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Fair Park hosts competition that can be launching point for a career 01-14-2017
TOWN OF POLK — At 17, Charlie Vine didn’t know what a 2-by-4 was. At 22, he’s the lead carpenter, overseeing crews of four to 10 people for a multi-million dollar construction company in Fond du Lac.
The future is now with virtual reality
WAUKESHA - Virtual reality isn’t the future; it’s already here. According to statistics provided by KZero, $3.8 billion in revenue was created by virtual reality products in 2016. 
Washington County announces schedule for Hartford Reliever Route project 01-14-2017
At a joint meeting 7 a.m. Jan. 24 at Fair Park, the Washington County Public Works Committee and Executive Committee will review preliminary engineering for the county’s Highway 60 Reliever Route project, an initiative to provide a transportation route alternative for Highway 60 industrial traffic.
2016 home sales end 7.1% higher 01-14-2017
WAUKESHA - Last year was the best year for home sales in 11 years in metro Milwaukee, according to data released Friday by the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors, which indicated sales in 2016 increased by 7.1 percent.
Daylee Public House launches lunch menu 01-14-2017
WAUKESHA - Lunch is now served at Daylee Public House starting Thursday.
Duluth Trading Company proposes store in Waukesha
WAUKESHA - Duluth Trading Company has its sights set on Waukesha.
State legislator wants to lift Wisconsin mining moratorium
MADISON — A northern Wisconsin legislator who authored changes relaxing Wisconsin’s iron mining regulations now wants to lift the state’s mining moratorium.
Buzzing with curiosity 01-13-2017
Nick Thill’s calling came into focus as an adolescent when a family member offered him an opportunity that would direct his future as eventual owner of Honey Grove Apiaries, 2500 S. River Road, West Bend.
Consultant to continue aiding downtown Hartford development 01-13-2017
Hartford officials have said progress on downtown redevelopment over the past several months has moved slower than they hoped, but they are looking for progress in 2017.
Northwestern Mutual announces technology investment
MILWAUKEE — Northwestern Mutual announced Thursday that it’s invested $50 million in technology startups.
IBAW to host breakfast meeting 01-13-2017
BROOKFIELD — The Independent Business Association of Wisconsin will host a breakfast meeting Jan. 20.
Memory-care senior living facility coming to Brookfield
BROOKFIELD — A new senior living facility is coming to Calhoun Road.
Casa Del Rio returning under original name 01-13-2017
WAUKESHA — Casa Del Rio is returning to Waukesha with a full order of past favorites, served with a newly discovered Texas twist.
He’s a fitting example 01-12-2017
Getting fit is a popular New Year’s resolution, but Alex Kain said he can tell who has the greatest likelihood of making good on that goal.
Mequon mulls options for Logemann site
MEQUON — As the Mequon Town Center continues to take shape, aldermen conducted an informal discussion Monday about what to do with the white elephant smack-dab in the middle of the growth.
West Bend seeks help on derelict buildings 01-12-2017
City of West Bend officials will seek input from other municipalities regarding blighted and unkempt properties that possibly affect the public’s perceptions.
Mitchell Airport experiences healthy passenger growth in November 01-12-2017
MILWAUKEE — Continuing a growth trend observed in 10 of the first 11 months during 2016, Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell International Airport served 3.9 percent more passengers in November 2016 compared to November 2015, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced Wednesday.
Lake Country Bed Barn to hold Feb. 1 grand opening 01-12-2017
WAUKESHA — Lake County Bed Barn will hold the grand opening celebration for its East Moreland Boulevard store from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1.
Barry Company sells Carmarthen Investment’s New Berlin office 01-12-2017
NEW BERLIN — The Barry Company has brokered the sale of Carmarthen Investment’s New Berlin office property to Independence Place New Berlin, the Milwaukee-based commercial real estate company announced in a statement Wednesday.
Keller Inc. signs on to 2 projects 01-11-2017
Keller Inc., which has an office in Germantown, will take on two projects in the coming months.
Getting more creative 01-11-2017
On March 1, Angela and Dan Eisenhut purchased Creative License in Hartford.
Green Bay reveals master plan for area around Lambeau Field 01-11-2017
GREEN BAY — As the Green Bay Packers work on building Titletown District adjacent to Lambeau Field, plans are being laid for developing the other side of the stadium.
Zymbiotics are zoaring 01-11-2017
OCONOMOWOC — In recent years, individuals may notice a new food product being put on the shelves of some big name grocery stores.
First Bank Financial Centre offers new tech services 01-11-2017
OCONOMOWOC — First Bank Financial Centre announced Tuesday that it has added two new innovative technologies for its customers.
Club 400 owner looks to sell historic bar
WAUKESHA — After 36 years, Dan Pokwinski will close the door on his ownership of historic Club 400.
New Glarus, Ardagh partner to bottle beer 01-11-2017
BURLINGTON — New Glarus Brewing Company announced Tuesday that it’s formed a partnership with a company to produce its beer in a glass bottle.
A part of the community 01-10-2017
GRAFTON — Comfort Keepers, a leader in providing home-care services and living assistance, recently celebrated its “grand reopening” in Ozaukee County.
New funding available for energy-efficient business projects
OZAUKEE COUNTY — A new source of funding will now be available for businesses in Ozaukee County looking to be more energy-efficient.
Food company brings success to Oconomowoc native
OCONOMOWOC — In recent years, individuals may notice a new food product being put on the shelves of some big name grocery stores.
Master Z’s gets approval for expansion change; clears way for sale 01-10-2017
WAUKESHA — Master Z’s owner and President Jim Lindenberg had his wish granted by the Board of Zoning Appeals on Monday, which he says will pave the way for selling the business to The Great Escape.
More changes could be in store at Brookfield Square 01-10-2017
BROOKFIELD — Brookfield Square’s northeast corner could have a drastically different appearance in the years ahead if a series of improvements take form.
Grand opening of Mama D’s Genesee location today 01-10-2017
GENESEE — Mama D’s Coffeehouse at Depot Crossing, the third location of Mama D’s Coffee, will have its open house starting at 10 a.m. today at S42W31238 Highway 83 in Genesee Depot.
Froedtert & MCW clinic opens on former Venice Club site
BROOKFIELD — Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin opened its new clinic in Brookfield to patients on Monday.
Polaris says it’s the end of the line for Victory Motorcycle brand 01-09-2017
MINNEAPOLIS — Polaris Industries will exit the Victory Motorcycle brand it started from scratch 18 years ago, company officials announced Monday, citing a mix of competitive pressures and lack of market share.
Jackson Piggly Wiggly to have grand re-opening 01-09-2017
JACKSON — In celebration of its remodeled store, Fox Bros. Piggly Wiggly will have a grand re-opening celebration Wednesday with a sausage-cutting ceremony and a food giveaway.
New plan for museum apartments 01-09-2017
WAUKESHA —The latest revisions to a plan to transform the former Waukesha County Courthouse and current historical museum into apartments are underway, and Waukesha County Museum Executive Director Dennis Cerreta said they are creating a renewed sense of optimism.
Nominations sought for Business of the Year 01-08-2017
Nominations are being accepted by West Bend to find the Business of the Year.
Master Z’s owner looking to sell to The Great Escape 01-08-2017
WAUKESHA — In recent years former Milwaukee Wave owner Jim Lindenberg has continued to buy compatible business and blend them into the Master Z’s flagship operation.
City planners to discuss Brookfield Square project 01-07-2017
BROOKFIELD - The next phases of renovations at Brookfield Square Mall will be discussed at a Plan Commission meeting Monday.
Bublr Bikes to move headquarters 01-07-2017
WAUKESHA - Bublr Bikes will move its headquarters and maintenance facility to The Shops of the Grand Avenue Mall, 275 W. Wisconsin Ave., making Bublr the first permanent tenant in the redevelopment plans of the mall.
US adds 156K jobs; unemployment rate ticks up to 4.7 pct. 01-06-2017
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added 156,000 jobs in December, capping a year of slower but solid hiring and providing the last major snapshot of the economy President-elect Donald Trump will inherit from President Barack Obama.
Neylon to reintroduce REINS Act to trim regulations 01-06-2017
WAUKESHA — State Rep. Adam Neylon, R-Pewaukee, on Thursday announced he will reintroduce the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS Act) with State Sen. Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg during the legislative session.
