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Wisconsin credit unions increase lending in 2018 02-09-2019
MADISON - Total lending, as well as net income, increased at Wisconsin’s 125 state-chartered credit unions, when compared to 2017, according to data released Friday by the Department of Financial Institutions.
WOW Workforce Development is now Forward Careers
If you’ve ever lived in Waukesha, Washington or Ozaukee counties and found yourself looking for a job, you may have received some assistance from Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington (or WOW) Workforce Development, Inc.
Survey: More than half of retailers just surviving 02-08-2019
Generally, retailers are considered an optimistic bunch, but a new survey has revealed some sobering results about the opportunities they see ahead or the lack of them.
Aldi opens second Waukesha store 02-08-2019
WAUKESHA — Waukesha’s second Aldi grocery store opened Thursday at 2210 W. St. Paul Ave. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and giveaways.
Local pharmacists discuss evolving industry 02-08-2019
WAUKESHA — It’s no secret old-timey pharmacies with soda fountains, barstools and stained cabinetry have faded away, but some family-run and independent pharmacies have found a way to survive in an industry marked by acquisitions and mergers.
U-Haul redevelopment plan for former Kmart appears ‘dead’ 02-08-2019
HARTFORD — The proposed redevelopment of the former Kmart site in Hartford Plaza by U-Haul Moving and Storage appears dead, at least for now.
US jobless aid applications plummet to low level of 234,000 02-08-2019
WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped sharply last week, a sign that layoffs are rare and the job market is strong.
Fiserv has 4Q profit of $286 million 02-08-2019
BROOKFIELD — Fiserv Inc. (FISV) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $286 million.
Shopko announces more store closings, including Watertown and Racine 02-08-2019
WAUKESHA — Green Bay-based Shopko announced the additional planned closures of stores around the country, including in Watertown and Racine.
The Mayfair Collection’s next phase receives approval 02-08-2019
WAUWATOSA — The terms of a development agreement allowing for the creation of seven development pad sites that can accommodate up to 750 additional residential units and 360,000 square feet of corporate space has been approved by the city of Wauwatosa.
Cedarburg’s Arrabelle project on track 02-07-2019
CEDARBURG — Since receiving its final approvals in February 2018, the Arrabelle project on the south side of Cedarburg’s downtown district has been a flurry of activity.
Downtown Cedarburg TID project spurs discussion 02-07-2019
CEDARBURG — The process of creating a new development is one with many steps and many discussions. The latest revisions to Greg Zimmerschied’s planned project on the corner of Mill Street and Washington Avenue in Cedarburg’s tax incremental financing district No. 3 was a prime example of this at Monday’s Plan Commission meeting.
Gallery of Wisconsin Art owner Hartman retiring 02-07-2019
Ric Hartman swelled with pride as he walked through the Gallery of Wisconsin Art, which he established two years ago.
Craig Husar jewelry store opens at new site in Town of Brookfield 02-07-2019
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — The jewelry store once called Lyle Husar Designs is still run by the same family but has a new name and location.
ProHealth Care breaks ground on $55M facility, renovations 02-07-2019
MUKWONAGO — Pro-Health Care staff and community members gathered at ProHealth’s Mukwonago medical campus Wednesday as the company broke ground on its new $55 million hospital and medical campus renovations.
Part of American Family amphitheater roof raised 02-06-2019
MILWAUKEE — A portion of the American Family Insurance Amphitheater roof on the Summerfest grounds was lifted Tuesday to almost double the height of the existing roof. It went from 39 feet to 65 feet.
Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport drops ‘General’ 02-06-2019
MILWAUKEE — To be more reflective of its geographical location, General Mitchell International Airport dropped “General” from its name and added “Milwaukee” on Monday, making the airport hub now called Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport.
Generac Power Systems opens distribution center in Janesville 02-06-2019
TOWN OF GENESEE — Generac Power Systems announced Tuesday it has opened a new distribution center in Janesville that will employ 80 people to fill a variety of positions, including material handling, shipping and receiving.
Event barn approved in Lac La Belle 02-06-2019
LAC LA BELLE — The Prestwick Group’s plans to build a 5,500-square-foot event barn next to the Club at Lac La Belle Golf Course, in addition to renovating the golf course club house and constructing new parking lots for the facilities, have been approved by the village.
U.S. Bank to lay off 40 workers in Brookfield 02-06-2019
WAUKESHA — U.S. Bank notified the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development on Tuesday that it will lay off 40 employees at its Brookfield branch at 16900 W. Capitol Drive.
Mequon’s Gentian Financial growing 02-05-2019
MEQUON — Construction is underway to expand the former one-room schoolhouse to house the growing needs of Gentian Financial Inc.
Eric’s Porter Haus suspends menu after losing cook 02-05-2019
WAUKESHA — Local surf and turf lovers may have to rest their steak knives for a few days.
The changing face of retail 02-05-2019
If you’ve kept a watchful eye on retail-related headlines this past year, the headlines can seem ominous — particularly for traditional brick-and-mortar retailers.
From small business to global player
TOWN OF GENESEE — To drive past its sprawling, newly remodeled corporate headquarters off Genesee and Hillside roads southwest of Waukesha, it’s hard to imagine that Generac Power Systems was once a small business with only five employees.
A sign to smile 02-03-2019
WEST BEND — The saying “less is more,” coupled with a desire to spread a positive message, inspired one gas station owner to use her message board in a new way.
Marcus acquires Movie Tavern, reports quarterly earnings
MILWAUKEE — The new year has started with positive momentum for The Marcus Corporation which announced Friday it has completed the acquisition of Movie Tavern, increasing its footprint by 23 percent, and that its fourth quarter earnings were up 5.7 percent.
Consumers Love Valentine’s Day 02-02-2019
WAUKESHA — Love has not been lost for those who celebrate Valentine’s Day with a record amount of money anticipated to be spent for the romantic day, according to the National Retail Federation.
Lang seeks I-94/Highway C land 02-02-2019
DELAFIELD — Calendar entrepreneur and developer Bob Lang is planning a complex of seven multiuse buildings that he has dubbed “New Delafield” on 28 acres he is trying to acquire near Interstate 94 and Highway C, south of the downtown business district.
US employers add robust 304K jobs; joblessness up to 4 pct. 02-01-2019
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers shrugged off last month's partial government shutdown and engaged in a burst of hiring in January, adding 304,000 jobs, the most in nearly a year.
Hartford Chamber honors volunteers, businesses at annual dinner 02-01-2019
HARTFORD — Unusually cold winter weather failed to stop the annual Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner from going on as planned Thursday night at the Chandelier Ballroom.
First full-service dermatology clinic in West Bend is open for business 02-01-2019
WEST BEND — Dr. Burt Steffes recently brought the first full-service dermatology clinic to West Bend when he opened his practice, Dermatology an Cosmetic Physicians, S.C.
Vacant Sonic still to be replaced by Summit Credit Union 02-01-2019
WAUKESHA — Nine months after receiving final site plan approval from the Plan Commission, Summit Credit Union has confirmed that it still plans to construct a 3,900-square-foot branch at the site of the long-shuttered Sonic drive-thru at Moreland Boulevard and Springdale Road.
Waukesha’s 2nd Aldi to open Feb. 7
WAUKESHA — Waukesha's second Aldi grocery store is slated to open next Thursday, Feb. 7, at 2210 W. St. Paul Ave. next to the Kohl's Department Store at the Fox Run Shopping Center.
Evers, Foxconn say Wisconsin project moving forward
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers' administration and Foxconn Technology Group both say they are moving forward with plans for a project that could employ up to 13,000 people.
Fed keeps key rate unchanged and pledges to be 'patient'
WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve is keeping its key interest rate unchanged and signaling it could leave rates alone in coming months given economic pressures and mild inflation.
Foxconn changes focus of massive Wisconsin project
MADISON, Wis. — Foxconn Technology Group is changing the focus of its planned $10 billion Wisconsin campus, while insisting it remains committed to creating 13,000 jobs as promised.
Wisconsin Supreme Court says bank not liable in Koss embezzlement 01-29-2019
MADISON, Wis. — A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court says Park Bank isn't liable in a Koss Corp. executive's scheme to embezzle $34 million from the Milwaukee-based headphones manufacturer.
Harley-Davidson 4Q revenue weak, motorcycle shipments down 01-29-2019
MILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson's fourth-quarter profit dropped from a year earlier, stung by a large restructuring expense.
CUW to host business lecture series 01-29-2019
MEQUON — Concordia University Wisconsin’s Batterman School of Business will kick off its fourth annual MBA Industry Leaders Seminar Wednesday with a presentation by Andy Nunemaker, CEO of Milwaukee-based Dynamis Corp., entitled “Confessions of a Serial Entrepreneur.”
Thiensville development advances 01-29-2019
THIENSVILLE — Final designs and a firm construction schedule are still to be submitted, but plans for a retail and apartment development in downtown Thiensville cleared a first hurdle last week.
Living up to the Hype 01-29-2019
MEQUON — HYPE is an acronym for “heighten your performance everyday.”
Third phase of Lumberyard 1505 to get underway soon 01-29-2019
GRAFTON — The Lumberyard development continues to lumber forward, as the development has entered the first stages of another phase.
Survey of economists: U.S. recession unlikely within 12 months 01-29-2019
WASHINGTON — A majority of business economists foresee no recession in the United States within the next 12 months but do predict a slowdown in growth this year.
Public hearing set for land use plan at Olympia 01-29-2019
OCONOMOWOC — A public hearing has been set to hear comments from citizens about a proposed amendment to the Oconomowoc Comprehensive Land Use Plan for 2010-30 regarding the former Olympia site.
U.S. charges Chinese tech giant Huawei, top executive
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department unsealed criminal charges Monday against Chinese tech giant Huawei, two of its subsidiaries and a top executive, who are accused of misleading banks about the company’s business and violating U.S. sanctions.
Wahlberg family restaurant coming to Town of Brookfield 01-29-2019
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — Turns out the Wahlberg family is more than actors and performers — they are also creative in the kitchen.
Redevelopment Authority could finalize RFP for Delafield Street strip mall site 01-26-2019
WAUKESHA — In what is shaping up to be a slow period at City Hall next week, the one committee slated to take some notable action is the city’s Redevelopment Authority.
Upskilling on the up 01-26-2019
WAUKESHA — The decade-long debate of whether automation is replacing humans in the job market has culminated in a study suggesting that robots may not in fact be taking over.
For sale: a piece of vinyl history 01-25-2019
THIENSVILLE — When you walk up the five steps and swing open the wooden door to Stardust Records & Collectibles, it’s like entering a time capsule.
Strattec Security reports 2Q loss of $22.2 million 01-25-2019
MILWAUKEE — Strattec Security Corp. (STRT) on Thursday reported a fiscal second-quarter loss of $22.2 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier.
First Business Financial Services: 4Q Earnings Snapshot
MADISON — First Business Financial Services Inc. (FBIZ) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $4.1 million.
Associated Banc-Corp reports 4Q earnings of $89 million
GREEN BAY — Associated Banc-Corp (ASB) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $89 million.
Mayor reflects on local economy after news of ShopKo’s closing 01-25-2019
WEST BEND — Mayor Kraig Sadownikow said he thinks the local economy is doing well; despite news of ShopKo closing in West Bend, other new businesses show promise.
Former Waukesha Engine transitions to new owner 01-25-2019
WAUKESHA — An Innio sign is draped over the former GE’s Distributed Power sign in Waukesha on Thursday.
Walmart raises driver wages, can make up to almost $90K in first year 01-25-2019
MILWAUKEE — Yet another company is raising its wages to find workers. Walmart announced Thursday that its drivers will receive a pay increase so they can now earn an average of $87,500 in their first year of employment.
Evers to commit $31M in budget plan for Marinette Marine
MARINETTE, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers plans to commit $31 million in his budget plan to help Marinette Marine.
Holiday heartbreak for retailers 01-24-2019
NEW YORK — The holiday season was a brutal one for U.S. retailers, especially department stores and companies that sell luxury products, and companies and investors alike didn’t see it coming.
Briggs & Stratton reports second quarter loss 01-24-2019
WAUWATOSA — Briggs & Stratton Corp. (BGG) on Wednesday reported a loss of $2.6 million in its fiscal second quarter.
raSmith to open office in Milwaukee 01-24-2019
MILWAUKEE — raSmith will open an office in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood during March.
Bringing the ‘etcetera’ to wine bar 01-24-2019
OCONOMOWOC — Vino Etc. is under new ownership as of Jan. 1 with former Vino Etc. bartender Brian Borkowski taking over.
The keg connoisseur 01-24-2019
MILWAUKEE — When the dust settles at a college party and the keg is finally tapped, what happens to the keg?
Partnership Bank to be acquired by Bank First National 01-24-2019
CEDARBURG — It’s a new chapter for another homegrown Ozaukee County banking institution. On Wednesday, Manitowoc-based Bank First National Corp. announced plans to acquire Cedarburg-based Partnership Bank.
Milwaukee W-O-W unemployment rate drops further in December 01-24-2019
WAUKESHA — The unemployment rates for metro Milwaukee took another dip in December coming in at 2.7 percent, down slightly from the 2.9 percent rate in November and 2.8 percent for December 2017, according to data released Wednesday.
Walgreens settles Medicaid violation accusations 01-23-2019
MILWAUKEE — The U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Wisconsin says Walgreens has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle allegations that it failed to comply with Medicaid rules designed to ensure that stimulant medications are dispensed for appropriate medical treatment.
Richfield petitions railroads head for Holy Hill Road crossing work 01-23-2019
RICHFIELD — As part of development of a new Kwik Trip store in the village at the site of a former truck stop and restaurant, the village is petitioning the state Office of the Commissioner of Railroads to determine whether changes at a railroad crossing on Holy Hill Road (Highway 167) just west of the development site are needed.
LindenGrove’s New Berlin location to open in February
BROOKFIELD — Linden-Grove Communities announced Tuesday that its newest location will open in February in New Berlin.
MMAC: Metro Milwaukee business owners optimistic 01-23-2019
WAUKESHA — Business owners in the metro Milwaukee area are feeling optimistic about 2019, according to a recent survey by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.
160-plus years and counting 01-23-2019
SLINGER — For over 160 years, the building on the corner of West Washington Street and South Kettle Moraine Drive in downtown Slinger has had a tenure in the restaurant and pub business.
Miller Park won't be called Miller Park in 2021 01-22-2019
MILWAUKEE — The home of the Milwaukee Brewers will be renamed when MillerCoors' naming rights expire following the 2020 season.
Better Business Bureau creates tool for reporting suspicious ads 01-22-2019
WAUKESHA — Suspicious ads are everywhere and the Better Business Bureau has responded by creating the online tool BBB AdTruth to enable shoppers to report suspicious or misleading ads.
Badger Railing to expand in Milwaukee 01-22-2019
OCONOMOWOC — Badger Railing has hired MSI General Corporation to design and build an approximate 16,500-square-foot plant, lunchroom and locker room to its facility at 3880 W. Milwaukee Road in Milwaukee.
Cedarburg investment firms join forces 01-22-2019
CEDARBURG — Linden Investment Consultants, a Cedarburg-based financial services firm, announced Jan. 9 it has chosen to align with LPL Financial, the nation’s largest independent broker/dealer, to support its business.
Area law firm now Willms-O’Leary 01-22-2019
THIENSVILLE – Willms S.C., a local estate planning law firm on North Main Street in Thiensville announced on Jan. 1 that it has changed its name to Willms-O’Leary S.C.
Belgianwerkx changes hands 01-22-2019
MEQUON — Belgianwerkx Bicycle Studio, a Mequon supplier of bikes, components and accessories for the serious cyclist, is under new ownership.
Acieta launches new automated welding equipment 01-22-2019
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — Acieta has launched FastARC Standard Weld Cells, which will help manufacturers adopt new robotic welding capabilities quickly and inexpensively, the City of Pewaukee company announced.
Former Fox 6 journalist to lead seminar in West Bend 01-21-2019
Katrina Cravy, a former Fox 6 television personality in Milwaukee and best known for the “Contact 6” segment, will lead an emergency crisis communication seminar in West Bend.
Ristorante Lago to close, reopen under new brand 01-20-2019
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — Ristorante Lago on Pewaukee Lake will be closing Jan. 26 and reopen in February with a new name and concept.
Keller named general contractor for ProAmpac expansion in Hartford 01-20-2019
HARTFORD — Keller Construction, with offices in the Fox Cities, has been named the general contractor for a major expansion of the ProAmpac facility at 2261 Innovation Way in the city’s industrial park.
Newburg officials approve Casey’s General Store site plan
NEWBURG — Casey’s General Store’s site plan received full support after Thursday night’s meeting with the village’s trustees.
ProHealth Care wants to remodel entrances at Waukesha Memorial 01-20-2019
WAUKESHA — Patients and guests visiting ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital could be in for a new greeting with proposed remodels of the East Entrance and North Wing of the facility.
Aerospace defense manufacturer plans new HQ in City of Pewaukee 01-20-2019
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — The Angelus Corporation’s proposed 40,000-square-foot headquarters was approved following a Plan Commission meeting Thursday night.
Franklin company’s closure affects 2 employees, 83 contractors 01-20-2019
FRANKLIN — Becton, Dickinson and Company notified the Wisconsin Department of Transportation on Friday that it will close its Franklin location, which will result in two employees losing their jobs.
Raised Grain to celebrate new taproom and brewery next weekend 01-20-2019
WAUKESHA — A two-day celebration of Raised Grain Brewing has been planned for next weekend to welcome customers to its new taproom and brewery on Dolphin Drive in Waukesha.
Paul Davis company moving to City of Pewaukee 01-20-2019
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — As its operations continue to grow in the Milwaukee area, Paul Davis of Southeast and Fox Valley will move its offices to the City of Pewaukee off Interstate 94.
Foxconn creates 1,000-plus jobs in 2018, will not seek state co-investment 01-20-2019
MILWAUKEE — Foxconn Technology Group announced it created 1,032 jobs in support of its Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park with 178 of those jobs meeting the requirement for the 2018 round of investment tax credits/co-investment from the state; however, it will not seek the first round of co-investment from the state.
Selling CBD oil is the new side hustle for moms 01-18-2019
CHICAGO — Looking to relieve her miniature dachshund Parky’s arthritis, Plainfield, Ill., mother of two Teressa Sworsky discovered hemp oil.
Putting a strain on the little guy 01-18-2019
WEST BEND — The partial federal government shutdown has ranging effects throughout Washington County both directly and indirectly.
Study shows more shoppers want free shipping 01-18-2019
WAUKESHA — A recent survey conducted by the National Retail Federation found that more consumers want and expect free shipping for items they buy online; however, more are embracing options such as local store pickup.
Manitou North America to present new equipment 01-18-2019
WEST BEND — New products from Manitou North America will be introduced at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas and will include Gehl, Mustang and Manitou brands.
Master Z’s to open store in former Laacke & Joys location
WAUKESHA — Master Z’s announced Thursday it will open another store location in the Town of Brookfield where Laacke & Joys was located until it recently closed.
Court approves Shopko to continue operations during bankruptcy 01-18-2019
GREEN BAY — Just a day after filing for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 protection, Shopko was informed it could continue its operations.
Wisconsin unemployment rate remains 3 percent 01-17-2019
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin's unemployment rate remains at 3 percent, marking the 11th month in a row at has been at that level of lower.
Industrial areas can include health care offices 01-17-2019
OCONOMOWOC — The Oconomowoc Common Council passed a resolution to amend an ordinance to allow medical and dental offices, as well as physical, occupational and massage therapy businesses in industrial zoned areas.
Mediator to determine next steps for lakefront condo proposal 01-17-2019
OCONOMOWOC — An outside mediator will likely be enlisted to determine next steps for a controversial condominium project at the historic 517 Lake Road site in the heart of Oconomowoc.
Hearing set on Herzing’s planned reuse of Fresh Market site 01-17-2019
BROOKFIELD — The proposed transformation of a former high-end grocery store space into a university campus building in Brookfield moved one step closer to reality this week.
First Pigtails & Crewcuts opens in state 01-17-2019
BROOKFIELD — A salon focusing on making getting a haircut fun for a child has opened in Brookfield.
Osage Food Products buys former Carnation plant 01-17-2019
OCONOMOWOC — Osage Food Products has purchased the building at 132 S. Concord Road that once housed Carnation operations and then was home to Lake Country Foods.
Shopko files for bankruptcy; will close West Bend and other stores 01-17-2019
WEST BEND — Shopko announced Wednesday it and its subsidiaries filed for a court-supervised financial restructuring under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.
Fiserv buys First Data for $22B, creating fintech giant 01-16-2019
NEW YORK — Fiserv is buying First Data in a $22 billion all-stock deal, creating a giant player in the payments and financial technology sector.
Sears staves off liquidation, stores to remain open 01-16-2019
NEW YORK — Sears will live on— at least for now.
Watertown barbershop wins Main Street Makeover Contest 01-16-2019
MADISON — The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation announced Tuesday that Anthony’s 511 barbershop in downtown Watertown is the winner in its annual Main Street Makeover Contest.
Child and Family Therapeutic Systems adds new Elkhorn location 01-16-2019
ELKHORN — A new location in Elkhorn has been opened by Child and Family Therapeutic Systems to increase access to personalized, systemic therapeutic services.
State AG obtains $360K judgment against Froedtert Memorial 01-16-2019
MADISON — Attorney General Josh Kaul’s office has reportedly obtained a judgment against Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Inc., requiring the health care provider to pay $360,000 in forfeitures, court costs, surcharges, and attorney fees for violating state hazardous waste laws and regulations at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa.
ReStore to take over vacant Gander Mountain building in Germantown 01-16-2019
GERMANTOWN — A former big-box retail space in Germantown that once housed Gander Mountain could soon be repurposed for an expanded resale shop operated by Habitat for Humanity.
Wisconsin offers assistance to furloughed federal employees 01-16-2019
MADISON — Federal employees who are finding themselves on furlough because of the federal shutdown are able to apply for unemployment benefits in Wisconsin to help meet their financial needs.
Mama Mia’s in Mequon moving to Germantown 01-16-2019
MEQUON — Jude Barbiere’s Mama Mia’s, which has been located for more than six years in Mequon, is moving to Germantown.
Little Switzerland 01-16-2019
SLINGER — Little Switzerland is again welcoming visitors to the slopes, now boasting nearly a decade of operation under its current management.
North Shore Dance Studio moving  01-15-2019
MEQUON — New Year. New Home. This is North Shore Dance Studio’s 2019 slogan as the performance studio gears up to transition into a different space by the end of the month.
Former Tecumseh Products site in Grafton picks up another tenant  01-15-2019
GRAFTON — Phoenix Investors, which purchased the former Tecumseh Products Co. engine plant in Grafton, has another tenant for the building.
Grafton Shopko one of six to close 01-15-2019
GRAFTON — Weeks of rumors about the demise of the Shopko store in Grafton are now official.
