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North American sales grow 12% for A.O. Smith 04-24-2015
MILWAUKEE — During the first quarter of 2015, A.O. Smith Corporation saw sales grow 15 percent in China and 12 percent in North America due to higher water heater and commercial boiler sales.
A grocery store of their own 04-24-2015
WAUKESHA - Good Harvest Market co-owner Joe Nolan wants his new larger natural food store and café to be a place where people come and stay awhile - their third place.
Exel workers affected by change in SC Johnson logistics contract 04-23-2015
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Due to SC Johnson & Son changing the company it uses for logistics services, current provider Exel notified the Department of Workforce Development on Thursday that employees may be laid off.
McCain Foods to close Fort Atkinson plant 04-23-2015
FORT ATKINSON — When McCain Foods closes its facility in Fort Atkinson this year, about 119 workers will be affected, according to a notice sent to the Department of Workforce Development on Thursday.
Earnings and sales increase for Strattec Security Corporation 04-23-2015
MILWAUKEE — During its third quarter, Strattec Security reported an increase in its sales, as well as an uptick in net revenue despite Ford’s slower ramp-up of its new F-150 truck and Chrysler’s shut down of a plant.
BBB issues warning about student loan scams 04-23-2015
MILWAUKEE — Everyone is anxious to get their student loans paid off, but if you are approached by someone that says they can eliminate your debt, be wary as it is most likely a scam, warns the Better Business Bureau.
Learn about workplace violence at upcoming event 04-23-2015
PEWAUKEE — The presentation “Violence in the Workplace” with a focus how to protect your business will be given by Waukesha County Technical College Dean Brian Dorow on May 7.
Brookfield East student advances in business plan contest 04-23-2015
MADISON — Brookfield East High School student Colin Gray-Hoehn has moved on to phase 2 of Wisconsin YES!, a youth business plan contest for students in middle school and high school.
Snap-on sales increase 5.1 percent in first quarter 04-23-2015
KENOSHA — Snap-on Incorporated announced that its sales increased 5.1 percent or $40.3 million for a total of $827.8 million in the first quarter compared to the same period in 2014.
Killer Antiques 04-23-2015
OCONOMOWOC — Walking down Wisconsin Avenue, there’s a shop that has swords in the windows and in bright, bold letters the name Curious Antiquities and Killer Antiques, at 173 E. Wisconsin Ave., hangs for all to see.
Johnson Controls reports double-digit profitability during 2Q 04-23-2015
MILWAUKEE — At the end of its second quarter, Johnson Controls reported it had net income of $529 million on $9.2 billion in revenues.
Three new subdivisions slated for Cedarburg 04-23-2015
CEDARBURG — Springing up this year in the city of Cedarburg are three new subdivisions: Park Ridge, to be built by Neumann Companies, and Pine Ridge and Fairfield Manor West, developed by Robert Tillman.
Construction work underway for Costco in New Berlin
NEW BERLIN - Construction workers were out in full force Wednesday despite the weather to move soil for preparing land at the northeast corners of Moorland Road and Grange Avenue for a Costco Wholesale store.
Community Development Authority OK's two loans for downtown businesses 04-23-2015
OCONOMOWOC - Two businesses will benefit from low-interest loans administered by the city's revolving loan fund partnership with First Bank Financial Centre.
City of Waukesha closing gap with county on unemployment rate 04-23-2015
WAUKESHA - Unemployment numbers remained largely the same over the last two months in Waukesha County, despite a slight drop in the state rankings, while the city of Waukesha now has one of the 10 lowest rates among Wisconsin’s 32 largest cities.
Cornerstone Consulting joins Netrix 04-22-2015
BROOKFIELD - Cornerstone Consulting in Brookfield recently announced that it will join Chicago-based Netrix, LLC.
Panel to discuss state of local employment market 04-22-2015
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD - A panel of speakers will discuss the current and future state of the local employment market and its effect on business hiring during a breakfast meeting May 13.
