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Deadline quickly approaching for Governor’s Export Achievement Awards 01-27-2015
MADISON —There are only a few days left to nominate a Wisconsin company for the 2015 Governor’s Export Achievement Award.
Wisconsin governor proposes plan to help fund Bucks arena 01-27-2015
MILWAUKEE  — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says the state will help the Milwaukee Bucks pay for a new basketball arena with $220 million in bonds that would be paid for by projected growth in income taxes from NBA players.
BBB warns about work scam targeting college students
01-27-2015
MILWAUKEE — The Better Business Bureau has issued a warning about a work-from-home scam that is targeting college students.
A.O. Smith announces record sales for 2014 01-27-2015
MILWAUKEE — Last year was record breaking for A. O. Smith Corporation, which announced sales of $2.36 billion and net earnings of $207.8 million, or $2.28 per share, for 2014 compared with $169.7 million, or $1.83 per share the previous year.
HUHS hires construction manager for projects 01-27-2015
HARTFORD — Hartford Union High School’s Board of Education on Monday night approved hiring CG Schmidt Company to act as construction manager for two major building projects the school district wants to begin later this year.
Mequon restaurateur is Women’s FOCUS speaker 01-27-2015
MEQUON — Amelia Betzhold, owner of Harvey’s Central Grille in Mequon, will be the guest speaker at the Feb. 11 meeting of Women’s FOCUS.
Seminar at MATC focuses on Affordable Care Act 01-27-2015
MEQUON — A seminar, “Affordable Care Act 101: What the Health Care Law Means for Small Employers,” will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 3.
December home sales rise in county 01-27-2015
OZAUKEE COUNTY — Home sales in Ozaukee County increased 5.6 percent in December, compared to the last month of 2013.
Kwik Trip opens new store 01-27-2015
MEQUON - It’s a new building and new space, but there’s something quite familiar about Mequon’s Kwik Trip on Cedarburg Road.
Report: State union membership drops by more than 10,000 in 2013-14 01-27-2015
MADISON - The number of union members in Wisconsin dropped by more than 10,000 from 2013 to 2014 as nationwide numbers dipped slightly, according to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Hawks Landscape to hold job fair 01-26-2015
WAUWATOSA — Hawks Landscape, Inc. will be hosting a job fair to fill positions in all areas including landscape design, sales, construction and maintenance. Openings are available at entry level through management.
Main Street program offers business ‘makeover’ 01-26-2015
WAUKESHA — Businesses located in one of Wisconsin’s 36 Main Street communities are eligible to win a ‘makeover’ including up to $10,000 in upgrades as part of a contest run by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.
A Waukesha County arena? Maybe Someday 01-25-2015
WAUKESHA - When asking whether Waukesha County could be home to a Milwaukee Bucks arena or any other professional sports venue, it’s not just a case of those with the money making the rules.
Business Alliance not taking stance on right-to-work 01-24-2015
WAUKESHA - The Waukesha County Business Alliance’s annual policy agenda identified the West Waukesha Bypass and Waukesha’s Lake Michigan water application as two key issues going into 2015, but made no mention of the state’s ongoing right-to-work debate.
Sensient declares quarterly dividends 01-23-2015
MILWAUKEE — Sensient Technologies Corporation declared a regular quarterly cash dividend on its common stock of $0.25 per share Friday.
Walker rejects Menominee request for Kenosha casino
01-23-2015
MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker on Friday denied the Menominee Nation's request for permission to build an off-reservation casino in Kenosha, saying approving the project could leave the state owing a rival tribe hundreds of millions of dollars.
J.J. Fuds dog food recalled 01-23-2015
VALPARAISO, IND. — Dog food that was distributed regionally in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois to wholesale and retail customers has been recalled due to the potential it was contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Ruby Farm development may get $7.5 million in aid from Brookfield 01-23-2015
BROOKFIELD — A large proposed development to include retail and office buildings may receive $7,554,000 in public funding from Brookfield under a tax incremental financing district.
Mukwonago High School to open IT academy next fall 01-23-2015
MUKWONAGO — Responding to the projected skills gap between available technology jobs and qualified employees, a group of Mukwonago High School teachers will launch an IT academy next year in hopes of preparing students for the future job market.
A family affair 01-23-2015
WAUKESHA — When Chef Tomas White walked into the former Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub at 225 South St., he had an overwhelmingly positive feeling about the space.
A Bucks arena: Why not in Waukesha County? 01-23-2015
WAUKESHA - It’s not uncommon to see the homes of professional sports teams located outside the cities they are named for - for example, the Dallas Cowboys of Arlington, Texas, the Detroit Pistons in Auburn Hills, Mich., and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Wisconsin’s unemployment remains unchanged at 5.2% in December 01-22-2015
MADISON — Unemployment in Wisconsin remained at 5.2 percent in December, the same percentage reported for November.
Dielectric Corporation acquires Waupaca company 01-22-2015
MENOMONEE FALLS — On Thursday, Menomonee-Falls based Dielectric Corporation announced it has acquired Centerline Machine, Incorporated of Waupaca.
Associated Banc-Corp reports increased earnings for year and quarter 01-22-2015
GREEN BAY — The net income for Associated Banc-Corp increased during 2014 by $2 million, according to a company announcement Thursday.
Alverno College exceeds $30 million capital campaign goal  01-22-2015
MILWAUKEE — Alverno College has wrapped up a successful fundraising campaign by raising nearly $33 million for an expansion and renovation project.
Johnson Controls examining options for new headquarters 01-22-2015
GLENDALE — Rumors have been circulating around the Milwaukee area that global company Johnson Controls has its eye on building a high rise headquarters downtown.
Johnson Controls signs a definitive agreement with Hitachi 01-22-2015
GLENDALE — During an economic forum in Switzerland, the heads of Johnson Controls and Hitachi, Ltd. and Hitachi Appliances, Inc. signed a definitive agreement to form a previously announced global joint venture.