Hartford panel rejects U-Haul development of former Kmart site 01-15-2019
HARTFORD — Officials of U-Haul Moving and Storage Company left Monday night’s Plan Commission meeting disappointed and refused to comment after the Commission voted against approving the company’s plan to redevelop the Hartford Plaza into large U-Haul Neighborhood Store.
Evers wants WEDC to create entrepreneurship committee
WAUKESHA — Gov. Tony Evers is asking the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to create a committee for entrepreneurship and innovation.
Leases, used car sales could be hurt by tax refunds: What to know 01-15-2019
DETROIT — The warnings flashed a few years back: 2019 was to be a year of the “lease tsunami.”
Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year award nominees announced 01-15-2019
MADISON — The companies competing to be named to the 31st Annual Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Awards list has been narrowed down to 28.
Cost-slasher Digital First makes run at Gannett 01-15-2019
Digital First Media, the hedge fund-controlled firm known for extreme cost-cutting in newsrooms from the Philadelphia suburbs to California, is making a $1.4-billion hostile bid for Gannett Co., the publisher of more than 100 daily newspapers, including USA Today and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
December home sales decline 10.8% in metro Milwaukee
WAUKESHA — The home selling market for the metro Milwaukee market did not end on a high note for 2018 with a decline of 1.4 percent in year-over-year sales and the month of December also dipping 10.8 percent when compared to last December, according to data from the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors on Monday.
Hom Wood Fired Grill to close at Bayshore 01-13-2019
GLENDALE — Like its first location in Brookfield, Hom Wood Fired Grill is set to close at Bayshore Town Center.
Herzing University proposes campus in vacant Brookfield building 01-13-2019
BROOKFIELD — Empty since summer, the former Fresh Market building at Brookfield Square may soon be filled by Herzing University.
Fiscal Facts: Manufacturing is a bigger share of Wisconsin's workforce than most other states 01-12-2019
WAUKESHA - In 2017, the manufacturing sector in Wisconsin produced $59.1 billion in economic output, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Shopko announces closure of 6 more stores in Wisconsin
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Shopko has announced the closure of six more stores in Wisconsin.
U-Haul proposes purchase, redevelopment of Hartford Plaza 01-11-2019
HARTFORD — U-Haul Moving and Storage is proposing to buy and develop the mostly and long vacant Hartford Plaza along Highway 60, but some city officials have said that if the company sticks to the plan as now proposed it is possible it could be rejected.
Target rings up strong holiday sales growth of 5.7% 01-11-2019
MINNEAPOLIS — Holiday sales jumped 5.7 percent at Target Corp. during the November-December holiday shopping season compared to a year ago, fueling what could be the retailer’s largest full-year sales gains since 2005.
Kohl’s reports increased holiday sales, improves outlook 01-11-2019
MENOMONEE FALLS —The holiday season was a jolly one for retailer Kohl’s Corporation, which on Thursday reported an increase of 1.2 percent in comparable sales, resulting in the company improving its fiscal outlook.
Weak holiday sales at department stores catch many off guard 01-10-2019
NEW YORK — NEW YORK — It was supposed to be a great holiday shopping season. Many investors had expected department stores to enjoy robust sales in light of a U.S. economy buoyed by low unemployment, higher wages, strong consumer confidence and cheap gas.
Creation of Okauchee downtown zoning district proposed
OKAUCHEE — Waukesha County and the Town of Oconomowoc are looking at creating a Downtown Okauchee Zoning District in order to improve upon the city’s downtown area and attract new businesses to the area.
New plans for historic Lake Road site submitted 01-10-2019
OCONOMOWOC — Renner Architects, the developer behind plans that would place a condominium project at the historic 517 Lake Road site, has submitted updated plans to be reviewed at the Architectural Commission meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday in City Hall, 174. E Wisconsin Ave.
Bamboo Bistro bound for Grafton 01-10-2019
GRAFTON — One family’s goal is to bring the food they know and love to the community around them, because their community is just another kind of family.
Council lifts zoning moratorium 01-10-2019
MEQUON — The Mequon Common Council took several steps Tuesday aimed at what members hope will guide appropriate development for a prominent entryway to the city.
Cedarburg condo concept plan stalls
CEDARBURG — A new condominium development on Cedarburg’s south side proposed for residents 55 years and older side will have to wait another month for a necessary amendment to the land-use plan and a rezone of the property.
WaterStone Bank launches program for first responders
WAUWATOSA — WaterStone Bank has created a program to serve area first responders called HERO.
Ascension Wisconsin partners with Emerus Holdings to expand health care coverage 01-10-2019
GLENDALE — Ascension Wisconsin announced Wednesday it has partnered with Emerus Holdings Inc., the nation’s first and largest operator of neighborhood hospitals, to expand health care coverage in Wisconsin.
Grubhub has arrived in Waukesha, Washington counties 01-10-2019
WAUKESHA — It’s a bitterly cold Wednesday afternoon, but inside the kitchen at Pho King Awesome, at 316 W. Sunset Drive on Waukesha’s south side, the steam wafting from stock pots is all the warmth that’s needed, as cooks hum about preparing meals.
Improv comedy club coming to The Corners of Brookfield 01-10-2019
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — The Corners is taking shape as the living, dining, shopping and entertainment center it was planned to be with Wednesday’s announcement that the comedy venue Improv will open in the center in 2020.
Panel endorses proposed Sendik’s renovations at The Corners 01-10-2019
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — The mixed-use Corners development is less than two years old, but structural changes are afoot as 2019 gets underway.
Shopko supplier says retailer will soon file for bankruptcy 01-09-2019
ASHWAUBENON, Wis. — A pharmaceutical drug supplier to Shopko says the Wisconsin-based retail chain is expected to file for bankruptcy next week.
Landmark Credit Union announces new Brookfield branch
NEW BERLIN — Landmark Credit Union announced on Tuesday plans for a new branch location in Brookfield on the northwest corner of Bluemound Road and Janacek Road.
Some in downtown West Bend group regret overpaying for students’ ideas
WEST BEND — Members of the Downtown West Bend Business Improvement District expressed some buyer’s remorse when they reviewed some of the ideas the high school and college students generated as part of The Commons group.
Erin Hills named a top golf course 01-09-2019
TOWN OF ERIN — Erin Hills Golf Course moved up two spots and landed at No. 42 on Golf Digest’s 100 greatest U.S. golf course rankings, which includes private and public courses.
Chicago-style pizza maker Giordano’s coming to Wisconsin 01-09-2019
WAUKESHA — For Wisconsin residents who love Chicago-style deep dish pizza, the real thing will be getting a little closer.
Experienced retailers open farmhouse chic store in Hartford 01-09-2019
HARTFORD — Experienced retailers and southeastern Wisconsin natives Sue and Bill Gessert have returned to the area to bring a new store to downtown Hartford.
ProHealth Care and UW Health extend partnership 01-09-2019
WAUKESHA — ProHealth Care and UW Health announced Tuesday it will extend its clinical partnership to include heart and vascular care.
Bowls joins Public Market 01-08-2019
MEQUON — Bowls, a popular restaurant in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood, was announced Friday as the latest addition to the Mequon Public Market.
Kwik Trip purchases West Bend Citgo station 01-08-2019
WEST BEND — Kwik Trip will continue to expand in West Bend through buying and rebranding a pre-existing gas station.
Jackson panel recommends storage unit proposal, but questions still loom 01-06-2019
JACKSON — After a one-month hiatus, a village of Jackson panel Thursday gave a favorable recommendation to a proposed 60-unit storage facility near a residential development.
Bowls to open second location in Mequon 01-05-2019
MEQUON — Bowls is the latest restaurant announced for the Mequon Public Market at Spur 16.
MMAC: Economic indicators holding steady 01-05-2019
MILWAUKEE — Economic indicators for the metro Milwaukee area are holding steady and are improving slightly for unemployment and employment, according to data released Friday by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.
Kohler adds to smart product line to improve music and lighting experiences
KOHLER — As homes continue to get “smarter” with the use of technology, Kohler Co. has improved its line of technology-driven products.
36,546-square-foot manufacturing facility pitched for business park 01-05-2019
WAUKESHA — When the Waukesha Plan Commission gathers Wednesday evening, one of the bigger items it will be asked to review is a preliminary site plan for a 36,546square-foot manufacturing facility being proposed for the Waukesha Corporate Center.
Developer submits new plans for historic Lake Road site 01-05-2019
OCONOMOWOC — Renner Architects, the developer behind plans that would place a condominium project at the historic 517 Lake Road site, has submitted updated plans to be reviewed at the Architectural Commission meeting at 5 p.m., Wednesday in City Hall, 174. E Wisconsin Ave.
US employers added a stellar 312,000 jobs in December 01-04-2019
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers dramatically stepped up their hiring in December, adding 312,000 jobs in an encouraging display of strength for an economy in the midst of a trade war, slowing global growth and a partial shutdown of the federal government.
Germantown company acquired by Nashville-based firm
GERMANTOWN — Blower Application Co. Inc. was recently acquired by Gen Cap America, based in Nashville, Tennessee.
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware to open Feb. 2 in Brookfield 01-04-2019
BROOKFIELD — The move from Milwaukee to Brookfield is complete for Rockler Woodworking and Hardware with the grand opening planned for Feb. 2.
New system helps with 163 shoulder replacements in first year locally 01-04-2019
WAUKESHA — In the first year of use by Pro-Health Orthopedic Care and the surgeons of Orthopaedic Associates of Wisconsin, ExactechGPS has helped with 163 shoulder replacements locally.
Living the good life 01-03-2019
MERTON — U.S. Census data released earlier this month indicating that several of the state’s wealthiest communities are in Waukesha and Ozaukee counties.
Buffet of Options 01-03-2019
OCONOMOWOC — Citizens of Oconomowoc don’t have to go far to find something to satisfy their appetite any longer.
Jackson salon completes months-long renovation 01-03-2019
JACKSON — Desire 2 Inspire has completed a nine-month expansion to offer more services and employ additional salon professionals.
Sprecher’s Pub to close at Bayshore 01-03-2019
GLENDALE — Sprecher’s Pub at the Bayshore Town Center announced Wednesday it will close its doors next week.
Prairie Financial Group to be divided into two brands 01-03-2019
WAUKESHA — Waukesha State Bank announced Wednesday that its Prairie Financial Group division will be separated into two brands: Prairie Trust and Waukesha State Bank Wealth Management.
Periwinkle’s Bakery to focus on special orders, products for deli 01-03-2019
WAUKESHA — A new year is the time for reinvention and the case is no different at Periwinkle’s Bakery on Broadway, which after five years of operation is transitioning to a production facility to create products for sale at its parent company, neighboring Rochester Deli, as well as to fill custom orders.
Halquist sells Lisbon quarry to Lannon Stone 01-03-2019
TOWN OF LISBON — Lannon Stone Incorporated has purchased from Halquist Stone Company the approximately 300-acre Lisbon limestone quarry at the intersection of Highway K (Lisbon Road) and Highway F on the Lisbon-Sussex border.
TD Graphics moves into new facility in Kewaskum 01-02-2019
KEWASKUM — Travis Dassow was just sick of relying on someone else to do what he needed done and, at the same time, wanted to save a little money.
CBD gains popularity as local retailers enter cannabis market 01-02-2019
WAUKESHA — The popular cannabis extract from hemp known as cannabidiol or “CBD” has emerged in storefronts and street signs as Waukesha-area businesses find their place in the cannabis market — some of which specialize in CBD while others offer CBD products in addition to their usual wares.
Multi-tenant commercial building, salon proposed on West Beloit Road 01-02-2019
NEW BERLIN — An approximately 3,000-square-foot multi-tenant commercial building has been proposed at 12301 W. Beloit Road in the city.
Mainstream Bar & Grill planning expansion 01-02-2019
WAUKESHA — Popular downtown tavern and eatery Mainstream Bar & Grill is expanding.
First Choice Tree Care relocating from Mequon 12-31-2018
GERMANTOWN — The depths of winter might soon be on the horizon, but Germantown officials recently were thinking spring as they finalized a business owner’s application request.
What a difference 50 years can make
CEDARBURG — Fifty years ago this month, volunteers with the Cedarburg Fire Department fought one of the largest fires in the community’s history. Today the building is nearly ready to become home to the largest appliance showroom in the state.
Rezoning of former Fracaro’s tops first council meeting of ’19 12-29-2018
WAUKESHA — When aldermen gather for their first Common Council meeting of the new year on Thursday, they’ll be asked to back a proposal to rezone the former Fracaro’s Lanes property at 1430 White Rock Ave., paving the way for a possible apartment complex at the site.
Connoils LLC construction underway
BIG BEND — Construction of Connoils LLC’s new building is well underway with the shell of the building almost complete, said Mike Duffek, principle of Duffek Construction.
Former American TV warehouses sold for $14.3 million 12-29-2018
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — A real estate investment trust out of Boston purchased a parcel of land in the city with two warehouse buildings on the property for $14.3 million, according to state records.
Milwaukee-W.O.W. unemployment 2.9% for November
WAUKESHA — The very low unemployment numbers continued for the month of November around the state at 3 percent, and 2.9 percent for the Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington counties region.
Oconomowoc Kmart is closing 12-29-2018
OCONOMOWOC — The Kmart at 1450 Summit Ave. will be closed come March 2019, according to a press release from Sears Holdings.
Slinger panel approves CUP for fitness center to open at new site 12-28-2018
SLINGER — The village’s Plan Commission recently recommended granting a conditional use permit that would the move and expansion of an existing village business at a nearby larger location.
Working out to tee off 12-28-2018
MEQUON — Golf has been in Andy Fish’s blood since he was in first grade.
Canyon City reopens as Silvernail Inn Bar & Eatery 12-28-2018
WAUKESHA — Longtime Waukesha eatery Canyon City Wood Grille, 2903 N. Grandview Blvd., has officially reopened under the same ownership as the Silvernail Inn Bar & Eatery.
Imperial House Restaurant closed until further notice 12-28-2018
MUKWONAGO — Imperial House Restaurant at 920 Greenwald Court closed earlier this year after the restaurant’s cook was injured, according to the restaurant’s website.
Coffeeville Co. to open 2nd location in 2019 12-27-2018
JACKSON — Coffeeville Co. will open a second location in early January with a limited menu but the same community atmosphere.
Laacke & Joys closing after 170 years in business 12-27-2018
BROOKFIELD — After more than 170 years of selling goods, Laacke & Joys will close its doors.
Oconomowoc KFC closes 12-27-2018
OCONOMOWOC — The Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at 860 E. Wisconsin Ave. has apparently closed for business, perhaps permanently.
Village Board approves new business park tenant 12-27-2018
MUKWONAGO — New Berlin-based Super Products, LLC is slated to become a tenant of Mukwonago’s new business park following Village Board approval of the company’s project at a Dec. 19 meeting, said John Weidl, village administrator and economic development director.
Breach of contract claim dismissed in The Corners’ lawsuit 12-27-2018
WAUKESHA — A judge has dismissed a breach of contract claim brought by the Marcus Corporation against the Town of Brookfield and The Corners, but a claim that the defendants acted in bad faith when they embarked on plans to build a movie theater at the development could continue to trial.
Business leaders get creative to find workers 12-27-2018
WAUKESHA — A tight labor market in Waukesha County is forcing area business owners to get creative to land the talent they need.
Spur 16 adds yoga studio 12-26-2018
MEQUON — Yama Yoga True North is the latest addition to Spur 16 in the Mequon Town Center.
Thiensville-based Falafel Guys opens second restaurant on Milwaukee’s East Side 12-26-2018
THIENSVILLE — Falafel Guys, a restaurant located at 105 W. Freistadt Road in Thiensville, has expanded.
Family-friendly microbrewery coming to Lumberyard 1505 12-26-2018
GRAFTON — Brews, bicycles and board games are coming to the Lumberyard 1505 in Grafton.
Lac La Belle preparing Prestwick codes 12-26-2018
LAC LA BELLE — Village staff has begun crafting zoning ordinances to control development of a corporate headquarters for the Prestwick Group near the Lac La Belle golf course following the Village Board’s final approval of amendments to the Smart Growth plan needed to accommodate the development.
Health care is where the jobs are. But what kind of jobs?
More Americans are now employed in health care than in any other industry.
A Food-Centric Family 12-22-2018
WAUKESHA - There’s a little unassuming Asian food restaurant in a Waukesha strip mall that many people may have driven past - or even eaten at - but not have known that one of its fans is famous in the literary world.
Actuant reports first quarter loss 12-21-2018
MENOMONEE FALLS — Actuant Corp. (ATU) on Thursday reported a fiscal first-quarter loss of $17.5 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier.
From Firehouse to Food Service 12-21-2018
MENOMONEE FALLS — A project transforming a historic firehouse into a restaurant and banquet hall is underway in the village.
State business leaders less optimistic about economy
MADISON — While Wisconsin’s economy remains strong and the state has low unemployment, a survey by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce found that state business leaders are less optimistic heading into 2019 than one year ago.
5 Joints @ 5 Points opens in downtown Waukesha 12-21-2018
WAUKESHA — A new downtown eatery, 5 Joints @ 5 Points, is ready for diners.
Uncle Julio’s now serving Mexican ‘from scratch’ 12-21-2018
BROOKFIELD — Authentic, made-from-scratch Mexican cuisine is now up for grabs at Uncle Julio’s, the latest establishment to open in Brookfield Square as part of the development of the former Sears department store site.
Wisconsin unemployment rate at 3 percent for 10th month
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin's unemployment rate is at or below 3 percent for a record 10th month in a row.
Parker’s Place owner Ellis starts nonprofit 12-20-2018
OCONOMOWOC — Parker’s Place owner Kevin Ellis has started a nonprofit organization called Corbin’s Foundation to help individuals get their health back on track if they can’t afford the fees associated with a gym membership.
‘I never wanted to do anything else except be right here’ 12-20-2018
CEDARBURG — You might say it’s been an uphill battle, but John Jankowski, owner of Ye Olde Pharmacy and Wellness Center in Cedarburg, never doubted his business could compete against the big guys and succeed.
Timmer’s turns the page 12-20-2018
WEST BEND — The history book for Timmer’s Resort just added a chapter to its 154-year-old tale. The previous owners, George and Judi Prescott, finalized the sale of Timmer’s and restaurant to Scott Lurie.
Postorino Decorating announces new ownership 12-20-2018
RACINE — Pastorino Decorating, Inc. announced that for the first time since the company was founded in 1946, it will be owned by someone outside of the Pastorino family.
Audit faults plans to credit Foxconn for work outside state
MADISON — Wisconsin’s economic development agency needs to modify procedures to ensure tax credits aren’t awarded for Foxconn Technology Group employees who don’t do work in the state, which would violate state law and the contract with the company, an audit released Wednesday said.
Fed lifts rates for 4th time this year but sees fewer hikes
WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate for the fourth time this year to reflect the U.S. economy's continued strength but signaling that it expects to slow hikes next year.
Bids opened for Hartford North Bookend project demolition 12-19-2018
HARTFORD — Bids were received Tuesday for demolition and other preliminary site work that could allow construction of the planned North Bookend apartment project adjacent to the city’s downtown to begin in the spring.
Eagles Landing model now open to public 12-19-2018
OCONOMOWOC — The model condominium at Eagles Landing, 130 W. Wisconsin Ave., is now open to the public for viewing a year and a half after breaking ground in June 2017.
Yoga studio coming to Mequon’s Spur 16 12-19-2018
MEQUON — Yama Yoga True North is the latest addition to Spur 16 in the Mequon Town Center.
The sweet smell of nostalgia 12-19-2018
Browsing a candy counter at a local confectionery and breathing in the heavenly scent of chocolate brings nostalgic delight to people of all ages.
Port Washington State Bank expanding 12-18-2018
MEQUON — Port Washington State Bank announced plans this week to open its eighth branch in Ozaukee County early next year.
Farm Bill awaits Trump’s signature 12-18-2018
WEST BEND — The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 — better known as the Farm Bill — is awaiting President Donald Trump’s signature.
Mayville-based engineering firm acquires Ohio metal company 12-18-2018
WAUKESHA — Mayville Engineering Company, Inc. has acquired Defiance Metal Products, an Ohio-based manufacturer of metal products for the commercial vehicle, agriculture, construction, and military industries, through a private stock purchase, MEC announced Monday.
Smart Growth to be changed for Prestwick 12-18-2018
LAC LA BELLE — The village’s longstanding policy of prohibiting commercial development, except for a local golf course, is likely to be reversed this week by the Village Board.
Health insurance on demand? Some are betting on it 12-17-2018
People with health insurance often pay for coverage they never use. A startup wants to shake that up.
New shopping center could feature Jersey Mike’s 12-16-2018
PEWAUKEE — Jersey Mike’s sub shop could make its debut in the Lake Country area following a meeting Thursday night where the Plan Commission approved a conceptual design for a new location on the village’s southeast side.
Panel backs rezoning Fracaro’s site, tables development proposal 12-16-2018
WAUKESHA — The city of Waukesha Plan Commission has backed a proposal to rezone the former Fracaro’s Lanes property at 1430 White Rock Ave. for possible redevelopment as an apartment complex.
Judge hears arguments in Corners suit 12-16-2018
WAUKESHA — A judge this week heard arguments in the Marcus Corp.’s lawsuit against the Town of Brookfield and The Corners, with a decision expected later this month.
Marcus Corporation rings Stock Exchange bell 12-16-2018
MILWAUKEE — Representatives of Milwaukee-based Marcus Corporation rang the Opening Bell on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday morning.
WhirlyBall could open this summer 12-16-2018
BROOKFIELD — Construction is underway and on track to be completed by summer for the new 45,000-square-foot Whirly-Ball facility at Brookfield Square Mall.
Farmers buoyed but cautious as China resumes buying soybeans 12-14-2018
BISMARCK, N.D. — The resumption of soybean sales to China this week is encouraging to American farmers who have seen the value of their crop plummet amid a trade war with the world's second-largest economy, but producers see it only as a small step and say they need more federal aid.
Students in West Bend learn about career options at networking event 12-14-2018
WEST BEND — More than 60 students spent their morning at the West Bend West cafeteria Thursday morning, learning about various career possibilities, along with the training and education required, when they complete their secondary education.
Prestwick headquarters a ‘done deal’ 12-14-2018
LAC LA BELLE — Village officials are admitting they are contractually obligated to allow the Prestwick Group to build its corporate headquarters in the village if the company agrees to buy the village land where the building will be built.
Sendik’s to add main level presence at The Corners 12-14-2018
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — Now solely in the lower level of The Corners, Sendik’s Food Markets will invest $5 million into the Town of Brookfield location to increase the store’s footprint, which includes a main level presence.
First Federal Bank rings closing bell at the Nasdaq Stock MarketSite 12-14-2018
WAUKESHA — On Wednesday, First Federal Bank of Wisconsin President and Chief Executive Officer Edward H. Schaefer rang the closing bell at the Nasdaq Stock MarketSite in New York’s Times Square.
Shopko Optical to open on Sunset Drive in Waukesha
WAUKESHA — Shopko Optical Center will hold a grand opening celebration Monday for its new location at 1166 W. Sunset Drive.
