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Contractors accuse Iraq of shake downs to force tax payments
WASHINGTON — American military contractors operating in Iraq are accusing Baghdad of employing strong-arm tactics to make them pay exorbitant income taxes, a practice they've warned the Trump administration is hampering the fight against Islamic State extremists. To force payment of the taxes, which the companies say are haphazardly calculated and can total millions of dollars, Iraqi authorities have held up — and even threatened to stop altogether — delivery of essential supplies, including food, fuel and water, bound for U.S. and coalition forces, according to interviews and documents.
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Walmart among stores suing West Bend over assessments 09-24-2017
The dark store tax theory is starting to become a real concern for West Bend leaders as they address several corporate retailers who are using the courts to reduce tax assessments.
Walmart challenging assessments in Mukwonago, Muskego 09-23-2017
WAUKESHA — Walmart has filed a pair of civil lawsuits in Waukesha County Circuit Court this week challenging the 2017 tax assessments levied by Muskego and Mukwonago for its stores in those municipalities.
HUSCO International announces $85 million expansion 09-23-2017
WAUKESHA — On Friday, HUSCO International announced a major three-year capital investment plan of $85 million, with the most significant investments going toward the company’s headquarters in Waukesha.
Concerns raised about bed-and-breakfast in Hartland subdivision 09-23-2017
HARTLAND — Neighbors have raised concern after Steven and Elisa Filipp of Hartland have been renting their home as an “Airbnb” at 450 Park Court in a new subdivision called The Sanctuary.
Bonness skincare location to open in The Corners 09-22-2017
BROOKFIELD — Skincare product provider Bonness will open in The Corners of Brookfield.
Bucks names BMO Harris a founding partner of new arena 09-22-2017
MILWAUKEE —BMO Harris Bank is continuing its commitment to the Milwaukee Bucks and has been named a founding partner of the new arena that is under construction.
Wisconsin credit union launches class action against Equifax 09-22-2017
MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin credit union is suing the credit reporting agency Equifax over a data breach that allowed hackers to access the personal information of an estimated 143 million Americans.
Switching horses in midstream 09-22-2017
Ian Prust took a big turn in life from originally wanting to be a plant breeder to now being a practicing attorney with the O’Meara Law Firm.
Consumers to spend record amount for Halloween 09-22-2017
WAUKESHA — A survey released Thursday by the National Retail Federation said consumers are expected to spend a record $9.1 billion in Halloween spending this season.
Bucky’s Lakeside closes its doors in Okauchee 09-22-2017
OKAUCHEE — The lights are off, the barstools are empty and the only official explanation for the closure of Bucky’s Lakeside Pub & Grill is a simple paper sign.
Former Brennan’s Market to become MLG Capital headquarters 09-22-2017
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — The former Brennan’s Market store on Bluemound Road will be the home of MLG Capital’s corporate headquarters.
Floor & Décor to open in Brookfield 09-21-2017
BROOKFIELD — A new Floor & Décor is set to open Thursday off of Bluemound Road in Brookfield.
Jordy Nelson to promote Weather-Tek Windows & Doors
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — Weather-Tek Windows & Doors announced an endorsement deal with Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Jordy Nelson.
Aurora added to Trilogy’s Medicaid network 09-21-2017
BROOKFIELD — Trilogy Health Insurance, Inc. announced that it entered into a long-term provider agreement with Aurora Health Care for its Medicaid network.
Army extends Oshkosh contract, adds $260 million order
OSHKOSH — On Thursday, Oshkosh Defense, LLC announced the U.S. Army extended its contract with the Oshkosh Corporation for a total cost of $466 million.
Pabst Farms area continues metamorphosis 09-21-2017
OCONOMOWOC — A venerable specialty grocer with roots stretching back 75 years is about to leave a bustling retail area near Pabst Farms. But several other retailers are slated to take up residence nearby in the fourth quarter of this year.
Council takes issue with rezoning in Pabst Farms 09-21-2017
OCONOMOWOC — Though it was just the first reading, the way the Oconomowoc Common Council addressed a proposed rezoning for Pabst Farms Development, the stakes seemed like they couldn’t have been higher.
Quad/Graphics lands printing contract worth $450 million 09-20-2017
SUSSEX — Quad/Graphics, Inc. announced Wednesday it renewed an expanded contract with Bluestem Brands online retail brands valued at $450 million for the term of the contract.
Survey: Wisconsinites struggle to save 09-20-2017
MILWAUKEE — A survey shows that 42 percent of Wisconsin residents have only $1,000 or less in savings.
Urban Lytes shines in new spot 09-20-2017
Urban Lytes apparel store opened its doors at a new location Thursday in an effort to find a place better suited for a retail store.
Oconomowoc mayor says trip to Germany was strictly business 09-20-2017
OCONOMOWOC — The purpose of a taxpayer-funded trip two Oconomowoc representatives took to the city’s sister city in Germany earlier this summer was strictly business, said Mayor David Nold.
Allo! Chocolat sold to new local owners
WAUKESHA — About 16 months after it was listed for sale, Allo! Chocolat in downtown Waukesha has found new owners.
New stores to open in Delafield 09-20-2017
DELAFIELD — Two new stores — Home Goods and Sierra Trading Post — will open Sunday in Delafield.
Rexnord Corporation building new aerospace facility in Illinois 09-20-2017
MILWAUKEE — A 248,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and Aerospace Headquarters will be built by Milwaukee-based Rexnord Corporation in Downers Grove, Illinois, according to an announcement Tuesday.