Johnson Controls reports increase in first quarter sales 01-22-2015
GLENDALE — Johnson Controls reported a strong start to fiscal 2015 Thursday with total net sales of $10.7 billion in the first quarter, an increase of 1 percent from $10.6 billion during the same period in 2014.
State provides funds for Innovations & Wellness Commons 01-22-2015
MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation awarded a $413,750 grant to the city of Milwaukee to help finance a redevelopment project called Innovations & Wellness Commons, which is being coordinated by the Walnut Way Conservation Group.
Foolery’s serves up more than cold drinks 01-22-2015
OCONOMOWOC — Stop by Foolery ’s Liquid Therapy any day of the summer and one is almost certain to find the patio packed with patrons, music blaring over the speakers and boats pulling up to the pier to get some good food and good times.
Break-ins reported at several Thiensville businesses 01-22-2015
THIENSVILLE — Police are investigating burglaries or attempted break-ins at multiple businesses in downtown Thiensville that occurred Thursday night.
MPTC suspends Building Trades program 01-22-2015
The Moraine Park Technical College District Board unanimously voted Wednesday night to suspend the Building Trades Construction Worker program offered at the West Bend MPTC campus.
Economist: Workforce slowly improving
01-22-2015
Economic conditions in Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Metro area, which includes Ozaukee, Washington, Milwaukee and Waukesha counties, are showing slow but steady improvement.
Lakeside at Heaven City making new name for itself 01-22-2015
TOWN OF VERNON — Two months after opening his newly-branded restaurant, The Lakeside Supper Club at Heaven City, owner Troy Schoenrock said business has exceeded his own expectations.
Northwestern Mutual adds contractors for downtown tower project 01-22-2015
MILWAUKEE - Northwestern Mutual announced nearly five dozen companies on Wednesday that had joined the design and construction team for the Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons, a 32-story, 1.1 millions-square-foot development to be built over the next three years near Milwaukee’s lakefront.
Wisconsin construction eyeing big year in 2015 01-22-2015
MADISON - Nearly three-quarters of construction businesses statewide increased their employee count last year and companies across the nation are predicting 2015 to be one of the biggest years for growth in the field in nearly a decade.
Midwest Healthcare companies raise $1.8 billion in 2014
01-21-2015
WAUKESHA – Midwest healthcare companies attracted $1.8 billion in new investments across 243 companies in 2014, according to the BioEnterprise Midwest Healthcare Growth Capital Report.
NiceLabel and Chemwatch collaborate to offer free GHS Cloud printing solution, regulatory data 01-21-2015
BROOKFIELD – NiceLabel is announcing the launch of a free easy-to-use GHS Cloud solution that allows suppliers and users of secondary containers to print GHS compliant labels from any color label or page printer.
Briggs & Stratton declare quarterly dividend
01-21-2015
MILWAUKEE – The Board of Directors of Briggs & Stratton Corporation declared quarterly dividend of twelve and one half cents ($0.125) per share on the common stock of the Corporation at it’s regular quarterly meeting held on Wednesday, Jan. 21.
Favre to star in Super Bowl ad 01-21-2015
MILWAUKEE – Former Packers quarterback Brett Favre will be one of five retired NFL players starring in Wix.com’s ad during the upcoming Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 1.
New RE/MAX office opens in Muskego 01-21-2015
MUSKEGO – RE/MAX broker and owners Reno Bergand John Jewell are opening a new office at South 75 West 17237 Janesville Road in Muskego, just three months after converting their real estate business to RE/MAX Legacy.
Primex Wireless brings OneVue Intelligent Monitoring Platform to healthcare 01-21-2015
LAKE GENEVA – Primex Wireless, a provider of solutions to automate and maintain facility compliance, increase efficiencies and reduce risk for enterprise organizations, is introducing the next generation of wireless monitoring with release of the OneVue Intelligent Monitoring platform.
Frontier to layoff 138 in Milwaukee 01-21-2015
WAUKESHA — Frontier Airlines will layoff 138 employees from its Milwaukee operations starting in March.
2 Germantown companies to get Wisconsin Fast Forward funding 01-21-2015
GERMANTOWN - Two Germantown companies will receive funding to develop in-demand skills for workers through Round 3 of Gov. Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Fast Forward initiative, state Rep. Dan Knodl, R-Germantown, said in a news release.
PERFECT TIMING: West Bend company off to the races 01-21-2015
WEST BEND - After organizing Trot for Troops, a 5K run/walk in West Bend that benefits local soldiers and their families, Dirk Brandt thought he could time the events better, so he started Absolute Race Timing three years ago.
The Spoon closed until further notice 01-21-2015
WAUKESHA — The Spoon, a popular new Waukesha restaurant, is closed until further notice, per a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
Margaret & Mae’s encourages customers to reminisce 01-21-2015
GENESEE DEPOT - Walking into Margaret & Mae’s in Genesee Depot is like entering Grandma’s home for some customers who may discover a 1960s women’s magazine or an early 1900s wedding photo framed and hung on the wall.
Good Harvest Market to celebrate 10 years 01-21-2015
WAUKESHA - The past 10 years of operating Good Harvest Market have gone by quickly for owner Joe Nolan, but those years haven’t been without their trials and triumphs.
Summerfest, ReverbNation announce partnership 01-20-2015
WAUKESHA — Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. and ReverbNation on Tuesday announced a three-year agreement — commencing with Summerfest 2015 — making ReverbNation the exclusive online submission platform for musical artists interested in performing at Summerfest.
MGIC announced fourth quarter earnings 01-20-2015
WAUKESHA — MGIC Investment Corporation on Tuesday reported its net income for the fourth quarter was $74.4 million, compared with a net loss of $1.4 million in 2013.
Bon-Ton lowers expectations despite strong holiday sales 01-20-2015
WAUKESHA — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. announced it was lowering its earnings guidance, despite a holiday season that saw comparable store sales increase 5.3 percent for the nine-weeks ending Jan. 3.