Walker announces deal to keep Kimberly-Clark jobs 12-13-2018
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker executed a $28 million deal Thursday to save nearly 400 jobs at a Kimberly-Clark Corp. plant.
Common Council to create antenna towers ordinance
OCONOMOWOC — The Oconomowoc Common Council will hold a public hearing for the creation of an ordinance relating to where cell towers and antennas can be located in the city at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 174 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Sleep Number store to open in Grafton 12-13-2018
GRAFTON — A new Sleep Number store is expected to open this weekend in Grafton.
Food Truck Tour promises to be bigger and better in ’19
THIENSVILLE — After a very popular inaugural year, the Food Truck Tour will return to Thiensville’s Village Park next summer with changes that organizers hope will take it to another level.
Dance studio to redevelop Main Street property 12-13-2018
MUKWONAGO — Kay’s Academy of Dance may relocate to 715 Main St. following site plan approval by the Plan Commission Tuesday night.
Shopko sells 42 pharmacies in nation to Kroger 12-13-2018
GRAFTON — The pharmacy located inside the Grafton Shopko, as well as several others in the Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington county area, will close early next month.
Good Harvest co-owner plans large development next door 12-13-2018
WAUKESHA — A Good Harvest Market co-owner revealed plans Wednesday for a three-story mixed-use building with condos and first-floor retail adjacent to Good Harvest Market off Silvernail Road.
Study: Valve hole set off refinery blast, fire in Wisconsin
SUPERIOR, Wis. — A hole in a valve was the source of an April explosion at a Husky Energy refinery in northwestern Wisconsin that injured 36 people and required the evacuation of a large part of the city of Superior, according to findings of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board presented Wednesday.
US consumer prices flat in November as energy plunges
WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in November, the best performance since prices actually fell eight months ago.
Former La Chimenea building to be repurposed for office space 12-12-2018
GERMANTOWN — The building housing the now-shuttered La Chimenea Mexican Restaurant along a major thoroughfare in Germantown is expected to live on. But another eatery is not part of the future plans.
West Bend officials certify survey map at former Gehl site 12-12-2018
WEST BEND — West Bend officials are modifying how they designate parcels near the downtown area to accommodate a proposed development that will occur on the site.
Husco completes $9.4 million Waukesha expansion 12-12-2018
WAUKESHA — After a year of work, the $9.4 million renovation to Husco’s Waukesha headquarters has been completed.
Wellness blooms in Hartford at Lotus Be Well 12-12-2018
HARTFORD — Health of the mind, body and spirit are some of the goals at Lotus Be Well.
After months of decline, home sales increase in November
WAUKESHA — Homes sold in metro Milwaukee increased in November but only slightly at 0.6 percent, according to data released Tuesday by the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors.
CBD oil shop coming to downtown Waukesha 12-12-2018
WAUKESHA — With the market for CBD oil slowly gathering momentum across the state, the city of Waukesha is about to welcome what appears to be its first CBD oil shop.
72-unit apartment complex proposed for Fracaro’s site 12-12-2018
WAUKESHA — A Kenosha developer is seeking to turn the former Fracaro’s Lanes site into a 72-unit apartment complex.
Gov. Walker still wants plan to save Kimberly-Clark plant
PEWAUKEE, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker says he's going to do everything in his power to save a Kimberly-Clark factory and about 300 jobs after a tax incentive bill failed in the Legislature.
Making a difference 12-11-2018
OZAUKEE COUNTY — Ozaukee Economic Development’s large business of the year makes a large impact in its communities — Grafton, Mequon and beyond.
Hartland board tables Overlook Trails condo development
HARTLAND — Discussion on the Neumann Developments Inc. condominium project called The Glen at Overlook Trails has been tabled until Dec. 19, Village Board members decided Monday night.
Lac La Belle lacks transparency, say some residents 12-11-2018
LAC LA BELLE — Village officials are not being transparent about changes in the village’s Smart Growth Plan that are intended to accommodate the Prestwick Group’s new golf course and proposed corporate headquarters, according to village residents.
Workforce numbers look to remain steady going into 2019 12-11-2018
MILWAUKEE — Employers across the country largely think that the number of people they employ going into 2019 will remain the same.
Olympia property sells for $3.4M to Wangard Partners
OCONOMOWOC — The vacant, 28-acre Olympia Resort and Conference Center property was sold for $3.4 million to Wangard Partners on Nov. 29, according to First Weber Group Financial business broker Devin Piehl and former owner Rick Eckert’s business broker.
One-of-a-kind Taco Bell proposed for dormant gateway parcel 12-11-2018
BROOKFIELD — The metamorphosis of a high-profile stretch of land in Brookfield near Capitol Drive is rounding the bend as city officials consider a fast food eatery’s one-of-a-kind architectural proposal.
Wisconsin GOP legislation eases corporate tax break rules 12-10-2018
MADISON, Wis. — Companies seeking tax credits from Wisconsin's troubled job-creation agency would face less scrutiny under a provision Republicans included in a package of lame-duck legislation designed to weaken newly elected Democrats.
Belman proposing subdivision in Town of Waukesha 12-09-2018
WAUKESHA — Developer David Belman of Belman Homes is proposing a 55-unit residential development off Oakdale Drive, south of Glendale Road, in the Town of Waukesha.
Downtown West Bend group approves almost $13K for Diva Group 12-09-2018
WEST BEND — Representatives from the Downtown West Bend Association and the Diva Group will receive the funding allocation they have requested to the continue with their advertising and promotions initiatives for the coming year.

Landmark Credit Union wants to move headquarters to Brookfield 12-08-2018
BROOKFIELD — Landmark Credit Union is looking to relocate its company headquarters from New Berlin to a 19.5-acre site on Executive Drive in Brookfield, although it will maintain a strong presence in New Berlin.

Olympia Resort sold to Wangard Partners 12-08-2018
OCONOMOWOC — After almost a year of vacancy and questions surrounding the property, Olympia Resort has been sold to Wangard Partners.
Brews, burgers, brunch and more 12-08-2018
WAUKESHA - Food trends travel faster these days, bolstered by a well-connected population with access to tools like social media. 
Hands-On Education 12-07-2018
WAUKESHA — While most students were just finishing up with their first class of the day Thursday morning, a trio of Waukesha South High School Engineering Preparatory Academy students was at Metal Era, a local manufacturer that specializes in roof solutions.
Walker holds out hope for another run at Kimberly-Clark
MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker is hinting that there may still be a chance to save a Kimberly-Clark factory and about 300 jobs after a tax incentive bill failed in the Legislature.
Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council becomes WMEP affiliate 12-07-2018
MADISON — At the start of the new year, the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council will partner with the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership to become an affiliate group.
More parking signs coming to downtown West Bend 12-07-2018
WEST BEND — West Bend officials have implemented additional initiatives related to parking in the hopes of making it more convenient for visitors and guests travelling to the downtown area.
Lac La Belle to amend Smart Growth for Prestwick 12-07-2018
LAC LA BELLE — Village officials say they are going to amend Smart Growth — the village’s long-range comprehensive plan — to accommodate construction of a golf course and corporate headquarters despite the objections of more than a dozen residents who attended a Plan Commission meeting Wednesday night.
Exhibit Systems acquires trade show exhibit manufacturer 12-07-2018
BROOKFIELD — Exhibit Systems, an exhibit and display company, has acquired all assets of KMK Industries, a Milwaukee-based firm that designs and manufactures trade show exhibits.
Lands’ End: Fiscal 3Q Earnings Snapshot 12-07-2018
DODGEVILLE — Lands’ End Inc. (LE) on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of $3.3 million.
Milwaukee’s Cafe Centraal to get renovation 12-07-2018
MILWAUKEE — Cafe Centraal in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood will be closed for about a month while owner Lowlands Group completes a renovation of the restaurant.
GRAEF to move Milwaukee HQ to downtown mall 12-07-2018
MILWAUKEE — GRAEF will move its headquarters to The Avenue, the downtown Milwaukee mall known for a long time as the Grand Avenue.
US hiring slowed to 155K jobs, jobless rate stayed 3.7%
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added just 155,000 jobs in November, a slowdown from recent months but enough to suggest that the economy is expanding at a solid pace despite sharp gyrations in the stock market.
Census: Wisconsin incomes rise, poverty decreases 12-06-2018
MADISON, Wis. — Household income in most Wisconsin counties has risen in recent years, while the percentage of residents in poverty has declined, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures that also show a digital divide between rich and poor residents.
Shopko closing 39 stores in 19 states 12-06-2018
ASHWAUBENON, Wis. — Wisconsin retailer Shopko is closing 39 stores in 19 states.
Landscaping business to occupy dormant Germantown property 12-06-2018
GERMANTOWN — The depths of winter might soon be on the horizon, but Germantown officials this week were thinking spring as they finalized a business owner’s application request.
Illinois door manufacturer relocates to Wisconsin 12-06-2018
BELOIT — A door manufacturer based in Illinois is relocating its operations to southern Wisconsin.
Regal Beloit to sell engineered drives and control systems business 12-06-2018
BELOIT — Regal Beloit Corporation announced Wednesday it has entered into an agreement to sell its highly engineered drives and control systems business to an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, Inc.
Waukesha BP adds U-Haul products 12-06-2018
WAUKESHA — Kim Petro BP on Sunset Drive is now a U-Haul neighborhood dealer.
Metro Milwaukee economic indicators weaken in October 12-06-2018
MILWAUKEE — Economic indicators analyzed by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce declined during the month of October, a report Wednesday showed.
Delafield chamber to host $10K raffle 12-06-2018
DELAFIELD — The Delafield Chamber of Commerce is hosting a $10,000 giveaway raffle open to businesses, organizations or any community member.
Slinger eyes grant money for downtown redevelopment study 12-05-2018
SLINGER — The village’s participation in the Washington County EPA Brownfield Grant Coalition could aid plans for redevelopment of the downtown area.
Midwest factories see slowest growth in two years 12-05-2018
MINNEAPOLIS — Midwest manufacturers, including those in Minnesota, are growing, but not as quickly as the average growth nationwide.
Defense contractor to receive $25 million in local, state aid
MENOMONEE FALLS — Defense contractor Leonardo DRS Inc. will build a $56 million naval power manufacturing complex in Menomonee Falls with access to $25 million in state and local aid, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation announced Monday.
A family tradition 12-04-2018
MEQUON — Sommer’s Automotive Group was chosen as the 2018 mid-size business of the year by Ozaukee Economic Development.
SCORE plans small business training for websites and financing 12-04-2018
BROOKFIELD — SCORE Southeast Wisconsin will offer sessions in December to help small business leaders with their websites and financing questions.
Walmart sues Mukwonago over property value 12-02-2018
WAUKESHA — Walmart is suing Mukwonago over a perceived excess property value assessment of over $5 million, according to a civil suit filed to Waukesha County Circuit Court on Friday.
Liberal Wisconsin magazine 'The Progressive' goes begging for donations 12-02-2018
MADISON, Wis. — The Progressive is looking for donations as the magazine founded by Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Robert "Fighting Bob" La Follette nears its 110th birthday.
Richfield Board gives tentative OK to Kwik Trip developer pact 12-02-2018
RICHFIELD — Village officials and Kwik Trip Inc. have tentatively approved a developer’s agreement between the two parties for the proposed construction of a new convenience story and truck stop near the intersection of highways 41-45 and 167.
Aerospace/defense tech company might move HQ, 600 jobs to Falls 12-01-2018
MENOMONEE FALLS - A local aerospace and defense tech company may move its headquarters and 600 jobs to a new facility proposed in Menomonee Falls.
U.S. consumer spending up strong 0.6 percent in October
WASHINGTON — Consumers boosted their spending in October at the fastest pace in seven months, while their incomes rose by the largest amount in nine months — both good signs for future economic growth.
Advocate Aurora to raise minimum wage to $15 per hour
WAUKESHA — As businesses across the Midwest continue to aggressively compete for employees in an economy where there are more jobs than workers, Advocate Aurora will raise its minimum wage to lure in those workers.
Five Points Pub to host grand reopening today 11-30-2018
WAUKESHA — Three and a half months after a fire damaged its interior, the Five Points Pub at the Clarke Hotel will open its doors to patrons once again with a grand reopening this afternoon.
On A Mission 11-30-2018
BROOKFIELD — MISSION BBQ, a classic Southern- style barbecue joint with a hefty side of patriotism, will hold a military appreciation party for the opening of their first-ever Wisconsin location today starting at 6 p.m.
Hops and Leisure changes name, menu under new management 11-29-2018
OCONOMOWOC — Hops and Leisure has changed its name to “Rocky’s Hops and Leisure,” 1225 Robruck Drive, after new management took charge.
Summit Credit Union opens branch in Oconomowoc 11-29-2018
OCONOMOWOC — Summit Credit Union added a branch to its family, bringing the total to 37 as the full-service credit union opened at 1300 Oconomowoc Parkway.
Army awards Oshkosh Defense $1.69B contract for tactical vehicles 11-29-2018
OSHKOSH — Oshkosh Defense will be busy assembling joint light tactical vehicles after it announced Wednesday it was awarded a $1.69 billion contract by the U.S. Army.
State-chartered banks continue to lend more money 11-29-2018
MADISON — During the first nine months of 2018, net loans from state-chartered banks grew 8.8 percent, according to data released this week by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
Delafield Chick-fil-A plan faces challenges 11-29-2018
DELAFIELD — The developers proposing a Chick-fil-A restaurant near the northeast corner of the Interstate 94/Hwy. 83 interchange acknowledged during Wednesday night’s Plan Commission meeting there are challenges they must overcome to win city approval.
US economy grew at brisk 3.5 pct. annual rate last quarter
WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy expanded at a solid 3.5 percent annual rate in the July-September quarter, led by lower but still strong consumer spending and more business investment than previously estimated.
Aldermen OK survey map for proposed Hartford housing development 11-28-2018
HARTFORD — Approval of a new certified survey map for the land where a proposed new housing development is to be built was approved by the Common Council Tuesday night during their regular meeting at City Hall.
Quad/Graphics continues to evolve with Periscope acquisition 11-28-2018
SUSSEX — On Tuesday, Quad/Graphics announced its planned acquisition of Periscope, one of the nation’s top five independent creative agencies by annual revenue.
Beachscape condo construction underway 11-28-2018
PEWAUKEE — Developers HCI Properties, LLC and Grasch Development, LLC have broken ground on the Beachscape condominiums, a three-story mixed-use building in downtown Pewaukee.
Senate GOP leader says Kimberly-Clark has 10, 11 votes
MADISON, Wis. — The Republican leader of the Wisconsin Senate says six or seven more votes are needed to approve a tax incentive package designed to stop consumer products company Kimberly-Clark from closing a plant near Appleton.
Mequon’s Orangetheory Fitness plans to move 11-27-2018
MEQUON — Orangetheory Fitness is planning to move from its current location in the Mequon Town Center to the shopping center in the 1400 block of West Mequon Road.
Community comes first 11-27-2018
CEDARBURG — What goes up, must come down. If it doesn’t, call Cedarburg Overhead Door.
Fiddleheads opens its seventh location 11-27-2018
MENOMONEE FALLS — Thiensville-based Fiddleheads Coffee opened its seventh location in Menomonee Falls with a grand-opening celebration Sunday.
Apartments, retail space eyed for Thiensville site 11-27-2018
THIENSVILLE — A 7-acre parcel in the heart of Thiensville that has sat dormant for decades could soon house an ambitious development of apartments and retail businesses.
GE to lay off 63 Wauwatosa workers 11-27-2018
WAUWATOSA — GE Global operations notified the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development that it will reduce its Wauwatosa-based workforce by 63 employees.
Manitou unveils video game partnership to preview latest technologies 11-27-2018
WEST BEND — Manitou’s NewAg model of Manitou Loading Telescopic Handlers were recently launched and a partnership with Farming Simulator offers users an interactive experience with the equipment.
Wisconsin credit union sees increasing popularity 11-26-2018
JANESVILLE, Wis. — Blackhawk Community Credit Union's East Milwaukee Street branch lobby buzzed with customer activity on a recent Friday afternoon, so much so that several customers waited their turn by taking a pit stop for a cup of hot coffee and a cookie in the building's lounge.
City of Pewaukee company is development partner for Oak Creek business park 11-24-2018
WAUKESHA - Another major employer has been given the green light to build in the greater Milwaukee area and a City of Pewaukee developer will have a hand in that process.
Waukesha State Bank launches online small business loan application process 11-23-2018
WAUKESHA — Waukesha State Bank has partnered with Fundation Group LLC to offer digital lending capabilities to small business customers.
Unemployment remains at 3% for Milwaukee-WOW counties 11-23-2018
WAUKESHA — Unemployment in Wisconsin’s metro areas in October held steady, according to data released Wednesday by the Department of Workforce Development.
Mukwonago board contemplates development on former Lynch dealership 11-23-2018
MUKWONAGO — The Village Board discussed possible development projects for the former Lynch dealership property, 915 Main St., during a closed session meeting on Nov. 15.
US durable goods orders fall 4.4 percent in October 11-21-2018
WASHINGTON — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods fell by the largest amount in 15 months with a key category that tracks business investment showing weakness for the third consecutive month.
Roof installed on Fowler Lake Village 11-21-2018
OCONOMOWOC — VJS Senior Project Manager Ben Baenen said the roof is almost finished on Fowler Lake Village.
Celebrating Small Business Saturday 11-21-2018
WAUKESHA — After the turkey and pumpkin pie is gone and the family members return home, it’s time for some serious shopping.
At Your Service hikes hourly wage to $15 11-21-2018
OCONOMOWOC — At Your Service, an independent home care company in Oconomowoc, is raising its wages to $15 per hour for all workers, including new hires.
Americans consuming more meat 11-21-2018
DELAFIELD — Home cooks are increasingly turning away from their freezers and buying fresh meat, said “Billy The Butcher” Perry of Daybreak Prime Meats and Deli in downtown Delafield.
Spend smart during holidays so debt doesn’t haunt you in 2019 11-21-2018
WAUKESHA — An enjoyable holiday season is often associated with the spending of money — on perfectly selected gifts, delicious meals, the ideal Christmas tree, cute Secret Santa gifts at work and generous charitable donations.
Olive Garden could be coming to Menomonee Falls 11-21-2018
MENOMONEE FALLS — An application was submitted to Menomonee Falls’ Architectural Control Board to seek approval to build an Olive Garden, one of a chain of well-known casual Italian restaurants.
Shoppers spend freely heading into the holidays 11-20-2018
NEW YORK — Shoppers are spending freely heading into the holidays, but heavy investments and incentives like free shipping by retailers are giving Wall Street pause.
Kohl's 3Q results top Street on strength in clothes business 11-20-2018
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. — Kohl's Corp. fiscal third-quarter performance beat Wall Street's view on strength across its clothing business, and the department store operator increased the low end of its full-year adjusted earnings outlook.
Skippy’s makeover a hit 11-20-2018
THIENSVILLE — Skippy’s has entered a new era. Sure, the burger pub in Thiensville has the same delicious burgers and family-feel atmosphere, but there’s more.
October real estate market had rising home prices, slower sales 11-20-2018
WAUKESHA — Wisconsin’s housing market continues to be defined by a lack of residential inventory, rising prices and slower sales, according to a recent market analysis by the Wisconsin Realtors Association.
Educators Credit Union pays out $3.1 million to members
WAUKESHA — On Dec. 1 members of Educators Credit Union will see their portion of $3.1 million that the company is paying out to its members as part of its Loyalty Pay Back Reward.
Factory to rebuild after devastating July fire 11-20-2018
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — NCL Graphics Specialties Inc., will rebuild its factory almost four months after an early morning fire on July 31 that caused more than $1 million in damage.
Life sciences company to build $35M complex in Madison
MADISON, Wis. — Global life sciences company Eurofins Scientific plans to buy land in a Madison business park and build a $35 million laboratory and office building that could house nearly 500 employees.
Eisen Arms opens West Bend location 11-17-2018
WEST BEND — Eisen Arms opened in West Bend just in time for gun season in Wisconsin.
New Berlin manufacturer moving HQ to village 11-17-2018
MUKWONAGO — Mukwonago’s new industrial park will have a new tenant after the Village Board approved the site plan on Thursday night for Super Products, LLC, a manufacturer out of New Berlin.
Casey’s General Store to break ground in Hartford this spring 11-16-2018
HARTFORD — A city official said he believes ground will be broken in the spring for construction of a new Casey’s General Store on the city’s west side.
Club Pilates to open in Spur 16’s Wellness Center 11-16-2018
MEQUON — Club Pilates Mequon is the first business announced for Spur 16’s Wellness Center.
State unemployment at 3% in October 11-16-2018
MADISON — Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is at or below 3 percent for a record ninth month in a row.
Shoppers spend 5.6% more in October 11-16-2018
WAUKESHA — Consumers were feeling confident with their money in October and spent 5.6 percent more on retail items than October 2017, according to data released Thursday by the National Retail Federation.
Developer pitches condos for city’s far west side 11-16-2018
WAUKESHA — An Oconomowoc-based developer is looking to develop roughly 4 acres south of Summit Avenue, west of Woodland Hills Drive, into a 42unit condo development.
Business Alliance expands Schools2Skills program 11-15-2018
WAUKESHA — This school year, the Waukesha County Business Alliance is piloting two new Schools2Skills Healthcare tours with ProHealth Care in an attempt to expand the program and help educate future health care workers.
Still not enough votes for Kimberly-Clark tax break bill
MADISON, Wis. — Supporters of a $100 million incentive bill designed to keep open a Kimberly-Clark Corp. plant in northeastern Wisconsin argued Wednesday that taking no action would be devastating for the Appleton area and the entire state, though they remain short of the votes they need.
Repair and storage shop being considered by West Bend officials near Highway 45 11-14-2018
WEST BEND — City officials are considering another development project within the city adjacent to a former sand and gravel pit located to the west of the interstate.
Growing Germantown business to expand within industrial park 11-14-2018
GERMANTOWN — A growing company touting itself as a “multi-metal job shop” is about to expand its existing footprint within one of Germantown’s business parks, based on plans submitted to village officials.
Allied Resource Recovery celebrates 80 years of business
WAUKESHA — Allied Resource Recovery, Inc. (ARR), Wisconsin’s largest independently and family owned, full-service recycling company, has marked a major milestone, 80 years in business.
Neumann Developments begins Franklin residential subdivision 11-14-2018
FRANKLIN —Neumann Developments, Inc. has broken ground on the future site of 32 homesites for the first phase of Ryanwood Manor in Franklin.
About 75 workers to lose jobs when Cudahy Kmart closes
CUDAHY — The Kmart Corporation notified the state of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development on Tuesday that when its store in Cudahy closes at the end of January, about 75 people will lose their jobs.
Johnson Controls to sell Power Solutions for $13.2 billion
MILWAUKEE — Johnson Controls International plc announced Tuesday it has entered into an agreement to sell its Power Solutions business to Brookfield Business Partners L.P. for a cash transaction valued at $13.2 billion.
Metro Milwaukee home sales decline almost 6% in October 11-14-2018
WAUKESHA — Home sales continued their decline in metro Milwaukee during the month of October with the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors reporting a drop of 5.7 percent compared to October 2017.