Kohler launches Revolution 360 toilet flushing technology 09-19-2017
KOHLER —Kohler’s new Revolution 360 toilet flush was designed to satisfy consumers’ wants for toilet cleanliness and flush performance.
Kohl’s stores to offer free Amazon returns 09-19-2017
MENOMONEE FALLS — Starting in October, 82 Kohl’s stores in Los Angeles and Chicago will offer free returns for Amazon customers with eligible items.
Master Lock launches ‘Magnification Combination Padlock’ 09-19-2017
MILWAUKEE — Responding to user comments, Master Lock has created the Magnification Combination Padlock that includes larger font size and an all-new optical grade 360-degree magnification lens.
Ferguson named Potawatomi Hotel & Casino CEO 09-19-2017
MILWAUKEE — Rodney Ferguson was named the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino chief executive officer and general manager, according to a Tuesday announcement.
Health benefit offers from small businesses keep vanishing 09-19-2017
Only half of America's smallest businesses now offer health coverage to their workers because many say steady cost hikes have made it too expensive to afford a benefit that nearly all large employers still provide.
Tours offered on Manufacturing Day 09-19-2017
GRAFTON — Waukesha Metal Products will open its doors to students, educators, elected officials and members of the public Oct. 6 as it celebrates Manufacturing Day.
A life-long love for the sport 09-19-2017
CEDARBURG — While the Northshore Academy of Gymnastics changed hands in late June, there was no need to introduce new owners James and Katie Vollrath to the kids in the gym.
Storage Werks first component of new town center development 09-19-2017
CEDARBURG — A groundbreaking was held Sept. 6 to mark the beginning of construction on a four-lot development in the 5 Corners Business District.
‘Storage war’ ends without change 09-19-2017
GRAFTON — A business’ attempt to have its competition’s permit revoked fell flat last week as an appeal hearing came down decisively against action.
Backwoods restaurant decision likely 09-19-2017
MEQUON — After waiting for a study – and, some say, kicking the can down the road numerous times – the Mequon Common Council may finally decide if it will permit a restaurant to be built at the old Logemann Center.
The sun always shines for local insurance agency 09-19-2017
WALES - Eco-friendly technology and renewable energy in business has become more than just a trend as words like "sustainability" and "green" have entered the daily lexicon of even the smallest companies.
Ryan at New Berlin Eisenhower 09-19-2017
NEW BERLIN - The New Berlin School District has a very specific vision in mind when it comes to arming their pupils with the skills and knowledge they'll need to be successful in the ever-changing field of technical careers.
Sunset Bowl owner buys Fox Run Lanes 09-19-2017
WAUKESHA - The thought of losing another bowling alley in Waukesha was so upsetting to Sunset Bowl owner Mike Hoehnen that he decided to purchase Fox Run Lanes when he saw the building listed for sale.
West Bend BID turns down city’s offer 09-17-2017
West Bend officials made an offer to create a more enhanced look in the downtown area, but members of the Business Improvement District declined.
Residents upset by proposed condo project in historic district 09-17-2017
OCONOMOWOC — A Milwaukee-area developer believes Oconomowoc’s Isthmus District deserves a condominium, but residents living in that area fear the proposed project clashes with the historic stretch of North Lake Street.
Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary add onto building 09-16-2017
TOWN OF DELAFIELD - The Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary has selected MSI General Corporation to design and construct a three-story building addition to their existing facility on Cherry Lane in the Town of Delafield. 
Frank's Sewing Center renamed Sew Much More 09-16-2017
WAUKESHA - As owner Brad Kleman walked around Frank’s Sewing Center while it was renovated, he kept thinking there was so much more available in the store than it previously carried. 
Bon-Ton Stores to hire 10,000 employees for the holidays
MILWAUKEE —Only a few months until the holiday season is in full swing and The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. announced Friday its plans to hire 10,000 associates to handle the increase in sales.
Waterford’s Edstrom Industries acquires Triple Red 09-15-2017
WATERFORD — On Friday, Edstrom Industries LLC announced it completed the acquisition of Triple Red Ltd., which furthers Edstrom Industries’ efforts to offer a broader range of products and solutions to the research community.
Children’s Hospital opens new Jackson clinic 09-15-2017
Children have a new location for medical treatment in Washington County. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is expanding with the opening of a new primary care pediatrics clinic in Jackson.
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt to close its doors Sunday 09-15-2017
Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, 1733 S. Main St., West Bend said on its Facebook page it will permanently close starting after its business hours Sunday.
Wisconsin monthly employment, unemployment rates
MADISON - The Department of Workforce Development on Thursday released the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics revisions for July and preliminary estimates for August covering employment and job statistics for the state of Wisconsin.
More than just a cake 09-15-2017
WAUKESHA - A special occasions cake is so much more than an edible treat - it is an artistic creation and a symbolization of a momentous reason to celebrate. The emotions they can evoke can be quite powerful, said JusMemi Cake Design owner Tamika Terrell.
REV Group to showcase 12 new RV models 09-14-2017
MILWAUKEE — Special vehicle brands manufacturer REV Group announced it will unveil 12 new product models and multiple floor plans as part of the company’s six RV brands at the annual Elkhart Dealer Open House later this month.
