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New owner to oversee annual Muskie Expo 03-30-2018
About two years after Doug Reuter moved the Muskie Expo from State Fair Park in West Allis to Washington County Fair Park, he is handing over the reins.
Belman Homes purchases 88 acres in Town of Waukesha 03-30-2018
TOWN OF WAUKESHA — Belman Homes has bought 88 acres of land off Oakdale Drive with the plan to build 40 homes.
Delafield buildings back to drawing board 03-30-2018
DELAFIELD — Plans for two four-story, multiuse buildings on one of downtown’s most historic sites have been sent back to the drawing board, again, by the city Plan Commission.
Java Hut up for sale, will remain open for time being 03-29-2018
OCONOMOWOC — Java Hut coffee shop at 526 E. Wisconsin Ave. is going up for sale, according to its Facebook page.
Condo duplexes proposed for Pabst Farms 03-29-2018
OCONOMOWOC — More condos have been proposed for Oconomowoc — this time duplex buildings at Pabst Farms.
Common Council mood on business park: uncertainty
CEDARBURG — With available developable business parcels at a premium in Cedarburg, the inevitability of needing to develop a new business park has become clear.
Court: West Bend Mutual must cover target of lawsuit 03-29-2018
An appeals decision released Wednesday determined whether West Bend Mutual Insurance Co.’s “knowing violation” exclusion applied and relieved the company of its duty to defend a medical supply company in a trademark case.
ProHealth Neuroscience Care relocates, expands 03-29-2018
WAUKESHA — ProHealth Neuroscience Care will relocate its outpatient services at ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital to a newly remodeled and expanded space in the professional office building adjacent to the hospital on Monday, according to a press release.
Food prices remain stable in Wisconsin 03-29-2018
WEST BEND — Shoppers are seeing stable food prices at the grocery store according to the latest Wisconsin Farm Bureau Marketbasket Survey released Wednesday of 16 basic food items used to prepare one or more meals.
Learn how to bid on Foxconn project 03-29-2018
WAUKESHA — Companies are invited to an informational session on how to bid for work during Foxconn construction.
Metro area follows state trend of lower unemployment
WAUKESHA — Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties all placed in the top three of the state’s unemployment rankings, posting percentages lower than the state’s historic, lowest-ever 2.9 percent unemployment rate.
Kohl’s to shrink its size on Waukesha’s west side 03-29-2018
WAUKESHA — Plans are in motion for Kohl’s to shrink the footprint of its west side department store, following a panel’s vote of approval that paves the way for a new future retailer to set up shop.
Golden Pearl celebrates opening of Richfield location 03-28-2018
RICHFIELD — It took nearly two years to find “just the right spot,” but Golden Pearl held a grand opening Monday to mark its move from Saukville to a much larger location in the village.
Germantown village panel recommends cigar, bar/lounge’s relocation plans
GERMANTOWN — A cigar store and bar/lounge has moved one step closer to relocating from a shopping center to a standalone building, despite a village staffer’s recommendation against the proposal.
UW-Waukesha to host job fair 03-28-2018
WAUKESHA — The University of Wisconsin-Waukesha will hold a spring job and internship fair from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 4.
Town Bank named Marquette’s exclusive banker 03-28-2018
WAUKESHA — Marquette University announced Tuesday it has entered into an agreement with Chicago-based Wintrust Financial Corp. for the company to be the school’s exclusive commercial and retail banking partner.
ITU AbsorbTech acquires Milwaukee’s Spic and Span
NEW BERLIN — ITU AbsorbTech announced Tuesday it has acquired assets from Spic and Span, a uniform rental and industrial supply company based in Milwaukee.
Town of Delafield issue has statewide impact 03-28-2018
TOWN OF DELAFIELD — The Wisconsin Supreme Court may decide whether Peter and Terri Mahoney Ogden are legitimately engaged in farming or simply planting trees and growing hay on their Pewaukee Lakefront property to take advantage of property tax breaks intended for farmers.
From passion to profession 03-27-2018
GERMANTOWN — Daniel and Ryan Hughes, members of Cedarburg High School’s 2013 state championship golf team, have combined their passion and their college degrees into a new business.
Pending real estate sales jump in Ozaukee County 03-27-2018
CEDARBURG — Pending real estate sales in Ozaukee County increased 270 percent in a comparison of this February and the same month last year.
Spur 16 retail arriving sooner 03-27-2018
MEQUON — The Mequon Common Council is expected to give swift approval to deadline changes for the Spur 16 project during a special meeting tonight.
Remodeled Qdoba opens in Brookfield 03-27-2018
BROOKFIELD — Mexican eatery Qdoba has reopened in Brookfield after undergoing a renovation.
Pick ’n Save to be remodeled, offer new services and grocery pickup 03-23-2018
MUKWONAGO — The Mukwonago Pick ’n Save on 1010 N. Rochester St. will begin remodeling within two weeks and once construction is complete, a number of new features and services will be offered, according to James Hyland, Roundy’s Supermarket, Inc. vice president of communications and public affairs.
Wisconsin unemployment rate hits record low in February
MADISON, Wis. — A new report shows Wisconsin's unemployment rate hit a record low in February.
The Cupola allowed to increase parking spaces 03-22-2018
TOWN OF OCONOMOWOC — The Town of Oconomowoc Plan Commission passed a request Monday night to allow The Cupola to add an additional 60 parking spaces, rather than the initial 100 the business owners had requested.
Common Council rejects annexation proposal for new senior living homes 03-22-2018
OCONOMOWOC — The Oconomowoc Common Council denied a requested annexation of 21.2 acres south of N55-W36909 Lisbon Road on Tuesday night.
County Board OKs plan to wean EDWC off of sales tax dollars 03-22-2018
Washington County officials will follow the plan recommended by staff, agreeing to terms to fully divest from their interest from Economic Development Washington County after funding the revolving loan fund to what they hope is a sustainable level.
Senior care company offers new program to help families make plans for long-term care 03-22-2018
Home Instead Senior Care has started a free program in an effort to get families talking about the late stages of life sooner.
Actuant reports 2Q loss 03-22-2018
MENOMONEE FALLS - Actuant Corp. (ATU) on Wednesday reported a fiscal second-quarter loss of $18.2 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier.
LindenGrove Communities to have grand opening for Waukesha facility 03-22-2018
WAUKESHA - A grand opening celebration will be held for the renovated Waukesha LindenGrove Communities building April 10.
Quad/Graphics acquires majority interest in Rise Interactive 03-22-2018
SUSSEX - Quad/Graphics announced Wednesday it has acquired a majority ownership stake in Rise Interactive, a digital marketing agency.
Healthful, flavorful food 03-22-2018
WAUKESHA — A new Waukesha pizza restaurant promises healthier menu choices without sacrificing quality or taste.
Fed raises key rate and foresees 2 more hikes this year
WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate Wednesday in a vote of confidence in the U.S. economy's durability while signaling that it plans to continue a gradual approach to rate hikes for 2018 under its new chairman, Jerome Powell.
Kowabunga Comics to move into former Fresh & Green building 03-21-2018
OCONOMOWOC — Like any good superhero, Kowabunga Comics owner James Bula is seizing a golden opportunity.
Panda Express plan stirs council debate 03-21-2018
WAUKESHA — A routine request to combine parcels for a proposed Panda Express and multi-tenant retail development at Silvernail Road and North Grandview Boulevard reignited debate over traffic concerns during a Tuesday night Common Council meeting.
Fitness center planned for Corridor development 03-21-2018
BROOKFIELD — A two-story fitness center could be the latest addition to the mixed-use Corridor development in Brookfield, based on preliminary details presented Tuesday.
Talks begin on White Rock TIF district 03-21-2018
WAUKESHA — A month after the city shelved plans to revitalize White Rock Avenue by bringing amateur baseball to Frame Park, discussions about creating a tax increment finance district for the area are officially afoot.
Foxconn selects general contractor, engineering consultants 03-20-2018
MILWAUKEE — Foxconn Technology Group has selected some key companies to begin building its massive flat screen manufacturing complex in Racine County, the Taiwanese company announced Tuesday.
Making a positive impact 03-20-2018
CEDARBURG — The Kubala Washatko Architects Inc. last week announced a new chapter in its history as a leader in social and environmental responsibility.
Don’t think Lumberyard, think Lumbaryard 03-20-2018
CEDARBURG — After six years in Montana, Danny and Jeanie Crawford tied up some loose ends before moving back to the Midwest. It was more than packing up boxes and loading a moving van, however.
Opening delayed for Outside Inn with Bacon 03-20-2018
MUSKEGO — The opening date for Outside Inn with Bacon has been delayed, but a new date has not yet been set.
Five Points Pub to have grand opening celebration 03-20-2018
WAUKESHA — The renamed bar inside The Clarke Hotel in downtown Waukesha will have a grand opening celebration on April 6.
Wisconsin winter home sales set new record 03-20-2018
MADISON — During the three main months of winter, December through February, a total of 13,471 homes sold in Wisconsin, setting a record.
La Casa opens expanded financial stability, trade work center 03-20-2018
WAUKESHA — La Casa de Esperanza revealed Monday morning the result of an expansion of the school’s Financial Stability Initiative.
West Bend officials form community ‘think tank’ for area entrepreneurs 03-18-2018
Personnel in the West Bend Economic Development department are collaborating with the public for to improve the business climate in the area.
February retail sales increase 4.4 percent over last year
WAUKESHA — February retail sales increased 0.3 percent seasonally adjusted over January and 4.4 percent year-over-year, the National Retail Federation said Wednesday. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants.
Come on in: Downtown Waukesha welcomes new businesses 03-17-2018
WAUKESHA — Warm weather is returning to Waukesha, bringing with it an uptick in foot traffic downtown.
New owner hopes to reopen Barton Auto Service by this summer 03-16-2018
The Barton Auto Service shop closed its doors in December, but new owner Craig Kasten has plans to get the doors open by this summer.
Toys R Us to liquidate its remaining U.S. stores 03-16-2018
BROOKFIELD — Geoffrey the Giraffe, the ubiquitous mascot who entertained generations of children, is leaving his longtime perch near Brookfield Square and nearly 750 other locations across the U.S.
Lake Country Christian Academy sold 03-15-2018
NASHOTAH — The Plan Commission approved a zoning permit and plan of operation on March 7 for Burlington Healthcare Providers, Inc. to operate out of the former Lake Country Christian Academy building at W329-N4476 Lakeland Drive in Nashotah, according to Village President Rich Lartz.
Mequon taps the brakes on development 03-15-2018
MEQUON — The city of Mequon is taking what amounts to a deep breath.
Downtown West Bend group mulls development investment 03-15-2018
West Bend officials continue to research possibilities for improving the city’s downtown, including opportunities to invest in partnerships with another group for possible development projects.
Muskego to hold public hearings on proposed Casey’s General Stores 03-15-2018
MUSKEGO — Two public hearings will be held in April for proposed Casey’s General Store locations.
Kohl’s to modernize systems with use of cloud computing
MENOMONEE FALLS — Wanting to modernize its technology footprint, Kohl’s announced Wednesday it will make a multi-year investment to move its systems and applications to “the cloud.”
Waukesha’s unemployment rate increases, metropolitan areas all decreased 03-15-2018
WAUKESHA — Waukesha’s unemployment rate increased slightly from 2.3 percent in December to 2.7 percent in January, according to data released Wednesday by the Department of Workforce Development.
Home sales increase 11 percent in February 03-15-2018
WAUKESHA — Washington County led the metro area with a whopping 50 percent increase in home sales in February while the average for the four-county area was an increase of 11 percent, according to data released Wednesday by the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors.
Assessing local impact of Trump’s trade tariffs 03-14-2018
After signing proclamations to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum Thursday, President Donald Trump was criticized by Republicans and Democrats and allies to the nation.
Facade update approved for planned West Bend restaurant 03-14-2018
West Bend officials will permit the update to an application submitted by a developer for renovating and updating a space in the downtown area.
The Good Stuff a dream come true for Oconomowoc native 03-14-2018
OCONOMOWOC — When customers walk through the doors of 31 S. Main St., they are greeted with an aroma of lavender scents, good music, and shortly thereafter, a cheerful hello from The Good Stuff owner Pamela Greco.
Geeking out at Crumby Art Bakery 03-14-2018
ELM GROVE — Natalia Roman and Andrea Metzger, best friends and owners of Crumby Art Bakehouse & Cakery, put a fresh spin on their sweet treats, made from scratch — they celebrate all things nerdy.
More unpaid internships likely after revised federal rules
NEW YORK — Interns hoping to get a full day’s pay might find it tougher to do so under revised federal guidelines that help determine whether an internship should be paid.
Plans for new Milwaukee Tool R&D building in Brookfield advance 03-14-2018
BROOKFIELD — A new research and development facility proposed on Milwaukee Tool’s corporate campus has inched one step closer to reality, following a recent favorable review.
Panda Express project moving forward
WAUKESHA — A proposal to construct a Panda Express and multi-tenant building at Silvernail Road and North Grandview Boulevard appears to be moving forward following a debate over traffic issues.
Marathon Savings Bank opens fourth branch in Mequon Town Center 03-13-2018
MEQUON — Marathon Savings Bank opened a branch in the Mequon Town Center March 6.
Join the rebellion 03-13-2018
CEDARBURG — With their longstanding friendship and love of beer, the opportunity to take over the Silver Creek Brewery space along Cedar Creek was too much to pass up for Dale Georgeff, Rod Otto and Peter Olds.
The cute store 03-13-2018
HARTLAND — The word that seems to best define Sarah Fitch’s life is emblazoned on a wall in her store.
Quad/Graphics creates direct mail technology for faster times 03-13-2018
SUSSEX — In an effort to increase response rates and to increase reliability, Quad/Graphics announced Monday it has created a new technology platform for direct marketing that also shortens the time to market at a fraction of the cost of traditional mail testing.
West Bend officials want to make land-use change for developer 03-10-2018
Based on a request from a developer, West Bend officials want to modify the plan they have made for using land that has been attached to the municipality recently.
Downtown West Bend group looks to alter plan to recruit students 03-10-2018
West Bend officials would like to negotiate the terms for a potential agreement with organizers for recruiting high school and college students to address the vacancy issue in the municipality’s downtown area.
Mount Mary University, WCTC create partnership to address nursing shortage 03-10-2018
PEWAUKEE — On Tuesday, Mount Mary University and Waukesha County Technical College will outline plans for a major new partnership to address the regional nursing shortage.
Educating the next generation of engineers 03-10-2018
WAUKESHA — Hands-on learning is nothing new when it comes to modern day education. What is new is hands-on learning led by local engineers from the community during the school day.