Sendik's considering new metro Milwaukee locations 04-22-2015
WAUKESHA - As grocery stores continue to expand in Southeastern Wisconsin, Sendik's is also eyeing up its options.
Trek recalls nearly 1 million bikes due to injuries 04-22-2015
WATERLOO - A recall for almost 1 million Trek bikes made with front disc brakes has been issued after one person’s injuries resulted in them becoming a quadriplegic, according to the recall issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Wednesday.
Carhartt to open in Mayfair Collection on Thursday 04-22-2015
WAUWATOSA - Carhartt will open its first Wisconsin retail location in Mayfair Collection on Thursday.
Southwest Airlines to make investment in Milwaukee public space 04-22-2015
MILWAUKEE — As part of Southwest Airlines multi-year commitment to local community development, the company will invest in the public space at Fourth Street and Wisconsin Avenue.
Kohl’s to give $2 million in grants to organizations nationwide 04-22-2015
MENOMONEE FALLS —In addition to thousands of Kohl’s Department Stores employees volunteering in their local communities for Earth Day, Kohl’s will donate corporate grants to each organization totaling about $2 million this year and nearly $12 million during the six years of the National Go Green program.
West Bend high schoolers tour car dealerships to learn job skills 04-22-2015
WEST BEND - Megan Hornung, a sophomore at West Bend East High School, smiled as she peered up at a catalytic converter attached to the underbody of a truck up on a hoist in the service department at Gordie Boucher Ford and Lincoln car dealership Tuesday afternoon.
There are jobs out there 04-22-2015
Take a drive in Washington County and you’ll see several “now hiring” signs, banners and billboards in front of area businesses.
Earnings for MGIC more than double in first quarter 04-21-2015
MILWAUKEE — On Tuesday, MGIC Investment Corporation reported more than doubling its earnings for the first quarter of 2015 for a total of $133.1 million.
Former Harley-Davison CEO and wife donate $1 million to nursing college
MILWAUKEE — University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone called a $1 million donation today from James and Yvonne Ziemer to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing as “transformational.”
Aviation firm co-founder to speak at Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference 04-21-2015
MADISON — Entrepreneur Jerry Jendusa, who launched a successful aviation products company in New Berlin, will speak during the 13th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference on June 2 and June 3 in Madison.
ManpowerGroup reports decline in net earnings 04-21-2015
MILWAUKEE — Earnings and revenue decreased for ManpowerGroup during the first quarter of 2015, the company reported Tuesday.
Cedarburg mayor plans presentation on business 04-21-2015
CEDARBURG — Cedarburg Mayor Kip Kinzel will discuss “Business Past, Present and Future” during a May 7 presentation.
Retiring from a little slice of heaven
CEDARBURG — Generations of families have walked through Tomaso’s pizzeria’s doors over the past 45 years. Only after April 30, Tomaso’s restaurant manager Jim Hoberg will no longer be handing you pizzas.
E-Collectique plans to streamline, expand operations 04-21-2015
THIENSVILLE — E-Collectique has announced that it plans to embark on a two-part expansion project.
Mequon subdivision advances 04-21-2015
MEQUON — After years in recession-induced doldrums, a looming Mequon housing boom advanced on April 13 as the city’s Planning Commission approved the site plan for a proposed 111-home subdivision.
Former library makes way for LaBudde
CEDARBURG — Gone are the circulation desk, the aroma of cardboard book covers and paper as well as the plethora of bookshelves that used to greet patrons visiting the old library at W63 N583 Hanover Ave.
Richfield map could aid developers 04-21-2015
RICHFIELD - Instead of having to consult several maps, Richfield is creating one that could answer dozens of questions for property owners, residential developers and public safety personnel as well as save time and money.
Median home prices up over 2014 04-21-2015
The Wisconsin Realtors Association announced Monday home sales and median prices increased in March, especially in Washington County.
Harley-Davidson’s revenue decreases during 1Q, profits increase 04-21-2015
MILWAUKEE — An unfavorable foreign currency exchange negatively affected Harley-Davidson, Inc.’s revenue during the first quarter, but the company managed to make a modest profit.
