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New York City's transit agency unveils $836M subway plan
NEW YORK — The head of New York City's transit agency on Tuesday unveiled an $836 million plan to stabilize the beleaguered subway system, and promised that riders would see progress within the next year. Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joseph Lhota said it was the first phase of a larger subway action plan to modernize the system.
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Mark Belling: Not everyone is happy Foxconn is coming to Wisconsin 07-26-2017
Here’s how it works with the Democrats in Wisconsin and their sycophants in what passes for the state’s mainstream news media. If Foxconn had decided not to locate its manufacturing plant in Wisconsin and chose another state, Gov. Scott Walker would have been blasted for blowing the deal and being unable to bring in 10,000 jobs.
Important to have a plan 07-26-2017
Most people in the community know Craig Farrell as the West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce's executive director, providing resources and advice to member businesses.
Addition underway at Gateway Plastics
Walls are going up for the estimated 70,000-square-foot addition to Mequon’s Gateway Plastics, 5850 W. County Line Road.
Grafton’s Electrical Mechanical Drives is purchased by Minnesota company 07-25-2017
GRAFTON — Electrical Mechanical Drives, based in Grafton, has been purchased by Power/mation, which is headquartered in St. Paul, Minn.
Orthopedic Institute of Wisconsin to anchor Mayfair Road building 07-25-2017
WAUWATOSA — Orthopedic Institute of Wisconsin has signed on to be the anchor business of a three-story building redevelopment project on Mayfair Road.
Metal-Era begins expansion work in Waukesha 07-25-2017
WAUKESHA —The ability to expand its corporate headquarters is a reflection on the hard work of Metal-Era’s employees said President Tony Mallinger during a ground-breaking ceremony Tuesday morning.
ProHealth Care Foundation gets $100,000 for home visits
WAUKESHA — ProHealth Care Foundation was awarded $100,000 by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation that will go toward follow-up home visits to seniors who are served by the memory clinic.
Brewery, restaurant anchor next phase of Town Center 07-25-2017
MEQUON — Plans for Mequon’s Town Center are taking an ambitious leap forward as plans for a third major development along Mequon Road await initial consideration by a city committee in August.
Brewing success 07-25-2017
THIENSVILLE — Late one afternoon last week, Fiddleheads owner Mike Wroblewski briefly sat in the Fiddleheads Thiensville location surrounded by racks of cooling bakery, the sound of coffee production in the back and a small team of employees steadily going about the business of the day.
Another ‘national retailer’ likely headed to Grafton Commons 07-25-2017
GRAFTON — A space larger than Grafton’s Best Buy and Michaels combined is being planned for a multitenant development in the freeway corridor.
Black entrepreneurs finding success in Waukesha 07-25-2017
WAUKESHA — Black success is now a topic of conversation because Forever Faded, Pat’s Rib Place and Enterprise NOW! are three black-owned businesses that are thriving in Waukesha.
ManpowerGroup earnings rise in 2Q 07-25-2017
WAUKESHA — Revenues increased 3 percent during the second quarter for ManpowerGroup, which also saw an up tick in earnings.
Reports: Foxconn coming to Wisconsin 07-25-2017
WAUKESHA — For weeks, southeastern Wisconsin has been buzzing with the news that manufacturing giant Foxconn could be coming to the state, and on Monday, Freeman columnist and WISN radio show host Mark Belling said sources told him Foxconn will indeed build in southeastern Wisconsin.
Owners of Little Switzerland buy Milwaukee County ski hill
The Schmitz Brothers LLC, owners and operators of Little Switzerland and Nordic Mountain ski areas, entered a purchase agreement and long-term lease with ROC Ventures to operate the ski hill at The Rock sports complex in Franklin.
Making boating convenient 07-23-2017
CITY OF PEWAUKEE - We’ve all heard the joke about the two best days in the life of a boat owner - the day the boat is purchased, and the day the boat is sold.
Chambers set sail for opportunities abroad
PEWAUKEE - Most think of their local chamber of commerce and consider those well-intentioned individuals in the community who show up at ribbon-cuttings, and occasionally spearhead civic improvement projects.
Johnson hopeful about GOP reaching health care agreement 07-23-2017
BROOKFIELD - Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, largely focused on health care reform during a luncheon speech with the Waukesha County Business Alliance at the Sheraton Hotel on Friday.