Fresh & Green Market to close March 15 after 8 1/2 years
OCONOMOWOC - Fresh & Green Market will be closing the doors after 8 1/2 years of business providing Oconomowoc with healthy, organic options on March 15.
Walker says Wisconsin companies could be tariff-exempt
MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker says President Donald Trump’s commerce secretary says exemptions to steel and aluminum tariffs could be granted to meet concerns of Wisconsin companies.
West Bend groups determine downtown marketing plan
After learning their funding allocation, representatives from the Diva Group and the Downtown West Bend Association outlined the marketing tactics they would use to promote the area.
Hiring surge added 313K jobs in February, most in 1½ years 03-09-2018
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers went on a hiring binge in February, adding 313,000 jobs, amid rising business confidence lifted by the Trump administration's tax cuts and a resilient global economy.
Manitou Group releases 2017 year-end results 03-09-2018
WEST BEND — Manitou Group's Board of Directors announced its year-end results in a news release Wednesday.
IKEA sets Oak Creek store opening date for May 16 03-09-2018
OAK CREEK — Customers can start lining up for the new IKEA store in Oak Creek at 5 p.m. May 16. The doors will open a few hours later at 9 a.m., according to a Thursday announcement.
Foolery’s Liquid Therapy serves up locally-sourced cuisine 03-09-2018
OCONOMOWOC — Since it opened in 2010, Foolery’s Liquid Therapy has fully embraced the “Eat Local” movement that has gained popularity in recent years.
Marek’s development project denied
TOWN OF WAUKESHA — Waukesha Town Chairman and developer John Marek’s proposed 40-unit condo development, for 20 acres of farmland off Highway 164 and south of Glendale Road, was denied by both the Plan Commission and the Town Board after an almost five-hour meeting interrupted by public outbursts and multiple gavel cracks by acting Chairman Michael Doerr.
Grand Motorsports receives approval 03-08-2018
CEDARBURG — The issues of a previous business can’t be held against a new owner, was the message at Monday night’s Cedarburg Plan Commission.
Double the tables, double the donations 03-08-2018
CEDARBURG — Many of Cedarburg’s historic buildings are beautiful, but they aren’t necessarily functional for modern uses. Such is the case with the Stilt House building, W62 N630 Washington Ave., which hasn’t exactly been cooperative with restaurateur Gordon Goggin.
West Bend clears way for River Road industrial complex 03-08-2018
West Bend residents can expect some construction activity to the northeast corner of the city, slightly west of the airport.
Real estate company sues firm after falling victim to scam
WAUKESHA — Does a title firm have the responsibility to protect its customers from potential scammers?
Farrow will be special guest at IBAW breakfast next week
BROOKFIELD — The Independent Business Association of Wisconsin will host Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow on March 16 at a small business breakfast.
‘Old Germantown’ proposal brings new development to ag property 03-07-2018
GERMANTOWN — A proposed tourism business touted as preserving Germantown’s agricultural heritage is moving forward in the village, despite a group of residents’ concerns about long-term impacts on the surrounding area.
Women open business they hope will be ‘a unique option’
RICHFIELD — News is spreading fast around Washington County about a unique business that opened recently in the village’s downtown.
‘Dark store’ tax issue continues to vex legislators 03-07-2018
West Bend officials once again express their support for legislation that would address property assessments issues concerning corporate retailers, but it occurs against a backdrop of frustration regarding the process.
DreamPak facility in New Berlin expands, plans for increased production 03-07-2018
NEW BERLIN — Dream-Pak LLC has made a $3 million investment in its New Berlin facility — adding 10,000 square feet and doubling production capacity of shelf-stable beverage concentrates.
Russ Darrow to host grand opening ceremony, donate to Volunteer Center 03-07-2018
WEST BEND — Russ Darrow Group will host an official grand opening of its Nissan dealership — 2665 W. Washington St., West Bend — at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.
TRG Marketing’s new office reflects its values 03-07-2018
BROOKFIELD — When TRG Marketing President Chad Ritterbusch set about creating a new location for his business, he wanted the space to reflect the way the employees worked with clients and each other.
Plumbing predicament 03-07-2018
PEWAUKEE — A workforce of plumbers in which many are approaching retirement, and water infrastructure that is aging in some areas and under construction in others.
Mukwonago Village Board to vote on traffic impact analysis for new industrial park 03-07-2018
MUKWONAGO — During a meeting today, the Village Board will vote to approve a traffic impact analysis for a proposed road that would connect the village’s Tax Incremental Finance District #5 to Highway 83, according to Village Administrator John Weidl.
Purple Door to join Mequon Public Market
MEQUON — The tenant list for the Mequon Public Market took another step forward with Friday’s announcement that Purple Door Ice Cream is joining the venture.
Slinger trustees reject Dove Plaza’s claim of excessive assessment 03-06-2018
SLINGER — The Village’s Board of Trustees, at their regular meeting Monday night, unanimously rejected a claim by the owners of Dove Plaza that the village has placed an excessive tax assessment on the property.
Amid construction worker shortage, state plans resource fair 03-06-2018
RACINE — A construction career fair will be held in Racine later this month for unemployed or underemployed people interested in working on the massive Foxconn project in coming years.
Hartford’s Staffing Support Specialists under new ownership 03-06-2018
HARTFORD — Area businesswoman Ane Ohm is now the owner of Hartford-based Staffing Support Specialists.
Tri City opening Waukesha branch in former PNC building 03-06-2018
WAUKESHA — Tri City National Bank is expanding its footprint in Waukesha County.
Sale pending for La Belle Golf Club 03-06-2018
LAC LA BELLE — The La Belle Golf Club is expected to be sold by mid-April to Prestwick Golf Group in Sussex, according to Prestwick Golf Group Vice President Tyler Morse.
Froedtert to build new West Bend Health Center 03-04-2018
Construction of a new Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin West Bend Health Center at 1700 W. Paradise Drive is scheduled to begin this summer.
Quad/Graphics to deliver in-magazine samples for Marc Jacobs 03-02-2018
SUSSEX — Quad/Graphics has released Marc Jacobs’ newest mascara brand using Quad’s PromoPage sampling carrier affixed to a major fashion magazine.
Kohl’s teaming up with Aldi 03-02-2018
NEW YORK — Kohl’s shoppers will be able to pick up some groceries while shopping for clothing at select stores.
Manufacturing’s local, global impact discussed at conference 03-02-2018
MILWAUKEE — The role of manufacturing on Wisconsin’s economy — and the impact it can have on a global scale — were among the issues explored at a conference Thursday.
Super 8 to become Comfort Inn 03-02-2018
WAUKESHA — Visitors to the Waukesha area will soon have a new place to spend the night.
Developer uncertain about Prospect Hill plans after pushback 03-02-2018
NEW BERLIN — After a developer’s preliminary plan to build a commercial space and storage facility on the Prospect Hill Elementary School property was opposed at a public hearing last month, city officials are waiting to hear if the plan will move forward.
Verizon requests 130-foot cell tower in Town of Brookfield
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — A request to build a 130-foot cell tower on Bluemound Road in the Town of Brookfield will have its first public hearing next month.
Anodyne Coffee to join Spur 16 03-01-2018
MEQUON — Plans for Spur 16 are coming into sharper focus with Friday’s announcement that Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. will open a café in the Mequon Public Market.
Arrabelle TIF district gets a green light 03-01-2018
CEDARBURG — The Cedarburg Joint Review Board completed the final step of the tax incremental financing district creation process Tuesday night by approving TIF district No. 5 for the former St. Francis Borgia school property on Hamilton Road and Washington Avenue.
Keup Road subdivision clears next hurdle 03-01-2018
GRAFTON — After nearly an hour of opposition voiced in public hearings, the Grafton Plan Commission approved the annexation and rezoning of the 84-acre Kohlwey farm on Highway 60 and Keup Road, making way for a subdivision plan to take its next steps.
Jackson salon expands to accommodate increased business 03-01-2018
JACKSON — One Washington County resident translated her passion for people into a career as a hair stylist and has used her skills in that trade to develop establish a business.
GS Global Resources acquires Weston company 03-01-2018
MUKWONAGO — GS Global Resources announced Wednesday it has acquired Weston-based ADC Custom Products, which makes protective structures for machine operators.
Ascension Health declines to discuss possible mass layoff in Wisconsin 03-01-2018
GLENDALE — After an anonymous letter was sent to the press describing layoffs of 1,000 Ascension Health employees in Wisconsin, company officials have declined to say whether anyone will actually be losing their jobs this week.
Cudahy Pick ‘n Save to close, 75 employees relocated
CUDAHY — After more than forty years in business, Pick ‘n Save in Cudahy is expected to close in the coming weeks, leaving the city without a grocery store.
Dick’s Sporting Goods self-imposes tighter gun restrictions 03-01-2018
GRAFTON — Edward Stack, chairman and CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods, said this week that the retail chain will tighten its own restrictions on gun sales in light of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, and called for the nation’s leaders to do the same.
Plan for new dog day care, kennel OK’d 03-01-2018
WAUKESHA — The Plan Commission has signed off on a plan for a new dog boarding and day care facility dubbed Dog City on the city’s far south side.
Wal-Mart makes move to speed up checkout process 02-28-2018
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. representatives have incorporated technology into the retail experience, hoping to alleviate a concern that many consumers face: spending time waiting to pay.
Hartford annexation approved for possible convenience store build 02-28-2018
HARTFORD — The annexation of slightly less than two acres to the city for the possible construction of a convenience store was unanimously approved by the Common Council on Tuesday during its regular monthly meeting.
Small business legal basics workshop set for Saturday
BROOKFIELD — A workshop on legal basics is set for 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Ottawa University, 245 S. Executive Drive.
Assisted Living Locators launches first franchise in Wisconsin 02-28-2018
WAUKESHA — Assisted Living Locators will open its first Wisconsin franchise location in Waukesha County.
Banking into the future 02-28-2018
WAUKESHA —The latest technology is not often associated with local, family-owned businesses, but that’s certainly not the case with Waukesha State Bank, which has implemented the latest technology for its clients.
From the ground up 02-27-2018
GRAFTON — Jake Knox, owner of Lucky Star Studios and the newly formed 5253 Design Collective, is not shy to admit it all started with a single table he built in his garage.
Rezoning recommended for Cedarburg business parcel
CEDARBURG — The question over what to do about Cedarburg’s last remaining undeveloped business parcel was reviewed by the city’s Community Development Authority last Wednesday.
Business park dead 02-27-2018
GRAFTON — The village of Grafton is backing off from the 114-acre business park proposal that’s been under discussion the past six weeks.
Kohl’s wants to shrink Waukesha store size 02-27-2018
WAUKESHA — Kohl’s is seeking to downsize its Waukesha store on the southwest side of the city on St. Paul Avenue.
Trucking troubles 02-27-2018
PEWAUKEE — The trucking industry in southeast Wisconsin and around the U.S. needs more drivers. The shortage of commercial truck drivers is number one on the American Transportation Research Institute’s 2017 list of industry concerns.
Older workers see opportunity in Wisconsin job market
MADISON, Wis. — Northern Wisconsin businesses that are having trouble finding employees are hoping to lure retirees to work or keep people nearing retirement on the job longer.
Hartford panel recommends annexation for Casey’s General Store 02-25-2018  
The possibility of a Casey’s General Store being built in Hartford is nearing reality.
Jackson panel advances pair of Bielinski Homes proposals 02-25-2018  
JACKSON — Two proposed Bielinski Homes developments continue to move through various channels within Village of Jackson government.
New Berlin plans for new subdivisions, TID in 2018 02-25-2018  
NEW BERLIN — Several projects approved last year will be completed this summer while others start to break ground, including six residential developments and subdivisions across New Berlin.
Quaker Steak & Lube in New Berlin to close 02-25-2018  
NEW BERLIN — The Quaker Steak & Lube on 4900 S. Moorland Road will be closing and a Point Burger Bar will open at the same location, according to New Berlin Community Development Director Greg Kessler.
Chappie's on Broadway closed after 9-month run 02-24-2018
WAUKESHA - Only nine months after opening, Chappie’s on Broadway - which specialized in Belgian beers and food - has closed for good.
Business Alliance sets policy agenda 02-24-2018  
WAUKESHA - Economic development, education and infrastructure are issues that will remain front and center as 2018 unfolds within the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Wisconsin dairy says owner among Indiana plane crash victims 02-23-2018
ROSSVILLE, Ind. — A Wisconsin dairy owner and his son-in-law were among at least three people killed when a small plane crashed into a central Indiana farm field, the business said Friday.
Business Alliance names Emerging Leaders 02-23-2018
WAUKESHA — The Waukesha County Business Alliance has named six Emerging Leaders of Waukesha County award winners — young professionals who have excelled in their careers and community.
Finding your financial future 02-23-2018
Like most Americans, 31-year-old financial consultant Andy Hughes is looking forward to his retirement. But unlike many, he knows financial planning doesn’t stop once your working days are over.
Old Navy, Skechers coming to Shoppes at Fox River 02-23-2018
WAUKESHA — Two new shops are coming to The Shoppes at Fox River.
Class B liquor license shortage forces creative solutions 02-23-2018
WAUWATOSA — City Clerk Carla Ledesma says Wauwatosa has been on the edge — with only one remaining Class B liquor license — for about a year now.
Oconomowoc Animal Hospital plans new facility 02-22-2018
TOWN OF OCONOMOWOC — The Town of Oconomowoc Plan Commission reviewed a plan for a new site for the Oconomowoc Animal Hospital at a meeting this month.
Number of local senior living facilities could grow in years ahead 02-22-2018
OCONOMOWOC — Senior living facilities geared specifically toward persons ages 55 and up are sprinkled throughout Oconomowoc. Several new proposals on the horizon mean the number of available units could skyrocket in the years ahead.
Petitions, websites and Facebook pages formed to register citizen views on development 02-22-2018
GRAFTON — As the Grafton Town Board objected recently to the village of Grafton’s proposed annexation of town land, residents of both the village and the town are finding their own ways to make their opinions known ... online.
Preferred route picked for Wisconsin, Iowa transmission line 02-22-2018
MADISON — The three utility companies planning a high-powered transmission line from the Madison area to Iowa have picked a preferred route that runs along existing highway and power line corridors rather than farms and fields.
Quad/Graphics acquires marketing services provider 02-22-2018
SUSSEX — Quad/Graphics, Inc. has acquired Ivie & Associates, a marketing services provider and one of the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing privately held companies in the country.
Quad/Graphics has 139% increase in earnings in ’17 02-22-2018
SUSSEX —Quad/Graphics reported a 47 percent increase in its net earnings for fourth quarter of 2017 and a total increase of 139 percent for the year.
Babies ‘R’ Us in Brookfield set to close in March 02-22-2018
BROOKFIELD — Babies “R” Us is expected to shutter its store near Brookfield Square Mall on March 31, according to a company spokeswoman.