SC Johnson to acquire Method and Ecover 09-14-2017
RACINE —On Thursday, SC Johnson signed an agreement to acquire Method and Ecover, two consumer brands from People Against Dirty, a leading company that offers home care, hand and body, and laundry products sold in North America, Europe and a number of other countries around the world.
Construction starts on Summit subdivision 09-14-2017
SUMMIT — Newbridge Crossing, an 18-home subdivision in the village, recently broke ground on Waterville Road, just east of lower Nemahbin Lake and adjacent to the city of Delafield.
Betrothed Boutique exiting wedding-gown game 09-14-2017
OCONOMOWOC — Betrothed Boutique owner Kristy Zingsheim said the shop will discontinue its nine-year practice of selling wedding and prom gowns, citing the increasing tribulations online shopping has given small businesses of its variety, as well as changes in her life.
Advice offered for dealing with Equifax data breach 09-14-2017
OZAUKEE COUNTY — After its security breach went public last week, consumer credit reporting agency Equifax quickly set up a website for consumers to check whether or not their information has been compromised.
Ranch Road homes put out to pasture 09-14-2017
MEQUON — For the past month, Tuesday’s looming Common Council meeting over a planned 13-home subdivision on Mequon’s Ranch Road was building up to be a verbal Shootout at the OK Corral.
Pabst Farms continues touting the pull of Fleet Farm 09-14-2017
OCONOMOWOC — When the Common Council voted in April to approve the construction of a 218,628-square-foot Mills Fleet Farm in the Pabst Farm Towne Center, Pabst Farms’ leaders, city officials and construction teams lauded the addition as a catalyst for other business developments.
Breaking new ground in downtown Hartford 09-14-2017
HARTFORD — City officials and business leaders saw another step taken Wednesday morning toward downtown redevelopment when ground was broken on what will be the downtown’s newest feature — the Cobblestone Hotel and Wissota Chop House.
Plans approved for new southwest side subdivision 09-14-2017
WAUKESHA - A new 36-home subdivision will soon occupy 31 acres of land on Waukesha's far southwest side, following a city panel's favorable vote Wednesday.
MOD Pizza coming to Pabst Farms 09-14-2017
OCONOMOWOC - Artisan-style pizza restaurant MOD Pizza will be opening in Pabst Farms this November.
Local company to open doors to public 09-13-2017
Spiros Industries, 7666 Highway WW, West Bend, will host an open house for the public to help celebrate national Manufacturing Day.
Kidney care center to open in Slinger
SLINGER — Washington County now has a new facility to help those who need kidney care services.
Hartford Common Council approves creating new TIF district 09-13-2017
HARTFORD — The Common Council during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night unanimously approved the creation of a Tax Incremental Finance District — TIF District No. 11.
Manpower predicts positive hiring outlook in 4Q 09-12-2017
MILWAUKEE —Employers are optimistic about their hiring during the fourth quarter, according to a Tuesday report from ManpowerGroup.
Mr. B’s to open Thursday in Mequon 09-12-2017
MEQUON — Mr. B’s — A Bartolotta Steakhouse will open its doors to hungry patrons in Mequon on Thursday.
Report: Solid economy leads to increased home sales
MILWAUKEE — For the sixth month this year, home sales increased in August, according to data released Tuesday by the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors.
UW scoops up a local thank you 09-12-2017
CEDARBURG — The University of Wisconsin-Madison is in the midst of a tour around the state, serving up some of its Babcock Hall ice cream to thank residents for their support of the university.
IKEA in Oak Creek gets iconic blue exterior; set to open next summer 09-12-2017
OAK CREEK — The blue composite panels that give IKEA its recognizable appearance are being installed on the future store in Oak Creek.
Associated Bank acquires Bank Mutual 09-12-2017
OZAUKEE COUNTY — Customers of Associated Bank in Grafton and Mequon will have to travel to new locations for their banking needs, though they won’t need to travel far.
Kwik Trip to open Oct. 10 09-12-2017
TOWN OF CEDARBURG — The upcoming ownership change from a PDQ to a Kwik Trip at 5 Corners received its necessary approvals from the town of Cedarburg at the board meeting last week.
Many looking to score from FoxConn windfall 09-12-2017
GRAFTON — Local economic efforts are targeting FoxConn as a source of future jobs and business expansion.
Site plan OK’d for office addition at Broan-NuTone in Hartford 09-12-2017
HARTFORD — After very little discussion and a unanimous vote, the city’s Plan Commission on Monday approved a site plan for a proposed 12,000-square-foot addition to the Broan-NuTone complex along Madison Drive.
Concerns raised over a second Kwik Trip location in West Bend 09-12-2017
Residents anticipating a second Kwik Trip for the area must wait a couple more weeks for clarity as company representatives try and address concerns highlighted by officials and residents.
Wisconsin businesses struggle with worker shortage
MADISON - Economists, employers and government officials say a growing worker shortage in Wisconsin is expected to increase over the next decade.
Storms generate more business for Generac 09-12-2017
TOWN OF GENESEE - As parts of the United States bear the brunt of two major storms, Generac Power Systems is quickly hiring people to build generators and pumps for those affected.
Pete's Fruit Market holds grand opening for Milwaukee store 09-10-2017
MILWAUKEE - A grand opening celebration will be held for the Pete's Fruit Market's Bronzeville store at 2323 N. Martin Luther King Drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday.
