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Perficient anticipates closing on purchase of Zeon Solutions by January 12-26-2014
MILWAUKEE - In a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company said it intends to close on the purchase of Milwaukee-based Zeon Solutions by early January.
Meijer completes purchase of land for Waukesha store
WAUKESHA — Michigan-based Meijer has purchased the land for its planned Waukesha store for $5.3 million, according to state real estate records.
Hybrid operating room taking WMH to 'next level' of surgical care 12-24-2014
WAUKESHA - A newly finished $4.2 million hybrid operating room which promises to take Waukesha Memorial Hospital to the “next level of cardiothoracic and cardiovascular care” is set to open next month after years of development and months of construction.
Quad closing Tennessee plant 12-24-2014 SUSSEX - Quad/Graphics, a Sussex-based printing company with plants across the nation, has announced it will be ceasing operations at its Dickson, Tenn. location early next year.
Waterstone Financial, Inc. declares regular quarterly cash dividend 12-24-2014
WAUWATOSA - The Board of Directors of Waterstone Financial, Inc. on on Dec. 17 declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per common share, payable on February 2, 2015 to shareholders of record at the close of business on January 12, 2015.
Joint venture aims to advance Alzheimer’s research 12-23-2014
MADISON — The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and Swoop Search LLC On Tuesday announced a joint venture aimed at more rapidly identifying and commercializing diagnostics and treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.
Port Washington class to focus on exports 12-23-2014
PORT WASHINGTON — Ozaukee Economic Development is promoting the new Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership class, ExportTech.
Grafton’s Microbrush International buys company 12-23-2014
GRAFTON — Microbrush International, a leading developer, producer and marketer of innovative consumables used in dental restorative procedures, has announced the acquisition of Dry Tips from Molnlycke Health Care. Dry Tips is a leading brand of high-quality moisture control products used in dental procedures.
Loud and clear 12-23-2014
THIENSVILLE —The Thiensville Business Renaissance Commission conducted a community survey asking residents and visitors what types of businesses they would like to see in the community.
Maysteel donates $20K to metals program
SLINGER — The metals program at Slinger High School will purchase equipment offering the latest technology in the classroom thanks to a $20,000 donation Monday from Maysteel LLC.
State November home sales behind as median prices continue climb 12-23-2014
WAUKESHA - Existing home sales in Wisconsin were behind in November compared with the same month last year, but home prices increased over the same period, according to an analysis of the state's housing market by the Wisconsin Realtors Association.
2015 Spirit of Caring Award nominations are now being accepted 12-22-2014
MENOMONEE FALLS – Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Community Memorial Hospital is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Spirit of Caring award.
Quad/Graphics enhances client’s campaigns with print technology 12-22-2014
SUSSEX – Quad/Graphics, a direct marketing provider with expertise in retail, healthcare, financial, and insurance verticals, announced the installation of a Drent Global Vision offset printing press at its location in Westampton, N.J.
New Ground Round restaurants opening in Wisconsin
BROOKFIELD – Ground Round will be opening two more restaurants in Wisconsin, including one in Onalaska in January and one in Brookfield in spring of 2015.
Business manager allegedly stole $105K from company
WAUKESHA — A Milwaukee man who allegedly stole $105,000 from his New Berlin employer over a two-year period spent the money on pain pills, bills and gambling, according to a criminal complaint against him.
Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 4 deaths 12-19-2014
WASHINGTON  — Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states, including Wisconsin.
Pratt Industries to build factory in Beloit, create 140 jobs 12-19-2014
BELOIT — A new factory and 140 jobs are coming to Beloit, according to an announcement from Pratt Industries, a 100-percent recycled paper-packaging company.
Management team buys Appleton Coated 12-19-2014
APPLETON — Appleton Coated announced Friday it has been acquired by Virtus Holdings LLC, a company formed by members of its management team.
Walmart Foundation donates to Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic 12-19-2014
WAUKESHA — The Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic was one of seven Wisconsin nonprofits to be awarded $175,000 from the Walmart Foundation recently.
White House of Music reopens 12-19-2014
WEST BEND - White House of Music in West Bend moved from Washington Street to a more central location in the city.
Northwestern Mutual opts for new plan
MILWAUKEE — Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. announced it intends to build a mixed-use real estate development, including a parking structure, immediately west of its downtown Milwaukee campus.
