First Business

April 25, 2012

Milwaukee opens second of five vehicle charging stations

The city of Milwaukee on Wednesday opened its second charging station for electric vehicles this one at Discovery World with three more stations planned on East Brady Street, the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center on South Howell Avenue, and on …
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April 25, 2012

Comedy, drama and art groups to share space in Grand Avenue

Three more creative groups are leasing space in the Shops of Grand Avenue, filling a 8,800-square-foot space in the Plankinton buildings lower level with an office, theater rehearsal and studio space.The three tenants are Milwaukee Comedy Inc., …
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April 25, 2012

Koss Corp. launches 'revolutionary' Wi-Fi system

After nearly four years of research and development, Koss Corp. Wednesday unveiled what it calls a revolutionary headphone and in-ear monitor system with Wi-Fi technology that receives music directly from the Internet.The Koss Striva (pronounced …
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April 25, 2012

Generations Growth buys Indiana firm

Milwaukee private-equity investor Generation Growth Capital Inc. said it acquired Tri Aerospace LLC of Terre Haute, Ind., for an undisclosed price.Tri Aerospace is a specialty parts manufacturer for major aerospace and lower-tier aerospace engine …
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April 25, 2012

Baird's 2011 revenue increased 9%

Robert W. Baird & Co. said its revenues increased 9 percent in 2011, to $925 million, and its operating income increased 2.4 percent, to $86 million.Milwaukee-based Baird said Wednesday the 2011 revenue figure is a record for the employee-owned …
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April 25, 2012

UWM study links smoking to certain types of autism

Women who smoke in pregnancy may be more likely to have a child with high-functioning autism, such as Aspergers Disorder, according to preliminary findings from a study by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukees Amy Kalkbrenner, a lead author of the …
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April 24, 2012

AT&T earnings rise 5.2 percent, beat expectations

AT&T Inc. reports Tuesday that first-quarter earnings rose 5.2 percent to $3.58 billion, or 60 cents a share, up from $3.41 billion and 57 cents per share in the same quarter of 2011.The results beat analysts' expectations, MarketWatch …
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April 24, 2012

Target remodeling 90 stores to expand food offerings

Target Corp. said Tuesday it is remodeling 90 stores, including three in Minnesota, so it can expand its fresh food offerings.Minneapolis-based Target (NYSE: TGT) said the construction will be completed by June 24.Included in the remodels are …
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April 24, 2012

Lutz named new CEO of Interior Systems Inc.

Interior Systems Inc. has named longtime employee Tony Lutz as its new president and chief executive officer, replacing company founder Lindsey Bovinet.Bovinet, who founded the company in 1979, will serve as chairman of the Milwaukee-based interior …
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April 24, 2012

Harley-Davidson confirms boost in U.S. sales after leaked report

Harley-Davidson Inc. confirmed in a federal filing that retail sales of motorcycles in the United States rose 25.5 percent in the first quarter. The Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer made the filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange …
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April 24, 2012

FIS acquires ICS Risk Advisors and Memonto Inc.

Fidelity National Information Services Inc. has acquired two companies that specialize in the risk, fraud and compliance markets, according to a company press release.Terms of the acquisitions of ICS Risk Advisors and Memonto Inc. were not released. …
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April 24, 2012

Twin Disc quarterly profit doubles

Twin Disc Inc., a Racine-based manufacturer of marine and heavy-duty off-highway power transmission equipment, said Tuesday that its net income for the fiscal third quarter ended March 30 doubled on strong demand in all of its end markets, with the …
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