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Ho-Chunk Nation creates $10 per hour minimum wage
BLACK RIVER FALLS — The Ho-Chunk Nation announced it has established its base minimum wage at $10 per hour for its workforce.
New Samsung, HTC phones coming April 10 in US 03-26-2015
NEW YORK — New phones from Samsung and HTC will be available in U.S. stores starting April 10.
Foreclosure rates decrease for metro-Milwaukee area 03-26-2015
MILWAUKEE - The number of homes entering into foreclosure decreased for the month of January in the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis area, according to data released Thursday by CoreLogic.
Soda water fee fizzles: Ordinance repealed after clerk crunches numbers 03-26-2015
OCONOMOWOC — Soda water may not pop to mind when issues of government inefficiency bubble up, but the Oconomowoc Common Council took action Tuesday, bursting a fee that generates a net loss for the city.
Laser tag talks delayed, McDonald’s moving forward 03-26-2015
GRAFTON — Laser tag isn’t quite ready to come down the pipeline in Grafton yet, but it’s not far from it either.
Baldwin introduces oil train safety legislation 03-26-2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, and several other senators introduced legislation to help increase safety standards for trains hauling volatile crude oil in an effort to better protect Americans and the communities in which they live and work located near railroad tracks.
Out with the old 03-26-2015
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD - Workers demolish the former strip mall on the site of The Corners development on Wednesday.
Walsh Products makes leather equestrian products by hand in Brookfield 03-26-2015
BROOKFIELD - Working on large sewing machines approximately 100 years old, several Walsh Products employees carefully created handmade halters from the finest American-produced leather Wednesday morning.
Steaming Cup owners to retire, sell restaurant 03-26-2015
WAUKESHA - After 10 years, nine months and 24 days of owning popular downtown coffee and lunch spot The Steaming Cup, Kerry and Terry Mackay are ready to retire and hand over the reins to the next generation of coffee lovers.
Wells Fargo to close Milwaukee center, layoff 1,000 people 03-25-2015
MILWAUKEE - Wells Fargo told about 1,000 Home Lending Servicing team members in Milwaukee today that they will lose their jobs when the company closes the Parkland Servicing site in late July.
>>DWD to help workers affected by Wells Fargo layoffs
Muskego-based Inpro acquires out-of-state company 03-25-2015
MUSKEGO — Inpro, a global manufacturer of door and wall protection, announced it has acquired Hinkel Inc., a North Carolina-based manufacturer of window shades and treatments, cubicle curtains, privacy systems, and decorative and specialty products.
Northwestern Mutual acquires financial planning tech company 03-25-2015
MILWAUKEE — Northwestern Mutual announced Wednesday it has acquired LearnVest, a company that specializes in online financial planning and client experience technology.
Wisconsin added 13,600 private-sector jobs in February
MADISON — The metro-Milwaukee area, as well as all other metropolitan areas in Wisconsin saw a decline in unemployment rates in February, according to preliminary, non-seasonally adjusted data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Wednesday.
PeAK Strategic Communications opens in Delafield 03-25-2015
DELAFIELD - PeAk Strategic Communications, LLC, a strategic marketing and communications company, has opened in Delafield.
Thinking outside the gearbox 03-25-2015
MUKWONAGO - Representatives from an Oregon company received hands-on instruction inside Gearbox Express’s Mukwonago facility Tuesday - something that was unheard of a short time ago in the wind energy industry.
HJ Heinz buying Kraft and building a $28 billion food giant
NEW YORK - H.J. Heinz Co. is buying Kraft Foods, creating one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world with annual revenue of about $28 billion.
‘We are building a little town here’ 03-25-2015
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD - When discussing the complexity of constructing multiple buildings and an underground parking garage as part of a mixed-use development with several access and exit points, Chuck Sampey of Bradford Real Estate said it’s as if “we are building a little town here.”
Advance Die Cast Company to close in May 03-24-2015
MILWAUKEE — Rollcast, which has been doing business as Advance Die Cast Company, informed the Department of Workforce Development on Tuesday that it will be closing its Milwaukee facility as a result of going into court-ordered receivership.
Great Wolf Resorts to be acquired by investment firm 03-24-2015
MADISON - Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. announced Tuesday it will be acquired by an investment firm that is an affiliate of Centerbridge Partners, L.P.
