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May 23, 2012

Milwaukee area among seven state metros to lose jobs in April

The Milwaukee area was among seven of Wisconsin's 12 metropolitan areas to lose jobs during the month of April, according to local jobs data released Wednesday by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.On a seasonally adjusted basis, the …
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May 23, 2012

Leinenkugel hops aboard Denis Sullivan

The S/V Denis Sullivan, a 137-foot, three-masted Great Lakes schooner, will make its entrance into the harbor in Milwaukee on May 26 and will feature a special cargo as it sails this summer barrel-aged beer from the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.The …
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May 23, 2012

Wisconsin Artisan Food Producers Association launched

A new business organization, The Wisconsin Artisan Food Producers Association, has been established by eight Milwaukee-area food and beverage companies with the mission of promoting, advocating for, and supporting artisan food and beverage producers …
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May 23, 2012

Metrix of Waukesha acquired

IFS, a publicly held Swedish global enterprise applications company, said Wednesday that it acquired Waukesha software company Metrix LLC.Established in 1980, Metrix offers a software suite for service management, including Android and Microsoft …
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May 23, 2012

M&I boosts BMO Financial 2Q earnings

Bank of Montreal said its adjusted second-quarter net income increased $210 million from the same period a year ago, boosted by $177 million in net income from its acquisition of Milwaukee-based Marshall & Ilsley Corp.The Toronto-based parent …
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May 23, 2012

WEA Trust sees its activity rebounding

The WEA Trust, the not-for-profit company created to provide health insurance to Wisconsins school districts, reported this week that its business is rebounding.The Trust has re-signed a number of school districts including Whitefish Bay, West …
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May 23, 2012

Johnson Controls opens innovation center in 3rd Ward

Johnson Controls Inc. has opened a new innovation center in the heart of Milwaukees 3rd Ward, a company spokesman confirmed on Wednesday.Glendale-based Johnson Controls is leasing about 9,000 square feet on the second floor of a building at 301 N. …
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May 23, 2012

CRE Guide: Take 5 - Stacie Callies

Little by little, more life is starting to come onto West Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee where Stacie Callies is executive director of the Westown Association Business Improvement District No. 5.Two summer festivals are planned on a city-owned …
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May 22, 2012

CIB Marine to deregister stock

The holding company that owns Marine Bank said it will voluntarily deregister its stock, which is traded over-the-counter.Waukesha-based CIB Marine Bancshares Inc. (otcqb: CIBH) (pinksheets: CIBH) said Tuesday that its board approved the filing with …
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May 22, 2012

Kangaroo Brands of Milwaukee sells pita chip business to ConAgra Foods

ConAgra Foods Inc. announced Tuesday that it has acquired the pita chip business of Kangaroo Brands of Milwaukee.ConAgra Foods management said the acquisition of the pita chip business is consistent with its strategy to grow its presence in private …
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May 22, 2012

U.S. Bank taps Fiserv platform for iPad

U.S. Bank launched a mobile-banking-and-payments application Tuesday for the iPad that is built on the Mobiliti and payments platform from Fiserv Inc.Using the iPad app, customers of Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank customers can check their account …
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May 22, 2012

Air Wisconsin flight attendants authorize strike

Flight attendants at Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp., represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, have overwhelmingly authorized a strike should management fail to reach an agreement.Union members voted 97.3 percent in favor of a strike, …
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