Sears closing next month to make way for Brookfield Square redevelopment 02-22-2018
BROOKFIELD — Sears, one of the three anchor stores at Brookfield Square Mall, will close in mid-March, but could retain a smaller store, selling mainly appliances, at the mall in the future, according to a Sears Holdings Corp. spokesman.
Amazon proposes sorting facility in Sussex 02-22-2018
SUSSEX — Online retail giant Amazon may be looking beyond Milwaukee for its second headquarters but it is eyeing a recently vacated warehouse in Sussex for its latest sorting facility in the state.
Dry cleaners, car rental agency among businesses coming to village of Grafton 02-21-2018
GRAFTON — The Grafton business landscape is changing this winter, as several businesses are moving in.
Proposed operations change sparks concerns about town’s rural character 02-21-2018
TOWN OF OCONOMOWOC — A business owner’s request to modify an operations plan sparked concerns this week about traffic, noise and light in an area residents are trying to keep close to its rural heritage.
MACS restaurant expected in Brookfield this spring 02-21-2018
BROOKFIELD — Wisconsin Dells-based Macaroni and Cheese Shop (MACS) is coming to Brookfield this spring to serve the Milwaukee area with cheesy comfort food in cast-iron skillets.
Former West Bend doctors find a temporary home for their practice 02-21-2018
West Bend Medical has grown quickly since opening in Menomonee Falls in October.
Batteries Plus Bulbs continues to see growth 02-21-2018
HARTLAND — While many retailers are feeling negative effects from online shoppers, Hartland-based Batteries Plus Bulbs reported increases in sales from 2016 to 2017.
Fermentorium set to open second location in Wauwatosa
CEDARBURG — With a strong local fan base now in place since opening in 2016, Cedarburg’s Fermentorium announced plans this week to open a second location in Wauwatosa, at 6933 W. North Ave. as part of the East Tosa development.
Sal’s returning to Cedarburg 02-20-2018
CEDARBURG — It’s been 12 years since Sal Elmanzo opened his third Sal’s Pizza location in Cedarburg and seven years since he returned to the restaurant after selling it to a former employee in 2007.
Highway 60 subdivision moving forward 02-20-2018
GRAFTON — A subdivision being designed for the 84-acre Kohlwey property on Highway 60 is on the agenda for the village of Grafton’s Plan Commission next week.
West Bend officials hope to spur development projects
West Bend staff established a series of initiatives designed to make it more convenient for contractors to obtain permits from the city — indirectly hoping to promote development projects in the area.
West Bend looks to fill vacant spaces downtown 02-20-2018
West Bend officials are considering engaging college students to address an issue with the vacant spaces in the downtown.
Quintec Integration settles into new headquarters 02-20-2018
WAUKESHA — A year after moving into new 20,000-square-foot headquarters, Quintec Integration, Inc., has successfully settled in.
Human milk dispensary to open in Brookfield pharmacy
BROOKFIELD — The second mother's milk bank in Wisconsin is slated to open this week at MD Custom Rx in Brookfield to serve families in the Greater Milwaukee area.
Hartland commission approves amendment to comprehensive plan 02-20-2018
HARTLAND — The Plan Commission approved an amendment to the village’s comprehensive plan Monday night that would allow Neumann Developments Inc.’s condo project to have a higher density of units.
Prestwick project loses Delafield vote 02-20-2018
DELAFIELD — The Prestwick Group’s plans to move its corporate headquarters from Sussex to Delafield, near the interchange of Interstate 94 and Hwy. C, failed to muster the required six votes from the seven-member Common Council after nearly four hours of debate and deliberation Monday night.
West Bend officials OK updates to McDonald’s on Main Street 02-18-2018
Customers visiting one of the restaurants along Main Street may soon observe a few changes as they dine at the location.
Plan Commission to review proposed condo development
HARTLAND — The Plan Commission will review a proposed condo development during a meeting on Monday at 7 p.m. in the municipal building on 210 Cottonwood Ave., according to the Wednesday meeting agenda.
Bringing ‘a collective voice’ together for a century 02-17-2018
WAUKESHA — When it began operations in Waukesha, Woodrow Wilson was president, silent movies were all the rage and a postage stamp cost three cents.
Walker in downtown Waukesha 02-17-2018
WAUKESHA — Gov. Scott Walker announced Friday afternoon at Martha Merrell’s Books & Toys two pieces of proposed legislation he says will help bring money back to Wisconsin taxpayers.
Clearing the way for another Kwik Trip
Crossing guard Chuck Fellenz of West Bend holds his whistle in his mouth as he waits for students to approach his intersection while the destruction of the former Walgreens building at the intersection of Decorah Road and South Main Street continues Thursday afternoon in West Bend.
Aurora Health Care facilities receive accreditation 02-16-2018
SUMMIT — Five Aurora facilities across Wisconsin, including one center in Summit, have received chest pain accreditation from the American College of Cardiology for their treatment of patients who have heart attack symptoms.
Banker Wire to relocate its Mukwonago manufacturing facility 02-16-2018
MUKWONAGO — Banker Wire, a manufacturer of woven and welder mesh wire for architectural and industrial applications, announced Thursday plans to relocate its Mukwonago-based manufacturing facility.
Walker administration outlines proposal to Kimberly-Clark
MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker’s administration has sent consumer products giant Kimberly-Clark the outline of a tax break deal it hopes will convince the company not to cut more than 600 jobs in northeast Wisconsin.
Hartland’s Pink Mocha Café denied liquor license 02-16-2018
HARTLAND — In a 3-2 vote, the Village Board elected not to issue Pink Mocha Café a Class B liquor license on Monday night in the interest of preserving the license for an establishment that would serve more liquor and have longer hours, according to Trustee Rick Stevens.
Fowler Lake Village developer wants to increase number of units 02-15-2018
OCONOMOWOC — The developer of the Fowler Lake Village condo development near City Hall wants to increase the number of units inside from 48 to 54.
Common Council approves Arrabelle TIF funding 02-15-2018
CEDARBURG — One more step remains before the Arrabelle apartment project receives the go-ahead from the city of Cedarburg after Monday night’s approval by the Common Council.
Village approves contract to market business park 02-15-2018
GRAFTON — The Grafton Village Board last week approved a public relations contract in connection with the budding plans for a business park at the corner of Ulao Road and Highway C.
West Bend officials vote to vacate streets by brewery for developer 02-15-2018
West Bend officials will abdicate their responsibility for the public right of way near the former brewery to accommodate development projects in the area.
Board gives green light for new storage facilities in Mukwonago 02-15-2018
MUKWONAGO — The Village Board approved a conditional use permit for a new indoor mini-warehouse storage facility on the east side of Mukwonago Drive and north of Bay View Road, according to Village Administrator John Weidl.
Milwaukee-area ear and throat specialist to open location in Oconomowoc 02-15-2018
OCONOMOWOC — Advanced Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists (ADVENT) will open a new location in Oconomowoc in March, complete with an “intentionally provoking” billboard campaign with their slogan: Let’s Sleep, Together.
January retail sales still strong after holidays 02-15-2018
WAUKESHA — An improving economy kept January retail sales nearly as good as the holiday season’s strong showing — dropping only 0.26 percent seasonally adjusted from December — and fueled a healthy 5.4 percent increase year-over year, the National Retail Federation said Wednesday.
Rounding up outdated food 02-15-2018
OCONOMOWOC — Americans throw away a lot of food. Between 30 to 40 percent of the U.S. food supply is wasted, according to the USDA.
State launches website to post Foxconn construction updates 02-15-2018
MADISON — Seven months after Foxconn announced it will build a factory in Wisconsin, the state has launched a website that will post updates on the construction project.
Lisbon may sell Haass land 02-15-2018
TOWN OF LISBON — The 65-acre Pauline Haass Farm, which was the centerpiece in a nearly four-year legal battle that cost taxpayers more than $600,000, may be for sale.
Regal Ware announces cookware design, manufacturing partnership 02-14-2018
Kewaskum-based Regal Ware Inc. has announced a partnership with Christopher Kimball on the launch of a new cookware line to be co-branded Christopher Kimball by 1919 Cookware.
Carroll University receives $1M grant to support STEM majors 02-14-2018
WAUKESHA — Carroll University announced Tuesday that it has received a five-year, $1 million National Science Foundation grant in support of the Scholarships in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics grant project, “Carroll University Pro-STEM Initiative: Promoting STEM Retention through Self-Efficacy.”
Town of Delafield suspends conditional use permits 02-14-2018
TOWN OF DELAFIELD — The Town Board on Tuesday night voted to suspend for 3 months the issuance of conditional use permits to give the Plan Commission time to propose either changing, or repealing, the code that governs the permits.
Thiensville TIF getting ready to close 02-13-2018
THIENSVILLE — Village Board members took initial steps last week toward closing the village’s Tax Incremental Finance district, which is the second-oldest in Wisconsin.
Arrabelle project plans get green light
CEDARBURG — The Arrabelle apartment building plans for architecture, lighting and landscaping, along with a few other necessary items, received unanimous approval.
Arrowhead students take first at Special Education Job Olympics 02-13-2018
TOWN OF MERTON — Making sure students leave high school with a set of employable workforce skills is an ongoing battle. Trends in what skills are needed come and and go.
Prestwick Group needs 6 of 7 council votes 02-13-2018
DELAFIELD — The Prestwick Group will need affirmative votes from 6 of 7 Common Council members on two key issues to develop a new corporate headquarters on 28 acres of land near the interchange of Hwy. C and Interstate 94.
Adding local flair 02-13-2018
WAUWATOSA — Malls aren’t known for their collection of local stores, but BLiNK Artisan Boutique owner Lori Reed hopes her store’s success at Mayfair Mall is part of a larger trend.
Local officials face new zoning laws
TOWN OF DELAFIELD — A state Supreme Court decision involving a mine in a small Western Wisconsin town has triggered the adoption of a new state zoning law that is impacting communities in Waukesha County, particularly in Lake Country.
Plans to revitalize mall’s south end moving forward 02-11-2018
BROOKFIELD — Brookfield Square Mall’s south end will soon look entirely different, city officials say.
Oconomowoc chamber hires new director 02-10-2018
OCONOMOWOC - The Oconomowoc Chamber of Commerce will welcome Cherie Sonsalla as its new executive director next week.
Salon coming to shops at Frontier Hall
WAUKESHA - A new business is coming to the shops at Frontier Hall.
West Bend Downtown BID allocates marketing budget for 2018 02-09-2018
In a continuation of the discussion from the January meeting, members of the Downtown Business Improvement District have determined they will spend for marketing, but allow others to decide on the specifics of the plan.
Oshkosh Defense gets $476 million contract from U.S. Army
OSHKOSH — Oshkosh Defense, LLC, a part of the Oshkosh Corporation, announced that the U.S. Army has awarded it a contract worth about $476 million for tactical vehicles.
Mt. Pleasant to make offers to Foxconn property owners
RACINE — The southeastern Wisconsin village that will be the location of Foxconn Technology Group’s massive manufacturing complex is offering local homeowners 140 percent of fair market value for their property and landowners $50,000 per acre.
R&R Insurance Services acquires Hanson Benefits, Inc. 02-09-2018
WAUKESHA —R& R Insurance Services, Inc. announced it has acquired Hanson Benefits Inc., a locally owned and independent insurance broker in Appleton.
Fiserv reports net income of $546 million 02-08-2018
BROOKFIELD — Fiserv Inc. (FISV) on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $546 million.
Condo project raises questions about zoning 02-08-2018
CEDARBURG — Should the last remaining industrial parcel in Cedarburg be rezoned so that plans can move forward for a higher-end condominium project or should it remain status quo until the city opens up more available land in its new industrial park?
Generac launches new outdoor power equipment line 02-08-2018
TOWN OF GENESEE — Generac is launching a new product line of power outdoor equipment created for commercial users, such as landscape contractors, and for rental applications.
Wisconsin exports increase 6% in 2017 02-08-2018
MADISON — Wisconsin exported 6.1 percent more goods in 2017 than the year before, much of which went to Canada, Mexico, and China.
Serious car accident 26 years ago leads to design company’s birth 02-08-2018
WAUKESHA — Twenty-six years ago after a serious car accident, Kathy Thiel started ArtLine out of necessity.
Fiserv selling interest in Lending Solutions business 02-08-2018
BROOKFIELD — Fiserv, Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to sell majority interest of its Lending Solutions business to Warburg Pincus LLC, a leading global private equity firm.
Moratorium considered on new residential developments 02-08-2018
TOWN OF DELAFIELD — A moratorium on new residential developments in the town may be imposed until the Town Board adopts a new ordinance regulating the issuance of conditional use permits.
Local businesswoman finds more than one way to give back to the community 02-07-2018
In business, coaching, and volunteer work, Anne Slattery is making a mark as a community leader.
Dunkin’ Donuts planned near St. Vinny’s 02-07-2018
WAUKESHA — Waukesha will soon be getting another Dunkin’ Donuts.
Luxury fitness center coming to The Corridor 02-07-2018
BROOKFIELD — A new approach to health and wellness is coming to Brookfield in the form of Life Time, a healthy living, healthy aging and healthy entertainment destination, that will be located in The Corridor off of Bluemound Road.
Two businesses move to Lisbon 02-07-2018
LISBON — Two new tenants, Vividlink Print Solutions and Wisconsin Custom Metal Fabrications, are moving into the business park located near the intersection of Indian Grass Lane and Highway 164 near the center of the town.
Public hearing approved for Milwaukee Tool TIF near headquarters in Brookfield 02-07-2018
BROOKFIELD — A proposal to create a new tax increment district in Brookfield near the Milwaukee Tool headquarters on Lisbon Road for a $35 million expansion project was met with skepticism at a Common Council meeting Tuesday night.
Judge dismisses lawsuit over ungraded butter ban 02-06-2018
MADISON, Wis. — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by an Ohio dairy operation against Wisconsin officials over the state's ban on the sale of ungraded butter.
Waukesha Metal Products installs new laser at its Grafton fabrication facility 02-06-2018
GRAFTON — Waukesha Metal Products, a metal stamping and fabrication business, has installed the Mitsubishi SR-F40 laser at its fabrication facility in Grafton.
Employees at SPI Lighting get day off due to tax cut 02-06-2018
MEQUON — SPI Lighting, a manufacturer of commercial lighting fixtures, announced it will reward its employees with an extra day off in 2018.
Xenia Gallery closing in Mequon 02-06-2018
MEQUON — The owners of Xenia Gallery, which features gifts, jewelry and home décor items, recently announced the store will close.
Dove Plaza disputing Slinger property tax assessment 02-06-2018
SLINGER — The next meeting between village officials and the owners of the Dove Plaza strip mall could be in court.
