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Pelosi offers Medicare negotiation plan to curb drug prices
WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, trying to seize the agenda on a top consumer issue, announced an ambitious prescription drug plan Thursday that would allow Medicare to negotiate prices for seniors and younger people.
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Getting a charge out of driving 09-20-2019
JACKSON — Marie Novak-Fons’ car averages around 1,300 miles per tank of gas.In the two and a half years she has owned her Toyota Prius Prime, she has driven about 25,000 miles and filled up just 19 times.
State's labor force participation rate remains at 67.2% in August 09-20-2019
MADISON — The Department of Workforce Development released Thursday the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary employment estimates for the month of August.
Foxconn selects construction manager for two facilities
MILWAUKEE — Foxconn Technology Group announced Wednesday that it has selected Mortenson to serve as construction manager (CM) for upcoming projects at the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park (WVSTP).
Bank First makeover gets OK in Cedarburg 09-19-2019
CEDARBURG — The home of Bank First, formerly Partnership Bank at W61 N529 Washington Ave., will be getting a new look.
Lawmaker vows to kill new farm manure rules 09-18-2019
MADISON, Wis. — A key Republican lawmaker vowed Wednesday to block new state restrictions designed to protect farmers' neighbors from the stench of manure following a flurry of complaints from Wisconsin's agricultural community.
A divided Fed cuts key rate for 2nd time this year 09-18-2019
WASHINGTON — A sharply divided Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate Wednesday for a second time this year while saying it's prepared to continue doing what it deems necessary to sustain the U.S. economic expansion.
Sendik's proposes addition, partial remodel 09-18-2019
HARTLAND — Sendik’s Food Market received preliminary approvals from the Plan Commission Monday night for an addition and partial remodel of its store located at 600 Hartbrook Drive in Hartland.
Bukacek Construction announces third-generation ownership 09-18-2019
RACINE — Bukacek Construction is continuing on its family legacy. The company, one of southeastern Wisconsin’s regional construction managers and general contractors for more than 56 years, announced Tuesday that it has been acquired by the third generation of the Bukacek family.
Proposed Neumann developments move forward 09-18-2019
HARTLAND – Two housing projects proposed in Hartland by Neumann Developments, Inc. will move forward after plan commissioners recommended their approval at a meeting Monday night.
Dove Plaza, Slinger board settle 'dark store' dispute 09-18-2019
SLINGER — Village officials and owners of Dove Plaza have agreed to a settlement in a property assessment dispute that’s been ongoing nearly two years.
Ozaukee Economic Development Large Business of the Year: Wilo Machine, Scot Pump 09-17-2019
In 1957, businessman Russell Bratt founded Scot Pump in Ozaukee County. The business has manufactured pumps at its Cedarburg location for over 50 years.
Business park plans advance in Lisbon 09-17-2019
TOWN OF LISBON — Despite the objections of about a half-dozen neighbors, town officials are in the process of approving land use plan and zoning changes for a proposed 125-acre business park development on the southwest border of the town and village of Sussex.
Construction begins on Delafield luxury condo project 09-17-2019
DELAFIELD — Construction in The Point Crossing at Delafield development began this month, according to a release from MSI General, which has been selected for the design and construction of the four-unit, multifamily condominium project on Wells Street.
Milwaukee Bucks owner enters tequila venture with other NBA names 09-16-2019
Call it the transition game: Michael Jordan and three other NBA owners are getting into the liquor business.
Dairy industry pushes back against new manure storage rules 09-16-2019
MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin dairy industry is raising a stink about potential new regulations governing manure storage.
New Lisbon Kwik Trip approved 09-15-2019
TOWN OF LISBON — Plans for a bigger, more modern and efficient Kwik Trip west of the intersection of Lake Five and Silver Spring roads were approved Thursday night by the Plan Commission.
Wisconsin media company teams with Farm Aid on telethon 09-13-2019
MADISON, Wis. — A media company that owns television stations in Wisconsin is partnering with a longtime farm charity on a live 18-hour telethon to raise money for struggling farmers.
The Club at Lac La Belle opens 09-13-2019
LAC LA BELLE — The Club at Lac La Belle is open for preview play after over a year of renovations to the course that saw residents concerned about the amount of runoff going into Lac La Belle.
Cornerstone breaks ground on expansion 09-13-2019
OCONOMOWOC — Cornerstone, 24 S. Main St., will expand into the former Mantra Indian Bistro and have seating outside on Main Street.
Upgrades underway on Highway 167 09-13-2019
RICHFIELD – Infrastructure improvements are underway on a small section of Highway 167 (Holy Hill Road) in conjunction with the construction of the new Kwik Trip convenience store on the site of the former Exxon truck stop near the intersection with I-41.
New west-side industrial park TID gains final approval
HARTFORD — A proposed new tax incremental financing district has received final and unanimous approval from the Common Council.