Magellan’s reopens tonight after extensive remodel 12-19-2014
WAUKESHA — Magellan's on Main Street is reopening tonight after an extensive remodel that includes new flooring throughout the establishment, upgraded back bar and additional tap beer offerings.
Artist and Display to close after 78 years 12-19-2014
WAUWATOSA - Like great art, Artist and Display is an original. After 78 years of family operation, the business will close at the end of February when its lease at 9015 W. Burleigh Road ends.
Oshkosh Corp gets $67 million Army contract 12-18-2014
OSHKOSH — Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, announced it will manufacture 256 Family of Medium Tactical trucks and trailers after receiving a $67 million order from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command.
Marshfield Clinic to seek membership in ‘abouthealth’ 12-18-2014
APPLETON — The Board of Directors of the Marshfield Clinic announced Thursday that it wants to seek membership in abouthealth, a strategic health care partnership, after a vote on Dec. 12.
Marcus Corp had record revenues during second quarter 12-18-2014
MILWAUKEE —Marcus Corporation CEO Gregory Marcus expressed pleasure Thursday that his company had record revenues during the second quarter and that earnings increased 61 percent.
Actuant Corp’s sales decline in first quarter 12-18-2014
MENOMONEE FALLS —Total sales declined by 3 percent and core sales decreased 1 percent for Actuant Corporation ATU during the first quarter ended Nov. 30, compared to the same period a year ago.
WEDC plans trade trip to Mexico 12-18-2014
MADISON — Companies looking to learn more about trade with Mexico are invited to participate in a trip to the country in March with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.
Property across from Corners site sold for $2 million 12-18-2014
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — A prime piece of land from the future The Corners project on Bluemound Road was sold Tuesday to Poplar Creek Club, LLC.
Council gives car dealer go-ahead 12-18-2014
OCONOMOWOC — It was a very short regular meeting of the Oconomowoc Common Council Tuesday without the debate that has dominated the past half-dozen meetings.
Safety is paramount when you're selecting gifts for kids
MEQUON - The holiday season is in full swing at stores and malls all across the area. Masses of shoppers sift through racks and shelves looking for the perfect gift.
Survey: Wisconsin residents spend less on holiday shopping 12-18-2014
WAUKESHA - Wisconsin residents will spend $275 less than the national average during the holidays, according to a report released Wednesday by BMO Harris Bank.
GMF to steward Kohl’s arena gift 12-18-2014
MILWAUKEE - The Greater Milwaukee Foundation will be steward for the $100 million former U.S. Senator and Bucks owner Herb Kohl pledged towards the building of a new arena in Milwaukee, the organization announced Wednesday.
Northwestern Mutual grants $225,000 to area nonprofits 12-17-2014
MILWAUKEE – Northwestern Mutual is recognizing local area nonprofits with grants totaling $225,000 through its Days of Sharing program.
Export award applicants sought 12-17-2014
MADISON — The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is seeking applicants for the 2015 Governor’s Export Achievement Award, which recognizes businesses and organizations that have achieved extraordinary results in international markets or have contributed to the state’s ability to compete in the global economy.
A fresh place to shop for food 12-17-2014
HARTFORD — Fox Bros. Piggly Wiggly opened last week to an overwhelming response from the community, one that co-owner Patrick Fox said he hasn’t experienced in his 41 years in the business.
Company plans $20 million expansion 12-17-2014
GERMANTOWN - A package of state, county and village financial incentives has primed the pump for jobs at a growing Germantown company.
‘We want to put our stamp on this team’ 12-17-2014
WAUKESHA - A new downtown Milwaukee arena has the potential to be more than just the home for the Milwaukee Bucks - it has a chance to enliven the entire city, in addition to the state and the region, according to Alex Lasry.
Luxury apartment proposal for Bishop’s Woods gets mixed reviews  12-17-2014
BROOKFIELD - During Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, aldermen voiced differing views on a luxury apartment complex proposed for Bishop’s Woods, citing the possibility to add vitality to an older office park but also questioning if that was the right location for a project with a high density level.
Council approves final plans for former Kmart site 12-17-2014
WAUKESHA - A former Kmart has sat vacant at 120 W. Sunset Drive for three years, but it will soon be home to an updated retail center as the Common Council unanimously approved final plans for the site Tuesday night.
