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'Pharma Bro' defies advice to keep quiet before fraud trial
NEW YORK — "Pharma Bro" just won't keep his mouth shut. Even with his federal securities fraud trial set to begin Monday, Martin Shkreli has blatantly defied his attorneys' advice to lay low. The former pharmaceutical CEO, who became a pariah after raising the cost of a life-saving drug 5,000 percent, has been preening for cameras and trolling on social media, potentially complicating his defense.
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9-screen movie theater proposed for The Corners 06-25-2017
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — Preliminary plans for a nine-screen movie theater at The Corners of Brookfield will be discussed by Town of Brookfield administration next week with more details likely to be revealed.
Badger Burger Company opens in Mukwonago 06-23-2017
MUKWONAGO —Specializing in Wisconsin products, the Badger Burger Company opened its doors Thursday in downtown Mukwonago.
Businesses, residents near Erin Hills react to the U.S. Open 06-23-2017
One thousand five hundred pounds of pork, 1,000 pounds of brisket and 600 pounds of his signature, now-famous chipotle bacon mac-n-cheese — those are just a few of The Barbecue Co.’s best sellers last week while the U.S. Open golf championship was at Erin Hills, less than a mile away from the restaurant.
Stickin’ with a good thing 06-23-2017
For nearly six years Melanie Reish has managed the Westbury Bank branch in downtown West Bend, but her time there started about 15 years ago.
Safety is key at MetalTek 06-23-2017
WAUKESHA — MetalTek International has surpassed two million man-hours worked without a lost-time incident at the Centrifugal Division in Waukesha, 905 E. St. Paul Ave.
Safway completes merger to expand footprint 06-23-2017
CITY OF PEWAUKEE - The Safway Group completed its merger Thursday with Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services.
Sears announces Southridge store closing
GREENDALE - Sears Holdings announced Thursday it will close its Southridge Mall store, 5200 S. 76th St., making it the second anchor that will close at the mall.
Wisconsin crafter beverage makers form coalition 06-22-2017
MADISON — Independent producers of craft beverages have united to create the Wisconsin Craft Beverage Coalition to promote, protect, and defend the state’s craft beverage industry.
Nordstrom Rack to open in Bayshore Town Center 06-22-2017
GLENDALE — A Nordstrom Rack store is scheduled to open in Bayshore Town Center in Glendale in fall 2018.
‘Woof-Men’ business owner 06-22-2017
BROOKFIELD — Allison Dunlop opened Integrative Veterinary Service in Brookfield in 2014, following in the footsteps of a beloved family member.
A woman and her clock shop 06-22-2017
WAUKESHA — Karen White and her husband, Edward, opened the Little Swiss Clock Shop in 1968 in downtown Waukesha and a lot has changed since the shop first opened, including its name.
U.S. Open brought energy, business to Oconomowoc 06-22-2017
OCONOMOWOC — While the Sunday ending of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills makes it difficult to discern how much of an impact the golf tournament had on Oconomowoc, there is no doubt the event did indeed have a positive influence on local businesses.
Classic Traditions building bought by local civic leader
CEDARBURG — Cedarburg resident Chris Smith is “Bringing Wall Street to Main Street … ” with his newly incorporated business, Cedar Creek Wealth Management.
Plans for Grafton town business on hold 06-22-2017
GRAFTON — Another storage business is looking to locate in the town of Grafton, but has faced a few hurdles at the start.
Homestead to get on-campus Kohler Credit Union branch
MEQUON — Kohler Credit Union will locate a small branch in the lobby of the Homestead High School field house as part of a sponsorship agreement that could funnel $150,000 to the school district over 15 years.
The county connect 06-22-2017
OZAUKEE COUNTY — Since Eric Isbister and his wife Mary bought the Mequon-based metal fabrication business GenMet Corp. in 1999, they have struggled with filling open positions; and they are not alone.
MOWA hosts business leaders for Women’s Forum event
One of the most famous lines in Hollywood history goes like this: “If you build it, they will come.”
Study: 70% of Americans identify as middle class despite decline in household income 06-22-2017
MILWAUKEE- Despite the number of middle-income households dropping in the United States, a recent study by Northwestern Mutual found that seven in 10, or 70 percent, of American adults ages 18 and older view themselves as middle class.
Unemployment rates drop to record lows locally, statewide 06-22-2017
WAUKESHA - Wisconsin's unemployment rate dropped to near-record lows this year, and Waukesha County's rate is one of the lowest in the state.
Developing the future 06-22-2017
WAUKESHA - Smart and lucrative city development was the big theme at Mayor Shawn Reilly's breakfast meeting on Wednesday morning, paired with an update on the rebranding efforts in downtown Waukesha that are ultimately meant to bring people to the area and boost city revenue.
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield exits health care exchange 06-21-2017
MADISON, Wis. — Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield said Wednesday it is pulling out of the federal health care exchange in Wisconsin.
Arhaus to open in The Corners on July 1 06-21-2017
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — Stores continue to open their doors in The Corners of Brookfield with the latest being Arhaus on July 1.
ARI Network Services to be acquired for about $140 million 06-21-2017
MILWAUKEE — Software tools and marketing services provider ARI Network Services, Inc. has agreed to be acquired by an affiliate of True Wind Capital Management, LLC, a San Francisco-based private equity firm focused on investing in leading technology companies.