City of Oak Creek receives $1 million state grant for town square project 03-24-2015
MADISON – The City of Oak Creek will receive a $1 million grant from the state’s Idle Industrial Sites Redevelopment Program, an initiative that helps spur the redevelopment of abandoned properties throughout Wisconsin.
Connecting workers and jobs 03-24-2015
OAK CREEK - Waiting for the route 80 bus to arrive outside Milwaukee Area Technical College’s Oak Creek campus Monday morning, Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic was in high spirits as she and three other county supervisors celebrated a board-approved expansion of bus service.
GOP proposal eliminates business equipment tax 03-24-2015
MADISON, Wis. — Opponents of a Republican proposal to eliminate the tax on business equipment say Wisconsin homeowners would see their property taxes increase to make up for the lost tax revenue.
AARP offers tax preparation assistance 03-24-2015
OZAUKEE COUNTY — Free tax preparation administered by AARP Foundation and also funded by the IRS continues this year.
Cyclesmith in Waukesha closed permanently 03-24-2015
WAUKESHA - The bicycle retail and repair store Cyclesmith has closed its doors permanently at 1314 West Ave.
Median home price up 12.3% in Waukesha County; home sales increase 14.5% 03-24-2015
MADISON - While home sales continued to improve during February, it was the median prices of existing homes that saw the greatest increase last month, according to data released Monday.
Humana to narrow focus outside insurance with Concentra sale 03-23-2015
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Humana plans to sell occupational health care provider Concentra for about $1.06 billion, as the health insurer refines its focus on providing patient care.
Brookfield's Sheraton under new ownership 03-23-2015
BROOKFIELD - The Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield is under the new management of Shaumburg, Ill.-based Hostmark Hospitality Group.
Cristina Saralegui to be guest speaker at Hispanic Professionals gala 03-23-2015
MILWAUKEE - Journalist and television host Cristina Saralegui will be the guest speaker for the annual Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee’s Five Star Gala on May 9.
Mid-April groundbreaking planned for The Corners 03-23-2015
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD - Despite a snowy day Monday, the developers of The Corners announced that it anticipates breaking ground for The Corners, a $200 million upscale retail and residential development, in mid-April.
From the Business Editor: Sharing stories of our area’s vibrant business community 03-22-2015
In my new role as business editor at The Freeman, I am excited to share news of the county’s and region’s vibrant business communities with our readers.
Building interest in construction 03-21-2015
OCONOMOWOC - Even though plumbers, electricians and carpenters are vital to the construction industry, these trades are seeing a skills gap, similar to the one widely reported for manufacturing.
Wisconsin cheeses win national awards 03-20-2015
MILWAUKEE — While a Wisconsin-made product was not the top cheese at this week’s United States Championship Cheese Contest, the state made a good showing and won numerous awards.
Meijer buys Sheboygan mall for future store
SHEBOYGAN — Meijer Inc. has purchased a former mall in Sheboygan for a future store.
Girl Scouts Wisconsin Southeast CEO to give talk 03-20-2015
BROOKFIELD — During an upcoming talk, Girl Scouts Wisconsin Southeast CEO Christy Brown will share three keys to leadership in an organization.
Environmental review underway for airport work 03-20-2015
Hartford officials believe they’re getting closer to breaking ground on a proposed airport runway expansion project.
Death knell for proposed pit site project? 03-20-2015
RICHFIELD — Action by the Village Board on Thursday night could be a big enough hurdle to prevent the proposed use of a former sand and gravel pit by a Richfield couple as a site to haul clean fill.
ProHealth Care finds benefits in increasing pastoral services 03-20-2015
WAUKESHA - The pastoral care staff at ProHealth Care knows the value of offering spiritual guidance to patients and their families, staff and the larger community - an initiative the not-for-profit health care organization has in turn embraced and in which it has invested.
Suburpia to reopen in Pewaukee 03-20-2015
PEWAUKEE - When the Suburpia location on Meadow Lane closed a few years ago, its loyal customers continued to make the trek to the sandwich shop’s location in Wauwatosa.
Wisconsin Central School Bus to close 03-19-2015
MEQUON — Wisconsin Central School Bus notified the Department of Workforce Development on Thursday that it plans to lay off about 54 employees at the end of the school year and close its Mequon facility.
Container Store to open Sept. 26 at Mayfair 03-19-2015
WAUWATOSA — The Container Store will have a grand opening Sept. 26 at its Mayfair Mall location.