Bill would give local governments more control on cell tower siting 01-06-2017
WAUKESHA — As several Waukesha residents continue to battle plans for a proposed 106-foot cell phone tower on Magnolia Drive, a local state representative is seeking to create legislation that would give local governments more say in blocking the installation of such structures in neighborhoods.
StartSmart helping Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs 01-06-2017
StartSmart, the online tool to guide Milwaukee-based entrepreneurs launching new enterprises, is now active on the city of Milwaukee’s website in both English and Spanish.
Neumann Companies strikes deal with Pabst Farms for 250 acres 01-06-2017
SUMMIT — Pabst Farms is going to get busy. Pewaukee-based Neumann Companies has purchased about 250 acres of land at Pabst Farms, a purchase that encompasses property in both the Village of Summit and the city of Oconomowoc.
Kave Family Financial opens new facility in Waukesha 01-06-2017
WAUKESHA — Since entering the financial industry in 1990, Rick Kave has kept a vision of helping clients turn their financial goals into reality.
Tobacco Outlet on Summit to close, merge with Kwik Trip Express 01-06-2017
WAUKESHA — Tobacco Outlet on Summit Avenue is closing and merging into the city’s first Kwik Trip Express, which will open March 23.
Common Council acts on Silver Lake project 01-05-2017
OCONOMOWOC — The Oconomowoc Common Council approved a developer’s agreement for Silver Lake Trails, a subdivision that will encompass 58 single-family lots, at a meeting Tuesday.
Former Black Swan purchased 01-05-2017
GRAFTON — The Black Swan is under new ownership with a new name, but its service of providing a venue space to the Grafton community will remain the same.
Pizza Ranch revisions approved by Plan Commission 01-05-2017
Washington County residents may get to try Pizza Ranch in West Bend after all, since representatives resolved officials’ traffic concerns introduced at a previous meeting.
Sears to close 150 stores across nation 01-05-2017
WAUKESHA — Sears announced that it will close more stores than initially anticipated, bringing the total to 150 across the nation.
Neighbors continue to fight proposed cell tower 01-05-2017
WAUKESHA — A group of neighbors continue to fight plans for a proposed 106-foot cell phone tower on Magnolia Drive.
Kohls sales decline 2.7% in November and December
MENOMONEE FALLS — The holiday season was not a strong one for Kohl’s Corporation which reported a decline of 2.1 percent in sales for November and December when compared to the same months in 2015.
A piece of history 01-04-2017
On Dec. 5 David Steffen and Cindy Steffen purchased the Fire Escape in Fillmore and have since renamed it Traditions Pub and Grill.
Membership ends between health clinics 01-04-2017
WAUKESHA - Marshfield Clinic Health System and UW Health ended their membership with AboutHealth as of Jan. 1.
Biz Alliance announces 2017 policy agenda 01-04-2017
WAUKESHA — As individuals make personal New Year’s resolutions, the Waukesha County Business Alliance has crafted its three-prong policy agenda: economic development, education and infrastructure.
Farmers struggle after year of low milk, crop prices 01-03-2017
A drop in milk and crop prices in 2016 may have some farmers struggling to hit a break-even point in 2017.
Mequon subdivision earns approval 01-03-2017
MEQUON — One of the first major subdivisions to be built in Mequon recently has received final plat approval from the Mequon Common Council, clearing the way for it to be featured in this year’s Parade of Homes.
1,200 storage units coming to town of Grafton 01-03-2017
GRAFTON — The town of Grafton is slated to get about 1,200 self-storage units with a new business coming to Highway W.
BID asks for more info from Diva Group 01-03-2017
Members from one local group looking for additional marketing dollars will wait longer until they can provide information to measure its effectiveness.
Cafe out at Martha Merrell's Books 12-31-2016
WAUKESHA — A new cafe housed in Martha Merrell’s Books & Toys has pulled its operation from the downtown store.
Details of Bucks arena, entertainment district coming into focus 12-31-2016
MILWAUKEE — As the pages of the calendar turn over into a new year, details of the Milwaukee Bucks’ new downtown arena and the surrounding entertainment district are taking form with more specifics anticipated in early 2017.
Sobelman’s set to open Jan. 3 12-30-2016
WAUKESHA — Sobelman’s Pub and Grill will open the doors of its new Waukesha location at 11 a.m. on Jan. 3.
No easy solutions to downtown parking issues 12-30-2016
A measure to address parking concerns in downtown West Bend is moving forward, albeit without a component necessary to enforce the regulation.
Rookies’ property draws interest from potential buyers
OKAUCHEE — On the market for a little more than a year, the former Rookies, N49-W34630 Wisconsin Ave., has garnered interest from potential buyers, real estate agent Devin Piehl said recently.
BID stymied on lights downtown 12-29-2016
Delays and issues continue as members of West Bend Business Improvement District attempt to upgrade the lights above downtown business store fronts.
Weissgerber sells Delafield site to Georgia developer 12-29-2016
DELAFIELD — Hans Weissgerber has sold his last development site near Highway 83 and Interstate 94.
Delta Defense gets Freedom Way 12-28-2016
With about two months left until Delta Defense LLC will move into its new offices, the logo for the company has been placed on the building and the private drive was named Freedom Way.
Building on an idea 12-28-2016
Janalee Bach, owner of Wood N’ Art Studio, 111 N. 6th Ave., West Bend, could imagine in vivid detail how she wanted the setting for one of the most important days of her life, but little did she realize her experience would stimulate an idea for a business.
OSHA cites Wisconsin company in teen’s machine shop death 12-28-2016
COLUMBUS — A federal workplace safety agency has cited a Wisconsin company after a teenage worker was fatally injured at a machine shop.
Holiday sales up throughout area 12-28-2016
WAUKESHA — Despite unpredictable winter weather, many business owners reported that shoppers came to area stores in record numbers this holiday season.
Sobelman’s ready to open in Waukesha
WAUKESHA — Sobelman’s Pub and Grill has its staple Bloody Marys, burgers and atmosphere prepped and ready to go for when it opens in early January.
These three U.S. companies moved jobs to Mexico; here’s why 12-27-2016
WASHINGTON — Brake Parts Inc. had manufactured brake calipers at a factory in Chowchilla, a community in California’s Central Valley, for nearly 30 years, but a company executive said pressure was growing to reduce costs as competitors moved their factory work to Mexico.
Mequon Town Center sold 12-27-2016
MEQUON — The Mequon Town Center, which has been open for about a year and a half, has been sold.
Rule change may disconnect cell tower 12-27-2016
MEQUON — While an alderman said he’s casting a wider net, a proposal that’s being fast-tracked may result in keeping a proposed cell phone tower from being built in a Mequon neighborhood.
Fire breaks out at Heiser dealership
A roof and chimney fire started at Heiser Chevrolet Cadillac, 2620 W. Washington St., West Bend shortly before 9 a.m. Monday in West Bend, resulting in a full evacuation of the business.
A gem of a legacy 12-24-2016
WAUKESHA - In its 110 years in business, Krumrich’s Jewelers experienced its fair share of change. From 1906, when Joseph Krumrich opened the family- owned business on Main Street in Oshkosh to 1958, when it moved about 80 miles south to downtown Waukesha, the shop has always been there to see the surrounding environment transform.
Designing downtown 12-23-2016
WAUKESHA — What’s fresh and contemporary isn’t always the best option, as some developers have found out through proposals submitted to the Plan Commission.
US economy grew 3.2% in 3Q, best in two years
WASHINGTON  — The U.S. economy grew faster in the third quarter than initially estimated, expanding at its strongest pace in two years in a rebound from a weak first half of 2016.
Council moves forward on guidelines for downtown buildings 12-22-2016
OCONOMOWOC — The council voted to give its first reading on an ordinance to repeal and recreate the downtown design overlay district of the zoning code regulating building appearance uses and site planning in the city’s downtown.
Building boom 12-22-2016
GRAFTON — Two subdivisions slated for the town of Grafton are moving forward, making this year a development boom after several quieter years.
2 plans emerge for West Bend Theatre
At the West Bend Common Council meeting Monday, a new plan for the West Bend Theatre was presented, which would call for the demolition of the majority of the building.
