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July 12, 2012

Transit center endorsement sparks debate at Milwaukee County

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abeles endorsement of a 44-story tower to replace the Downtown Transit Center has sparked a debate over the authority of the County Board and executive over negotiating and approving land deals.Press releases are …
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July 12, 2012

MGIC delinquencies decline slightly in June

Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp. said it posted a 0.6 percent June decline in the number of delinquency cases on mortgages it insures, which was a slower rate of decline than previous months.The figure declined to 153,990 from 154,973 one month …
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July 12, 2012

Uecker, Tauscher make cameos in new Lite ads

Milwaukee Brewers radio announcer Bob Uecker and former Green Bay Packers and University of Wisconsin lineman Mark Tauscher make cameo appearances in two Miller Lite television ads debuting in Wisconsin July 13.The commercials will air during …
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July 12, 2012

MPS, area business leaders to take part in national education conference

A team of more than 40 teachers and administrators from the Milwaukee Public Schools along with business leaders will contribute their knowledge and interact with U.S. education leaders at a national conference next week in Florida.To prepare …
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July 12, 2012

Barrett to ask downtown building owners to cut energy use

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett Thursday will ask downtown building owners to cut their energy use by 20 percent by 2020, joining Chicago, Atlanta and Denver in a national initiative President Barack Obama announced last year.The voluntary program has …
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July 12, 2012

CRE Guide: People In The News - Don Zien

Don Zien has joined the Colliers International team as senior vice president of the brokerage division. Zien specializes in retail real estate with more than 25 years of experience and has extensive competence at client land and building acquisition …
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July 11, 2012

Bostik acquires Brazilian manufacturer

Bostik Inc., a Wauwatosa-based adhesives manufacturer, said Wednesday that it has purchased Usina Fortaleza, a major manufacturer of tiling adhesives for the construction industry in Brazil.Bostik said in a press release that the deal is in line …
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July 11, 2012

Johnson Outdoors restructuring watercraft business

Johnson Outdoors Inc., the Racine-based manufacturer of Minn Kota motors, Humminbird fish finders and Old Town canoes, said Wednesday that it is restructuring its watercraft business, affecting 17 U.S. jobs.Johnson Outdoors (Nasdaq: JOUT) said it …
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July 11, 2012

Northwestern Mutual's new downtown skywalk gains third endorsement

A new skywalk in downtown Milwaukee for Northwestern Mutual is flying through its needed approvals, passing its third committee on Wednesday.The skywalk would pass 22 feet over North Van Buren Street, connecting the companys main campus to a …
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July 11, 2012

Bank of Elmwood's Levin files Chapter 7

Jess Levin, the former president of the failed Bank of Elmwood in Racine, has filed for personal bankruptcy, listing assets of $2.53 million and liabilities of $4.15 million.Among his liabilities are a $417,000 foreclosure judgment and about $28,000 …
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July 11, 2012

Channel 12 blasts Time Warner Cable statements

WISN-TV (Channel 12) in Milwaukee took exception to Time Warner Cable saying the stations owner threatened a blackout over contentious contract negotiations and said if negotiations fail to progress, WISN will no longer run on the cable system.In a …
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July 11, 2012

Helios plans expansion in Milwaukee

Helios Solar Works is expanding its solar panel production in Milwaukee with a $652,000 loan from the Northwest Side Community Development Corp. that will finance equipment purchases.Helios opened its Milwaukee facility in 2011 and, with some …
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