MSI General tapped by Gateway Plastics for build 09-10-2017
OCONOMOWOC - Gateway Plastics of Mequon selected MSI General Corporation to design and construct  manufacturing and warehouse additions to their current facility.
Associated Banc-Corp to acquire wealth management firm   09-10-2017
GREEN BAY - Associated Bank's parent company, Associated Banc-Corp, announced Friday it will acquire Whitnell & Co., a wealth management and multi-family office services firm based in Oak Brook, Illinois.
Generac to hold hiring event Wednesday  09-10-2017
TOWN OF GENESEE - Generac will host a hiring event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at its Whitewater plant, 757 N. Newcomb St.
Shopping in the 21st century not what you may think 09-09-2017
WEST BEND — Mark Mathews, vice president of research development and industry analysis for the National Retail Federation, acknowledged e-commerce, or online shopping, is no doubt a part of consumer shopping habits.
Study: Saving vs. spending causing anxiety in millennials 09-09-2017
WAUKESHA — While a study by Northwestern Mutual found that millennials are feeling stressed by the tug-of-war from wanting to spend money to knowing they must save for the future, Waukesha County millennials expressed much more confidence in the financial plans they have in place.
Menasha Corp. buys ARI Packaging 09-08-2017
Menasha Corp. announced Wednesday it purchased ARI Packaging out of Alsip, Illinois.
Two Brothers Wine clears initial hurdles for move to Richfield 09-08-2017
RICHFIELD — A Pewaukee business is two steps closer to a permanent move to the village’s downtown.
Blessed: Broadcaster lands his dream job 09-08-2017
Justin Hull’s dream of being a big-time athlete ended by the time he graduated from Germantown High School in 2000.
UW- Waukesha student has his eye on the business industry 09-08-2017
WAUKESHA — Jerome Brown of Wauwatosa is a University of Wisconsin-Waukesha accounting student who just started his sophomore year this month. Brown has taken his future in the business industry into his own hands.
Cold weather slows corn, soybean growth in Wisconsin
MADISON — Cool weather has slowed corn and soybean growth in Wisconsin, but the rest of the state’s main crops are doing well, according to recent data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Van Horn Automotive Group acquires Ford Lomira 09-08-2017
LOMIRA — On Wednesday, the Van Horn Automotive group announced the purchase of Ford Lomira from Ernie Von Schledorn, which is the second Ford dealership the group has bought in the past year.
A silver anniversary celebration 09-08-2017
BROOKFIELD — Any way you slice it, this is a year of milestones for Exhibit Systems, an evolving company on Brookfield’s far east side that specializes in manufacturing trade show materials.
Waukesha reaches $14M settlement with Menards 09-08-2017
WAUKESHA — Menards Inc. has reached a $14 million settlement with Waukesha after bringing a lawsuit against the city for a lower tax assessment based on the “dark store theory.”
Where the generations meet 09-07-2017
OCONOMOWOC — “Place to be for all generations,” is the tag line Laurel and Patrick Whelan use for their coffee and ice cream business in the heart of downtown Oconomowoc.
Residents hope to sink Mequon subdivision 09-07-2017
MEQUON — Mequon residents, who lost the first round in opposing a proposed 13-lot subdivision, plan to redouble their efforts when the Mequon Common Council considers the plans Tuesday.
Wealth: It’s all relative in Ozaukee County 09-07-2017
OZAUKEE COUNTY — Imagine making $1,234.50 an hour. It may be an inconceivable amount, but that’s actually the amount the top 1 percent of households in Ozaukee County made last year.
Amity Leather Products, started with one employee in 1915, became a world-renowned company 09-07-2017
In the fall of 1915, Robert H. Rolfs found himself searching for just the right word to name his new company — a word that would convey friendliness and confidence. In the end, he settled on a word that would become synonymous with high end leather products the world over — Amity.
Alcami to establish active pharmaceutical ingredient Center of Excellence 09-07-2017
Alcami Corp., a provider of custom development and manufacturing services for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, announced Wednesday the formation of a Center of Excellence at its active pharmaceutical ingredient development and manufacturing facility in Germantown.
Metalcraft of Mayville acquires Venture Manufacturing
Metalcraft of Mayville Inc., which has plants in Mayville and West Bend, announced Wednesday it has acquired Venture Manufacturing in Beaver Dam, effective last Thursday.
Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield partners with Inclusa
MADISON — A pilot program to expand coordination services for Medicaid members throughout Wisconsin is being developed via a collaboration by Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield (Anthem) and Inclusa.
Gearbox Express signs agreement with German company
MUKWONAGO — Gearbox Express announced Wednesday it has signed an agreement with German-based Eickhoff Bochum to become its preferred North American partner for all up- and down-tower service both in and out of warranty, parts supply and new replacement gearboxes.
Select Kohl’s stores to offer Amazon smart home spaces 09-06-2017
NEW YORK — Kohl's said Wednesday that it will open up Amazon shops in 10 of its stores, making it the latest department store operator to make a deal with the e-commerce giant.
GE Healthcare announces new mammography system 09-06-2017
WAUKESHA — A new technology unveiled by GE Healthcare on Tuesday allows women to be in control of their mammograms.
Walker announces expansion for MilliporeSigma 09-06-2017
MilliporeSigma, a life science business of Merck KGaA based in Germany, along with Gov. Scott Walker announced Tuesday plans to expand its facility in Sheboygan Falls by 80,000 square feet.