Making it work in a small town 06-21-2017
RICHFIELD — Dr. Michelle Defer believes her chiropractic practice has been in existence for nearly 30 years because of her honesty with patients and because she helps them overcome whatever problems bring them into her office at the Hubertus Chiropractor Clinic.
Nissen Staffing Continuum adds TechRecruiters 06-21-2017
WAUKESHA - Nissen Staffing Continuum has partnered with TechRecruiters in order to fill clients' technical staffing needs.
Council would allow gas stations' beer, wine sales 06-21-2017
CITY OF PEWAUKEE - The Common Council decided it would allow gas stations to sell beer and wine at area gas stations during its meeting on Monday night, said City Clerk Kelly Tarczewski.
New apprenticeship program launches at WCTC 06-21-2017
PEWAUKEE - The Department of Workforce Development highlighted the launch of a new Mechatronics Technician Registered Apprenticeship program for Wisconsin manufacturers during an information session on Monday at the Waukesha County Technical College Generac Integrated Manufacturing Lab.
Former Sears Auto site could give way to hotel, conference center 06-21-2017
BROOKFIELD - A recently emptied auto repair center building on the southern perimeter of Brookfield Square could give way to a hotel and conference center.
Official warns Illinois finances in 'massive crisis mode'
CHICAGO — During the two-and-a-half years Illinois has gone without a state budget, the previously little-known office of comptroller has had the unenviable job of essentially sitting at the kitchen table trying to figure out how to pay the bills.
First Weber CEO stepping down 06-20-2017
MADISON — First Weber Realtors announced CEO Jim Imhoff will vacate the position as of July 1, but will remain chairman.
Marcus Theatres to open new theater concept June 30 06-20-2017
MILWAUKEE —Marcus Theatres will open its new concept BistroPlex adjacent to Southridge Mall at 9 a.m. June 30.
Allegiant to launch service from Gen. Mitchell airport 06-20-2017
MILWAUKEE —Allegiant, an airline that mainly flies out of small cities, announced it will begin service in Milwaukee out of General Mitchell International Airport.
After U.S. Open, what’s next for Erin Hills? 06-20-2017
TOWN OF ERIN — When the final putt fell Sunday and Brooks Koepka was awarded the U.S. Open Championship trophy, two questions immediately surfaced: What’s next for Erin Hills? And will the U.S. Open be back?
Richmond Investment Services moves to larger location
MEQUON — When Richmond Investment Services moved to a bigger location over the winter, owner Matt Richmond hoped to provide his clients with a variety of finance-related services under one roof.
Erin Hills architects happy with U.S. Open 06-20-2017
TOWN OF ERIN — At a new venue for the 2017 U.S. Open, there were a lot of unknowns — among them the winning score.
Growing a community 06-20-2017
TOWN OF MUKWONAGO - The town will be seeing a new farm-type development on Highway NN that includes a community chicken coop, garden and more.
Milwaukee Film announces 31-year lease of Oriental Theatre
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Film has announced the acquisition of a 31-year lease to operate the Oriental Theatre beginning July 1, 2018.
Kleefisch says she talked with Foxconn two years ago
MADISON — Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch said Monday she first talked two years ago with officials from a Taiwanese company that builds iPhones and other electronics about considering expanding in Wisconsin.
Yamaha acquires Kracor, Inc. Rotational Molding 06-19-2017
MILWAUKEE — Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. announced Monday it acquired the assets of Milwaukee-based Kracor, Inc., a rotational molding manufacturer.
Hartford industrial machine repair business to expand
Monday, Hartford’s Plan Commission approved a conditional use permit and site plan for the construction of a new building at 2240 Industrial Way in the Dodge Industrial Park.
Sweet relief?  06-17-2017
WAUKESHA — After licensing fees, business insurance, hourly commercial kitchen rental, ingredients and farmers market costs, it’s tough for small-scale bakers in Wisconsin to rake in enough dough to make it.
Oconomowoc’s own little European gift shop 06-17-2017
OCONOMOWOC — Pulling up to the Weather-Vane gift shop will surely throw a first-time visitor for a loop. At first glance, the shop doesn’t look like an actual business at all.
For the love of the game 06-16-2017
TOWN OF ERIN — Without an army of 5,500 volunteers, many visitors to the 117th U.S. Open at Erin Hills might end up heading in the wrong direction or going through the week confused with unanswered questions.
Council to consider alcohol sales by gas stations 06-16-2017
CITY OF PEWAUKEE - The possibility of beer and alcohol sales at area gas stations will be discussed at the next Common Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday in the Council Chambers at City Hall, W240-N3065 Pewaukee Road.
CycleBar Studio to open in The Corners 06-16-2017
BROOKFIELD - A high-energy cycling workout studio that promises to offer a concert-like atmosphere will open later this year in The Corners of Brookfield.
Waukesha's first Sendik's to open June 24 06-16-2017
WAUKESHA - The first Sendik's Food Markets location in Waukesha will open Saturday, June 24, on Meadowbrook Road in the Meadowbrook Marketplace.
USGA: US Open will generate $120M for Wisconsin economy
ERIN, Wis. — The USGA says the U.S. Open at Erin Hills will generate about $120 million for Wisconsin's economy.
Wisconsin unemployment drops to 3.1 percent in May
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin's unemployment rate is at its lowest level since October 1999.
Morrissett ‘instrumental’ in bringing championship to Erin Hills 06-15-2017
TOWN OF ERIN — Jim Reinhart, general chairman for the U.S. Open at Erin Hills Golf Course, called John Morrissett “our MVP for behind the scenes.”