A fashion jetsetter returns home 02-06-2018
WAUKESHA — She had nothing but “a suitcase and a dream.” A few days after graduating from college, Kristin Hunzinger, known as “Kit”, purchased a one-way ticket to New York City.
Business alliance urging EPA to lift stricter emissions for county 02-06-2018
WAUKESHA COUNTY — The Waukesha County Business Alliance has sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urging the department to remove Racine, Waukesha and Washington counties from an ozone non-attainment area that it says would unfairly halt economic growth in the region.
Barnwood Conservancy gains key approvals 02-06-2018
TOWN OF LISBON – Developers of the Barnwood Conservancy residential development near the intersection of Lake Five Road and Silver Spring Drive gained some key approvals from the Plan Commission.
Hartland projects in progress 02-03-2018
HARTLAND — The village has multiple projects in the works including a proposed condominium development on the northeast side, a plan to realign Highway KE, new outdoor benches downtown and beautifying the village’s water towers, according to a Jan. 15 Plan Commission agenda.
Brookfield area having new-business boom 02-03-2018
BROOKFIELD — With the opening of 22 new businesses at The Corners of Brookfield last year and a major redevelopment of Brookfield Square Mall’s south end on the horizon, the Brookfield area is seeing a boom in new business and construction projects.
Condo developer seeking committee approval Monday
NEW BERLIN — The Architectural Review Committee on Monday will review a proposal to build New Berlin Villas, a 20-unit condominium development on West Honeyager Drive.
Wages up by most in 8 years as US adds a robust 200K jobs  02-02-2018
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added a robust 200,000 jobs in January, and wages rose at the fastest pace in more than eight years, encouraging trends that suggest that the economy may accelerate this year.
Pub inside Clarke Hotel has name change 02-02-2018
WAUKESHA — The bar inside The Clarke Hotel in downtown Waukesha has a new name — Five Points Pub — named after the famous intersection it stands by.
Qdoba opens remodeled store in Waukesha 02-02-2018
WAUKESHA —The Qdoba location on Meadow Lane near Silvernail Road has reopened after being remodeled.
Waters exiting as Pewaukee chamber president
PEWAUKEE —The Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce is searching for a new president after Nancy Waters announced she will be leaving the role earlier this week.
Novo Group announces merger to create full-service firm
BROOKFIELD — Novo Group, Inc., a national recruiting firm based in Brookfield, has merged with Xcellero Leadership, a Naperville, Ill,-based leadership and organizational development firm, to combine their collective expertise and tools and expand talent consulting offerings, according to a Thursday announcement.
Summit officials OK agreements for Pabst Farms subdivision 02-02-2018
SUMMIT — After meeting behind closed doors for more than an hour, Summit officials on Thursday gave the developer of a multi-phased, Pabst Farms-based subdivision the green light to proceed.
Condos rising 02-01-2018
OCONOMOWOC — In the forefront on Tuesday, construction equipment waits ready for work to continue on the Fowler Lake Village condominium and business development.
Super Bowl fans in for a treat 02-01-2018
MINNEAPOLIS — The dining room at The Burg may have only sat a mere fraction of the people Albert Yee expects to serve this Sunday, but he’s got his game face on and is ready to go.
CUW students guide Thiensville owners on social media 02-01-2018
THIENSVILLE — A partnership involving Thiensville businesses and Concordia University Wisconsin has become a win-win proposition.
BMO Harris Bank announces plans for investing in employees, communities 02-01-2018
BMO Harris Bank announced Tuesday, following the tax reform package recently signed into law, it is increasing the minimum wage it pays employees — effective immediately — to $15 per hour and plans to raise its level of community giving.
Kohler Credit Union branch coming to West Bend Meijer, plan to open in April 02-01-2018
Kohler Credit Union, which is celebrating its 80th year in 2018, is expanding to the West Bend area.
Prestwick wins key votes 02-01-2018
DELAFIELD — Although the Prestwick Group won some key votes during a nearly four-hour Plan Commission meeting Wednesday night, the Sussex-based company’s plans to build a corporate headquarters near the interchange of Hwy C and Interstate 94 still face some major obstacles.
Residents oppose commercial development at Prospect Hill School site in New Berlin 02-01-2018
NEW BERLIN — The City Hall Council Chambers were nearly full Tuesday evening as roughly 75 residents crammed inside to hear about a proposal to raze Prospect Hill Elementary School and build self-storage and business condominiums in its place.
Kimberly-Clark's workforce cuts include 600 in Wisconsin
NEENAH, Wis. — Kimberly-Clark's plan to make deep cuts in its workforce involves hundreds of employees in Wisconsin.
Ace Hardware opens in G’town 01-31-2018
GERMANTOWN — After two years of looking, Ben Gil found a third home for his chain of Ace Hardware stores in Germantown.
Berengaria Development acquires 239K square-foot retail center 01-31-2018
Berengaria Development, a portfolio company of Marcus Investments, announced Tuesday it has acquired Grafton Commons for an undisclosed price.
Milwaukee Tool expansion incentives approved by development authority
BROOKFIELD — Brookfield Community Development Authority members had nothing but good things to say about Milwaukee Tool Corporation at a meeting Tuesday and unanimously passed a request to create a new tax increment district for the construction of a new office building near its headquarters on Lisbon Road.
Mukwonago has residential, retail, commercial projects on horizon 01-31-2018
MUKWONAGO — Village officials have several residential, retail and commercial projects in the pipeline to not only attract a growing millennial population but also cater to the many economic classes and lifestyle choices of those living in the community, according to Village Administrator John Weidl.
Condos pitched for 164 and Glendale Road 01-31-2018
TOWN OF WAUKESHA — Developer and Waukesha Town Chairman John Marek is seeking approval to turn a roughly 20-acre swath of farmland off Highway 164, south of Glendale Road, into a 40-unit condo development.
HHS credit union branch opens 01-30-2018
MEQUON — Kohler Credit Union, in partnership with the Mequon-Thiensville School District, opened its Homestead High School branch to students and faculty in early January.
‘New name, new start’ 01-30-2018
GRAFTON — The Crossfit in Grafton, formerly Crossfit Unbroken, has been relabeled as Ozaukee Crossfit, but people who call that their workout home can look forward to still having their gym, classes and trainers.
CDA recommends special taxing district 01-30-2018
CEDARBURG — Faced with the prospect of starting over in the efforts to bring redevelopment to the former St. Francis Borgia school site in downtown Cedarburg and hearing that the project’s financing was now contingent upon TIF assistance, Cedarburg Mayor Kip Kinzel succinctly summed up the mood of Thursday night’s Community Development Authority.
Farm challenged to be creative 01-30-2018
When dairy farmers John and Kim Koepke began to feel the pinch of rising land prices from country estates and hobby farms, later known as Koepke Family Farms in the towns of Ashippun and Oconomowoc, they knew it was time to get creative.
Optometric boutique opens in Hartland
HARTLAND — French Impressionist painter Claude Monet is known for his series paintings, in which his observations of the same subject, viewed at various times of the day, are captured in numerous sequences.
Silvernail Road Metro Market to open Wednesday 01-30-2018
WAUKESHA — The city’s very first Metro Market is slated to open with a in-store celebration at noon on Wednesday at 2160 Silvernail Road.
Mayors: Cooperation key to region’s growth, success 01-28-2018
PEWAUKEE — The need for a more regional approach to economic development in southeastern Wisconsin emerged as the central theme of a Waukesha County Business Alliance discussion Friday morning with Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
'It's not dumb, dirty and dangerous'
BROOKFIELD - Amid the backdrop of a well-publicized skilled labor shortage, local business leaders gathered for a symposium Friday to discuss the state of the manufacturing industry in Southeastern Wisconsin.
US economy grew at solid 2.6 percent rate in fourth quarter 01-26-2018
WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at a solid rate of 2.6 percent in the final three months of last year, helped by the fastest consumer spending since the spring of 2016 and a big rebound in home construction.
Mukwonago village officials boast 2017 achievements and projects on the horizon 01-26-2018
MUKWONAGO — At Mukwonago’s 6th annual State of the Village Breakfast, growth and development carried most of the conversation as Village President Fred Winchowky and Village Administrator John Weidl addressed community members, business owners and village officials.
Ellenbecker adds tax and accounting division 01-26-2018
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — Ellenbecker Investment Group announced it has added in-house tax and accounting services.
MSI General to help with Zoomlion expansion 01-26-2018
OCONOMOWOC — MSI General Corporation will design and construct an expansion for internationally owned Zoomlion Heavy Industry NA, Inc. in Yorkville.
Oshkosh reports 1Q profit of $56.4M 01-26-2018
OSHKOSH — Oshkosh Corp. (OSK) on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $56.4 million.
Resources available for those affected by layoffs in Waukesha County 01-25-2018
PEWAUKEE —The loss of a job can be a scary and uncertain time, but Laura Catherman, president of the Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development Board, wants people to know there are resources available.
A community that supports shopping local 01-25-2018
OCONOMOWOC — Lori Boldig and her husband, Tom, have been co-presidents of the Downtown Oconomowoc Business Association since 2015.
Summit puts brakes on event barn proposal 01-25-2018
SUMMIT — Summit has put the brakes on a proposed event barn after strong opposition by area residents.
Redeveloping Olympia and Summit Avenue Corridor 01-25-2018
OCONOMOWOC — For decades Olympia Resort and aspects of its property have been in flux — and now with the closure of the resort itself, city officials are looking at what’s next.
Condo project will get sewer service 01-25-2018
MEQUON — An upscale condominium development took a step closer to reality last week.
Grafton Commons North review reveals minor changes
GRAFTON — The Grafton Plan Commission heard few new updates on the proposed concept for Grafton Commons North at Tuesday’s meeting.
Proposed Slinger self-storage project granted CUP 01-25-2018
A fourth attempt at receiving approval from Slinger’s Plan Commission for the construction of a self-storage facility has gained Commission support.
Wisconsin unsure how Kimberly-Clark cuts will affect jobs
NEENAH — Wisconsin employees of Kimberly- Clark are hoping their jobs will be spared in the paper giant’s latest round of layoffs, which include 5,500 workers.
No major changes anticipated this tax-filing season 01-25-2018
OCONOMOWOC — For the average filer, few year-over-year changes should be on the horizon as tax preparation season for 2017 earned income gets underway.
Calico Corners donates remnants to schools 01-24-2018
BROOKFIELD — The old adage of “waste not, want not” offers an apt description of the philanthropic efforts at Calico Corners.
‘WE’RE STILL HERE’ 01-24-2018
BROOKFIELD — After decades near the top of a heap of department stores, J.C. Penney is grasping for ways to stay relevant in a changing retail landscape. But at J.C. Penney in Brookfield — reaching its 50th anniversary this month — a major milestone allows for a celebratory reprieve from the company’s uncertain future.
Wisconsin Assembly passes bill legalizing lemonade stands
MADISON — The Wisconsin Assembly has approved a bill that would legalize children's lemonade stands.
A vet with a difference 01-23-2018
THIENSVILLE — Pet owners know that a trip to the veterinarian is not something that most pets, or their humans, typically enjoy. It can be anxiety-inducing for everyone involved, especially when claws and teeth are involved.
Grafton-based SEEK Professionals acquires Twin Cities-area career firm 01-23-2018
GRAFTON — SEEK Professionals, headquartered in Grafton, announced last week it has acquired Minneapolis-based Career Professionals Inc.
New Concordia academic building OK’d
MEQUON — Plans for a new academic building on the Concordia University Wisconsin campus received quick and enthusiastic approval Jan. 15 from the Mequon Planning Commission.
Grafton Commons North to get review tonight 01-23-2018
GRAFTON — The Grafton Commons North project will be back before the Grafton Plan Commission tonight, six months after the developer withdrew its original proposal prior to the village’s review.
Quarry applications withdrawn 01-23-2018
CEDARBURG — After more than five hours of public comment and debate that stretched between two separate meetings, and a tie vote resulting in no recommendation from the town of Cedarburg Plan Commission, expansion plans for Jackson’s Lannon Stone Quarry were ultimately scuttled on Friday.
Wisconsin farmers prepare for food safety law changes
MADISON — Wisconsin agriculture officials are getting ready for changes to federal food safety laws that will affect vegetable and fruit growers.
Farmers huddle with accountants over tax cut law 01-23-2018
On Dec. 22, President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Farmers are beginning to find out what those cuts might mean to those in agriculture.
SERVPRO extends PGA sponsorship through 2020 01-23-2018
WAUKESHA — SERVPRO announced Monday it has extended its sponsorship with the PGA Tour through the 2020 season.
Jackson’s Evolve Brands seeks to acquire snack company 01-23-2018
JACKSON — Newly created Evolve Brands LLC, a health-focused snack holding company, announced Monday that it has a conditional agreement to purchase two healthy snacking brands: Gorilly Goods based in Jackson and Supernola based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
SkipperBud’s expands storage facilities to Nashotah 01-23-2018
NASHOTAH — Skipper-Bud’s, the northern Illinois- based boat sales and storage company, has purchased the building and grounds of Lake Country Christian Academy near the Nashotah Village Hall off Lakeland Drive and has built several storage facilities on the property, according to Skipper Bud’s Marina Operation Manager Todd Suchomel.
Neighborhood meeting set for Prospect Hill School redevelopment plan 01-23-2018
NEW BERLIN — Vacant with a history of vandalism, Prospect Hill Elementary School could soon be torn down and the site redeveloped — more than a decade after students last walked its halls.
JC Penney in Brookfield Square celebrating its 50th anniversary 01-21-2018
BROOKFIELD -Though the landscape of shopping has changed drastically over the last half-century, JC Penney in Brookfield Square Mall has persisted and, somehow, managed to stay relevant in the lives of people in the greater Milwaukee area for 50 years.
Hacienda Vieja closes in Oconomowoc 01-21-2018
OCONOMOWOC — The Mexican restaurant with a great view, Hacienda Vieja, has closed in Oconomowoc.
Payroll's progress 01-20-2018
DELAFIELD — The technological revolution has resulted in a makeover for the payroll industry. “The days of employees wanting to get their check stub on a Friday and take it to the bank have kind of gone away,” said John Feaman, president at Integrated Payroll Services, or IPS, a payroll and human capital management services business headquartered in Delafield.
Waukesha soccer club becomes part of ROC Ventures
WAUKESHA — Soccer club SC Waukesha has agreed to merge with Prospect Training Academy, a baseball academy in southeastern Wisconsin and also a member of the ROC Ventures family of brands.
Into the Shark Tank 01-20-2018
WAUKESHA — On television, the show “Shark Tank” portrays the nerve-wracking journeys entrepreneurs go through as they seek an investment in their businesses from one of the well known “sharks,” who are experts in various business industries. 
