five years.
Bucks, Froedtert unveil new training center 08-13-2017
MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks last week opened the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Science Center, the team’s state-of-the-art training facility in downtown Milwaukee.
House of Harley-Davidson expands with satellite in downtown Milwaukee 08-13-2017
MILWAUKEE — House of Harley-Davidson, with locations in Milwaukee and Racine, is adding to its family of dealerships with a new location in the heart of Milwaukee’s downtown — a first for Milwaukee.
Going downtown 08-13-2017
Joan Kennedy was always interested in art and design. She made her own handbags in high school and she studied it further in college, but it wasn’t until 12 years ago — when her own children went away to college — she finally decided to focus on her current path of using wool to create wearable items.
Metro Milwaukee home sales tumble in July 08-11-2017
WAUKESHA — In recent history, home sales have been strong every month, but this July they took a downturn in the metro Milwaukee area.
Farm production costs in Wisconsin hold steady 08-11-2017
MADISON — New figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show production costs for Wisconsin farmers remained steady in 2016.
2 companies purchase lots in West Bend Corporate Center 08-11-2017
The Barry Co. sold two lots in the West Bend Corporate Center on Wednesday to Bruno’s Self Storage 2 LLC and Wolfpack One Investments LLC.
Kohl's 2Q profit surges, topping forecasts 08-11-2017
NEW YORK - Kohl's Corp. reported a surge in second-quarter profit, topping expectations, as it cut some costs and moved away from hefty charges for store closures.
Thai rolled ice cream shop, seasonal stores to join Brookfield Square 08-11-2017
BROOKFIELD - On Wednesday, Brookfield Square announced the return of seasonal Callister's Christmas, as well as three new businesses to the mall.
Residents want to shut gated community proposal 08-11-2017
TOWN OF WAUKESHA - It has been touted as a high-end development that could bring $25 million to the Town of Waukesha's tax base.
West Bend Pick ‘n Save stores get makeovers 08-10-2017
Both of the West Bend Pick ‘n Save locations — 1629 S. Main St. and 2518 W. Washington St. — are celebrating a grand re-opening to “complete a store refresh and remodel,” a news release said Wednesday.
Common Council gives 55-lot subdivision the green light
08-10-2017
OCONOMOWOC — The developer’s agreement for the third and final phase of the Hickorywood Farms subdivision was approved by the Oconomowoc Common Council Tuesday night, furthering the expansion of the booming city.
Sheboygan Road apartments advance 08-10-2017
CEDARBURG — A proposal to bring more than 190 high-end apartments to “renters by choice” on Cedarburg’s northeast side moved through a first round of city approvals Monday.
Lumberyard launches phase 2 08-10-2017
GRAFTON — Developers are preparing to kick off the second phase of the Lumberyard 1505 development in downtown Grafton.
Town Center parking study sparks ideas, debate 08-10-2017
MEQUON — A comprehensive parking and traffic study commissioned by the city of Mequon came to one conclusion that should come as no surprise to anyone who has tried to park in the Mequon Town Center at peak times: “It is clear that there is not enough parking supply provided” is the first sentence in the summary of the 110-page-long report compiled by Cedarburg-based Traffic Analysis and Design Inc.
1893 fire led to the formation of the West Bend Mutual Insurance Co. 08-10-2017
The heart of West Bend nearly quit beating in 1893, putting the city’s continued existence in jeopardy.
Downtown West Bend BID Board plans for next year 08-10-2017
As 2017 heads into its final stretch, Downtown West Bend Business Improvement District representatives are making plans for the following year and establishing a foundation for how they want to shape the organization’s future.
Town panel OKs architectural details for new Corners theater 08-10-2017
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD - A municipal panel overseeing architecture-related issues received a sneak peek Wednesday of some of the granular details surrounding a proposed nine-screen movie theater within the new The Corners development.
Dairy group sues Wisconsin over pollution discharge rules 08-09-2017
MADISON — Wisconsin environmental officials are over-regulating large livestock operations, imposing pollution requirements that are tougher than federal law and arbitrarily changing runoff standards without going through the rule-making process, a trade association says in a lawsuit.
Building comes down to make room for Hartford hotel 08-09-2017
HARTFORD — The building is one of two being torn down because of the development of a hotel on the site.
A cause for celebration 08-09-2017
HARTFORD — As Broan-NuTone celebrates its 85th year in business, the company with a focus on indoor air quality continues to expand and change.
Keller Williams partners with The Gallagher Team in Lake Country 08-09-2017
HARTLAND - The Gallagher Team announced Tuesday it has formed a partnership with Keller Williams Realty - Milwaukee North Shore.
NX Level to manage Mequon sports and training facility
08-09-2017
WAUKESHA - Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin announced Tuesday that NX Level Athletics will manage a state-of-the-art sports performance and training facility in the Mequon Health Center.
Circle Electric purchases Butler industrial building 08-08-2017
MILWAUKEE — The purchase of a 12,000-square-foot industrial building in Butler will allow Circle Electric, Inc. to double its footprint.