Heraeus Electro-Nite adding 60 positions to Hartland facility 12-16-2014
HARTLAND — Heraeus Electro-Nite has already started the process of filling 60 positions that will be transferred to the Lake Country facility once the plant in Ellwood City, Pa., is closed in the coming months.
Mequon’s Sydney b. Corp. announces expansion 12-16-2014
MEQUON — Sydney b. Corp. is excited to announce expansion plans for a new dance store and kids’ clothing line.
Johnson Bank moves into county
A 45-year-old company with banking offices sprinkled throughout Wisconsin has officially made its foray into Ozaukee County.
Commerce State Bank expands 12-16-2014
CEDARBURG — Even though Commerce State Bank has entered its fifth year of service to the greater Cedarburg community, last week marked a major milestone for the bank with an open house at its new bank facility.
Developers of Kmart site trying again tonight 12-16-2014
WAUKESHA — Less than a week after essentially being sent back to the drawing board by the Plan Commission, prospective developers of a long-vacant Kmart site on Sunset Drive have tweaked the design in hopes of getting a second chance for approval.
Waukesha County agencies receive funds raised through Miracle on Canal program 12-16-2014
MILWAUKEE - Potawatomi Hotel & Casino donated $1,035,789 to 30 local children’s charities Friday through its Miracle on Canal Street program. It marks the second straight year the program has surpassed the $1 million mark in fundraising.
Have falling gas prices ‘overshot their target?’ 12-16-2014
WAUKESHA - The price of oil has fallen by nearly 50 percent in the last six months, a surprisingly steep drop that’s left consumers cheering but has economists questioning whether this decline is actually good or bad.
Delafield to review Village Square settlement agreement
DELAFIELD - A proposed senior living project is providing a starting point for city staff to review a settlement agreement for Village Square development at Highway 16 and Highway 83, which has caused uncertainty about what type of development is allowable under its parameters.
Hartland panel backs Riverwalk apartment development
HARTLAND - A developer’s proposed revamp of downtown Hartland received a nod of approval from a panel Monday, but further steps in the review process are still underway.
Brandish Creative Group launches to support regional, small businesses 12-15-2014
OCONOMOWOC – Launched by Tony Stone, regional graphic artist and marketing expert, Brandish offers a variety of services for small businesses, including logo design and branding, environmental graphics, brochures, catalogs, direct marketing, web design and email marketing, and advertising requirements.
DFI announces launch of streamlined electronic filing depository for investors 12-15-2014
MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions announced the launch of the online Electronic Filing Depository to enhance the efficiency of the regulatory filing process for certain exempt securities offerings.
Report: Wisconsin lost over 68,000 jobs to China from 2001-2013 12-14-2014
WASHINGTON D.C. - The United States’ surging trade deficit with China has cost it more than 3.2 million American jobs, including 68,600 in Wisconsin alone - the 11th-highest total among all states - according to a study released this week.
The golden years of work 12-14-2014
WAUKESHA - It’s well known that the days of having one career for your entire life and then retiring are long over. Now, workers are switching jobs more often, having more than one career and often working a part-time job or starting a business after retirement.
Connecture stock value increases 10% during first day of trading 12-14-2014
BROOKFIELD — The first day of trading of stock for Brookfield-based Connecture went well with the price increasing 10 percent by the closing of Friday’s market.
Taxi service offers safe rides in Lake Country 12-14-2014
HARTLAND — When Mike Ellis started his taxi business in Lake Country he wanted to provide affordable and safe service to an underserved area of the county.
A real-world education 12-14-2014
WAUKESHA — Seniors Cade Campbell and Garrett Lamb stood before a group of manufacturing leaders at Hydro-Thermal Corporation Friday morning, pitching an invention they have been laboring on for the past two months.
Gearbox Express moving into new 75,000 square-foot facility 12-13-2014
MUKWONAGO - After three years at its original location, Gearbox Express will make the move to a larger facility next year.
All in the Family 12-13-2014
TOWN OF WAUKESHA - When Jerry Kawatski’s daughter first brought home Ryan Stefanski, did he really think he’d be handing down his auto mechanic business to the young man one day?
Pewaukee Common Council to discuss revision to proposed sports complex 12-13-2014
CITY OF PEWAUKEE - The Common Council will discuss a revision to the electrical plan for the proposed sports complex during its meeting Monday evening.
Senior living facility on Delafield council agenda 12-13-2014
DELAFIELD - A proposal for a senior assisted living and memory care facility on the Village Square property will be discussed during Monday’s Common Council meeting.
