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August 20, 2012

Oil boom gives railroads new life in MInnesota, Wisconsin

Demand for the hard, round sand of Wisconsin and Minnesota for the oil industry has resulted in an abrupt reversal of a decades-long decline of railroad infrastructure in the Midwest states.
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August 20, 2012

Marshfield Job Center to close

The Marshfield Job Center has been operating for the past five years with funding from a combination of government and nonprofit organizations, but dwindling money from those sources may force the center to close.
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August 20, 2012

Blackhawk Tech ramping up classes for welding students

Blackhawk Techniical College is planning to expand enrollment in welder training program by 50 percent this year because of demand from students and industry.
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August 18, 2012

Slideshow: Fellowship Open draws VIP golf crowd

If you were looking for a Milwaukee-area business executive Friday morning and couldn't find them, odds are they were at the Silver Spring Country Club.More than 300 local business executives were at the Menomonee Falls golf course to participate in …
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August 17, 2012

Brady sells 90-employee Mesquite, Texas, unit

Brady Corp. said Friday that it has sold all of the assets of its Brady Precision Converting LLS business in Mesquite, Texas, for an undisclosed sum.The business, which has about 90 employees and operates as Brady Medical, specializes in …
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August 17, 2012

Common Ground co-op to open first office in Brookfield

The Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative, which will use a federal grant to provide insurance for small businesses, has a place to hang its shingle after signing a lease for office space in Bishops Woods in Brookfield.This is our very first office, …
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August 17, 2012

Slideshow: This week in photos — Aug. 17

Each week, we run a lot of great photos in The Business Journal to go along with our many breaking news and feature stories. We always have additional photos ones that help tell and illustrate the stories that we are writing about but there is not …
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August 17, 2012

Palermo Villa Inc. wants union election to proceed

Palermo Villa Inc. said Friday its asking the lawyer representing a group of the pizza makers workers to allow an election to form a union to proceed.Dozens of Palermo Villa workers have been on strike for more than two months, protesting allegedly …
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August 17, 2012

Wisconsin to get more than $4M from unspent federal transportation earmarks

Wisconsin is to get $4.36 million from the federal government for transit, highway, port or rail projects from a $473 million pool of unspent earmarks approved between 2003 and 2006.President Barack Obama on Friday announced the unspent money would …
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August 17, 2012

Business Journal names CFO of the Year winners

Often viewed as unsung heroes in the business community, chief financial officers play vital roles in any organization, large or small. Their diligence, attention to detail and ability to wear many hats put them at the highest level among company …
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August 17, 2012

We Energies: Gas, coal-blending plans to cut customers' bills

Combine the news that Wisconsin Energy will convert its Menomonee Valley power plant to natural gas with plans I report in Fridays Business Journal print edition and the companys customers could see annual cost savings of more than $60 million.The …
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August 17, 2012

AT&T Midwest union workers ratify contract

Dallas-based AT&T Inc. announced Friday that wireline employees represented by the Communications Workers of America have voted to ratify three-year labor contracts for the AT&T Midwest region and AT&T Corp., according to a news release.Tentative …
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