First Business

December 28, 2011

Wisconsin near bottom for retail job loss

Wisconsin has lost 7 percent of its retail jobs in the last five years, putting it near the bottom of the pack for retail job loss, according to a Business Journal study.The state had 293,000 retail jobs in November 2011, according to the U.S. …
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December 28, 2011

Higher bid would nix Lubar-Erdman deal

Milwaukee private investment firm Lubar & Co. has an agreement to buy back Marshall Erdman and Associates, a Madison designer and builder of health care facilities, but that deal could be nullified if a higher bid emerges for the Erdman business.The …
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December 28, 2011

Kenosha County top in nation for construction job growth

Construction employment in Kenosha County and Lake County, Ill., increased 29 percent between November 2011 and the same month of 2010, the highest percentage increase in the U.S., according to the Associated General Contractors of America.The two …
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December 28, 2011

Oshkosh Corp. receives $10.3 million Army order

The U.S. Army has placed a $10.3 million order with Oshkosh Corp. for 465 rocket-propelled grenade kits for the company's line of mine-resistant, armor protected all terrain vehicles.Work on the contract will be performed in Oshkosh with completion …
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December 28, 2011

CRE Guide: Take 5 - Tom Rave

As executive director of The Gateway to Milwaukee, Tom Rave has emerged as an enthusiastic proponent of initiatives to improve the economy in the communities surrounding General Mitchell International Airport.The Gateway to Milwaukee brand …
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December 27, 2011

Packers add 30,000 shares to stock sale

With 250,000 shares of Green Bay Packers stock nearly sold out, the team said Tuesday it is expanding the offering by 30,000 shares to accommodate the continued interest.The offering will continue until Feb. 29, 2012, unless the Packers sell the …
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December 27, 2011

Aaron Rodgers to partner with Prevea Health

Prevea Health, Green Bay, said Tuesday it is partnering with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to promote health and wellness throughout northeast Wisconsin.On the field, Aaron is a trusted leader pushing his team to achieve more …
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December 27, 2011

Robertson Ryan opening Memphis office

Insurance firm Robertson Ryan & Associates Inc. will be establishing an office in Memphis, Tenn., in early January as the result of Charles Eubanks III joining the company.The Milwaukee-based firm is one of the largest independent insurance agencies …
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December 27, 2011

Milwaukee Animal Rescue to move to Greendale

Milwaukee Animal Rescue Inc. on Friday closed the $270,000 purchase of a new building in Greendale and will move there from Southridge Mall in late spring.The animal shelter bought a former Custom Design Associates Inc. showroom building at 5101 W. …
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December 27, 2011

CRE Guide: Community Spotlight - Fox Point

Its prime location on Milwaukee Countys north side and good visibility made quick work out of filling the former Borders bookstore space at River Point Village in Fox Point, the centers owners say.Borders, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy …
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December 27, 2011

Aurora Health Care maintains A bond rating

Fitch Ratings has assigned an A to Aurora Heath Cares $390.6 million in 2012 revenue bonds issued through the Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority.The rating reflects Milwaukee-based Auroras lower operating risk profile resulting …
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December 27, 2011

Wisconsin part of $500M settlement against TV manufacturers

Wisconsin and several other states have reached a settlement for more than $500 million in a price-fixing case involving flat-screen LCD televisions, according to a news release issued Tuesday by state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.Electronics …
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