Butter lawsuit heading to Ozaukee County courtroom next week 08-08-2017
PORT WASHINGTON — A hearing has been set for next week for a lawsuit in which four Wisconsin residents are suing the state to overturn regulations that require government taste tests to legally sell butter.
New Mequon Sport Clips plans benefit event 08-08-2017
MEQUON — Sport Clips, which bills itself as the nation’s largest franchise dedicated to men’s and boy’s hair care, will open Aug. 15 in Mequon’s Concord Center shopping center, 11523 N. Port Washington Road.
CityTins coming to Cedarburg 08-08-2017
CEDARBURG — Cedarburg will now have its own edition of CityTins, featuring almost two dozen Cedarburg restaurants, bars and retail offerings.
Parade of Homes marches into Mequon
08-08-2017
MEQUON — It is fitting – and a welcome side-effect – that homes sprouting on land previously intended for a never-built high school likely will help boost declining student enrollment.
Kleen Test grows in county 08-08-2017
PORT WASHINGTON — Most businesses thrive on brand recognition, but Kleen Test Products, the recipient of this year’s Ozaukee County Business of the Year in the large business category, turns that idea completely upside down.
Raze Logemann Center, parking study says 08-08-2017
MEQUON — A long-awaited parking study commissioned by the city of Mequon recommends razing the Logemann Center building to provide additional parking in the Town Center area.
Can industry, environment grow simultaneously with Foxconn? 08-08-2017
RACINE - After leaving behind efforts to appeal and possibly litigate Waukesha's plan to draw millions of gallons of Lake Michigan water each day, the group representing mayors in the Great Lakes region is instead setting its sights on the Foxconn deal, with Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to waive some environmental protections - which the group's leader says could have a significant impact on water quality.
R.A. Smith National leadership to pass to son 08-07-2017
BROOKFIELD — R.A. Smith National announced Monday that Richard (Ricky) A. Smith, Jr., P.E., will take on the role of president at the Brookfield company, succeeding his father and current president, Richard A. Smith, M.S., P.E.
PDQ to lay off 313 employees with transition 08-07-2017
WAUKESHA — About 313 PDQ Food Stores Inc. employees will be laid off Oct. 9 due to the company’s decision to sell its assets to Kwik Trip.
Scout & Molly’s to hold grand opening in The Corners
08-07-2017
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — Fashion boutique Scout & Molly’s will hold a grand opening at The Corners of Brookfield Friday through Sunday.
Bubon Orthodontics continues to grow
08-06-2017
BROOKFIELD - Dr. Michael Bubon knew he both wanted and needed to be an orthodontist when he realized the profession would always pique his intrigue and stir his spirit.
Finding innovative ways to solve challenges 08-06-2017
BROOKFIELD - Todd Willis and his 10-year-old son are enjoying a wonderful summer. Willis is the city of Brookfield’s new Economic Development Coordinator. He took the position in November of last year after serving the city as a Community Development intern from October of 2015 to November of 2016.
Fearless: Stepping off into the unknown 08-04-2017
Many people consider a career change at some point in their life, but not all follow through with it like Collin Doherty.
Solid hiring in July cuts unemployment rate to 4.3 pct.
08-04-2017
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added 209,000 jobs in July, a second straight month of robust gains that underscore the economy's vitality as it enters a ninth year of expansion.
Business owner to bring restaurant to former Buca site 08-04-2017
OCONOMOWOC — A local restaurant owner’s plans to bring another eatery to Oconomowoc could help bring unique tastes to town, while also taking care of a building that has become a bit of an eyesore.
Eight food vendors vie for coveted Sporkies 08-04-2017
WEST ALLIS — Then there were eight. The remaining entries out of 31 Sporkies will be cut again at the Wisconsin State Fair.
What’s in a business name? 08-04-2017
BUTLER — A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but for a business its name needs to properly reflect what it offers.
T-Mobile opens store in Waukesha 08-03-2017
WAUKESHA — A T-Mobile retail store recently opened on Sunset Drive in Waukesha.
Molina Healthcare to exit ACA exchanges in Wisconsin, Utah 08-03-2017
MILWAUKEE — Molina Healthcare Inc. said Wednesday it will exit the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces in Utah and Wisconsin by the end of this year, citing costs that contributed to hefty losses for the health insurer in the second quarter.
Work on River Bend Estates gets underway 08-03-2017
Town of Grafton officials, developers and homeowners came together July 20 to hold a ribbon cutting for the new River Bend Estates, a 13-lot subdivision.
Shorehaven’s ‘catered living’ apartments to have Sept. 14 grand opening 08-03-2017
OCONOMOWOC — The grand opening for Shorehaven’s Lake Terrace Apartments East will take place Sept. 14 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 1340 W. Wisconsin Ave., according to a press statement.
Brookfield Dental breaks ground for new facility 08-03-2017
BROOKFIELD — Brookfield Dental recently broke ground for a new, 5,700 square foot facility at the corner of Capitol and Beaufort drives.