Drexel Town Square adds medical services, competition to South Shore
OAK CREEK — Froedtert Medical Center, on the Milwaukee and Wauwatosa border, is making major inroads into the southern suburbs. 
Rytec purchases former Steel Craft building in Hartford 01-19-2018
HARTFORD — There is more positive economic news for the city. Rytec Corp., a leading manufacturer of high-speed doors for industrial and commercial use, has purchased the former Steel Craft building in Hartford and plans to begin additional production work there soon.
A decade of veggie cuisine 01-19-2018
BROOKFIELD — Sprouting from a personal need for healthy food and nutrition, Cafe Manna’s founder Robin Kasch will celebrate her restaurant’s 10-year anniversary next month.
Wisconsin companies create more recyclable direct mail packaging 01-19-2018
SUSSEX — Wisconsin-based companies Quad/Graphics and WS Packaging Group have partnered with REI Co-Op to create a solution to the problem of film backing left on catalogs that limits the ability to recycle an entire direct mail catalog.
Wisconsin’s employment is at all-time high 01-19-2018
WAUKESHA — The 3 percent unemployment rate in December tied for the lowest rate on record and the number of people employed is at an all-time high, according to data released Thursday by the Department of Workforce Development.
Froedtert Health buys LifeCare Hospital building 01-19-2018
WAUKESHA — Froedtert Health has purchased the LifeCare Hospital building at 2400 Golf Road in Waukesha from HCRI Properties, LLC. for $30.6 million.
Mequon’s Foxtown clears more hurdles 01-18-2018
MEQUON — Plans for the Foxtown project in the Mequon Town Center neighborhood have taken several big strides recently.
Grafton business park takes step forward 01-18-2018
GRAFTON — The village of Grafton is moving forward in planning a business park for 114 acres off on Ulao Road and Highway C.
Casey’s General Store proposes Hartford location 01-18-2018
Another convenience store could be coming soon to Hartford. At its most recent meeting, the Hartford Plan Commission approved a concept plan for the possible construction of a Casey’s General Store on a 2.2-acre property on the northwest corner of the intersection of Highway 60 and Liberty Avenue.
Ixonia Bank opens second Oconomowoc branch 01-18-2018
TOWN OF OCONOMOWOC — This week Ixonia Bank opened its second branch in Oconomowoc in the Oconomowoc Lakes Plaza, W359-N5002 Brown St., Town of Oconomowoc.
Farrow on GE: ‘Our goal is keep them’  01-18-2018
WAUKESHA — As investors speculate whether General Electric’s financial woes will lead to a wholesale breakup of the company, local leaders are working to ensure that whatever future awaits the corporate titan includes Waukesha County.
Lake Country Foods to close mid-March, lay off 91 01-18-2018
OCONOMOWOC — Lake Country Foods announced Tuesday its plan to permanently close the plant in Oconomowoc — formerly owned by Nestle and Carnation — in two months and lay off its 91 employees.
Walker unveils $20M technology job training initiative 01-17-2018
MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin will spend $20 million on a job training program with colleges and universities designed to prepare people for electronics manufacturing jobs.
Wisconsin budget forecast improves by $138 million 01-17-2018
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin's state budget is now projected to end with $138 million more than previously thought when it cleared the Legislature last year.
SCORE offers tips, guidance for aspiring entrepreneurs
Establishing a business or expanding an existing one can be a daunting task for even the most seasoned veterans. There are logistics, marketing and financial decisions that can overwhelm an individual.
Mukwonago seeks remedy for vehicle congestion 01-17-2018
MUKWONAGO — Now that plans to alleviate traffic in Mukwonago have become a focus for the Downtown Strategic Plan Steering Committee, how feasible is a Highway 83 reroute, what would it cost and how might a different route affect business in the village?
Blain’s Farm & Fleet expands into Michigan 01-17-2018
JANESVILLE — On Tuesday, Blain’s Farm & Fleet announced it plans to open locations in Michigan in 2018.
Boston Market closes in Brookfield 01-17-2018
BROOKFIELD — Fans of rotisserie chicken and side dishes will need to look for an alternative for dinner since Boston Market closed on Bluemound Road.
Wisconsin relied on NAFTA for 2016 exports 01-17-2018
MADISON — Nearly half of Wisconsin’s dairy, fruit and vegetable exports went to Canada and Mexico last year, raising concerns amid the uncertain future of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Waukesha Common Council gives condo proposal initial approval 01-17-2018
WAUKESHA — A proposal to create a six-unit condo development on a vacant patch of land near the northwest corner of East Main Street and Perkins Avenue has gained initial Common Council approval.
Wright House campus expanding in Mequon 01-16-2018
MEQUON — A second phase of the Wright House senior living campus on Mequon Road is now under construction with a target opening date of June.
To TIF or not to TIF 01-16-2018
OZAUKEE COUNTY — Tax incremental financing has become a prevalent development tool in the area, though how often and how the special tax districts are used is not always the same.
Blair Fire Protection to move into Butler building 01-16-2018
BUTLER — A 32,720-square-foot building in Butler was recently sold and part of it will be home to Blair Fire Protection.
Work begins on Racine mall revitalization project 01-16-2018
RACINE — Work has begun on a multi-million dollar transformation of a once-thriving mall in southeast Wisconsin.
Report: 2017 was best year for home sales since 2005
WAUKESHA — Home sales in 2017 not only outperformed 2016, but last year was also the best for residential real estate since 2005, according to a report released Monday by the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors.
Changes coming in Delafield: Tadpoles kids shop to close, Element Style to relocate 01-13-2018
DELAFIELD — Change is coming to longtime downtown Delafield businesses. Tadpoles, a Unique Boutique for Kids, will be closing after the owners announced their retirement and Element Style will move into their vacated space.
No one shows at Barnwood hearing
TOWN OF LISBON — Town Chairman Joe Osterman was surprised — perhaps even shocked — as he gazed at a virtually empty Town Hall meeting room before a public hearing Thursday night relating to the controversial Barnwood residential development.
As Olympia closes, mayor anticipates future development
OCONOMOWOC — Although Oconomowoc may feel the impact of a community sans Olympia Resort: Hotel, Spa & Conference Center, Mayor Dave Nold is optimistic that new plans will bring vibrancy to the Summit Avenue Corridor.
Waukesha considering purchase of blighted strip mall 01-13-2018
WAUKESHA — The city of Waukesha has made an offer to purchase the long-blighted, vacant strip mall across from City Hall.
Downtown West Bend BID board talks upcoming marketing plan 01-12-2018
For two years, members of the Business Improvement District had been subsidizing advertising activities designed to promote downtown West Bend and the retailers that line the streets.
Village seeking developers for proposed Sugden Farms business park 01-12-2018
MUKWONAGO — Village officials have been actively searching for businesses to develop the village’s proposed Tax Incremental Finance District number 5 (TID #5) or Sugden Farms business park, which will be located on the Sugden Farms property just south of the Highway 83/43 interchange near Wolf Run and Dewey Drive, according to Village Administrator John Weidl.
Book World to close in West Bend 01-12-2018
WEST BEND — Book World’s West Bend location, 1602 S. Main St., will close Jan. 19, according to a news release from store manager Robert Burg.
Komppa Machinery Group acquired by private business owner 01-12-2018
BROOKFIELD — Greg Knight, a Milwaukee-based business owner, acquired Komppa Machinery Group Inc., a Brookfield-based manufacturer of roll forming machinery.
Walmart boosts starting pay, closing dozens of Sam's Clubs 01-11-2018
NEW YORK — Walmart, the world's largest private employer, is boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers to $11 an hour and handing out one-time cash bonuses.
CUW submits plans for new building
MEQUON — Concordia University Wisconsin will take its first formal step with the city of Mequon Monday toward a new building for its School of Business and other departments.
St. Paul Fish Co. joins Spur 16 01-11-2018
MEQUON — St. Paul Fish Co. will open its second restaurant this summer in one of the historic buildings in Spur 16, the planned second phase of the Mequon Town Center.
City of West Bend takes over grant to improve downtown store fronts 01-11-2018
West Bend business owners and retailers who want to improve or upgrade the appearance of their store fronts can petition city officials for the necessary funding.
Commission delays vote on proposed Casey’s 01-11-2018
OCONOMOWOC — After fielding a litany of concerns from nearby residents, an Oconomowoc panel has tabled its review of a proposed gas station and convenience store near the city’s easterly gateway off Highway 16.
Image Makers to move from downtown Waukesha to Brookfield 01-11-2018
WAUKESHA — Image Makers Advertising will move from its home of nearly 20 years in downtown Waukesha to a building in Brookfield next month.
CycleBar to open in Brookfield on Monday 01-11-2018
BROOKFIELD — Fast-paced indoor cycle classes will soon be offered at The Corners when CycleBar Brookfield opens Monday.
Sears’ Wisconsin store closings will affect 102 workers
BROOKFIELD — Sears Holdings notified the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development on Wednesday that it will be closing its stores in Brookfield and Green Bay and 102 workers will lose their jobs.
Condo project pitched 01-11-2018
WAUKESHA — A local developer is hoping to transform a vacant patch of land near the northwest corner of East Main Street and Perkins Avenue into a six-condo development.
Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc to close 01-11-2018
OCONOMOWOC — Olympia Resort: Hotel, Spa & Conference Center in Oconomowoc is closing Jan. 31, management told the Oconomowoc Rotary Club Monday night.
Young professionals week expanding into Waukesha
MILWAUKEE — The social architecture firm NEWaukee is expanding its program for young professionals in the Milwaukee area dubbed YPWeek into 28 new communities.
AT&T drops plans to carry Huawei smartphones after concerns raised over Chinese spying 01-09-2018
Chinese smartphone maker Huawei had been looking for a way to crack into the U.S. market, and it thought it had finally found a partner in Dallas-based carrier AT&T.
John Mielke leaves lasting legacy 01-09-2018
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — Most of his work took place behind the public eye, but many of John Mielke’s accomplishments are readily recognizable.
One-of-a-kind selection 01-09-2018
CEDARBURG — Catherine Fleischer, owner of the newly opened Elements Unleashed in the former Rustic Palate, isn’t new to the boutique business, but she is new to Cedarburg. And there’s a little secret involved there.
PJ Piper purple awning perplexes
CEDARBURG – On a split 4-2 vote, and against the recommendation of the Historic Preservation Commission, the Cedarburg Plan Commission voted last week to issue a certificate of appropriateness for the new PJ Piper Pancake House awning.
Cedarburg senior living campus moves forward 01-09-2018
CEDARBURG – Though the project first surfaced three years ago, plans for an approved senior living center on Wauwatosa Road moved forward last week with a new slate of developers.
Support for quarry expansion mixed 01-09-2018
CEDARBURG — With the seats filled and residents lining the walls, the Cedarburg Town Board last week listened to divided input during a public hearing on requests that would ultimately allow the Dawson Family Trust to expand the Jackson Quarry into Ozaukee County.
Casey’s General Store proposed for Oconomowoc 01-09-2018
OCONOMOWOC — A convenience store that also sells gasoline has been proposed for the northeast corner of East Wisconsin Avenue and Lapham Street in Oconomowoc.
Corix Utility Services changes name to Tribus Services
WAUWATOSA — Corix Utility Services announced Monday it is changing its name in order to be able to expand its operations.
Business partners announce new wealth management firm 01-09-2018
WAUKESHA — Jannsen Wealth Management and R& R Insurance Services Inc. announced Monday that as of Jan. 1, Jannsen Wealth Management became R& R Wealth Management LLC.
Kohl's joins holiday party, dept. stores show staying power 01-08-2018
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. — Kohl's put up big sales numbers throughout November and December, joining other department stores in a much needed holiday rally for traditional retailers.
A different kind of cold brew 01-07-2018
WAUKESHA – Waukesha native Johnny Ferrell was about to start a new venture – a coconut-based nondairy creamer – when he decided to see what kind of preservation effect coconut oil might have on coffee beans.
Hitting the right note 01-06-2018
BROOKFIELD - In the months ahead, budding musicians will have a new venue to hone their skills alongside experts in the field.
US employers closed out 2017 with modest but steady hiring 01-05-2018
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added 148,000 jobs in December, a modest gain but still enough to suggest that the economy entered the new year with solid momentum.
Prestwick drops assembly plant plans 01-05-2018
DELAFIELD - Citing changes in their business model, the Prestwick Group has withdrawn plans for a 63,000-square foot light assembly plant in Delafield and instead may be seeking in the near future twice as much manufacturing and storage capacity somewhere else in Lake Country.
West Bend officials vote to vacate areas near former brewery after request from developer 01-05-2018
West Bend officials are one step closer to jettisoning portions of the right of way in the northeastern part of the city, clearing one hurdle to allow future development at the location.
Inventory of housing options underway in Hartford 01-05-2018
The ribbon cutting for another new housing development in Hartford, along with other recently completed similar projects, have prompted city officials to begin an inventory of how many apartments are available in Hartford and at what rate.
Wisconsin Veterans Network named WaterStone Bank’s technology sponsor 01-05-2018
WAUWATOSA — A three-year commitment of $15,000 per annum by The Water-Stone Bank Foundation to Wisconsin Veterans Network as its new technology sponsor was announced Thursday.
Brookfield native opens chiropractic practice in hometown 01-05-2018
BROOKFIELD — Brookfield native Victoria Sandstrom has returned to the city to open a chiropractic practice at 21150 W. Capitol Drive, Suite 5.
Construction begins at The Parc on Lac La Belle 01-05-2018
OCONOMOWOC — Construction began on The Parc on Lac La Belle condominiums, 200 W. Wisconsin Ave., following a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday afternoon.
Waukesha’s Gander Mountain to reopen in spring 01-05-2018
WAUKESHA — An “available” sign may still hang outside the empty Gander Mountain location in Waukesha, but the building will again provide outdoor enthusiasts with an array of products this spring.
Sears to close its Brookfield Square store in mid-March
BROOKFIELD — Sears Holdings Corp. will close its namesake location at Brookfield Square in mid-March, company officials announced Thursday.
Pickups, SUVs and crossovers dominated strong auto sales in 2017 01-04-2018
LOS ANGELES — Robot vehicles might rip apart the business model of the car industry in the coming years, but for now, automakers are still selling lots of cars and light trucks.
Parcel eyed for business park 01-04-2018
GRAFTON — Movement may finally be happening on potential business park development in Grafton. Just over two years ago in December 2015, Grafton village officials hired NAI MLG Commercial to assist them in researching potential locations and feasibility for a new business park.
Janesville’s OfficePro purchases Elkhorn Chemical & Packaging 01-04-2018
JANESVILLE — Elkhorn Chemical & Packaging has been acquired by OfficePro in Janesville, according to an announcement.