Sloppy Joe’s renovations given initial OK by panel 12-22-2016
RICHFIELD — A proposed renovation and expansion of Sloppy Joe’s Saloon and Spoon cleared one hurdle Wednesday night when it gained approval from the village’s Architectural Review Board.
Seminar series coming to Mukwonago next year 12-22-2016
MUKWONAGO — A new seminar series for the mobile and industrial machine performance industry for professionals and hydraulic systems engineers will cover a number of topics.
Local unemployment rates fluctuate across Wisconsin
MADISON — Local unemployment rates went down in most major Wisconsin cities, but increased in most counties between October and November.
Berg Management to buy Ace store site
WAUKESHA —An offer to purchase the former Olson Ace Hardware store by Berg Management has been accepted, but the future plans for the downtown property and its selling price are not being disclosed.
Coachwork Auto Body under new ownership 12-21-2016
ALLENTON — After more than 35 years, Coachwork Auto Body has new owners.
Slinger schools move to purchase Goeman Trucking property 12-21-2016
An official with the Slinger School District hopes to close on the purchase of the Goeman Trucking Ltd. property in Slinger on Feb. 1.
Meadowbrook Sendik’s plans progressing 12-21-2016
WAUKESHA — The first Sendik’s Food Market in the city continues to make a lot of progress as it eyes an opening during the first half of 2017.
Gus Ramirez returns as HUSCO head
WAUKESHA — After five years away from the position, Agustin “Gus” Ramirez is back in the saddle once again.
A wee bit of Ireland 12-20-2016
MEQUON — The owners of Finn McGoo’s Public House & Eatery, Finbar and Gloria MacCarthy, opened the doors to their new Irish pub at 10365 N. Cedarburg Road in August.
Home sales continue to increase 12-20-2016
MILWAUKEE — Home sales in the metropolitan area were up 23.8 percent in November, compared to the same month a year ago.
Not in our rural backyard 12-20-2016
GRAFTON — A public hearing at last week’s town of Grafton meeting was met with extensive and organized opposition.
Marco’s Pizza to add 25 new locations in Wisconsin 12-20-2016
WAUKESHA — Marco’s Pizza is continuing its growth in the market by addinsg 25 new locations across the state.
Lands’ End goes high end, again, in its CEO hunt 12-20-2016
NEW YORK — The casual clothing company Lands’ End named the onetime chief executive of the high-end luggage maker Tumi as its next CEO.
Raised Grain beer to hit store shelves soon 12-20-2016
WAUKESHA — Raised Grain Brewing Co. will release its first bottled beer this week, the brewing company announced in a statement Monday.
Competing for consumers 12-17-2016
BROOKFIELD — Now is as good a time as ever to be a consumer in America. As the holiday season moves along and shoppers continue crossing names off their Christmas lists, there are more ways to obtain those hard — or easy — to get items than ever before.
Movement delayed in developer’s lawsuit against city, county 12-17-2016
A change in counsel by the plaintiff in lawsuit filed against the city of West Bend, Washington County and several city and county officials will be delayed about 45 days.
Property purchases begin for Hartford airport project 12-17-2016
The patient’s pulse appears to be strengthening. The “patient” is the long-awaited runway expansion project at the Hartford Municipal Airport that city officials have been trying to complete for about 15 years.
Marcus Theatres completes acquisition 12-17-2016
MILWAUKEE - Marcus Theatres announced Friday that it completed the previously announced acquisition of 197 screens at 14 Wehrenberg Theatres locations in the Midwest.
Marketplace Governor's Awards winners named 12-17-2016
MADISON - Seven businesses in Wisconsin received top honors in the 2016 Marketplace Governor’s Awards competition, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation announced Friday.
Swimming pool businesses try to keep busy during frigid winter months 12-16-2016
A sign flashes in the front window of A-1 Pools in West Bend: “Open.”
Keller to construct warehouse addition at Griffin 12-16-2016
WAUKESHA — Keller, a planning, architect and building company, has been named the contractor for a 33,400-square-foot addition for Griffin Warehouse.
Residency program planned for Medical College of Wisconsin 12-15-2016
MILWAUKEE — The private Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Health are starting a family medicine residency program at Froedtert Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls, in an effort to help relieve the shortage of physicians in the specialty.
Wisconsin unemployment rate holds steady at 4.1 percent
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin's unemployment rate is holding steady.
West Bend Cinema puts its best seats forward 12-15-2016
During the past few days the West Bend Cinema has removed about 800 seats, which were more than 20 years old, and replaced them with 330 reclining seats.
Developer files new documents in suit against West Bend, county 12-15-2016
Judge Todd Martens will hold a hearing at 9 a.m. Friday in Washington County Circuit Court to rule on motions in a lawsuit filed by developer John Bagley against the city of West Bend, Washington County and several city and county officials.
Holiday shoppers didn’t jump into spending, November retail sales show 12-15-2016
Consumers gave retailers only a modest boost in November, showing a reluctance to spend lavishly at the start of the holiday shopping season.
Concerns raised about $16.3 million downtown apartment proposal 12-15-2016
WAUKESHA — The plan for a $16.3M apartment complex in downtown was met with plenty of concerns at a Plan Commission meeting Wednesday.
Fed raises key interest rate and foresees 3 hikes in 2017
WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve is raising a key interest rate for the first time in a year, reflecting a resilient U.S. economy and expectations of higher inflation.
West Bend Plan Commission denies Russ Darrow request 12-14-2016
The West Bend Plan Commission denied requested changes to the site plan for the Russ Darrow Nissan dealership planned for the lot in West Bend at 2675 W. Washington St. at the commission’s Dec. 6 meeting.
Hartford Council approves annexation, zoning change
HARTFORD — City aldermen Tuesday night unanimously approved annexing about 4.3 acres from the town of Rubicon and a zoning change on two pieces of property.
Kohl’s among four retailers accused of tricking shoppers
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles city attorney’s office has sued four big retailers, alleging deceptive advertising that it says misled shoppers into believing that thousands of products were on sale at a hefty discount.
Caleres acquires Allen Edmonds for $225M 12-14-2016
PORT WASHINGTON — Allen Edmonds has been acquired by Caleres for $225 million, the companies announced Tuesday.
Downtown Waukesha pub The Crest closes until spring
WAUKESHA — The Crest Pub has closed its doors until the spring.
Fiserv acquires Atlanta-based Online Banking Solutions
BROOKFIELD — As it continues to expand, Fiserv, Inc. has announced that it’s acquired another company to help enhance its capabilities.
Town Center plans advance, despite concerns 12-13-2016
MEQUON — After being tabled a month ago, plans for the second phase of the Mequon Town Center moved a step forward Dec. 5.
Stylish destination 12-13-2016
CEDARBURG — On the corner of Columbia and Portland roads, a new women’s boutique shop has joined Cedarburg’s vibrant downtown atmosphere.
Developments slated for town 12-13-2016
GRAFTON — Two developments are in the works for the town of Grafton.
Zoning change OK’d for new Hartford assisted living center 12-13-2016
HARTFORD — A 104-unit assisted living center is closer to dirt being turned after action Monday night by the city’s Plan Commission.
Panera to open Wednesday 12-13-2016
WAUKESHA — Panera Bread Company will officially open its first restaurant in the city Wednesday at the Shoppes at Fox River.
Shawarma House opens in Brookfield
BROOKFIELD —Two years after opening on Milwaukee’s east side, Shawarma House has brought its unique Middle Eastern cuisine to the city.
Walter USA in Waukesha to lay off 39 employees 12-13-2016
WAUKESHA — Walter USA, LLC. will shut down part of its business and lay off 39 employees, the company announced Monday.
Area home sales see big increase in November 12-13-2016
MILWAUKEE — Home sales in the metropolitan Milwaukee area during November increased 23.8 percent from last year, the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors said in a news release Monday.
Future of West Bend Theatre still unclear
The doors of the West Bend Theatre closed Nov. 23, 2006. Six years later, Matt Prescott of Ascendant Holdings LLC purchased the building.
Handcrafted in America 12-10-2016
BROOKFIELD — In a day and age when people stress the importance of shopping local, so much is still made overseas, but that’s not the case at Lyle Husar Designs in Brookfield, where customers can both shop local and buy American-made jewelry.