Marcus Corp likely to recoup costs, exit The Corners project 03-19-2015
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD —After putting years of time and money into the development of The Corners in the Town of Brookfield, the leaders of Marcus Corporation said the Milwaukee-based company is likely to exit after it recoups its costs, but is not sure at what point.
General Mitchell installs suites for nursing mothers 03-19-2015
MILWAUKEE — In an effort to offer additional privacy and convenience for nursing mothers, General Mitchell International Airport installed three self-contained rooms that can be used for breastfeeding.
Brookfield Goodwill doors open 9 a.m. Friday 03-19-2015
BROOKFIELD — The newest Goodwill location will open its doors for the first time to shoppers at 9 a.m. Friday.
Meijer to hire 600 for Wisconsin stores 03-19-2015
MILWAUKEE - Retailer Meijer sad it has begun to accept applications for nearly 600 positions that will be created with the opening of its first stores in Wisconsin.
Use tagged for empty Pick ’n Save 03-19-2015
GRAFTON — Start practicing your aim – laser tag is about to hit Grafton.
Marcus reports record revenue during third quarter 03-19-2015
MILWAUKEE — The third quarter of fiscal 2015 saw record revenue for Marcus Corporation, which reported Thursday total revenues of $120,153,000, a 9.4 percent increase from revenues of $109,845,000 for the third quarter of fiscal 2014.
Fanning the flames of success 03-19-2015
WAUKESHA - Terri Stine started making candles in 2013 to occupy her time after her daughter went to college, but her empty-nester hobby quickly caught fire - so to speak - and people flocked to farmers markets around the area to pick up her hand-poured 100-percent soy wax candles.
Mukwonago strives to control its future 03-19-2015
MUKWONAGO - At a time when local control has been weakened with levy limitations, Mukwonago Village Administrator John Weidl would like to see his municipality use one of the best tools he believes it has to spur economic development - tax incremental financing.
Madison tech startup receives $500,000 state loan 03-18-2015
MADISON — App developer Fetch Rewards Inc. has received a $500,000 loan from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to help the Madison startup to continue growing.
Kohl’s employees to start moving into Innovation Center 03-18-2015
MENOMONEE FALLS - Beginning this month Kohl’s employees will start to move into the new Kohl’s Innovation Center on its main corporate campus with the move completed in June.
Aurora target of cyber attack; employees’ information could be affected 03-18-2015
MILWAUKEE - Aurora Health Care notified its employees Wednesday that the company was the target of a sophisticated cyber attack that affected some of its workstations and servers and that employee information could be affected.
Actuant says decline in sales primarily due to strengthening dollar 03-18-2015
MENOMONEE FALLS — Citing the dramatic strengthening of the U.S. dollar, Actuant on Wednesday said its total sales declined 8 percent in the second quarter compared to the same period in 2014.
DSW shoe store to open locations in Mequon, Racine 03-18-2015
MEQUON —DSW Inc. announced Wednesday that it will open two stores in Racine and Mequon.
Beautifying the area 03-18-2015
Tom and Peggy Bruce will increase curb appeal one home at a time in Washington and area counties with their decorative concrete business.
Knowledgeable networking 03-18-2015
CITY OF PEWAUKEE - Networking is highly recommended for growing a business, but for a small business owner, finding the time or capitalizing on the opportunity can be a struggle.
$2.7 million bid approved for City of Pewaukee sports complex 03-18-2015
CITY OF PEWAUKEE - A proposed sports complex in the City of Pewaukee took another step toward becoming reality Monday night.
Retail development proposed for former Danceland in Sussex 03-17-2015
SUSSEX — Developer Roger Duchow has his eyes set on a busy corner in Sussex for a retail development, which is currently the site of a vacant building that once was home to Marchese’s Danceland.
Northwestern Mutual continues sponsorship of NCAA championship games 03-17-2015
MILWAUKEE — As March Madness heats up, Northwestern Mutual announced it will continue its partnership with the NCAA and will be the exclusive presenting sponsor of the First Four, Round 1 of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship, taking place today and Wednesday.
Sargento Foods to expand Elkhart Lake technical center 03-17-2015
PLYMOUTH — Sargento Foods continues its facility expansions with the details being finalized for a larger technical center in Elkhart Lake.