Foxconn benefits likely to trickle north 08-03-2017
OZAUKEE COUNTY — Transformational. It’s a word that cannot be overused when talking about the state luring technology manufacturing giant Foxconn to Wisconsin, according to state Sen. Duey Stroebel, R-Cedarburg.
Back to the business park 08-03-2017
CEDARBURG — In the prolonged development of one city lot, a bridge, or rather a creek, has been crossed.
New business opens in Hartford’s historic Hilt building 08-03-2017
HARTFORD — Redevelopment of the city’s downtown continues to progress as more milestones have been reached over the last several days.
Proposed Pizza Ranch takes another step forward in West Bend 08-03-2017
The proposal to establish a Pizza Ranch in West Bend will continue as company representatives receive another approval, getting them one step closer.
Ryan talks small business, health care reform in Mukwonago 08-03-2017
MUKWONAGO — It’s no secret that Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan is an advocate for tax reform, especially when it comes to the percentage of taxes on small, family-owned businesses.
Brookfield chamber to hold services industry job fair 08-03-2017
BROOKFIELD — As retail and restaurant businesses continue to pop up along Bluemound Road and other parts of Brookfield, new jobs are consistently generated.
Summertime blues: July sees big decline in US auto sales
08-02-2017
DETROIT — July saw the biggest year-over-year decline in U.S. vehicle sales so far this year, leaving automakers to hope that consumers are just waiting to pounce on Labor Day deals.
Business takes celebrations up a notch
08-02-2017
Angela Knutson, a mother of three from Jackson, said she and her husband, Jamie, were drawn to the idea of starting a family company so their children could have a first-hand exposure to launching and running a small business.
Trump: Foxconn CEO confided plant deal could swell to $30B 08-02-2017
MADISON — President Donald Trump casually mentioned Tuesday that Foxconn’s chairman told him in confidence the electronics giant’s investment could reach $30 billion, triple the size of last week’s deal with Wisconsin.
Foxconn deal could change Waukesha County companies 'overnight' 08-02-2017
PEWAUKEE - As word of an upcoming 20 million-square foot Foxconn liquid crystal display factory sinks in for Wisconsinites, manufacturers and supply chain managers in Waukesha County are hoping to land lucrative partnerships with the Taiwan-based technology company in the future.
LEDs, LCDs, OLEDs and 8Ks 08-02-2017
WAUKESHA — Foxconn Technology Group has announced it will make liquid crystal displays — LCD — at the proposed southern Wisconsin plant that could come online as soon as 2020.
Quad/Graphics 2Q finishes within expectations 08-01-2017
SUSSEX — The second quarter finished close to Quad/Graphic Inc.’s expectations with a 3 cent increase in its diluted earnings per share and an increase in net earnings of $15 million, when compared to the same period in 2016.
John’s Pizzeria is here to stay 08-01-2017
Q. The new Lumberyard 1505 apartments and public plaza in Grafton are a beautiful addition to the village. But John’s Pizzeria blocks the view of this beautiful addition to Grafton. Was there ever any consideration of relocating the business and razing the building?
Cedar Creek Winery recognized 08-01-2017
CEDARBURG — A wine produced by Cedar Creek Winery has won awards in national competitions this year.
Oshkosh Defense gets $195M order from Army 08-01-2017
OSHKOSH —The U.S. Army has placed an order from Oshkosh Defense, LLC, worth more than $195 million that will include 748 vehicles.
Fiserv acquires mortgage software and lending technology company 08-01-2017
BROOKFIELD — Fiserv, Inc. announced Tuesday it has completed the acquisition of a company specializing in internet-based mortgage software and mortgage lending technology solutions in order to enhance its own suite of mortgage origination services.
Exacto Spring honored 08-01-2017
GRAFTON — Exacto Spring may be a funny name for a company, but there’s an interesting story behind it – and the name makes a lot of sense.
Knowledge Edge tutoring service moves to a larger location in Mequon 08-01-2017
MEQUON — Knowledge Edge, which has offered tutoring services in Mequon for more than nine years, has moved.
Home sales up from same time last year 08-01-2017
OZAUKEE COUNTY — The Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors released its second quarter report, which surveys the housing market performance in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties.
Foxconn tech at WCTC 08-01-2017
PEWAUKEE — Glowing blue lights and futuristic-sounding music permeate the Richard T. Anderson Education Center at Waukesha County Technical College during a Foxconn product showcase, where some of the most cutting-edge screens and 8K technology systems are on display.
Foxconn may entice students into technical careers 07-29-2017
PEWAUKEE — It may be a few years until Foxconn opens its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in southeastern Wisconsin, but it’s never too soon to start gaining the skills to land a job at the tech giant company — or another company in need of skilled trade workers.
New Falls business to offer self-defense classes 07-29-2017
MENOMONEE FALLS — MK Protection Strategies was started last year by two local self-defense instructors. In August, they will open their physical location at N88 W16741 Main St. in Menomonee Falls.