Commission to review plans for McDonald's, Panda Express, CrossFit 07-22-2017
WAUKESHA — The Panda Express that previously faced litigation is back on the agenda for next week’s Plan Commission meeting.
Garvey Group closing locations in Franklin, Milwaukee
FRANKLIN — The Garvey Group will cease operations on July 31 at these facilities: 9980 South Oakwood Park Drive, Franklin affecting 39 workers, and 4601 South Fifth Street, Milwaukee affecting 15 workers. 
City of Pewaukee might permit beer, wine sales at gas stations 07-21-2017
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — A 35-year-old ordinance prohibiting gas stations from selling beer and wine could soon come to an end in the city limits.
Following in Dad's footsteps 07-21-2017
No matter how you put it, there’s no denying the steadying influence Josh Thull’s dad has been in his life — and his business.
Wisconsin working on incentives to lure Foxconn 07-21-2017
MADISON - Wisconsin is working on a package of incentives to lure Taiwanese iPhone manufacturer Foxconn to the state as part of a deal that two state lawmakers said Thursday they believe could come as soon as the end of the month. 
New self-storage buildings in Slinger rejected 07-21-2017
Slinger’s Plan Commission has rejected a second attempt by a Slinger developer to construct several self-storage buildings in the village.
Badger Meter reports record 2Q results 07-21-2017
MILWAUKEE - The second quarter had record results for Badger Meter, Inc., which reported its net sales were $104,176,000.
Snap-on net sales increase 5.6% for quarter
KENOSHA - Snap-on Incorporated reported a positive second quarter Thursday with net sales of $921.4 million, an increase of 5.6 percent from 2016 levels.
Wisconsin unemployment unchanged at 3.1 percent 07-21-2017
MADISON - Wisconsin's unemployment rate is unchanged for the month of June.
Waukesha County Center for Growth exceeding goals
WAUKESHA - For a year the staff at the Waukesha County Center for Growth has been meeting with companies in the hopes of convincing them to build, expand or move to Waukesha County.
Associated Bank acquiring Bank Mutual for almost $500 million 07-20-2017
MILWAUKEE — Associated Banc-Corp announced Thursday it has agreed to purchase Bank Mutual Corporation for about $482 million, which will result in a merged company.
Workforce Development Center to hold job fair 07-20-2017
WEST BEND — Job-seekers are invited to attend the Workforce Development Center’s Job Fair on Aug. 16 at the Washington County Fair Park in West Bend during which area employers will seek to fill hundreds of full-, part-time and seasonal positions.
Scentsory stimulation: Bath boutique store opens downtown 07-20-2017
OCONOMOWOC — Scentsory Bath & Body Boutique at 152 E. Wisconsin Ave. softly opened last Saturday in downtown Oconomowoc. The store specializes in premium handmade bath and health products for women, men, and kids.
VIP Sushi granted liquor license 07-20-2017
OCONOMOWOC — Those dining at VIP Sushi & Hibachi will now be able to enjoy a cocktail with their salmon roll.
Plans for cell tower in Thiensville advance as provider submits proposed contract 07-20-2017
THIENSVILLE — Members of the Thiensville Village Board decided Tuesday to discuss the details of a proposed contract for a cell phone tower in closed session.
Ott’s cell tower plan clears Assembly 07-20-2017
MEQUON — The ideas in a bill state Rep. Jim Ott introduced this winter in response to a company’s plan to build a 195-foot-tall cell phone tower in a Mequon back yard are a step closer to becoming law.
Cedarburg seeking firm to create a marketing brand for the city 07-20-2017
CEDARBURG — A community-based steering committee is seeking a consultant to head a Cedarburg brand strengthening initiative.
Reilly supports bills against 'dark store' tax assessments
WAUKESHA - Mayor Shawn Reilly recently traveled to the state Capitol to give favorable testimony for two bills that would curb big-box stores asking for lower tax assessments based on the "dark store theory."
Kwik Trip to acquire PDQ’s 34 stores in state 07-20-2017
NEW BERLIN — The growing Kwik Trip gas and convenience store chain is about to get larger, and officials in New Berlin are hoping they are along for the ride.
Black Bear Bottling to close its doors 07-19-2017
OAK CREEK — Longtime maker of flavored sodas Black Bear Bottling announced it will close its doors in less than two months.
Franz named R&R Insurance chief operating officer 07-19-2017
WAUKESHA —On Wednesday, R&R Insurance Services announced Michael Franz was recently named its chief operating officer.
