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Doing What No One Else Can Do 02-28-2015
CITY OF PEWAUKEE - TLX Technologies has found its key to success in developing advanced technologies that no one else is creating so not only can the solenoid valve company ask top dollar for its products, it was also able to weather the economic downturn a few years ago.
Manufacturing growth slows in February 02-28-2015
MILWAUKEE - Manufacturing activity in the Milwaukee- area grew at a slower rate in February, but remained in positive territory, according to the latest Marquette-ISM Report on Manufacturing released Friday.
Polyfirst plans expansion 02-27-2015
HARTFORD - Officials with Polyfirst Packaging hope to break ground this spring on a proposed two-phase expansion of the company’s Hartford facility at 2261 Innovation Drive.
HUSCO International, Inc. named Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year
WAUKESHA — HUSCO International, Inc. has been recognized by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce with a Manufacturer of the Year Award for its business operations and commitment to education.
Growing a successful business 02-27-2015
HARTLAND - Sitting in his sun-filled office overlooking a large snowy property in Hartland on Thursday, 23-year-old Bryce Satterfield is the epitome of the young entrepreneur who works hard and plays hard, as evidenced by his foot in a walking boot, which he broke while on a family trip to Mexico.
Roundtable scheduled on human resources for small businesses 02-26-2015
BROOKFIELD — The Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will hold a fact-finding roundtable discussion on human resources for small businesses with Waukesha County Technical College Center For Business Performance Solutions.
Extendicare to close corporate headquarters in Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE — When Extendicare Holdings, Inc. closes its corporate headquarters in Milwaukee around the end of April, about 287 employees will be affected, according to the Department of Workforce Development.
More than 100 people to lose jobs when Shorewood Pick ‘n Save closes 02-26-2015
SHOREWOOD — About 111 employees will lose their jobs when a Pick ‘n Save store in Shorewood closes its doors by the end of April, according to a notice sent to the Department of Workforce Development on Thursday.
The Corners agreement approved by committee 02-26-2015
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — During its meeting Wednesday, the Community Development Authority approved the developer’s agreement for the upscale retail and residential The Corners project.
Expansion and remodeling work started at Brookfield Square Mall 02-26-2015
BROOKFIELD — Improvement work has started on the side of Brookfield Square Mall anchored by Sears to add additional stores and restaurants and to update the façade.
Aurora receives $1 million donation for wellness program pilot 02-26-2015
MILWAUKEE — Aurora Health Care Foundation announced Thursday it will receive a $1 million donation from local businesswomen Nan Gardetto to create an innovative integrative medicine program that aims to help people better manage and prevent chronic health issues.
Training program launched for workers in the asphalt industry 02-26-2015
MILWAUKEE — Recognizing the growing need for skilled workers in the asphalt construction and maintenance industry, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin and Fahrner Asphalt Sealers, LLC have joined together to create a workforce development training program.
Grease Monkey to expand into Janesville 02-26-2015
JANESVILLE — Grease Monkey International continues to expand its automotive preventative maintenance centers with the addition of locations in Janesville and Bolingbrook, Ill.
Sales increase nearly 4% for Kohl’s 4Q; growth predicted for 2015 02-26-2015
MENOMONEE FALLS — The final quarter of 2014 saw an increase in total sales and comparable store sales for retail giant Kohl’s.
A hub for creativity and ideas 02-26-2015
WAUKESHA -As a small business owner, Mary Jane Sanchez has made her mission to help others improve their business operations.
The Spoon reopens with expanded menu  02-26-2015
WAUKESHA - The warm and cozy The Spoon restaurant was just getting going when owners John and Leslie Bley announced a temporary closure on the downtown business’s Facebook page on Jan. 16.
Let’s go to the shop hop 02-26-2015
WAUKESHA - Crank up the oldies on the radio while you go cruising to antique stores participating in the second annual Vintage Shop Hop on March 6 and March 7.
Proposed Delafield senior housing moves to public hearing 02-26-2015
DELAFIELD - A proposal for a senior living facility in the Village Square was met with some confusion during Wednesday’s Plan Commission meeting, but mostly because of a previous settlement agreement between the city and the owner of the land, United Properties.
