First Business

December 27, 2011

Sears Holdings to close at least 100 stores

Sears Holdings Corp. plans to close 100 to 120 Kmart and Sears stores in response to declining sales, it said Tuesday in a news release.It did not release a list of which stores will close. The company has several stores in the Milwaukee area, …
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December 27, 2011

Work abundant locally, nationally for Merrill Iron & Steel

At Merrill Iron & Steel, the recession seems to be fading quickly into history.
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December 26, 2011

Little Switzerland ski hill revival gaining momentum

A trio of brothers are to close their purchase of Little Switzerland in Slinger this week with plans to fix up and reopen the ski hill by next winter.Also in tune with the holiday season, a Florida real estate investor has bought the Four Seasons …
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December 23, 2011

New head of Fox Cities hospitals named

ThedaCare has promoted Kim Barnas to senior vice president overseeing the operations of Appleton Medical Center and Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, two of the three largest hospitals in the Fox Cities.Barnas joined ThedaCare in 1994 as vice …
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December 23, 2011

CNH to build massive plant in China

CNH Global NV said Friday that it will invest an initial $90 million to build a massive agricultural equipment plant in northeast China.Burr Ridge, Ill.-based CNH, which its agricultural machinery brand Case IH based in Racine, said it will produce …
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December 23, 2011

Mason Wells acquires Indiana packaging firm

Mason Wells, a Milwaukee private equity firm, said it has closed on the acquisition of Mullinix Packages Inc. from the family of George Lueken.Mullinix Packages is a Fort Wayne, Ind., manufacturer of thermoformed packaging for the food industry. It …
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December 23, 2011

FCC approves AT&T's $1.9B purchase of airwaves

AT&T Inc. received approval from the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday of its $1.9 billion acquisition of airwaves from Qualcomm Inc.The news comes after AT&T (NYSE: T) officially agreed with Deutsche Telekom AG to end its bid to acquire …
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December 23, 2011

Anheuser-Busch follows MillerCoors with draft system

Anheuser-Busch Cos., the chief rival to MillerCoors LLC, has unveiled its latest innovation, a new home draft system called Draftmark.The product is similar to one brought to market two years ago by MillerCoors.We arent surprised that …
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December 23, 2011

AJ Bombers named a top Twitter brand in the nation

AJ Bombers has gained plenty of attention in southeast Wisconsin, but a national website has ranked the restaurant alongside the likes of Whole Foods Market Inc., Starbucks Corp. and the American Red Cross for its use of social media.The burger …
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December 23, 2011

ManpowerGroup calendar honors Elmer Winter’s art, wisdom

During the holiday season, many companies resort to sending out calendars for the coming year, mainly as marketing pieces.Something about a calendar from Milwaukee-based global staffing and employment services firm ManpowerGroup caught my attention …
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December 23, 2011

MillerCoors light show extended to Jan. 1

Due to record-breaking attendance, MillerCoors is extending its Holiday Lites show through Jan. 1.The display will feature more than 300,000 light-emitting diode lights, synchronized to a mix of modern and traditional holiday music.The display is on …
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December 23, 2011

BRP recalls ATVs over power steering issue

Recreational products manufacturer BRP Inc. of Sturtevant is voluntarily recalling about 1,600 ATVs following reports of the main power steering shaft cracking with pieces detaching and blocking the gears, restricting steering ability and resulting …
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