Annex Wealth Management to open in Pfister Hotel 07-19-2017
MILWAUKEE — Elm Grove-based Annex Wealth Management will open its fifth location and first in Milwaukee in the Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee.
Becky’s Blissful Bakery crafts Cold Brew Caramels 07-19-2017
NEW BERLIN — Caramel maker Becky’s Blissful Bakery announced through its partnership with Milwaukee-based Stone Creek Coffee it has created Cold Brew Caramels.
Land purchase for Hartford hotel to close this week 07-19-2017
Two homes still standing on the construction site of Hartford’s new downtown hotel will come crashing down soon.
West Bend’s future business leaders take national challenge 07-19-2017
At the end of June, five students from the West Bend High Schools flew to Anaheim, California, to compete in several categories at the Future Business Leaders of America national competition.
Panel OKs pair of tourism spending requests 07-19-2017
CITY OF PEWAUKEE - An outside consultant will not be hired, but a panel tasked with making tourism spending decisions did give the green light Tuesday to move forward with a baseball-related campaign and an enhancement to Taste of Lake Country.
Some Woodman's shoppers to be awarded for buying healthfully 07-19-2017
WAUKESHA - Eating healthy, well-balanced meals often costs more than preparing prepacked, high-calorie meals, but a partnership between Woodman's Food Markets and Healthy Savings is intended to make eating well less expensive.
Austrian company acquires Gehl Foods operation 07-19-2017
WEST BEND - The Gehl Foods Bottling operation on Rail Way in West Bend was acquired by Alpla Inc., an Austrian-based company, on June 1 for $5.4 million.
Highly unlikely Foxconn could be lured to Waukesha County 07-19-2017
BROOKFIELD - The numbers associated with Foxconn's proposal to come to Wisconsin make it very appealing: a $7 billion plant that would employ as many as 10,000 people.
Cedarburg Plan Commission approves architectural design for Arrabelle 07-18-2017
CEDARBURG — Arrabelle apartments proposed for downtown Cedarburg received architectural design approval Thursday during a city Plan Commission meeting.
Lower sales of new motorcycles ding Harley-Davidson 07-18-2017
MILWAUKEE — Shares in Harley-Davidson tumbled nearly 10 percent after the company reported lagging retail sales and shipments as new riders opted for used motorcycles over newer, more expensive ones.
Grafton celebrates TownePlace Suites by Marriott groundbreaking 07-18-2017
Construction of the new TownePlace Suites by Marriott hotel at 1601 Gateway Drive in Grafton officially got underway June 28 with a groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site just southeast of the intersection of Interstate 43 and Highway 60.
Business grants available 07-18-2017
MADISON — The University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Center for Technology Commercialization is offering a matching grant of up to $75,000 to provide additional assistance to companies in the process of completing a project in the federal Small Business Innovation Research or Small Business Technology Transfer programs.
Thiensville bank building coming down
THIENSVILLE — The bank building that has sat vacant at 200 Green Bay Road for the last 10 years likely will be coming down.
Old Pick ’n Save thorn in Grafton’s side
GRAFTON — A former Mexican restaurant building and a private home are among the properties being eyed for redevelopment in Grafton.
Century Fence a mark of permanence in Wisconsin 07-18-2017
PEWAUKEE - After 100 years in business, the Bryants, owners of Century Fence, say they still get a rush from seeing signs of their company’s work along highways and on fences around landmarks like Lambeau Field in Green Bay and Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.
Local tourism groups seeking grant funding 07-18-2017
CITY OF PEWAUKEE - A pair of organizations aimed at promoting tourism in and near the village and City of Pewaukee are seeking grant dollars to further their efforts.
House of Guinness sold 07-18-2017
WAUKESHA - Many memories have been made at Waukesha’s House of Guinness since it opened in 2000, especially if you’ve attended Carroll University during those years. And for new owners and Carroll graduates Ian Cliffe and Ellie Martin Cliffe that also holds true.
Waukesha-based NEXT Electric sold to IES Holdings 07-18-2017
WAUKESHA - NEXT Electric, LLC has sold 80 percent of its membership interest to IES Holdings, Inc., according to a Monday announcement.
Nonprofit group announces purchase of West Bend Theatre 07-17-2017
The Historic West Bend Theatre Inc. announced Friday it purchased the West Bend Theatre and plans to restore the downtown facility that was built in 1929.
