July 30, 2012

Wisconsin manufacturers say skilled labor in short supply

Many workers at Strohwig Industries in Richfield are making at least $100,000 a year, largely because a lack of skilled workers for open positions is forcing existing employees to work many hours of overtime.
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July 30, 2012

Use a cell phone to start your motorcycle's engine

Avid motorcyclists Jeff and Paul Schmelzel grew tired of keys putting a damper on their free-wheeling bike rides: fumbling for them, forgetting them, repairing scratches they made to the bikes finish. For the last two years, the brothers have been …
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July 27, 2012

New York investor pays $63M for three buildings leased to Aurora

American Realty Capital Healthcare Trust Inc. bought three office buildings in Wisconsin leased to Aurora Health Care, according to a release from the New York City-based real estate investor.The deal is worth $63 million. The buildings in Hartford, …
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July 27, 2012

Milwaukee impresses travel writers

As The Business Journals tourism reporter the past couple years, I hear people say all the time that visitors love Milwaukee once they arrive. Its just a matter of getting them here.After shadowing a group of visiting travel writers last week, Im …
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July 27, 2012

Madison utility spending $1.4B to cut emissions

Alliant Energy Corp.'s Wisconsin Power & Light Co. utility in Madison said Friday that it plans to spend $1.4 billion on environmental controls at its Wisconsin power plants over the next five years to keep up with current and future environmental …
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July 27, 2012

Milwaukee teens get taste of city’s green economy

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and other local leaders discussed the citys green economy and sustainability efforts with urban youth at an event at the Johnson Controls Inc. Glendale headquarters Friday morning.The Green Jobs Day also included breakout …
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July 27, 2012

First Business earnings decline in 2Q

First Business Financial Services Inc., parent company of First Business Bank Milwaukee in Brookfield, said its second quarter net income was $1.6 million, or 60 cents per share, compared with net income of $2.5 million, or 98 cents per share, for …
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July 27, 2012

Sales, profits increase at Mercury Marine

Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac posted an increase in operating earnings on a slight sales gain in the second quarter of 2012, the firm's parent company reported Thursday.Brunswick Corp. (NYSE: BC), the Lake Forest, Ill.-based owner of Mercury Marine, …
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July 27, 2012

Oshkosh Corp. earnings outlook brightens

Oshkosh Corp. is raising its forecast for fiscal 2012 after posting improved third-quarter performance driven largely by access equipment sales growth.The Oshkosh-based manufacturer of specialty trucks and truck bodies reported Thursday that net …
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July 27, 2012

Visit Milwaukee launches local events calendar, site

A new website will give Milwaukee visitors and residents a comprehensive look at arts, cultural and entertainment events in the area.Visit Milwaukee introduced Milwaukee365 at its annual meeting Thursday.The site offers a calendar, video, social …
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July 27, 2012

Top of the List - Industrial parks, software product companies

This week we feature the largest area industrial/business parks and also software product companies.The list of industrial parks with the most total acres hasnt changed dramatically from the previous year, but there are a few changes in the acres …
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July 27, 2012

Sullivan: Immigrants needed to fill Wisconsin jobs

Tim Sullivan acknowledges that at least one of his recommendations to Gov. Scott Walker, who appointed Sullivan as an unpaid consultant on work force development in Wisconsin, will be a big juicy one.Make that a big, potentially controversial …
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