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January 04, 2012

Mall of America losing Bloomingdale's

Bloomingdale's at the Mall of America in the Twin Cities is closing, eliminating an upscale retail option for western Wisconsin residents.Jim Sluzewski, a spokesman for the department store, confirmed the closing but wouldn't give any other details …
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January 04, 2012

Vollrath opens European HQ

The Vollrath Co., a Sheboygan manufacturer of food service equipment of cooking products, said Wednesday that it has opened a European headquarters in Rijen, Netherlands, to support the company's expansion into the European markets.Vollrath first …
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January 04, 2012

Children's Hospital names new CFO

Weldon Gage has been named corporate vice president and chief financial officer of Childrens Hospital and Health System.Gage has been with Texas Childrens Hospital, Houston, since 2005 serving as vice president of finance for the past three years.He …
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January 04, 2012

Rumors, worry surround Aurora Sinai's future

Last week's announcement by Aurora Health Care officials that they were weighing their options regarding Sinai Medical Center has sent the community and Aurora employees into panic mode.This week, Aurora spokesman Michael Brophy said Auroras …
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January 04, 2012

Shopko, Pamida stores to merge

Shopko Stores Operating Co. LLC said Wednesday that the general merchandise retail chains Pamida and Shopko will merge to create a larger retail chain operating under the Shopko banner.The merged entity will be based at Shopko's current headquarters …
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January 04, 2012

Investors seek loan payments from Ruvin for Sidney Hih work

Investors continue efforts to recoup money lent to Ruvin Development Inc. and Rob Ruvin, who was working on the long-planned but never realized project to redevelop the Sydney Hih building in Milwaukee.Investor lawsuits are targeting Ruvin …
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January 03, 2012

Braun's name gone from Lake Geneva restaurant

Ryan Braun has parted ways with the Lake Geneva restaurant that until recently bore his name.Ryan Brauns Tavern & Grill, 430 N. Broad St., Lake Geneva, is now Tuscan Tavern & Grill, according to its website.According to the Wisconsin State Journal, …
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January 03, 2012

PrinSource Capital sold to New Jersey company

PrinSource Capital Cos., a St. Louis Park, Minn.-based factoring and asset-based lending company with an office in Milwaukee, has been sold to North Mill Capital.North Mill provides asset-based loans ($200,000 to $10 million) in the Northeast, while …
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January 03, 2012

Man Lift Manufacturing names Sprio president and CEO

Man Lift Manufacturing Co., a Cudahy manufacturer of mobile hydraulic equipment for specialty markets and hazardous environments, has named Phil Sprio president and CEO effective immediately.Sprio succeeds Jeff Bailey, who founded the company in …
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January 03, 2012

Allen Edmonds finds success, innovation in Minneapolis

Allen Edmonds Shoe Corp. is based in Port Washington, but some of its recent innovation is coming out of Minneapolis, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.The upscale mens shoe company opened its first retail store in three years in downtown …
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January 03, 2012

Dolan, former A.O. Smith CEO, has died

The man who once led one of the Milwaukee areas largest manufacturers passed away over the holidays.Thomas Dolan, who served as chairman and CEO of A.O. Smith Corp. from 1984 until 1989, died Dec. 25 at the age of 84.Dolan joined the Milwaukee-based …
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January 03, 2012

Gliebe appointed Regal Beloit chairman

Regal Beloit Corp., a Beloit-based manufacturer of mechanical and electric motors and power generators, said Tuesday that president and chief executive officer Mark Gliebe has been appointed by the company's board to serve as chairman.Gliebe, whose …
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