GE Healthcare X-ray technology gets advanced 09-13-2019
WAUKESHA — New technology implemented into GE Healthcare’s X-ray machines are making the machine smarter and helping doctors to learn of results faster.
Confections for any Occasion to close Oconomowoc store 09-12-2019
OCONOMOWOC — Confections for any Occasion owner Joel Bernhard has decided to close his location in Oconomowoc and relocate all of the store’s offerings to the Theresa store.
Town of Grafton says no to pet condos made of shipping containers 09-12-2019
GRAFTON — A business proposal for pet boarding and shipping container storage stalled out in the town of Grafton last week.
Main Street Cafe owner hopes to open in Hartford soon 09-12-2019
HARTFORD — Another new business will soon open in the city’s downtown and fill another of the area’s vacant storefronts.
Hartford Plan Commission OKs expansion of two businesses 09-12-2019
HARTFORD — The surging economy is providing conditions that allow two area businesses to propose additions to both their companies’ buildings.
New Lake Country Dog owner finds happiness in opportunity 09-12-2019
OCONOMOWOC — The new owner of Lake Country Dog is excited to be spending her days around dogs — and lots of them.
August home sales go up 5% in metro Milwaukee 09-12-2019
MILWAUKEE — August was the second month in a row with increased home sales and only the third month in 2019 to show an increase in sales.
Foxconn kicks off 2nd Smart Cities Smart Futures Competition 09-11-2019
MILWAUKEE — Foxconn Technology Group has launched year two of its three-year “Smart Cities-Smart Futures,” which is intended to support ideas to improve communities.
UW-Madison: Foxconn slow on $100M pledge 09-11-2019
MADISON — The University of Wisconsin says it has received just $700,000 of the $100 million that Foxconn Technology Group pledged to fund engineering and innovation research on the school’s flagship campus.
Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island has been sold 09-11-2019
The Grand Hotel in Mackinac, one of Michigan’s most famous landmarks, will soon have a new owner.
Light in a dark time 09-11-2019
WAUKESHA — When the World Trade Center was attacked on 9/11, five Waukesha V12 diesel generating units kicked on in an attempt to supply emergency power to the collapsing towers.
Tempered growth, with a heart 09-10-2019
MEQUON — James Marshall has made his living in the investment world for 50 years. When his client base and business acumen had progressed enough, he opened the doors to his own firm.
Public hearing for Chick-fil-A tonight 09-10-2019
TOWN OF LISBON — Kwik Trip’s plan to significantly expand its convenience store and fueling center operations immediately west of the intersection of Lake Five and Silver Spring roads is another subject of a public hearing at Town Hall Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m.
Lisbon Kwik Trip expanding 09-10-2019
TOWN OF LISBON — Kwik Trip’s plan to significantly expand its convenience store and fueling center operations immediately west of the intersection of Lake Five and Silver Spring roads is another subject of a public hearing at Town Hall Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m.
Business park proposed on Lisbon Road 09-10-2019
TOWN OF LISBON — A Milwaukee developer’s proposal for a 55-acre business park on farmland along Lisbon Road (Hwy K), west of Hwy. 164, is the subject of a joint Town Board and Plan Commission public hearing Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
U.S. employers predict strong hiring 09-10-2019
MILWAUKEE — Employers in the United States are predicting a strong quarter for hiring with 13 industries surveyed by Milwaukee-based ManpowerGroup expecting double-digit hiring in the fourth quarter.
Waukesha Plan Commission to discuss Urban Air plan 09-08-2019
WAUKESHA — A proposal to bring Urban Air, an entertainment business that includes an indoor sky diving tunnel, will have a public hearing during Wednesday’s Plan Commission meeting before the commissioners review the minor site plan and architecture.
Brady: 4Q earnings exceed expectations 09-07-2019
MILWAUKEE — Brady Corp. (BRC) on Friday reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $36.6 million.
Metro Milwaukee's economy rebounds slightly in July
WAUKESHA — The economy in metro Milwaukee rebounded slightly in July, according to the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, which reported that 12 of the 22 available economic indicators improved compared to a year ago.
Nestle USA to lay off workers, Sussex facility to close
WAUKESHA — More than 120 Nestle workers will lose their jobs in Wisconsin, including 31 in Sussex.
Mukwonago gets a ‘sweet’ addition to downtown 09-07-2019
MUKWONAGO — Mukwonago area residents with a sweet tooth now have a way to quell their cravings after E and S Sweets, a new candy store, opened in downtown Mukwonago.
Foxconn executive steps away from Wisconsin project
MILWAUKEE — Foxconn Technology Group says Louis Woo has stepped down as the executive who has represented the Taiwanese company in Wisconsin.
US added a modest 130,000 jobs in August amid trade war 09-06-2019
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added a modest 130,000 jobs in August, a sign that global economic weakness and President Donald Trump's trade war with China may have begun to slow hiring.