Foxconn technology to be displayed at WCTC 07-28-2017
PEWAUKEE — All the technology on display at the Foxconn event in Milwaukee will be on display at Waukesha County Technical College on Monday and Tuesday.
Welcome to ‘Wisconn Valley’ 07-28-2017
MILWAUKEE — Foxconn Technology Group officially became part of the Wisconsin family Thursday evening after Gov. Scott Walker announced and signed a multibillion-dollar memorandum that will bring a high-tech manufacturing plant to southeastern Wisconsin.
Up-and-comer finds his perfect ride
07-28-2017
Kyle Martola has been riding a snowboard since he was 10. By the time he was 17 he was working for the terrain park at Sunburst Ski Area in Kewaskum.
Keller, Inc. hired by Halquist Stone for project 07-27-2017
SUSSEX — Keller, Inc. has been hired by Halquist Stone to construct a metal building with a runway crane.
Marcus Corporation reports record revenues of $152 million 07-27-2017
MILWAUKEE — At the end of the second quarter, The Marcus Corporation reported record revenues of $152.775 million, a 13.2 percent increase from revenues of $134.978 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2016.
Meet Jeff Hamilton, the hophead 07-27-2017
If you’ve ever enjoyed a cold stein of Sprecher beer from an old fire truck in one of Milwaukee’s parks or during a Friday night at Summer Sounds, you can thank Cedarburg resident Jeff Hamilton.
Rockwell Automation Reports Third Quarter 2017 Results 07-27-2017
MILWAUKEE  - Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) today reported fiscal 2017 third quarter sales of $1,599.2 million, up 8.5 percent from $1,474.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016. Organic sales grew 8.2 percent.
Local entrepreneur brings salon to Oconomowoc 07-27-2017
OCONOMOWOC — While there are certainly other businesses offering hair and beauty services in Oconomowoc, Tricia Voight would like to think hers offers something unique.
EverWhite announces move to expanded Hartford plant
07-27-2017
There is some good economic news for Hartford.
Periwinkle's Bakery now selling fresh-baked bread 07-27-2017
WAUKESHA - Jalapeno cheddar, sourdough, cranberry walnut - to fill a hole in stomachs downtown Waukesha, Periwinkle's Bakery on Broadway has started offering fresh-baked bread in addition to their already wide selection of baked goods.
Demlang Builders to help build Neumann Developments Lake Country Village 07-27-2017
OCONOMOWOC - Demlang Builders was named a preferred builder for Neumann Developments Lake Country Village Community recently, according to a press release.
Unemployment rate rises in metro Milwaukee in June, DWD data shows 07-27-2017
MADISON - Preliminary labor statistics released by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development on Wednesday showed job growth in the metro Milwaukee area slowed from May to June.
Plan Commission gives nod to Panda Express 07-27-2017
WAUKESHA — Despite the previous denial of plans to build an iteration of Panda Express, a Chinese food chain restaurant, and a multi-tenant building at Grandview Boulevard and Silvernail Road, the city’s Plan Commission granted final approval for the site Wednesday.
City plans for long-awaited grocery store downtown 07-27-2017
WAUKESHA — Downtown business owners, employees and residents are clamoring for a market or grocery store in the downtown area that offers fresh, organic food and grab-and-go lunches — and city planners are working to meet those needs in the near future.
Mark Belling: Not everyone is happy Foxconn is coming to Wisconsin 07-26-2017
Here’s how it works with the Democrats in Wisconsin and their sycophants in what passes for the state’s mainstream news media. If Foxconn had decided not to locate its manufacturing plant in Wisconsin and chose another state, Gov. Scott Walker would have been blasted for blowing the deal and being unable to bring in 10,000 jobs.
Important to have a plan 07-26-2017
Most people in the community know Craig Farrell as the West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce's executive director, providing resources and advice to member businesses.
Addition underway at Gateway Plastics
07-25-2017
Walls are going up for the estimated 70,000-square-foot addition to Mequon’s Gateway Plastics, 5850 W. County Line Road.
Grafton’s Electrical Mechanical Drives is purchased by Minnesota company 07-25-2017
GRAFTON — Electrical Mechanical Drives, based in Grafton, has been purchased by Power/mation, which is headquartered in St. Paul, Minn.
Orthopedic Institute of Wisconsin to anchor Mayfair Road building 07-25-2017
WAUWATOSA — Orthopedic Institute of Wisconsin has signed on to be the anchor business of a three-story building redevelopment project on Mayfair Road.
Metal-Era begins expansion work in Waukesha 07-25-2017
WAUKESHA —The ability to expand its corporate headquarters is a reflection on the hard work of Metal-Era’s employees said President Tony Mallinger during a ground-breaking ceremony Tuesday morning.
ProHealth Care Foundation gets $100,000 for home visits
07-25-2017
WAUKESHA — ProHealth Care Foundation was awarded $100,000 by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation that will go toward follow-up home visits to seniors who are served by the memory clinic.
