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April 19, 2012

Slideshow: Sneak peak at latest Sachdeva goods to be sold

The remainder of convicted embezzler Sujata "Sue" Sachdeva's possessions will be sold this weekend in Mequon.Sachdeva, the former vice president of finance for Milwaukee's Koss Corp., received an 11 year sentence in November 2010 for embezzling $34 …
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April 18, 2012

Badger Meter reports major increase in sales, earnings

Badger Meter Inc. reported Wednesday that first-quarter net income rose 92 percent to about $6.3 million, or 42 cents per diluted share, compared with $3.3 million, or 22 cents per share, for the same period last year.The Brown Deer-based …
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April 18, 2012

Plexus profit declines on rise in revenue

Plexus Corp., a Neenah-based contract electronics manufacturer, said Wednesday that profits for the fiscal second quarter declined 16 percent on revenue growth that was largely generated by more costly new business.Net income for the quarter ended …
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April 18, 2012

PNC’s 1Q net income drops 8%

PNC Financial Services Group Inc., holding company for one of the larger banks operating in the Milwaukee area, reported net income of $766 million for the quarter ended March 31, down 8 percent from $833 million in the same period a year …
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April 18, 2012

Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership’s Milwaukee conference to address crucial topics

Developing strategies to attract and retain skilled and motivated workers, creating a culture that embraces innovation, and driving growth through e-business and continuous improvement are key topics that will be addressed at the upcoming …
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April 18, 2012

Bauman tries new strategy in Milwaukee streetcar utility debate

In response to the ongoing debate over utility relocations for the Milwaukee streetcar, downtown Ald. Robert Bauman proposes charging utility companies rent to put their pipes and power lines under the citys streets.Utility companies that own pipes …
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April 18, 2012

Chinese regulators approve Caterpillar deal

Caterpillar Inc. said Wednesday that its proposed acquisition of Chinese mining machinery manufacturer ERA Mining Machinery Ltd. has been approved by China's regulators.Peoria, Ill.-based Caterpillar, which has its mining equipment headquarters in …
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April 18, 2012

Wisconsin's biggest craft brewers move up in ranks

The largest craft brewers in Wisconsin moved up the ranks of the largest brewers in the country, according to figures released Tuesday by the Brewers Association.The Boulder, Colo.-based association bases its lists of the top 50 craft brewers and …
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April 18, 2012

Sec. Vilsack promotes new technology to grow agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is spending some time in the state of Wisconsin Wednesday highlighting the opportunities that new agriculture-related technologies can play in growing the economy.In a brief phone interview …
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April 18, 2012

CRE Guide: Take 5 - Clifton Crump

Clifton Crump has been working for the city of Milwaukee since 1999 and now manages a growing portfolio of foreclosed houses that the city is working to get back into private ownership.His growing inventory is at more than 700 residences of one to …
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April 17, 2012

Veridian Homes target of $16 million foreclosure lawsuit

A $16.35 million foreclosure lawsuit has been filed against Dane County's largest home builder, Veridian Homes, for unpaid mortgage debt related to the unfinished Cathedral Point subdivision in Verona and undeveloped land in Madison.
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April 17, 2012

Milwaukee named alternate for social media convention

Organizers of the 2012 Social Media Tourism Symposium have selected El Paso, Texas, over Milwaukee as the lead choice to host its convention after a competition conducted through Facebook. El Paso was chosen based on a predetermined selection …
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