Lands' End: Fiscal 2Q Earnings Snapshot 09-06-2019
DODGEVILLE — Lands’ End Inc. (LE) on Thursday reported a loss of $3 million in its fiscal second quarter.
FirstTime Design in Pewaukee announces decline in sales
PEWAUKEE — FirstTime Design Limited reported a decline in net sales for the second quarter.
Town of Brookfield ALDI to celebrate reopening 09-06-2019
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — To celebrate the reopening of its Town of Brookfield location, ALDI will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 19 at 8:25 a.m. followed by its Golden Ticket giveaway offering gift cards to the first 100 customers.
Code debate continues in Delafield 09-06-2019
DELAFIELD — A public hearing will be scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. at City Hall as the Plan Commission continues its deliberations over proposed zoning code changes in the downtown business district.
Evers taps attorney of organic farming co-op as new WEDC secretary 09-05-2019
MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers has picked an attorney for an organic farming cooperative to serve as the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's new leader.
Commission OK's ice cream and donuts
WEST BEND — Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins are coming to West Bend.
Property assessment dispute with Slinger's Dove Plaza unresolved 09-05-2019
SLINGER — Could there be an end in sight in the property assessment dispute between the village and the owners of Dove Plaza?
Mantra moving to old Mazatlan building
OCONOMOWOC — After initially not having plans to move, Mantra will be leaving its location at 24 S. Main St. to the old Mazatlan building at 511 E. Wisconsin Ave., due in part to Cornerstone owner John Suttner.
Boomerangs Bar and Grill takes flight in downtown Waukesha 09-05-2019
WAUKESHA — The once vacant Meli’s restaurant at Five Points has rebounded after Waukesha’s newest downtown business to hit the restaurant scene, Boomerangs Bar and Grill, transformed the empty space into a full-fledged sports bar.
Quad sells heavy-duty industrial wood crating business
SUSSEX — Quad/Graphics, Inc. has announced it sold its heavy-duty industrial wood crating business Transpak to FCA Packaging, a national company specializing in the custom industrial packaging solutions space.
Ascension plans health center for Menomonee Falls 09-05-2019
MENOMONEE FALLS — A new health center planned for Menomonee Falls by Ascension Wisconsin would offer primary, specialty, hospital and emergency services.
Judge orders Anheuser-Busch to halt 'corn syrup' labels 09-04-2019
Big beer is still duking it out over corn syrup. A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Anheuser-Busch to stop using Bud Light packaging that implies rival brews made by MillerCoors contain corn syrup.
Secondhand shopping goes mainstream 09-04-2019
WAUKESHA — Walking into an area thrift store has gone from a dark and dingy experience to a place with nicely organized racks of clothing and pictures of smiling faces — elements that Rod Colburn, director of operations for St. Vincent de Paul Waukesha, said has helped to draw in younger shoppers.
Proposals designed to help struggling Wisconsin farmers
MADISON, Wis. — Young farmers hoping to make a living in Wisconsin as well as those nearing retirement who want to hand off their operations to the next generation would benefit from a package of bills unveiled Tuesday designed to help stem the tide of farm bankruptcies in the state.
>>Wisconsin committee releases $200K for farmer mental health
The ribbon is cut and the doors are open at Bamboo Bistro 09-03-2019
GRAFTON — A ribbon-cutting and grand opening was held Aug. 21 for the new Bamboo Bistro, 1955 Wisconsin Ave., Grafton.
A destination restaurant 09-03-2019
SAUKVILLE — The 2019 Small Business of the Year designation was awarded to Messina Italian Restaurant in Saukville.
Piggly Wiggly in West Bend to have Wednesday grand opening 09-01-2019
WEST BEND — A grand opening celebration for the Fox Bros. Piggly Wiggly in West Bend is planned for Wednesday.
Hartford council OKs downtown parking change 09-01-2019
HARTFORD — In an effort to promote downtown business development, the Common Council has unanimously approved an ordinance change that will grant permits to the owners of two downtown buildings to allow the tenants and the owners of the businesses leasing the buildings to park in a city-owned downtown parking lot for nine hours a day, instead of the current four.
Jason Industries completes sale of fiber solutions 09-01-2019
MILWAUKEE — On Friday, Jason Industries, Inc. announced the successful completion of its previously announced sale of its fiber solutions segment to Motus Integrated Technologies for approximately $85 million.
Council OKs zoning change for land in proposed new TID district 08-30-2019
HARTFORD — A proposed new tax incremental finance district within the city is another step closer to final approval after recent action by the Common Council and the Council’s Public Works Committee.
World's tallest water coaster coming to Six Flags Great America 08-30-2019
WAUKESHA — Get ready to have your nerves tested in 2020 when the world’s largest water coaster is set to open for riders at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois.