Fleet Farm breaks ground 11-13-2018
All good things come to an end, but sometimes, it marks the beginning of something better.
Kapco branches out 11-13-2018
GRAFTON — Kapco Inc. and K-Nation Entertainment are pleased to announce the creation of Inspire America Speakers, a new division dedicated to securing high-profile individuals to deliver inspirational messages for a wide range of events.
Hartford panel recommends change to allow craft retreat house in residential area 11-13-2018
HARTFORD — A Hartford woman’s proposal to turn the former Redeemer Lutheran Church parsonage into a crafting retreat house is one step closer to becoming a reality after action recommended by the city’s Plan Commission during its regular monthly meeting Monday afternoon at City Hall.
Golf fitter store coming to Brookfield 11-13-2018
BROOKFIELD — Opening this month in Brookfield, Club Champion will have about 3,000 square feet of space with 5,000 hittable golf clubhead and shaft combinations.
Cafe De Arts opens Sussex location 11-13-2018
SUSSEX — One of Waukesha’s favorite coffee shops is now a chain.
Hartland Village Board flips opinion on ‘The North Forty’ condo project 11-13-2018
HARTLAND — The Hartland Village Board reconsidered and then approved The Glen at Overlook Trails condominium project at a meeting Monday night.
Employer benefits focus on education, training 11-10-2018
WAUKESHA — The U.S. Department of Labor’s recent numbers show that unemployment rates are holding firm at 3.7 percent, a nearly 50-year low. If you’re an employer, you don’t have to be told what this means: it’s tough to find great talent.
Report: retail imports steady before increased tariffs 11-10-2018
WAUKESHA - The National Retail Federation is reporting that imports into the United States remain steady before future increases in tariffs.
After ‘yes’ vote, work begins on closing dark store tax loophole 11-09-2018
WEST BEND — Among the ballot measures and candidates that voters decided on was an advisory referendum that asked voters to support legislation regarding the dark store tax, as it is commonly called.
Casey’s General Store surges into area
WEST BEND — The fifth largest pizza chain is opening new locations in Wisconsin, seven of which will be replacing Tri-Par gas stations.
Austrian company buys GE’s Distributed Power 11-09-2018
WAUKESHA — A young energy company has acquired GE’s Distributed Power, which includes operations in Waukesha.
Cafe De Arts to open 2nd location 11-08-2018
WAUKESHA — Popular Waukesha coffee shop and eatery Cafe De Arts, 830 W. St Paul Ave., is opening a second location.
Tag Lane Dairy reissued operating permit after four-year process 11-08-2018
IXONIA — Tag Lane Dairy has been reissued an operating permit after first reapplying in 2014.
Fresh Baked Touch of France coming to downtown 11-08-2018
OCONOMOWOC — Chef Jennifer Betances is looking to open Fresh Baked Touch of France, a new business at 114 E. Wisconsin Ave. that focuses around light French pastries and croissants.
Twisted Fire brings unique dishes, Wisconsin pride to Oconomowoc 11-08-2018
OCONOMOWOC — Twisted Fire, a new restaurant at 515 E. Wisconsin Ave. that creates dishes made with live fire, opened its doors on Nov. 1.
Manufacturing leads sectors in job gains for metro Milwaukee 11-08-2018
MILWAUKEE — About half of the economic indicators showed improvement in September for metro Milwaukee, but it was the manufacturing industry that shined the most, according to data released Wednesday by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.
U.S. job openings dip but still exceed number of unemployed 11-07-2018
WASHINGTON — The number of jobs posted by U.S. employers declined slightly in September but still exceeded the number of unemployed Americans and remained near a two-decade high.
Gardner Denver acquires Canadian company 11-07-2018
MILWAUKEE — Gardner Denver Holdings Inc. announced Tuesday it has acquired a Canadian company through a cash acquisition.
Lakeland Chevrolet sold to Badger Truck Center 11-07-2018
MILWAUKEE — Badger Truck Center announced Tuesday it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Lakeland Chevrolet of Lake Mills.
Two fast-track projects receive nods at special meeting
CEDARBURG — In calling a special meeting to revisit plans for improvements to buildings on nearly opposite sides of the city last week, the Cedarburg Plan Commission unanimously approved an expansion plan for Redeemer Lutheran Church on Wauwatosa Road and architectural modifications for the L& G Express tavern building on Portland Road.
Time For One Last Cup of Mud 11-06-2018
RICHFIELD — As plans to sell and rebuild the Richfield Truck Stop-Exxon gas station develop, customers of its decades-old diner voice disappointment in losing the charming restaurant.
Regal Beloit reports 3Q earnings 11-06-2018
BELOIT — Regal Beloit Corp. (RBC) on Monday reported third-quarter earnings of $51.3 million.
Fed likely to keep rates on hold and sketch a bright outlook 11-05-2018
WASHINGTON — With the economy strong, wages rising and unemployment at a near-five-decade low, the Federal Reserve remains on track to keep raising interest rates — just not this week.
Falls vet clinic gets online TV show 11-04-2018
MENOMONEE FALLS — Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital & Exotic Care will debut its short TV series on basic pet care in the modern age on Facebook, YouTube and other online platforms on Nov. 12.
Marcus Theatres buys New Orleans-based company 11-03-2018
MILWAUKEE - Marcus Theatres announced Friday it is in the process of purchasing New Orleans-based Movie Tavern from VSS-Southern Theatres, LLC.
US adds robust 250,000 jobs; pay growth fastest since 2009 11-02-2018
WASHINGTON — The final major economic report before Tuesday's congressional elections showed that U.S. employers added a stellar 250,000 jobs in October and raised average pay by the most in nearly a decade.
Kwik Trip gets green light from Richfield officials 11-02-2018
RICHFIELD — Two village panels recommended approval of plans for the construction of a new Kwik Trip facility in the village Thursday night on the site of the Richfield Truck Stop-Exxon gas station at 2900 Highway 167.
Minnesota auto group breaks ground on Honda dealership in West Bend 11-02-2018
WEST BEND — In about two years, the northwest side of West Bend on Highway 33 is going to look a lot different.
Supporting veterans’ businesses and more 11-02-2018
MILWAUKEE — For its third year, the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce presents Veterans Week Nov. 5-10, with Veterans Day observed Nov. 11.
Net sales increase almost 23% for Generac 11-02-2018
TOWN OF GENESEE — Generac Holdings Inc. reported Thursday that its net sales increased 22.7 percent for a total of $559.5 million during the third quarter of 2018, compared to $455.8 million for last year’s third quarter.
With employers eager to fill jobs, hiring could stay strong 11-01-2018
WASHINGTON — Against the backdrop of next week's midterm elections, the U.S. job market is the healthiest it's been in at least two decades.
Pick ’n Save, Metro Market holding holiday job interviews Saturday 11-01-2018
MILWAUKEE – Pick ’n Save and Metro Market locations are looking to hire more than 500 full- and part-time employees across the state of Wisconsin leading into the busy holiday season.
State’s first lady, Kleefisch celebrate women-owned businesses in Hartford
HARTFORD — Wisconsin first lady Tonette Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch visited Mantz Automation Inc. on Wednesday, one of four stops on the day to visit and celebrate companies owned by women in the state.
Sunlite Plastics lays off 58 in Germantown 11-01-2018
GERMANTOWN — Sunlite Plastics, Inc. informed the state Wednesday it had reduced its workforce at its Germantown location by 58 employees.
Quad/Graphics’ sales increase 2.4% in third quarter 11-01-2018
SUSSEX — Sales and earnings were up at Quad/Graphics, Inc. in Sussex during its recently completed third quarter, the company reported Wednesday.
County voters to decide on dark store advisory referendum at the polls Tuesday 10-31-2018
WEST BEND — Aside from selecting the candidates they would like elected to the United States Senate, to the governor’s mansion and the multitude of contests for local offices, county voters must also decide whether they support a measure for altering how assessors value property for corporate retailers.
US companies hiring at robust pace, wages rise faster
WASHINGTON — U.S. companies added 227,000 jobs in October, according to a private survey, a healthy gain that suggests businesses can still find workers even with the unemployment rate striking 49-year lows.
Startup hopes to bring driverless tractors into the mainstream 10-31-2018
Seven years ago, three of the largest farm-equipment companies in America said they were close to introducing technology that would allow farmers to use driverless tractors pulling grain carts during the harvest.
Hartford firm buys historic northern Wisconsin home 10-31-2018
HARTFORD — A Hartford area development company, experienced in restoring historic buildings, has purchased the home of former Chicago Mayor Edward Kelly on Catfish Lake on the Eagle River Chain of Lakes with the idea of restoring it to its former glory.
Manitou North America launches new products 10-31-2018
WEST BEND — A new selection of machines were presented during Manitou North America’s recent annual dealer meeting in Milwaukee.
Big Systems to distribute XYZ 3D printers 10-31-2018
MENOMONEE FALLS — Big Systems LLC has signed an agreement with XYZ Printing to distribute its 3D printing equipment in the Midwest.
The Cottage: A labor of love 10-30-2018
CEDARBURG — With an inventory of scented candles, luxurious loungewear, scented lotions and rustic decor, The Cottage at Cedarburg would be just the type of charming, small-town store where Barb Rewerts would love to shop – if she didn’t already own the place.
Sears Outlet Store announces opening of new location in Germantown 10-30-2018
GERMANTOWN — Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Inc. has opened a new Sears Outlet Store at N96 W18650 County Line Road in Germantown.
Subdivision concept on hold 10-30-2018
GRAFTON — A newly proposed subdivision for the village of Grafton will need adjusting before it can move forward.
Kwik Trip proposes new location in Richfield 10-30-2018
RICHFIELD — There soon could be major changes at the intersection of highways 41/45 and 167 in the village.
Milwaukee Athletic Club employees to be laid off during renovations 10-30-2018
WAUKESHA — The employees at the Milwaukee Athletic Club on Broadway will lose their jobs while the facility is renovated.
Buckhead Back Bar Saloon will return to Old World Third
WAUKESHA — Three years after closing, Buckhead Saloon will return to Old World Third Street as Buckhead Back Bar Saloon with a grand reopening party Friday and Saturday.
Elkhart Lake resort to get restored and renovated 10-30-2018
WAUKESHA — The former Victorian Village in Elkhart Lake will be renovated and transformed into the Shore Club this winter.
Scramblers coming to Pabst Farms in Oconomowoc 10-30-2018
OCONOMOWOC — Breakfast, lunch and brunch restaurant Scramblers is making its Wisconsin debut in Pabst Farms at 1320 Pabst Farms Circle sometime in early December.
Hendricks among Forbes 400 richest 10-30-2018
DELAFIELD — Diane Hendricks, co-founder and chair of ABC Supply Company and Hendricks Commercial Properties, is the 76th wealthiest individual in the country according to the Forbes Magazine 400 list released earlier this month.
Inspire program educates school officials on local jobs for students 10-29-2018
JACKSON — In 1999, working as a cook in a nursing home, Dominic Cecola was working toward a career in culinary arts, aspiring to be a chef in a restaurant.
There’s No Place Like Home 10-29-2018
OCONOMOWOC — When Lisa Gottfried started her business, There’s No Place Like Home, a home decor and furniture boutique, in March 2016, she quickly realized her space wasn’t big enough to fulfill her dream.
Lyft Milwaukee to offer Election Day discounts on rides
WAUKESHA — Lyft, one of several ridesharing apps, announced this week that riders trying to make it to the polls on election day will be able to take advantage of a discount in the Milwaukee area.
Walker announces $5.1 million in Commute to Careers grants 10-27-2018
WAUKESHA — Gov. Scott Walker announced Friday that 29 grants, totaling more than $5.1 million, have been awarded under the Commute to Careers program, a multi-agency initiative to eliminate transportation barriers for workers seeking to advance their careers or enter the workforce. 
ProHealth Care’s Heart and Vascular Center opens Monday 10-27-2018
WAUKESHA — ProHealth Care’s new Heart and Vascular Center on the Waukesha Memorial Hospital campus will start taking patients on Monday, wrapping up a year’s worth of construction and a goal to create a bigger, better space for outpatient heart care.
Mike Jackson, C. Wiesler’s celebrate 30th anniversary 10-26-2018
CEDARBURG - There’s a bit of irony in the fact that 30 years ago, Mike Jackson turned down a job offer to open C. Wiesler’s in downtown Cedarburg.
Veterans Chamber of Commerce to celebrate Milwaukee vets’ businesses 10-26-2018
MILWAUKEE - In recognition of Veterans Day, the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce is inviting those in the Milwaukee area to attend a weeklong series of events that will celebrate and honor veterans, service members and veteran-owned businesses. 
Meijer expands home delivery service in Midwest 10-26-2018
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Meijer has announced the expansion of its Meijer Home Delivery program to include pickup options at stores across the Midwest, building on a chain-wide initiative to offer customers multiple ways to conveniently shop its stores.
Nashotah construction firm selected for distribution company facility remodel 10-25-2018
NASHOTAH — Nashotah-based construction company MSI General Corporation has been selected to remodel the Central Garden & Pet facility located at 5401 W. Oakwood Park Drive in Franklin.
Delafield facing another Walmart assessment challenge
DELAFIELD — Walmart has filed another lawsuit against Delafield, claiming the municipality overvalued its Walmart Supercenter at 2863 Heritage Drive by more than $8.8 million this year.
Survey: Consumer holiday spending to increase 4.1% over ’17 10-25-2018
WASHINGTON — Consumers say they will spend an average of $1,007.24 during the holiday season this year, up 4.1 percent from the $967.13 they said they would spend last year, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.
Madison Bimbo Bakery to shut doors Jan. 2 10-25-2018
OCONOMOWOC — The Bimbo Bakery at 3401 E. Washington St. in Madison will be closing its doors on Jan. 2, 2019, the bread and bun manufacturer announced Wednesday.
New Taco Bell coming to Summit Avenue corridor 10-25-2018
OCONOMOWOC — After years of vacancy in the Hwy 67 corridor, the site at 1750 Summit Ave. will play host to a new Taco Bell restaurant.
Transit advocates seek county’s assistance 10-24-2018
WAUKESHA — Transit advocates were barred from addressing the Waukesha County Board on Tuesday night about what they see as a pressing need for better bus service needed to connect Milwaukee workers with jobs in Waukesha County.
Approyo moves HQ to Brookfield 10-24-2018
BROOKFIELD — Approyo, a Milwaukee-based tech company, recently moved into its new headquarters at 13100 W. Lisbon Road, Suite 500 in Brookfield, according to a press release.
Realtors’ group adopts electronic lock boxes 10-23-2018
MILWAUKEE — The Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors is in the process of implementing a new electronic lock box program throughout its four-county area, which includes Ozaukee County.
Roundy’s launches Home Chef meal kits 10-23-2018
MILWAUKEE — Home Chef meal kits are now available for in-store purchase at 25 select Wisconsin Pick ’n Save and Metro Market stores in the Milwaukee metropolitan area, according to a news release from Roundy’s.
Financial literacy 10-23-2018
OCONOMOWOC — First Bank Financial Centre, which has two local branches, has reintroduced its Financial Education Centre, a free online resource intended to provide useful information about banking and finances.
Still open for business 10-23-2018
CEDARBURG — While it remains true that there are new owners of the L& G Express Tavern building at N50 W5586 Portland Road in Cedarburg and they have plans to give the building a freshening up, there’s one “fixture” that is staying the same.
A restaurant to call his own 10-23-2018
CEDARBURG — One of the newest additions to Cedarburg’s culinary landscape is Le’s Pho, a Vietnamese restaurant that opened in June on Washington Avenue, just north of Pioneer Road.
Hanging up his clippers after almost half a century 10-23-2018
TOWN OF AUBURN — A message written in red on a piece of paper taped to a window is all you need to know about what Richard’s Kut & Style, N192 Highway 45, meant to the community.
The Glen condo development postponed until January
HARTLAND — The Glen at Overlook Trails condominium proposal will likely return to the Plan Commission after a few Village Board members felt certain elements of the project still needed clarification at a public hearing Monday night.
BLiNK to return to Mayfair Mall 10-23-2018
OCONOMOWOC — Opening in a less than two weeks, BLiNK Artisan Boutique will again have a retail location in Mayfair Mall for the holiday season.
School has students on the road to independence 10-23-2018
WAUKESHA — A project for an expanded Wisconsin Independent Learning College was underway in Brookfield when a series of setbacks arose.
Waukesha gas station lawsuit dismissed 10-21-2018
WAUKESHA — A lawsuit filed by a local gas station owner against the city has been dismissed.
Starbucks proposed for spot in Woodman’s outlot 10-21-2018
WAUKESHA — The city could be getting another Starbucks.
HOBO to close West Allis, Milwaukee locations 10-20-2018
WAUKESHA — The two locations of Home Owners Bargain Outlet, better known as HOBO, will be closed in the greater Milwaukee area. About 104 employees will be affected.
UWM study predicts 'massive economic hit' if bus routes end to suburbs 10-20-2018
WAUKESHA — An economic impact study recently released by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for Economic Development showed that local areas with strong job growth and large numbers of job opportunities will no longer be accessible by transit if the Milwaukee County Transit System’s JobLines Routes 6 and 61 are discontinued at the end of the year.
US home sales fell in September to slowest pace in 3 years 10-19-2018
WASHINGTON — U.S. home sales fell for the sixth straight month in September, a sign that housing has increasingly become a weak spot for the economy.
Snap-On reports $163M in 3Q income 10-19-2018
KENOSHA — Snap-On Inc. (SNA) on Thursday reported third-quarter net income of $163.2 million.
Exact Sciences acquires medical technology developer
WAUKESHA — Exact Sciences announced Thursday it acquired Biomatrica, a developer, manufacturer and provider of sample preservation technology that includes blood and saliva sample collection tubes.
Hartford panel OKs rezoning for multi-family development 10-19-2018
HARTFORD — If a proposed multifamily development along South Wilson Avenue comes to fruition the city multi-family housing stock will receive a large boost.
Milwaukee’s REV Group creates natural gas-fueled tractor 10-19-2018
WAUKESHA — Engines in some of REV Group’s terminal tractors just got cleaner with the introduction of liquid natural gas-fueled engines.
Briggs & Stratton creates limited edition Ferris mower 10-19-2018
WAUKESHA — To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its suspension technology, Briggs & Stratton Corporation has introduced the Ferris IS 3200 Midnight limited edition commercial mower.
Wisconsin unemployment below 3% for eighth month
MADISON — Wisconsin’s unemployment rate notched an eighth straight month under 3 percent, more positive economic news for Gov. Scott Walker with the election just over two weeks away.
Historic train depot project receives $250,000 state grant 10-19-2018
BROOKFIELD — The relocation and renovation of a former historic train depot in Brookfield will get a financial boost from the state with a $250,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.
Hartland planners split on The Glen at Overlook 10-19-2018
HARTLAND — Plan commissioners are divided by layout and road ownership details for The Glen at Overlook Trails condominium project days before the public hearing slated for 7 p.m. on Monday.
Students partner with building firm for real-world experience 10-18-2018
MUKWONAGO — Mukwonago High School has added another way for students to get valuable experience in the trades.
WCTC to host economic summit on fiscal, political environment 10-18-2018
PEWAUKEE — Waukesha County Technical College will host an economic summit on Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. in the Richard T. Anderson Education Center, 800 Main St.
Pewaukee Village Board approves Beachscape Lake Condominiums 10-18-2018
PEWAUKEE – Pewaukee’s lakefront may have up to three new retail stores and five condos after the Village Board approved Beachscape Lake Condominiums on Tuesday night.
Lang to hold calendar sale in downtown Delafield 10-18-2018
DELAFIELD — The calendars and mugs produced by the Robert Lang Company evoke a strong sense of nostalgia, but so does the fact that they will be sold in downtown Delafield the next two weekends.
Lang reinventing himself 10-18-2018
DELAFIELD - Mary Daniel, president of the Hawks Inn Historical Society, is among the more than half dozen community leaders interviewed by The Freeman who agreed entrepreneur Bob Lang has gained new respect despite losing millions of dollars in downtown Delafield and on the Erin Hills Golf Course.
Culaccino Bar + Italian Kitchen opens in West Bend 10-17-2018
WEST BEND — Culaccino Bar + Italian Kitchen, 110 Wisconsin St., West Bend, opened to the public Tuesday.
City of Pewaukee approves proposed subdivision rezone
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — The Common Council approved a rezone and the preliminary plat for the proposed Swan View Farms subdivision on the city’s north side during a meeting Monday night.
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware moves to Brookfield
BROOKFIELD — Rockler Woodworking will make the move from Milwaukee to Brookfield next month.
Network Health moves to larger Brookfield office 10-17-2018
BROOKFIELD — Network Health will move its offices to a larger space on Greenfield Avenue to accommodate its growth in southeastern Wisconsin.
Workforce Development Center’s fall job fair will include 136 prospective employers 10-16-2018
PEWAUKEE — The Workforce Development Center will host its fall job fair from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Carving out a niche 10-16-2018
GRAFTON — NSeven (nitrogen’s designation on the periodic table) Coffee Co. has joined the ranks of joe joints in Grafton.
Town of Lisbon planners approve TIF district 10-16-2018
TOWN OF LISBON — The Plan Commission has unanimously recommended the Town Board create a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district on the town’s east side to finance $4.2 million in public improvements to encourage development of the former Lied’s Nursery Company property near the intersection of Town Line Road and Main Street, Sussex.
West Bend transfers funds for facade improvement grant
WEST BEND — West Bend officials have received the money they will use to assist with the improvements that business owners will make to their storefronts.
September retail sales increase 3 percent 10-16-2018
WAUKESHA — September was a strong month for retail sales, according to data released Monday by the National Retail Federation, which showed a 3 percent year-over-year uptick.
Paustian’s Auto Glass moves from Milwaukee to New Berlin
NEW BERLIN — In September, Paustian’s Auto Glass relocated from the north side of Milwaukee to New Berlin.
Marquette to acquire super computing cluster with grant
MILWAUKEE — Marquette University has received a nearly $700,000 grant from the National Science Foundation in order for the school to acquire a super computing cluster.
Shooting, skin care, socializing and more 10-16-2018
MEQUON — Bear Arms, billed by its owners as Ozaukee County’s first indoor boutique shooting range, opened for business Wednesday.
US budget deficit hits highest level in 6 years 10-15-2018
WASHINGTON — The federal budget deficit has surged to $779 billion in fiscal 2018, its highest level in six years as President Donald Trump’s tax cuts caused the government to borrow more heavily in order to cover its spending.
Sears files for Chapter 11 amid plunging sales, massive debt 10-15-2018
NEW YORK — Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, with plans to shutter 142 unprofitable stores in the hopes that it can stay in business.
Town of Waukesha approves permit for Jimmy John’s drive-thru 10-14-2018
TOWN OF WAUKESHA — The owner of a small strip mall at the northwest corner of West Sunset Drive and South Prairie Avenue has been given a conditional use permit to include a drive-thru with a Jimmy John’s restaurant.