Shumway Dental plans new, larger Slinger office 07-16-2017
If all goes as planned, Shumway Dental could be operating out of a new location in April.
Pizza Ranch proposed for Waukesha 07-16-2017
WAUKESHA - Serving pizza, salads and chicken on its famous buffet, chain restaurant Pizza Ranch is looking to open its first southeastern Wisconsin location in Waukesha.
Marcus to add DreamLounger seats to all Ridge auditoriums 07-15-2017
NEW BERLIN - As Marcus Theatres continues to invest in its movie theaters around the area, it announced this week that it will add DreamLounger recliner seating to every auditorium in the Ridge Cinema in New Berlin, as well as to the North Shore Cinema in Mequon.
Businessman offers a hand to the ‘underdog’ 07-14-2017
Some business owners take on the responsibility of serving and giving back to their community.
Solstice Health connects doctors and patients 07-14-2017
OCONOMOWOC - Solstice Health has a different way of thinking when it comes to health care, and that is by getting rid of the need for insurance.
Generation Growth Capital invests in car wash equipment biz 07-13-2017
MILWAUKEE —  Generation Growth Capital Fund III, LP, a Milwaukee-based private equity firm that invests in lower middle market companies, and Harrell’s Car Wash Systems, Inc., announced Thursday they have acquired New England Car Wash Equipment, LLC.
Fitzgerald: Legislation likely to help lure Foxconn 07-13-2017
MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Senate's top Republican says the Legislature may have to pass a bill to help induce a Taiwanese technology company to bring a plant to Wisconsin.
Chicago Sun-Times sold to former politician and investors
CHICAGO — An investor group led by former Chicago alderman Edwin Eisendrath and the Chicago Federation of Labor on Wednesday bought the Chicago Sun-Times, keeping the city’s No. 2 paper in business and ending a bid by the Chicago Tribune’s owner to acquire its longtime rival.
A beer garden in Oconomowoc? 07-13-2017
OCONOMOWOC — Both rotating and permanent beer gardens are sprouting up throughout Waukesha County and some city officials have expressed interest in helping that craze spread to Oconomowoc.
Fowler Lake Village still must pass city requirements 07-13-2017
OCONOMOWOC — The remaining hurdles Fowler Lake Village faces could be cleared soon if the proposed development passes the city’s remaining tests.
Steps taken to ease Town Center parking programs 07-13-2017
MEQUON — While it awaits results of a comprehensive $50,000 study, Mequon officials announced several short-term steps Tuesday aimed at alleviating parking woes in the Town Center.
Self-storage advances in town of Grafton 07-13-2017
GRAFTON — The Town of Grafton Plan Commission last week approved the conditional use permit for a new self-storage business at 1927 Highway W.
Ott's cell tower plan clears Assembly 07-13-2017
MEQUON - The ideas in a bill state Rep. Jim Ott introduced this winter in response to a company's plan to build a 195-foot-tall cellphone tower in a Mequon back yard are a step closer to becoming law.
Raised Grain beer wins gold at international contest 07-13-2017
WAUKESHA - Raised Grain Brewing Co. took home the gold for its Spring City Saison beer during an international competition this past weekend.
High demand for homes in June drives market 07-13-2017
WAUKESHA COUNTY - Those looking to sell a home in Waukesha County this summer are in luck. Homes in the area are selling quicker and for higher prices than they were a year ago, and that's not expected to change any time soon.
Citing competition, Brennan’s announces store closures 07-13-2017
OCONOMOWOC — Famous for its unique and tasty cheese and sausage products and fresh produce, Brennan’s Market will close its five locations Sept. 30.
CIBM Bank parent company’s income is $1M during second quarter 07-12-2017
WAUKESHA —On Wednesday, the holding company of CIBM Bank, CIB Marine Bancsharess, announced its net income for the second quarter was $1 million.
Federal appeals court upholds Wisconsin right-to-work law 07-12-2017
MADISON, Wis. — A federal appeals court panel has upheld Wisconsin's right-to-work law.
GO Riteway celebrates 60 years in business 07-12-2017
For any company to stay in business for 50 years, it's an achievement, but Go Riteway Transportation Group has exceeded that benchmark.
West Bend Mutual supports Wisconsin long-term care facilities with grants 07-12-2017
West Bend Mutual Insurance Co. announced Thursday it has partnered with LeadingAge Wisconsin to award Safe Resident Assistance Endowment grants to seven long-term care facilities.