Nothing Bundt Cakes to hold grand-opening events 01-04-2018
BROOKFIELD — New Brookfield business Nothing Bundt Cakes will hold several grand-opening events starting today.
Venturedyne acquires Lakewood Fab Tech 01-04-2018
PEWAUKEE — Venturedyne, Ltd., a holding company for eight manufacturing, sales, and service companies, announced it has reached an agreement to purchase Lakewood Fab Tech of Holland, Michigan.
Development in all sectors 01-03-2018
MUKWONAGO — Over this past year, Mukwonago has seen an influx in the number of businesses from big-brand names like Starbucks and Qdoba to mom-and-pop shops like the Green Rabbit and the Feather and Fringe.
Qdoba’s grand opening in Mukwonago 01-03-2018
MUKWONAGO — The new Qdoba at 885 S. Rochester St. in Mukwonago has been open since early December, but the official ribbon cutting will take place today at 10:30 a.m., according to the Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce.
Hargarten: The artist behind Sprecher tapper handles 01-03-2018
CEDARBURG — When Mark Hargarten walks into a bar in southeastern Wisconsin, or rather any bar that serves Sprecher beer, he’s likely to see something familiar: a tapper handle that was conceived, designed and crafted in his own Cedarburg back yard, with his own hands.
Tourist rooming house proposed for downtown Cedarburg 01-02-2018
CEDARBURG — Out & Out Custard owner Eric Fix is looking to expand his local business footprint to include a tourist rooming house.
Downtown stores in flux 01-02-2018
CEDARBURG — With the start of the new year, a number of changes are taking place in Cedarburg’s downtown shopping district.
County may forgive Amcast taxes 01-02-2018
CEDARBURG — The county could forgive taxes to help Cedarburg’s efforts to have the Amcast property redeveloped.
Lake Shore Eye Care Professionals join Madison Medical Affiliates 01-02-2018
The doctors and staff of Lake Shore Eye Care Professionals in Mequon joined Madison Medical Affiliates Inc.
Gehl Foods’ expansion named a top project 01-02-2018
The expansion of the Gehl Foods facility in Germantown was named by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation as one of the state’s top economic development projects in 2017.
Small business owners say 2018 looks bright 01-02-2018
WAUKESHA — With a new year beginning, small business owners in Oconomowoc and Waukesha are reflecting on the year, a changing political landscape and new consumer trends.
Two more hearings required for Barnwood 01-02-2018
TOWN OF LISBON — Two additional public hearings have been scheduled for the controversial 52-lot Barnwood Conservancy residential development near the corner of Lake Five and Silver Springs roads.
A review: While different, each restaurant connected 12-29-2017
The Dec. 22 edition of the Daily News was the final installment of the 10-week look at the 10 recommended restaurants, as voted on by Daily News readers, in Washington County. It ended with a profile of The Poplar Inn in West Bend.
Bittersweet Gifts and Accessories to close 12-29-2017
DELAFIELD — After nearly eight years of operation in downtown Delafield, Bittersweet Gifts and Accessories announced via its Facebook page that it will close.
Small fire temporarily closes Sendik’s on Meadowbrook 12-29-2017
WAUKESHA — The Waukesha Fire Department responded to a report of a small fire at Sendik’s Food Market on Meadowbrook Road around 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
Cedar Crest building addition underway 12-28-2017
A crane towers above the new building under construction at Cedar Crest Ice Cream, 7269 Highway 60, in the town of Cedarburg.
Walker says tax change will be $2,508 cut for typical family
MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker's administration says the typical family of four in Wisconsin will see a $2,508 tax cut under the recently passed Republican tax overhaul.
Start small, think big 12-27-2017
For most people, owning and operating a small business, such as a bar and restaurant, is an all-consuming venture that symbolizes the accomplishment of a goal. For the owners and operators of a recently opened West Bend restaurant however, opening the establishment is the next logical step in a much larger purpose.
Pat’s Rib Place expanding, tripling seating area 12-27-2017
WAUKESHA — Alisha Hayes, co-owner of Pat's Rib Place, says much of what her business does comes after customers request it, like their plan to expand the restaurant's dining area and make space for live blues music on weekends.
Real estate industry enjoys strong November 12-26-2017
CEDARBURG — Ozaukee County, the greater Milwaukee area – and for that matter, all of Wisconsin – enjoyed a strong November home sales market, according to a news release from the Ozaukee Realtors Association.
Local food pantries reap benefits of holiday train 12-26-2017
HARTLAND — Food panties in Hartland and Oconomowoc collected nearly 9,000 pounds of food and more than $10,000 in cash as part of the Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train program this holiday season.
Tex-A-Consin coming to Waukesha
WAUKESHA — Tex-A-Consin, a western-style mobile smokehouse and food truck owned by Waukesha County Technical College professor Todd Lewis and award-winning professional chef Terence Williams, is slated to hit the streets of Waukesha in mid-January, according to Williams.
Maysteel donates $20K to HUHS tech ed department 12-25-2017
A recent “very generous” donation will help Hartford Union High School make improvements in the school’s Tech Engineering Education Department.
'Something unique and different' 12-23-2017
THIENSVILLE - You might expect to find the just-opened Welltopia Pharmacy along a narrow shopping street in Italy, rather than smack-dab in the middle of downtown Thiensville.
Christmas arrives 'Under the Bridge' 12-23-2017
TOWN OF LISBON - A spontaneous outpouring of Christmas spirit in Waukesha and Washington counties is going to make the holiday season warmer and perhaps brighter for homeless people in Milwaukee.
Intimacy creates memories at Poplar Inn
Memories are made at The Poplar Inn, 518 Poplar St., West Bend. A lot of memories for that matter, which was one of the reasons it was selected as one of the 10 recommended restaurants in Washington County by Daily News readers in an informal poll.
GE donates 3-D printers to local schools 12-22-2017
WAUKESHA — More than 400 schools, including 16 in Wisconsin, received 3D printers as a part of the GE Additive Education Program, reaching more than 180,000 students around the globe.
Wisconsin unemployment drops to 3.2% in November
MADISON — Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is the lowest since 1999.
US economy grew at solid 3.2 percent rate in third quarter
WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.2 percent annual rate from July through September, slightly slower than previously estimated but still enough to give the country the best back-to-back quarterly growth rates in three years.
City panel reviews pair of condominium projects 12-21-2017
OCONOMOWOC — Plans for two condominium projects — one residential, the other commercial — are set to proceed in the city of Oconomowoc, following a panel’s recent series of decisions.
Glad You Asked That: Why has Arrabelle construction not started? 12-21-2017
Q. I read with interest in the June 29 issue of the News Graphic concerning Arrabelle to be built in Cedarburg. The article stated that “there are several components in the works and the goal is to get started as soon as possible.” Do you have any idea why clearing of the land and construction has not started?
Tattoo parlor OK’d for downtown Grafton 12-21-2017
GRAFTON — Grafton could be home to a tattoo parlor as early as next month.
Walker announces WEDC support for Cintas facility 12-21-2017
WEST BEND — Gov. Scott Walker announced Wednesday the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. will provide Cintas Corp. with up to $575,000 in state tax credits to support the construction of a facility in the Town of Greenville in Outagamie County.
WEDC recognizes Generac, other county firms for expansion projects 12-21-2017
TOWN OF GENESEE — Generac Power Systems’ $86.8 million expansion this year has landed it the number six spot on the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s list of the top 50 economic development projects of 2017.
Actuant beats Street 1Q forecasts 12-21-2017
MENOMONEE FALLS — Actuant Corp. on Wednesday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $5.2 million.
Third Space Brewing expansion to double capacity 12-21-2017
WAUKESHA — With an expansion planned to start in the spring, Milwaukee-based Third Space Brewing will be able to double its capacity to 7,500 barrels annually.
raSmith opens new office in Mount Pleasant 12-20-2017
BROOKFIELD — raSmith, a civil engineering and surveying firm based in Brookfield, announced it opened a new office in Mount Pleasant, the community where Foxconn will build its new manufacturing facility.
Tax bill a boon for business, says IBAW 12-20-2017
BROOKFIELD — The head of the Brookfield-based Independent Business Association of Wisconsin hailed the passage of the federal tax reform bill on Tuesday, saying it will put more money in the pockets of small businesses and their employees.
OED seeks sponsors for Outreach Event 12-19-2017
OZAUKEE COUNTY — Ozaukee Economic Development is looking for sponsors for its 2018 Outreach Event, which will take place Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Shully’s Cuisine & Events, 146 Green Bay Road in Thiensville.
Mequon looks to Town Center housing 12-19-2017
MEQUON — As Mequon’s Town Center continues to evolve into an area that includes expanded housing in addition to restaurants and retail, the city has turned an eye toward future housing development.
Aurora Mequon site acquired 12-19-2017
MEQUON — The Aurora East Mequon Surgery Center has been acquired by a Tennessee-based owner of medical office properties.
Town of Cedarburg to consider quarry district 12-19-2017
CEDARBURG – The town of Cedarburg Plan Commission will be discussing a request to rezone portions of two parcels (45.55 acres and 25.6 acres respectively) from agricultural and conservancy zoning to a quarrying district.
What makes Cedarburg tick? 12-19-2017
CEDARBURG — When Steve Chandler came to town early last week, he met some charming ladies visiting from West Bend who were in town for lunch, he snapped a few photos and made a stop at Amy’s Candy Kitchen … and that was only in his first two hours of his multi-day visit.
Texa-con-sin, a mobile BBQ smokehouse trailer, coming to area 12-19-2017
WAUKESHA — The streets of Waukesha will be redolent with the odor of smoked meat when Texa-con-sin, a new mobile barbecue smokehouse trailer, hits the road come January.
Making Wisconsin a workforce destination 12-18-2017
WAUKESHA — With industries facing tough waters recruiting qualified employees, local business leaders gathered Friday morning at Country Springs Hotel and Conference Center to talk about how best to attract millennials and other talent pools.
West Bend company sues Illinois company over forklift 12-17-2017
In 2015, Federal Tool & Engineering, a West Bend company, purchased a used fork lift from Illinois Lift Equipment Inc., which is now the subject of a lawsuit.
Opening nears for Two Brothers Wines in Richfield 12-17-2017
RICHFIELD — The three owners of Two Brothers Wines hope to have their business moved into a new location in the village in January with a grand opening possibly around Feb. 1.
Plane and simple 12-17-2017
As Andy Williams’ song goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” For travelers, airline ones specifically, the holidays can be a stressful one. A program sponsored by TSA aims to lower those stress levels.
Home away from home 12-16-2017
WAUKESHA - The House of Guinness has been part of the lives of Ian Cliffe and his brother-in-law Keith Kucharski since it opened in 2000.
Grant to help West Bend improve downtown storefronts
West Bend officials are preparing a process for assisting business owners and retailers who want to update the image they project to shoppers as they pass by.
Making the ordinary extraordinary 12-15-2017
COLGATE — Open less than a year, Joe Mama’s Bar and Grill, 4600 Highway Q, has quickly earned a following for its creativity on the menu.
Hartford marks opening of 84-unit apartment complex 12-15-2017
HARTFORD — A change in the city’s master plan in 2016 has allowed the construction of additional multi-family housing units in the city.
National Bakery & Deli comes to Brookfield 12-15-2017
BROOKFIELD — It’s a busy weekday morning at The Plaza shopping center in Brookfield.
Decade since recession: Thriving cities leave others behind 12-14-2017
As the nation's economy was still reeling from the body blow of the Great Recession, Seattle's was about to take off.
Construction exception sought for Summit subdivision 12-14-2017
SUMMIT — Building plans for the Lake Country Village subdivision were the subject of discussion at the Summit Village Board meeting this month, with trustees divided over whether to allow the developer to start construction with some infrastructure still in the works.
Dave’s Bagels’ last day is Saturday 12-14-2017
CEDARBURG — Dave’s Bagels will likely close its doors for good Saturday. Owner Dave Forrest said that is the day he is eyeing for his last day. He said it will be a difficult, but that he has no other choice.
Logemann dies a quick death 12-14-2017
MEQUON — For all the debate over the Logemann Center that consumed the Mequon Common Council for countless hours this year, the end was swift Tuesday.
Survey: Residents support downtown revitalization 12-14-2017
MUKWONAGO — A majority of residents in Mukwonago and surrounding municipalities have suggested that revitalizing downtown Mukwonago is important but any development projects should be paid for by public-private partnerships, according to an online survey created by the Downtown Strategic Plan Steering Committee.
New hotel in Hartford expected to open this spring 12-13-2017
Construction of the Cobblestone Hotel and Wissota Chop House is seen Tuesday in Hartford.
Wisconsin Foxconn plant may get $140M electricity project 12-13-2017
MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. — A utility company is asking state regulators to approve a $140 million project to supply electricity to the massive Foxconn manufacturing complex in southeastern Wisconsin.
Stratford-Cambridge Group acquires
Hy-Brid Lifts
RICHFIELD — Before the company was acquired by Stratford-Cambridge Group, Hy-Brid Lifts by Custom Equipment had already spread into the construction and industrial markets.
Retail jobs jump nearly 13,000 in November 12-13-2017
MILWAUKEE — Retail industry employment increased by nearly 13,000 jobs in November over October, according to the National Retail Federation.
Home sales rise 5.3% in metro Milwaukee during November 12-13-2017
WAUKESHA — Home sales were strong the month before Christmas in metro Milwaukee with an overall sales increase of 5.3 percent, according to data released Tuesday by the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors.
Reilly promotes legislation to curb use of dark store theory 12-13-2017
WAUKESHA — Mayor Shawn Reilly is drawing attention to pending litigation statewide brought by big box stores under the dark store theory by promoting state legislation that would promptly end tax reductions for those businesses.
Qdoba opens in Mukwonago 12-13-2017
MUKWONAGO — Fast casual restaurant Qdoba is now open in Mukwonago.
Court: Park Bank not negligent in Koss embezzlement scheme 12-12-2017
MADISON, Wis. — A state appeals court says Park Bank isn't liable in a Koss Corp. executive's scheme to embezzle $34 million from the Milwaukee-based headphones manufacturer.
Ferrante’s plans 40th anniversary celebration 12-12-2017
MEQUON — Ferrante’s Restaurant has a full day of specials planned Sunday in celebration of its 40th anniversary.
Charter Manufacturing plans expansion 12-12-2017
MEQUON — Charter Manufacturing received approval from Mequon’s Planning Commission Dec. 4 for plans to expand its office building.
CUW restructures leadership12-12-2017
MEQUON — Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor will alter its administrative structure in order to take a more cohesive approach to the spectrum of student success, CUW President Patrick J. Ferry announced Tuesday.
