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December 08, 2011

MMAC: Local economy stalled in October

Twelve of 23 business-activity indicators for the Milwaukee area posted gains in October, which matched the smallest number of positives posted this year, according to a monthly report by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.The 12 …
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December 08, 2011

Northwestern Mutual buys Joel Lee building for temporary space

Northwestern Mutual said it plans to buy an office building at 733 N. Van Buren St. in downtown Milwaukee to provide temporary space for its employees while the company evaluates its future office needs.The Milwaukee-based life insurer and financial …
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December 08, 2011

Harley-Davidson to cease operations at Australian subsidiary

Harley-Davidson Inc. will cease operations at New Castalloy, its Australian subsidiary that produces cast motorcycle wheels and wheel hubs. Management of the Milwaukee-based heavyweight motorcycle manufacturer said those components will be sourced …
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December 08, 2011

CRE Guide: People In The News - Nathan Laurent

Keller Inc., a design/build general contractor with offices in Milwaukee, Madison, Wausau and the Fox Cities, has added Nathan Laurent to its southeastern Wisconsin project management team.NEW POSITION: Project manager, Keller Inc.HOMETOWN: …
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December 07, 2011

State reconsiders cost of Milwaukee train facility

The Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee on Wednesday voted 8-3 to study whether it would be cheaper to build a maintenance facility for Talgo Inc. trains in Milwaukee or at an existing Amtrak facility in the Chicago area.The project is needed to …
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December 07, 2011

Milwaukee small businesses optimistic about economy

Its hard to know if the stock market will be spiking or crashing from one day to the next, but local small business owners say the economy looks promising from where they sit.Thats the impression I got from the annual editors meeting of the Council …
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December 07, 2011

Wausau Paper selling brands to Neenah Paper, closing Brokaw mill

Wausau Paper Corp. said Wednesday that it has agreed to sell its premium print and color brands to Neenah Paper Inc., along with the closure of its mill in Brokaw.The Brokaw mill will close March 31, 2012, affecting 450 employees. The company …
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December 07, 2011

Furlong: BMO Harris 'on track' with M&I projects

BMO Harris Bank is on track to complete its conversion of M&I Banks systems into Harris Banks systems by late 2012, president and CEO Mark Furlong told stock analysts.Chicago-based BMO Harris also continues to roll out its new brand, which is …
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December 07, 2011

Draft bill circulates on raising Milwaukee County sales tax

Wisconsin Rep. Elizabeth Coggs in mid-November circulated a proposal to revive the idea of a 1 percent sales tax increase in Milwaukee County to pay for transit, parks and public safety, according to an e-mail from a business association.The draft …
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December 07, 2011

Concealed carry: To post or not to post?

More than one month after Wisconsins new concealed-carry weapons law took effect, business executives and owners continue asking the question: To post or not to post?Post in this case refers to a sign banning concealed weapons from the premises of a …
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December 07, 2011

Master Lock parent sets date for shareholders meeting

Fortune Brands Home & Security will hold its annual shareholders meeting on April 23, 2012, in Wheeling, Ill.The meeting will be open to shareholders of record at the close of business on Feb. 23.Deerfield, Ill.-based Fortune Brands Home & Security …
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December 07, 2011

Frontier Airlines cuts capacity, but carries more in November

Frontier Airlines, one of the top two carriers at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, reported a 6 percent increase in paying passenger traffic in November while seating capacity was reduced 2 percent.Frontier, which has hubs in …
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