Northwestern Mutual to help Milwaukee with $1 million in grants 07-11-2017
MILWAUKEE — Through the Northwestern Mutual foundation, more than $1 million in grants will be contributed to 25 nonprofits through the company’s neighborhood grants program.
Diamond Discs purchases larger Milwaukee facility 07-11-2017
MILWAUKEE —Diamond Discs International, Inc. has purchased a larger facility for its corporate headquarters at 9300 W. Heather Ave.
Branching out 07-11-2017
CEDARBURG — In the 30 years since she opened her first store in Cedarburg, Robin Parsons has seen some distinct changes.
Brandywine to feature the best of Wisconsin
CEDARBURG — It’s a classic case of “one thing led to another.” A longtime chef seeks the perfect spot to open a restaurant of his own, and before you know it, he and his the family are living above a business in downtown Cedarburg, prepping the first level for a new eatery.
Holiday Inn Express, Fairfield Inn planned for The Corridor
BROOKFIELD - Hawkeye Hotels wants to operate two hotels inside The Corridor development off Bluemound Road: a nearly 71,000-square-foot Fairfield Inn and a nearly 68,500-square-foot Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites.
Becker Auto Body a constant amid change
BROOKFIELD - It is safe to say the Brookfield and Elm Grove area is the fertile crescent of retail development and shopping in Wisconsin.
Broan-Nu Tone sells Best Kitchen Ventilation Business to Electrolux Group 07-08-2017
HARTFORD — Broan-NuTone LLC announced the sale of the Best Kitchen Ventilation EMEA Business to Electrolux Group on Friday.
Finding Opportunities 07-08-2017
WAUKESHA —When Spring City Restaurant and Rox Bar & Grille owners Peter and Dennis Hronis see an opportunity for their business, they seize it.
US employers add strong 222K jobs; jobless rate at 4.4 pct. 07-07-2017
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added a robust 222,000 jobs in June, the most in four months, a reassuring sign that businesses may be confident enough to keep hiring despite a slow-growing economy.
Fracaro’s Lanes to be razed 07-07-2017
WAUKESHA — For months, the burned-out Fracaro’s has stood as a reminder of the fun it once offered, but soon it will be demolished.
Brookfield Town Board likes movie theater proposal 07-06-2017
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — No action was taken during Wednesday’s Town Board meeting, but its members gave a sort-of verbal thumbs up to a movie theater proposal for The Corners of Brookfield, said Town Administrator Tom Hagie.
Pyramax Bank partners with Milwaukee on Harambee mortgage initiative 07-06-2017
GREENFIELD —PyraMax Bank is committing $1 million to help fund the purchase and rehabilitation of houses in Milwaukee’s Harambee neighborhood.
Antique, craft retail shop coming to town 07-06-2017
TOWN OF OCONOMOWOC — A resale shop offering antiques, crafts and plants will open for business provided it meets the conditions set forth by the town Plan Commission.
Thieves target businesses, construction sites 07-06-2017
GRAFTON — A string of burglaries has been reported in the town of Grafton over the past several weeks, with construction supplies disappearing overnight.
Alterations unlimited during downtown construction 07-06-2017
WAUKESHA — While many are awaiting the rapidly approaching end of downtown construction, one business owner whose brightly colored storefront was encroached upon by orange cones and road blockades says business has actually increased during the months-long project.
BuySeasons bought by costume competitor company
NEW BERLIN —Costume and accessories retailer Buy Seasons, Inc., has been acquired by a competitor, Rubie’s Costume Company, Inc.
Sendik’s opens Fresh2GO location in Hales Corners 07-05-2017
HALES CORNERS — A Sendik’s Fresh2GO is scheduled to open Friday at 5101 S. 108th St., capping off a run of five new store openings in eight months, Sendik’s Food Markets announced Wednesday.
Sales fall for Detroit 3 in June amid industry slowdown
DETROIT — Sales in June fell 7 percent at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, 5.1 percent for Ford and 4.7 percent for General Motors amid a broader industry decline now entering its sixth consecutive month.
Variety focuses on one characteristic at downtown West Bend business 07-05-2017
Many people have passions in their life, but only a subset of those can turn them into a living. That is what the co-owners of Curious Apothecary have accomplished.