County to continue loans to local small businesses 02-26-2015
WAUKESHA - A program that loans up to tens of thousands of county taxpayers’ dollars to local small businesses was renewed by the Waukesha County Board on Tuesday, but with an added stipulation about the program’s time frame.
Municipalities look for ways to attract and retain business 02-25-2015
Smaller communities in Washington County are coming up with innovative ways to attract business and expand existing ones in their communities.
Delafield Hotel’s financial troubles won’t interfere with reservations 02-25-2015
DELAFIELD -The CEO of Ixonia Bank said despite the upscale Delafield Hotel, 415 Genesee St., going into receivership and its possible sale, reservations will not be affected, including those made on behalf of Civil War hero Alonzo Cushing’s descendants for Memorial Day weekend.
New learning center at St. John’s Northwestern to be built by Oconomowoc-based contractor 02-25-2015
DELAFIELD - St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy announced Monday it will begin construction in June on a technology and information center called the Learning Commons at its campus in Delafield.
Wisconsin adds 27,500 positions in 12 months, construction jobs increase 02-24-2015
MADISON —Wisconsin added 27,500 private-sector jobs from September 2013 to September 2014 and unemployment decreased to 5.2 percent in December, according to a report from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development on Tuesday.
ManpowerGroup expands operations in France 02-24-2015
MILWAUKEE — This week, ManpowerGroup announced the acquisition of a French company that will allow it to increase its existing French capabilities with its subsidiary Proservia.
Jason Industries reports loss for fourth quarter 02-24-2015
MILWAUKEE —Jason Industries, Inc. reported Tuesday its net sales decreased during the fourth quarter, resulting in a net loss of $4.2 million.
Banks report decrease in income during fourth quarter
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Net income for commercial banks and savings institutions insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation decreased 7.3 percent during the fourth quarter of 2014, according to a Tuesday report.
New Berlin Walmart Supercenter set to open in early March 02-24-2015
NEW BERLIN — At that’s left to do is stock some shelves and open the doors before the grand opening of a new Walmart Supercenter in this city.
Steinhafels Furniture contracts with Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin 02-24-2015
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — Growing furniture retailer Steinhafels, Inc. announced it has contracted with Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin to be the primary provider network for Steinhafels’ self-funded employee health benefit plan.
Exact Sciences reports higher 4Q earnings a day after plan unveiled to create 750 jobs
MADISON —The last week of February has brought with it two significant announcements from Exact Sciences in Madison — a plan to create 750 jobs and invest $26 million in the state, as well as increased earnings during the fourth quarter, but a significant decline in sales for fiscal 2014.
The Dovecote’s eclectic mix 02-24-2015
CEDARBURG - Since opening The Dovecote in September, Ellen Hildebrand has welcomed her share of browsers, many of whom have turned into shoppers once they enter her Cedarburg store.
Home prices continue to rise statewide as total sales drop off in January 02-24-2015
WAUKESHA - Home sales took a step back in January after a strong finish to 2014 both locally and statewide with median home prices up by thousands of dollars and less homes being sold compared to this time a year ago.
Quad/Graphics reports fourth quarter, full 2014 results 02-24-2015
SUSSEX - Quad/Graphics on Monday reported fourth quarter and full year 2014 results.
Johnsonville CEO to retire April 1, replacement named 02-23-2015
SHEBOYGAN FALLS — Johnsonville Sausage announced that CEO Ralph Stayer will retire from the company after 47 years, effective April 1. Nick Meriggioli will succeed Stayer.
Hernandez hits home run with Soft Touch Bases 02-21-2015
WAUKESHA - In an unassuming building on Progress Avenue is Luis Hernandez Jr.’s business, Urethane Systems Plus Inc., which he has developed around one product line but has grown into a progressive company.
Westbury Bancorp announces stock repurchase program
WEST BEND - Westbury Bancorp, Inc. announced a stock repurchase program with the intent to purchase up to 492,695, or 10 percent, of its issued and outstanding shares.