Work to start on The Corners’ parking structure
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD -Recognizing that time is of the essence to start construction work on a parking structure at The Corners retail and residential development, the Plan Commission approved preliminary plans and recommended an early start date during its meeting Monday.
Home prices rise 8.8% in March, new listings increase 15.1% 04-21-2015
MADISON — The Wisconsin housing market continued on its upward trajectory in March with home sales increasing 16. 1 percent and median home prices rising 8.8 percent compared to March 2014, according to data released Monday by the Wisconsin Realtors Association.
Johnson Creek Enterprises to offer bulk and bottling services 04-20-2015
HARTLAND — E-cigarette liquid maker Johnson Creek Enterprises announced Monday that it is expanding its manufacturing operations to include bulk and bottling services with options for flavor development and branding.
Associated Bank invests in Habitat for Humanity 04-20-2015
MILWAUKEE — As a measure of support for Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity, Associated Bank announced Monday that it has purchased approximately $2 million in residential loan mortgages from the nonprofit organization.
Hearst Magazines renews contract with Quad/Graphics 04-20-2015
SUSSEX — Quad/Graphics will continue to be the primary printer for Hearst Magazines as part of a new agreement for the printing of 20 magazine titles in a deal valued at more than $500 million, the company announced Monday.
Clothing store Garage to open in Mayfair Mall 04-20-2015
WAUWATOSA — Montreal-based stylish clothing retailer Garage will open this summer in Mayfair Mall.
Aurora St. Luke’s medical team performs first neurosurgery with new technology 04-20-2015
MILWAUKEE — The surgical team at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center on Monday announced the successful completion of a procedure utilizing new technology for brain surgery a few days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared its use.
Navy Seal applies past experiences to managing business world 04-20-2015
BROOKFIELD — During his upcoming presentation to the Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce, Navy Seal and leadership coach Jeff Boss will share how his experiences on a battlefield can help to handle business challenges.
Midwest Prototyping offers manufacturing certificate program 04-20-2015
BLUE MOUNDS — Midwest Prototyping announced it has found success with offering the SME Additive Manufacturing Certificate Program to its entire staff, as well as some customers.
Graymont moving to 215 N. Main St. 04-20-2015
WEST BEND - The Graymont building, 206 N. Sixth Ave., is for sale. The regional office of the company, which is one of the three top lime and limestone suppliers in North America, is preparing to move across the street to 215 N. Main St., formerly the Ziegler building.
Isadora’s Bed and Breakfast for sale 04-20-2015
A Washington County landmark is for sale. Isadora’s Bed and Breakfast, 724 Beech St., has been listed by ReMax Realty at $424,000.
Real estate developer hopes to acquire Delafield Hotel by June 04-18-2015
DELAFIELD - When Rob Gerbitz drives through downtown Delafield nearly every day, he sees untapped potential in the upscale Delafield Hotel.
Working on Demand 04-18-2015
WAUKESHA - Businesses are increasingly calling Nissen Staffing Continuum with an urgent need for workers, company President Scott Nissen said.
ZBB Energy announces partnership with Chinese company 04-17-2015
MENOMONEE FALLS — On Friday, ZBB Energy Corporation announced its intent to enter a supply agreement with Shanghai-based Solar Power, Inc., a vertically-integrated photovoltaic developer, for energy storage systems.
Interactive map identifies business and industrial parks with strong Internet access 04-17-2015
MADISON — The Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation came together to create an interactive map to identify more than 100 state business and industrial parks with gigabit broadband availability.
Coffeeville owner wants to honor legacy
JACKSON - Jack Kulwikowski is turning an old farmhouse on Jackson's Main Street into a coffeehouse and cafe.
Targeting the right people 04-17-2015
MENOMONEE FALLS - The owners of Custom Data Too Mail take what some consider nebulous data and optimize it to benefit clients with focused direct mailings that target a select group.