Female leaders in commerce 07-05-2017
MUKWONAGO — April Reszka started out as a volunteer at the Mukwonago Chamber of Commerce and eventually became executive director.
Local center specializes in helping women going through divorce 07-05-2017
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — Rhonda Noordyk opened the Women’s Financial Wellness Center in 2014 as a financial coaching hub for women seeking guidance with their money.
At 45, Cousins Subs focuses on staying fresh 07-05-2017
WAUKESHA —The fast casual restaurant industry is highly competitive, but at 45 years of age, Cousins Subs has a handle on the Wisconsin market and is starting to expand into Chicagoland.
Gander Mountain locations to close Aug. 30 07-03-2017
WAUKESHA — The nine Wisconsin Gander Mountain stores that will close, as previously announced, will lock their doors Aug. 30.
Mequon clinic to open this fall 07-03-2017
MEQUON — The new Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Mequon Health Center will bring a wide array of health care services to the area, according to a news release.
Tecumseh building to get permanent tenant 07-03-2017
GRAFTON — The Tecumseh building in Grafton has a stable tenant coming in for the first time in nearly 10 years.
Rezoning approved for Gehl Foods property 06-30-2017
Gehl Foods has cleared one hurdle to complete an expansion of its production facility along Main Street in Germantown.
Papa Stache serves up personality on a plate 06-30-2017
BIG BEND - Just like Ralph Llanas has his own style, so does his restaurant and bar Papa Stache Pub & Eatery on Big Bend Drive.
Homeowners optimistic about economy, choosing not to sell just yet 06-30-2017
WAUKESHA - While many Waukesha County homeowners think it's a good time to buy and sell a house, most are waiting to sell their homes, according to a recent regional real estate study.
Downtown Hardee's site without offers after Mad Rooster ended deal 06-30-2017
WAUKESHA - With the owner of the Mad Rooster Cafe sentenced to more than a year in prison for tax fraud, the business' plan to move into the former Hardee's site downtown is dead in the water, a property manager said Thursday.
Arrabelle design nearing approval 06-29-2017
CEDARBURG — A more concrete image of Arrabelle is forming as architectural designs for the 69-unit multifamily development faced Cedarburg Plan Commission review Monday.
Sendik's celebrates Waukesha store opening 06-29-2017
WAUKESHA - A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday for the new Sendik's location at 701 Meadowbrook Road in Waukesha.
Van Horn Latino opens larger Milwaukee dealership 06-28-2017
MILWAUKEE — Van Horn Latino, the Latino population-focused dealership of the Van Horn Automotive Group, is celebrating its new larger location on West Loomis Road in Milwaukee.
Sendik’s to open small format store on Marquette campus
MILWAUKEE —A small-format Sendik’s is planned for the Marquette University campus on the northeast corner of 16th and West Wells streets.
Last hurdle cleared 06-28-2017
HARTFORD — Ground is expected to be broken on a new downtown hotel around Aug. 1. On Tuesday night the development agreement between the city and Cobblestone Hotel Development LLC was given unanimous approval by the Common Council.
Getting back to her roots 06-28-2017
Consider the Lilies has offered floral arrangements for about six and a half years, but just recently found a retail location in downtown West Bend at 136 S. Main St.
New condo development possible in Hartford 06-28-2017
South Wilson Avenue could be the site of a new condominium development in Hartford if a developer gets the answers he’s seeking.
Landmark Credit Union breaks ground on Muskego site 06-27-2017
MUSKEGO —Construction was started on the newest Landmark Credit Union location in Muskego with a ground-breaking ceremony on June 21.
Kohl’s names Besanko as chief financial officer 06-27-2017
MENOMONEE FALLS — Kohl’s announced Tuesday it has appointed Bruce H. Besanko to the position of chief financial officer, which he will assume July 10.
West Bend officials support bills to combat ‘dark store’ appraisals 06-27-2017
Members of the West Bend Common Council are closely observing two legislative proposals, mindful their fate will have significant consequences for area residents.
MSI General to build Burlington church 06-27-2017
OCONOMOWOC - Grace Church of Burlington has selected MSI General Corporation to design and construct a new church facility located on Plank Road in the Town of Burlington, according to an announcement.
Wisconsin business leaders raise concerns on highway tolling 06-27-2017
MADISON - Wisconsin business leaders say a plan to introduce highway tolling to help pay for road work could hurt the economy.