Town considers options on Kohlwey development 12-12-2017
CEDARBURG — The Nov. 22 accident that ultimately took the life of a Grafton teacher also brought to the forefront one of the greatest concerns Cedarton Estates residents in the town of Cedarburg have regarding the newly proposed residential development on the former Kohlwey Farm: They were trapped.
Remembering longtime Little Swiss Clock Shop manager Gary Roman 12-12-2017
WAUKESHA — Several decades ago, Karen and Eddie White hired a house painter and were impressed by the work ethic of young Gary Roman.
New details on future uses for Sears site 12-12-2017
BROOKFIELD — The overhaul of Brookfield Square’s southeast corner continued to take shape Monday, following a panel’s recommendation to proceed with a proposal to raze most of the existing Sears building.
Richfield village officials react to comments about Scenic Pit case 12-11-2017
Richfield officials are responding to comments made by the managing partner of Scenic Pit LLC, Danah Zoulek, in an article in Thursday’s Daily News.
Walker to sign bill lifting mining moratorium 12-11-2017
MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker planned to sign a bill Monday lifting Wisconsin's moratorium on gold and silver mining, reversing his vote from nearly 20 years ago imposing the ban.
Delafield Prestwick hearings canceled 12-10-2017
DELAFIELD — City officials and representatives of the Prestwick Group are giving conflicting accounts of the circumstances that led to Mayor Michele DeYoe’s decision to cancel three public hearings scheduled for Dec. 20 about plans to develop a corporate/light industrial campus near the Interstate-94/Hwy. C interchange.
Lisbon ‘interested’ in 150-acre development
TOWN OF LISBON — Plan commissioners are willing to consider a proposed 150-acre residential and commercial development located along Highway 164 between Good Hope Road and Jay Lane, north of the Sussex border.
Plans call for razing most of Brookfield Square Sears for movie theater 12-09-2017
BROOKFIELD - Plans that will be presented to the Brookfield Plan Commission on Monday call for razing most of the Sears store at Brookfield Square Mall to make room for an already approved movie theater complex.
Stolley's Hogg Alley closed due to fire; repairs underway
OCONOMOWOC - An early Friday fire that has forced Stolley’s Hogg Alley to close was likely caused by smoking paraphernalia.
Panda Express progress 12-08-2017
WAUKESHA - Crews work on the facade of the new Panda Express in the outlot of the Meijer store at Sunset Drive and Tenny Avenue on Wednesday.
A stronger global economy is helping boost the US job market 12-08-2017
WASHINGTON — The U.S. job market is benefiting from an unlikely source: Other countries.
Sloppy Joe’s expansion on hold after new hurdle appears
For about 18 months, the co-owners of Sloppy Joe’s Saloon and Spoon in Richfield have been working with village officials on a proposed nearly 1,500-square-foot addition to the historic building at 3723 Hubertus Road.
Some things are just meant to be 12-08-2017
TOWN OF WEST BEND — Sometimes, there isn’t an explanation for how things work out. That is the case for Angie Yochem, owner of Nuckleheadz Bar & Grill, 3680 Highway NN.
A sea of possibilities 12-08-2017
MILWAUKEE — After a nearly two-year planning process, a public-private partnership aimed at breathing new life into Milwaukee’s underused harbor area on the near South Side is in its final stages.
Taco food truck OK’d in Cedarburg 12-07-2017
CEDARBURG — The Cedarburg Plan Commission issued its second mobile food establishment license Monday, this time to That Taco Guy, which will now be allowed to operate on three sites in 2018.
Backwoods Pub makes its final stand 12-07-2017
MEQUON — More than a year of deliberations and drama will come to a head Tuesday over whether the city will sell the Logemann Center property to a former alderman who wants to build a restaurant there.
West Bend officials approve zoning change for former brewery building
The proposal to renovate the former brewery along Main Street immediately north of Highway 33 cleared one bureaucratic hurdle when West Bend officials agreed to a zoning change.
Richfield seeks trial in fight over Scenic Pit landfill 12-07-2017
Despite their legal arguments being rejected by the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and the state’s Supreme Court, village of Richfield officials are seeking a scheduling conference with Washington County Circuit Court Judge Andrew Gonring in their long legal fight over the opening of a clean-fill landfill at the site of a former gravel pit in the village.
Milwaukee Tool to expand in Mississippi, add 600 jobs
BROOKFIELD — Milwaukee Tool continues to grow in Wisconsin and across the country. On Wednesday, the company announced it would expand its three Mississippi facilities during the next four years and add about 600 jobs.
Assisted Living Locators opens location serving Waukesha, Milwaukee counties 12-07-2017
WAUKESHA — Assisted Living Locators, which helps families find assisted living options, has launched a location serving Waukesha County and western Milwaukee County.
Town of Brookfield to review electronic sign ordinance
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — A long-term plan for when and where electronic signs will be permissible in the town could be in place early next year.
20 YEARS IN BUSINESS 12-06-2017
HARTFORD — Economists say small businesses are the backbone of the nation’s economy. An example of that is Salon East Salon and Spa which is nearing its 20th anniversary in business.
A budget-friendly, shabby-chic boutique shop 12-06-2017
MUKWONAGO — The Feather and Fringe, owned by Mukwonago resident Nicole Gunderson, is a small boutique shop nestled in the first floor of a 19th century church at 216 Main St. in Mukwonago.
150-acre development proposed in Town of Lisbon 12-06-2017
TOWN OF LISBON — Neumann Companies is proposing a nearly 150-acre multiuse residential and commercial development along Hwy 164 between Jay Lane and Good Hope Road, north of the Sussex village boundary.
State gears up for hemp farming 12-05-2017
Gov. Scott Walker may have designated ginseng as the state herb when he signed 36 bills into law Nov. 30, but that isn’t the plant that has people talking.
Vrakas CPAs + Advisors acquires accounting firm 12-05-2017
BROOKFIELD —Vrakas CPAs + Advisors acquired the accounting firm of Radke & Schlesner, S.C. effective Dec. 1.
ETC sales decline significantly in 3Q 12-05-2017
WAUKESHA —Electronic Tele-Communications, Inc. on Monday reported its third quarter results declined substantially when compared to the third quarter of 2016, but ETC’s CEO said the company remains slightly profitable.
Aurora to merge with Advocate 12-05-2017
MILWAUKEE — Once Advocate Health Care and Aurora Health Care merge into the 10th largest not-for- profit, integrated health care system in the United States, it will serve nearly 3 million patients each year.
Black Friday deals boosted US auto sales in November
DETROIT — Black Friday deals and strong consumer confidence pushed auto sales higher in November despite waning demand for post-hurricane replacement vehicles.
Putting down roots 12-03-2017
West Bend’s new economic development manager returns to the area after taking a winding road.
Rustic Orchid, a place to explore creativity 12-02-2017
MUKWONAGO — Express your creativity and discover the artist in you at The Rustic Orchid, in the heart of Mukwonago at 111 N. Rochester St.
Delafield officials question ‘neighborhood hospital’ proposal 12-02-2017
DELAFIELD — The fate of a proposed “neighborhood hospital” is uncertain following a Wednesday Plan Commission meeting where there appeared to be more questions than answers about the development proposal on the northeast corner of the Hwy. 83/Interstate-94 interchange.

Plans for Town of Brookfield Hilton hotel advancing 12-02-2017
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — A dormant, three-story office building on the town’s far west side could soon give way to a new hotel concept.

It’s not your college ramen 12-01-2017
Gregg Des Rosier and the staff at Tochi Ramen, 705 Village Green Way, West Bend, want the public to get away from the stereotype of ramen noodles. You know, those packaged noodles you can find at the grocery store for only a couple dollars.
Former Greenfield Steinhafels to be site of new retail 12-01-2017
GREENFIELD — The building that Steinhafels recently vacated at 8400 W. Layton Ave. for a new space in the 84 South development will be the site of new retail development.
Back to drawing boards for Hendricks
DELAFIELD — It is back to the drawing boards for Hendricks Commercial Properties and their proposed new, large, multiuse building in downtown Delafield.
Residents object to Prestwick project 12-01-2017
DELAFIELD — Nearly a dozen citizens are accusing city officials of conducting public hearings five days before Christmas in effort to “fast track” approval of a light industrial and corporate office campus near the Interstate 94/Hwy C interchange.
TIMBER! Duluth Trading Company officially opens for business 11-30-2017
WAUKESHA - The grand opening featured a lumberjack show, with log-sawing and carving competitions.
Walker announces national ad campaign to attract workers   11-30-2017
MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker is calling on the Legislature to approve nearly $7 million to pay for a national ad campaign to bring more workers into Wisconsin.
Industries for the Blind opens new Menomonee Falls facility 11-30-2017
MENOMONEE FALLS — Representatives from one company are hoping to provide additional opportunities for those who face obstacles for employment — so much so that they have relocated a portion of their operations to better recruit workers.
Nothing Bundt Cakes opens in Brookfield 11-30-2017
BROOKFIELD — On Wednesday, Nothing Bundt Cakes opened its doors and plans to have special grand opening events in the new year.
Seafood restaurant FreshFin Poke to open in The Corners
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — Milwaukee East Side restaurant FreshFin Poke will open a 2,100-square-foot space in The Corners this coming spring.
Country Springs to become Ingleside Hotel after $10M renovation 11-30-2017
WAUKESHA — The Country Springs Hotel will become The Ingleside Hotel after $10 million in proposed renovations are completed in the spring of 2018, according to a Wednesday announcement.
US economy expanded at brisk 3.3 pct. pace in third quarter 11-29-2017
WASHINGTON — Led by a rise in business investment, the U.S. economy grew at an annual pace of 3.3 percent from July through September, its fastest rate in three years.
How local businesses adapt in the age of social media 11-29-2017
The playing field for businesses has rarely been equal, with larger retailers traditionally dominating the advertising and revenue space.
Mount Pleasant board approves Foxconn deal 11-29-2017
MOUNT PLEASANT — The Mount Pleasant Village Board has unanimously approved a historic agreement with Foxconn, the Taiwanese company building a huge flat screen manufacturing campus in the community.
Klemm leaving Villa at Heaven City to join Delafield restaurants 11-29-2017
MUKWONAGO — Chef Robert Klemm announced Tuesday he is closing The Villa at Heaven City, which he owns and operates in Mukwonago, to join two prominent restaurant groups in Delafield.
SEEK partners with Hmong Chamber 11-28-2017
GRAFTON — SEEK Careers/Staffing Inc. has announced a partnership with the Milwaukee-based Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce.
Witte’s thinks about writing next chapter 11-28-2017
CEDARBURG — Each growing season, local residents have driven past their favorite grocery store and out into the town of Cedarburg for fresh produce from Witte’s Vegetable Farm.
Planned gun range gets Mequon loan 11-28-2017
MEQUON — The Mequon Common Council, with no discussion Nov. 14, unanimously approved lending $50,000 from its revolving loan fund to help get plans for a shooting range off the ground.
Cedarburg CDA approves developer’s agreement for Amcast site 11-28-2017
CEDARBURG — The Cedarburg Community Development Authority recently approved a developer’s agreement for the redevelopment of the Meta Mold/Amcast property.
Excellent corn yield highlights area farmers’ growing season 11-28-2017
A break in the weather may signal the end of what has been a slow harvest season.
Five-story building proposed in Delafield 11-28-2017
DELAFIELD — Hendricks Commercial Properties is proposing to build a five- story, 107,000 square-foot, multiuse building on the northwest corner of Genesee and Main streets in downtown Delafield that may include 42 condominiums.
Steinhafels opens new store in Greenfield 11-26-2017
GREENFIELD — Steinhafels has opened a new furniture and mattress store in Greenfield’s 84South shopping complex.
Black Friday craziness at Menards 11-26-2017
WAUKESHA — Menards in Waukesha, like many stores, had deep sales for Black Friday and the parking lot was full as a result at 9 a.m. and throughout the morning.
A gift from the heart 11-25-2017
WAUKESHA - For those searching for a gift that is unique, personal and lasts a long time, local art gallery owners say holiday shoppers need look no further than handcrafted and one-of-a-kind artwork.
Black Friday marks the start of the annual holiday shopping season 11-24-2017
Thanksgiving is traditionally when loved ones gather to enjoy each other’s company, in times spent reconnecting with those missed during the remaining part of the year.
Husband, wife dream a little dream together 11-24-2017
Wes Krimmer has an extensive journal of people he’s served in his culinary career. It reads like a weekly lineup for a late-night talk show: Oprah Winfrey, Johnny Depp and Britney Spears for a small sampling of the much longer list.
Lending increases 6.6% at Wisconsin banks 11-24-2017
MADISON — During the first three quarters of 2017, net lending at Wisconsin state-chartered banks increased by 6.6 percent compared to the previous year, according to data released by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp on Wednesday.
New developments continue taking shape 11-24-2017
BROOKFIELD — Developments at The Corridor, Brookfield Square and elsewhere in Brookfield are taking shape, following a series of recent motions by city officials.
Chef Jack official caterer for future renovated building
WAUKESHA — No stranger to historic downtown Waukesha buildings, Chef Jack’s Catering has been named the official caterer for what will be the renovated former Waukesha County Courthouse that is being turned into apartments.
Kwik Trip plans $300 million capital investment 11-22-2017
LA CROSSE, Wis. — Kwik Trip is planning to make a $300 million capital investment to support its convenience store chain.
Housing market loosens slightly in state 11-22-2017
MADISON — New data from the Wisconsin Realtors Association shows that the state’s tight housing market is showing signs of loosening.
Eagle Technology Receives 2017 Milwaukee 7 Export Development Grant 11-22-2017
Eagle Technology, an international developer of Computerized Maintenance Management Software and Enterprise Asset Management systems, announced Tuesday it is a recipient of a Milwaukee 7 International Export Development grant.
Riding through the woods 11-22-2017
MAPLETON — Although she owns Waukesha County’s only horse-drawn winter sleigh ride service, Mary Jane Swedberg does not fret over whether there will be a white Christmas.
Thunder Mountain Press Gallery adding antiques 11-22-2017
OCONOMOWOC — Linda Meyer is working to turn personal loss into something new for Thunder Mountain Press Gallery, the business she manages in the Old Theatre Mall.
Small businesses offer more than just products 11-22-2017
It’s often said that small businesses are the backbone of the country’s economy, something which may become more evident when looking at the impact they have on smaller communities like those in Washington County.
Oconomowoc celebrates season German style 11-22-2017
OCONOMOWOC — The sixth annual German Christmas Market of Oconomowoc is coming to the downtown area this Thanksgiving weekend.
A dual-language workplace 11-22-2017
NEW BERLIN — When it became increasingly difficult to fill vacant positions at Felss Rotaform about a decade ago, CEO David Gazzo knew he had to adopt a different hiring approach in order to keep his machines running and to fulfill orders.