Vacation leads to business idea 09-06-2017
Lisa Lorenz’s trip to Texas offered more than the chance to see a friend, it also provided the foundation for a business idea that evolved into The Nail Bar located in downtown West Bend.
A. O. Smith acquires Ohio water softener company 09-06-2017
MILWAUKEE — A. O. Smith Corporation announced Monday it completed the purchase of Ohio-based William R. Hague, Inc. for $44.5 million in cash plus a potential earn out of up to $2 million based on revenue growth over the next two years.
Join the Supply Chain 09-05-2017
EAU CLAIRE — Gov. Scott Walker announced recently that Wisconsin companies looking for potential business opportunities with Foxconn can use Supply Chain Marketplace, an online tool, to connect with the electronics manufacturer.
West Bend officials reduce setback rule for some local businesses 09-05-2017
Some property owners located throughout the area received permission from officials to expand closer to the public rights of way to enhance their spaces.
US job growth slows to 156K; unemployment up to 4.4 pct. 09-01-2017
WASHINGTON  — U.S. job growth slowed in August as employers added 156,000 jobs, though still enough to suggest that most businesses remain confident in an economy now in its ninth year of recovery from the Great Recession.
TEAM SPIRIT: Keeping in touch with his roots 09-01-2017
From a young age Jed Justman was drawn into sports and he grew up playing the “big three” — baseball, basketball and football.
Ryan promotes tax plan to Wisconsin manufacturing company 08-31-2017
GREENDALE, Wis. — Speaker of the House Paul Ryan told workers at a suburban Milwaukee manufacturing plant that the Republican effort to change the nation's tax system can help companies like theirs be competitive in a global economy.
Settlement reached between Spaulding Clinical and past president 08-31-2017
The civil case between former Spaulding Clinical President John Farrelly and CEO Randol Spaulding ended Friday, resulting in the dismissal of the court trial, which was scheduled to begin Monday.
Enger-Kress Pocketbook Co. was founded by German immigrants 08-31-2017
In a storage area in the basement of the old courthouse museum, Janean Mollet Van Beckum takes a large box off a shelf, places it on a table and opens the lid. Reaching into the box, she brings out what has to be one of the creepiest items in the museum’s collection.
New store will bring art to Brown Street 08-31-2017
TOWN OF OCONOMOWOC — Imagine a retail space that doesn’t sell mass produced goods and is void of “Made in China” tags.
Future clearer for contaminated Amcast site 08-31-2017
CEDARBURG — If all goes according to plan, a $3.3 million city contribution will help facilitate the cleanup and redevelopment of the blighted Amcast site that has sat vacant on Hamilton Road for more than a decade.
Milwaukee Street property could house multifamily residential development 08-31-2017
DELAFIELD — A property owner’s request Wednesday to change the character of a residential property resulted in a robust discussion of what is needed to receive a conditional-use permit in Delafield.
Milwaukee zoo welcomes Bean Sprouts 08-31-2017
MILWAUKEE - Through the Milwaukee County Zoo's new partnership with Service Systems Associates, the zoo is welcoming Bean Sprouts as a stand-alone walk-up food location in the zoo's Northwestern Mutual Family Farm.
US economic growth upgraded to 3 percent rate in Q2
WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy rebounded sharply in the spring, growing at the fastest pace in more than two years amid brisk consumer spending on autos and other goods.
Horicon Bank added to state’s Register of Historical Places 08-30-2017
The State of Wisconsin Historical Society has added Horicon State Bank to the State Register of Historical Places, the company announced Friday.
Commerce State Bank breaks ground in Sheboygan 08-30-2017
Commerce State Bank broke ground Aug. 22 for an office at the corner of Kohler Memorial Drive and North 23rd Street in Sheboygan, the company said.
An owner’s dream comes true 08-30-2017
HARTFORD — It was Michelle Kagan’s long-time dream to own and operate her own boutique.
Fashion boutique and tea store latest additions to The Corners 08-29-2017
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD —Women’s fashion retailer Altar’d State will open a new location this October in The Corners of Brookfield, which will be its first store in Wisconsin.
Meals on the move to Pewaukee 08-29-2017
PEWAUKEE — Food trucks and mobile food businesses have been popping up more and more lately. Soon this craze will be rolling into Pewaukee for the first time.
Hartford Plan Commission recommends new TIF district 08-29-2017
HARTFORD — The proposal still needs more discussion by the Joint Review Board and final approval by the city’s Common Council, but Monday night during a special meeting at City Hall the city’s Plan Commission recommended the creation of a new tax incremental finance district — TIF No. 11.
BistroPlex theater planned at Sears space 08-29-2017
BROOKFIELD - Locally-operated Marcus Theatres announced plans Monday to redevelop a Sears department store at the south end of Brookfield Square Mall to make way for a new BistroPlex dining and movie entertainment venue.
Aries Industries competes for ‘Wisconsin Coolest Thing Contest’ 08-28-2017
WAUKESHA — A lot of nifty things are made in Wisconsin and Aries Industries Inc. hopes its Mobile Pathfinder Inspection System will be named the coolest.
MSI General hired for St. John Vianney addition 08-28-2017
BROOKFIELD — St. John Vianney Church has hired MSI General Corporation to design and construct a narthex addition, school addition and select remodeling at their existing church and school located in Brookfield.
Hydro-Thermal to open creative office in downtown Waukesha 08-28-2017
WAUKESHA —The creative process of developing products for Hydro-Thermal will now be conducted in downtown Waukesha.