ProHealth unveils design for $55M hospital 10-14-2018
MUKWONAGO — Pro-Health Care unveiled a design Friday for its $55 million hospital, which is being constructed at the Mukwonago medical campus.
MLG Capital moves into converted Brennan’s building 10-13-2018
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD - The former Brennan’s Market building still has the brightness from when it housed fresh cheeses and fruit, but now as the home for MLG Capital, it is filled with modern office space.
Metro home sales slide 6 percent in September 10-13-2018
WAUKESHA - September was a disappointing month for home sales in the four-county metro Milwaukee region with all areas other than Waukesha County seeing a decline in sales.
Big Merton development size reduced 10-12-2018
MERTON — High-end, large lot residential developers in Lake Country usually try to cram as many lots as possible into their development plans while at the same time meeting strict municipal standards for open spaces.
Private clean-fill landfill in Richfield still non-compliant with DNR order 10-12-2018
RICHFIELD — A clean-fill landfill in the village that was issued a letter of non-compliance by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, has still not met an agency imposed deadline to correct the issues cited in a letter dated Aug. 16 and signed by DNR Storm Water Specialist Brooke Robinson.
Brew City Boost was duo’s dream 10-12-2018
RICHFIELD — The start of a recently opened business in the village came about after two co-workers realized while working as engineers they had a mutual interest in working on automobiles.
Robots to the Rescue 10-12-2018
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — Automation hasn’t quite reached the level of near-sentient characters such as C3PO from “Star Wars” or Pixar’s WALL-E, but robots have played and continue to play an integral role in solving modern-day problems, such as the labor shortage and skills gap in manufacturing.
Goddess & The Baker soft opening set for Tuesday 10-12-2018
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — The soft opening for the Goddess & The Baker in The Corners of Brookfield is set for Tuesday.
Lake Country Social restaurant coming to The Corners 10-12-2018
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — Lake Country Social will bring the sensibilities of a supper club to The Corners of Brookfield.
State OKs Mequon TIF change 10-11-2018
MEQUON — A recently approved amendment to Mequon’s Town Center tax incremental finance district has received required approval from the state of Wisconsin.
West Bend BID to determine marketing budget based on The Commons event 10-11-2018
WEST BEND — The Commons event that occurred Saturday will have broad ramifications for the future of the downtown, as officials will base their future strategies on the recommendations and suggestions that were provided by participants.
Screaming Tuna to open in Mequon’s Spur 16 10-11-2018
MEQUON — Sushi and Asian bistro Screaming Tuna is the next restaurant announced for the Mequon Public Market at Spur 16.
Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops to hire 7,000 workers for holiday 10-11-2018
WAUKESHA — About 7,000 people are being sought to fill seasonal positions at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s this year.
Getting ready for the Brookfield Conference Center 10-11-2018
BROOKFIELD — What started as a sprinkle turned into a full downpour on Wednesday morning as leaders from across Waukesha County packed into a small tent just south of Brookfield Square Mall.
Authentic Italian restaurant coming to Oconomowoc 10-11-2018
OCONOMOWOC — Oconomowoc will soon be home to a new authentic Italian restaurant on the first floor of the Eagles Landing condominium building at 128 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Market forces put America's recycling industry in the dumps 10-10-2018
ALBANY, N.Y. — America's recycling industry is in the dumps. A crash in the global market for recyclables is forcing communities to make hard choices about whether they can afford to keep recycling or should simply send all those bottles, cans and plastic containers to the landfill.
West Bend Medical groundbreaking is Monday 10-10-2018
WEST BEND — West Bend officials and West Bend Medical announced Tuesday a groundbreaking ceremony will be at 6:15 p.m. Monday at 140 E. Water St., the site of the future medical clinic.
Breaking ground in Germantown 10-10-2018
GERMANTOWN — The first project to come to the 140-acre tax increment financing district site in Germantown had its official groundbreaking Tuesday.
Kringle named Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin 10-10-2018
MADISON — The battle between Wisconsin-made products to become the coolest one created in the state has ended with Uncle Mike’s Bake Shoppe in De Pere and its Sea Salt Caramel Pecan Kringle named the winner.
Murray’s Cheese shop to be added to state Kroger stores
MENOMONEE FALLS — Murray’s Cheese shop will be added to two Kroger-owned stores in Wisconsin, starting today at the Metro Market in Menomonee Falls at N95W18351 County Line Road.
Foxconn seeks proposals for Racine facility concepts
WAUKESHA — Design and build firms are being asked to submit proposals for the future Foxconn Place Racine, which will be located at the One Main Centre in downtown Racine.
Lawsuit claims confusion with Spectrum cable 10-10-2018
MEQUON — The final straw may have been the person who showed up at the business wanting to return cable equipment.
Paper company to invest in Maine, Wisconsin mills 10-09-2018
PORTLAND, Maine — A paper company says it's investing $300 million into its Wisconsin and Maine mills over the next two years.
Kerns Carpet One Floor and Home relocates to Port Washington Road in Mequon 10-09-2018
MEQUON — Kerns, a carpet and flooring business that has had roots in Milwaukee since the 1930s, has relocated to Mequon.
Upgrades planned for longtime Cedarburg tavern 10-09-2018
CEDARBURG — One of Cedarburg’s longtime taverns is about to get an upgrade, according to plans submitted for review at last week’s Plan Commission meeting.
Connect Cell to move into the Grafton Marketplace 10-09-2018
GRAFTON — The Village Board amended its own rules for the Grafton Marketplace development near Meijer, to pave the way for Connect Cell, currently on 11th Avenue, to expand its business while remaining in the village.
Digital message board nearly complete in Hartford 10-09-2018
HARTFORD — Members of the public passing the city’s Department of Public Works building on West Sumner Street recently may have seen some small scale construction underway. A new electronic message ground sign, which also welcomes people to the city, was being installed by Ad-ucation Media on city property.
Economic indicators point upward for metro Milwaukee, especially manufacturing 10-09-2018
MILWAUKEE — The number of metro economic indicators pointing in a positive direction in August fell slightly compared to July, but Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce Economic Research Director Bret Mayborne still sees a lot of positive motion.
Greenwald Family sues Town of Mukwonago 10-09-2018
TOWN OF MUKWONAGO — The Greenwald Family Foundation, Inc. filed a lawsuit against the Town of Mukwonago after the Town Board denied the family’s conditional use permit for a banquet facility in September, according to a Waukesha County Circuit Court civil complaint.
New Cedarburg skin care store caters to those with allergies 10-09-2018
CEDARBURG — As a child, Elise Malik was one of those kids who seemed to have a longer list of things that she was allergic to than to things she wasn’t.
Vrakas CPAs + Advisors to open second location in Kenosha 10-09-2018
BROOKFIELD —Vrakas CPAs + Advisors announced it will open a second office branch location in Kenosha.
Seed of Hope goes downtown 10-07-2018
WEST BEND — Seed of Hope is bringing its services to downtown West Bend and plans to expand its offerings in the old Graymont building it’s purchasing.
Company gets OK to sell frozen steaks in West Bend parking lots 10-07-2018
WEST BEND — Residents from West Bend and surrounding communities will soon be able to buy steaks from someplace other than a grocery store or meat market.
Hurricane Florence causes decline in retail hiring 10-06-2018
WAUKESHA - While the retail industry hired more people in September than it did the same month last year, overall the industry saw a decline of 23,600 jobs from August due to Hurricane Florence and other factors.
Fleet Farm to proceed with new store in West Bend 10-05-2018
WEST BEND — Representatives from Fleet Farm have received the necessary approvals from city officials to begin constructing an expanded facility on the west side of West Bend.
Getting hitched in a barn 10-05-2018
DELAFIELD — We’re well into fall, which has become peak wedding season with September and October tying June as the most popular month, according to wedding website The Knot.
US unemployment rate falls to 49-year low of 3.7 percent
WASHINGTON — The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent in September — the lowest level since December 1969 — while hiring slowed.
Average city property value up to $245,000 10-04-2018
OCONOMOWOC — The city of Oconomowoc has seen a growth of more than $521 million in total assessed residential value and an average assessed value growth of more than $44,000 since 1999.
New purchase agreement approved for former Gehl site 10-04-2018
WEST BEND — Representatives from Van Horn Real Estate, developers interested in the former Gehl site, have agreed to terms for a second purchase agreement with West Bend officials, extending the timeline for developing the property.
Holiday retail sales expected to increase more than 4 percent 10-04-2018
WAUKESHA — The National Retail Federation is predicting a strong holiday shopping season for retailers.
Auto provisions were a major U.S. focus in revamping NAFTA, but analysts say the changes will have modest impact 10-03-2018
WASHINGTON — Negotiators from the U.S. focused much of their effort in reworking the North American Free Trade Agreement on provisions affecting auto manufacturing, touting the final deal with Canada and Mexico as a boon to domestic carmakers and their employees.
Coolest Things Made in Wisconsin narrowed down to 4
MADISON — The Coolest Things Made in Wisconsin have been narrowed down to four finalists.
Erin Plan Commission OKs CUP for storage unit business
TOWN OF ERIN — On Monday night, the Plan Commission met to discuss the rezoning of a portion of 1782 Highway 83, Hartford.
Downtown West Bend group to pay for ‘Discover Wisconsin’ segment 10-03-2018
WEST BEND — Officials from the Downtown West Bend Business Improvement District have decided to contribute resources, in partnership with other groups, to fund a program that would highlight the amenities and attractions offered within the city.
Milwaukee Tool’s acquisition of Imperial Blades adds 69 employees 10-03-2018
BROOKFIELD — With its most recent acquisition, Milwaukee Tool now employs 3,600 people across the country.
Foxconn purchases Racine property for innovation center
RACINE — A property purchased by Foxconn Technology Group in downtown Racine will be the site of the company’s Foxconn Place Racine and Wisconn Valley Innovation Center.
Wisconsin Legislature to return for Kimberly-Clark 10-02-2018
MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Legislature plans to return the week after the November election for a lame duck session to vote on a $100 million tax incentive bill that would keep paper products maker Kimberly-Clark from shuttering a plant that employs about 500 people.
SCORE offers business workshops 10-02-2018
MILWAUKEE – SCORE Southeast Wisconsin, a nonprofit organization offering workshops and mentoring to startups and existing small businesses, is presenting four business training workshops in October.
Froedtert gets Mequon OK 10-02-2018
MEQUON — Somewhat controversial plans for a small, neighborhood hospital have cleared a major Mequon Common Council hurdle.
Stonewall subdivision proposal in Grafton withdrawn 10-02-2018
GRAFTON — Development of a 141-home subdivision on the old Kohlwey Farm at Highway 60 and Keup Road has died in planning.
County officials vote to close revolving loan fund affiliated with HUD 10-02-2018
WEST BEND — Washington County officials want to reduce the number of revolving loan funds they administer after receiving, what they believed, was an advantageous offer from the state for closing one out.
CornerStone Plumbing announces name change 10-02-2018
BROOKFIELD — As its offerings continue to increase, CornerStone Plumbing announced a name change to reflect that growth on Monday.
2W Technologies acquires Compasys of Pewaukee 10-02-2018
PEWAUKEE — Milwaukee- based 2W Technologies, Inc., a company specializing in network and infrastructure solutions, announced Monday it has purchased Compasys, Inc. of Pewaukee in order to combine the companies’ technology expertise, in addition to being able to expand 2W Tech’s Epicor footprint in the U.S.
GRAEF-USA acquires Waukesha-based Czarnecki Engineering 10-02-2018
WAUKESHA — On Monday, GRAEF-USA, Inc. announced it has acquired Waukesha-based Czarnecki Engineering, Inc., which will allow it to expand its services through the state of Wisconsin.
Canada-US reach deal to stay in trade pact with Mexico 10-01-2018
WASHINGTON — Canada is back in a revamped North American free trade deal with the United States and Mexico after weeks of bitter, high-pressure negotiations that brushed up against a midnight deadline.
Ryloo Boutique opens in Pewaukee 09-30-2018
PEWAUKEE — Women’s clothing and accessory shop Ryloo Boutique has opened in downtown Pewaukee.
Waukesha native is new owner of Otto’s Fine Art Academy 09-30-2018
WAUKESHA — Melissa Hillmer never imagined that she would be the owner of an art school. The Waukesha native and recent college graduate has been interested in art since she was a young girl.
Three new retailers could come to Corridor project 09-28-2018
BROOKFIELD — Dick’s Sporting Goods, a lone retailer in Brookfield’s mixed-use Corridor development, could soon have company, based on plans city officials are reviewing.
U.S. economy grew at robust 4.2 percent rate in Q2 09-28-2018
WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at a robust annual rate of 4.2 percent in the second quarter, the best performance in nearly four years, though economists believe growth has slowed in the current quarter partly because of a drag from trade.
Komatsu to build new $300 million headquarters in Milwaukee 09-28-2018
WAUKESHA — A new $300 million headquarters and manufacturing campus in Milwaukee’s Harbor District will permit Komatsu Mining Corp. to increase its staffing to 1,000 permanent, full-time positions in the city, about 400 more that it currently has there, according to a Thursday announcement.
Leaders urge Kimberly-Clark to extend plant closing deadline 09-27-2018
FOX CROSSING, Wis. — Elected officials in the Fox Valley are urging Kimberly-Clark to delay its self-imposed deadline for deciding whether to close its Cold Spring manufacturing plant.
Setting the barre in Oconomowoc 09-27-2018
TOWN OF OCONOMOWOC — Eddy Bray was just 12 when he happened to walk through a dance studio door in Milwaukee and changed his life forever.
New subdivision coming to Summit
SUMMIT — A new development called Newbridge Crossing is sprouting up on the eastern side of the village, just east of Lower Nemahbin Lake on Waterville Road.
Council approves Highway 60 traffic study 09-27-2018
CEDARBURG — Longtime plans for the development of a new business park on Highway 60 north of Cedarburg could finally be moving forward with the Monday night Common Council vote to approve a traffic impact study.
Hartford company to sell bullet-proof whiteboards 09-27-2018
HARTFORD — Jim Muth, general manager of EVERWhite, wishes he didn’t have to develop bullet-proof and portable whiteboards.
MSI General to build Oak Creek industrial building 09-27-2018
OCONOMOWOC — MSI General Corporation has been hired to design and build an approximately 132,000-square-foot industrial building in the Oakview Business Park in Oak Creek.
Plans for downtown Watertown hotel advance 09-27-2018
WATERTOWN — A sixth property has been purchased in the 100 block of West Main Street in downtown Watertown, paving the way for a planned town square and possible hotel.
Actuant: Fiscal 4Q Earnings Snapshot 09-27-2018
MENOMONEE FALLS — Actuant Corp. (ATU) on Wednesday reported a loss of $37.7 million in its fiscal fourth quarter.
Metro area unemployment rates decline, hold steady 09-27-2018
WAUKESHA — The Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday that unemployment rates have either declined or held steady in all 12 Wisconsin metro areas for the 58th consecutive month.
Fed raises rates for 3rd time this year with 1 more expected
WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve has modestly raised a key interest rate for the third time this year in response to a strong U.S. economy and signaled that it foresees another rate hike before the year ends.
Wisconsin’s water innovation to be shown at conference
WAUKESHA — Water technology from Wisconsin will be highlighted at the 2018 Water Environment Federation’s Technical Exhibition and Conference starting Oct. 1 at the New Orleans Convention Center.
West Bend officials approve downtown special assessments 09-26-2018
WEST BEND — West Bend officials approved plans developed by the Downtown West Bend Business Improvement District despite several who requested modifications to the finalized proposal.
Defining your dreams 09-26-2018
WAUKESHA — A new downtown Waukesha business offers a varied blend of wellness services and programming, but with a central theme.
Woods at Highland Park set to break ground this fall 09-26-2018
MEQUON — The first units in an upscale condominium project along Green Bay Road will be ready for occupancy in spring.
Fiserv to purchase debit processing solutions network
BROOKFIELD — Fiserv, Inc. announced Tuesday it has agreed to acquire the debit card processing, ATM Managed Services and MoneyPass surcharge free network of Elan Financial Services, a unit of U.S. Bancorp.
Kohl’s to launch new plus-size clothing line, collaborates with HGTV stars 09-26-2018
MENOMONEE FALLS — Kohl’s announced Tuesday it will unveil two new collections of items: EVRI, a private- label brand for plus-sized shoppers; and Scott Living at Kohl’s, a home lifestyle collection of items created in collaboration with Drew and Jonathan Scott of HGTV.
Colectivo Coffee marks silver anniversary 09-25-2018
MILWAUKEE — Twenty-five years after starting in the basement of a Walker’s Point warehouse, Colectivo Coffee Roasters is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Condo project gets OK 09-25-2018
MEQUON — The first units in an upscale condominium project along Green Bay Road will be ready for occupancy in spring.
Grafton Best Buy to close in November 09-25-2018
GRAFTON — The Best Buy in Grafton Commons is scheduled to close its doors for good Nov. 3.
Three Canadian credit unions select Fiserv services 09-25-2018
BROOKFIELD — Three credit unions in Canada have started long-term business relationships with Brookfield-based Fiserv for its financial services technology solutions.
Quad/Graphics subsidiary purchases European creative agency 09-25-2018
SUSSEX — Quad/Graphics Europe, a subsidiary of Quad/Graphics, Inc., announced Monday it has acquired Peppermint Warszawa, a strategic and creative agency specializing in creating and implementing print and digital campaigns.
ProHealth Care expands rehabilitation services 09-25-2018
WAUKESHA — ProHealth Care has increased its rehabilitation services at its facilities at 17280 W. North Ave. in Brookfield and 209 W. Main St. in Waukesha, inside Avalon Square.
Hartland sets public hearing for ‘The Glen’ 09-25-2018
HARTLAND — The Village Board approved the Oct. 22 public hearing for a condo development called “The Glen at Overlook Trails” as well as a conditional use permit for Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, Inc. on Monday night.
Darrow starts construction on dealerships
MILWAUKEE — The Russ Darrow Group, with 18 locations throughout Wisconsin and headquartered in Menomonee Falls, broke ground Friday for its new Honda and Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram dealerships in Milwaukee at the Metro Auto Mall on the northwest side of Milwaukee off Highways 41/45 and Good Hope Road.
Report: State leads nation in manufacturing jobs added since June 09-23-2018
MADISON — The United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics today released state-by-state employment and unemployment rankings showing that Wisconsin’s robust manufacturing industry continues to add jobs at a historic rate, with Wisconsin ranking 1st nationally in the number of manufacturing jobs added from June 2018 through August.
Saving time with drones 09-22-2018
NEW BERLIN - A few years ago, drones were barely heard of except in the military and now they are quickly growing in popularity and becoming a part of everyday business.
Germantown Chamber of Commerce unveils new logo design 09-21-2018
GERMANTOWN — The Germantown Chamber of Commerce is expanding marketing programs and has adopted a new logo, which replaces the nearly 20-year-old logo revealed in 1999.
Pleased to meat you 09-21-2018
WEST BEND — The Ries’ Sausage sign over Washington Street went down Wednesday and was replaced by co-owners Ben Houle and Andy Fero. It now bears the name of the new business, West Bend Sausage Plus.
Halloween spending expected to hit $9 billion 09-21-2018
WAUKESHA — As Halloween continues to increase in popularity across the U.S., Americans are opening their wallets wide and are expected to spend about $9 billion on related goods, the second highest amount in 14 years.
Van Horn Automotive Group purchases Sheboygan dealerships 09-21-2018
WAUKESHA — Van Horn Automotive Group continues to acquire dealerships around the state — this time with the purchase of Russ Darrow Nissan of Sheboygan and Russ Darrow Volkswagen of Sheboygan.
Company’s arrival highlights need for manufacturers to invest in supply chains 09-21-2018
PEWAUKEE — Set amid the backdrop of Foxconn’s arrival in Southeastern Wisconsin, a consortium of economic development experts are calling on local manufacturers to make investments to supply chain technology — and do so at lightning speed.
Wisconsin adds 36,300 private-sector jobs in August 09-21-2018
MADISON — From August 2017 to August 2018, Wisconsin added 36,300 private-sector jobs with 2,500 manufacturing jobs added over the same time period, according to a news release Thursday from the Department of Workforce Development.
Slinger company commits $1 million to promote hunting
SLINGER — Legendary Whitetails, a Slinger-based clothing company for white-tailed deer hunters, has announced it will dedicate $1 million this season to promote hunting nationwide.
Advanced Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists changes name
MILWAUKEE — Advanced Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists S.C. has officially changed its name to ADVENT after using the two names interchangeably for several years.
Enter the ‘Fray’ 09-20-2018
OCONOMOWOC — While Morgan Krueger, owner of Fray, a new women’s boutique downtown, was in college the idea came to her that she wanted to open her own store.
Eagles Landing approaching completion 09-20-2018
OCONOMOWOC — Construction on the Wisconsin Ave. condominiums on Wisconsin Avenue should be wrapped up by May as Eagles Landing and The Parc on Lac La Belle approach the end of their developments.
Two Cedarburg men charged with securities, wire fraud
CEDARBURG — Two Cedarburg men are facing a list of federal charges over accusations of false accounting.
Hartland commission sets public hearing for ‘North Forty’ development 09-20-2018
HARTLAND — The Plan Commission has set a public hearing date for a Neumann Developments Inc. project called The Glen at Overlook Trails, which has been referred to as the “North Forty” development, on Highway K near Jungbluth Road.
Brookfield OKs hearing for light poles at ‘regional shopping malls’ 09-20-2018
BROOKFIELD — Residents will have an opportunity to weigh in on proposed lighting changes at portions of Brookfield Square next month, following a decision Tuesday.
Competing for workers 09-20-2018
WAUKESHA - Waukesha-based organic grocer Good Harvest Market announced this week it is increasing its wage for hourly workers to $10 an hour.
County officials give approval to build driveway over creek 09-19-2018
TOWN OF POLK — Scenic Cedar Creek LLC in the town of Polk was given approval by the Washington County Board of Adjustment to construct a driveway over a creek to give them access to a cold storage building.
New West Bend Fleet Farm site moves forward 09-19-2018
WEST BEND — A site plan and several conditional use permits for the new Fleet Farm location on the city’s northwest side have been approved by the West Bend Plan Commission.
Target, Macy’s, Kohl’s dangle discounts, gift cards for seasonal workers 09-19-2018
CHICAGO — Retailers won’t just be battling each other for customers this holiday season — they’re also gearing up to fight over the temporary workers who will make the sales.
Metro Milwaukee Boston Store location could reopen 09-19-2018
WAUKESHA — A Boston Store location in metro Milwaukee could open in time for the holiday shopping season, according to media reports.
Foxconn signs deal to jointly develop Wisconsin ginseng
WAUSAU, Wis. — Foxconn has signed an agreement to jointly develop Wisconsin's ginseng industry and grow its newly-established Wisconsin-based brand.
Mequon office buildings OK’d 09-18-2018
MEQUON — Plans for twin office buildings on the last available lot in the East Mequon Corporate Center recently received a green light from the city.
County officials approve moving some workforce development duties to Waukesha County 09-18-2018
WEST BEND — Washington County officials have agreed to a change that will provide those in Waukesha County with additional administrative oversight of workforce development.