Brewery, restaurant anchor next phase of Town Center 07-25-2017
MEQUON — Plans for Mequon’s Town Center are taking an ambitious leap forward as plans for a third major development along Mequon Road await initial consideration by a city committee in August.
Brewing success 07-25-2017
THIENSVILLE — Late one afternoon last week, Fiddleheads owner Mike Wroblewski briefly sat in the Fiddleheads Thiensville location surrounded by racks of cooling bakery, the sound of coffee production in the back and a small team of employees steadily going about the business of the day.
Another ‘national retailer’ likely headed to Grafton Commons 07-25-2017
GRAFTON — A space larger than Grafton’s Best Buy and Michaels combined is being planned for a multitenant development in the freeway corridor.
Black entrepreneurs finding success in Waukesha 07-25-2017
WAUKESHA — Black success is now a topic of conversation because Forever Faded, Pat’s Rib Place and Enterprise NOW! are three black-owned businesses that are thriving in Waukesha.
ManpowerGroup earnings rise in 2Q 07-25-2017
WAUKESHA — Revenues increased 3 percent during the second quarter for ManpowerGroup, which also saw an up tick in earnings.
Reports: Foxconn coming to Wisconsin 07-25-2017
WAUKESHA — For weeks, southeastern Wisconsin has been buzzing with the news that manufacturing giant Foxconn could be coming to the state, and on Monday, Freeman columnist and WISN radio show host Mark Belling said sources told him Foxconn will indeed build in southeastern Wisconsin.
Owners of Little Switzerland buy Milwaukee County ski hill
07-23-2017
The Schmitz Brothers LLC, owners and operators of Little Switzerland and Nordic Mountain ski areas, entered a purchase agreement and long-term lease with ROC Ventures to operate the ski hill at The Rock sports complex in Franklin.
Making boating convenient 07-23-2017
CITY OF PEWAUKEE - We’ve all heard the joke about the two best days in the life of a boat owner - the day the boat is purchased, and the day the boat is sold.
Chambers set sail for opportunities abroad
07-23-2017
PEWAUKEE - Most think of their local chamber of commerce and consider those well-intentioned individuals in the community who show up at ribbon-cuttings, and occasionally spearhead civic improvement projects.
Johnson hopeful about GOP reaching health care agreement 07-23-2017
BROOKFIELD - Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, largely focused on health care reform during a luncheon speech with the Waukesha County Business Alliance at the Sheraton Hotel on Friday.
Commission to review plans for McDonald's, Panda Express, CrossFit 07-22-2017
WAUKESHA — The Panda Express that previously faced litigation is back on the agenda for next week’s Plan Commission meeting.
Garvey Group closing locations in Franklin, Milwaukee
07-22-2017
FRANKLIN — The Garvey Group will cease operations on July 31 at these facilities: 9980 South Oakwood Park Drive, Franklin affecting 39 workers, and 4601 South Fifth Street, Milwaukee affecting 15 workers. 
City of Pewaukee might permit beer, wine sales at gas stations 07-21-2017
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — A 35-year-old ordinance prohibiting gas stations from selling beer and wine could soon come to an end in the city limits.
Following in Dad's footsteps 07-21-2017
No matter how you put it, there’s no denying the steadying influence Josh Thull’s dad has been in his life — and his business.
Wisconsin working on incentives to lure Foxconn 07-21-2017
MADISON - Wisconsin is working on a package of incentives to lure Taiwanese iPhone manufacturer Foxconn to the state as part of a deal that two state lawmakers said Thursday they believe could come as soon as the end of the month. 
New self-storage buildings in Slinger rejected 07-21-2017
Slinger’s Plan Commission has rejected a second attempt by a Slinger developer to construct several self-storage buildings in the village.
Badger Meter reports record 2Q results 07-21-2017
MILWAUKEE - The second quarter had record results for Badger Meter, Inc., which reported its net sales were $104,176,000.
Snap-on net sales increase 5.6% for quarter
07-21-2017
KENOSHA - Snap-on Incorporated reported a positive second quarter Thursday with net sales of $921.4 million, an increase of 5.6 percent from 2016 levels.
Wisconsin unemployment unchanged at 3.1 percent 07-21-2017
MADISON - Wisconsin's unemployment rate is unchanged for the month of June.
Waukesha County Center for Growth exceeding goals
07-21-2017
WAUKESHA - For a year the staff at the Waukesha County Center for Growth has been meeting with companies in the hopes of convincing them to build, expand or move to Waukesha County.
Associated Bank acquiring Bank Mutual for almost $500 million 07-20-2017
MILWAUKEE — Associated Banc-Corp announced Thursday it has agreed to purchase Bank Mutual Corporation for about $482 million, which will result in a merged company.
Workforce Development Center to hold job fair 07-20-2017
WEST BEND — Job-seekers are invited to attend the Workforce Development Center’s Job Fair on Aug. 16 at the Washington County Fair Park in West Bend during which area employers will seek to fill hundreds of full-, part-time and seasonal positions.
