First Business

October 12, 2013

Skylight Music Theatre reports small surplus

Skylight Music Theatre managing director Amy Jensen said this week that the music theater company posted a small surplus for the 2012-13 season, driven by a successful run of "The Sound of Music" that helped increase revenue by 14 percent.The …
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October 12, 2013

Zilber sells downtown U.S. Bank office for $11.2 million

A Zilber Property Group affiliate sold the Lewis Center office in downtown Milwaukee for $11.2 million to a Chicago investor a month after renewing U.S. Bank;;;s lease for the building.The property includes the entire block south of East Michigan …
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October 12, 2013

Shutdown closes tap on new beers - USA TODAY

Washington PostShutdown closes tap on new beersUSA TODAYFORT COLLINS, Colo. -- The federal government shutdown is giving some folks one more reason to cry in their beers: An obscure but powerful arm of the Treasury Department has stopped approving …
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October 11, 2013

Amazon.com could expand to second Kenosha building

Amazon.com is moving forward with a 1 million-square-foot distribution center in Kenosha and the online retail giant could follow that with a second facility of up to 600,000 square feet, The Business Journal has learned.The first building, to break …
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October 11, 2013

Associated closes eight branches, eliminates La Crosse functions

Associated Bank will close eight branches, including six in Wisconsin, and move or eliminate many of its corporate positions in La Crosse, it said Thursday in a news release.Green Bay-based Associated will close branches in the first quarter of 2014 …
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October 11, 2013

Dan Finley will be interim leader of Waukesha County Museum

Dan Finley will lead another Wisconsin museum, this time the Waukesha County Museum.Finley, who has previously served as Waukesha County executive and CEO of the Milwaukee Public Museum, will lead the Waukesha County Museum on an interim, volunteer …
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October 11, 2013

Ferris wheel part of massive Acuity expansion at Sheboygan HQ

Acuity, a property and casualty insurer in Sheboygan, said this week that its board has approved a massive expansion at its headquarters complex.The project is expected to add 240,000 square feet to the firm's 450,000-square-foot building on Taylor …
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October 11, 2013

Gov. Scott Walker proposes property tax-relief bill

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Republican legislative leaders introduced a plan they say would provide $100 million in property tax relief to Wisconsin homeowners over the next four years.Walker said the typical Wisconsin homeowner would save about …
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October 11, 2013

Inside Wisconsin: Tools for fighting wildfires include incentives to manage neglected forests

Wildfires have enjoyed a dangerously wild year so far in 2013. In the United States alone, fires have claimed millions of acres in western states such as Colorado, California, Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona, where the Yarnell Hill fire also took …
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October 11, 2013

Menominee expects Hard Rock brand will elevate Kenosha casino proposal

The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin is hoping to create a world-class entertainment destination in Kenosha with the addition of Hard Rock International Inc. as the developer and manager of the proposed $808 million off-reservation casino.The …
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October 11, 2013

MMAC might try to recruit Icelandic airline to Mitchell Airport

Many Milwaukee-area executives have complained about the reduction in air service at General Mitchell International Airport in recent years.But experts agree the days of the intense competition between Frontier Airlines, AirTran Airways and …
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October 11, 2013

Penzey 'excited and frustrated' as Northridge foreclosure proceeds

Bill Penzey has mixed feelings about the order for foreclosure recently entered for the former Northridge Mall.;;;I;;;m excited, frustrated, but mostly excited,;;; he said Thursday morning.A judge entered the foreclosure order Sept. 27, but she …
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