ThermTech to build addition onto Waukesha facility 09-18-2018
WAUKESHA — Keller has been hired to construct a 10,500-square-foot manufacturing addition for ThermTech at 301 Travis Lane in Waukesha.
Wisconsin’s coolest products 09-18-2018
WAUKESHA — Innovation is happening in Wisconsin and a list of 16 items from Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and Johnson Financial Group proves that.
Delafield Street strip-mall site being considered for residential 09-18-2018
WAUKESHA — Companies interested in developing a 3.38-acre collection of properties across from City Hall on Delafield Street have all pitched residential projects for the site.
Business owner to pay nearly $630K for alleged fraud
HARTLAND — Sonag Ready Mix, LLC owner Nicholas Rivecca Sr. has agreed to pay the Department of Justice $629,732 to resolve allegations that the company violated the False Claims Act by defrauding a government-funded program, U.S. Attorney Matthew D. Krueger announced Wednesday.
Inspire Washington County aims to connect students, employers 09-16-2018
WEST BEND — The steady expansion of the United States economy since the end of the Great Recession has been an encouraging trend for those who found themselves distressed over the prospect of finding employment during that time.
Commission to consider plans for new north side subdivision 09-16-2018
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — Plan commissioners will consider Waukesha developer Carl Tomich’s plans for a large subdivision off Swan Road on the city’s north side during a meeting on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. in City Hall, W240-N3065 Pewaukee Road.
As fall approaches, new businesses pop up downtown 09-16-2018
WAUKESHA — It’s a sunny Friday afternoon, and Gaby Bras is thoughtfully selecting flowers for wedding arrangements in her downtown Waukesha storefront and studio.
Walker implores senators to visit Kimberly-Clark plant
MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker is imploring state senators to visit a Kimberly-Clark plant that's slated to close if the Legislature doesn't approve a tax incentive package that could cost up to $100 million.
Area company sends generators to areas in the path of Hurricane Florence 09-14-2018
TOWN OF GENESEE — As all eyes are cast toward the Carolinas as Hurricane Florence strikes, Generac Power Systems is being proactive and has five storm response teams ready to head to the East Coast today.
Manufacturers invited to supply chain workshops 09-14-2018
PEWAUKEE — To help manufacturers prepare for the upcoming opening of the Foxconn production facility in Mount Pleasant, supply chain workshops will be offered regarding industry trends and Foxconn.
ABC of Wisconsin’s apprenticeship program has record enrollment 09-14-2018
WAUKESHA — Four hundred contracted apprentices, a record amount, have enrolled in Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin’s apprentice program for this fall.
Three more county school districts get Wisconsin Fast Forward grants 09-14-2018
WAUKESHA — Three more Waukesha County school districts have been named as recipients of the Department of Workforce Development’s Wisconsin Fast Forward Advanced Manufacturing Technical Education Equipment grant.
Twisted Fire seeks liquor license 09-13-2018
OCONOMOWOC — The latest restaurant coming to Oconomowoc is seeking a liquor license from the city during the next Common Council meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Mequon’s Foxtown gets TIF incentive 09-13-2018
MEQUON — Developers of the Foxtown project in Mequon’s Town Center neighborhood will get a $4.9 million incentive for their project that improves a blighted 17-acre parcel on the south side of Mequon Road.
Badger Meter to add 40 jobs in Racine 09-13-2018
RACINE — Badger Meter will create 40 jobs during the next three years in Racine as it transfers jobs from Arizona to Wisconsin.
Foxconn seeks to hire 3,000 veterans 09-13-2018
MILWAUKEE — As part its plan to employ 13,000 people at its future Mount Pleasant manufacturing facility, Foxconn Technology Group announced Wednesday it intends to hire 3,000 veterans.
Colectivo Coffee celebrates silver anniversary 09-13-2018
MILWAUKEE — Colectivo Coffee Roasters, a staple of many area coffee shops and home kitchens, is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Restaurant industry has nationwide labor shortage 09-13-2018
MUSKEGO — The lobby of a McDonald’s on Racine Avenue closed early on Monday night due to staffing shortages, a handwritten note read on the front door of the business.
Walker says Kimberly-Clark deal will need bipartisan support
MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday that it would be easier to reconvene the state Senate after the November election to vote on an incentive package that might keep Kimberly-Clark from shutting down one of two Wisconsin plants, but the Kleenex tissue-maker said it wants action by the end of this month.
Erin resident concerned about 320-unit storage facility
TOWN OF ERIN — During the citizen comment portion of the Plan Commission meeting Monday, Erin resident John Stillman voiced his concerns about a proposed storage units facility possibly being built at 1782 Highway 83.
Wisconsin credit unions announce initiative to encourage more saving 09-12-2018
WEST BEND — After observing a disturbing trend with respect to household savings in the country, representatives from credit unions have collaborated on an initiative to entice people to save more.
Home sales take another slide in August 09-12-2018
WAUKESHA — The summer months may be considered the height of the home-selling season, but three of the past four months in the metro Milwaukee area had a decline in sales, including August at 1.6 percent, compared to the same months in 2017.
Port Washington State Bank offers special loan rate 09-11-2018
OZAUKEE COUNTY — Officials at Port Washington State Bank announced last week the bank is offering a special loan rate intended to assist area residents coping with unexpected expenses related to recent flooding in the area.
Mequon Public Market grows 09-11-2018
MEQUON — Fresh hot donuts from Happy Dough Lucky will join other announced partners in Mequon Public Market at Spur 16.
Willowbrook changing hands 09-11-2018
THIENSVILLE — Willowbrook Place, a longtime retirement community in Thiensville, will change hands this fall.
Judge upholds August Weber Haus ruling 09-11-2018
PORT WASHINGTON — Ozaukee County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Voiland has upheld the city of Cedarburg’s action to revoke the Class B liquor license from the owners of the August Weber Haus on Washington Avenue.
New Mequon tavern promises adventure 09-11-2018
MEQUON — You probably won’t need a map to find it, but the owner of a planned new tavern on Mequon’s far north side promises that patrons’ expeditions will be worth it.
Hartford OKs final site plan for apartments 09-11-2018
HARTFORD — Groundbreaking could take place soon for a major apartment development complex in the city’s downtown after action Monday by the city’s Plan Commission.
RE/MAX Service First opens location in Town of Brookfield 09-11-2018
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — RE/MAX Service First has opened its first permanent location in the Town of Brookfield at 21075 Swenson Drive, Suite, 200, according to an announcement from broker and owner John Gscheidmeier.
REV Group creates seatbelts for ambulances 09-11-2018
WAUKESHA — New seatbelt technology has been introduced that will allow ambulance crews to administer patient care while remaining safe.
Ingleside Hotel hosts grand reopening
WAUKESHA — Monday afternoon’s grand opening of The Ingleside Hotel was held in the lobby, which has a modern, yet quasi-vintage look exhibited by large distressed mirrors, white-wood flooring and weathered wooden lock boxes displayed throughout the room.
Froedtert & MCW to build community hospital in Oak Creek 09-11-2018
MILWAUKEE — A small-scale hospital in Oak Creek that would offer 24/7 care is being proposed by the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network.
Council stalls The Glen condo development 09-11-2018
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — The City of Pewaukee Common Council tabled a proposed 60-unit condominium community known as The Glen at Parkway Ridge subdivision Monday night after the council felt they needed more time to sort out zoning and conditional use permit details.
Pleasant Hill Bar & Grill, Wrench Workz to replace Richfield businesses 09-09-2018
RICHFIELD — Two established businesses in the village will be operating under new names after receiving approval of their individual plans of operation from the village’s Plan Commission.
State Walmart associates receive over $4.3 million in bonuses 09-09-2018
WEST BEND — More than 915,000 Walmart associates across the country received a share of more than $200 million in cash bonuses based on their stores’ second-quarter performance, the company announced Friday.
Jimmy John’s could be coming to West Sunset Drive
TOWN OF WAUKESHA — The owner of a small strip mall of the northwest corner of West Sunset Drive and South Prairie Avenue is working on a plan to bring a Jimmy John’s restaurant to the development.
Entering the Blue Zones 09-08-2018
HORICON - For more than 100 years, John Deere has been at the forefront of innovation with farming products and equipment.
Lands’ End: Fiscal 2Q Earnings Snapshot 09-07-2018
DODGEVILLE — Lands’ End Inc. (LE) on Thursday reported a loss of $5.3 million in its fiscal second quarter.
US hiring picked up in August as pay surged most in 9 years 09-07-2018
WASHINGTON — Hiring in the United States picked up in August as employers added a strong 201,000 jobs, a sign of confidence that consumers and businesses will keep spending.
Study shows downtown Hartford has adequate parking despite public opinion 09-07-2018
HARTFORD — A recent survey of available parking in the city’s downtown shows that during the peak hours of 6, 7 and 8 p.m. on the downtown’s busiest nights, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 36 percent of available parking remained vacant.
Tourism spending is on the rise in Washington County 09-07-2018
TOWN OF POLK — Washington County has experienced an influx of tourism money during the past few years, bolstering the local economy by sustaining businesses, the labor force, as well as generating tax revenue for the area.
Fiserv technology addresses challenges of online loan applications, account access 09-07-2018
BROOKFIELD — In a world where people want to do things quickly and simply, Fiserv, Inc. has created a suite of solutions aimed at making opening accounts and completing loan applications online easier.
Bon-Ton Stores could be revived by technology company
WAUKESHA — New life may soon be breathed into The Bon-Ton Stores and their brands, including Boston Stone and Younkers, if CSC Generation is able to purchase the company out of bankruptcy.
Greenwald banquet facility denied 09-07-2018
TOWN OF MUKWONAGO — Greenwald Foundation owners Darwin and Dona Greenwald will seek legal counsel after the Town Board unanimously denied their proposed $2 million banquet facility Thursday night, said foundation representative Ron Spear.
Council votes to allow Preserve to add apartment building
OCONOMOWOC — The Oconomowoc Common Council voted 5-2 to allow The Preserve at Prairie Creek to add one more apartment building to its complex on the south side of its property.
Harley’s rumble helps businesses roar
THIENSVILLE — Businesses along Main Street enjoyed the benefits over the weekend of an estimated 15,000 or more Harley-Davidson riders who visited the party at the dealership in Thiensville.
Getting back to work 09-06-2018
WEST BEND — Retirees are returning to work and those approaching retirement believe they will return to work within five years, according to a survey from Home Instead Inc.
Judge refuses Clear Channel’s bid to dismiss billboard suit
WAUKESHA — A Waukesha County judge on Tuesday declined to dismiss Koepp Realty’s lawsuit against Clear Channel Outdoor, handing the real estate firm a second preliminary victory against the billboard company.
Russ Darrow Group to construct two new dealerships
MENOMONEE FALLS — Russ Darrow Group will break ground on two new dealerships on Sept. 21 at the Metro Auto Mall on the northwest side of Milwaukee off Highway 41/45 and Good Hope Road.
Downtown West Bend group prepares for student idea event 09-05-2018
WEST BEND — With the fall season approaching, West Bend officials are finalizing details of an event they had been planning for several months — hosting a group of high school and college students to generate ideas for improving the downtown, along with attracting businesses and guests.
UW-M to discuss Foxconn partnership, job opportunities
WEST BEND — As local businesses get signed on for the Foxconn project in Racine County and get a boost to their respective incomes, local colleges and universities are also starting to reap the benefits of the billion-dollar global company’s impending arrival in southeastern Wisconsin.
The evolution of shopping centers 09-05-2018
BROOKFIELD — As shopping habits have changed, so have some brick and mortar retail centers.
Midwest Senior Living to lay off 30 workers in Thiensville
THIENSVILLE — Midwest Senior Living LLC recently gave formal notice of workforce reduction plans for its Thiensville location which are expected to affect 30 employees.
Live and Gather: A Look at Spur 16 09-04-2018
If you live in the northern ‘burbs of Ozaukee County, you won’t have to travel far to get your downtown Milwaukee fix.
Red Fox Crossing neighborhood opens in New Berlin
NEW BERLIN — A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the grand opening of Tim O’Brien Homes’ new neighborhood Red Fox Crossing in New Berlin.
Sleep Number coming to Grafton 09-04-2018
GRAFTON — Select Comfort Retail Corp. received approval from the village of Grafton Plan Commission last week to move forward on opening a store at 1205 Port Washington Road.
New hotel opens in Grafton 09-04-2018
GRAFTON — Grafton’s business community celebrated the opening of a new hotel with an Aug. 23 ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Same specialty, new look for two Cedarburg businesses 09-04-2018
CEDARBURG — Two orthodontic practices in the city of Cedarburg are in the midst of business improvements.
Finding more room to breathe 09-04-2018
WEST BEND — It wasn’t quite like trying to stuff people into a telephone booth, but at times, employees and customers at Healing Elements Day Spa were routinely grazing elbows, bumping into each other.
Pizza Ranch to open Sept. 10 in Waukesha 09-04-2018
WAUKESHA — Waukesha’s first Pizza Ranch is set to open on Sept. 10 at 930 Fleetfoot Drive.
Manufacturing, services industries see greatest growth in July 09-01-2018
WAUKESHA - The majority of metro Milwaukee areas saw economic gains during the month of July, largely thanks to the strengthening manufacturing sector.
Boston Store website teases comeback 09-01-2018
WAUKESHA - Hope may not be lost for loyal Boston Store customers. On Friday, the websites for the stores operated by The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., including Boston Store, displayed a message teasing a return.
Unemployment Insurance public comment period opens
WAUKESHA - The public will be able to submit comments related to Wisconsin unemployment insurance until Nov. 16.
Triple-record-breaking roller coaster coming to Great America 08-31-2018
GURNEE, ILLINOIS — Thrill-seekers will have a new reason to venture to Six Flags Great America in 2019 — the triple-record-breaking new roller coaster Maxx Force.
U.S. consumer spending up a solid 0.4 percent in July
WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer spending rose a solid 0.4 percent in July, the sixth straight month of healthy gains.
WisDOT proposing ‘first of its kind’ commuter station in Delafield 08-31-2018
DELAFIELD — While a number of specifics still need fleshing out, Delafield could be the first Wisconsin community to host a proposed commuter station for passengers using park-and-ride lots.
40 units slated for Ninth Avenue 08-30-2018
GRAFTON — Forty new apartment units could be coming to Grafton.
Moraine Park enters partnership with NASA 08-30-2018
WEST BEND — Moraine Park Technical College has been named as part of NASA’s Wisconsin Scholarship Grant Consortium (WSGC), becoming one of only two technical colleges in the state to be a part of this elite group.
Wisconsin ginseng growers seek new customers amid trade war 08-30-2018
WAUSAU — Wisconsin ginseng growers are seeking new customers as tariffs in an escalating trade war with China will raise the price by 15 percent for Chinese consumers.
Gas prices predicted to drop for fall
WAUKESHA — AAA is predicting that the national average price for gas will be $2.70 or less this autumn, which is 14 cents less per gallon than Tuesday’s average price and more than 25 cents less than this year’s record high of $2.97 in May.
Master Lock introduces Bluetooth-enabled lock system 08-30-2018
MILWAUKEE — Master Lock is the latest company to turn a traditional product into a high-tech, Bluetooth-enabled device.
District board approves Industrial Building expansion
PEWAUKEE — Waukesha County Technical College is moving ahead with allocating a $2.6 donation made last fall. The District Board approved Phase II of the Integrated Manufacturing Center addition project on Aug. 14.
Tariffs on imported newsprint nixed in win for US newspapers 08-29-2018
WASHINGTON — The U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday nullified tariffs put into place for imported newsprint by finding that American producers weren't harmed by imports from Canadian paper mills.
Germantown native lands dream job with an NFL team
WEST BEND — For Erica Schuelke, it wasn’t hard to get hooked to football.
A budding dream 08-29-2018
MUKWONAGO — More than just flowers are budding at Americana Flower Station, a floral shop Kelly Krause recently opened in Mukwonago.
ACCO Brands to close Pleasant Prairie facility, lay off 54
WAUKESHA — ACCO Brands USA, LLC notified the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development on Tuesday that it will close its facility in Pleasant Prairie, which will result in the elimination of about 54 workers.
Lakeland Supply to get rooftop solar system 08-29-2018
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — Fitting the roof of Lakeland Supply’s new building with a roof top solar system will be no small job for Arch Electric Solar out of Plymouth — it’s estimated to take about four weeks.
Harley-Davidson to celebrate 115 years
WAUKESHA — When you’re a brand as well known as Harley-Davidson, you don’t celebrate a 115th anniversary with just one party; you have five in a row.
Foxconn joins Wisconsin companies to create investment fund 08-28-2018
MADISON, Wis. — Foxconn Technology Group will partner with three major Midwestern companies to create a $100 million fund to help launch technology startups around the world, the companies announced Tuesday.
M-T businesses recruited 08-28-2018
MEQUON — Vertz Marketing, which has its headquarters in Mequon, and Concordia University Wisconsin have announced the creation of the Vertz Marketing Rotary Small Business Innovation Center at CUW.
Deja vu for former Hartford company
HARTFORD — In the words of former baseball great Yogi Berra, “it’s deja vu all over again” — at least it is for a former Hartford company.
Rising retail forecasts follow strong summer sales 08-28-2018
OCONOMOWOC — As the summer sales season wraps up, national retail forecasts for the year have risen, propelled by stronger-than-expected figures in recent months.
Brookfield Cycle & Fitness closing after 45 years 08-28-2018
BROOKFIELD — For 45 years Brookfield Cycle & Fitness has sold bicycles, fitness equipment, clothing and parts, but soon longtime customers will have to look to someplace new for their cycling needs.
Foxconn giving $100 million to UW-Madison for partnership 08-27-2018
MADISON, Wis. — Foxconn Technology Group announced Monday that it will invest $100 million in engineering and innovation research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which is one of the largest gifts in the school's history and comes as the Taiwan-based electronics giant builds its first North American factory in southeastern Wisconsin.
Foxconn casting wide net in search for employees 08-26-2018
MILWAUKEE — Foxconn Technology Group will cast a wide net to find the 13,000 workers it eventually expects to hire at its new North American manufacturing plant, partnering with universities and technical schools and even tapping into transitioning members of the military.
Woodman’s challenges assessment in Falls 08-26-2018
WAUKESHA — Woodman’s Food Market is suing Menomonee Falls in a challenge to its assessment for 2018 taxes.
Developer to pursue condo project despite lack of boat slips 08-25-2018
PEWAUKEE — The proposed public pier for Pewaukee Lake linked to a downtown condominium development may have been denied, but Pewaukee Beachscape LLC owner Joe Grasch plans to move forward with his development on a parcel of land between 125 and 161 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Horicon Bank announces Trust Administration Services
HORICON - Horicon Bank announced Friday the addition of a new Trust Administration Services division for the bank.
EPIC Creative holds ribbon cutting at new location 08-25-2018
WEST BEND - EPIC Creative, an advertising agency in West Bend, celebrated its move into its new Sixth Avenue home Thursday and The West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce organized a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the move.  
U.S. Cellular to honor local coaches 08-25-2018
WEST BEND - U.S. Cellular issued a request to the West Bend community to nominate their favorite coaches, who are leaders and have a positive impact on their schools, players and community.
Walker announces campaign to attract veterans, active military to Wisconsin 08-25-2018
MENOMONEE FALLS — State officials launched a $1.9 million national marketing campaign to encourage military personnel and their spouses who are transitioning to civilian life to live and work in the state after serving in the military, Gov. Scott Walker announced at Lippert Flooring & Tile in Menomonee Falls on Friday afternoon.
Powell signals more rate hikes ahead if US economy stays strong 08-24-2018
WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell signaled Friday that he expects the Fed to continue gradually raising interest rates if the U.S. economic expansion remains strong.
Illinois communities raise worries about Foxconn plant harm 08-24-2018
VERNON HILLS, Ill. — More local officials in northeastern Illinois are raising concerns about the enforcement of environmental regulations for the planned Foxconn manufacturing plant in neighboring Wisconsin.
Olympia Resort named in foreclosure suit 08-24-2018
WAUKESHA — The closed Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc is facing foreclosure following a Thursday court filing.
Lac La Belle to annex land for Prestwick 08-23-2018
VILLAGE OF LAC LA BELLE — The Village Board scheduled a special meeting Wednesday night to approve another step in implementing an agreement with the Prestwick Group for the reconstruction of the Lac La Belle golf course and construction of a corporate headquarters adjacent to the site.
Additional building at Preserve at Prairie Creek advances
OCONOMOWOC — After a 5-3 vote from the Oconomowoc Common Council, The Preserve at Prairie Creek is on pace to be allowed to build an additional apartment building on the south end of the complex.
West Bend officials waive right of first refusal on development 08-23-2018
WEST BEND — West Bend officials are relinquishing some of their rights to a property in the area should the owner decide to place it for sale in the open market.
Target sales up 6.5 percent, highest in more than a decade 08-23-2018
MINNEAPOLIS — Target shoppers are back in stores and clicking online in record numbers, providing the company with the largest boost in sales in 13 years.
Metro Milwaukee unemployment slides to 3.6% 08-23-2018
WAUKESHA — For the month of July, unemployment remained very low throughout the state at 3.1 percent and declined to 3.6 percent for the Milwaukee-Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington counties metro region.
Council grants final OK to Fiddleheads’ plans for historic depot building 08-23-2018
BROOKFIELD — Despite strong opposition from a handful of vocal residents, Brookfield officials on Tuesday saved one of the city’s oldest structures from the bulldozer and gave a coffee roaster the green light to set up shop in the community.
Former 18 West restaurant to receive a vintage revamp
DELAFIELD — Vintage brewery signs, hand-hewn wood and cream city brick will adorn the walls of the Red Lion Pub and Mini-bowl, a proposed bar, restaurant and bowling alley that will replace 18 West Sports Grille & Banquets at W325-S1767 Mickle Road in the Town of Delafield.
Razing of strip mall on Delafield Street could begin within a month 08-23-2018
WAUKESHA — A long vacant strip mall across the street from City Hall could be demolished within a month or two.
Wisconsin corn crop numbers could lead to early harvest
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Wisconsin farmers may expect an early harvest as the state's agriculture statistics show the growing season for corn is ahead of schedule.
Democrats question Foxconn project scope 08-22-2018
MADISON, Wis. — Democratic legislators are renewing criticisms of Foxconn Technology Group's plans for a flat-screen plant in Mount Pleasant.
Officials vote to approve reconfiguration of area Workforce Development Board 08-22-2018
WEST BEND — Washington County officials recommend that representatives from Waukesha County assume the lead for the fiscal responsibilities related to the Workforce Development Board.
Italian restaurant opening soon in West Bend adds experienced chef to the mix 08-22-2018
WEST BEND — A chef with experience in Chicago and Milwaukee is bringing his skills to Culaccino Bar + Italian Kitchen in West Bend.