Scentsory stimulation: Bath boutique store opens downtown 07-20-2017
OCONOMOWOC — Scentsory Bath & Body Boutique at 152 E. Wisconsin Ave. softly opened last Saturday in downtown Oconomowoc. The store specializes in premium handmade bath and health products for women, men, and kids.
VIP Sushi granted liquor license 07-20-2017
OCONOMOWOC — Those dining at VIP Sushi & Hibachi will now be able to enjoy a cocktail with their salmon roll.
Plans for cell tower in Thiensville advance as provider submits proposed contract 07-20-2017
THIENSVILLE — Members of the Thiensville Village Board decided Tuesday to discuss the details of a proposed contract for a cell phone tower in closed session.
Ott’s cell tower plan clears Assembly 07-20-2017
MEQUON — The ideas in a bill state Rep. Jim Ott introduced this winter in response to a company’s plan to build a 195-foot-tall cell phone tower in a Mequon back yard are a step closer to becoming law.
Cedarburg seeking firm to create a marketing brand for the city 07-20-2017
CEDARBURG — A community-based steering committee is seeking a consultant to head a Cedarburg brand strengthening initiative.
Reilly supports bills against 'dark store' tax assessments
07-20-2017
WAUKESHA - Mayor Shawn Reilly recently traveled to the state Capitol to give favorable testimony for two bills that would curb big-box stores asking for lower tax assessments based on the "dark store theory."
Kwik Trip to acquire PDQ’s 34 stores in state 07-20-2017
NEW BERLIN — The growing Kwik Trip gas and convenience store chain is about to get larger, and officials in New Berlin are hoping they are along for the ride.
Black Bear Bottling to close its doors 07-19-2017
OAK CREEK — Longtime maker of flavored sodas Black Bear Bottling announced it will close its doors in less than two months.
Franz named R&R Insurance chief operating officer 07-19-2017
WAUKESHA —On Wednesday, R&R Insurance Services announced Michael Franz was recently named its chief operating officer.
Annex Wealth Management to open in Pfister Hotel 07-19-2017
MILWAUKEE — Elm Grove-based Annex Wealth Management will open its fifth location and first in Milwaukee in the Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee.
Becky’s Blissful Bakery crafts Cold Brew Caramels 07-19-2017
NEW BERLIN — Caramel maker Becky’s Blissful Bakery announced through its partnership with Milwaukee-based Stone Creek Coffee it has created Cold Brew Caramels.
Land purchase for Hartford hotel to close this week 07-19-2017
Two homes still standing on the construction site of Hartford’s new downtown hotel will come crashing down soon.
West Bend’s future business leaders take national challenge 07-19-2017
At the end of June, five students from the West Bend High Schools flew to Anaheim, California, to compete in several categories at the Future Business Leaders of America national competition.
Panel OKs pair of tourism spending requests 07-19-2017
CITY OF PEWAUKEE - An outside consultant will not be hired, but a panel tasked with making tourism spending decisions did give the green light Tuesday to move forward with a baseball-related campaign and an enhancement to Taste of Lake Country.
Some Woodman's shoppers to be awarded for buying healthfully 07-19-2017
WAUKESHA - Eating healthy, well-balanced meals often costs more than preparing prepacked, high-calorie meals, but a partnership between Woodman's Food Markets and Healthy Savings is intended to make eating well less expensive.
Austrian company acquires Gehl Foods operation 07-19-2017
WEST BEND - The Gehl Foods Bottling operation on Rail Way in West Bend was acquired by Alpla Inc., an Austrian-based company, on June 1 for $5.4 million.
Highly unlikely Foxconn could be lured to Waukesha County 07-19-2017
BROOKFIELD - The numbers associated with Foxconn's proposal to come to Wisconsin make it very appealing: a $7 billion plant that would employ as many as 10,000 people.
Cedarburg Plan Commission approves architectural design for Arrabelle 07-18-2017
CEDARBURG — Arrabelle apartments proposed for downtown Cedarburg received architectural design approval Thursday during a city Plan Commission meeting.
Lower sales of new motorcycles ding Harley-Davidson 07-18-2017
MILWAUKEE — Shares in Harley-Davidson tumbled nearly 10 percent after the company reported lagging retail sales and shipments as new riders opted for used motorcycles over newer, more expensive ones.
Grafton celebrates TownePlace Suites by Marriott groundbreaking 07-18-2017
Construction of the new TownePlace Suites by Marriott hotel at 1601 Gateway Drive in Grafton officially got underway June 28 with a groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site just southeast of the intersection of Interstate 43 and Highway 60.
Business grants available 07-18-2017
MADISON — The University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Center for Technology Commercialization is offering a matching grant of up to $75,000 to provide additional assistance to companies in the process of completing a project in the federal Small Business Innovation Research or Small Business Technology Transfer programs.
Thiensville bank building coming down
07-18-2017
THIENSVILLE — The bank building that has sat vacant at 200 Green Bay Road for the last 10 years likely will be coming down.
Old Pick ’n Save thorn in Grafton’s side
07-18-2017
GRAFTON — A former Mexican restaurant building and a private home are among the properties being eyed for redevelopment in Grafton.