Avalon Square exterior under construction 06-15-2017
WAUKESHA — Avalon Square is going through some exterior changes that could last several months, but will better prevent water from seeping into apartments when finished.
USGA boosts fan experience with technology 06-15-2017
TOWN OF ERIN — Technology has fostered faster and more intricate communication among people, and many organizations, including the United States Golf Association, are taking advantage of it to enhance fan experience.
Work underway on Grafton’s TownPlace Suites 06-15-2017
GRAFTON — Public utility work is nearly complete on the planned TownePlace Suites Hotel east of Interstate 43 and Highway 60, according to Grafton Public Works Director Amber Thomas.
Händen Distillery to open in September 06-15-2017
CEDARBURG — Cedarburg will welcome Händen Distillery to its downtown this summer.
August Weber license renewal comes amid new probe
CEDARBURG — The August Weber Haus was granted renewal of its liquor license for the coming year, but with the license comes news that its holder is part of a new police investigation.
Hartford OKs site assessment grant agreement 06-15-2017
HARTFORD — City officials have approved an agreement with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. that could bring the city $150,000 in grant money.
Foxconn, assembler of iPhones, eyes Wisconsin for plant 06-14-2017
MADISON, Wis. — A Taiwanese company that assembles Apple's iPhones and other electronics is considering building a plant in Wisconsin that could employ thousands of people and give Gov. Scott Walker a huge political boost as he prepares to run for re-election.
Horicon Bank joins exclusive club 06-14-2017
Horicon Bank announced June 6 it earned an “Outstanding” CRA rating, the highest rating available from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Networking leads to growth opportunities for local businesses 06-14-2017
Businesses that belong to the area’s chambers of commerce not only have access to the organization’s resources, they can also leverage connections among entrepreneurs throughout Washington County.
Rockwell Automation partners with ManpowerGroup to train veterans 06-13-2017
MILWAUKEE — To help military veterans and increase the workforce available for manufacturing jobs, Rockwell Automation and ManpowerGroup announced Tuesday a partnership to train veterans.
Kalahari Resorts to expand Wisconsin Dells facility 06-13-2017
WISCONSIN DELLS — Kalahari Resorts plans to add 130,000 square feet to its Wisconsin Dells facility, as well as its Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania location.
Wisconsin Kmart closures to affect 239 workers 06-13-2017
WAUKESHA — When Kmart Corporation shutters three of its Wisconsin locations, 239 workers will lose their jobs.
Farm-related manufacturing finds a home in county 06-13-2017
The agricultural industry in Washington County has brought green to more than area fields.
Inventory continues to present a challenge to Ozaukee County real estate market 06-13-2017
CEDARBURG — Real estate inventory continues to be an issue in Ozaukee County and throughout the country as recent May home sales data indicate, according to a news release from the Ozaukee Realtors Association.
Mila’s European Bakery re-opens storefront 06-13-2017
THIENSVILLE — Mila Kofman and her husband immigrated to America in 1979 with two children and $500 in their pockets. With a degree in food technology and a strong passion for baking, she opened her small retail bakery just two years after her arrival.
Conditional use permit granted for new Hartford hotel
HARTFORD — Groundbreaking on a downtown hotel appears more and more likely to take place by July 1 after the city’s Plan Commission Monday night unanimously approved a conditional use permit to allow construction to take place on lots 100-106 E. Sumner St.
‘It’s pretty historic’ 06-13-2017
TOWN OF ERIN — At 34, Aaron Jinkerson, a native of Wentzville, Missouri, about 45 minutes west of St. Louis, is finally doing something he’s waited 22 years to do: attend one of professional golf’s four majors.
Championship week begins 06-13-2017
TOWN OF ERIN — For seven years, every nail banged into a siding, every pile of dirt moved, every tweak to Erin Hills Golf Course was done with the 2017 U.S. Open Championship in mind.
Free home given to veteran 06-13-2017
WAUKESHA - A free home in the Dunbar Oaks subdivision was presented to Army Specialist Philip Olson and his family Saturday morning.
Homeowners confident in regional economy 06-13-2017
WAUKESHA - When the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors recently surveyed homeowners in the greater Milwaukee area, they learned that the overall perception of the regional economy is strong, but that they are concerned about national politics and policies.
G2 Insurance Services acquires MacGillis & Company
BROOKFIELD — G2 Insurance Services announced that it recently acquired MacGillis & Company, a longtime independent insurance agency formerly in Wauwatosa.
Heaven City introduces more family friendly menu 06-12-2017
MUKWONAGO — The Villa at Heaven City, famous for its gangster history, has long been known as a restaurant for special occasions, but Owner and Executive Chef Robert Klemm seeks to change that with his new menu.
More than meets the eye 06-12-2017
MILWAUKEE — Before arriving in the Milwaukee area three years ago, Charles and Connie Bailey called Chicago home. Earlier this year, they brought a cosmopolitan sensibility reminiscent of the Windy City to one of the many historic buildings dotting Kinnickinnic Avenue.
Teddy Greenstein: Erin Hills: a short, strange trip to landing the US Open 06-12-2017
Turn-of-the-20th-century clubs dominate the list of U.S. Open venues: Shinnecock Hills (established in 1891), Pinehurst (1895), Oakmont (1903). Then there’s Erin Hills.