Real estate developer expresses interest in Delafield Hotel
DELAFIELD — A Beloit-based real estate developer recently submitted a liquor license application for the Delafield Hotel, which filed for receivership in February.
Veolia partners with Water Council, WEDC on competition
MILWAUKEE — A Wisconsin business and two organizations have come together to create a national competition to support entrepreneurship and economic development while fostering sustainability efforts in the field of water.
Associated Bank reports $45 million in net income during 1Q 04-16-2015
GREEN BAY — Associated Banc-Corp reported Thursday an increase of $1 million in its net income during the first quarter of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014.
BBB announces finalists for Wisconsin ethics awards
MILWAUKEE — Eleven companies and charities that demonstrate excellence in ethical practices were named finalists by the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau Foundation Center for Character Ethics, including several Milwaukee and Cedarburg organizations.
Wisconsin unemployment drops to 4.6% — lowest rate since June 2008 04-16-2015
MADISON — Wisconsin’s unemployment rate decreased to 4.6 percent during the month of March — its lowest level since June 2008, according to preliminary data released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
First liquor sampling in state to take place at Discount Liquor 04-16-2015
WAUKESHA — The first sampling of distilled spirits in Wisconsin will be held Friday at Discount Liquor in downtown Waukesha.
Marcus Corporation raises quarterly dividend by 10.5% 04-16-2015
MILWAUKEE - The directors of The Marcus Corporation declared a quarterly dividend of $0.105 per share of common stock on Thursday, a 10.5 percent increase from the prior dividend rate of $0.095.
House passes bill to repeal estate tax 04-16-2015
WASHINGTON — The House voted Thursday to repeal the federal tax on estates, a politically volatile issue that affects few inheritances.
Second opinion sought on clinic design 04-16-2015
MEQUON — Developers of a Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin clinic and members of the Mequon Planning Commission continued to wrangle over the appearance of the proposed clinic Monday.
Hartford: Polyfirst can sell bonds 04-16-2015
HARTFORD - A two-phased expansion of Polyfirst Packaging in Hartford took another step after the Hartford Common Council on Tuesday approved the company’s sale of tax-exempt industrial development revenue bonds to fund the project.
Bringing back iconic candy 04-16-2015
DELAFIELD - For Wisconsinites who ate Candy Raisins during their manufacturing heyday, all of the recent reproductions haven’t quite captured that unique sweet taste and texture - until now.
Erik Buell Racing closes East Troy facility 04-15-2015
EAST TROY — Erik Buell Racing, LLC closed its doors and ceased operations today after filing to go into receivership.
Bank Mutual reports 25% increase in income during first quarter 04-15-2015
MILWAUKEE — The fiscal year started off strong for Bank Mutual Corporation, which on Wednesday reported a net income of $3.6 million during the first quarter, a 24.9 percent increase compared to the net income of $2.8 million during the same period of 2014.
International trade reps to speak to Wisconsin business leaders 04-15-2015
MADISON —Several meetings will be held throughout Wisconsin in May to give business leaders the opportunity to get export counseling and advice from international trade representatives with connections to 16 countries.
Business finalists named for Main Street Makeover contest 04-15-2015
MADISON — Five Wisconsin small businesses have been named finalists in the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporations first Main Street Makeover contest with the chance to win up to $10,000 in upgrades for their stores.
Some in Hartford oppose housing development 04-15-2015
HARTFORD - Despite opposition, Hartford’s Plan Commission cleared the way for an 84-unit residential development.
Mom opens Early Childhood French Class 04-15-2015
A Washington County mom interested in learning a foreign language recently created a business to give French lessons to children.
Aurora making $38M investment 04-15-2015
Aurora Health Care is expanding its patient care in the Germantown area, according to a news release from the health care provider.
Staying focused on the drive 04-15-2015
CITY OF PEWAUKEE - The road of life is often like taking the tunnel into New York City from New Jersey - the traffic and environment is overwhelming and chaotic, so the driver must focus on the path ahead of her and not look to the left or right.