Summerfest, U.S. Cellular pact to include new stage in 2018
MILWAUKEE — U.S. Cellular and Milwaukee World Festival Inc., officials announced a new 10-year agreement that will demolish the existing U.S. Cellular Connection Stage and replace it with a new, larger stage and an enhanced guest experience for Summerfest 2018.
Mitchell International Airport travel up 4.4% in October
MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell International Airport saw 4.4 percent more passengers in October 2016 over 2015.
The Marek Group acquires another company 12-09-2016
WAUKESHA — The Marek Group announced Thursday that it’s acquired Wauwatosa-based Wunderlich, Pearson & Tetzlaff, Inc. to continue with its diversification strategy.
Using emerging technologies key for businesses in 2017 12-09-2016
WAUKESHA — Although there may be some level of uncertainty for businesses entering the new year, a strong 2016 in the metropolitan Milwaukee area has led to steady optimism in various industries.
BMO Harris, Irgens to build 25-story skyscraper in Milwaukee 12-09-2016
MILWAUKEE — The downtown skyline continues rising, and the construction of a 25-story office building will add to the numerous structures and development taking place just 19 miles east of Waukesha.
Zoo economic impact tabbed at $155.5M 12-08-2016
MILWAUKEE — A regional economic impact study commissioned by the Milwaukee County Zoo, and conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of Economics, estimated the Zoo to have a $155.5 million impact to the area that includes: Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties.
Understanding Oconomowoc’s Chamber of Commerce
OCONOMOWOC — Katie Miller would like to clear the air.
Axed Olympia Resort conversion raises questions 12-08-2016
OCONOMOWOC — Olympia Resort owner Rick Eckert’s recent decision to drop his plans of converting the storied hotel property into an apartment village for those 55 and older caught a few people off guard, including Oconomowoc Mayor Dave Nold.
Double the capacity? 12-08-2016
GRAFTON — A new hotel could be on the horizon for Grafton.
Progress on downtown Hartford development slowed 12-08-2016
There’s been some hiccups, but rejuvenation of Hartford’s downtown is still moving forward.
Christmas tree farms seeing green 12-08-2016
WAUKESHA — Those on the hunt for a pristine Christmas tree with axe in hand should look no further than the Waukesha County area.
Shedding light on dark store tax 12-07-2016
West Bend officials who petitioned state representatives for assistance regarding challenges to property values from retailers are one step closer to receiving clarity for the situation.
Aurora Health Care, Walgreens join forces, will open eight clinics 12-07-2016
MILWAUKEE — Walgreens and Aurora Health Care are collaborating to provide customers in-store additional clinical care at locations across eastern Wisconsin, the two announced in a statement Tuesday.
Casa Ole in Waukesha to close 12-07-2016
WAUKESHA — Casa Ole will close its doors for good on or around Dec. 18, an employee at the restaurant said Tuesday.
The life of the party for 43 years 12-06-2016
When Harold “Sonny” Meissner Jr. moved to the Slinger area a little more than 43 years ago, there wasn’t much there.
Apartment vote postponed 12-06-2016
CEDARBURG — Decisions on the future of the St. Francis Borgia property in Cedarburg’s historic district will be delayed again after the developer, HSI Properties, announced it will submit revised plans in the coming days.
Metro Milwaukee economy declines in October 12-06-2016
MILWAUKEE — A weak economic performance in metropolitan Milwaukee during October led to the lowest total of upward-pointing indicators in the past five years, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce wrote in a release.
Ozaukee Realtors host economic and political forum in Grafton 12-06-2016
GRAFTON — About 50 people attended the Ozaukee Realtors Association’s Economic & Political Forum Nov. 3 at the Rose-Harms American Legion Post in Grafton.
IBAW to host breakfast meeting 12-06-2016
BROOKFIELD — The Independent Business Association of Wisconsin will host a breakfast meeting that focuses on “what business can learn from a choice school” Dec. 16.
Future business park site to remain farmland through 2017 12-06-2016
CEDARBURG — City-owned land once attached to a farmstead will stay true to its roots for at least another year.
I can see clearly now 12-06-2016
MEQUON — After several months of study, the Mequon Common Council Nov. 9 adopted a revised set of rules governing window coverings and displays in the Town Center.
October home sales boast sharp increase in Ozaukee County 12-06-2016
MILWAUKEE — While the sample size isn’t huge, home sales in Ozaukee County increased 63.9 percent in October, compared to the same month in 2015.
Slinger company honored by WASB
A long-established Slinger business, Weld-Fab Manufacturing, has been named to the Wisconsin Association of School Boards’ Business Honor Roll.
WAUKESHA — The sun shows no signs of setting on Sunset Drive. As commercial development of a two-mile stretch on Sunset continues, city officials can’t help but appreciate the transformation that’s taken place along the once-infamous Waukesha road.
Overtime expansion injunction leaves businesses backtracking 12-03-2016
WAUKESHA - For many area businesses, the first expansion of federal overtime rules since 2004 meant pay raises for some employees, as well as various changes to company policies.
Divino Gelato to keep serving some Sloppy Joe's flavors
WAUKESHA - Despite the fact it’s closed its doors, Sloppy Joe’s Soda Fountain will still have a presence in downtown.
Quad/Graphics to form print supercenter 12-02-2016
SUSSEX — Quad/Graphics announced Thursday that it will transform its New Jersey direct marketing production plant into a digital print supercenter.
US economy creates 178,000 jobs in November; jobless rate drops to 4.6 percent 12-02-2016
WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy produced another solid month of labor market growth, adding 178,000 net new jobs in November while the unemployment rate fell to a nine-year low, the Labor Department said Friday.
State contest seeks entrepreneurs 12-02-2016
MADISON — The Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest is currently accepting entries for the competition until 5 p.m. Jan. 31, 2017.
ProHealth Care hospitals get new names 12-02-2016
WAUKESHA — The connections between the community and Waukesha and Oconomowoc Memorial hospitals are deeply rooted.
Big changes coming to downtown Waukesha 12-01-2016
WAUKESHA — After spending so long in the area, La Estacion owner Tony Marquez felt the need to give back to downtown.
Oconomowoc home market typically favoring the seller
OCONOMOWOC — A homeowner in Lake Country who has been considering an upgrade from a “starter home” might just want to pull the trigger now, especially if the property is in Oconomowoc, according to assessments made by one area expert.
New rule will enhance Grafton tourism 12-01-2016
GRAFTON — State changes to room taxes will be shifting how money gets spent all over Wisconsin, including Grafton.
Mukwonago adopts revised comprehensive plan 12-01-2016
MUKWONAGO - Since April, officials and committees have had 11 scheduled meetings, two off-site tours and numerous public hearings regarding an update to the village’s 2035 comprehensive plan.
Income, lending increases in 2016 12-01-2016
MADISON — From January through September, net income and total lending in the state increased at state-chartered banks.
Giving boxes a new lease on life 12-01-2016
PEWAUKEE — Jack Wilson was helping a friend craft a new product when he suddenly realized something which altered his career path for life: Most cardboard boxes are used just once.
Auto supplier Adient to move global headquarters to Detroit 11-30-2016
DETROIT — Auto seating supplier Adient is moving its global headquarters and 500 executive and leadership jobs to Detroit.
Point Burger Bar to open Thursday 11-30-2016
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — Point Burger Bar will officially open at the site of the former American TV & Appliance on Thursday.
Congress Business Systems sold to Ross Imaging, part of larger company 11-30-2016
Congress Business Systems of West Bend, at 6289 Congress Drive, was recently sold to Ross Imaging. Ross Imaging is owned by a larger company, Imagtec L.P.
CFO Koss to lead Culver’s 11-30-2016
PRAIRIE DU SAC — Joseph Koss, who has been chief financial officer for Culver Franchising System Inc. since 2000, will become president and chief executive officer at the beginning of the new year.
Chick-fil-A to celebrate store opening with breakfast giveaway 11-30-2016
MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin’s Chick-fil-A restaurants will celebrate the opening of the newest Chick-fil-A location in West Allis with a free breakfast giveaway Dec. 6.
Froedtert opens new clinic in New Berlin 11-30-2016
NEW BERLIN — Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Workforce Health has officially opened a new occupational medicine clinic.
$16.3M apartment complex proposed for downtown Waukesha 11-30-2016
WAUKESHA — Another apartment complex has been proposed for the downtown area.