Downtown districts can apply for revitalization help 03-17-2015
MADISON — Community leaders who are looking to revitalize their downtown or urban commercial districts can apply to be part of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s Connect Communities program, an initiative that works with those organizations to advance revitalization efforts.
Tech Summit to offer info on available business resources
WAUKESHA - During the second annual Wisconsin Tech Summit in Waukesha on Monday, a series of workshops and discussions will be held regarding resources available through a variety of programs, initiatives and partnerships.
Underwater mortgages increase during fourth quarter 03-17-2015
IRVINE, CALIF. -  The number of  underwater mortgages increased by 3.3 percent during the fourth quarter of 2014, according to data released Tuesday by CoreLogic, a global property information, analytics and data-enabled services provider.
Miro Tool & Mfg. adds new equipment
WAUKESHA - Miro Tool & Mfg., Inc., a contract manufacturer specializing in metal stamping, fabrication and machining, has added a new Mitsubishi laser to its Waukesha facility.
Fitting into Mequon 03-17-2015
MEQUON - During a February meeting of Mequon’s Planning Commission, members took turns praising Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s plans to build a clinic in Mequon.
Kelley’s Drive Thru Market to close 03-17-2015
CEDARBURG — After about a year and a half of successfully filling a convenience niche in downtown Cedarburg, Kelley’s Drive Thru Market is closing on March 28.
Campbellsport store carries drones 03-17-2015
Rural residents may soon hear the whir of rotors mixing with the guttering sound of sandhill cranes over Wisconsin fields.
Former Chinese restaurant gets makeover 03-17-2015
The ornate architectural Chinese details of Ching Hwa Restaurant at 1947 E. Main St. in Waukesha have been removed in anticipation of Solo Salons moving into the space.
Does Affordable Care Act get a passing grade so far? 03-17-2015
WAUWATOSA — Nearly five years since President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, health organizations and industries connected to them are evaluating how the first years have gone and what the major effects have been.
Lake Country residents continue to slake thirst with microbrews 03-17-2015
OCONOMOWOC — With a desire to increase the awareness of its locally brewed beers, the owners of Leisure Brand Beer will open a brewpub this week in Oconomowoc — just as interest in small-batch beer hits an all-time high.
Midwest only region that sees builders’ confidence increase in March 03-16-2015
MADISON —Overall, builders of single-family homes across America felt less confident in the housing market in March, according to a report released Monday by the National Association of Home Builders; however, the Midwest showed a significant increase in builders’ confidence for the same period.
Pabst bottling building to be remade into educational, retail facility 03-16-2015
MILWAUKEE — The largest of the former Pabst brewery buildings has been sold and will be remade into a multi-purpose educational building.
Merrill awarded $400,000 grant from WEDC 03-16-2015
MERRILL — The city of Merrill was awarded a $417,250 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s Idle Industrial Sites Redevelopment Program, which encourages redevelopment on abandoned properties.
Businesses see more green for St. Patrick's Day 03-14-2015
HARTLAND - As St. Patrick’s Day has grown in popularity around the country in recent years, so have the opportunities for businesses to capitalize on the day when everyone can be Irish.
ITU AbsorbTech promotes old-fashioned values, current approaches 03-14-2015
NEW BERLIN - While ITU AbsorbTech Inc. may foster an old-fashioned feeling when it comes to its personal customer service, it has a much more modern feel when it comes to its sustainable practices; however, those energy-and water-saving aspects were part of the original business started in about 1908 by President James Leef’s grandfather George.
Journal Communications and Scripps to finalize transaction April 1 03-13-2015
CINCINNATI — E.W. Scripps Company and Journal Communications are expected to complete the spin-offs of their respective newspaper businesses and, with respect to Scripps, the payment of a special cash dividend April 1.
David J. Frank Landscape Contracting wins 9 state awards 03-13-2015
GERMANTOWN —David J. Frank Landscape Contracting announced it received nine awards from the Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Association for its work on a variety of residential and commercial landscapes.
Harley-Davidson to lay off 169 people at Kansas City facility 03-13-2015
KANSAS CITY, MO. — Harley-Davidson will reducing its staff at its Kansas City, Mo. facility by about 169 people, according to a company spokeswoman Friday.
Reinders Green Industry Conference attracts record numbers 03-13-2015
WAUKESHA - Sitting in the driver’s seat of Toro’s GeoLink on Thursday morning, Dominic Frese was able to get a good sense of what it would be like to control the GPS-guided chemical sprayer at the Meadowbrook Country Club, where he works as assistant supervisor.