Braeger Auto Group now named Lake Auto Group 08-30-2019
MILWAUKEE — Effective Sunday, Braeger Auto Group will be known as Lake Auto Group.
Evers hopes to name new economic development leader soon 08-29-2019
BEAVER DAM, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers says he hopes to name a new leader for Wisconsin's economic development agency within two weeks.
Midwest Express returning to Milwaukee's skies 08-29-2019
MILWAUKEE — Midwest Express announced Wednesday it will again flying from Milwaukee with three non-stop flights to Grand Rapids, Michigan, Omaha, Nebraska, and Cincinnati, Ohio.
Lack of bus drivers leaves local company shorthanded 08-29-2019
OCONOMOWOC — There are dozens of people that help with the various aspects of educating a child. That includes the bus driver tasked with getting your student to and from school.
Ansay & Associates to stay put – for now
CEDARBURG — Ansay & Associates announced Wednesday that it will remain at its current Cedarburg location at W62 N582 Washington Ave. until future notice.
Mequon Public Market reports much success two months after opening 08-29-2019
MEQUON — A waiting list for vendor space. Popular concerts. Planned charity events. Just two months after it opened, some are saying the Mequon Public Market is a solid success and what the area has long needed.
Open For Business 08-29-2019
MUSKEGO — Local businesses are singing President Donald Trump’s praises. More specifically, they’re crediting the president’s economic policies as a factor in helping their continued growth and success.
Foxconn Mt. Pleasant facility to feature Johnson Controls products 08-29-2019
MILWAUKEE — Johnson Controls will collaborate with Foxconn to transform building data analytics through artificial intelligence and machine learning to advance smart building and smart-city technologies and achieve comfort, security and sustainability goals, according to a Wednesday announcement.
Raised Grain rising 08-29-2019
WAUKESHA — Raised Grain Brewing Co., the craft beer brewery and tap room, is on track to produce 5,000 barrels by the end of 2019, which is double its 2018 production, according to an owner and spokesman, Nick Reistad.
Wahlburgers grand opening coming Sept. 24 08-29-2019
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — You won’t have to wait much longer to sink your teeth into a gourmet “Wahlburger.”
American Crystal Sugar sues Hartland software company 08-28-2019
MINNEAPOLIS — American Crystal Sugar Co. is suing a Wisconsin company in federal court in Minneapolis alleging it made false and misleading claims about a major software package.
INX returns as major sponsor for CannedWater4Kids 08-28-2019
SUSSEX — CannedWater4Kids announced Tuesday that INX International Ink Company has signed on as a major sponsor.
Hartford council OKs $200K contract to create new downtown parking 08-28-2019
HARTFORD — In just a few minutes, the Common Council on Tuesday night approved action that some council members said they had hoped to see take place for nearly 10 years.
Construction of Elm Grove senior living facility begins 08-28-2019
ELM GROVE — The first stages of construction on a new senior living facility in Elm Grove are now taking place.
Cedarburg School District approves $3.75 million in construction bids 08-27-2019
CEDARBURG — The Cedarburg Board of Education last Wednesday approved a number of bids as part of the $59.8 million in upgrades throughout the district, made possible by an approved referendum in April.
Car wash proposed for Summit Avenue in Oconomowoc
OCONOMOWOC — According to Oconomowoc’s Architectural Commission meeting minutes, a new car wash is being proposed on Highway 67, just south of Kwik Trip on the southeast corner of Summit Avenue and Oconomowoc Parkway.
New Fleet Farm to open Nov. 22 08-27-2019
WEST BEND — A grand opening of the new West Bend Fleet Farm has been scheduled for Friday, Nov. 22, one day before the opening of gun deer season.
Wisconsin's real estate market grew by 6 percent 08-27-2019
MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Revenue released its annual Equalized Values Report.
Kids Connection opens second location 08-27-2019
MUKWONAGO — Kids Connection Childcare Center opened a second location Monday after the business finished construction on their brand-new facility at 130 Chapman Farms Blvd.
Town of Polk self-storage units project nears completion 08-25-2019
TOWN OF POLK — Colgate-area developer Peter Briggs believes his new two-building, multi-unit self-storage complex will be completed by around Sept. 30 — just in time for area residents to store their sports utility or recreational vehicles, among other items, when the camping and outdoor summer activity season is over.
Questions raised about Delafield public hearing 08-25-2019
DELAFIELD — A citizen activist, a plan commissioner and an alderwoman are not happy about the city’s plans to conduct a public hearing and a Plan Commission vote on the same night next week about significant changes to the downtown business district zoning code.
Gulfstream Aerospace expands service center in Appleton
APPLETON — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. expanded its maintenance, repair and overhaul operations at Wisconsin’s Appleton International Airport with the opening of a newly built aircraft maintenance facility.