Delta Defense recognized as a top workplace 08-27-2017
Delta Defense LLC announced Wednesday it was awarded the 2017 Top Workplaces honor by the Milwaukee Business Journal.
West Bend BID Board recognizes 3 businesses 08-27-2017
This year, the West Bend BID Board recognized three downtown businesses for their landscape improvement efforts.
Stay-Lite celebrates 45th anniversary, recent growth 08-26-2017
CITY OF PEWAUKEE - On Thursday, Stay-Lite Lighting, a lighting company headquartered in the city, celebrated its 45th anniversary as well as a 240 percent increase in growth over the last four years.
Jolly Good Soda coming to Sendik’s 08-25-2017
RANDOM LAKE — Jolly Good Soda, based in Random Lake, announced Thursday the company will be distributing their soda at all Sendik’s locations throughout Wisconsin.
Once a Wisconsinite, always a Wisconsinite 08-25-2017
You know what they say — you can take the woman out of Wisconsin, but you can’t take the Wisconsin out of the woman. Courtney Timblin is proof of that.
Tops off to the Bucks' future 08-25-2017
MILWAUKEE - It's been a long time coming and the process is still coming along. The new $500 million dollar Milwaukee Bucks arena project started 14 months ago, and on Thursday the last beam of the building was lifted into the air.
Crowdsourcing beer and brats 08-25-2017
HARTLAND - It's a partnership made in Wisconsin heaven - an award-winning brat maker working with a local brewer.  Fox Brothers Piggly Wiggly was approached by MobCraft Beer to create a beer to be launched in September - the result was Foxtoberfest.
Dollar Fun to close October 1 08-24-2017
OCONOMOWOC — Dollar Fun will be closing its 419 E. Wisconsin Ave. location Oct. 1, according to a press statement from its owners, Oconomowoc residents Vilas and Nancy Scott.
Grafton approves second phase for Lumberyard apartment project 08-24-2017
GRAFTON — The Lumberyard 1505 development in Downtown Grafton will add more apartments this fall.
Suds in the park? 08-24-2017
New details are emerging from Washington County’s plan to establish a beer garden for area residents. Having found a vendor, the attention shifts to specifics regarding the venue, schedule and the revenue model officials will use to raise money to pay for park expenses.
Columbia St. Mary's stripped of trauma designation 08-24-2017
MEQUON - During an emergency medical situation, residents of Ozaukee County have two hospitals to choose from. But since mid-2017, only one of them remains certified as a trauma level facility with the state of Wisconsin.
Raised Grain to hold 2-year anniversary party 08-23-2017
WAUKESHA — For its two-year anniversary, Raised Grain Brewing will hold an outdoor party Sept. 23 at its Waukesha brewery and taproom.
DWD to retire telephone system for weekly claim filing
MADISON — On Aug. 30 people will no longer be able to file their weekly claim for unemployment insurance via the automated phone system.
Wisconsin unemployment hovers at 3.2% 08-23-2017
WAUKESHA — In July unemployment rates for the state’s metropolitan areas declined again with the largest 12-month decline of 1.3 percent in Racine. The rates ranged from 2.5 percent in Madison to 4.2 percent in Racine.
Harley-Davidson rolls out new models in largest-ever development project 08-23-2017
MILWAUKEE - Leading into its 115th Anniversary year, Harley-Davidson on Tuesday launched five new Touring bikes and eight all-new Softail Big-Twin cruisers designed under what the company said was the largest product development project in its history.
Starbucks and Asics to open at Pleasant Prairie outlets 08-22-2017
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — During the next few months several new retailers will open in Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets, including Starbucks and Asics.
Kohl’s opens 5th e-commerce fulfillment center 08-22-2017
MENOMONEE FALLS — On Tuesday, Kohl's announced plans to invest in its store base while also enhancing the capabilities of its e-commerce fulfillment network.
Action Power Sports to host customer appreciation day 08-22-2017
TOWN OF WAUKESHA — To celebrate its new location and to recognize its customers, Action Power Sports will host a celebration Saturday.
Healthy and delicious 08-22-2017
MEQUON — At Mequon’s newest café, breakfast can mean anything from eggs over easy to raw apple pie made with cashew cream, or a Quinoa kale bowl topped with maple syrup.
Butter lawsuit proceeds in Ozaukee County 08-22-2017
PORT WASHINGTON — Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Paul Malloy last week rejected a motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state requirement for butter taste tests, allowing the case to move forward into discovery.
Grafton hotels cause uncertainty for Cedarburg market
CEDARBURG — Cedarburg city officials entertaining the idea of a new hotel will proceed with caution as work begins on Grafton’s extended-stay TownePlace Suites, east of Interstate 43 and Highway 60.
Hartford Chamber, BID Board agree to events partnership
The Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce and the city’s Downtown Business Improvement District have announced changes in how future downtown events will be organized and promoted.
Northwestern Mutual opens tower and commons 08-22-2017
MILWAUKEE — What started as an abstract building of steel rising upward from the downtown Milwaukee skyline eventually became the towering 32-story Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons, which opened to employees on Monday.
Oliver to take over as Johnson Controls CEO 6 months early 08-21-2017
MILWAUKEE —The change of the top leadership at Johnson Controls International has moved up by six months.