Four businesses opening in historical Brookfield area
BROOKFIELD - Four businesses with different specialties have either opened in the historical Village of Brookfield area or soon will open, including Treat Street, which was previously located in Pewaukee.
Waukesha County led March home sales in four-county area, data shows 04-15-2015
WAUKESHA - Waukesha County led a four-county area in home sales with a 29.4 percent increase in March, according to data from the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors.
Aurora wants to build 13,000-square-foot data backup center in Summit 04-15-2015
SUMMIT - If approved, a 13,000-square-foot expansion of the Aurora Hospital in Summit would remain largely empty, except for equipment.
Marten Transport reported nearly 93% increase in net income 04-14-2015
MONDOVI — During its regular financial report Tuesday, Marten Transport, Ltd. announced it had a 92.7 percent increase in net income to $10.2 million during its first quarter, which was nearly double the income during the first quarter of 2014.
Kmart in Wauwatosa to close 04-14-2015
WAUWATOSA — The latest Kmart location announcing its pending closure is the store at 3201 N. Mayfair Road in Wauwatosa.
Johnson Controls and Yanfeng form largest global automotive interiors company 04-14-2015
SHANGHAI — Johnson Controls and Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems Co., Ltd. announced Tuesday that they have joined together to form the world’s largest global automotive interiors company.
Brookfield-based Environmental Systems, Inc. acquired by L.A . investment firm 04-14-2015
LOS ANGELES - Environmental Systems, Inc. has been acquired by Los Angeles-based commercial real estate services and investment firm CBRE Group, Inc.
Gilman Precision teams with GPS 04-14-2015
GRAFTON — Gilman Precision, which is based in Grafton, has joined with GPS Education Partners with a mutual goal of providing hands-on learning for students.
Town Center taking little longer than planned 04-14-2015
MEQUON — Work in the Mequon Town Center is moving along despite a handful of unanticipated setbacks, one of the developers said last week.
How to grow a backbone 04-14-2015
OCONOMOWOC - Realizing many people are hesitant to act on their ideas, author and speaker Susan Marshall has developed a program to help them “build a backbone” and gain confidence to proceed.
New tenants for Shoppes at Fox River to be named in coming months 04-14-2015
WAUKESHA - Future tenants at The Shoppes at Fox River are being kept close to the vest of the developer, but a spokeswoman said retailer names will be announced during the second quarter.
City of Pewaukee manufacturer wants to move to Milwaukee 04-13-2015
CITY OF PEWAUKEE ­— Hilmot, LLC is seeking a $1.2 million loan from the Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation in order to move to a larger facility in Milwaukee.
Meijer holding info sessions to recruit 600 workers 04-13-2015
MILWAUKEE —Several information sessions will be held to help fill 600 open positions at future Meijer locations in Oak Creek and Wauwatosa, which are scheduled to open August.
JJ Watt announces partnership with Reebok 04-13-2015
HOUSTON — Pewaukee native and Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt announced he has signed a partnership with shoemaker Reebok.
UW-Madison to collaborate with German center on dementia research 04-13-2015
MADISON — A collaboration between the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases for research efforts with the potential to improve outcomes for patients with neurodegenerative disease and for those at increased risk for developing these diseases was announced Monday.
InControl Medical gets FDA approval for over-the-counter treatment 04-13-2015
BROOKFIELD — InControl Medical, LLC, announced Monday that it has received Federal Drug Administration approval for its over-the-counter treatment of incontinence in woman.
Growth creates jobs at Spaulding Clinical 04-12-2015
WEST BEND - A sign of growth in the local economy can be seen at Spaulding Clinical in West Bend.
Ivy Manor adding ‘dementia-specific’ facility 04-12-2015
WEST BEND - Ivy Manor is planning to expand its operations with a community-based residential facility next to its established buildings on South Forest Avenue in West Bend.
Almost ready for residential, commercial tenants 04-12-2015
WEST BEND - A new West Bend building is edging toward the green light to house commercial and residential tenants.