Evolving with the times 01-20-2015
In his more than three decades working in the insurance industry, Jon Rauser has undeniably witnessed many changes.
Large rooftop sign too much for Mequon planners 01-20-2015
MEQUON — A proposal to put a large lit sign atop the Cafe Hollander being built in Mequon’s Town Center got a less-than-enthusiastic reception from the city’s planning commission on Jan. 12.
Housing market finishes 2014 strong 01-20-2015
MILWAUKEE - Real estate data released by the Wisconsin Realtors Association shows the state housing market had a strong finish to 2014.
Consumers improve financial stability, local communities using credit unions 01-19-2015
PEWAUKEE – Credit unions have saved consumers over $1 billion since the beginning of the recession while helping Wisconsin citizens improve their personal financial management.
Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce announces 2015 Business After Five networking event schedule and sponsors 01-19-2015
BROOKFIELD – The Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce announces its 2015 Business After Five networking program locations and sponsors.
Diverse mix of judges to screen entries for 2015 Governor’s Business Plan contest
01-19-2015
MADISON – About 80 judges have volunteered to judge entries in the 2015 Governor’s Business Plan contest, a field that judges from a cross-section of the disciplines that help define Wisconsin’s startup culture.
Rogers Memorial Hospital, Brown Deer increases ability to serve 01-19-2015
BROWN DEER – Rogers Memorial Hospital-Brown Deer is taking an additional step toward serving the need of patients with mental illness and addiction by offering new programs.
Cabela’s plans to hire about 200 people for its new store in Sun Prairie 01-18-2015
SUN PRAIRIE - The store is under construction and is scheduled to open this spring.   
Milwaukee, Waukesha counties strengthen partnership with Enhanced Transit Lines 01-17-2015
MILWAUKEE - Beginning Sunday, the number of mass transit lines linking commuters to Milwaukee County destinations and surrounding suburbs will increase as part of a multicounty effort announced Friday.
Aurora Medical Center in Summit scores well for safety, respect 01-16-2015
SUMMIT — According to an online report by Consumer Reports, Aurora Medical Center in Summit ranks high as a safe facility.
Associated Bank acquires Minnesota firm 01-16-2015
GREEN BAY — Associated Banc-Corp announced Friday that it will acquire Ahmann & Martin Co., a leading risk and benefits consulting firm in Minnesota through a merger with Associated’s subsidiary Associated Financial Group.
Four-phase industrial development proposed for Summit
01-16-2015
SUMMIT — General Capital Group has approached the village of Summit with plans to construct a four-phase 500,000 to 575,000-square-foot industrial complex on the south side of Interstate 94 near Delafield Road.
Walmart to hire approximately 85 additional employees for New Berlin store 01-16-2015
NEW BERLIN — As the construction of a new Walmart on Greenfield Avenue nears completion, the giant retailer is looking to hire approximately 85 additional employees for the store.
Southwest Airlines to stock Leinenkugel’s on planes 01-16-2015
DALLAS — Wisconsin-produced Leinenkugel’s will now be served high up in the sky aboard Southwest Airlines.
Quad to acquire company to help with book printing transformation 01-16-2015
SUSSEX — A day after announcing that it will expand its book printing operations, Quad/Graphics said it is acquiring Courier Corporation, a leading innovator in book manufacturing, publishing and content management.
Playoffs pack punch for area businesses
01-16-2015
WAUKESHA — While many fans may live and die in a figurative fashion with the fortunes of the Green Bay Packers, that is also true in a slightly more literal sense for business across the state, especially as the team marches through the playoffs.
Wisconsin Energy declares higher dividend 01-15-2015
MILWAUKEE — On Thursday, Wisconsin Energy Corporation declared an 8.3 percent increase in quarterly dividends.
International Autos wants to expand West Allis dealership, add lines 01-15-2015
WEST ALLIS — International Autos hopes to expand its car dealership in West Allis on land it recently purchased and to add two brands to the site: Alfa Romeo and Maserati.
Harley-Davidson now official bike of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 01-15-2015
MILWAUKEE — On Thursday, Harley-Davidson said it is finalizing an agreement with the city of Sturgis, S.D., to be the official the official motorcycle of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for the next 75 years.
American Manufacturing submits plans to move to New Berlin 01-15-2015
NEW BERLIN —A small Milwaukee machining and metal fabrication firm has submitted plans to the city of New Berlin seeking approval to construct a 10,020-square-foot facility on Calhoun Road near Cleveland Avenue.
Quad/Graphics plans expansion of book printing capabilities 01-15-2015
SUSSEX — As part of a three-year strategy, Quad/Graphics announced it will transform its book platform in order to provide publishers with a full range of options for producing and delivering books on demand, bringing zero inventory and just-in-time delivery closer to reality.
4imprint Inc.’s Oshkosh expansion to create 150 jobs 01-15-2015
OSHKOSH — A $10.8 million project to expand the offices and production facilities for Oshkosh-based 4imprint Inc. will result in the creation of 150 new jobs, according to a Thursday announcement.
Raised Grain Brewing Company permit OK’d 01-15-2015
WAUKESHA — Dr. Scott Kelley, Nick Reistad and Kevin Brandenburg hope they can serve you a cold one this summer, and the Plan Commission is on board.
Commission approves wine bar permit 01-15-2015
WAUKESHA — Downtown Waukesha will likely be home to one more sophisticated watering hole this year, as the Plan Commission approved a conditional use permit for crush Wine Bar & Shop planned for 378 W. Main St. on Wednesday evening.
Independent Printing acquires another Wisconsin printer
01-15-2015
DE PERE — Independent Printing announced this week that it has acquired Hayes Graphics, a digital and wide format printer in Mosinee.