Nothing they can do 11-21-2017
CEDARBURG — Almost three dozen residents of Cedarton Estates received a lesson in state government last week, and it was a bit of a bitter pill to swallow.
Oconomowoc officials reviewing easterly welcome mat
OCONOMOWOC — It is an area of the city that includes low-rise to mid-rise buildings, historic buildings with an array of architectural styles and a range of property classifications.
MOD Pizza opens in Oconomowoc 11-21-2017
OCONOMOWOC — A growing pizza chain that aims to provide a new and cutting-edge feel to families despite its national presence has officially brought its expansive list of toppings to the city’s growing Pabst Farms area.
Committee asks for residents’ opinions on revitalizing downtown 11-21-2017
MUKWONAGO — The Downtown Strategic Plan Steering Committee is offering a survey to Mukwonago residents, business owners and tourists to gauge their interests and thoughts on the revitalization of the village’s downtown, according to Village Administrator John Weidl.
Farrow signs 2018 county budget 11-18-2017
WAUKESHA — Accompanied by supervisors from Waukesha’s County Board, County Executive Paul Farrow signed the 2018 county budget on Friday afternoon.
Feds propose $1.8 million fine in Cambria plant explosion
MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin milling company should pay $1.8 million in fines for failing to prevent a fatal plant explosion earlier this year, federal labor officials announced Friday.
Hard work is a family tradition at MJ Stevens 11-17-2017
TOWN OF ADDISON — Mark Jug tapped into more than 80 years of experience — all the tips and tricks of the restaurant industry — to establish MJ Stevens Pub ’N’ Restaurant, 5260 Aurora Road.
Wisconsin added 9,500 jobs in October 11-17-2017
MADISON — During October, 9,500 private sector jobs were created in Wisconsin, according to data released Thursday by the Department of Workforce Development.
This Great Coffee Place in Hartland to close 11-17-2017
HARTLAND — After 11 years of business, This Great Coffee Place in Hartland will close. According to the business’s Facebook page, a buyer is sought.
OHS hospitality class partners with Golden Mast 11-16-2017
OCONOMOWOC — The Oconomowoc High School hospitality class partnered with the iconic Golden Mast Inn of Okauchee last month for a real restaurant management and operations experience, according to a press statement from the Oconomowoc Area School District.
MOD Pizza to hold grand opening Friday 11-16-2017
OCONOMOWOC — A growing pizza chain that aims to provide a new and cutting-edge feel to families despite its national presence has officially brought its expansive list of toppings to the city’s growing Pabst Farms area.
Apartment project awaiting standard plan approvals, financing 11-16-2017
CEDARBURG — Little has changed since the Arrabelle apartment project architectural plans for the former St. Francis Borgia School site were approved in July.
Abendroth to veto Logemann sale 11-16-2017
MEQUON — Mequon Mayor Dan Abendroth said Wednesday he will veto action taken by the Mequon Common Council to approve a contract to sell the Logemann Center property for a restaurant.
Cedarburg revokes August Weber Haus liquor license
CEDARBURG — After more than two hours of testimony and an hour of closed session deliberation, the Cedarburg Common Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to revoke the Class B liquor license for the August Weber Haus.
Former Signicast owner donates $2 million for WCTC manufacturing center 11-16-2017
PEWAUKEE — The former president and owner of Signicast Corporation, Walter (Terry) Lutz, donated on Wednesday $2 million to Waukesha County Technical College.
A brilliant business model 11-16-2017
PEWAUKEE — Back in 2004, Janet D’Amato of Pewaukee took out a loan as a single mother of two and started a hairstyling and nail technician salon called Brillare, which means to brilliantly shine in Italian.
Double J Transport will move to new location Dec. 1 11-15-2017
TOWN OF POLK — After decades of leasing their location in Jackson, Double J Transport will soon move into a newly constructed building they will own and which is four times the size of their current facility.
Duluth Trading Company to have soft opening this weekend 11-15-2017
WAUKESHA — The new Duluth Trading Company location in Waukesha will have a soft opening this weekend and a grand opening Nov. 29.
Gathering around the fire at Outside Inn
MUSKEGO — When the doors of Outside Inn open this spring in Muskego, be prepared to be transported into the woods.
Officials reviewing plans for Brookfield Square BistroPlex theater 11-15-2017
BROOKFIELD — Plans for a Marcus Corp. multiplex theater at Brookfield Square have come into sharper focus following some recently revealed details.
Ameriprise Financial announces Thursday open house at new Mequon office 11-14-2017
MEQUON, WIS. – Ameriprise Financial will hold an open house 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at its new branch office in Mequon.
Driverless car lanes among options studied for Foxconn plant 11-14-2017
MILWAUKEE — As regional leaders prepare for challenges that will result from the massive Foxconn plant in southeastern Wisconsin, the possibility of driverless vehicles is being studied as one way to deal with traffic issues.
Yoga for life 11-14-2017
MEQUON — As a busy mom with a growing family, Paula Evans found that she didn’t always find time to nurture her yoga practice.
Court rules against abandoned Clark Station 11-14-2017
GRAFTON — If the owners of the abandoned Clark Station on Washington Street don’t close out the underground gasoline tanks they left behind, the state will do it for them.
Council to review August Weber liquor license tonight 11-14-2017
CEDARBURG — A Common Council hearing on the status of the August Weber Haus’ Class B liquor license will be held at 7 p.m. today at Cedarburg City Hall, W63 N645 Washington Ave.
Wheel & Sprocket purchases Bay View industrial building
MILWAUKEE — Wheel & Sprocket will open its first location in Milwaukee after purchasing a building in the Bay View neighborhood.
Proposed federal tax laws cause concern for Realtors
WAUKESHA — Mike Ruzicka, president of the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors, is happy with how October ended — with a 6.2 increase in home sales — but is concerned about possible future federal tax laws and how they may negatively affect the housing market.
Turning from eyesore to ‘sloppy’ delight
HUBERTUS — The building at 3723 Hubertus Road, which houses Sloppy Joe’s Saloon and Spoon, was meant to be a restaurant.
Developer proposes apartments at former brewery site 11-11-2017
WEST BEND — Developers interested in renovating the former brewery adjacent to Highway 33 presented details of their plans to mixed reviews from West Bend officials.
Tax rates drop in 2018 Mukwonago budget 11-10-2017
MUKWONAGO - The Village Board unanimously approved on Thursday night a 2018 budget that will increase the village’s total tax levy by $101,123 due to an increase of 2.208 percent in net new construction, according to the Mukwonago 2018 Annual Budget Document.
Finance Committee unanimously passes new proposed budget 11-10-2017
WAUKESHA - Months in the making, the 2018 Waukesha County budget, with a total tax levy of $103,422,375 was officially adopted by the Finance Committee Wednesday morning. 
City hopes to give Summit Avenue corridor shot in the arm 11-09-2017
OCONOMOWOC — The Oconomowoc Common Council approved Tuesday a resolution authorizing the Community Development Authority to seek interest proposals from groups who would like to spruce up underutilized areas of the Summit Avenue Corridor.
City housing outlook nears planned 60/40 split 11-09-2017
OCONOMOWOC — The city’s established goal of creating a ratio in which 60 percent of residences will be single-family homes and 40 percent duplex or multifamily abodes is nearing its completion, a briefing said.
West Bend Downtown BID Board to pay for extra holiday decorations 11-09-2017
West Bend officials will invest additional money to maintain the holiday decorations they use to adorn the city.
Rockwell Automation misses 4Q profit forecasts 11-09-2017
MILWAUKEE — Rockwell Automation Inc. (ROK) on Wednesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $204.6 million.
Russ Darrow opens West Bend Nissan dealership 11-09-2017
WEST BEND — Russ Darrow Group opened its Nissan dealership, 2675 W. Washington St., on Wednesday morning.
Former employee to open Brennan’s Cellars in Madison
MADISON — A former Brennan’s Market employee will bring the brand back when he opens Brennan’s Cellars in Madison during December.
BBB Wisconsin says optimistic holiday sales forecasts is good for job seeker 11-08-2017
The Business Bureau Serving Wisconsin said Friday because of predictions of increased holiday sales over last year, retailers are expecting to hire more seasonal workers and potentially turn tens of thousands of seasonal jobs into full-time employment.
Turning up the volume 11-08-2017
SLINGER — It was a momentous occasion for Emily Balistreri when she opened the hair salon, Volumize Studio at 103 Kettle Moraine Drive South, Slinger, about seven months ago.
Entering the business world EARLY 11-08-2017
HARTLAND — Cam Prescott, a 12-year-old “Kidpreneur,” has started her own line of lip balm called Smooch Lip Balm and Slime.
New owner takes over glass pyramid
GRAFTON — What is believed to be one of the tallest buildings in Ozaukee County is now under new ownership.
Marcus Hotels & Resorts offering holiday events 11-07-2017
MILWAUKEE — From dazzling tree lightings and breakfast with Santa to ugly sweater parties and holiday meals, Milwaukee-area residents can find exciting festivities this year at The Pfister Hotel, Hilton Milwaukee and InterContinental Milwaukee hotels, according to a press release.
Ozaukee September home sales dropped 4.2 percent
OZAUKEE COUNTY — According to data provided by the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors, home sales in the metropolitan Milwaukee Area decreased an average of 1.1 percent in September, marking only the third time in 2017 that sales fell.
‘A super-funky store’ 11-07-2017
MUKWONAGO — The Green Rabbit Clay Studio, a new retail pottery shop and clay studio on 611 Main Street in Mukwonago, will open for business on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. said owner Jessie Schroeder Voss.
Casa del Rio grand reopening a success 11-07-2017
WAUKESHA — After a week full of family-friendly activities, from trick-or-treating to tequila tastings, Casa del Rio has successfully finished its grand reopening.
FirsTime Design limited announces third quarter results
NEW BERLIN — FirsTime Design announced Friday net sales for the nine months ended Sept. 30 of $6,620, an increase of 17.1 percent compared to the same period last year, and consolidated net loss of $146 or ($0.09) per common share for the nine-month period.
Looking fore-ward 11-04-2017
WAUKESHA - Wisconsin Indoor Golf Center opened for the season Friday with two new golf simulators.
The Crepe Cafe brings taste of Europe to Waukesha 11-04-2017
WAUKESHA — About 60 percent of the customers who have walked into The Crepe Café have never had a crepe — and owner Llazar Konda is excited to expose them to the European treat.
Jason Industries reports 3Q loss 11-03-2017
MILWAUKEE — Jason Industries Inc. (JASN) on Thursday reported a loss of $1.6 million in its third quarter.
Open a brew pub? ‘Sure. We like beer’
Wayne Kainz and his wife, Dana, wanted to open a restaurant in downtown West Bend in 2004.
Bill’s & Brei’s Taco Station closes 11-03-2017
WAUKESHA — Only open a short time, Bill’s & Brei’s Taco Station in downtown Waukesha has closed.
Marcus Corp. files lawsuit over planned cinema at The Corners 11-03-2017
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — The parent company of a local movie theater chain on Thursday made good on a pledge to take legal action against a planned cinema at The Corners mixed-use development.
Hydro-Thermal Corp. hosts nonperishable drive for troops
WAUKESHA — Hydro-Thermal Corporation, a Waukesha developer and manufacturer of Hydroheaters, is hosting a nonperishable donation drive from Nov. 11 to Nov. 17 to collect food and personal care items for U.S. troops, according to a press release.
Bear Arms gets OK for loan from city 11-02-2017
MEQUON — The developer of a planned indoor shooting range on Mequon’s far southwest side has received initial approval for a $50,000 loan from the city’s revolving loan fund.
Mequon office building destroyed by fire 11-02-2017
MEQUON — The former headquarters for Charter Manufacturing was destroyed in a fire Monday night.
Book World to close all locations 11-02-2017
Book World Inc. announced Wednesday that all 45 locations would be closing and a liquidation sale would begin today and continue until all inventory is sold. The company has more than 300 employees.
Rexnord beats Street 2Q forecasts 11-02-2017
MILWAUKEE — Rexnord Corp. (RXN) on Wednesday reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $29.8 million.
Rockwell board rejects acquisition proposal 11-02-2017
WAUKESHA — Rockwell Automation, Inc. confirmed Tuesday it has rejected an unsolicited proposal from Emerson to acquire the Milwaukee company.
Badger Meter acquires N.C. company 11-02-2017
WAUKESHA — Badger Meter, Inc. announced Wednesday it acquired the assets of Carolina Meter & Supply, based in Wilmington, North Carolina, and hired its five employees.
Johnson Controls expands battery portfolio to address increased demand 11-02-2017
WAUKESHA — Johnson Controls Power Solutions will add 11 battery group sizes in order to meet a growing need.
A decade of ‘liquid gold’ 11-02-2017
BROOKFIELD — Josh Saiia, owner of Oro di Oliva, is celebrating 10 years of selling premium quality, award-winning extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars.
Generac’s net sales increase 22.5% in 3Q 11-02-2017
TOWN OF GENESEE — Significant hurricane activity around the country resulted in Generac Holdings, Inc. having a strong third quarter with its net sales increasing 22.5 percent.
US auto sales fall even with strong sales of SUVs and trucks 11-01-2017
DETROIT — Increased demand from rental car companies, strong truck and SUV sales, and recovery from hurricanes in Florida and Texas weren't enough to push U.S. auto sales into positive territory for October.
Artisan Partners beats 3Q profit forecasts 11-01-2017
MILWAUKEE — Artisan Partners Asset Management Inc. (APAM) on Tuesday reported third-quarter profit of $30.7 million.
Modine posts 2Q profit 11-01-2017
RACINE — Modine Manufacturing Co. (MOD) on Tuesday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $15.9 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier.
Oshkosh tops Street 4Q forecasts 11-01-2017
OSHKOSH — Oshkosh Corp. (OSK) on Tuesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $93.5 million.
Fiserv misses Street 3Q forecasts 11-01-2017
BROOKFIELD — Fiserv Inc. (FISV) on Tuesday reported third-quarter net income of $232 million.
Rustic Manor continues growing in Delafield 11-01-2017
DELAFIELD — Because of their entrepreneurial spirit and ability to work with government bureaucracies, Eric and Whitney Shneyder are familiar faces in City Hall.
Harbor Freight to open Waukesha store in mid-December 11-01-2017
WAUKESHA — The first Harbor Freight store in Waukesha County is set to open during mid-December in Waukesha’s Westbrook Shopping Center.
Quad/Graphics reports increased earnings in 3Q 11-01-2017
SUSSEX — Quad/Graphics, Inc. said by executing its company objectives, it has been able to succeed financially in the third quarter.






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