After 45 years Mufflers and Pipes shifts name, ownership 06-27-2017
WAUKESHA - What started as a specialty muffler and pipe shop in 1972, has officially entered a new era by changing its antiquated moniker to Waukesha Auto Repair: Mufflers and Pipes.
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.
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Flight For Life gets new executive director 07-26-2017
WAUKESHA — Flight For Life Transport System announced Tuesday that it has hired longtime leader Dan Burns as executive director of the organization.
Cedar Lakes Sales receives inaugural award 07-26-2017
Cedar Lakes Sales and Service in West Bend has been named the recipient of the inaugural Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Dealer Award.
Manitou Americas donates skid loaders to county organizations 07-26-2017
Manitou Americas Inc. delivered two Gehl skid loaders to support local businesses, the company announced Tuesday.
Delta Defense named a finalist for award 07-26-2017
Delta Defense LLC has been named a finalist for the Wisconsin Economic Development Association's annual award for community and economic development projects.
Shorewest Realtors announces new sales associates at offices in county 07-25-2017
OZAUKEE COUNTY — Shorewest Realtors has announced the addition of sales associates.
Newcastle Place names Laura Jones to serve as facility’s clinical liaison 07-25-2017
MEQUON — Laura Jones has joined Newcastle Place as a clinical liaison. In that role, she will help strengthen the post-acute care strategy for the Highlands Health Center and Hospital Partners.
Roulette joins The Martin Group 07-25-2017
MEQUON — Chad Roulette has joined The Martin Group of Keller Williams as a real estate agent.
Bank’s promotion to benefit charity 07-25-2017
OCONOMOWOC — First Bank Financial Centre recently reached 2,000 likes on Facebook.
Pfalz named manager of downtown Waukesha State Bank site 07-21-2017
WAUKESHA - Waukesha State Bank, a full-service community bank with 13 locations in Waukesha County, announced that Heather Pfalz, vice president - bank manager, will now lead its downtown Waukesha office.
CJ's Premium Spices wins national award 07-21-2017
OCONOMOWOC - CJ's Premium Spices, LLC,  is a national winner in the Specialty Food Association's 2017 sofi Awards national competition.
Vetta to receive Don Richards Leadership Award 07-21-2017
MILWAUKEE - First Business Financial Services, Inc. announced Thursday that Dave Vetta, former president and CEO of First Business Bank, will receive the Don Richards Leadership Award.
Muskego High business students recognized at California conference 07-21-2017
MUSKEGO - More than 9,600 high school students traveled to southern California to establish their own legacy of leadership as they competed for the opportunity to win more than $170,000 in cash awards.
Three Pillars nurse receives Wisconsin Optum Group award 07-20-2017
DOUSMAN — Kate Schreiber, a licensed practical nurse at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities’ Masonic Health Care Center, was recently given an award that was developed in honor of another Three Pillars nurse.
Rewarding 100 years of service 07-20-2017
OCONOMOWOC — First Bank Financial Centre donated $1,200 to the Ashippun Fire Department in honor of its 100th anniversary. The check was presented during the department’s annual picnic July 7.
Giving back to our military 07-20-2017
DELAFIELD — Ewald Automotive Group announced it provided contributions to local military charities in July, including the United Services Organization, several American Legion posts, Operation Freedom and Dryhootch
SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha County gets award
WAUKESHA - The operators of SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha County recently received the Director's Gold award.
Franz named R&R Insurance chief operating officer 07-19-2017
WAUKESHA —On Wednesday, R&R Insurance Services announced Michael Franz was recently named its chief operating officer.
It’s cool to be the Feed Bag 07-18-2017
MEQUON — The Feed Bag Pet Supply in Mequon has been chosen as one of “America’s Coolest Pet Stores” by Pets+, a magazine for “America’s Pet Pros,” according to a Feed Bag press release.
Business Alliance welcomes Express Employment 07-18-2017
WAUKESHA - The Waukesha County Business Alliance recently welcomed Express Employment Professionals as a member.
Fairway Lighting joins Business Alliance 07-18-2017
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD - Fairway Lighting recently joined the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Minute Men Staffing receives plaque
WAUKESHA - Minute Men Staffing recently was welcomed as a new member of the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Organized images is new Hartland Chamber member 07-17-2017
HARTLAND - Hartland Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Karla Lauersdorf of Ixonia Bank (left) presents Kathy Robinson of Organized Images, LLC with a membership plaque from the chamber.
