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December 20, 2011

Oldenburg agreement represents shift in outsourcing

A unique agreement between Oldenburg Group Inc. and a Chinese industrial firm is expected to create as many as 200 new jobs for the Glendale company.The unusual aspect of the 5-year agreement is that Oldenburg will build products for the North and …
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December 20, 2011

Artisan, Wells Fargo Advantage funds are Fortune all-stars

Two of Fortune magazines five all-star mutual funds for 2011 are based in metro Milwaukee: the Wells Fargo Advantage Growth Fund, which is run by Joseph Eberhardy, Thomas Ognar and Bruce Olson, and the Artisan Mid Cap Value Fund, which is run by …
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December 20, 2011

We Energies puts Glacier Hills wind farm into service

We Energies said that the Glacier Hills Wind Park in Columbia County was placed into commercial service Tuesday, making it the largest operating wind farm in the state of Wisconsin.Glacier Hills has 90 turbines across 17,000 acres with a …
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December 20, 2011

Federal agency to issue rule on gel fuels

In a move that affects at least three Milwaukee-area companies, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said it is issuing an advanced notice of future safety standards or regulations governing the production and sale of gel fuels used in …
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December 20, 2011

Bon-Ton lands new credit card issuer

The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. has signed a multiyear agreement with a new credit card provider less than a week after announcing it was losing its current provider.Alliance Data Systems Inc. (NYSE: ADS), of Plano, Texas, will provide end-to-end services …
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December 20, 2011

CRE Guide: Community Spotlight - Pewaukee

While the village of Pewaukee saw a major addition to its retail base this year, the city of Pewaukee expects some growth from industrial businesses in the coming months.In October, Costco opened a 148,000-square-foot store in the Meadow Creek …
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December 19, 2011

AT&T ends effort to buy T-Mobile

AT&T Inc., the parent of AT&T Wisconsin in Milwaukee, has decided to end its $39 billion bid to acquire rival wireless telecommunications company T-Mobile USA Inc.The decision will result in a $4 billion pretax charge for a break-up fee paid to …
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December 19, 2011

ComScore: Online holiday shopping nears $31 billion

The pace of online holiday spending remained brisk last week with online sales-to-date totaling $30.9 billion, according to comScore Inc. That is a 15 percent increase during the first 46 days of the November - December 2011 holiday season compared …
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December 19, 2011

Harley-Davidson seeking voluntary layoffs

Production workers at Harley-Davidson Inc. in southeast Wisconsin have until the end of the week to decide whether to accept voluntary layoffs.The Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer is seeking to cut an unspecified number of jobs as part of new …
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December 19, 2011

Talmer completes small acquisition

Talmer Bancorp Inc., the parent company of Talmer Bank and Trust, said it completed its merger with Lake Shore Wisconsin Corp., Glenwood City in St. Croix County.Troy, Mich.-based Talmer said Monday it retained approximately $26 million of Lake …
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December 19, 2011

Bellin Health, ThedaCare named to federal ACO

Bellin Health and ThedaCare will partner to participate in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Pioneer Accountable Care Organization project.The partnership, which includes nearly 700 doctors in Green Bay and Appleton, is one of 32 …
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December 19, 2011

With state help, Bradley Center's income increases

The Bradley Center recorded an increase in operating profit of nearly 11 percent in its latest fiscal year, due in large part to a $5 million grant from the state of Wisconsin.According to financial information released Monday, the Bradley Center …
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