Richfield landfill issued DNR notice of non-compliance
RICHFIELD — The operator of Scenic Pit LLC, a clean-fill landfill in the village, has been issued a letter of noncompliance by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Kohl’s puts up big 2Q numbers, raises profit outlook  08-22-2018
MENOMONEE FALLS — Kohl’s breezed past Wall Street’s second-quarter profit and revenue expectations and raised its profit outlook for the year.
Council approves Lake Country Commons conceptual plan  08-22-2018
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — Diamond Entertainment LLC may be one step closer to home plate after a straw poll vote on Monday night suggested that the Common Council supports the company’s Lake Country Commons mixed-use development.
Trustees oppose new boat pier on Pewaukee Lake 08-22-2018
PEWAUKEE — The proposed new boat pier on Pewaukee Lake linked to a five-condominium development project was proclaimed a “dead issue” by Village President Jeff Knutson at a Monday night board meeting when four of six trustees said they would vote against the pier given the opportunity.
Cornerstone Community Bank announces shredding events in Grafton, Menomonee Falls 08-21-2018
GRAFTON — Cornerstone Community Bank will host its annual on-site shredding event next month at both of its locations.
Spectrum raises the roof 08-21-2018
MEQUON — The second-floor expansion of Spectrum Investment Advisors took a visible step forward as employees watched a 17-foot-high tower get put into place Thursday.
Town of Grafton reinstates home landscape businesses with modifications 08-21-2018
GRAFTON — From-home and mom-and-pop landscaping operations are back on the list of allowed activities in the town of Grafton.
Mequon reopens Town Center TIF 08-21-2018
MEQUON — The Mequon Common Council cleared the way Wednesday to provide incentives to the developer of the Foxtown project just getting underway in the city’s Town Center.
Business owner launches ActionCOACH of Brookfield 08-21-2018
BROOKFIELD — Owning and operating a business is complicated, so getting a second opinion and some sound advice can be really helpful.
Lang starts new calendar company 08-21-2018
DELAFIELD — Robert Allen “Bob” Lang, the entrepreneur-developer whose Colonial-style architecture has become the signature of the downtown Delafield business district, has started a new calendar company.
Condo project could bring new pier to Pewaukee Lake 08-19-2018
PEWAUKEE — Pewaukee Lake’s fishing pier may be on the line as village officials consider approving a developer’s request to pay for a boating pier that would serve the public and tenants living in the proposed $6 million lakefront condominium development.
Imperfect Produce expands to Waukesha 08-19-2018
WAUKESHA — A company seeking to eliminate food waste and help farmers benefit from a full harvest has expanded into the Waukesha market.
Peck and Bushel orchard observes seventh season 08-19-2018
TOWN OF ERIN — For the next 8 to 9 weeks, Joe Fahey will spend 10 hours a day picking apples off the 30,000 trees at the Peck and Bushel Organic Fruit Company’s orchard.
Foxconn Training Center is open 08-19-2018
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — In order to train the many skilled workers needed for the Foxconn project, the Foxconn Training Center has been created on its development site in Mount Pleasant.
Johnson Bus takes steps to become more environmentally friendly 08-17-2018
WEST BEND — West Bend-based Johnson School Bus is generating more electricity than it can use at one of its locations after adding several solar panels on one of the bus garages.
Quad/Graphics’ digital marketing agency is one of America’s fastest growing 08-17-2018
SUSSEX — Rise Interactive, the digital marketing agency of which Quad/Graphics has majority ownership, was named to the Inc. 5000 list.
New Oshkosh Corporation headquarters to get $8 million in state credits 08-17-2018
OSHKOSH — Plans for a new 190,000-square-foot global headquarters for Oshkosh Corporation received additional financial support Thursday from the state of Wisconsin in the form of $8 million in state income tax credits and $787,500 from the Transportation Economic Assistance program of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
More votes on rebuilding Lac La Belle golf course 08-17-2018
LAC LA BELLE — Village trustees cast a series of unanimous votes this week to implement an agreement that allows the Prestwick Group to rebuild the Lac La Belle golf course and gives Prestwick an option to relocate its corporate headquarters on 26 acres adjacent to the course.
Commission still has concerns with athletic, residential development 08-17-2018
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — A revised set of plans for the proposed Lake Country Commons athletic and residential development were unveiled Thursday.
Wisconsin unemployment under 3 percent for sixth month
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin's unemployment rate has been under 3 percent for the past six months, an indicator of economic health that Gov. Scott Walker has been touting on the campaign trail.
Merle Norman moves to Pabst Farms Circle 08-16-2018
OCONOMOWOC — The Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio that had been located on Brown Street in the Town of Oconomowoc is now open in Pabst Farms.
CDA approves tax plan for Amcast property 08-16-2018
CEDARBURG — The city of Cedarburg Community Development Authority unanimously approved an agreement Monday night that will eventually cancel the outstanding property tax bill due on the Amcast property at Hamilton and Johnson streets through a process known as tax in rem assignment and cancellation.
Mills Fleet Farm opens in Pabst Farms
OCONOMOWOC — The 218,000-square-foot Fleet Farm opened after more than 10 months of construction in Pabst Farms Towne Center.
Jackson officials give business owners the go-ahead to display banner signs 08-16-2018
JACKSON — After hearing pleas from two local business owners, Jackson officials agreed Tuesday to loosen restrictions on the use of banner signs as advertisements.
Slinger panel recommends OK of Hanke Trucking expansion plans 08-16-2018
SLINGER — The village’s Plan Commission on Wednesday night recommended approval of site and architectural plans for a proposed 19,000 square-foot expansion of Hanke Trucking.
July retail sales increase nearly 5 percent over 2017 08-16-2018
WASHINGTON — July retail sales were up 0.4 percent seasonally adjusted from June and increased 4.9 percent unadjusted year-over-year, giving the industry a solid kickoff for the third quarter as consumers continued to spend despite concerns about the growing trade war, the National Retail Federation said Wednesday.
Community Dental Clinic opens in Menomonee Falls 08-16-2018
MENOMONEE FALLS — The Community Dental Clinic, created to serve low-income residents, has opened in Menomonee Falls.
Ben Franklin Crafts store in Oconomowoc celebrates 45 years 08-16-2018
OCONOMOWOC — The Ben Franklin Crafts store in Oconomowoc will celebrate its 45th anniversary on Aug. 23 with a week full of events.
Wisconsin’s equalized property value increases 4% 08-16-2018
WAUKESHA — Wisconsin’s total statewide equalized property value as of Jan. 1 was $549 billion, a 4 percent increase compared to 2017, according to data released Wednesday by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue in its annual Equalized Value Report.
Lake Country Commons concept returns 08-16-2018
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — Diamond Entertainment, LLC will return to the Plan Commission tonight with a new iteration of the Lake Country Commons, a $65 million baseball stadium and mixed-use development proposed for the former Pewaukee Golf Club off Golf and Meadowbrook roads.
Restoration work begins after downtown fire 08-16-2018
WAUKESHA — A day after a fire started outside a stairwell between Spring City Wine House and The Clarke Hotel in downtown Waukesha, fire restoration crews were busy working to address the damage caused to the two businesses and the neighboring Steaming Cup.
Germantown Burger King to get a makeover 08-15-2018
GERMANTOWN — A Burger King restaurant situated in a high-profile area of Germantown is set to undergo an overhaul in the coming months, according to details submitted to village officials this week.
Site plan approved for ProAmPac addition in Hartford
HARTFORD — Approval of a site plan by the city’s Plan Commission will allow a proposed expansion and relocating of some facilities on the ProAmPac campus to move forward.
Aurora St. Luke’s tops U.S. News list of area hospitals 08-15-2018
MILWAUKEE — For the second straight year, Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center has been named the top hospital in Southeastern Wisconsin by U.S. News & World Report.
Metro home sales see first uptick this summer 08-15-2018
WAUKESHA — For the first time this summer, home sales in the four-county metro Milwaukee area saw an increase in July, according to data released Tuesday by the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors.
Nearly 400 manufacturing jobs vacant in Hartford area
HARTFORD — Despite using a variety of methods, business and industry in the Hartford area continue to struggle to find qualified workers.
Fiddleheads’ plans receive preliminary approval 08-14-2018
BROOKFIELD — Plans to save one of Brookfield’s oldest structures from the bulldozer have moved one step closer to reality, following a city panel’s recommendation Monday.
Wine, craft beer walk could come to downtown Waukesha this fall 08-14-2018
WAUKESHA — Wine and craft beer fans could have a new event to mark down in their calendars.
Village, restaurants create Richfield Dining Week 08-14-2018
RICHFIELD — With no local chamber of commerce, village officials and local restaurants are coming together in September to publicize the variety of unique eating establishments doing business in Richfield.
Lac La Belle Village Board to meet in closed session, again 08-12-2018
LAC LA BELLE — The Village Board has called a special closed session for Monday at 7:30 p.m. at The Club at Lac La Belle at 6996 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Five developers interested in Delafield Street strip mall property 08-12-2018
WAUKESHA — Five developers have submitted proposals expressing interest in a 3.38-acre collection of properties across from City Hall on Delafield Street.
Carlson Tool & Manufacturing celebrates 60 years 08-11-2018
CEDARBURG - For 60 continuous years, Carlson Tool & manufacturing Inc. has operated as a family business and offered engineering, tooling, drilling and machining services.
Development boom near Hartland 08-11-2018
HARTLAND - Village President Jeff Pfannerstill says he wants to cooperate with neighboring municipalities to resolve traffic issues on Winkleman and Lisbon roads that will result from a home building boom along the village’s northern border with Merton.
Downtown West Bend officials to ask business owners to pick up trash 08-10-2018
WEST BEND — Officials from the downtown West Bend Business Improvement District will begin sending another set of letters to retailers and property owners within their jurisdiction.
West Bend officials approve proposals for planned Fleet Farm development 08-10-2018
WEST BEND — The proposed Fleet Farm expansion planned for the southeast corner of Highway Z and West Washington Street in West Bend will continue with officials’ support for the development.
Mukwonago to host economic development summit Thursday 08-10-2018
MUKWONAGO — Mukwonago is hosting an economic development summit that will offer a forum for regional leaders in economics, development, and business to discuss trends in Waukesha and Walworth counties.
Retailers rush to bring products into country 08-10-2018
WAUKESHA — The upcoming tariffs created by the Trump administration have caused concern and uncertainty among leaders in several industries, which includes retailers, which in turn has led to a significant increase in the importation of goods.
Quad sues magazine publisher in contract dispute 08-10-2018
WAUKESHA — Sussex-based printing giant Quad/Graphics is suing one of its clients, the publishers of Time magazine and others, over changes the publisher wants, like bagging magazines, that Quad/Graphics says would negate any benefit it gains by offering millions of dollars in discounts in recent years.
Torrid coming to The Shoppes at Fox River 08-10-2018
WAUKESHA — Fashion lovers will soon have another store at The Shoppes at Fox River that can serve their needs.
$42M medical center planned near Foxconn complex 08-09-2018
STURTEVANT, Wis. — A Wisconsin health care organization said will build a $42 million medical center in Sturtevant as the region prepares for population growth generated by the planned Foxconn Technology Group manufacturing complex.
Waukesha council creates ‘retail wine’ license 08-09-2018
WAUKESHA — Non-restaurants looking to serve wine to their customers will now be able to apply for a “Class C” wine license permit from the city, as long as they can prove they’ll serve some substantial food with the libation.
West Bend officials finalize transfer of land in TIF district 08-09-2018
WEST BEND — Officials have completed a series of agreements, officially transferring a parcel of land located in a tax incremental finance district to representatives from West Bend Medical to construct their clinic.
Smiley Barn installation delayed 08-09-2018
DELAFIELD — The installation of new giant smiles on the legendary landmark “Smiley Barn,” west of Hwy 83 and Interstate 94, has been postponed.
Fleet Farm eyeing Port Washington Road corridor 08-09-2018
GRAFTON — Mills Fleet Farm is looking at a property in Grafton for potential expansion. Fleet Farm commissioned a wetland study this summer for a Town of Grafton property, 26.26 acres between Port Washington Road and Interstate 43, bordered on the north by Arrowhead Road.
Prices to be lowered at Pick ’n Save stores 08-09-2018
WAUKESHA — Bright yellow and red labels on thousands of items in Wisconsin locations of Pick ’n Save, Metro Market and Copps grocery stores should draw the eyes of customers hungry for savings.
Wisconsin farmland value steady as cropland prices drop
MADISON, Wis. — U.S. Department of Agriculture data figures show that the value of farm real estate is up slightly in Wisconsin this year, but that the value of cropland is down.
Hartford Council agrees to Dodge Industrial Park engineering work 08-08-2018
HARTFORD — The city’s Common Council Tuesday night unanimously approved an agreement with MSA Professional Services of Beaver Dam for the complete to complete all required engineering design work to prepare about 70 acres of land in Hartford’s Dodge Industrial Park for future development.
West Bend Music Academy to open downtown 08-08-2018
WEST BEND — By Sept. 1, the West Bend Music Academy is expected to open the doors to its new location in downtown West Bend.
Johnson Outdoor earns $23.8 million in 3Q 08-08-2018
RACINE — Johnson Outdoors Inc. on Tuesday reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of $23.8 million.
Foxconn creates smart cities competition 08-08-2018
KENOSHA — Foxconn Technology Group announced its “Smart Cities — Smart Futures” competition Tuesday with up to $1 million in prizes.
Cousins Subs to open 40 restaurants in Chicagoland 08-08-2018
MENOMONEE FALLS — Chicagoans will soon be getting “better bread, better subs” when Cousins Subs expands into their city during the next few years.
Nearly 100 new homes proposed for Merton 08-08-2018
MERTON — Conceptual plans for an 80 to 90 home residential development on about 135 acres of farmland in northeast Lake Country are scheduled to be presented Thursday night to the Plan Commission.
Lawn and garden manufacturer Dura-Trel breaks ground on facility in Sheboygan Falls 08-07-2018
SHEBOYGAN FALLS — Dura-Trel Inc., a manufacturer of vinyl lawn and garden products, broke ground on a new manufacturing facility July 26 at 115 Vision Parkway, Sheboygan Falls.
Plan Commission reconsiders allowing landscaping businesses on residential properties 08-07-2018
GRAFTON — A very limited version of the town of Grafton’s landscaping ordinance may be reintroduced, to allow one-and-two-person operations on residential properties.
WMC launches health plan for businesses 08-07-2018
WAUKESHA — Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce announced Monday it is taking advantage of new rules created by the Department of Labor and is creating a statewide Association Health Plan.
Report: Cost of farming increasing in Wisconsin 08-06-2018
MADISON, Wis. — A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows Wisconsin farmers experienced a slight increase in production costs last year.
Dairy farms feel sting of tariffs 08-05-2018
ALLENTON — The trade tariffs that President Donald Trump implemented, fulfilling a campaign promise, are beginning to have a profound impact for those earning a living in Wisconsin.
Village Board approves plan for Commerce Center 08-05-2018
SUSSEX — Sussex’s Village Board gave the go-ahead at the end of June to move forward with plans to create a seventh tax incremental financing district.
Kwik Trips coming to Sussex? 08-05-2018
SUSSEX — Village officials and representatives of Kwik Trip are not sure when, or if, the company will build convenience stores in Sussex.
New auto performance shop business plan gains Plan Commission OK 08-03-2018
RICHFIELD — The village’s Plan Commission, during its regular monthly meeting Thursday night at Village Hall reviewed and approved a business plan for a new business moving into the village.
US employers add 157,000 jobs, jobless rate hits 3.9 pct.
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers slowed their hiring in July, adding 157,000 jobs, a solid gain but below the healthy pace in the first half of this year.
Plans for new West Bend Fleet Farm date back to 2001  08-03-2018
WEST BEND — Plans for a new, larger Fleet Farm will go before the West Bend Plan Commission on Tuesday. Similar plans were presented to the city more than 15 years ago.
Jason Industries reports 2Q 2018 results 08-03-2018
WAUKESHA — Jason Industries, a finishing, component, seating and automotive acoustics manufacturer, reported its second quarter results Thursday and showed a 2.3 percent decrease in net sales compared to one year ago.
Froedtert’s Mequon hospital gets initial zoning OK 08-03-2018
MEQUON — Plans for a small, neighborhood hospital in Mequon took a step forward recently as the city’s Planning Commission approved rezoning.
raSmith buys Waukesha engineering firm 08-03-2018
BROOKFIELD — raSmith has grown its structural engineering division with the acquisition of Matsen Ford Design Architects in Waukesha.
5 Joints @ 5 Points to offer multiple cuisines in one spot 08-03-2018
WAUKESHA — When Terence Williams was just starting out in the food business, it wasn’t easy to get the support he needed to make his dreams come true.
Agency: Refinery fire caused by blast debris hitting tank
SUPERIOR, Wis. — A raging refinery fire that forced the temporary evacuation of homes in the coastal Wisconsin city of Superior in April was caused by an explosion that sent debris hurtling into an asphalt storage tank, a federal agency said Thursday.
Manitou Group reports first-half financial data 08-02-2018
WEST BEND — The board of directors of Manitou announced Tuesday the company had record quarter and revenue growth of 17 percent compared to the same period in 2017.
Eagles Landing condos one-third sold
OCONOMOWOC — Even with their high price tags, one-third of Eagles Landing at Lac La Belle luxury condos have been reserved.
Birchwood owner purchases two long-vacant buildings
GRAFTON — New life is being brought to two long-vacant Grafton buildings.
‘We just want a fair price for our product' 08-02-2018
OZAUKEE COUNTY — President Trump announced last week the impending distribution of $12 billion in emergency federal aid to farmers impacted by high tariffs imposed on American goods by foreign governments.
Grants awarded to improve storefront facades in West Bend 08-02-2018
WEST BEND — Since agreeing to accept the responsibility for managing the façade improvement grant program from the West Bend Economic Development Corp., city officials have provided awards to businesses meant to preserve the area’s historic characteristics while offering funding to allow for improvements.
Delafield manufacturer Arcon plans for growth 08-02-2018
DELAFIELD — A unique Lake Country-based manufacturer is expanding and planning a 50,000-square-foot manufacturing and office building near the city’s southeast boundary.
Briggs buys Michigan manufacturer 08-02-2018
WAUKESHA — Briggs & Stratton Corporation announced Wednesday it has acquired certain assets of Hurricane, Inc., which designs and manufactures rugged stand-on leaf and debris blowers.
Increase in power outages results in sales growth for Generac 08-02-2018
TOWN OF GENESEE — With the number of residential power outages above normal, generator designer and manufacturer Generac Holdings Inc. saw an increase in sales during its recent second quarter.
Shopko Optical store coming to Mequon 08-02-2018
MEQUON — Shopko will open its first stand-alone optical store in the nation in the Mequon Pavilions later this month.
Crush Wine Bar to open second location in Muskego 08-02-2018
MUSKEGO — A favorite haunt of Waukesha wine aficionados is looking to bring its spirit and ambience to a new location.
Greenwald Facility hearing postponed a second time 08-02-2018
TOWN OF MUKWONAGO — A joint Plan Commission and Town Board public hearing for the $2 million banquet facility proposed for the town was postponed Wednesday night after it became public that new conditions were added to a conditional use permit for the facility.
Fed keeps key rate unchanged while signaling future hikes 08-01-2018
WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve on Wednesday left its benchmark interest rate unchanged while signaling further gradual rate hikes in the months ahead as long as the economy stays healthy.
Fleet Farm to propose new store in West Bend 08-01-2018
WEST BEND — A proposed Fleet Farm construction of a 190,000-square-foot store and a 5,000-square-foot convenience store and outdoor garden center is set to go before the city’s Plan Commission.
Former Hartford Kmart site still vacant despite marketing efforts 08-01-2018
HARTFORD — Several things have happened since Kmart closed its location in the city in Hartford Plaza in the summer of 2016 — unfortunately many don’t bode well for the Plaza’s future.
Waterstone reports income of $9.4 million 08-01-2018
WAUWATOSA — Waterstone Financial Inc. (WSBF) on Tuesday reported second-quarter net income of $9.4 million.
What’s hot? Supermarket take-out 08-01-2018
WHITEFISH BAY — Barbecued pork smoked in-house daily, freshly made chicken enchiladas, grilled-to- order paninis. Are these delicious-sounding items from the menu at your favorite restaurant?
Quad/Graphics’ sales increase 5% in second quarter 08-01-2018
SUSSEX — A 5 percent increase in sales was a highlight of Quad/Graphics, Inc.’s second quarter fiscal results compared to the second quarter of 2017.
Early morning fire destroys City of Pewaukee factory 08-01-2018
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — More than 100 firefighters from 16 area departments battled a two-alarm fire Tuesday morning at NCL Graphic Specialties Inc., a packaging, labeling and printing factory at N29-W22960 Marjean Lane.
Fleet Farm builds first store in South Dakota 07-31-2018
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Fleet Farm's first foray into South Dakota is a $15.6 million store in Sioux Falls.
Designing woman 07-31-2018
PORT WASHINGTON — When Madalyn Manzeck was in high school at Living Word Lutheran in Jackson, she had dreams of going to Harvard and one day becoming a cardiac surgeon, but that was before she decided to take up sewing so she could learn how to make her own prom dress.
Aspen Medispa expands 07-31-2018
MEQUON — Aspen Medical Aesthetics and Laser Clinic recently hosted a ribbon-cutting and open house for the expansion of its medi-spa clinic in Mequon.
Gas station upgrade OK’d 07-31-2018
MEQUON — The Clark gas station on Mequon’s south side is getting a significant makeover.
Town of Cedarburg revisits Granville Road development plan 07-31-2018
CEDARBURG — A concept to develop a nine-lot residential development in the town of Cedarburg returned to the town of Cedarburg Plan Commission this month.
Wisconsin’s five-day sales tax holiday begins Wednesday
WISCONSIN – It may be a little early for back-to-school shopping, but if you’re in need of certain items, you might just want to hit the stores a little early this year.
Bavette La Boucherie coming to Mequon Public Market 07-31-2018
MEQUON — Bavette La Boucherie, a butcher shop already located in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, will be joining Mequon Public Market when it opens later this year, Spur 16’s developer announced Monday.
Dollar Tree looking to expand New Berlin store 07-31-2018
NEW BERLIN — The Dollar Tree at 15345 W. National Ave. could soon be getting more room.
Mequon company sues Waukesha competitor, alleging false advertising 07-30-2018
WAUKESHA — A Mequon chemical disinfectant company is suing a Waukesha ultraviolet disinfection company, asking a judge to make it keep things clean when it comes to alleged false advertising claims regarding the efficacy of its product.
Aspire Dance Center moving to city
CITY OF PEWAUKEE - Aspire Dance Center, owned by Christopher and Mandy Germain, will relocate to 1700 Rockwood Drive in the City of Pewaukee, said Studio Director Christopher Germain.
The little vegetable farm that could 07-26-2018
CEDARBURG — The Witte family doesn’t really think of their business in years. Rather, they think of it in generations.
The Corners to receive $7 million update 07-26-2018
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — IM Properties announced Wednesday that the company will commit more than $7 million over the next 12 months to common area improvements at The Corners, according to a press release.
