January 20, 2012

New area investment star: Michael Underhill

If you want to catch a rising star, read my print edition profile this week of Michael Underhill.Underhills asset management firm Capital Innovations posted an astounding overall return of 25.37 percent in 2011 while the overall equity markets …
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January 20, 2012

Wiertzema promoted to Wangard president

Wayne Wiertzema, who has worked at Wangard Partners Inc. since 2006, was promoted and is now the Milwaukee-based development companys president.Wiertzema had been serving as the companys executive vice president. Stuart Wangard will remain company …
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January 20, 2012

Sobelman giving up on grass-fed beef at Tallgrass

He gave it a good try, but after two and a half years, Dave Sobelman is giving up trying to sell Milwaukee on grass-fed beef.He recently converted Sobelmans Tallgrass Grill, 1952 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee, to Sobelmans Eastside Grill. The …
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January 20, 2012

Racine, Brookfield Old Country Buffets close in bankruptcy

Old Country Buffet restaurants in Racine and Brookfield are among the stores that closed Thursday and Friday as part of the companys restructuring plans.Both restaurants closed Thursday. They are two of 81 restaurants nationwide that Buffet Inc. …
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January 20, 2012

Southwest to drop six AirTran markets

Southwest Airlines Co. said Friday that it will end service to six airports now served by AirTran Airways, which the Dallas-based airline acquired in May 2011, while converting AirTran service to the Southwest name at 22 other airports not currently …
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January 20, 2012

Briggs' Teske becomes next WMC chairman

Todd Teske, the chairman, president and CEO of Briggs & Stratton Corp. in Wauwatosa, has been installed as the next chairman of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, the state's largest business lobbying group.Teske replaces Thomas Howatt, the …
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January 20, 2012

GE Healthcare 4Q income down 5 percent

General Electric Co. reported Friday that fourth-quarter operating income for the GE Healthcare unit declined 5 percent to $953 million from $1 billion the year before.Revenue for the London-based GE Healthcare unit, which has major operations …
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January 20, 2012

ManpowerGroup’s Joerres responds to Financial Times chiding

A Financial Times columnist took ManpowerGroup to task for its use of jargon in describing what the Milwaukee staffing and employment services giant has to offer its clients.Lucy Kellaway, in doling out her annual jargon honors, handed ManpowerGroup …
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January 20, 2012

Still searching for employees, Super Steel opts for job fair

Super Steel LLC has been on an extended run of strong growth but continues to struggle to find qualified workers to fill open positions.The Milwaukee contract manufacturer is hoping a job fair will do the trick.We are conducting the job fair to …
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January 20, 2012

Best selling vehicles in Milwaukee area in 2011

Last year was a good time for car dealers in southeast Wisconsin, especially if they sell Ford or Chevrolet vehicles.New-car sales were up 12 percent in 2011 in the region, according to Reg-Trak Inc., a Waterloo firm that tracks vehicle …
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January 20, 2012

This week in photos — Jan. 20

Each week, we run a lot of great photos in The Business Journal to go along with our many breaking news and feature stories. We always have additional photos ones that help tell and illustrate the stories that we are writing about but there is not …
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January 19, 2012

Strike over at Manitowoc Cranes

Hourly production workers at Manitowoc Cranes, who have been on strike since Nov. 15, 2011, have approved a new contract offer from the company.The vote, conducted Thursday, was 112-59 in favor of the new four-year agreement. A company spokesman and …
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