A dicey US Open topic: Erin Hills founder Bob Lang 06-12-2017
The builders of this captivating golf course have known for more than seven years that the 2017 U.S. Open would come to Erin Hills.
EPIC Creative to relocate to former Delta Defense building 06-11-2017
EPIC Creative is expected to move its corporate headquarters to the former Delta Defense building in downtown West Bend on Sept. 1 to accommodate the growth of the company.
Brown Deer artist has Erin Hills pottery featured in U.S. Open merchandise tent
TOWN OF ERIN — There are more than 250 vendors selling merchandise at this year’s 117th U.S. Open Championship at Erin Hills.
Family of Milwaukee blacksmiths makes logo sculpture for Erin Hills 06-11-2017
TOWN OF ERIN — For Kent Knapp, there is a soul and a lively energy that goes into creating something with his hands. After all, his love for blues music is what brought him to the 117th U.S. Open at Erin Hills.
Burlap & Lace Marketplace moves into large downtown storefront 06-10-2017
WAUKESHA - Burlap & Lace Marketplace has moved - but not too far. The store abruptly had to leave its location from Grand Avenue to Main Street a couple of months ago, but this unfortunate situation has become a good thing.
MCW receives $37.8M for refining medical education 06-09-2017
MILWAUKEE — On Thursday, the Medical College of Wisconsin announced that it has been gifted $37.8 million dollars from the Kern family and the Kern Family Foundation.
Dancing to their own beat 06-09-2017
WAUKESHA — Liberty Dance Center, 404 Travis Lane, is offering a free dance education program for children with special needs with the help of Darby’s Dancers, a national nonprofit dance organization.
Like Christmas for Golf Lovers 06-09-2017
TOWN OF ERIN — For the last several weeks, anyone who drove past Erin Hills Golf Course would likely have seen an enormous white tent being constructed.
Ground broken for Eagles Landing development 06-08-2017
OCONOMOWOC — One of the more significant projects in Oconomowoc is underway as Mark and Sue Neumann broke ground on Eagles Landing at Lac La Belle on Tuesday afternoon.
Contract still not finalized for Ixonia Fireman’s Hall lease
IXONIA — Starting mid-October, the purpose of the storied Ixonia Firemen’s Hall will change completely and an area woman is likely to be the person behind the transformation.
Chemical scare in Pabst Farms found to be a false alarm
SUMMIT — A report of trespassing into an abandoned Pabst Road building yielded an emergency check for crystal methamphetamine production, but which ended up negative.
Filling up fast 06-08-2017
GRAFTON — The Lumberyard 1505 development rising in downtown Grafton isn’t waiting to open before leasing out units.
Wisconsin adds 5,100 manufacturing jobs 06-08-2017
WAUKESHA - April was a strong month for employers in Wisconsin, according to data released Wednesday by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, which showed the state added jobs.
Fiserv named to FORTUNE 500 list of largest U.S. companies 06-08-2017
BROOKFIELD - Financial services technology solutions provider Fiserv has been named to the 63rd annual FORTUNE 500.
New taco 'station' in downtown Waukesha 06-08-2017
WAUKESHA - It all started in Texas.
Hard to tell when former Sentry storefront will be filled 06-08-2017
OCONOMOWOC - The grass surrounding the storefront at 630 E. Wisconsin Ave. still grows, but business remains dead since Sentry left the facility empty in 2009.
SaintA in Milwaukee to end residential program 06-07-2017
MILWAUKEE —SaintA informed the state Wednesday it will end its residential program offered at its main campus in Milwaukee, affecting 82 positions.
Report: Wisconsin lost manufacturing jobs in 2016 06-07-2017
MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin was among 28 states losing manufacturing jobs in 2016 and the state continues to trail the national rate of overall job creation, according to new figures released Wednesday by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
CUW focuses on young professionals 06-07-2017
MEQUON — For the second year in a row, Concordia University Wisconsin has been named the exclusive education partner for NEWaukee, a social architecture firm headquartered in downtown Milwaukee.
Spectator parking lot for U.S. Open moved to Washington County Fair Park 06-07-2017
The United States Golf Association announced Tuesday it has relocated one of the two main complimentary spectator parking lots for the 117th U.S. Open Championship at Erin Hills.
New art gallery opens in West Bend
Ric Hartman, a collector of early Wisconsin art, opened the Gallery of Wisconsin Art on Saturday with a ceremony held at the West Bend museum.
Making green on the greens 06-07-2017
With an average of 150 acres of land and more than half of that in maintained turf on 18-hole courses, it may come as little surprise that maintaining a golf course is the main cost for much of the golf industry.
Eau Claire Press Co. sold to APG 06-07-2017
The Eau Claire Press Company, a fourth-and-fifth-generation family-owned media company, is being sold to Minneapolis-based Adams Publishing Group.
Learn about The Construction Boom on June 16 06-07-2017
MILWAUKEE - The Independent Business Association of Wisconsin will have a panel discussion on "The Construction Boom!" during its June 16 breakfast meeting.
Elmbrook Rotary Club to name Business Person of the Year 06-07-2017
ELM GROVE - The Elmbrook Rotary Club is accepting applications for the Business Person of the Year Award, which will recognize a successful individual from Brookfield or Elm Grove who is service-minded.
Pewaukee Plaza gains familiar tenant: Ashley Furniture 06-07-2017
PEWAUKEE - Ashley Furniture Home Store is expected to return to its former location at Pewaukee Plaza, 1268 Capitol Drive, Sept. 1, a decade after it left.