Fiserv acquires bank payments solutions company 08-21-2017
BROOKFIELD — Brookfield-based Fiserv, Inc., a global provider of financial services technology solutions, announced Monday it has acquired Dovetail Group Limited, a provider of bank payments and liquidity management solutions.
HED Inc. celebrates 30 years in Hartford
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
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
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
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.
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Davis & Kuelthau, s.c. continues expansion 09-25-2017
MILWAUKEE —With the addition of four new attorneys, Davis & Kuelthau, s.c. continues its expansion into the Green Bay and Milwaukee areas.
7-Eleven launches RENEW program
BROOKFIELD - On Sept. 13, the Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the 7-Eleven station on Capitol Drive and Brookfield Road as part of the company launching its RENEW program.
Elevated Insurance joins Brookfield chamber 09-21-2017
BROOKFIELD - On Sept. 13, the Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Elevated Insurance.
Hartland chamber welcomes new member 09-21-2017
HARTLAND - The Hartland Chamber of Commerce welcomed Mobile Repair Guys Henson Service, LLC as a new member recently.
ManpowerGroup named a best place to work by disability group 09-20-2017
MILWAUKEE — Disability Equality Index has recognized ManpowerGroup as one of its Best Places to Work, receiving a top score for its commitment to diversity inclusion in the workplace.
Briggs & Stratton Corporation wins award for manufacturing process 09-19-2017
MILWAUKEE — The North American Die Casting Association recently recognized Briggs & Stratton’s work on the flywheel manufacturing process by giving the Milwaukee-based company the 2017 International Die Casting Design Award.
Ferguson named Potawatomi Hotel & Casino CEO 09-19-2017
MILWAUKEE — Rodney Ferguson was named the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino chief executive officer and general manager, according to a Tuesday announcement.
Partnership Bank announces promotion 09-19-2017
CEDARBURG — Rahim Keval, who joined Partnership Bank five years ago as a credit analyst, has been promoted to assistant vice president/ business banking.
Forward Dental hires Okwuchi Azenabor 09-19-2017
MEQUON — Forward Dental has added Dr. Okwuchi Azenabor as a dentist at its Mequon office.
Taunya Crilly begins as sales associate at Grafton/Cedarburg Shorewest Realtors 09-19-2017
GRAFTON — Taunya Crilly has joined the Cedarburg/Grafton office of Shorewest Realtors as a sales associate.
Delta Defense receives top state award 09-17-2017
Delta Defense LLC, based in West Bend, received a Business Retention & Expansion award at the third annual Community and Economic Development Awards banquet, held Wednesday at The Edgewater Hotel in Madison.
Froedtert ranks among nation’s best academic medical centers 09-17-2017
For the third straight year, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital ranks among the nation’s top performing academic medical centers, according to an annual study by Vizient, an alliance of U.S. academic medical centers and hospitals.
Fiserv names Paulek chief human resources officer 09-14-2017
BROOKFIELD —Fiserv, Inc. announced Thursday that Mark Paulek has been named chief human resources officer of the Brookfield-based company, effective Monday.
Nalytix joins Hartland chamber 09-14-2017
HARTLAND - The Hartland Chamber of Commerce welcomed Nalytix, LLC as a new member recently.
Biz Alliance welcomes Clarcorp Industrial Sales 09-14-2017
WAUKESHA — Located in Waukesha, Clarcorp Industrial Sales distributes fasteners, hardware and MRO supplies. The business recently joined the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Milwaukee trial lawyers join Alliance 09-14-2017
MILWAUKEE — Based in Milwaukee, Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown are trial lawyers specializing in divorce, business law, real estate, personal injury and criminal law.
Krumenacher joins Wisconsin Industrial Sand Association Board of Directors 09-13-2017
WAUKESHA — GZA, a multi-disciplinary firm providing environmental, geotechnical, ecological, water and construction management services, announced that Mark Krumenacher of Waukesha County was named to the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Industrial Sand Association.
J. Henry & Sons claims Wisconsin’s top craft award 09-13-2017
J. Henry & Sons’ Patton Road Reserve, based in Dane, was judged as Wisconsin’s top craft whiskey in a competition judged by the American Craft Spirits Association in Chicago, the company announced Tuesday.
Kolean named CFO of Titan Spine 09-12-2017
MEQUON — Titan Spine, a medical device surface technology company, announced Tuesday the appointment of Chad Kolean as the Mequon company’s chief financial officer.
Port Washington State Bank supports Thiensville park project 09-12-2017
Representatives from Port Washington State Bank presented a $7,500 check to the Thiensville Village Park Reimagined Fund.
Patrick Edwards joins Grafton Chiropractic 09-12-2017
GRAFTON — Dr. Patrick Edwards joined Grafton Chiropractic Center June 1.
Badger Meter appoints Bockhorst as COO 09-10-2017
MILWAUKEE - Kenneth C. Bockhorst, 44, has been appointed by Badger Meter, Inc. to the newly created position of senior vice president and chief operating officer.
Marquette University names former Broan-NuTone official CFO 09-08-2017
Marquette University has named Joel Pogodzinski as its new chief financial officer, executive vice president for operations Dave Lawlor announced Thursday.
HRG names Lopez data assets manager 09-08-2017
WAUKESHA — Hamacher Resource Group, Inc. has promoted Lisa Lopez to data assets manager.
