First Business

May 09, 2012

Attanasio's firm prices $308M offering

An investment firm chaired by Milwaukee Brewers lead owner Mark Attanasio has priced a $308.25 million securities offering.Crescent Capital Group LP of Los Angeles has upsized the deal slightly from $306 million at launch in April, sources told …
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May 09, 2012

Northwestern Mutual Foundation announces tourism grants

The Northwestern Mutual Foundation, the state of Wisconsin's biggest corporate foundation, said Wednesday that it is donating a total of $500,000 to support Milwaukee-area event and cultural attractions.The Milwaukee foundation said that each of the …
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May 09, 2012

Spectrum Brands narrows loss

Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc., the Madison-based maker of Rayovac batteries, Remington shavers, Repel insect repellent and George Foreman and Toastmaster small appliances, reported a narrower loss for the fiscal second quarter on an increase in …
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May 09, 2012

Frontier Airlines’ hangars at Mitchell Airport for sale

A pair of maintenance hangars at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee that have been used by Frontier Airlines and its affiliated operations have been put up for sale or lease.
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May 09, 2012

Yahoo board to get help on CEO resume probe

Yahoo Inc.'s board reportedly is hiring an outside law firm to help with its investigation of false academic claims that have appeared on CEO Scott Thompson's official biographies for a number of years.
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May 09, 2012

Gundersen, La Crosse County to use landfill gas to power Onalaska clinic

Gundersen Lutheran's clinic in Onalaska will be powered by gas generated from buried trash through a partnership between the health care system and La Crosse County, which operates a landfill near the clinic.
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May 09, 2012

Kraft Foods fined for short-weight Oscar Mayer packages

Kraft Foods Group has paid a nearly $37,000 fine for shipping Oscar Mayer packages that weighed less than their stated weight. Inspectors found 24 packages, all in Wisconsin, but none were produced at Oscar Mayer's plant in Madison, where the …
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May 09, 2012

Hostess warns of job cuts

Hostess Brands and its affiliate Interstate Brands, which are in the middle of a restructuring effort, have warned state officials that it may have to cut a total of 184 jobs in Wisconsin it it's forced to close its nine locations across the state.
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May 09, 2012

ERCO Worldwide plans $18M expansion project

ERCO Worldwide, a Canadian chemical company, has announced an $18 million expansion of hydrochloric acid production capacity at its Port Edwards plant.
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May 09, 2012

Milwaukee Mayor Barrett gets rematch against Gov. Walker

With a resounding win in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett forcefully called on his supporters to get busy the next four weeks as he attempts to unseat incumbent and mega-funded Gov. Scott Walker.He (Walker) is going …
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May 09, 2012

CRE Guide: Take 5 - Dave Merrick

David Merrick, vice president of Irgens, is predicting continued slow improvement in the local office market, which is seemingly stuck in a good-but-not-great holding pattern.Merrick is responsible for developing new business for Milwaukee-based …
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May 08, 2012

CleanPower warns of layoffs if it loses state contract

CleanPower Inc., a Wauwatosa-based janitorial services provider for workplaces, has notified state of Wisconsin officials that it may have to lay off up to 48 employees if the company does not win an extension of a state contract to provide cleaning …
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