Exact Sciences to make announcement with Kleefisch 02-20-2015
MADISON — Exact Sciences Chairman and CEO Kevin Conroy will make a major announcement on Monday with Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch about the cancer diagnostic company’s future in Wisconsin.
Marquette University accepting applications for business model competition 02-20-2015
MILWAUKEE — Entrepreneurs from across Wisconsin are eligible to enter a business plan competition offered by Marquette University’s Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship.
Orion Energy Systems to sell stock for $3.50 per share 02-20-2015
MANITOWOC — Orion Energy Systems, Inc. announced the pricing for its upsized underwritten public offering of its common stock will be $3.50 per share.
Dumore Corporation acquires Grove Die Casting 02-20-2015
MAUSTON — Dumore Corporation announced it has acquired fellow Wisconsin company Grove Die Casting, Inc. this week.
Village Board nixes possible development of former quarry 02-20-2015
RICHFIELD — A proposal to develop land where a sand and gravel pit formerly operated in the village received a severe blow Thursday night when the trustees voted unanimously to make changes in the village’s land use plan that would no longer allow quarry development there.
No plans in works for theater 02-20-2015
WEST BEND - If you drive through the heart of the city right after the sun has set, you can’t help but notice the marquee of the West Bend Theatre lighting up the night.
Residential care facility gets preliminary OK in Hartland
HARTLAND — The Hartland Plan Commission felt a proposed 32-bed Memory Care community-based residential facility for Merton Avenue was a good fit for the area so the project was given the go-ahead to continue with its plans.
City of Pewaukee multifamily housing development plan in limbo 02-20-2015
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — Plans for a multifamily development at Lindsay Road and Highway 74 are in limbo, following a vote Thursday by city officials.
Wine bar proposed for Clarke Hotel building 02-20-2015
WAUKESHA — Downtown Waukesha could soon be a oenophile’s paradise, as another wine bar has been proposed for West Main Street, this time in The Clarke Hotel building at 336 W. Main St.
GMR Marketing strives for intentional leadership 02-20-2015
NEW BERLIN - A tour of GMR Marketing in New Berlin leads the visitor past conference rooms with The Beatles, NASCAR and Winterland Theatre themes, as well through a break room with a bar, arcade games and a ping-pong table.
Housing becoming more affordable nationally, locally
WAUKESHA - Lower interest rates and home prices across the country contributed to an increase in nationwide housing affordability at the end of 2014, as the median price of a home in the metropolitan Milwaukee area, as well as the rest of the country, decreased as the year concluded.
Brewery site apartment plan gets skunked 02-20-2015
WAUKESHA — Despite the developer making numerous tweaks to the plan, the Common Council shot down a 202-unit luxury apartment complex by voting 8-7 against rezoning the former Fox Head Brewery site at 211 and 223 Maple Ave.
Westbury Bancorp announces stock repurchase program 02-19-2015
WEST BEND — Westbury Bancorp, Inc. announced a stock repurchase program with the intent to purchase up to 492,695, or 10 percent, of its issued and outstanding shares.
BNSF Railway Company plans $120 million in Wisconsin improvements 02-19-2015
FORT WORTH, TEXAS — BNSF Railway Company announced that its 2015 capital program for operation includes about $120 million for rail maintenance and capacity improvement projects in Wisconsin, including constructing four miles of double track through La Crosse.
Brady Corp. announces sales decrease in second quarter 02-19-2015
MILWAUKEE — During the second quarter, Brady Corporation had a decrease in sales while earnings increased slightly.
SASI partners with Healthcare Bank to increase services
MILWAUKEE — SASI, a third-party administrator and record keeper, announced Thursday it has partnered with Healthcare Bank to add administration of Health Savings Accounts to list of services.
Second McDonald’s headed to Grafton
GRAFTON — The Grafton Architectural Review Board last week discussed a new McDonald’s that is being planned for the Grafton Commons.
Mequon makes key buy in Town Center development 02-19-2015
MEQUON — The city of Mequon last week bought a 1.9-acre parcel along Mequon Road that it considers a key component to continued development in its Town Center.