Olympia to remain a resort 11-30-2016
OCONOMOWOC — Olympia Resort will not be converted into a retirement village and will remain a resort, the property’s owner, Rick Eckert, told The Freeman Tuesday.
US economy grew 3.2 percent in third quarter, best in two years 11-29-2016
WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew faster in the third quarter than initially estimated, expanding at its strongest pace in two years in a rebound from a weak first half of 2016.
Brightening businesses: LED signs making impact on customers 11-29-2016
WAUKESHA — Doug Ciampa was looking to give customers a “fresher look” at the front counter of his restaurant, Jimmy’s Grotto.
Generac to acquire Motortech 11-29-2016
WAUKESHA — Generac Holdings, Inc. will acquire Motortech Holding, a Germany- based manufacturer.
Hartford to pay consultant $20K more for 2016 work 11-27-2016
The consultant aiding in implementing Hartford’s downtown development plan will be paid an additional $20,000 for work completed in 2016.
Vacant land on St. Paul and Barstow for sale 11-27-2016
WAUKESHA — The possibilities may be endless for the development of two parcels of land near the intersection of St. Paul Avenue and Barstow Street.
Unemployment rates continue to fall across state 11-25-2016
MADISON - Department of Workforce Development data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that unemployment rates across Wisconsin continued to decline in October.
Retailers observe day of rest 11-25-2016
DELAFIELD — Despite our hyper-commercialized world, there are some thriving retailers bucking the trend to remain open no matter the time or day, specifically Sunday.
ProHealth adds 3T MRI scanner 11-25-2016
PEWAUKEE — Prohealth Care’s clinical campus added an advanced 3T MRI scanner earlier this month.
Small Business Saturday helps neighbors 11-25-2016
WAUKESHA — The Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday, in which people are urged to support their communities and shop local.
Johnson Controls and Hall Of Fame Village to create first sports and entertainment ‘Smart City’11-23-2016
Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls and Hall of Fame Village LLC (a partnership between the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Industrial Realty Group) have entered into an 18-year agreement to create the first sports and entertainment “smart city” that will carry the name Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village in Canton, Ohio.
Businesses share space to cut costs
Most small businesses operate on their own and accept the costs and risks of working out of a location.
Cafe/deli coming to downtown 11-23-2016
WAUKESHA — For 14 years, Norm Bruce wanted to bring a cafe to run alongside Martha Merrell’s Books & Toys.
Firehouse Subs among tenants announced on Sunset Drive 11-23-2016
WAUKESHA — Those with empty stomachs will have three additional options on East Sunset Drive.
Fox Run Shopping Center in Waukesha sold 11-23-2016
WAUKESHA — The Fox Run Shopping Center near St. Paul Avenue and West Sunset Drive has been sold.
US court blocks overtime expansion pay rule for 4 million
LAS VEGAS — A federal court on Tuesday blocked the start of a rule that would have made an estimated 4 million more American workers eligible for overtime pay heading into the holiday season, dealing a major blow to the Obama administration's effort to beef up labor laws it said weren't keeping pace with the times.
Cuckoo for Clock Repair 11-22-2016
GRAFTON — When Grafton’s Dan Delorit receives a call for a clock repair, he knows he’s putting a timepiece back in order. But in his mind, he’s doing something far more important.
Money in your community’s back pocket 11-22-2016
OZAUKEE COUNTY — They didn’t plan it that way, but it’s a happy coincidence that Grafton’s holiday parade is always the same day as Small Business Saturday.
Marcus acquires 14 new theatre locations 11-22-2016
MILWAUKEE — Marcus Theatres, part of The Marcus Corporation, announced Monday that it signed an agreement to acquire the assets of St. Louis-based Wehrenberg Theatres.
Brookfield Fashion Center acquired by Chicago firms 11-22-2016
BROOKFIELD — A partnership formed by two Chicago-based companies in the real estate industry has led to their acquisition of the Brookfield Fashion Center, the companies announced in a statement Monday.
Waukesha Denny’s closes without warning 11-22-2016
WAUKESHA — Customers pulling their vehicles up to Denny’s on St. Paul Avenue on Monday weren’t the only ones shocked to learn the longtime restaurant location had closed its doors for good.
Seasonal employment available, but look out for scams 11-19-2016
WEST BEND — The holiday season can account for a large percentage of a retailer’s annual sales. That also presents the opportunity for people looking for extra cash for holiday gifts and expenses to find good seasonal jobs.
Mad Rooster restaurateur, family members sentenced in tax conspiracy 11-19-2016
MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee-area restaurateur has been sentenced to two years in prison for conspiring with his wife and son to skim millions of dollars in cash from his business and failing to report that as income.
Extending their reach 11-19-2016
PEWAUKEE —The small town of Ixonia isn’t a place associated with international exporting, but that’s exactly what two companies aim to do aided by the lessons they learned through Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership’s ExporTech.
Fong’s Restaurant property won’t be demolished until 2017 11-19-2016
OCONOMOWOC — The city of Oconomowoc will not be able to demolish Fong’s Garden, the 109 N. Main St. property it recently agreed to purchase from owner Tommy Lin, until it can inspect the property — which cannot occur before Jan. 1.
Fiserv announces share repurchase authorization 11-18-2016
BROOKFIELD — Fiserv, Inc., a global provider of financial services technology solutions, announced Thursday that its Board of Directors has authorized it to repurchase 15 million shares of the company’s common stock, which is in addition to the shares remaining available under the company’s existing authorization.
State: More jobs, unemployment remains low in past year
WAUKESHA — Wisconsin gained 28,400 jobs in year-over-year data released by the state Department of Workforce Development on Thursday.
Wisconsin native Kendra Scott to open store in The Corners 11-18-2016
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — The first store by Wisconsin native Kendra Scott specializing in fashion accessories will open in The Corners of Brookfield in the spring.
Yellen says improving economy strengthens case for rate hike 11-17-2016
WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told Congress on Thursday that an improving U.S. economy has strengthened the case for raising interest rates.
Food cart owners optimistic despite issues 11-17-2016
OCONOMOWOC — Depending on how the wind is blowing, citizens scurrying throughout Oconomowoc’s downtown are often treated by the aromas of the numerous businesses hoping to feed a hungry crowd.
Apartments decision delayed 11-17-2016
CEDARBURG — At its peak, the standing-room-only crowd was so large that it spilled out into the hallway, outside of the council chambers.
Pat’s Jiffy Stop in West Bend closing Friday 11-17-2016
Pat LaBuda, owner of Pat’s Jiffy Shop, is retiring and closing the doors of her convenience store Friday after more than 20 years at the East Decorah Road business.
Fong’s property sold to city for $1.25M 11-17-2016
OCONOMOWOC — Well, that took a while. After years of attempting to strike a deal, the city of Oconomowoc will acquire the property at 109 N. Main St., better known as Fong’s Garden, for $1.25 million.
Brady Corporation earnings increase in first quarter 11-16-2016
MILWAUKEE - Brady Corporation announced Thursday that its first quarter earnings increased 20.6 percent compared to the same period a year prior.
Wisconsin health care groups concerned about self-insurance 11-16-2016
MADISON — A group of health care stakeholders have asked Gov. Scott Walker to consider how self-insuring state workers could affect Wisconsin’s economy and its health care market.
Shorewest unveils remodeled website for house shoppers 11-16-2016
Shorewest, REALTORS has launched its newly remodeled website.
Experts expect good holiday spending season 11-16-2016
Retail experts are expecting a high-spending holiday season, which is good news for retailers and the nation’s economy.
Internet good and bad for businesses of all sizes 11-16-2016
A fundamental shift has occurred in terms of commerce and not a single merchant has been unaffected.
Proposed change of Olympia Resort hits snag 11-16-2016
OCONOMOWOC — The proposed change of the storied Olympia Resort into a retirement village known as Genesis Villages at Olympia hit a major snag Tuesday night when the Oconomowoc Common Council determined the plans surrounding the move lack too much detail.
Panera to open Dec. 7 in Waukesha 11-16-2016
WAUKESHA — The latest addition to The Shoppes at Fox River, Panera Bread, has a tentative opening date of Dec. 7.
Construction underway on Slinger dialysis center 11-15-2016
SLINGER — If all goes well, kidney dialysis patients in Washington County will have a new location to undergo treatment on a regular basis starting this spring.