EmbedTek, LLC expands manufacturing space 08-25-2019
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — After four years in a building at N7-W23700 Bluemound Road in the City of Pewaukee, EmbedTek, LLC is set to expand its manufacturing space by 20,000 square feet.
Positive reviews for proposed development at Hwy C/94
DELAFIELD — A proposed development including doctors’ offices, medical clinics, a small hospital, senior living center, and a hotel, near the interchange of Hwy C and Interstate 94, has earned positive reviews from neighbors.
Mineshaft expanding to Oshkosh 08-23-2019
HARTFORD — The Mineshaft Restaurant in Hartford has been so successful that owner Tom Masters has been pondering an expansion of the business for several years, and that plan has now become a reality.
AAA: Labor Day gas prices likely lowest in past few years
WAUKESHA — As people prepare to end their summers with a road trip, AAA is predicting that gas prices will be among the lowest in the past few years.
Town of Brookfield establishes visitors bureau 08-22-2019
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — The Brookfield Town Board approved the creation of a visitor bureau in partnership with the Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce, which will also end the town’s use of Visit Brookfield as its tourism entity.
Hartford officials close on land for new parking lot 08-22-2019
HARTFORD — The city is now the official owner of a residential lot at the corner of Mill Street and Park Avenue after closing on the property’s purchase on Aug. 9.
Meadowlark Storage closer to getting permit renewed
GRAFTON — Despite an initial permit denial, Meadowlark Storage in the town of Grafton has a chance to get its permit renewed.
Businesses on the move 08-22-2019
CEDARBURG — Cedarburg continues to change as businesses come and go or relocate.
Pabst Farms Apartments project takes step forward 08-22-2019
OCONOMOWOC — After nearly two hours of discussion by developers, the Oconomowoc Common Council and citizens, aldermen approved amending the city’s comprehensive land use plan to rezone 34 acres needed for the Mandel Group’s Pabst Farms Apartments project.
Milwaukee-W-O-W unemployment drops slightly to 3.8% in July 08-22-2019
WAUKESHA — Unemployment in the metro Milwaukee area dipped to 3.8% in July, compared to 3.9% in June, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
Blizzard Lighting in Waukesha releases new DJ products 08-22-2019
WAUKESHA — Blizzard Lighting released six new products at the DJ Expo in Atlantic City, New Jersey recently, including lasers and special effect machines.
Retailers' results show sharp divide between losers, winners 08-21-2019
NEW YORK — The divide between retail winners and losers is widening.
Del Monte closing corn-packing plant in northern Illinois
MENDOTA, Ill. — Del Monte Foods will close a corn-packing plant in north central Illinois, idling more than 600 full-time and seasonal employees.
Renovated Sendik's in The Corners to reopen in October 08-21-2019
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — Sendik’s is investing $5 million in renovations at its store in The Corners of Brookfield, which is only a few years old.
Eddie Bauer to shut down its Midwest call center 08-21-2019
SEATTLE — Eddie Bauer will shutter a call center near Columbus, Ohio, and eliminate 111 jobs there in October.
From sheep to sweater 08-21-2019
TOWN OF HERMAN — Luci Williams owns and operates Sheeping Beauty Fiber Arts on her farm a bit west of Allenton. She has been creating fiber arts for 35 years.
H-D Hopes to Lure in Younger Riders With 2020 Models 08-21-2019
MILWAUKEE — The growl of a Harley-Davidson on an open road is ubiquitous throughout Wisconsin; however, that much-beloved sound for motorcycle enthusiasts could be much more infrequent if the iconic Milwaukee manufacturer fails to draw a younger demographic to its core of clients.
Connoisseur of coils 08-21-2019
WAUKESHA — A Waukesha man and Texas native who was once known for selling snakes now sells an entirely different type of “coil” after he opened Chondro guitar shop in Waukesha.
Big development proposed at Highway C/I-94 08-21-2019
DELAFIELD — A $60-70 million multiuse medical, senior living and hotel development is being proposed near the interchange of Hwy C and Interstate 94.
Execs starting to worry about tariffs' effects on consumers 08-20-2019
Americans continue to shop, vacation and buy cars at a brisk clip. But corporate America is starting to worry out loud that President Donald Trump's tariffs will depress consumer spending and undermine the economy.
Kohl's: Fiscal 2Q Earnings Snapshot 08-20-2019
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. — Kohl's Corp. (KSS) on Tuesday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $241 million.
Doggy day care proposal to be toned down
GRAFTON — People gathered at a town of Grafton Plan Commission meeting Aug. 7 to speak at a public hearing against a conditional use permit petition for a doggy day care center at a vacant Grafton schoolhouse.
State to inspect produce farms in next few years 08-20-2019
WEST BEND — An extra measure of safety is being added to Wisconsin produce farms but for many growers, several of the commonsense precautions are already in play.