Liberty Dance Center seeking relocation to Venture Court 07-26-2018
WAUKESHA — Liberty Dance Center, currently located at 404 Travis Lane, is seeking approval from the Waukesha Plan Commission to relocate their operations and construct a new building on an undeveloped Venture Court lot.
Dental clinic may be coming to Meijer outlot 07-26-2018
WAUKESHA — An Illinois-based company is looking to open a dental clinic in an outlot of the Meijer store at East Sunset Drive and Tenny Avenue.
Walker talks tech education, workforce development at WCTC 07-26-2018
PEWAUKEE — Gov. Scott Walker made another campaign stop in southeast Wisconsin Wednesday afternoon ahead of the November election.
Coachwork Auto Body looks to expand
TOWN OF ADDISON — An expansion at Coachwork Auto Body Inc. will add 5,000 square feet to the business in an effort to create greater efficiency in light of a quickly growing customer base.
Details emerge on Briggs & Stratton’s new Germantown facility 07-25-2018
GERMANTOWN — Details surrounding Briggs & Stratton’s proposed warehouse and distribution facility came into sharper focus Monday as a Germantown panel gave a series of recommendations.
37 Wisconsin companies awarded Foxconn contracts
WEST BEND — For the largest project ever to come to Wisconsin, why not be a part of it any way they can?
Maple Center still in the works 07-25-2018
MUKWONAGO — Village officials are still engaged in discussions with Teronomy Builders, Inc to construct the Maple Center — a proposed mixed-use development located by the YMCA and ProHealth Care near Wolf Run on the village’s south side.
The show will go on? 07-25-2018
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — As a nearly 9-month-old lawsuit continues working its way through court, construction on a new movie theater at The Corners development is moving forward at a rapid clip.
Finnish company purchases 4 Wisconsin paper mills 07-24-2018
KAUKAUNA, Wis. — A Finnish company has signed a definitive agreement to purchase four paper mills in Wisconsin for $615 million.
Ag sector bounces on word of US tariff aid for farmers
NEW YORK — Wall Street is flooding into the agricultural sector on reports that the Trump administration is preparing a plan that would send billions in aid to U.S. farmers hurt by tariffs.
Mequon office building sold for $4 million 07-24-2018
MEQUON — A 37,717-square-foot office building just off North Port Washington Road in Mequon has been sold for $4 million.
Town of Grafton ends permit freeze 07-24-2018
GRAFTON — The town of Grafton is opening the gates to let local development return to normal, unless one was looking to start a new home landscaping business.
Hartford officials OK amended CUP for downtown apartments 07-24-2018
HARTFORD — Members of the city’s Plan Commission have recommended unanimously that developers of a proposed new multi-unit apartment complex in the city’s downtown receive an amended conditional use permit.
Renewing energy 07-24-2018
NEW BERLIN — Neumann Companies has built the state’s first net zero community, the company says.
Home prices continue to climb as inventory squeeze persists 07-24-2018
WAUKESHA — Prices of existing homes in Southeastern Wisconsin continued to climb during the first half of 2018, as inventories remained tight.
Free forklift, construction training to be offered through La Casa 07-24-2018
WAUKESHA — La Casa de Esperanza’s Center for Financial Stability is partnering with the Milwaukee Community Service Corps and ResCare to offer free forklift and OSHA10 certification, for those interested in the construction industry.
New development to up Hartford’s single-family homes inventory 07-22-2018
HARTFORD — The attachment of nearly 85 acres of land to the city earlier this month could go a long way in increasing Hartford’s dwindling list of available lots for building single-family homes.
Manpower: 2Q brings profits of $143.4M 07-21-2018
MILWAUKEE - ManpowerGroup Inc. on Friday reported second-quarter profit of $143.4 million.
Sensient earns $39.1M in second quarter 07-21-2018
MILWAUKEE - Sensient Technologies Corp. on Friday reported second-quarter earnings of $39.1 million.
County Bancorp makes $3.9M in second quarter 07-20-2018
MANITOWOC — County Bancorp Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $3.9 million.
Snap-On: 2Q earnings reach $178.7M 07-20-2018
KENOSHA — Snap-On Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $178.7 million.
Wisconsin unemployment ticks upward in June 07-20-2018
MADISON — A new report shows Wisconsin’s unemployment rate ticked slightly upward last month, although it remains under the national rate.
Moylan gets job at Stapleton Realty 07-19-2018
OCONOMOWOC — Former Oconomowoc High School Principal Joseph Moylan has landed a job as a real estate agent at Stapleton Realty.
His Auto granted conditional use permit
OCONOMOWOC — The Oconomowoc Common Council unanimously voted to give His Auto, currently at 202 E. Wisconsin Ave., a conditional use permit to operate at 718 Armour Road.
Get to know Denise Utecht 07-19-2018
Massage therapy dates back thousands of years, primarily in the Eastern hemisphere and continues to gain prominence in the U.S. as interest in, and acceptance of alternative medical treatments grow.
Hemp, cannabidiol shop to open at Brookfield Square
WAUKESHA — Milwaukee company 414 Hemp will bring cannabidiol (CBD) and hemp products to the 262 with a kiosk opening at Brookfield Square Mall on Friday at 9 a.m.
Businesses mainly optimistic about economy, says IBAW director 07-19-2018
BROOKFIELD — General optimism on the direction of the economy and a wait-and-see attitude on tariffs imposed by the Trump administration are what Independent Business Association of Wisconsin Executive Director Steve Kohlmann is hearing these days from members of the group he leads.
Brookfield’s historic train depot could be saved 07-19-2018
BROOKFIELD — A century- and-a-half-old train depot could escape the bulldozer through a public-private partnership.
Soy "milk" makers may need to find alternative description 07-18-2018
NEW YORK — Soy and almond drinks that bill themselves as "milk" may need to consider alternative language after a top regulator suggested the agency may start cracking down on use of the term.
Briggs & Stratton secures county loan for project 07-18-2018
To attract commercial enterprises to the area, Washington County officials arranged to subsidize a potential development project in Germantown, negotiating an agreement with representatives from Briggs & Stratton, Zilber Property Group and village leaders.
Developer withdraws offer to buy Plat School 07-18-2018
Faced with strong opposition from neighborhood residents, developer John Loosen has withdrawn his plan to purchase the historic Plat School in Richfield with the intention of moving Flynn’s Pub to the landmark building.
Boutique infusion clinic offers IV treatments outside hospital 07-18-2018
BROOKFIELD — Dr. Alia Fox has opened what she believes to be the only doctor-owned infusion boutique in the Milwaukee area.
STEAM education franchise opens in New Berlin 07-18-2018
NEW BERLIN — Challenge Island, a children’s educational franchise specializing in science, technology, engineering, art and math curriculum has opened in New Berlin.
US trade, immigration and biofuel policies hit farmers hard
DES MOINES, Iowa — Even before the specter of a trade war with China and other countries threatened to cost them billions of dollars, American farmers were feeling the squeeze from fluctuating crop prices and other factors that have halved their overall income in recent years.
Businesses sought for Hartford Community Job Fair 07-17-2018
A continued shortage of trained workers to fill nearly 400 job openings in the Hartford area is one of the reasons the Hartford Area Development Corp. and the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce are collaborating with area employers to conduct a job fair Aug. 18.
Survey of economists: U.S. sales and employment likely to grow 07-17-2018
DETROIT — Most U.S. business economists expect corporate sales to grow over the next three months and hiring and pay to rise with them.
Amazon’s Wisconsin hiring more than triple projections
MILWAUKEE — After news broke last week that Amazon is considering buying 80 acres south of Ryan Road in Oak Creek for a four-story distribution center, the Seattle-based company announced it has hired more than 4,000 full-time employees over the past three years in Wisconsin, far exceeding its plan to hire 1,250 people.
June retail sales continue ‘steady run’ despite trade war threats 07-17-2018
WASHINGTON — June retail sales were up 0.07 percent seasonally adjusted from May’s strong performance and increased 4.2 percent unadjusted year-over-year as economic growth continued despite the U.S. trade war with China and other countries, the National Retail Federation said Monday.
Commute to Careers 07-17-2018
SUSSEX — Gov. Scott Walker announced Monday morning that the state will seek to invest more money in Wisconsin workers and jobs — to the tune of $8 million.
Johnson concerned about ‘widespread tariffs’ 07-17-2018
MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said Monday he’s concerned with the Trump administration’s ‘‘widespread tariffs’’ and wants the White House to know ‘‘there’s some real damage being done’’ to companies.
Foxconn to create Eau Claire technology hub 07-17-2018
EAU CLAIRE — First Pleasant Prairie in Racine County, then downtown Milwaukee and now Eau Claire — Foxconn Technology Group continues growing its presence in the state and creating more jobs.
Development firm Lanex increases focus on digital marketing 07-17-2018
BROOKFIELD — Web and software development firm Lanex serves companies with a wide range of tech needs, often custom and complex ones.
Foxconn plans to open west-central Wisconsin facilities
MADISON, Wis. — Foxconn Technology Group plans to open facilities in west-central Wisconsin.
Legal issue over town of Erin wine business gets sent back to lower court
A legal battle between Nancy Zelman and the Town Board of Erin and the Erin plan commission was sent back to the circuit court of Washington County after a Wednesday decision from the Court of Appeals District II.
Apartment complex owner files tax lawsuit against city 07-14-2018
WAUKESHA - A Brookfield company is suing the city of Waukesha, alleging it over-assessed six apartment buildings the company owns on the city's west side.
Walker, area officials hold ceremony for $32M Milwaukee Tool expansion 07-14-2018
BROOKFIELD — The ceremony marks the start of a $32 million expansion project that will create 350 new local jobs.
Lisbon officials considering water service 07-14-2018
TOWN OF LISBON - A proposal for 300 to 400 residential units on 150 acres of land on the west side of Hwy 164 near Jay Lane is prompting town officials to ponder creating a municipal water system.
Brookfield’s Goldfish Swim School a family affair 07-14-2018
BROOKFIELD - Area parents looking to get their kids swimming have a new option in Brookfield, Goldfish Swim School. The school, at 12565 West Feerick St., opened in November 2017.
West Bend businesses to pay for weights and measures inspections 07-13-2018
Businesses operating within West Bend will pay for an inspector to investigate the accuracy of the devices their customers use for different transactions, from weighing groceries to fueling their vehicles.
West Bend officials approve ordinance for food truck permit applications 07-13-2018
West Bend officials have ratified a procedure that staff and Plan Commission members endorsed for evaluating applications for mobile food operations.
Owner of Bibinger’s to open Italian restaurant in former Dublin’s building
The long history of the building most recently occupied by Dublin’s starts its next chapter with the introduction of Culaccino Bar and Italian Kitchen.
Advocate Aurora Health and Foxconn collaborate on health care 07-13-2018
WAUKESHA — With their health care knowledge and innovative technology, Foxconn and Advocate Aurora Health want to explore ways to improve health care and improve outcomes while lowering costs for individuals and employers.
Couple launches new Maaco franchise in Waukesha 07-13-2018
WAUKESHA — A new Maaco collision repair and auto painting franchise is open in Waukesha. Maaco’s newest location at 1921 S. West Ave is the only one in the city.
Almost full 07-13-2018
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — The Corners Apartments in Brookfield are 80 percent full less than a year after opening, says Property Manager Riley Draayers.
Board approves wedding venue 07-13-2018
TOWN OF WAUKESHA — The Waukesha Town Board granted a conditional use permit for a barn-themed wedding venue on Lawnsdale Road on Thursday night, ending a months-long debate on the project.
‘Brew. Drink. Repeat.’ 07-12-2018
OCONOMOWOC — After purchasing Sweet Mullets in 2016, Chad Ostram has decided to rename it Brewfinity, completing the change from the former business.
Church, food truck clear initial hurdles 07-12-2018
WAUKESHA — Plans for a Tex-Mex food truck and a new Lutheran church have received initial backing from the Plan Commission.
The tangy taste of success 07-12-2018
WAUKESHA — Like any good businessman, when Andrae Dukes wanted to begin marketing his homemade barbecue sauce to the world, he knew he had to beat the competition.
Denali Ingredients to offer more cookie dough options to meet demand 07-12-2018
NEW BERLIN — Cookie dough has long been a favorite treat among adults and children and its popularity is only growing, according to New Berlin-based Denali Ingredients.
Home sales tumble in metro Milwaukee during June 07-12-2018
WAUKESHA — Home sales took a downturn of 8.5 percent during the month of June in the four-county metropolitan Milwaukee area with a lack of homes for sale to blame.
Germantown panel gives preliminary approval to first phase of subdivision 07-11-2018
GERMANTOWN — A single-family subdivision of up to 17 possible parcels could take up residence on Germantown’s southeast side, though a number of issues continue to hang in the balance before plans are finalized.
Expansion OK’d by Hartford Plan Commission 07-11-2018
HARTFORD — Last week it was revealed Carmex Precision Tools was going to construct a new building and move from Richfield to the city’s Dodge Industrial Park.
Celebrating Wisconsin’s main streets 07-11-2018
MENOMONEE FALLS — With the ongoing buzz of construction providing a backdrop, state and local officials gathered at the site of the village’s historic firehouse Tuesday to applaud a project that will transform the building into a restaurant and to cast a spotlight on the economic contributions of the businesses in the village’s historic center.
Panel lauds proposed details for planned WhirlyBall site at mall 07-11-2018
BROOKFIELD — Details of the new WhirlyBall restaurant and entertainment venue envisioned for the south end of Brookfield Square came into sharp focus Monday, and a city panel was overwhelmingly supportive of the plans submitted.
Fresh Market shuttering Brookfield Square store 07-11-2018
BROOKFIELD — Specialty grocer Fresh Market announced Monday it is closing its two Milwaukee-area stores in the next two to four weeks.
Village officials seek remedies for downtown parking issues 07-11-2018
HARTLAND — Village officials are seeking solutions to downtown parking problems as new businesses and restaurants on the main drag have led to residents and visitors cramming for that “perfect spot.”
Wisconsin Harley-Davidson building training course 07-11-2018
OCONOMOWOC — Wisconsin Harley-Davidson is in the process of building a new training course behind its building at 1280 Blue Ribbon Drive in Oconomowoc so people can learn how to ride right on site.
Panel seeks flexibility in issuing wine-only liquor licenses
WAUKESHA — A city panel is seeking changes to local liquor regulations that could make it easier for non-restaurants to get a license for serving wine as long as they serve some kind of food with the alcoholic beverage.
American workers' willingness to quit hits 17-year high
WASHINGTON — The proportion of American workers that quit their jobs in May reached the highest level in 17 years, a sign that more people are confident they can find a new job, likely at higher pay.
Wisconsin cranberry, tart cherry production declines 07-10-2018
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin apple growers had a productive year in 2017, but cranberry and tart cherry producers faced more challenges.
A bright new (old) look 07-10-2018
DELAFIELD — Painting contractors for Summit businesswoman Maria Luther were restoring Delafield’s legendary landmark, “The Smiley Barn,” with a coat of yellow paint on the silo of the barn-like structure near the interchange of Highway 83 and Interstate 94 on Monday afternoon.
Art sculpture proposed for Sunset Crossings shopping center 07-10-2018
WAUKESHA - The owners of the Sunset Crossings shopping center at East Avenue and East Sunset Drive are seeking permission from the city Plan Commission to install a large metal art sculpture at the center.
Richfield Auto repair business buys Milwaukee building
MILWAUKEE — Richfield-based Untouchable Auto & Diesel has bought a Milwaukee industrial building in which to expand its operations.
Brookfield Square changes will go beyond Sears redevelopment 07-10-2018
BROOKFIELD — As talk of Brookfield Square’s metamorphosis has heated up in the first half of 2018, much of the attention has been focused on the redevelopment of the Sears department store and auto center sites.
Couple looking to open Tex-Mex food truck at Moreland and Jefferson 07-10-2018
WAUKESHA — A local couple is looking to bring the flavors of Texas and Mexico to Waukesha’s near east side.
Brookfield planners to discuss Whirlyball proposal 07-08-2018
BROOKFIELD — The next stage of potential transformation for Brookfield Square mall will be addressed during Monday’s Plan Commission meeting.
Waukesha Town Board could vote on wedding venue Thursday 07-08-2018
WAUKESHA — After two public hearings on the proposal — each of them more than three hours long — members of the Waukesha Town Plan Commission and Town Board are slated to cast their vote on a conditional use permit for a barn-themed wedding venue at S47-W23045 Lawnsdale Road when they gather for a joint meeting Thursday evening.
Triple Crown Products sizes up Mukwonago’s new business park 07-08-2018
MUKWONAGO — Triple Crown Products of Waterford Wisconsin could be the second tenant in Mukwonago’s new industrial park after the company submitted a proposal to plan commissioners to construct a $4.5 million facility, said John Weidl, village administrator and economic director.
Town of Lisbon planners to see big development proposal
TOWN OF LISBON — A proposal for 300 to 400 residential units on 150 acres of land on the west side of Highway 164, between Good Hope and Plainview Roads north of the Sussex border, will be presented to the Plan Commission Thursday night.
Jolly Good Soda launches two more nostalgic flavors
WAUKESHA - Wisconsin favorite Jolly Good Soda announced it will bring back Blue Raspberry and Pina Colada flavors permanently.
Gold’s Gym on Moreland closing its doors Sunday 07-06-2018
WAUKESHA — The Gold’s Gym at West Moreland Boulevard and Delafield Street will close its doors Sunday evening after more than nine years at the location.
US adds a solid 213,000 jobs; unemployment up to 4 pct.
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers kept up a brisk hiring pace in June by adding 213,000 jobs in a sign of confidence despite the start of a potentially punishing trade war with China.
Trump’s tweets don’t ruffle Thiensville Harley dealer 07-06-2018
THIENSVILLE — While President Trump is tweeting Harley-Davidson’s plan to move some production overseas is “the beginning of the end” for the company, the sales manager of Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson is not losing any sleep.
West Bend dog care business looks to possibly expand, add boarding 07-06-2018
Representatives from a canine day care business have approached West Bend officials for permission to possibly expand their facility.
Marinating in success 07-06-2018
TOWN OF ERIN — A small, urban-style barbecue restaurant with a unique “Wall of Fame” is not what you would expect to find in the rural farm fields and scenic woodlands of the Town of Erin in Washington County.
Pat’s Rib Place’s latest offering: more seating room 07-06-2018
WAUKESHA — More customers will be able to soak in the ambiance of Pat’s Rib Place next week when the popular barbecue eatery opens its expanded seating area on Tuesday.
The art of the cinnamon bun 07-06-2018
PEWAUKEE — The bakery may be called Simply Cinnamon Bakery, but the process of making thousands of cinnamon rolls each week isn’t so simple, said owner Barb Sweet.
Allen hopes displaced Eaton workers will find jobs locally
WAUKESHA — State Rep. Scott Allen, R-Waukesha, hopes that the 52 workers who will lose their jobs when Eaton Corporation’s Cooper Power Systems LLC in Waukesha contracts with an outside firm for maintenance will find jobs locally.
Auto tariffs likely to send used car prices higher, experts say 07-05-2018
If the U.S. Commerce Department adopts President Donald Trump’s proposal of a 25 percent tax on imported new cars and car parts, the higher costs for carmakers to assemble and sell new cars could boost demand for used vehicles, analysts predict.
Going to the dogs 07-05-2018
WAUKESHA — Construction of a Pet Supplies Plus is beginning to take shape at 120 E. Sunset Drive.
Coming back for seconds 07-05-2018
Eaton’s Fresh Pizza officially opened its doors June 27 in West Bend, more than a decade after the take-and-bake pizza shop of the same name closed its doors.
Germantown OKs plan for industrial development 07-05-2018
GERMANTOWN — Plans for a multi-phased industrial development at the Holy Hill Road interchange on Interstate 41 in Germantown have been solidified after months of discussion.
Biloba’s presence in Brookfield still growing
BROOKFIELD — Gordon Lane got to consider, and eventually make, what might be the most Wisconsin-centric decision ever.
Multimillion-dollar Waukesha company to relocate in Big Bend 07-05-2018
BIG BEND — A multi-million-dollar international company in the Town of Waukesha known as Connoils LLC will be constructing a large production and distribution center in Big Bend following approval by the Plan Commission Monday night.
‘Wisconsin inspired, Twisted Fire:’ New restaurant coming to Oconomowoc 07-05-2018
OCONOMOWOC — A new restaurant is coming to 515 E. Wisconsin Ave., the old Buca, that is bringing a fiery twist on classic Wisconsin dishes to Oconomowoc.
West Bend officials formalize mobile food truck application procedure 07-03-2018
After allowing Mr. Tony’s BBQ, a mobile food truck, to operate within the city via a different process, West Bend officials have developed a formalized procedure for approving similar requests in the future.
Sharing Cedarburg’s history 07-03-2018
CEDARBURG — June 11 was a day Chris Smith had been waiting exactly 53 weeks for. As the painting crew packed up the ladders and brushes and drove away, the downtown property he purchased one year ago was finally finished and ready to be put on display.
Hartford OKs liquor license for art, ceramics studio 07-03-2018
HARTFORD – The city’s Common Council, last week, unanimously approved issuing a liquor license to Creative License — an arts and ceramic studio at 52 N. Main Street in the city’s downtown.
Richfield’s Carmex Precision Tools will move to Hartford industrial park 07-03-2018
HARTFORD — There is more positive business news for the city.
Bob Fish Buick is now Lynch Buick GMC 07-03-2018
WEST BEND — Bob Fish Buick GMC was sold by the Fish family, the dealership has been taken over by Patrick Lynch and the dealership was renamed Lynch Buick GMC of West Bend.
State law change affects Lac La Belle 07-03-2018
LAC LA BELLE — A state zoning law that some Town of Oconomowoc residents had hoped to use to block construction of a corporate headquarters adjacent to the Lac La Belle golf course has been repealed by the state Legislature.
New life for old BP gas station site?
PEWAUKEE — A coveted patch of lakefront property in the village could be on the cusp of redevelopment.
Eaton contracting with AECOM for maintenance services 07-03-2018
WAUKESHA — Workers at three Eaton locations in Waukesha will have their positions eliminated when the company hires AECOM to handle its maintenance services.
Village of Jackson gives favorable nod to changes within residential development 07-01-2018
JACKSON — The density of a multi-phased residential development is set to go down, based on plans developers submitted to the village of Jackson this week.
Attorney sues partner in failed Quaker Steak & Lube venture 07-01-2018
NEW BERLIN — A Waukesha attorney and his wife have filed suit against his business partner, alleging he was lied to a number of times after investing in the Quaker Steak & Lube restaurant, now a Point Burger Bar.
Self-storage facility pitched for vacant New Berlin Pick ’n Save 07-01-2018
NEW BERLIN — A local contractor has pitched a redevelopment of the former Pick ’n Save property at West National Avenue and Sunnyslope Road that calls for turning the 66,893-square-foot building into a self-storage facility and constructing two commercial out-lot buildings on the site.
Panos building to be revived 07-01-2018
WAUKESHA — A local business will move into the Panos Fresh Market building at 200 W. Main St. in downtown Waukesha after it has sat vacant for five years.
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