Re-Newed Fortune 11-15-2016
CEDARBURG — Jimmy and Wilson Phoa left the restaurant business behind when their parents closed the New Fortune restaurant four years ago.
Banking on it 11-15-2016
THIENSVILLE — While ambitious work on the site has been taking place for several weeks, Port Washington State Bank celebrated plans for its seventh branch Wednesday with a ground-breaking ceremony in Thiensville.
Real estate closings in Ozaukee County increase 53.1% over same month last year 11-15-2016
CEDARBURG — The 124 single-family, condominium and townhome properties that closed in Ozaukee County in October are an increase from 113 in September and 81 in October 2015, which is a 53.1-percent increase, according to a news release from the Ozaukee Realtors Association.
Buddy Squirrel opening at Cedar Creek Settlement  11-15-2016
CEDARBURG — The shop that once housed Amish Craftsman in the Cedar Creek Settlement will be the new home of Buddy Squirrel.
Job fair held to prepare for HUSCO layoffs 11-15-2016
PEWAUKEE — The Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development Board and HUSCO International joined together to hold a custom job fair in advance of the company laying off 100 workers this month and during December.
Shopko creates credit card program 11-14-2016
GREEN BAY - Shopko has launched its first private label credit card program in partnership with First Bankcard, a division of First National Bank of Omaha and a leading issuer of credit cards.
New co-defendants to be named in Bermico developer’s suit 11-13-2016
A Friday motions hearing, which was to be held in connection with developer John Bagley’s lawsuit against the city of West Bend, Washington County and officials from both governments, was postponed until Dec. 16 after Bagley’s attorney Walter Stern suffered a medical emergency.
Home sales up 9% in October 11-13-2016
MILWAUKEE — Home sales grew 9.1 percent in October throughout the greater Milwaukee area.
LindenGrove undergoes $1.4 million renovation 11-12-2016
WAUKESHA — Linden-Grove Communities will undergo a $1.4 million renovation project to better accommodate its residents, the assisted living business announced in a statement Thursday.
Waukesha-built engines saved lives on 9/11 11-11-2016
MILWAUKEE — Several engine-generator units created by Waukesha Engine had served to keep electricity running during the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.
Kohl’s tops earnings forecasts on lower costs 11-11-2016
OCONOMOWOC — When entering one of the main parking lots at Shorehaven, drivers are met by men driving construction equipment who are constructing the $26.7 million final phase of a project adding more apartments to the senior living facility.
Shorehaven construction moving forward 11-10-2016
OCONOMOWOC — When entering one of the main parking lots at Shorehaven, drivers are met by men driving construction equipment who are constructing the $26.7 million final phase of a project adding more apartments to the senior living facility.
Petitions aim to shut down apartment proposal 11-10-2016
CEDARBURG — Though the road to proposed development approval is long and involved, the journey of the highly contentious Borgia buildings could end Monday in the absence of a majority vote from the Cedarburg Common Council.
County continues to look into reliever route 11-10-2016
Washington County officials want to know whether the reliever route planned for the Hartford area is feasible and they are authorizing several studies to investigate the impact it will have on the community.
Kohl’s to hire new CFO 11-10-2016
MENOMONEE FALLS — Kohl’s Department Stores announced Wednesday that it will hire a new chief financial officer in the spring.
Aurora to open new clinic in Oak Creek 11-10-2016
OAK CREEK — Aurora Health Care announced Wednesday that it plans to bring a new $17 million clinic to the city.
IBAW to host breakfast update 11-10-2016
BROOKFIELD — The Independent Business Association of Wisconsin will host a breakfast meeting next week to discuss the transformation of downtown Milwaukee.
Church members change minds, reject cell tower 11-10-2016
WAUKESHA — An emotional plea was made by residents regarding a proposed 106foot cellphone tower and a surprise change of heart was disclosed by a church lay leader in relation to the plan at a Plan Commission meeting Wednesday.
Terex Corp. to close facility, lay off 92 11-10-2016
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — As part of a consolidation plan, Terex Corporation will close its facility on Bluemound Road and lay off 92 employees by mid-February, the Department of Workforce Development announced Wednesday in a statement.
O’Reilly’s store opens in Slinger 11-09-2016
SLINGER — It’s been a busy first few weeks for Randy Fogle, who manages the new O’Reilly’s Auto Parts store that opened for business in the village Sept. 24.
Johnson Controls has net sales increase in fourth quarter
MILWAUKEE — Earning reports from Johnson Controls show that the company had a net loss of more than $1 billion but had a net sales increase of more than $10 billion in its fiscal fourth quarter.
WEDC seeks companies for China trade venture 11-09-2016
MADISON — The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is seeking companies to join a trade venture to China next spring, the organization announced Tuesday.
Casey hits ground running with Waukesha Center for Growth 11-08-2016
WAUKESHA - Throughout his career, Tim Casey has made a living by aiding communities across Wisconsin in an effort to expand the state’s business economy.
Luther Manor launches adult day program 11-08-2016
WAUWATOSA — Luther Manor, a nonprofit, faith-based Life Plan Community serving seniors in Wauwatosa, Grafton and Mequon, recently announced a new adult day program called The Academy @ Luther Manor.
Port Washington State Bank schedules groundbreaking for Thiensville branch office 11-08-2016
THIENSVILLE — Port Washington State Bank will celebrate the beginning of construction on its new Thiensville branch with a groundbreaking ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Falafel Guys in Thiensville announces launch of delivery service 11-08-2016
THIENSVILLE — Falafel Guys, 105 W. Freistadt Road, announced on Twitter Nov. 1 that it has started delivery service to Mequon, Thiensville and Cedarburg.
Coldwell Banker comparison determines Mequon homes are state’s most expensive 11-08-2016
MEQUON — The most expensive average home price in Wisconsin is in Mequon.
Home sales in region continue to rise 11-08-2016
MILWAUKEE — Home sales across the metro Milwaukee area continued to increase in September, although the rise was not as steep in Ozaukee County as the region as a whole.
Serving up sweet & savory 11-08-2016
WAUKESHA — Americans often think of crepes as filled with Nutella and topped with whipped cream, but they can be so much more, such as filled with savory meat and mushrooms.
Total Wine & More to open Thursday 11-08-2016
BROOKFIELD — Total Wine & More will open its first store in Wisconsin on Thursday.
Public hearing scheduled for Comprehensive Plan 2035
MUKWONAGO — For most of the past year, officials and committees have been putting their best effort toward compiling an update to the Comprehensive Plan 2035.
Staying competitive in a BIG MARKET
WAUKESHA — As Black Friday sales at big-box retail stores continue to be rolled out prior to the official start of the holiday shopping season, small businesses across the county continue highlighting their uniqueness to draw in customers.
Sobelman’s Pub and Grill nears Richfield opening 11-04-2016
RICHFIELD — A shot of adrenaline could soon be provided to the village’s downtown business district after action taken Thursday night at the Richfield Plan Commission’s regular meeting.
Rebecca Kleefisch to speak at Business Alliance program
WAUKESHA — The Waukesha County Business Alliance announced the panel for its key industries program, which will take place Dec. 8.
Lake Country Bed Barn coming to Waukesha 11-04-2016
WAUKESHA — Lake Country Bed Barn will open its second location in Waukesha County.
Kohl’s to remain open on Thanksgiving Day 11-04-2016
MENOMONEE FALLS — Breaking the trend of many retailers this holiday season, Kohl’s will open Thanksgiving Day and stay open through Black Friday, the company announced Thursday.
Cultivating a healthy workplace 11-04-2016
PALMYRA — About 15 years ago, Standard Process wanted to start a wellness program for its employees.
Engineering the future workforce 11-04-2016
WAUKESHA — It has produced some of the top ACT scores in the state. It has high schoolers working on real-world projects with professionals in the industry. It even has some students finishing their senior year with summer internships already lined up at major firms.
Bear Hoff to make history at Alloy 11-04-2016
WAUKESHA — As Betsy Bear Hoff walked through an Alloy Products Corporation plant Tuesday, it was easy to see the close-knit environment that she’s helped create in her 28 years working for the company.
Small Business Saturday promotion begins in Cedarburg
CEDARBURG — With less than three weeks until Thanksgiving and only 50 shopping days left until Christmas, the Cedarburg Chamber of Commerce and Partnership Bank are rolling out the first phase of Cedarburg’s Small Business Saturday campaign.