Genesee officials give green light to housing development
TOWN OF GENESEE — After months of review, a proposed housing development in Genesee has moved one step closer to reality.
Vertical construction begins at Foxconn Gen6 Fab site 08-20-2019
MOUNT PLEASANT — Work went upward Monday at the site of the Foxconn Gen6 Fab at the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park.
Wisconsin Center expansion cap raised 08-17-2019
MILWAUKEE — The spending cap for the downtown Wisconsin Center expansion was raised Friday. The Board of the Wisconsin Center District voted unanimously to pass a resolution that raises the cap on agreements which the president and CEO and board chairman are authorized to make to $1 million.
US home construction fell 4% in July 08-16-2019
WASHINGTON — U.S. housing starts fell 4.0% in July, driven by a decline in the construction of apartment buildings.
Westbury Bank becomes temporary 'Piggly Bank' 08-16-2019
KEWASKUM — A recent fire caused the Kewaskum branch of Westbury Bank to be moved down the road to the parking lot of Piggly Wiggly, 940 Fond du Lac Ave., earning it the name “Piggly Bank.”
Marijuana stores on Chicago's Magnificent Mile? 08-16-2019
CHICAGO — Cannabis companies are eyeing sites on some of the priciest retail streets in Chicago, including the Magnificent Mile, as they get ready to sell recreational marijuana in Illinois.
Lakefront Brewery recalls bottles that could explode 08-16-2019
MILWAUKEE — Beer drinkers beware. if you’ve purchased bottles of My Turn Junk from Lakefront Brewery, there is a chance that they could explode.
Briggs & Stratton reports quarterly loss of $18.5 million 08-16-2019
WAUWATOSA — Briggs & Stratton Corp. (BGG) on Thursday reported a loss of $18.5 million in its fiscal fourth quarter.
July retail sales show positive trend 08-16-2019
WAUKESHA — July retail sales across the nation show strong gains but the stock market and tariffs could lead to caution in consumer spending, the National Retail Federation announced Thursday.
Weak global growth likely to mean US slowdown, not recession 08-15-2019
WASHINGTON — How fragile is the global economy? The U.S.-China trade war is weakening businesses in both countries, Germany's economy shrank in the second quarter, and Britain appears headed for a disruptive exit from the European Union this fall.
Wisconsin unemployment rate increases to 3% 08-15-2019
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin's unemployment rate is up for the second month in a row.
Preliminary Olympia redevelopment plans expected this fall
OCONOMOWOC — Stewart Wangard and his firm have presented their preliminary plans to redevelop the Olympia site and hope to have something more concrete in September or October, he said.
Wetland study moves Highway 60 business park along
CEDARBURG — The potential north-side business park development took another step forward at the Cedarburg Common Council meeting Monday.
Lumberyard 1505 suing former tenant 08-15-2019
GRAFTON — Grafton’s Lumberyard development is suing one of its former tenants, after the tenant vacated and stopped paying rent.
Conservancy condominium development OK'd 08-15-2019
HARTFORD — Construction of new housing in the city continues to boom.
Aldi to open Aug. 22 in Menomonee Falls 08-15-2019
MENOMONEE FALLS — A ribbon-cutting ceremony and golden ticket giveaway will be held Aug. 22 as Aldi celebrates the opening of its Menomonee Falls store at N80-W12540 Leon Road.
Pella Windows & Doors holds grand opening in Brookfield 08-15-2019
BROOKFIELD — During the Pella Windows and Doors of Wisconsin grand opening celebration in Brookfield on Aug. 23, former Green Bay Packers LeRoy Butler and Gary Ellerson will broadcast their radio show live from the new Experience Center.
Waukesha Plan Commission backs new TIF 08-15-2019
WAUKESHA — A special taxing district proposed for a luxury downtown apartment development has cleared its first hurdle.
'We're kind of like book detectives' 08-15-2019
WAUKESHA — Plenty has changed for business owners in downtown Waukesha over the years. The streets have shifted from one-way to two, longtime staples have come and gone, and — of course — several construction projects have been completed.
Pabst Farms Apartments proposal advances 08-15-2019
OCONOMOWOC – The proposed Pabst Farms Apartments received a positive recommendation from the Plan Commission Wednesday night and will move on to the Common Council for review.
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Greenwoods State Bank opens new branch
WAUKESHA — On Aug. 28, Greenwoods State Bank celebrated the opening of its first branch in Waukesha County with a ribbon-cutting with the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Strategy International joins Alliance 09-20-2019
WAUKESHA — The Waukesha County Business Alliance recently welcomed Strategy International, a business coaching firm.
Alliance welcomes Milborn Advisors 09-20-2019
WAUKESHA — Milborn Advisors, an independent, fee-based financial planning practice, recently joined the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Left Hand Engineering joins Alliance 09-20-2019
MILWAUKEE — The Waukesha County Business Alliance recently welcomed Milwaukee-based Left Hand Engineering as a new member.