Board places moratorium on electronic signage 06-07-2017
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — After receiving a pair of requests, Town of Brookfield officials have decided to put the brakes on new electronic signage outside commercial establishments through at least the end of the year.
Renovation complete at Waukesha County Airport 06-06-2017
WAUKESHA - Atlantic Aviation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the grand reopening event celebrating the finished renovation to the Waukesha County Airport/Crites Field's executive terminal on Monday.
Home listings, sale prices decline, Realtors group says
CEDARBURG — Although active listings in Ozaukee County for April increased by 23 compared to March, year-over-year active listings for April declined 10 percent to 457 from 508, according to a news release from the Ozaukee Realtors Association.
Dave’s Bagel & Bread to close 06-06-2017
CEDARBURG — Dave’s Bagel & Bread Café on Cedarburg’s south side, offering breakfast and lunch sandwiches, fresh-squeezed orange juice and smoothies and bagels, breads and muffins made from scratch, will close at the end of this year.
Solving real-world challenges 06-06-2017
NEW BERLIN - High school students from New Berlin Eisenhower and New Berlin West high schools participated in the school district's first-ever Pitch Night for Advanced Innovation and Design students.
VR City Zone opens in Brookfield 06-06-2017
BROOKFIELD - The Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the new VR City Zone on Thursday.
ProHealth Care to provide sports medicine services at Carroll 06-06-2017
WAUKESHA — ProHealth Care has entered into an exclusive agreement with Carroll University to provide sports medicine services to student athletes, faculty, coaches and staff of the university’s recreational and organized sports teams.
Former Milwaukee Beer Museum building sold 06-06-2017
MILWAUKEE -The Barry Company announced in a Monday news release that it has sold a 4,440-square-foot property to Gravity Real Estate, LLC.
MSI General selected to build new Plasti-Coil addition
OCONOMOWOC - MSI General Corporation has been selected to design and build an addition to Plasti-Coil's existing facility.
Einstein bagels and Caribou Coffee now open 06-05-2017
WAUKESHA — Get your coffee and bagel fix on Sunset Drive in Waukesha now that the Einstein Bros. Bagels and Caribou Coffee location has opened.
Tenants move into Riverwalk Apartments 06-03-2017
HARTLAND — Residents have moved into two of the three buildings of the Riverwalk Apartments as of April 1, Village Administrator David Cox said.
US hiring pullback suggests firms are straining to fill jobs
WASHINGTON — Are employers starting to run out of workers to hire?
Groundbreaking looms for E.H. Wolf office building 06-02-2017
SLINGER — Two years of planning could finally come to fruition later this month when construction is expected to begin on a two-floor and nearly 15,000-square-foot office building for E.H. Wolf and Sons.
Building purchased in Milwaukee in memory of Rev. Joel Kinlow 06-02-2017
MILWAUKEE — The Barry Company announced Thursday that it’s completed a sale of a commercial building at 7841 W. Appleton Ave.
Center for growth study helps locate best areas of development 06-02-2017
WAUKESHA — The Waukesha County Center for Growth on Thursday announced that a study has found opportunities for long-term growth within the county.
Wisconsin boaters, dealers struggle with mechanic shortage
MILWAUKEE — A severe industry-wide shortage of mechanics has alarmed Wisconsin boat dealers and owners alike as summer returns, and there's no sign that conditions will improve anytime soon.
US job market looks solid 8 years after recession ended
WASHINGTON — Exactly eight years after the Great Recession ended, the U.S. job market has settled into a sweet spot of steadily solid growth.
Delta Defense celebrates opening of new facility in West Bend 06-01-2017
Local, state and federal officials gathered to commemorate the opening of a facility for one of the area’s prominent companies.
Colectivo opens first location outside Wisconsin 06-01-2017
MILWAUKEE - Colectivo Coffee recently opened its first-ever location outside Wisconsin.
Heritage Place of Brookfield acquired by Capri Senior Communities 06-01-2017
WAUKESHA - On Wednesday, Capri Senior Communities announced it has purchased Heritage Place of Brookfield, a 90-unit senior living community located near North Avenue and Calhoun Road.
MetalTek passes 2 million hours without lost-time incident
WAUKESHA - MetalTek International announced Wednesday that its Wisconsin Centrifugal Division in Waukesha has surpassed 2 million man hours worked without a lost-time incident.
Orange Leaf to dish up frozen yogurt at The Corners 05-31-2017
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt is set to open in The Corners of Brookfield in July.
Delafield Plan Commission to consider proposal for extending cell tower height 05-31-2017
DELAFIELD — Verizon Wireless, located in the Nagawaukee Shopping Center, 3150 Golf Road, is looking to extend the height of the cell tower from 50 feet to 75 feet along with adding a ground-mounted generator and equipment cabinets to the location.
Group formed to help UW-Milwaukee grow 05-31-2017
MILWAUKEE — A new group of business leaders within the community has been formed to advocate for resources to support the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Delta Defense to host ribbon-cutting ceremony today in West Bend 05-31-2017
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and West Bend Mayor Kraig Sadownikow will be among the guests expected to attend Delta Defense’s ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. today in West Bend.
Work on Hilt building nears completion
HARTFORD - "How can you beat the view?" Those are the words of Danny Dulak, who along with his wife Wendy and through their company Second Chance Ventures, have nearly completed restoration and remodeling of the old Hilt Hotel building in the city's downtown.