Thiensville to negotiate over M&I site 11-03-2016
THIENSVILLE — Village officials will spend the next 10 months negotiating with the owner of the old M& I Bank property over a denied request to demolish the building.
West Bend businesses address parking problem 11-03-2016
West Bend businesses owners can expect a notice soon informing them about etiquette parking, particularly for employees, in the downtown area.
Private-sector job growth slows to lowest level since May, ADP says 11-03-2016
ROSELAND, N.J. — The nation’s private-sector employers slowed their pace of hiring last month to the lowest level since May, but the still-decent job growth should keep the Federal Reserve on track for an interest rate hike before the end of the year.
TOTAL Mechanical acquires AG Industries 11-03-2016
PEWAUKEE — TOTAL Mechanical has formed a new entity, called AGI LLC.
Gossen Corp. to close its facilities 11-03-2016
GLENDALE — The Department of Workforce Development said in a letter that Gossen Corporation will close and leave 92 workers without jobs.
Panda Express proposed for Sunset Drive 11-03-2016
WAUKESHA — The same developer who filed a notice of claim against the city seeking $3 million in damages has proposed another Panda Express restaurant.
Keller Inc. to take on 2 projects 11-02-2016
Germantown's Keller Inc. has been selected for two construction projects.
MGS consolidates equipment divisions 11-02-2016
MGS Manufacturing Group Inc. in Germantown on Tuesday merged its two equipment groups — MGS Automation and Universal Multishot Systems.
Jackson-based Accord buys Jeninga Bros. Metal Forming 11-02-2016
The owners of Jackson-based Accord Manufacturing Inc. have acquired the assets of Jeninga Bros. Metal Forming, allowing the company to increase its capacity and capability — adding draw stamping and wire forming to its offerings.
Delta Defense gets national recognition
Delta Defense, LLC has been named among the 5,000 fastest growing companies in America by Inc. Magazine for the fifth consecutive year.
Hartford agrees to pay for added study for reliever route 11-02-2016
HARTFORD — On an 8-1 vote, aldermen on Tuesday night approved paying $17,500 for Washington County to have a study completed on the economic impact of a proposed reliever route north of the city.
Bruno’s production rising steadily 11-02-2016
OCONOMOWOC — As the population in the United States continues to age in record numbers, Bruno Independent Living Aids continues to grow at a record pace.
Quad/Graphics has drop in third-quarter sales 11-02-2016
SUSSEX — Quad/Graphics, Inc. saw a decrease in net sales from last years third quarter, the company announced in a statement Tuesday.
North Shore Bank acquires Layton State Bank’s parent company 11-01-2016
BROOKFIELD — North Shore Bank announced Monday that it has completed its acquisition of Layton Park Financial Group, Inc.. the parent company of Layton State Bank, effective Friday.
Johnson Controls completes separation of Adient 11-01-2016
MILWAUKEE — Johnson Controls announced Monday it has completed the separation of its automotive seating business, which is now known as Adient.
West Bend asks governor, legislators to close tax loopholes 11-01-2016
Facing two lawsuits and the prospect of a significant decline in tax revenues from larger retailers, area administrators have officially petitioned state officials for assistance.
Port Washington State Bank schedules groundbreaking for Thiensville branch office 11-01-2016
THIENSVILLE — Port Washington State Bank will celebrate the beginning of construction on its new Thiensville branch with a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 9.
Mequon’s Dragonfly Farm earns certification 11-01-2016
MEQUON — The laying hens and geese at Dragonfly Farm are now certified as Animal Welfare Approved.
Low profile, big influence 11-01-2016
PORT WASHINGTON — Franklin Energy may be this year’s Ozaukee Economic Development’s Large Business of the Year, but its naturally low-profile nature means that many Ozaukee County residents don’t even know it’s here.
NuGenesis to close; similar company to take its place
TOWN OF OCONOMOWOC — NuGenesis of Oconomowoc, a nonprofit organization with the goal of promoting health through food education, has closed as of Friday.
BelAir Cantina coming to The Corners
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD - BelAir Cantina is coming to The Corners of Brookfield when it opens in April, the company announced at an event Friday.
Organizers hoping to breathe new life into dormant harbor district 10-29-2016
MILWAUKEE - In a bygone era, it served as a significant manufacturing hub that took advantage of immediate access to the Lake Michigan shoreline. But times have changed.
U.S. economy grows at its strongest pace in two years
WASHINGTON — The nation’s economic engine revved up this summer after a dismal first half of the year, growing at its fastest pace since 2014, the Commerce Department said Friday.
Krumrich’s Jewelers to close after 110 years 10-28-2016
WAUKESHA — It will be the little things that Donna Krumrich-Manke will miss when she closes Krumrich’s Jewelers by the end of the year — which will also be the same things the community misses after turning to the family-owned business for jewelry purchases and repairs for 110 years.
Proposal would turn Olympia Resort into retirement village 10-28-2016
OCONOMOWOC — The end of an era for a local institution could become the genesis of a colossal new business venture.
Public Works Committee to review reliever route 10-28-2016
Washington County officials will have additional details regarding the proposed reliever route later this year when they review the results of a study they commissioned.
Marcus Corp. reports record results in 3Q 10-28-2016
MILWAUKEE — The Marcus Corporation announced Thursday that it saw a revenue increase in the third quarter of its fiscal year.
Quad/Graphics to expand Dallas plant, add digital presses  10-28-2016
SUSSEX — Quad/Graphics announced Thursday that it’s making a multimillion-dollar investment in its Dallas plant.
KG Marketing and Bag Co. cited for OSHA violation 10-28-2016
WAUKESHA — An investigation has found KG Marketing and Bag Company in violation of U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards, after an employee lost part of his finger in an workplace incident earlier this year.
Web developers conference returns to Waukesha 10-28-2016
WAUKESHA — For the second year, web programmers and developers from around the Midwest will flock to the Country Springs Hotel to take part in an innovative conference.
Something’s brewing in Waukesha 10-27-2016
WAUKESHA — If you’ve ever been on a brewery tour or have seen the way dairy products are processed, chances are W.M. Sprinkman Corporation has played a major role in their development.
City of Hartford may help pay for reliever route economic impact study 10-27-2016
The city of Hartford may contribute for an additional study to determine the impact a reliever route will have on the area.
Briggs & Stratton’s sales decrease in first quarter 10-27-2016
MILWAUKEE — Briggs & Stratton Corporation announced its first quarter results Wednesday.
Women’s empowerment workshop 10-27-2016
WAUKESHA — Enactus, a business organization on the campus of Carroll University, will host a free workshop for women in November.
Brookfield chamber to hold annual meeting 10-27-2016
BROOKFIELD —The Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will hold its 59th annual meeting in November.
Northwestern Mutual to pay out near-record dividends
MILWAUKEE — Northwestern Mutual is set to pay over $5 billion in dividends to its policy owners, the company said on Wednesday.
Unemployment rates continue falling 10-27-2016
MADISON — Preliminary data from the Department of Workforce Development shows that unemployment rates continue to decrease across the state.
Another health plan option available for Waukesha County residents 10-26-2016
MILWAUKEE — Residents of Waukesha County will have more options for individual and family insurance plans next year.
Today’s Dentistry expands into West Bend 10-26-2016
Today’s Dentistry opened its second location Aug. 21 along Highway 33 in West Bend.
Advia Credit Union to celebrate reopening Tuesday 10-26-2016
WAUKESHA — Advia Credit Union is celebrating the grand reopening of its full-service branch.
Brew City Yarns keeps on spinning
WAUKESHA — For three years, Tahra Loy and her family worked to spin wool into yarn and form a profitable business in the process.
Nail salon and spa coming to The Corners 10-26-2016
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — The Corners of Brookfield announced Tuesday that another business will be coming to the development.
Museum apartments developer seeking TIF funding 10-26-2016
WAUKESHA — The developer who plans to add apartments to the Waukesha County Museum has encountered a potential hurdle in the process of financing.
Employees are the key 10-25-2016
CEDARBURG — As president of Newman Chevrolet, Chad Curran actually heard that his dealership earned the Ozaukee Economic Development Council’s Medium Business of the Year award quite by accident.
