Manufacturing/Logistics

Chicago-based multichannel communication company R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. has submitted an unsolicited proposal to acquire North Chelmsford, Mass.-based Courier Corp. for $23 per share in cash or R.R. Donnelley common stock.
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Milwaukee-based water heater and boiler manufacturer A.O. Smith Corp. reported fourth quarter net income of $53.2 million, or 59 cents per share, up from $42.4 million, or 46 cents per share, in the fourth quarter of 2013.
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The Port of Milwaukee is hosting five Great Lakes ships this winter season, all of which are docked in the Port’s inner harbor for their annual lay-up.
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The Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) board of directors has re-elected Daniel Ariens, chairman and chief executive officer of Ariens Company in Brillion, to serve as chairman of the 3,500-member state chamber of commerce.
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The early bird registration deadline for the 2015 Manufacturing Matters! conference has been extended to Saturday. The conference will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Milwaukee beginning at 7 a.m.
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Johnson Controls Inc., Hitachi Ltd. and Hitachi Appliances Inc. entered into a definitive agreement to form a global joint venture.
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Milwaukee-based Rexnord Industries LLC has sold certain intellectual property rights related to its Falk Mill Products business to Helsinki, Finland-based Metso for an undisclosed price.
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Menomonee Falls-based Glenroy Inc. recently acquired Hartford-based PF Flexibles, formerly known as Pouch Converting Technologies Inc., from Hartford-based PolyFirst Packaging Inc.
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Johnson Controls Inc. is working on plans for a 50-story, 1.2 million-square-foot corporate headquarters office building that would be built near the lakefront in downtown Milwaukee, according to Ald. Robert Bauman, who represents the downtown area.
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Dielectric Corp., a Menomonee Falls-based manufacturer of custom plastic and non-ferrous parts, sub-assemblies and finished products, recently announced that it has acquired Centerline Machine Inc. of Waupaca at an undisclosed price.
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