Gener8tor company Optyn acquired 12-12-2014
CHICAGO — A graduate of the Wisconsin gener8tor program, Optyn announced it was acquired by Central Data Storage, a leader in providing software as a service to medical and specialty professionals, for an undisclosed amount.
Revenue increases 25 percent for Sonic Foundry in fourth quarter 12-12-2014
MADISON — Sonic Foundry, Inc. announced the results for its successful fourth quarter during which revenues increased 25 percent to $8.5 million.
Wisconsin delegation welcomes Navy ship decision 12-12-2014
GREEN BAY, Wis.  — Members of Wisconsin's congressional delegation are welcoming the Defense Department's decision to upgrade rather than cancel the littoral combat ship program.
Real estate market closing the gap 12-12-2014
WAUKESHA - Single-family home sales in the Milwaukee metro area were ahead for the third consecutive month, according to a release from the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors.
Walker, Bucks president Feigin speak at Business Alliance event 12-12-2014
BROOKFIELD - Newly appointed Milwaukee Bucks President Peter Feigin said his team needs to become a magnet for the city, region and state, and new owners Mark Lasry and Wesley Edens are willing to spend the money needed to do so.
Children’s Hospital, Medical College get $3 million gift
WAUWATOSA — Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the Medical College of Wisconsin announced Thursday they have received a $3 million gift from the Kelben Foundation to address community mental health needs, which will be used to establish a Community Mental Health Initiative.
Brookfield Square Mall extends hours for holiday shopping 12-11-2014
BROOKFIELD — There’s less than two weeks to shop for Christmas, and in response Brookfield Square Mall has extended its operating hours.
Wisconsin takes home more awards for cheese than other states 12-11-2014
MADISON — When people think of Wisconsin, they often think of cheese.
AIDS Network to merge with AIDS Resource Center 12-11-2014
MILWAUKEE — Effective Feb. 1, AIDS Network and AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin will be one organization with combined resources.
Manufacturers seek women for hard-to-fill jobs 12-11-2014
MILWAUKEE — Some companies looking for welders, machinists and other skilled workers are turning their sights to women.
Cedarburg to host TIF talk 12-11-2014
CEDARBURG — The city of Cedarburg will host a discussion for residents on tax incremental financing. The event will be held at 6.30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, W63 N645 Washington Ave.
Plan comes together for Grafton’s south side 12-11-2014
GRAFTON — Development is coming to Grafton as plans for Village Pointe Commons, a 204-unit senior housing development, are moving forward in the south commercial district.
Commission wants more out of old Kmart building 12-11-2014
WAUKESHA - The Plan Commission agrees with most people in the city that the vacant Kmart building on Sunset Drive is an eyesore, but it doesn’t want just anything to come in and replace it.
Health Care transparency advances in Wisconsin with new hospital quality rating system 12-10-2014
MADISON – The Wisconsin Hospital Association recently released its latest version of CheckPoint, a web-based resource that provides hospital-specific quality and safety data related to the care that patients receive while in the hospital.
Railroad settles Mississippi River oil spill claim 12-10-2014
IOWA CITY, Iowa — A railroad company has agreed to pay $625,000 to settle allegations that it failed to adequately clean up a 2008 oil spill that damaged the shoreline and aquatic life in the Mississippi River between Iowa and Wisconsin.
West Bend creates Business of Year award 12-10-2014
WEST BEND - West Bend is starting a Business of the Year program as a way to thank the job-producers in West Bend.
Kohl’s plans to be open 100 hours as Christmas approaches 12-10-2014
MENOMONEE FALLS - Kohl’s Department Stores announced Tuesday its stores will be open for more than 100 straight hours starting at 6 a.m. on Dec. 19 through Christmas Eve.
Health centers receive part of HHS funding awards 12-10-2014
MILWAUKEE - Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $377,429 in Affordable Care Act funding to 15 health centers in Wisconsin to recognize health center quality improvement achievements and invest in ongoing quality improvement activities.
Pewaukee trucking company receives grant from state

MILWAUKEE - The Department of Administration’s State Energy Office has awarded nearly $1 million to 53 Wisconsin motor carriers to help fund diesel truck idling reduction technologies.
Aurora Health Care donating $10 million toward community health initiatives 12-10-2014
MILWAUKEE - Aurora Health Care has announced a supplemental, one-time contribution of $10 million to expand and enhance community health and wellness programs in eastern Wisconsin.