All’s quiet on Fowler Lake (for now) 01-15-2015
OCONOMOWOC — After the filing of a court document last week asking to review the processes of the Common Council related to Fowler Lake Village, the current proceedings are at a standstill.
LEDs from Waukesha-based company to be used in FOX’s NFC title game telecast 01-15-2015
WAUKESHA - Blizzard Lighting, LLC, a Waukesha-based light company, announced Wednesday its BLOCKHEAD professional moving head LED matrix light fixtures will be used Sunday during the NFC Championship broadcast on FOX.
Former bowling alley plans moving forward 01-15-2015
WAUKESHA - The Plan Commission has agreed to change the zoning and land use plans for a former bowling alley and night club site, which would eventually make room for a developer to build an industrial building with multiple tenants.
Commission approves scaled-down apartments on brewery site 01-15-2015
WAUKESHA - After hearing neighbors’ and Common Council members’ concerns, a developer scaled down a luxury apartment complex planned for Maple Avenue, and the Plan Commission gave the new proposal a thumbs-up Wednesday night.
City center comes together under Banker Wire mesh 01-14-2015
MUKWONAGO – The new ONE City plaza in Greenville, S.C., has a shade structure composed of Banker Wire mesh, and is one of many revitalization projects that made Forbes Magazine consider Greenville as having one of America’s best downtowns.
Bank Mutual Corporation reports increase in income for fourth quarter 01-14-2015
MILWAUKEE – Bank Mutual Corporation (NASDAQ: BKMU) reported net income of $3.8 million or $0.08 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2014, which was a 42.3 percent improvement over net income of $2.7 million or $0.06 per diluted share in the same quarter of 2013.
Shopko Foundation awards over $1 million in grants 01-14-2015
GREEN BAY – The Shopko Foundation awarded grants totaling $1.1 million during 2014 through its four grant programs: Community Charitable Grants, Green Bay Area Grants, Teammate Community Service Grants and Teammate and Family Scholarships.
New health benefits program from UnitedHealthcare, Business Health Care Group 01-14-2015
MILWAUKEE – United Healthcare and the Business Health Care Group of southeast Wisconsin are forming a multi-year relationship to deliver high-quality, cost effective health benefits to employers in the greater Milwaukee area.
Adelman Travel acquires Plaza Travel 01-14-2015
MILWAUKEE – Adelman Travel, a corporate travel management company, is taking ownership of Plaza Travel, Inc., a Dallas, Texas-based travel agency.
Generations of business 01-14-2015
WEST BEND - Robb Steiner and his wife, Chrissy, bought 49 percent of Steiner Electric Inc. in January from Robb’s parents, Rick and Gayle Steiner, making them the third generation of the family to own Steiner Electric Inc., 2323 Sylvan Way, West Bend.
Residential real estate market returning to ‘normal’ 01-14-2015
BROOKFIELD - Real estate data discussed during the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors’ economic summit Tuesday indicate that the housing market is continuing to make strides after the Great Recession and 2015 looks to be a promising year.
Entrepreneur encourages daters to embrace imperfection 01-14-2015
WAUKESHA -To be a successful entrepreneur one often has to take large risks and bare one’s soul. That is what David Wheeler did when he created his dating website “Settleforlove,” which encourages people to “embrace imperfection”- as well as when he posted his dating profile that featured a picture of his balding head.
South Shore YMCA to close 01-13-2015
MILWAUKEE — The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee announced Tuesday that it will close the South Shore YMCA, 3244 E. College Ave., Cudahy, on Jan. 31.
Hospital Sisters Health System joins Integrated Health Network 01-13-2015
MILWAUKEE — Hospital Sisters Health System and Prevea Health in Wisconsin have finalized a previously announced agreement to join Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin, the network announced Tuesday.
Drawers to bring historic beer to Milwaukee 01-13-2015
SUSSEX — Drewrys Brewing Company, of South Bend, Indiana, announced Tuesday has entered into distribution agreements with Beer Capitol Distributing of Sussex to bring the recently-revived, historic favorite lager beer to Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties.
Urban Wood Lab 01-13-2015
For more than 40 years, Hoppe Tree Service has perfected the art of removing trees. What happened to the trees after their removal was also pretty typical: The company usually just chipped and chopped them up into mulch.
Concordia University Wisconsin plans career night on Wednesday 01-13-2015
MEQUON — Concordia University Wisconsin is hosting a Career Night at its five Milwaukee area accelerated learning centers on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Polluted soil stalls plans to develop Grafton site 01-13-2015
GRAFTON — The village of Grafton’s decade-long effort to acquire all of the parcels in the 4.52-acre downtown redevelopment site is nearing the proverbial finish line.
Two Brookfield shopping centers could get facelifts 01-13-2015
BROOKFIELD — Two aging shopping centers in the city could soon receive facelifts, following a favorable review by a panel Monday.
River Walk Apartments move ahead despite some opposition 01-13-2015
HARTLAND — The Village Board voted to approve rezoning to allow an apartment development to proceed downtown despite a few residents raising concerns during Monday’s meeting.
2015 Wisconsin Family Business of the Year nominations open 01-12-2015
WAUKESHA – The 12th annual Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award is accepting nominations from businesses throughout the state.
High-tech companies get commercialization boost via $75,000 grants 01-12-2015
MADISON – SBIR Advance partners, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the UW-Extension Center for Technology (CTC) selected eight winning proposals to receive $75,000 each.
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation kicks off Certified In Wisconsin Program 01-12-2015
MADISON – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is launching the fourth year of its Certified In Wisconsin Program and is accepting applications for the next round through Friday, Feb. 6.
Wauwatosa factory to be made into retail shopping center by HSA Commercial 01-12-2015
WAUWATOSA —HSA Commercial Real Estate continues its investment in land near The Mayfair Collection with a just-announced 32,000-square-foot multi-tenant retail shopping center in an industrial building.