Business Alliance welcomes Rightway Results 09-06-2017
HARTLAND — Rightway Results LLC, a business coaching firm located in Hartland, recently became a member of the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Wisconsin Engraving joins Business Alliance 09-06-2017
NEW BERLIN — Located in New Berlin, Wisconsin Engraving offers full-service engraving, texturing, and specialty services for a multitude of industries.
West Bend company gets national award 09-06-2017
American Construction Services Inc. and American Architectural Group Inc. of West Bend recently received the Bronze Award in the manufacturing/industrial category in the national Excellence in Design competition for metal building systems.
Weasler donates more than $18K to support military families
MENOMONEE FALLS — Weasler Engineering Inc. raised more than $18,000 to support military families in its latest fundraiser and a presentation is scheduled for Friday afternoon, according to a news release Tuesday.
Sport Clips opens on Port Washington Road in Mequon
Sport Clips recently celebrated the opening of its store at 11523 N. Port Washington Road in Mequon with a ribbon-cutting attended by representatives of the company and the Mequon-Thiensville Chamber of Commerce.
Merriman joins Lickteig Chiropractic 09-05-2017
MEQUON — Dr. Elizabeth Merriman has been hired as an attending chiropractic clinical provider at Lickteig Chiropractic in Mequon.
Business Alliance welcomes Digicorp
BROOKFIELD - Located in Brookfield, Digicorp is a full line data and voice integrator that specializes in data/voice hardware, software and networking solutions.
Treis Properties joins Alliance 09-01-2017
BROOKFIELD - Treis Properties LLC, a real estate company out of Brookfield, recently joined the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Christian Foundation joins Business Alliance 09-01-2017
BROOKFIELD - Located in Brookfield, the National Christian Foundation Wisconsin chapter works to mobilize resources by inspiring biblical generosity.
Generac helps Harvey’s victims 08-31-2017
Generac crews will help to ensure that those who need generators the most receive them.
Northwestern Mutual gifts $1.2 million in grants 08-31-2017
MILWAUKEE - Northwestern Mutual, through its foundation, announced Wednesday $1.2 million in grants to support local educational programs.
EZ Windows joins Delafield chamber
DELAFIELD - The Delafield Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed EZ Windows to the organization.
SWAG Promotions joins Alliance 08-29-2017
MENOMONEE FALLS - SWAG Promotions recently joined the Waukesha County Business Alliance. It is a promotional products supplier in Menomonee Falls.
Affinity Chiropractic celebrates opening 08-29-2017
WAUKESHA - Affinity Chiropractic recently celebrated its grand opening in Waukesha.
Meeks joins Park Bank 08-25-2017
MILWAUKEE — Park Bank has hired Tracy Meeks as the vice president of small business banking.
R.A. Smith National promotes Hawley and Sturm 08-25-2017
BROOKFIELD — Longtime R.S. Smith National employees Pat Hawley and Eric Sturm have been promoted to lead their divisions.
Woller-Anger welcomes Meser 08-25-2017
ELM GROVE — Woller-Anger & Company, LLC, an independent insurance agency in Elm Grove, has hired John Meser of Elm Grove as an account executive.
Arnold promoted to assistant VP at Waukesha State Bank
WAUKESHA — Waukesha State Bank announced the promotion of Trevor Arnold to assistant vice president – commercial banking officer.
Richards Group Allstate donates $1,000 to Women’s Center 08-24-2017
WAUKESHA — The Richards Group Allstate Agency in Waukesha presented the Women’s Center a check for $1,000 last week after volunteering at the Advocates Afternoon event in June.
Decker named chair of state workforce development association 08-24-2017
PEWAUKEE — The Wisconsin Workforce Development Association has named Paul Decker the new chair to serve a one-year term.
Oconomowoc company awarded for energy efforts 08-24-2017
OCONOMOWOC — Oconomowoc Utilities has rewarded Ace Precision Machining Corporation in Oconomowoc $6,928 for taking steps to reduce energy use by installing a new high-efficiency fiber-optic cutting laser to replace its CO2 cutting laser, according to a press release from Oconomowoc Utilities.
ProHealth hires new sleep medicine physician 08-24-2017
DELAFIELD — ProHealth Medical Group has announced the addition of board certified physician Brittany Schultz, MD, to its sleep center located at 2301 Sun Valley Drive in Delafield.
EPIC Creative hires account coordinator 08-23-2017
EPIC Creative, an advertising and marketing agency headquartered in West Bend, announced Aug. 16 it hired Natalie Ortego as an account coordinator.
Waukesha County Community Foundation celebrates new office 08-23-2017
WAUKESHA — The Waukesha County Community Foundation recently celebrated moving into its new office space in Waukesha at 2727 N. Grandview Blvd., Suite 301.
NextHome Lake Country celebrates move 08-23-2017
WAUKESHA — NextHome Lake Country celebrated moving into Waukesha County recently.
Pewaukee Chamber welcomes Miller Compressing 08-23-2017
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — The Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed Miller Compressing to the group.
Lakeside Development announces vice presidents 08-22-2017
MEQUON — Lakeside Development Co. has announced the hiring of three vice presidents.
WPS Health Solutions wins international BBB ethics award 08-21-2017
MILWAUKEE — WPS Health Solutions of Madison is one of the winners of the 2017 International Torch Award for Ethics from the BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust.
The Salt Room joins Pewaukee chamber 08-19-2017
PEWAUKEE — The Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce performed a ribbon-cutting ceremony recently for The Salt Room Lake Country.
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