Treeghost Country Store planning expansion 05-31-2017
Business is going so well for a Richfield metal arts company that the owner is planning to add space for creating more of his company’s work.
Federal funding cuts reduce city's allocation for downtown rebranding 05-31-2017
WAUKESHA - The rebranding push for downtown Waukesha could receive nearly $100,000 less than originally requested by city departments from the Community Development Block Grant next year partly due to a federal funding cut.
Minnesota developer plans redo of former Wisconsin dog track 05-30-2017
HUDSON, Wis. — An eastern Minnesota developer has big plans for a shuttered dog racing track in western Wisconsin.
MSI General marks 60 years on the cutting edge 05-30-2017
OCONOMOWOC — In 1957 Claude Debbink and his son Pete opened Metal Structures Inc. in Oconomowoc, specializing in pre-engineered metal.

Downtown Waukesha branding up for discussion Tuesday 05-28-2017
WAUKESHA — The rebranding effort for downtown Waukesha will get reviewed during Tuesday’s Community Develop Block Grant meeting.

Fresh coat of paint 05-28-2017
WAUKESHA — New colors are painted onto The Steaming Cup, 340 W. Main St. in downtown Waukesha, on Friday morning.
Delayed luxury lake condo project ready to move forward 05-28-2017
OCONOMOWOC — Another luxury residential development in downtown Oconomowoc is set to move forward with 18 units ranging in price from $999,000 to $1.5 million — and the two at the highest price are already reserved.
Former Reynolds Machine Co. set on fire 05-28-2017
MUSKEGO — Smoke billowed from the former Reynolds Machine Co. on Martin Drive Friday afternoon as fire crews from multiple departments sought to bring the blaze under control.
Leaders tout Aerotropolis Milwaukee plans 05-26-2017
MILWAUKEE — Restaurants, hotels, bike and pedestrian improvements and public transportation additions are among some of the elements tossed into a large-scale visioning plan around Gen. Mitchell International Airport.
Krones announces acquisition of New York company 05-26-2017
FRANKLIN - Krones Inc. announced Thursday that its acquired New York-based Javlyn in a transaction.
Roadrunner Transportation announces relocation to Illinois 05-26-2017
CUDAHY - Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc. has announced it will move its company headquarters to Downers Grove, Illinois.
TriTech achieves veteran certification 05-26-2017
WAUKESHA - TriTech Corporation of America announced Thursday that its achieved an important milestone.
A whole body wellness boutique 05-26-2017
After struggling with her own weight and mindset and then finding something that truly worked for her, Jacki McMeans decided to share her discovery through a fitness boutique she calls blu.wing Fitness Boutique in downtown Waukesha.
Reese specializes in full-service photography 05-26-2017
Portraiture photography is an art form Kara Reese has enjoyed since high school when she took the lessons she learned in class and then captured some of her friends' senior portraits.
Construction started on Heritage Senior Living in Muskego 05-26-2017
MUSKEGO - The 16th Heritage Senior Living community is under construction in Muskego and is anticipated to open in the summer of 2018.
Waukesha Beer Gardens dates announced 05-26-2017
WAUKESHA - The same week Waukesha County announced it's working with Raised Grain Brewing for beer gardens in county parks, the Waukesha Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department officially announced the dates for its Waukesha Neighborhood Beer Gardens.
Officials approve TIF project plans for two sites 05-26-2017
OCONOMOWOC — With the hope of shepherding future development, city officials on Thursday approved a pair of project plans linked to two tax-incremental financing districts.
Chicago only major U.S. city to lose population from 2015 to 2016 05-25-2017
CHICAGO — Chicago was the only city among the nation’s 20 largest to lose population in 2016 — and it lost nearly double the number of residents as the year before, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
KWA announces expansions 05-25-2017
CEDARBURG — The Kubala Washatko Architects Inc, announced plans Monday to open a satellite office in Seattle and add five new partners to the firm as part of a new phase of development.
Chamber of Commerce says advertising pitch isn’t coming from them 05-25-2017
OCONOMOWOC — A company located outside of the region has been calling area businesses and falsely claiming ties to the Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce, says chamber Executive Director Katie Miller.
HUSCO International to remodel, add onto existing facility
WAUKESHA - A hydraulic manufacturing company with 70-year roots in the community will soon remodel and expand portions of its facility.
Unemployment rates in region at all-time lows 05-25-2017
MADISON - Unemployment rates in the metropolitan Milwaukee area decreased to historic lows in April, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
WCBA to offer scholarships at Tour of Homes event 05-24-2017
This year’s Washington County Builders Association’s Tour of Homes expects to break some ground.
Botulism in California linked to Gehl Foods 05-24-2017
Gehl Foods in Germantown has been linked to a fatal botulism outbreak in California and the company says it is working with authorities to determine what caused the contamination.
How to take an idea and turn it into a business 05-24-2017
The idea for a small business can happen at any time, from a conversation with a stranger to driving along. For others, including Elizabeth Bartelt, the concept may spring from a lifelong passion.
Ion Sports Pub now open in West Bend
Are you ready for new tasty treats? Are you ready to set your taste buds tingling? If so, you might to want to drop by the Ion Sports Pub which opened at 1102 E. Paradise Drive on May 1.
Sendik's hosting veterans events during Memorial Day weekend 05-24-2017
WEST BEND - Sendik's Food Markets will host several events in local communities to honor veterans during Memorial Day weekend, including "Meet a Local Hero."