Foreclosures in Waukesha County down 31 percent in 2014 01-10-2015
WAUKESHA - The number of foreclosure of mortgages dropped by 31-percent from 2013 to 2014 and have fallen consistently since 2010, which appears to be due at least in part to an economy recovering from the Great Recession.
Johnson: Congress to push for return of 40-hour work week 01-10-2015
KOHLSVILLE — Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said Friday that during the new congressional session he and others will attempt to have a law passed to thwart employers from cutting employees’ work hours to avoid paying for their health insurance.
Medical College of Wisconsin pays $840,000 to settle alleged illegal billing 01-09-2015
WAUWATOSA — The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Friday that the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inc. has paid the federal government the amount of $840,000 to settle allegations that it knowingly billed federal health care programs for neurosurgeries involving residents who did not receive the required level of supervision from teaching physicians.
Plans propose revamping empty Kmart in Brookfield 01-09-2015
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — Like many Kmart stores in the area, the Town of Brookfield location has sat empty with an occasional seasonal store occupying the space.
Marketing Metrics expands offerings to include apparel, promotional products 01-09-2015
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — Marketing Metrics Corp. announced this week that it has expanded its service offerings to include promotional products and apparel.
The final “Airplane!” tourism ad premieres Saturday 01-09-2015
MADISON — It’s been a fun ride while it lasted for the former cast of “Airplane!” and the Wisconsin residents who got to see the ads they shot promoting tourism in the state.
Mayfair Collection developer proposes industrial building for former AMF Lanes
01-09-2015
WAUKESHA — A vacant bowling alley and night club could soon be home to an industrial building with multiple tenants, if the City of Waukesha Plan Commission agrees to change the zoning and land use plan for the site.
Shopko in Ashland to close 01-08-2015
ASHLAND — The Shopko store in Ashland will close, resulting in about 29 employees losing their jobs, the company announced.
Dohmen Life Science Services acquires Chicago company 01-08-2015
MILWAUKEE — Dohmen Life Science Services announced this week it has acquired Siren Interactive Corporation, a rare disease relationship marketing company located in Chicago.
Multimedia company Mittera Group closing Brookfield location 01-08-2015
BROOKFIELD — Mittera Group notified the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development that it will be closing its Brookfield location on Enterprise Drive, although employees will be able to apply for a job at its Beaver Dam facility.
Milwaukee marketing firm Primum acquired by Square 2 Marketing 01-08-2015
MILWAUKEE — The Pennsylvania-based Square 2 Marketing announced this week it bought Milwaukee marketing firm, Primum Marketing Communications.
Governor’s Council honors Brookfield East with Financial Literacy Award 01-08-2015
MADISON — Seventeen individuals, businesses and organizations, including the Brookfield East High School Business Department, were honored Thursday by Gov. Scott Walker with 2014 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award, as selected by the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy.
Johnson Controls collaborates with Toshiba on new battery 01-08-2015
MILWAUKEE — Johnson Controls partnered with Toshiba to create its newest battery, a lithium titanate, which will be used in Advanced Start-Stop vehicles.
Average US 30-year loan rate falls to 3.73 pct. 01-08-2015
WASHINGTON — Average U.S. mortgage rates started the year by dipping to new lows, with the benchmark 30-year rate marking its lowest level since May 2013.
Brewery, tasting room headed to town of Cedarburg 01-08-2015
CEDARBURG — The Ozaukee County Board approved, on a 22-2 vote, an $80,000 revolving loan fund for equipment needs of The Fermentorium, a craft beer manufacturer and tasting room business heading to the town of Cedarburg. Supervisors Paul Melotik and Richard Bauzenberger voted against the funding.
Wendorff companies pledge $250K to pool 01-08-2015
The Wendorff Group of companies have combined efforts and agreed to donate $250,000 to the Hartford Veterans Pool Aquatic Center.
Luxury apartments planned for near The Mayfair Collection 01-08-2015
WAUWATOSA - Executives from HSA Commercial Real Estate and Fiduciary Real Estate Development announced Wednesday they had agreed in principal to develop up to 1,050 luxury residences on land next to The Mayfair Collection.
Fowler Lake Village rises again 01-08-2015
OCONOMOWOC - After a brief holiday break, Fowler Lake Village is back, and it brought lawyers.
Froedtert to be part of Drexel Town Square 01-08-2015
OAK CREEK - A Froedtert Health primary and specialty care health center will be among the tenants at Oak Creek’s Drexel Town Square development, Mayor Steve Scaffidi announced Wednesday.
JCPenny to close two stores, causing layoffs
01-07-2015
RACINE –  Approximately 156 JCPenny employees will be laid off due to two stores closing in Racine and Oshkosh.
Market Day to potentially lay off 46 sales employees 01-07-2015
OAK CREEK –  Approximately 46 sales employees may be laid off at Market Day, LLC, 330 E. Mahn Court in Oak Creek due to a reorganization of the sales structure and operations.
Wine bar, craft brewery proposed for Waukesha 01-07-2015
WAUKESHA — Drinking enthusiasts rejoice: a new wine bar and craft brewery could be coming to Waukesha if the Plan Commission approves two conditional use permits at its next meeting.
Adding to Serenity 01-07-2015
SLINGER — Tracy Ermer jumped at the opportunity to open an assisted living facility in 2009. Five years later, the owner of Serenity Villa Assisted Living in Slinger opened a third building last week.
Brookfield staff directed to create parameters for Ruby Farm TID 01-07-2015
BROOKFIELD - The Brookfield Community Development Authority met for about an hour-and-a-half Tuesday to listen to and discuss a consultant’s study on creating a tax incremental financing district for a multiuse development on the former Ruby Farm on Bluemound and Calhoun roads.
Decision stalled for apartments on former brewery site
01-07-2015
WAUKESHA - The Common Council killed developers’ buzz about an apartment complex planned for a former brewery site on Tuesday night, discussing a land use plan and zoning code change for two hours before ultimately deciding to postpone a decision until the next council meeting.
Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. announces new law office in county 01-07-2015
WAUKESHA - The law firm of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. announced Tuesday it plans to open a new office in Waukesha County.
Two Milwaukee group homes sold 01-06-2015
MILWAUKEE — Two group homes formerly owned by affiliates of New Horizon Center, Inc., have been purchased by an affiliate of Phoenix Investors, an investment firm specializing in repositioning larger former single tenant industrial facilities.
NFIB pushing for end to 30-hour work week 01-06-2015
MADISON —— The National Federation of Independent Business announced it was urging Wisconsin’s entire congressional delegation to support a bill aimed at eliminating a provision in the Affordable Care Act that defines full-time work as 30 hours per week.
Globally-inspired restaurant to open Jan. 13 in Hartland
01-06-2015
HARTLAND — A new restaurant opening Jan. 13 in Hartland aims to take visitors on a trip around the world without leaving its Capitol Drive location.
Ozaukee Economic Development outreach event set for April 29 at Shully’s in Thiensville 01-06-2015
THIENSVILLE — Ozaukee Economic Development’s annual outreach event will be held on April 29 at Shully’s Cuisine and Events.
Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30x20 Grant available to assist state’s milk producers
01-06-2015
MADISON — Wisconsin dairy farmers with plans to make their operations more profitable and productive have until Jan. 15 to apply for the Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30x20 Grant.
A good year for Delta Defense 01-06-2015
WEST BEND - The U.S. Concealed Carry Association, based in West Bend, announced that 2014 was “very profitable and productive” for its parent company, Delta Defense LLC.
Wisconsin Bankers Association, Community Bankers merge  01-06-2015
WAUKESHA - Board of directors from the Wisconsin Bankers Association and Community Bankers of Wisconsin overwhelmingly voted to merge the two organizations Monday.
Por Ella center open for business 01-06-2015
WAUKESHA - The long-vacant former St. Vincent de Paul building at 305 E. Main St. was full of life for the first time in years on Saturday, when it officially reopened as the Por Ella Business Center.
Local company SalesTechnik LLC celebrates fifth year of business 01-05-2015
WAUKESHA – SalesTechnik LLC in Waukesha is celebrating its fifth year in business.
Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce continues to add new members 01-05-2015
BROOKFIELD – The Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce has added the following members:
Waukesha council to take on Fox Head residences 01-03-2015
WAUKESHA — The Common Council will discuss final plans for a 245-unit luxury apartment complex on the site of the former Fox Head Brewery on Maple Avenue next week.
Golden Guernsey shutdown: Two years later 01-03-2015
WAUKESHA — Daryl Etzler had worked at Golden Guernsey for 33 years and two hours when his supervisor walked up to him on Jan. 5, 2013 and told him to shut the machine down.
Herzing University becomes nonprofit organization 01-02-2015
BROOKFIELD — Herzing University announced it received approval from the Higher Learning Commission to continue with its plans to become a nonprofit, according to an internal memo.
Douglas Dynamics completes acquisition of Henderson Products 01-02-2015
MILWAUKEE —Douglas Dynamics Inc. has completed its acquisition of Henderson Products, Inc. for about $95 million in cash.
Spectrum Brands Holdings completes purchase of Iams and Eukanuba brands 01-02-2015
MIDDLETON — This week Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. completed its acquisition of Procter & Gamble’s European pet food business, consisting of the IAMS and Eukanuba premium brands for dogs and cats.
Harley-Davidson recalls motorcycle due to possible defect 01-02-2015
MILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Inc. has issued a recall of the 2012 Dyna Model and Softail Model motorcycles built Aug. 22, 2011 through Feb. 24, 2012 due a defect related to motor vehicle safety that may exist on those models.
Work begins at store 01-02-2015
RICHFIELD - Fox Bros. Piggly Wiggly began construction on a 6,000-square-foot addition to its Richfield store.
Gas price drop affects consumers, companies  01-02-2015
As gas prices continue to drop in Washington County, car dealerships and transport companies are seeing the benefits.
What’s old is new again 01-02-2015
WEST ALLIS - Click, click, click. The sound of a typewriter is music to the ears of writers and nostalgia enthusiasts everywhere.
Avalon Theater makes long-awaited return with grand event 12-31-2014
MILWAUKEE — Lee Barczak celebrated his 64th birthday with the grand reopening of his newly refurbished Avalon Atmospheric Theater and Lounge, 2473 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
MPS teams up with Junior Achievement on learning program 12-31-2014
MILWAUKEE — Junior Achievement of Wisconsin and Milwaukee Public Schools have teamed up again this year to expand the Learning Journey experience to include 5,000 MPS fifth-grade students.
Putting around in Hartford 12-31-2014
HARTFORD — Dianne Klabunde always wanted to own an amusement park, but has settled on opening an indoor miniature golf course in Hartford.
Free financial literacy workshops offered 12-30-2014
PEWAUKEE — The Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development Board has partnered with GreenPath Inc. to provide free financial literacy workshops through March.
WTMJ’s Carole Meekins to speak at Women’s FOCUS
12-30-2014
MEQUON — Carole Meekins, a news anchor on WTMJTV (Channel 4), will speak at the Jan. 21, 2015, meeting of Women’s FOCUS.
Doing cocktails right 12-30-2014
GRAFTON - As the owner of Martini Pete’s, Peter Olds isn’t going to make you your mother’s Old Fashioned. He actually can’t. He doesn’t have Old Fashioned mix on hand.
A sweet new business in Muskego 12-30-2014
MUSKEGO - Sweets for the sweet - and the rest of us - have appeared in delicious profusion in a former bank building on Janesville Road.
Iowa firm announces completed purchase of former Kmart
12-30-2014
WAUKESHA - Just under two weeks after the Common Council approved final plans for the redevelopment of the former Kmart site, Iowa-based Lockard Development announced Monday it had completed the purchase of the property located at 120 E. Sunset Drive.