Developer’s, joint venture agreements set for The Corners development 02-19-2015
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — The excitement was evident in Town Administrator Rick Czopp’s voice Wednesday afternoon as contracts were being finalized for The Corners, the long-awaited and delayed upscale retail and residential development planned for 19 acres near the intersection near Bluemound and Barker roads.
Getting downtown back in business 02-19-2015
WAUKESHA - Lots of people have ideas for businesses - from grandma’s cookie recipe that everyone says you should sell to that gin bar you really feel would draw the crowds - but how often do those business ideas translate into reality?
New publisher named for M Magazine 02-19-2015
CEDARBURG - Jim Conley, president of Conley Media, has announced that Fran Gimla will take over as publisher of M Magazine in April, replacing Gail Ostermann, who is retiring.
Kohl’s donates nearly $18 million in corporate grants 02-18-2015
MENOMONEE FALLS – Kohl’s department stores have donated nearly $18 million in corporate grants, benefiting more than 8,500 nonprofit organizations across the country in 2014.
WMEP tops $3 billion in economic impact 02-18-2015
MADISON – Services provided by the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership since its inception in 1998 has reached $3.1 billion in economic impact, according to results documented by clients.
Thrivent to offer free retirement education events 02-18-2015
WEST BEND - Thrivent Financial is hosting free educational events to help people learn how to retire with confidence.
State’s job market among best in US, Gallup says 02-18-2015
WAUKESHA - Wisconsin’s job market is among the best in the nation, according to the latest annual Gallup ranking of state job markets.
Happy to be home 02-18-2015
HARTFORD - Melissa Allar was so struck with the compassionate people who cared for a dying friend that she opened Home Care Solutions to help people with health issues live independently.
Council denies Walgreen claim of excessive property taxes 02-18-2015
The Common Council denied a claim from Walgreen Co. on Monday night that claimed their two properties in West Bend were excessively assessed.
Public hearing set for Ruby Farm project 02-18-2015
BROOKFIELD — The Common Council on Tuesday night approved scheduling a public hearing to give residents a chance to speak about spending public funds to help finance a mixed-use development on the former Ruby Farm land.
Assembly Republicans organize initiative to clean up state’s code 02-18-2015
PEWAUKEE - Indicating a dozen or so large books of Wisconsin administrative code before a Waukesha County Technical College classroom Tuesday morning, state Rep. Joan Ballweg, R-Markesan, said state legislators have already combed through about 20 percent of it, 25 percent of which was modified or repealed.
Associated Banc-Corp completes acquisition of Ahmann & Martin Co. 02-17-2015
GREEN BAY — Associated Banc-Corp announced Tuesday that it has closed on the previously announced acquisition of Ahmann & Martin Co.
WaterStone Bank to build 10th branch in Greenfield 02-17-2015
WAUWATOSA — Growing WaterStone Bank announced this week that it will construct its 10th branch in Greenfield with work likely starting in early spring.
Illinois manufacturer to move company to Kenosha 02-17-2015
KENOSHA — Manufacturing company Toolamation Services Inc. will relocate its manufacturing operations and headquarters from northern Illinois to Kenosha with the intent to create more positions in the coming years, according to an announcement made with Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday.
Applebee’s to open in Bayshore Towne Center 02-17-2015
MILWAUKEE — The newest Applebee’s operated by the Wisconsin Hospitality Group, LLC will open in the Bayshore Towne Center at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Summit Credit Union to merge with Janesville credit union
MADISON — Summit Credit Union announced Thursday that it will be merging with Janesville-based Educational Employees Credit Union, which is anticipated to become effective this summer.
OED annual outreach event scheduled for April 29  02-17-2015
THIENSVILLE — Tom Shannon, president of Brightstar Wisconsin, will be the featured speaker at the eighth-annual Ozaukee Economic Development Outreach Event.
Home sales slide in Ozaukee County 02-17-2015
OZAUKEE COUNTY — January home sales declined in Ozaukee County in January, compared to the same month last year.
Regal Beloit stock takes hit in fourth quarter
BELOIT — Regal Beloit Corporation reported Tuesday a fourth quarter 2014 diluted loss per share of $2.61 partly related to changes in the company’s Venezuela operations.





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