Buelow Vetter Buikema Olson & Vliet expands practice
WAUKESHA — Buelow Vetter Buikema Olson & Vliet has added three new attorneys — Mary S. Gerbig, Saveon D. Grenell and Lisa M. Bergersen — to expand its growing labor and employment law practice serving corporations, schools and municipalities throughout Wisconsin.
Kohl's donates $1.5M to Milwaukee Art Museum 09-18-2019
MENOMONEE FALLS — Kohl’s today announced a donation of $1.5 million over three years to the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Orange Theory joins Brookfield chamber 09-17-2019
BROOKFIELD — The Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to welcome Orange Theory to its new location at Brookfield Square.
Edward Jones — Erin Ulicki joins Hartland chamber 09-17-2019
HARTLAND — The Hartland Chamber of Commerce welcomed Edward Jones — Erin Ulicki as a new member recently.
raSmith welcomes 2 new civil engineers 09-17-2019
BROOKFIELD — Heidi Jeninga and David Westfallen have recently joined raSmith as civil engineers.
Business Alliance welcomes new member 09-17-2019
MILWAUKEE — Harvest Small Business Finance is a nonbank lender for small businesses with a location in Milwaukee.
Buelow Vetter Buikema Olson & Vliet expands practice
WAUKESHA — Lisa M. Bergersen, an Oconomowoc resident, recently joined Buelow Vetter Buikema Olson & Vliet, as part of its efforts to expand its growing labor and employment law practice serving corporations, schools and municipalities throughout Wisconsin.
Bank First to hold community appreciation day 09-10-2019
CEDARBURG — Bank First will host a community appreciation celebration the week of Sept. 16 at its Mequon and Cedarburg offices.
Kohl’s announces leadership changes 09-07-2019
MENOMONEE FALLS — Sona Chawla will step down from her role as president at Kohl’s in mid-October to pursue new opportunities, the company announced Friday.
Advocate Aurora Health gave $2.1B to community charitable care in 2018 09-04-2019
MILWAUKEE — Advocate Aurora Health contributed $2.1 billion in charitable care and services in 2018, up more than $110 million from the previous year.
Ayres names VP for new telecommunications division
WAUKESHA — Cheri Grainger has been named vice president of Ayres Associates’ new telecommunications division, bringing a two-decade track record of successfully leading fiber optic and communications organizations.
Ace Precision joins Alliance 09-03-2019
OCONOMOWOC — Located in Oconomowoc, Ace Precision Machining Corp is a manufacturing company that supports the aerospace, power generation and defense industries.
Business Alliance welcomes CPS Horizon Financial 09-03-2019
HALES CORNERS — The Waukesha County Business Alliance recently welcomed CPS Horizon Financial as a new member.
Loken joins Bank First 09-03-2019
MANITOWOC — Mike Molepske, chief executive officer of Bank First announced the addition of Sue Loken as chief risk officer, ensuring the bank’s compliance with federal and state laws, rules and regulations as well as internal policies and procedures.
First Bank Financial Centre named 'Best Bank to Work For' 09-03-2019
MILWAUKEE — First Bank Financial Centre, which has offices in Mequon and Grafton, has been named a “Best Bank to Work For” by American Banker Magazine for the fourth year in a row.
Count Copy - Fuller joins Hartland chamber 09-01-2019
HARTLAND — The Hartland Chamber of Commerce welcomed Count Copy - Fuller as a new member recently.
Waukesha State Bank Wealth Management promotes staff
WAUKESHA — Waukesha State Bank, a full-service community bank celebrating 75 years in Waukesha County, announced the promotions of Kelly Savatski to vice president – senior portfolio manager and Theresa Schultz to assistant vice president – senior retirement officer.
GrandCare CEO Mitchell to speak at annual Connected Health Summit 08-29-2019
WEST BEND — Remote patient monitoring and virtual caregiving technology pioneer GrandCare Systems of West Bend announced that CEO Laura Mitchell will speak this week at the Connected Health Summit: Independent Living and Wellness.
raSmith Adds New Staff to Construction Services Division
BROOKFIELD — Seth Keller and Liam Cimaglia have joined raSmith as civil engineers, and Hannah Muckerheide and Matt Henry have joined raSmith as construction representatives.
De Leon named Bradley Corp. executive VP 08-29-2019
MENOMONEE FALLS — Bradley Corp., announced the appointment of Luis de Leon to executive vice president of the Menomonee Falls-based manufacturer of plumbing fixtures, restroom accessories and emergency equipment.
WEDC leader plans to resign on Sept. 3 08-28-2019
MILWAUKEE — The leader of Wisconsin’s economic development agency says he’ll step down next week.