Preparing for next wave 10-25-2016
Early autumn rains mired fields in Washington County and farmers are finding themselves in another race with the weather before a predicted Wednesday storm drops another inch or two of precipitation.
Kowal Investment, Hayward Group complete merger 10-25-2016
WAUKESHA - Kowal Investment Group has joined forces with The Hayward Group.
Retaining Wisconsin roots amid GLOBAL SUCCESS 10-25-2016
EAGLE — Throughout October, businesses across Wisconsin have been celebrating Manufacturing Month.
Gear Grove acquires Yoga Dwelling, plans to expand to Amazon 10-24-2016
MILWAUKEE — Gear Grove, a creator and builder of custom handcrafted furniture and designs, has acquired online furniture retailer Yoga Dwelling, according to an announcement.
Thrift store sports new look 10-24-2016
TOWN OF OCONOMOWOC — More than a decade after its doors first opened, the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store at W359-N5848 Brown St. will have the ambience it has always strived for.
Kwik Trip ready to open in WB 10-21-2016
The Kwik Trip on South Silverbrook Drive in West Bend is set to open Thursday.
Wisconsin’s unemployment lowest since February 2001
WAUKESHA — Data released Thursday shows that the unemployment rate in Wisconsin fell to 4.1 percent in September, the lowest it’s been since February 2001 — but the news was even better in Waukesha County, which is reporting a rate of 3.6 percent for the month.
Downtown requirements need more discussion 10-20-2016
OCONOMOWOC — Members of the public and city aldermen strongly voiced their opinions on a proposed downtown design overlay ordinance that would affect the way future properties could be developed in the city’s heart during Tuesday night’s Common Council meeting.
City to be site of parking lot for 2017 U.S. Open 10-20-2016
OCONOMOWOC — A parcel of land in Oconomowoc will be transformed into a parking lot that will accommodate a portion of the tens of thousands of people who are expected to attend the 2017 U.S. at Erin Hills Golf Course. x
A book store with a personal touch 10-20-2016
MEQUON — With the closing of Next Chapter Bookstore coming just three short years after the shuttering of beloved Milwaukee-based Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop, it’s been a rough decade for locally owned book sellers in the Mequon Pavilions.
Parade of Homes coming to Mequon 10-20-2016
MEQUON — The Parade of Homes will be making a stop in Mequon next year.
Donations from two companies allow West Bend high schools to purchase new machine tools 10-20-2016
The West Bend high schools now have access to a new machine tool and two lathes thanks to two $5,000 donations from Rexnord and Gateway Plastics Inc.
Store, city at odds over liquor licensing
BROOKFIELD — Total Wine & More will have to alter its business model for its first Wisconsin store, as the Common Council voted to deny potential reconsideration of a Class B liquor license application at its meeting Tuesday.
Harley-Davidson expects to lay off 5 percent of workforce
MILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson Inc. says it expects to lay off about 225 salaried employees by the end of the year to cut costs amid a sluggish U.S. motorcycle market.
Sassy Pants set to open next month 10-19-2016
Owner of Sassy Pants Events and Design Sarah Duffus is opening a storefront location on Main Street in West Bend.
Meijer, Kwik Trip in West Bend open hiring searches 10-19-2016
Meijer and Kwik Trip are in the process of hiring for their soon-to-open West Bend locations. The Meijer store is expected to open in 2017.
Former Colgate establishment changes owners, name 10-19-2016
The former Uncle Johnny’s Saloon & Grill in Colgate is changing hands and its name.
Council rejects $3 million damage claim 10-19-2016
WAUKESHA — As expected, the Common Council on Tuesday voted to disallow a notice of claim seeking $3 million in damages filed by the developers who had proposed a Panda Express restaurant at the former Weissgerber’s Gasthaus site.
Children’s Hospital urgent care clinic opens in Delafield
DELAFIELD — Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin opened its new urgent care clinic Monday.
Rogers plans new location in Philadelphia 10-18-2016
OCONOMOWOC — Rogers Behavioral Health will expand eastward, with a new location planned for Philadelphia beginning early next year, the company announced in a statement Monday.
Ozaukee Realtors Association plans Nov. 3 Economic & Political Forum 10-18-2016
GRAFTON — Ozaukee Realtors Association will conduct an Economic & Political Forum Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Rose-Harms American Legion Post, 1540 14th Ave. in Grafton.
Forum at MATC to explore partnerships among businesses, area schools and MATC 10-18-2016
MEQUON — Area chambers of commerce, Ozaukee Economic Development and Milwaukee Area Technical College’s Mequon campus plan a two-hour-long forum Thursday morning.
‘A great fit for us’ 10-18-2016
CEDARBURG — The oldest chartered bank in Wisconsin dates back almost 200 years, but it’s a relatively new institution that has earned this year’s Ozaukee Economic Development’s Small Business of the Year Award.
Giving it that ‘Grafton charm’ 10-18-2016
GRAFTON — Over the next few months, a major development will near completion in what is being called “a new concept in senior living.”
Froedtert clinic expansion approved 10-18-2016
MEQUON — The Froedtert Hospital clinic now being built on North Port Washington Road will be a little bigger than initially proposed.
Badger Meter CEO talks leadership, business culture, technology 10-18-2016
MILWAUKEE — A positive culture within the workplace not only drives employees to work more diligently, but also goes a long way in retaining them.
Interactive displays attract students at MADE Career Fair 10-16-2016
PEWAUKEE — Almost 1,000 high school students from Waukesha County had the opportunity to learn about various companies in the manufacturing, automotive, design and engineering field at the MADE Career Fair at Waukesha County Technical College on Friday.
Developers begin process to sue city for $3 million 10-16-2016
WAUKESHA — The development company which proposed adding a Panda Express restaurant to the site of the former Gasthaus is in the preliminary stages of filing a $3 million lawsuit against the city.
Retail sales grow in September as consumer confidence edges up 10-14-2016
Shoppers gave the U.S. economy a boost in September, a sign that rising wages are prompting consumers to spend.
Carroll receives grant to help train health care students
WAUKESHA — Carroll University has received a new $1.25 million grant aimed at better preparing students to work with diverse populations in the health care field.
Dickson Hollow to have grand opening 10-14-2016
MENOMONEE FALLS — Presbyterian Homes of Wisconsin will celebrate the grand opening of Dickson Hollow senior living community Oct. 29.
Area retailers follow trend, will close on Thanksgiving
WAUKESHA — Retail workers in the area will have an opportunity to spend more time with their families on Thanksgiving this year.
Store owner distraught over theft of signage 10-13-2016
OCONOMOWOC — For Shannon Meier, the work of independent artists isn’t just what drives her business, Hammer Down — Handmade Artisan Lifestyle Shop, it’s an act driven by love, dedication, and creativity.
2017 U.S. Open parking, transportation taking shape 10-13-2016
WEST BEND — The U.S. Open Men’s Golf Championship at Erin Hills Golf Course next summer expects to bring tens of thousands of people to Washington County next summer.
Fromm Family Foods plans major expansion 10-13-2016
MEQUON — Fromm Family Foods, a company with family roots that date to the 1850s in Ozaukee County, plans an expansion that will involve a 105,000-squarefoot new building in Mequon’s industrial park.
Business school building clears hurdle
MEQUON — Long-talked-about plans for a new School of Business building on the Concordia University Wisconsin campus took a major first step toward realization Monday.
E.H. Wolf expansion gets approval 10-13-2016
SLINGER — A long-considered eyesore in the village will soon be replaced with a new $2.3 million warehouse.
Belfre Kitchen answers the bell 10-13-2016
DELAFIELD — While searching for a home base for a food-truck business, Alex Brevik and Amy Quinn pulled over to answer a call from a realtor.
September metro Milwaukee home sales rise 6.1% 10-13-2016
WAUKESHA — While the metro Milwaukee home market had a solid month for sales in September with a 6.1 percent increase, Waukesha County remained flat.
4 Wisconsin metro areas among Top 25 Best Places to Work in Manufacturing 10-12-2016
SmartAsset, a national personal finance technology company, included four Wisconsin metro areas on its list of the top 25 best places to work in the manufacturing industry — more than any other state.
Planet Mobile looking for a ‘Boost’ 10-12-2016
Planet Mobile has moved to Main Street in West Bend with hopes of expanding its retail offerings and increasing Boost Mobile sales.
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