Hartland Piano joins chamber 07-17-2017
HARTLAND - Hartland Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Dr. Brandon Meye of Lake Country Health Center presents Ellen McDonald of Hartland Piano with a membership plaque from the chamber. 
Kuglitsch, Neylon appointed to Autonomous Vehicle Steering Committee 07-16-2017
MADISON — On Friday, state Reps. Mike Kuglitsch, R-New Berlin, and Adam Neylon, R-Pewaukee, were appointed to serve on Gov. Scott Walker’s Autonomous Vehicle Steering Committee.
Horning recognized as top rated CEO in real estate 07-16-2017
BROOKFIELD - Shorewest Realtors President Joe Horning was awarded a 2017 Owler Top Rated CEO award in Real Estate. He is ranked 13 out of 100 Top CEOs in the industry.
Waukesha County Business Alliance adds to staff 07-16-2017
WAUKESHA - The Waukesha County Business Alliance has hired Betsy Katschke to be the new membership services coordinator and has promoted Maggie Urban to office coordinator.
Alliance welcomes Engineered Pump Services
MUKWONAGO - The Waukesha County Business Alliance recently welcomed Engineered Pump Services, Inc. as a member.
Living As A Leader joins Business Alliance 07-12-2017
BROOKFIELD - Brittani Mattke and Alyce Peterson of Living As A Leader recently celebrated joining the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Forward Dental earns honor 07-11-2017
Forward Dental’s practice manager Michele Kogelmann, left, and Dr. Melissa Lentz recently accepted recognition from the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care.
First Bank Financial Centre employee Becky Miller honored 07-11-2017
OCONOMOWOC — Becky Miller, marketing officer at First Bank Financial Centre , was recently named a “Rising Star in Banking” by NW Financial Review. Miller is one of six winners, and the only one from Wisconsin.
Waukesha County Business Alliance welcomes new members 07-07-2017
Association Acumen names Smith as president 07-06-2017
MENOMONEE FALLS — Betsy Smith, CPA, MST, has been named the new president of Association Acumen, LLC, effective July 1.
Elliot named VP at Association Acumen 07-06-2017
MENOMONEE FALLS — Bill Elliott, CAE, has been named vice president of operations at Association Acumen, LLC, effective July 1.
FBFC promotes Broadfoot 07-06-2017
OCONOMOWOC — First Bank Financial Centre recently promoted Joe Broadfoot to the position of business development officer, SBA specialist.
West Bend Mutual recognized by Fortune magazine in latest list 07-05-2017
West Bend Mutual Insurance Co. is ranked 84th in Fortune magazine’s “Top 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials.”
Jerry Gold to join Johnson Bank as a vice president 07-03-2017
MILWAUKEE — Jerry Gold has joined Johnson Bank as vice president/private banking relationship manager, the bank’s regional president, Gus Hernandez, said in a news release.
Northshore FYZICAL Therapy announces hiring Scalise as physical therapist 07-03-2017
THIENSVILLE — Northshore FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers has announced the hiring of Mary Beth Scalise.
Norstar Aluminum Molds announces two promotions 07-03-2017
CEDARBURG — Norstar Aluminum Molds Inc. of Cedarburg has announced the promotion of two of its managers.
West Bend Mutual's Luka installed as president of IAIP
Linda H. Luka, agent education coordinator at West Bend Mutual Insurance Co., was recently installed as president of the International Association of Insurance Professionals.
R&R Insurance welcomes McNabb and Morgan 06-28-2017
WAUKESHA — R& R Insurance Services recently welcomed Mark McNabb as commercial account executive and Tony Morgan as commercial sales executive.
Kohl’s names Besanko as chief financial officer 06-27-2017
MENOMONEE FALLS — Kohl’s announced Tuesday it has appointed Bruce H. Besanko to the position of chief financial officer, which he will assume July 10.
Grafton’s Lumberyard Plaza celebrates opening 06-27-2017
Grafton community leaders and project developers celebrated the opening of Lumberyard Plaza with a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 13.
Port Washington State Bank opens Thiensville branch
Port Washington State Bank celebrated the opening of its new branch in Thiensville with a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 8.
2017 Businesses of the Year 06-27-2017
OZAUKEE COUNTY — Ozaukee Economic Development announced its 2017 Business of the Year recipients last week.
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.
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