Century Fence a mark of permanence in Wisconsin 07-18-2017
PEWAUKEE - After 100 years in business, the Bryants, owners of Century Fence, say they still get a rush from seeing signs of their company’s work along highways and on fences around landmarks like Lambeau Field in Green Bay and Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.
Local tourism groups seeking grant funding 07-18-2017
CITY OF PEWAUKEE - A pair of organizations aimed at promoting tourism in and near the village and City of Pewaukee are seeking grant dollars to further their efforts.
House of Guinness sold 07-18-2017
WAUKESHA - Many memories have been made at Waukesha’s House of Guinness since it opened in 2000, especially if you’ve attended Carroll University during those years. And for new owners and Carroll graduates Ian Cliffe and Ellie Martin Cliffe that also holds true.
Waukesha-based NEXT Electric sold to IES Holdings 07-18-2017
WAUKESHA - NEXT Electric, LLC has sold 80 percent of its membership interest to IES Holdings, Inc., according to a Monday announcement.
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City of Waukesha Chamber of Commerce announces new executive director 08-18-2017
WAUKESHA - The city's Chamber of Commerce announced the hiring of a new executive director Thursday.
Centare tech professional named a Microsoft MVP 08-16-2017
BROOKFIELD — Centare employee David Pine has been honored as a Most Valuable Professional by the tech giant Microsoft.
West Bend resident recognized with St. Joseph’s Hospital nursing award 08-13-2017
Ashly Kasten of West Bend, a registered nurse in the intensive care unit, has been recognized with Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin St. Joseph’s Hospital first-quarter DAISY Award, which recognizes patient care and professionalism.
Cedar Community Board of Directors welcomes 2 new members 08-13-2017
Tom Ross and Adam Stone were recently elected to the Cedar Community Board of Directors, according to a news release Monday.
New professor of mathematics at UW-Waukesha  08-11-2017
WAUKESHA — The University of Wisconsin-Waukesha has welcomed Dr. Manoj Lamichhane to its faculty as an assistant professor of mathematics.
CG Schmidt joins Alliance 08-11-2017
MILWAUKEE - CG Schmidt is a values-based construction management and general contracting firm located in Milwaukee.
Growth and collaboration celebrated
08-11-2017
NEW BERLIN - Capital Electric and Interstate Roof Systems Consultants celebrated their collaboration and growth in New Berlin.
Oconomowoc doctor named ‘Physician Citizen of the Year’ 08-10-2017
OCONOMOWOC — An Oconomowoc doctor has been named one of two 2017 Physician Citizens of the Year by the Wisconsin Medical Society, according to a press statement from the physicians association.
Forward Dental participates in TeamSmile 08-08-2017
Dr. Melissa Lentz from Forward Dental in Mequon treats a patient during the TeamSmile event that took place at Miller Park July 13.
R.A. Smith National leadership to pass to son 08-07-2017
BROOKFIELD — R.A. Smith National announced Monday that Richard (Ricky) A. Smith, Jr., P.E., will take on the role of president at the Brookfield company, succeeding his father and current president, Richard A. Smith, M.S., P.E.
Reek joins MSI General 08-03-2017
OCONOMOWOC —MSI General Corporation recently added Adam Reek to its team as a project executive associate within the Select Projects Department.
Heartland Business Systems appoints Papador general manager 08-03-2017
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — Heartland Business Systems LLC announced Wednesday that Scott Papador has joined the company as the general manager of southern Wisconsin.
Amy Schneider joins First Business 08-03-2017
BROOKFIELD — First Business Financial Services, Inc. announced Wednesday that Amy Schneider has been hired as a vice president of private wealth management in First Business’s Brookfield office serving the Milwaukee region.
Plastocon employees celebrate 45 years 08-03-2017
OCONOMOWOC — Plastic injection molding service company Plastocon, 1200 W. Second St., recently celebrated the milestone work anniversaries of two employees.
EPIC Creative adds digital marketing specialist, expands account management team 08-02-2017
EPIC Creative, a full-service advertising and marketing agency headquartered in West Bend, announced Tuesday it added a digital marketing specialist and two senior account managers.
Black joins First Business Brookfield office 08-02-2017
BROOKFIELD — First Business Financial Services, Inc. announced that Ryan Black has been hired as an SBA business development officer in First Business’s Brookfield office serving the Milwaukee region.
Milwaukee PR firm announces hire of Cedarburg resident 08-01-2017
MILWAUKEE — Mortenson Safar Kim, a marketing communications agency, has hired Jacqueline Janz, a Cedarburg resident, as its new communications director.
Centare promotes three employees 07-28-2017
BROOKFIELD - Centare, a leading provider of software development, agile coaching & training, and technology consulting, has promoted the following employees.
Fiat Chrysler, Ford recognize HUSCO Automotive with quality awards 07-27-2017
WAUKESHA - HUSCO Automotive's Whitewater plant has been awarded two customer quality awards for performance in 2016, the company announced Wednesday.