Work starts on energy-independent community 05-24-2017
NEW BERLIN - Work officially began with a ground-breaking ceremony Tuesday on Wisconsin's first Net Zero community, which will be energy independent.
Delafield Sentry launches curbside grocery pickup service 05-24-2017
DELAFIELD - Albrecht Sentry Delafield Market announced Tuesday that it's launched an online grocery showing service that's available to pick up curbside.
Bucks, Johnson Controls build neighborhood sports complex 05-23-2017
MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks and Johnson Controls are partnering to build a multi-sport complex in a northwest Milwaukee neighborhood.
Meijer to offer store-to-door delivery in Wisconsin 05-23-2017
WAUKESHA — Meijer and its home delivery partner Shipt will offer store-to-door service from all of Meijer’s nine Wisconsin stores starting June 8.
Business Network International sets event 05-23-2017
SAUKVILLE — The Business Network International Business Alliance Roundtale will conduct a Visitor Day Thursday, June 8.
Rauser Agency plans lecture series 05-23-2017
MEQUON — The Rauser Agency, 10938 N. Port Washington Road, is sponsoring a series of one-hour information meetings at its office.
Port Washington State Bank, Spectrum Investment Advisors announce alliance 05-23-2017
OZAUKEE COUNTY — Port Washington State Bank has announced a new alliance with Spectrum Investment Advisors of Mequon.
Waukesha County tapping into beer garden phenomenon 05-23-2017
WAUKESHA - As the popularity of beer gardens grows in Wisconsin, the Waukesha County Parks and Land Use administration has been hoping to tap into the phenomenon - which it will finally do this summer when it partners with Raised Grain Brewing to operate Pop-Up Beer Gardens in three parks.
Husco International plans up for discussion 05-23-2017
WAUKESHA - The Waukesha Plan Commission will take up several items during its regular meeting Wednesday, including a request from Husco International to construct a 20,800-square-foot addition onto its Waukesha building at 2239 Pewaukee Road.
'An icon of Waukesha' 05-23-2017
WAUKESHA - This past weekend was the one of the busiest ever for John’s Drive-In.
Planning OK’d for 70 acres in Dodge Industrial Park 05-21-2017
Development and marketing of an additional 70 acres in Hartford’s Dodge Industrial Park will get a shot in the arm after recent action by city officials.
Estate planning: A key to the future 05-20-2017
HARTLAND — It’s the one thing everybody has in common: We’re all going to die at some point. Though sometimes it can be a tough thought to stomach, it’s important that people remain proactive about it and plan before it’s too late.
Walker joins in jobs announcement, groundbreaking for brewery expansion 05-20-2017
MILWAUKEE — Governor Scott Walker joined Miller-Coors leaders on Friday in celebrating the expansion of the 10th Street Brewery in Milwaukee.
From his brother's garage to success 05-19-2017
If he had to do it all over again, Paul James wouldn’t change a thing — even the part where he lived in a garage for nearly two years.
Red Fox Crossing in New Berlin announces Tuesday groundbreaking 05-19-2017
NEW BERLIN - Construction for Wisconsin's first Net Zero Community will start with a ceremony on Tuesday.
Paper Source to open at The Corners on Friday 05-19-2017
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD - A store known for its premier paper products and unique gift items will open today in The Corners of Brookfield.
Reopening brings changes to Milwaukee Pizza Company 05-19-2017
WAUKESHA - The Milwaukee Pizza Company Cafe will hold a grand reopening May 26 to celebrate its growing popularity in the Waukesha community.
A. O. Smith names Kevin Wheeler president, chief operating officer 05-18-2017
MILWAUKEE -- A. O. Smith Corporation (NYSE: AOS) today announced that Kevin J. Wheeler has been named president and chief operating officer.
Wisconsin unemployment lowest since February 2000
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin's unemployment rate is the lowest it's been in more than 17 years.
City approves redevelopment agreement for Eagle’s Landing at Lac La Belle 05-18-2017
OCONOMOWOC — The Oconomowoc Common Council approved Tuesday the redevelopment agreement for Eagle’s Landing at Lac La Belle, a proposed project that would result in a 21-unit condominium building being built at the site of the Spinnaker’s restaurant.
First Federal Bank donates downtown Waukesha office to La Casa 05-18-2017
WAUKESHA — First Federal Bank of Wisconsin is donating its branch office at 134 Wisconsin Ave. to La Casa De Esperanza on July 1, according to a press statement.
Frill gift shop to close 05-18-2017
CEDARBURG — The bleak Wisconsin winters proved to be a frigid challenge for Frill Unique Gifts and Wishful Things. The Cedarburg business will close its doors June 10.
Town Center apartments a success story 05-18-2017
MEQUON — When plans for the first phase of the Mequon Town Center included 28 luxury apartments, many were skeptical there was any market for rental properties in a community dominated by four-bedroom homes and pristine lawns.
The Open is almost here 05-18-2017
TOWN OF ERIN — Washington County Administrator Joshua Schoemann was in a bit of awe with who was walking past him: Milwaukee Brewers great “Stormin’” Gorman Thomas.
Rexnord sees rises in net sales in fourth quarter 05-18-2017
MILWAUKEE - Rexnord Corporation reported sales increases in its fourth quarter on Wednesday.