Governor visits Cedar Crest Manitowoc plant 08-27-2019
MANITOWOC — Gov. Tony Evers stopped at the Manitowoc Cedar Crest Ice Cream plant last week to visit with management and hear a little more about the company, which is based in Cedarburg.
R&R Insurance Services welcomes Todd Townsend 08-27-2019
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — R&R Insurance Services recently welcomed Todd Townsend as a commercial insurance consultant.
Jerge joins Payroll Complete 08-27-2019
WAUKESHA — Payroll Complete, a division of Waukesha State Bank, announced the addition of Stephanie Jerge as payroll services consultant.
Paul Ryan joins medical company's board of directors
JANESVILLE — Former House Speaker and Congressman Paul Ryan has joined the board of directors for SHINE Medical Technologies, LLC.
Nominations sought for the 2019 Brookfield Business Person of the Year Award 08-27-2019
BROOKFIELD — The Elmbrook Rotary Club is seeking nominations for its 3rd annual Business Person of the Year Award.
Nominate an ethical business for a Better Business Bureau award 08-27-2019
CEDARBURG — The Better Business Bureau serving Wisconsin is now accepting nominations and online applications through Feb. 1, 2020 for both the Wisconsin Torch Awards for Ethics and BBB Spark Awards.
WCTC District Board welcomes new member, reappoints two 08-25-2019
PEWAUKEE — Julie Valadez, president and chief executive officer of the Hispanic Collaborative Network and insurance associate at Thrivent Financial, has been appointed to the Waukesha County Technical College District Board, the school announced this week.
Annex Wealth Management to sponsor golf outing 08-25-2019
ELM GROVE — Annex Wealth Management has signed on to be the lead sponsor for iHeartMedia’s 2019 Men’s Health Golf Outing to benefit Tomorrow’s Hope on Sept. 9 at The Bog on 3121 Highway I, Town of Saukville.
Business Alliance welcomes Sunbelt Business Advisors 08-23-2019
BROOKFIELD — The Waukesha County Business Alliance recently welcomed Sunbelt Business Advisors as a new member.
Centare joins Business Alliance 08-23-2019
BROOKFIELD — Centare, a software development firm based in Brookfield, recently joined the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
CornerStone One joins Alliance 08-23-2019
BROOKFIELD — Located in Brookfield, CornerStone One is an engineering, mechanical and earthwork firm in the construction and plumbing industries.
Yorkshire Insurance Advisors joins Alliance 08-23-2019
BROOKFIELD — Yorkshire Insurance Advisors is an independent insurance advisory firm in Brookfield.
Sports Corner Bar and Grill golf outing raises $20,000 for Honor Flight 08-22-2019
GERMANTOWN — Some $20,000 was raised by the team at Sports Corner Bar and Grill in Germantown during a golf outing Saturday for the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.
DOBA donates to Wizard of Oz Plaza 08-21-2019
OCONOMOWOC — The Downtown Oconomowoc Business Association presented a $5,000 check to Oconomowoc as a donation to The Wizard of Oz Plaza.
West Bend Mutual Insurance announces promotions 08-21-2019
WEST BEND – Kevin Steiner, president and CEO of West Bend Mutual Insurance Co., recently announced the promotions of five company executives.
GrandCare names officers; holds open house today 08-21-2019
WEST BEND — Grand-Care Systems, a global pioneer in remote patient monitoring and virtual caregiving technology, has hired a new CEO and chief technology officer, and is hosting an open house today to celebrate.
Wayne's customers round up for almost $10,000 08-20-2019
CEDARBURG — About 20,000 people rounded up at Wayne’s Drive-In between May 1 and July 31, helping to raise almost $10,000 for Mel’s Charities, which raises funds for local organizations.
Asera Care Hospice holds grand opening 08-20-2019
WAUKESHA — Asera Care Hospice held a grand opening of its new location in Waukesha recently with the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Widmer's Cheese Cellars earns silver medal 08-20-2019
Widmer’s Cheese Cellars received a silver medal for its mild cheddar at the International Cheese and Dairy Awards, held in Nantwich, England, on July 30.
DeZutel joins Cedarburg-Grafton Shorewest Realtors 08-20-2019
GRAFTON — Shorewest Realtors welcomed 20 new sales associates in July, including Sue DeZutel to the Cedarburg-Grafton office.
Grafton Chamber seats new board 08-20-2019
GRAFTON — The Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce recently installed its 2019-20 board of directors.
Better Business Bureau names two new board members
MILWAUKEE — The Better Business Bureau Serving Wisconsin has added two new Board of Directors members, Brandon White of Mequon and Lori Oelhafen of Allenton.
Boehlke Bottled Gas named GO Riteway Transportation partner of the year 08-20-2019
GERMANTOWN — Each year GO Riteway Transportation Group recognizes a supplier to the company that goes above and beyond to help the company succeed.
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