Flight For Life gets new executive director 07-26-2017
WAUKESHA — Flight For Life Transport System announced Tuesday that it has hired longtime leader Dan Burns as executive director of the organization.
Cedar Lakes Sales receives inaugural award 07-26-2017
Cedar Lakes Sales and Service in West Bend has been named the recipient of the inaugural Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Dealer Award.
Manitou Americas donates skid loaders to county organizations 07-26-2017
Manitou Americas Inc. delivered two Gehl skid loaders to support local businesses, the company announced Tuesday.
Delta Defense named a finalist for award 07-26-2017
Delta Defense LLC has been named a finalist for the Wisconsin Economic Development Association's annual award for community and economic development projects.
Shorewest Realtors announces new sales associates at offices in county 07-25-2017
OZAUKEE COUNTY — Shorewest Realtors has announced the addition of sales associates.
Newcastle Place names Laura Jones to serve as facility’s clinical liaison 07-25-2017
MEQUON — Laura Jones has joined Newcastle Place as a clinical liaison. In that role, she will help strengthen the post-acute care strategy for the Highlands Health Center and Hospital Partners.
Roulette joins The Martin Group 07-25-2017
MEQUON — Chad Roulette has joined The Martin Group of Keller Williams as a real estate agent.
Bank’s promotion to benefit charity 07-25-2017
OCONOMOWOC — First Bank Financial Centre recently reached 2,000 likes on Facebook.
Pfalz named manager of downtown Waukesha State Bank site 07-21-2017
WAUKESHA - Waukesha State Bank, a full-service community bank with 13 locations in Waukesha County, announced that Heather Pfalz, vice president - bank manager, will now lead its downtown Waukesha office.
CJ's Premium Spices wins national award 07-21-2017
OCONOMOWOC - CJ's Premium Spices, LLC,  is a national winner in the Specialty Food Association's 2017 sofi Awards national competition.
Vetta to receive Don Richards Leadership Award 07-21-2017
MILWAUKEE - First Business Financial Services, Inc. announced Thursday that Dave Vetta, former president and CEO of First Business Bank, will receive the Don Richards Leadership Award.
Muskego High business students recognized at California conference 07-21-2017
MUSKEGO - More than 9,600 high school students traveled to southern California to establish their own legacy of leadership as they competed for the opportunity to win more than $170,000 in cash awards.
Three Pillars nurse receives Wisconsin Optum Group award 07-20-2017
DOUSMAN — Kate Schreiber, a licensed practical nurse at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities’ Masonic Health Care Center, was recently given an award that was developed in honor of another Three Pillars nurse.
Rewarding 100 years of service 07-20-2017
OCONOMOWOC — First Bank Financial Centre donated $1,200 to the Ashippun Fire Department in honor of its 100th anniversary. The check was presented during the department’s annual picnic July 7.
Giving back to our military 07-20-2017
DELAFIELD — Ewald Automotive Group announced it provided contributions to local military charities in July, including the United Services Organization, several American Legion posts, Operation Freedom and Dryhootch
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SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha County gets award
07-20-2017
WAUKESHA - The operators of SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha County recently received the Director's Gold award.
Franz named R&R Insurance chief operating officer 07-19-2017
WAUKESHA —On Wednesday, R&R Insurance Services announced Michael Franz was recently named its chief operating officer.
It’s cool to be the Feed Bag 07-18-2017
MEQUON — The Feed Bag Pet Supply in Mequon has been chosen as one of “America’s Coolest Pet Stores” by Pets+, a magazine for “America’s Pet Pros,” according to a Feed Bag press release.
Business Alliance welcomes Express Employment 07-18-2017
WAUKESHA - The Waukesha County Business Alliance recently welcomed Express Employment Professionals as a member.
Fairway Lighting joins Business Alliance 07-18-2017
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD - Fairway Lighting recently joined the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Minute Men Staffing receives plaque
07-18-2017
WAUKESHA - Minute Men Staffing recently was welcomed as a new member of the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Organized images is new Hartland Chamber member 07-17-2017
HARTLAND - Hartland Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Karla Lauersdorf of Ixonia Bank (left) presents Kathy Robinson of Organized Images, LLC with a membership plaque from the chamber.
Hartland Piano joins chamber 07-17-2017
HARTLAND - Hartland Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Dr. Brandon Meye of Lake Country Health Center presents Ellen McDonald of Hartland Piano with a membership plaque from the chamber. 
Kuglitsch, Neylon appointed to Autonomous Vehicle Steering Committee 07-16-2017
MADISON — On Friday, state Reps. Mike Kuglitsch, R-New Berlin, and Adam Neylon, R-Pewaukee, were appointed to serve on Gov. Scott Walker’s Autonomous Vehicle Steering Committee.
Horning recognized as top rated CEO in real estate 07-16-2017
BROOKFIELD - Shorewest Realtors President Joe Horning was awarded a 2017 Owler Top Rated CEO award in Real Estate. He is ranked 13 out of 100 Top CEOs in the industry.
 
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