Expansion in Kewaskum 04-12-2015
KEWASKUM - Home and commercial construction is on the rise in Kewaskum.
Adapting to the community's needs
WAUKESHA — The mission of community health centers is serving the community and its members’ needs, and they often actively amend their business plans as a result. 
ATC seeks to rebuild 14-mile transmission line from Franklin to Mukwonago 04-10-2015
PEWAUKEE — American Transmission Co. hopes to receive approval in order to rebuild a 14-mile, 138,000-volt transmission line that runs from Franklin to Mukwonago.
Valiant Health acquired by Indiana company 04-10-2015
MILWAUKEE — Health Care Excel has completed the acquisition of Milwaukee-based Valiant Health.
R&R Insurance acquires Bartelt Insurance Agency 04-10-2015
WAUKESHA - R&R Insurance Services announced Friday that it has acquired Bartelt Insurance Agency in Kewaskum.
Walgreens to close 200 stores nationally 04-09-2015
DEER FIELD, ILL. — As part of an ongoing cost-reduction initiative started by Walgreens, the company will close about 200 stores in the United States.
Anchor Bank to offer employee buyouts, consolidations 04-09-2015
MADISON — In an effort to improve the company’s operational efficiency, Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc. announced Thursday that it will offer voluntary separation plan packages to eligible employees.
Waukesha and Okauchee businesses finalists for statewide contest 04-09-2015
MADISON — FloraSeq in Waukesha and Intelligent Composites in Okauchee have been named finalists in the 12th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.
Boelter Companies purchases Georgia-based food service supplier 04-09-2015
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — Food service supplier Boelter Companies Inc. announced Thursday that it has purchased Direct South, Inc. in Georgia.
How shops in Oconomowoc and Waukesha are helping girls go to prom
OCONOMOWOC — When it comes to prom shopping, the investment made in dresses, shoes, hair, makeup, flowers, tuxedos and tickets can be up to $700 if not more.
McDonald’s quashed for interchange district 04-09-2015
GRAFTON — Plans for a second Grafton location of McDonalds have come to a sudden halt, as a change in zoning that the McDonald’s needed was rejected by the Village Board Monday.
Bucks arena plan includes entertainment district 04-09-2015
MILWAUKEE — The glamorous renderings released by the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday reveal plans for a modern sports arena, but also an entertainment district whose intended effect would be to help revitalize the downtown area.
North Shore Bank to host free Community Shredding Day
BROOKFIELD — North Shore Bank will hold its ninth annual Community Shredding Day from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 2 at all of its branches.
Pay raises for Wisconsin Walmart employees to go into effect this week 04-08-2015
WAUKESHA — Pay raises for more than 12,300 Walmart employees in Wisconsin go into effect this week, according to the international company.
Medical College receives accreditation for Central Wisconsin campus 04-08-2015
WAUWATOSA - The Medical College of Wisconsin can begin to recruit students for its Cental Wisconsin campus in Wausau after getting accreditation for the medical school location.
Magnetek to hold annual meeting  May 1
MENOMONEE FALLS - Magnatek Inc. will hold its annual meeting of stockholders at its company headquarters in Menomonee Falls at 11 a.m. May 1 and announce the fiscal year 2014 management report to stockholders.
Home care provider to close 04-08-2015
SLINGER — A Slinger-based company will cease operations May 31, putting 701 employees out of work.
WaterStone Bank to expand ATM services into Best Buy 04-07-2015
WAUWATOSA —WaterStone Bank will work with eGlobal to expand the financial institution’s access to clients by adding ATM locations in Best Buy stores.
Port Washington State Bank renews community loan program 04-07-2015
PORT WASHINGTON — Port Washington State Bank has renewed six community business loan programs for 2015.
Grill Junkies relocating to Delafield 04-07-2015
OCONOMOWOC - Faced with more than a year of construction on the road that runs before Grill Junkies, owner Choo Ng decided to move the nine-and-a-half-year-old business to Delafield.





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