Plans to expand Pewaukee’s Horizon Elementary School on hold 03-13-2015
PEWAUKEE - With enrollment growth projected, Pewaukee school officials have pitched expanding Horizon Elementary School. Concerns about parking and landscaping, however, have stalled the project - for now, at least.
Home sales flat in area, up in Waukesha County 03-13-2015
WAUKESHA - While home sales in metro Milwaukee were essentially flat in February, Waukesha County saw a nearly 17 percent increase over the same time last year, according to data from the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors.
Ribbon-cutting planned for new Quintessa 03-12-2015
TOWN OF DELAFIELD — The third location of Quintessa Aesthetic Center has opened in Delafield and a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration are planned for noon to 7 p.m. March 26.
Image Makers named agency of record for accessories business 03-12-2015
WAUKESHA — Image Makers Advertising in Waukesha announced Thursday it has been selected by Ooh La La … accessories as its agency of record.
Generac wants to make installation easier with new products 03-12-2015
TOWN OF GENESEE — Generac Power Systems announced this week that it has launched two new technologies with the intent of making installation of an automatic home backup generator easier and more affordable for homeowners.
Community meeting scheduled for proposed Bay View project 03-12-2015
MILWAUKEE —An informational meeting will be held 6 p.m. Monday on a proposed $40 million, 307-unit apartment complex that would be located on the former Sweet Water Organics site at 2151 and 2181 S. Robinson Ave.
ZBB Energy creates battery for the commercial and building market 03-12-2015
MENOMONEE FALLS — ZBB Energy Corporation announced it has created the ZnBr flow battery, which is designed to for behind-the-meter energy storage applications in the commercial and industrial building market.
Badgers coach Bo Ryan appears in Wisconsin ad 03-12-2015
MADISON —University of Wisconsin men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan stars in the most recent Wisconsin Department of Tourism TV commercial.
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Mequon clinic closer to a reality 03-12-2015
MEQUON — Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s plans to build a full-service clinic in Mequon cleared two significant hurdles Tuesday as the Common Council rezoned the property and lifted a deed restriction.
A shift in vision? 03-12-2015
MEQUON — The vision for the Mequon Town Center development took a detour Monday as the Planning Commission approved a request from the developer that city staff said abandons one of the Town Center’s primary goals.
City giving up on TIF District No.2 03-12-2015
CEDARBURG — With a unanimous vote at Monday’s Common Council meeting, members closed the city’s second tax incremental finance district, having to write off $190,000.
Mukwonago considering TIF district to promote development 03-12-2015
MUKWONAGO - In an effort to promote construction of mixed use and residential development of vacant and existing sites near the Main Street corridor, the village is considering creating a tax incremental financing district.
Going beyond local, national borders to expand businesses 03-12-2015
PEWAUKEE - As a small business owner, it’s easy to think in local terms, but during Wednesday’s Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Executive Director Nancy Waters encouraged business owners to look beyond the borders of the city and village of Pewaukee.
We Energies expects to sell Milwaukee County Power Plant this year 03-11-2015
WAUWATOSA — We Energies confirmed Wednesday that it is negotiations to sell the Milwaukee County Power Plant and the associated steam and chilled water distribution network.
Good Harvest to have job fair for growing business 03-11-2015
PEWAUKEE —As Good Harvest Market prepares to move into a larger store, it will host a job fair in order to fill up to 24 full- and part-time positions.
Wheaton Franciscan to offer Exact Science’s Cologuard 03-11-2015
MADISON — Exact Sciences Corp. announced Wednesday that Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare is the first health care system in Milwaukee to offer its screening test for colorectal cancer called Cologuard.
Arby’s to be built in New Berlin 03-11-2015
NEW BERLIN — The third largest Arby’s franchisee in the United States plans to build a new location in New Berlin near the corner of Moorland and Beloit roads.
Unemployment rises in Waukesha, Milwaukee 03-11-2015
MADISON — While the unemployment rate was lower in Waukesha and Milwaukee in January compared to the same period a year before, it increased since December.
Shareholders approve merger between E.W. Scripps and Journal Communications 03-11-2015
MILWAUKEE — During two separate meetings held Wednesday, the shareholders for E.W. Scripps Company and Journal Communications approved previously announced spinoffs and mergers for the companies.





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