Lavelle Industries announces expansion in Racine, Walworth counties 12-29-2014
WAUKESHA – Lavelle Industries, Inc. is expanding at its Wisconsin production facilities in Burlington and Whitewater to support growth in its Korky toilet repair products and OEM custom rubber molded parts.
DOT suggests U-turn 12-29-2014
HARTFORD — Details in the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s proposed 2015 reconstruction of a portion of Highway 60 has business owners worried.
Recycling company wants a change 12-29-2014
WEST BEND - A month after receiving a conditional use permit from West Bend, a recycling company opening a site in the city is asking to change restrictions.
Associated Bank opens on Paradise
12-29-2014
WEST BEND - Associated Bank opened a branch in West Bend last week and the staff is ready to show the Washington County community a new way of banking.
Slinger TID closing could aid more development 12-28-2014
SLINGER - With the anticipated closing of one of Slinger’s Tax Incremental Districts in September, officials are analyzing what the possible next step could be in fostering more village economic development.
Help from the home crowd 12-28-2014
WAUKESHA — Jest For Fun Joke Shop owner Jeffrey Campbell pointed to his longtime customer playing cards with two teenage boys in his store on Friday afternoon to highlight the difference between his shop and online retailers.
Manufacturing growth slows in December 12-28-2014
MILWAUKEE — A report measuring manufacturing activity in the Milwaukee area showed a drop from November to December, but the measure remained in positive territory and the researcher behind it feels things are still looking good moving into the new year.
Local unemployment rates rise slightly as statewide rates drop 12-28-2014
WAUKESHA — While the statewide unemployment rate fell to 5.2 percent last month — its lowest since 2008 — the rates in both the city and county of Waukesha were heading in a slightly different direction.
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Dalsin named president of Sara Investment Real Estate 01-27-2015
MADISON — After about five years with Sara Investment Real Estate, Traci Dalsin was named president of the company this month.
Nick Borden joins Komisar Brady & Co. 01-27-2015
MILWAUKEE — Komisar Brady & Co., a Milwaukee-based certified public accounting firm, has hired Nick Borden as a staff accountant.
Mark Rose named a VP at Johnson Bank Mequon branch
01-27-2015
MEQUON — Mark Rose has been appointed vice president of private banking for Johnson Bank’s new Mequon office, 1555 W. Mequon Road, said Gus Hernandez, president of Johnson Bank Milwaukee.
American Family adds Watt, Durant 01-26-2015
WAUKESHA — Madison-based American Family Insurance announced Monday it has added Kevin Durant and J.J. Watt as brand ambassadors.
Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Airport receives Pride Merit award 01-26-2015
MILWAUKEE — The Hilton Garden Inn announced the Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Airport as the 2014 Pride Merit winner for the second straight year.
Sentry Equipment marks safety record
01-26-2015
OCONOMOWOC — Employee-owned Sentry Equipment Corp. recently celebrated 16 years without a lost time industrial accident.
Wisconsin National Guard Association names new director 01-22-2015
MADISON — Retired Colonel Michael Williams has been selected as the executive director for the Wisconsin National Guard Association, according to an announcement from the WINGA President Lt. Col Bart Van Roo.
Johnson Controls named corporation of the year award 01-22-2015
MILWAUKEE — The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin will recognize Johnson Controls for its outstanding Hispanic marketplace leadership with the HCCW Corporation of the Year Award.
ATC recognized as a top place to work in the U.S.
01-22-2015
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — The American Transmission Co. has been added to another list declaring the City of Pewaukee company a great place to work.
Ixonia adds Pasch to business banking team 01-22-2015
IXONIA — Ixonia Bank announced recently Tom Pasch joined the bank in late December as vice president of business banking.
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s president and CEO elected chair of its association board 01-21-2015
MILWAUKEE – Peggy Troy, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, is the new chair of the Children’s Hospital Association Board of Trustees.
R.A. Smith National welcomes ecologist, project manager 01-21-2015
BROOKFIELD – Theran Stautz is the newest ecologist and project manager at R.A. Smith National, a multi-disciplined civil engineering and surveying firm in Madison.
Milwaukee Montessori School hires new director of communications and marketing 01-21-2015
MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Montessori School welcomes Michele Ripp as the director of communications and marketing.
Northwestern Mutual Elm Grove celebrates ribbon cutting with Alliance 01-21-2015
WAUKESHA – Northwestern Mutual Elm Grove recently celebrated its new office with a ribbon cutting in conjunction with the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Gabelmann joins EDWC as Business Services director
01-21-2015
Economic Development Washington County has hired Julie Gabelmann to serve as its first business services director, according to a Monday news release.
Fiddleheads Coffee Roasters names VP of operations
01-20-2015
THIENSVILLE — Fiddleheads Coffee Roasters has named Jovana Cubric as vice president of operations, a newly created role within the organization.
Local financial advisor to host tax planning strategies seminar 01-19-2015
BROOKFIELD – Tom Hille, CFP, a Private Wealth Advisor with Ameriprise Financial, will host a seminar about tax planning strategies for individuals on Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Jannsen Wealth Management assistant honored at 1st Global National Conference
01-19-2015
PEWAUKEE – Pewaukee, Wis. – Alisha Schulz, wealth management assistant at Jannsen Wealth Management, Inc., is the recipient of 1st Global’s Impact Award at 1st Global’s annual National Conference in November in Nashville, Tennessee.
Jannsen + Company adds new team members 01-19-2015
PEWAUKEE  – Jannsen + Company, a full-service certified public accounting and business resources firm, added several new team members to its accounting team in Pewaukee, Wis.
Lee Enterprises CFO announces retirement 01-16-2015
MADISON — The chief financial officer and vice president of Lee Enterprises, Carl G. Schmidt, announced that he will retire July 1.