Renovations transforming Milwaukee Marriott West 12-10-2014
CITY OF PEWAUKEE - An ongoing renovation project at the Milwaukee Marriott West is set to transform it from a traditional lodging into a more welcoming, state-of-the-art hotel equipped to meet all the needs of a growing millennial population.
Luxury apartments proposal moves forward in Brookfield
BROOKFIELD - The Brookfield Plan Commission liked what it saw in the renderings and plans for 194 luxury apartments proposed for the Bishop’s Woods development off Bluemound Road and is recommending that the Common Council approves the comprehensive plan amendment and rezoning during its next meeting.
‘The best holiday present’ 12-10-2014
PEWAUKEE - The Waukesha County Technical College Foundation has raised the money needed to build a proposed $4.5 million Integrated Manufacturing Center, concluding  a months-long fundraising effort.
WMC says right-to-work, tax cut are priorities 12-09-2014
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin's most powerful business lobbying group is calling on the Legislature to pass a right-to-work law, something Republican Gov. Scott Walker has repeatedly said distracts from his agenda.
Tax report to Walker offers no recommendations 12-09-2014
MADISON, Wis.  — A report from Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler written after a year of meetings around Wisconsin about the state's tax climate offers no specific recommendations for changes.
Deal opens Chinese market to Regal Ware 12-09-2014
KEWASKUM — Regal Ware Inc. signed an agreement Monday that will increase sales of its products to the 1.39 billion consumers in China.
Students take part in Mini Business World 12-09-2014
WEST BEND - Some say the best way to learn is by doing.
Financial literacy workshops offered 12-09-2014
PEWAUKEE — The Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development Board is pleased to announce its partnership with GreenPath Inc. will continue through March 2015, offering free financial literacy workshops called “Steps to Financial Freedom” across the three-county area.
Pink Llama, Java House collaborate on coffee, art 12-09-2014
CEDARBURG — The Pink Llama, W62 N580 Washington Ave., has added an espresso and coffee bar that will be staffed by Cedarburg’s Java House Cafe and Micro Roaster on Saturdays and selected Sundays.
Tree farm aids charity 12-09-2014
GRAFTON — This season, Trees for Less has been looking to do more.
New Port Road retail development approved in Mequon
MEQUON — Plans for a six-tenant retail development along North Port Washington Road advanced last week after a bit of architectural tweaking by Mequon’s planning commission.
Hartland River Walk Apartments plans reduced in size
HARTLAND - Revised plans for the proposed downtown River Walk Apartments include fewer units and parking spots, but at least one village trustee Monday was concerned that there was not enough parking.
Regal Ware nears deal to expand sales in China 12-07-2014
WEST BEND - Regal Ware Inc. is scheduled to sign an agreement with officials from one of the world’s largest direct selling companies Monday that will open China to the Kewaskum and West Bend company’s for greater sales of its high-end stainless steel and cast aluminum cookware.
Former Kmart building could get big facelift 12-07-2014
WAUKESHA — Broker Jon Thoresen says by the time construction is done at the former Kmart building at 120 E. Sunset Drive, it will be “unrecognizable.”
Carroll gets $1 million grant from Bucyrus Foundation
WAUKESHA — Carroll University has received a $1 million challenge grant from the Bucyrus Foundation of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation toward the construction of new science facilities at the college.
Madison consumer group offers alternative I-94 corridor construction plan 12-07-2014
MILWAUKEE — As public hearings got underway this week for the Interstate 94 East-West Corridor project in Milwaukee, one Madison consumer group has begun pushing its own construction alternative which seeks to enable "21st century mobility" through the area.
Leaders tout economic development
ST. FRANCIS — “Development” was the buzzword recently as leaders across Milwaukee County’s South Shore suburban communities gathered to discuss how their respective municipalities are gaining momentum economically.
Fairchild Equipment celebrates expansion into southern Wisconsin 12-05-2014
MENOMONEE FALLS — As Fairchild Equipment continues to grow it celebrated the opening of its new Menomonee Falls facility and its expansion into southern Wisconsin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday.
New product sales buoy Johnson Outdoors fiscal 2014 results 12-05-2014
RACINE — Well-performing new products helped to make up for a poor-performing first half of fiscal 2014 for Johnson Outdoors.





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