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James Imaging Systems earns Top Dealer Award 06-25-2017
BROOKFIELD — James Imaging Systems has been recognized by Toshiba America Business Solutions as the Midwest Region Top Dealer as one of its top-performing U.S. independent resellers.
Hartland Chamber welcomes New Heart Coaching 06-25-2017
HARTLAND — The Hartland Chamber of Commerce welcomed a new member recently. Ambassador Dr. Kelly Newman of Generations Dental (left) presented Joanne Angeli of New Heart Coaching and Consulting with a membership plaque from the Chamber.
Hayes honored with Lifetime Achievement Award 06-22-2017
CEDARBURG — Adaptability – it’s an important attribute for any entrepreneur, but especially for one working in an industry that changed more in the last 20 years than it had in the preceding century.
Gehrke named Kesslers Diamonds president 06-22-2017
GERMANTOWN - Joe Gehrke will soon join Kesslers Diamonds as its new president.
First Weber CEO stepping down 06-20-2017
MADISON — First Weber Realtors announced CEO Jim Imhoff will vacate the position as of July 1, but will remain chairman.
Network Health announces chief medical officer 06-20-2017
BROOKFIELD — Network Health has hired Dr. Greg Buran as its chief medical officer.
Agustin Ramirez receives an honorary doctor of engineering degree 06-15-2017
MILWAUKEE — On May 27, the Milwaukee School of Engineering presented Agustin Ramirez with an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree during the University’s spring commencement.
Johnson Controls elects new director 06-15-2017
CORK, Ireland - Johnson Controls on Wednesday announced that it  has elected a new director.
Glacier Hills announces next president/CEO 06-14-2017
Glacier Hills Credit Union announced Monday it selected Kelly McDonough as the new president and chief executive officer.
Casey Ann Boylen begins working as stylist at Timeless Trenz in Grafton 06-13-2017
GRAFTON — Timeless Trenz, 2109 11th Ave. has announced that stylist Casey Ann Boylen will begin working out of the beauty salon.
Port Washington State Bank announces promotion, hiring of two vice presidents 06-13-2017
PORT WASHINGTON — Port Washington State Bank has promoted Joel Dykstra to vice president and senior business lender.
North Shore Bank adds Sanchez to team
BROOKFIELD — North Shore Bank announced it has hired Jessica Sanchez as a new mortgage loan originator for Milwaukee and southeast Wisconsin communities.
Dieck, Vander Pas join W.M Sprinkman Corp. 06-12-2017
WAUKESHA — W.M. Sprinkman Corporation, a third-generation family business providing sanitary, stainless steel processing solutions for the food and beverage, dairy and craft brewing industries, recently welcomed James Dieck as a design engineer and Nathan Vander Pas as a process engineer, to the company’s headquarters in Waukesha.
Network Health announces hiring of two executives 06-07-2017
BROOKFIELD — Network Health, a Wisconsin-based health insurance company that has been expanding its footprint in southeast Wisconsin, has announced two recent additions to its executive staff.
West Bend Mutual Insurance announces hiring of new chief information officer 06-07-2017
Kevin Steiner, president and CEO of West Bend Mutual Insurance Co., announced Friday that Murali Natarajan has joined the company as senior vice president and chief information officer.
First Bank Financial Centre welcomes new mortgage lender 06-07-2017
OCONOMOWOC - First Bank Financial Centre announced Charlie Johnson has joined the company as a mortgage lender.
Knollwood Farm joins chamber 06-01-2017
HARTLAND - The Hartland Chamber of Commerce welcomed Knollwood Farm as a new member recently.
Waukesha State Bank promotes two 05-31-2017
WAUKESHA — Waukesha State Bank announced Tuesday that it’s promoted two staff members.
Network Health appoints Greg Buran as chief medical officer 05-31-2017
Greg Buran has joined Network Health as the company’s chief medical officer, according to a news release Wednesday from the Brookfield-based company.
Stan Smith to receive Pillars of Community Award 05-30-2017
MEQUON — Stan Smith, who has been involved in community activities nearly too numerous to count, will be honored June 6 as the Mequon Community Foundation’s 2017 Pillar of the Community.
CUW earns Wisconsin Veterans Chamber Of Commerce award 05-30-2017
MEQUON — Concordia University Wisconsin received the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Veteran University Partner of the Year award.
Habeck joins Mangold Creative 05-26-2017
PEWAUKEE - Mangold Creative recently hired Abby Habeck as its marketing production coordinator.
Sikich hires Yim as new CFO 05-26-2017
NAPERVILLE, Illinois - Sikich LLP. announced in a news release that its hired a new chief financial officer.
Five O’Clock Steakhouse to receive award 05-23-2017
MILWAUKEE - The Five O’Clock Steakhouse will be honored with an award that recognizes its investment to the community Thursday.
Business Alliance announces scholarship recipients 05-23-2017
WAUKESHA - The Waukesha County Business Alliance has announced this year’s recipients of the Mary Baer Schools2Skills scholarship.
Dean Rennicke joins CUW 05-23-2017
MEQUON — Concordia University Wisconsin has hired Dean Rennicke, a former executive of Kapco Inc. and the Lakeshore Chinooks, as its newest member of the advancement team.
Shorewest, Realtors® West Bend Office Recognizes The Top Sales Associates For April, 2017 05-18-2017
The West Bend/Hartford Office has 43 licensed sales associates and specializes in the Washington, Dodge, Ozaukee and Fond du Lac County areas.
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