First Bank Financial names new senior vice president 01-15-2015
BROOKFIELD — First Business Bank – Milwaukee announced Thursday that Kelly Foster has been hired as senior vice president.
Wisconsin Parkinson Association elects new board president 01-15-2015
MILWAUKEE – Kate McDonald, M.B.A., is the first female president of the Wisconsin Parkinson Association’s board of directors.
Johnson Bank appoints new vice president of private banking 01-14-2015
MILWAUKEE – Mark Rose is the new vice president of private banking at Johnson Bank Milwaukee, located at 1555 West Mequon Road.
Newcastle Place hires human resources director 01-13-2015
MEQUON — Newcastle Place, a full-service senior living community in Mequon, recently announced that Leah Miller has joined the community as human resources director.
Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee announces new board member 01-12-2015
MILWAUKEE – Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, announced that its board of directors unanimously approved the appointment of Ryan J. Trost to its board of directors.
ProHealth Care welcomes family medicine physician to Sussex 01-12-2015
WAUKESHA – ProHealth Care announced the addition of family medicine physician Jane Walloch, MD, to its Sussex clinic.
WaterStone Bank announces first regional managers 01-09-2015
WAUWATOSA — WaterStone Bank announced that Wendy Rice and Erin McCarthy have been selected to serve as the bank’s first regional managers.
Spectrum Brands CEO announces retirement 01-09-2015
MIDDLETON — Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. CEO and President David Lumley intends to retire by the end of 2015, according to a company announcement Friday.
Wisconsin Hospital Association announces new leader 01-08-2015
MADISON — As of Jan. 1, Eric Borgerding is the president and chief executive officer of the Wisconsin Hospital Association.
Page appointed general counsel of Physicians Realty Trust
01-08-2015
MILWAUKEE — Davis & Kuelthau, s.c. announced Thursday that Bradley D. Page, real estate and corporate attorney, was chosen by firm client, Physicians Realty Trust, as its senior vice president and general counsel beginning Feb. 1.
Johnson Controls elects new vice president, enterprise operations/engineering 01-07-2015
MILWAUKEE – Johnson Controls welcomes Jeff Williams to the newly created role of vice president, enterprise operations and engineering and a corporate officer, reporting to Alex Molinaroli, chief executive officer and chairman.
R.A. Smith adds to team 01-06-2015
BROOKFIELD — R.A. Smith National announced Tuesday Jeff Nance has joined the firm as development director in the land development services division in the Nappervile, Ill. office.
New CEO joins Integrated Health Network
01-06-2015
MILWAUKEE — Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin announced Tuesday Kurt L. Janavitz will assume the role of chief executive officer this week.
Jack Link’s received sustainability recognition 01-06-2015
MADISON — The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council has recognized Jack Link’s Beef Jerky as a Green Master, the highest status in its Green Masters program.
Brain Injury Alliance of Wisconsin adds board members
01-06-2015
SUSSEX — The Brain Injury Alliance of Wisconsin announced that Kevin Pasqua and Perry Schroeder had been added to its board of directors.
Wisconsin disability rights advocate selected for national committee 01-06-2015
MADISON — U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced on Monday that Lisa Pugh, Public Policy Director for Disability Rights Wisconsin, will serve as one of 17 members on the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities.
Common Ground Healthcare introduces new board members 01-06-2015
BROOKFIELD — Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative announced Tuesday a new board of directors had been elected and it is comprised entirely of members.
Reinhart adds to banking and finance practice 01-06-2015
MILWAUKEE — Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. announced Tuesday that Albert Ortiz had joined the firm’s banking and finance practice.
Women’s FOCUS elects 2015 leaders
01-06-2015
Women’s FOCUS Inc. recently named its officers, board of directors and committee chairs for the new year.
Coutts reappointed to utility policy makers council 01-06-2015
CEDARBURG — Jim Coutts, secretary, Cedarburg Light & Water Commission, was reappointed to a three-year term on the American Public Power Association’s Policy Makers Council by APPA’s Board of Directors.
Waukesha State Bank expands mortgage team 01-05-2015
WAUKESHA – Waukesha State Bank welcomes John Johnson to its mortgage lending staff. Johnson brings almost 40 years of industry experience to the bank.
FBFC welcomes new branch manager 01-05-2015
OCONOMOWOC – First Bank Financial Centre is pleased to welcome Jackie Burtard to its team as branch manager of the West Bend location.
Brookfield Chamber announces 2015 ambassadors 01-02-2015
BROOKFIELD - The Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce recently announced its 2015 Ambassadors Council.
Westbury Bank names new president 12-31-2014
WEST BEND - Westbury Bank, West Bend, will have a new president with the new year.

NML backs Grafton employee’s charity 12-30-2014
MILWAUKEE — Northwestern Mutual Life recognized a local nonprofit selected by employee Matthew Sullivan, a Grafton resident, as part of its Days of Sharing program.

Ann Pfeffer joins Mequon office of Shorewest Realtors
12-30-2014
MEQUON — Ann Pfeffer has joined the Mequon office of Shorewest Realtors, which is located at 1407 W. Mequon Road.
Lakeshore Chinooks announce addition to front-office staff  12-30-2014
GRAFTON — The Lakeshore Chinooks have hired Ashley Sugden for the team’s front office.
Chiropractor joins team at Grafton Chiropractic 12-30-2014
GRAFTON — Grafton Chiropractic has announced that Kristen Lee has been named associate chiropractor.
Waukesha State Bank promotes three employees 12-29-2014
WAUKESHA – The Waukesha State Bank Board of Directors announces the promotion of Becky Green to assistant vice president - deposit services manager, Dale Wagner to assistant vice president - electronic banking manager, and Natalie Walters to assistant vice president - commercial banking officer.
Androsky named new leader of Hebron House 12-29-2014
WAUKESHA — Hebron House of Hospitality’s Board of Directors has announced the Rev. Kris Androsky will become the organization’s new executive director on Jan. 1.
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