Walker names Bradley to state Supreme Court
October 9, 2015 10:33 AM
Gov. Scott Walker today appointed appeals court Judge Rebecca Bradley to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Bradley fills the vacancy left by the sudden death of Justice N. Patrick Crooks, 77, on Sept. 21 at the court in Madison. Crooks had planned to retire at the end of his term in the spring.

A conservative, Bradley is among the candidates vying for the spot on the court for the next 10-year term. That election is in April, and Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Joe Donald and state Appeals Court Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg are also in the race.

With Bradley’s appointment, the State Supreme Court has five conservatives among its seven members. Walker previously appointed Bradley to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court in 2012 and then the First District Court of Appeals this year.

Walker lauded Bradley’s ability to work well with others in her previous roles, regardless of their ideologies.

“My criteria overall is simple: I want a person of integrity…I want someone who understands the law…and third, most importantly, she’s shown both in private practice and particularly now on the bench that she understands her job is to uphold the constitution,” he said. “It’s incumbent upon any governor, Republican or Democrat, to put the best person on the bench.”

Bradley said she would let her work over the next six months demonstrate her capabilities to voters in the upcoming election.

“I would first like to express my sincere sympathy to the family of Justice Pat Crooks,” Bradley said at a press conference this morning. “I honor his memory and his service to the people of Wisconsin as a member of the judiciary. I am very much looking forward to serving as a member of the State Supreme Court and I am looking forward to working with each of my colleagues on the Supreme Court to make sure the people of Wisconsin and the interests of justice are well served.”

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Bon-Ton hiring 13,000 seasonal employees
October 9, 2015 11:28 AM
The Bon-Ton Stores Inc., which has dual headquarters in Milwaukee and York, Pa., has announced it will hire 13,000 seasonal employees to meet holiday shopping demands this year.

The company operates 270 retail stores under the Boston Store, Bergner’s, Cason’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers brands.

Bon-Ton is filling both full-time and part-time roles for sales associates, sales support, receiving, and commissioned sales in cosmetics and shoes. The seasonal employees will work during the 10 biggest sale days the company hosts and earn a 20 percent associate discount. The full-time roles also offer a full benefit package.

It will also hire another 500 seasonal employees for its distribution centers and a new e-commerce fulfillment center, who will work on a variety of shifts.

The company expects the positions to be filled by mid-November. Applications are posted at After the holiday season, some seasonal employees can become part-time or full-time employees.

“This is a great opportunity for individuals to join Bon-Ton and earn some extra money for the holidays,” said Denise Domian, senior vice president of human resources at The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. “We are looking for energetic people to be a part of our team during the busy holiday season.”

Bon-Ton hired the same number of seasonal employees for last year’s holiday season, a spokesperson said. The national retailer has been struggling to turn a profit in recent quarters, and the holiday season will be an important period for earnings.

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Franklin manufacturer sells building for $2 million, expands
October 9, 2015 11:39 AM
Meltric Corp. sold its 36,000 square foot building in the Franklin Business Park for $2 million to a Chinese investor from California.

Meltric, a manufacturer of industrial duty plugs and receptacles, recently constructed and moved into a 90,000 square foot building less than a mile away in the business park to accommodate growth, said Mark Schnoll, a broker with Colliers International.

Meltric Corp., is the North American headquarters for Paris, France-based Marechal Electric Group.

Drew Sylng Liu, general manager of Cisko LLC, purchased Meltric’s former building at 4640 Ironwood Drive.  The deal closed Oct. 5.

Schnoll and Jim Larkin brokered the deal for both the buyer and the seller.

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Technical Metal Specialties purchases building in New Berlin
October 9, 2015 11:43 AM
After leasing for two years, Technical Metal Specialties Inc. has purchased its building in New Berlin for $2.5 million.

The metal fabricator moved from Milwaukee’s south side, 2753 S.31st St., in 2013 to a 108,000 square foot former manufacturing plant at 16555 W. Ryerson Road that had been vacant since 2008.

Mark Schnoll, who brokered the deal for Colliers International, said the building on 31st Street was sold to Aurora Health Care and leveled for parking.

Schnoll and Bill Langhoff brokered the deal for Technical Metal Specialties.

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Ferrante’s Restaurant to become exclusive food service provider at JCC
October 9, 2015 10:44 AM
Mequon-based Italian Restaurant, Ferrante’s Restaurant & Signature Catering will become the exclusive provider of all kosher food services at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center beginning Monday.

Ferrante’s will also provide food services at the JCC’s in-house café, CafA B Data.

The restaurant has been a long-time partner of the JCC and will now occupy space in the center’s kitchen, located on the Karl Jewish Campus in Whitefish Bay.

Ferrante’s will provide complete kosher food services for meetings, special events and activities on campus and at the Linda and Fred Wein Center for Gan Ami in Mequon.  Ferrante’s kosher catering division is an extension of the company’s catering business, which began serving families and synagogues in 2000.

Mark Shapiro, president and CEO of the JCC, said this collaboration is another chance to work with like-minded partners to deliver the best JCC experience possible to all members.

Ferrante’s at the JCC will be open to the community from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and will provide lunch service from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday.

The JCC will host a grand opening from 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 21 at CafA B Data.

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Weekend preview
October 9, 2015 11:34 AM
From spooky to tasty, fun fall activities are in store this weekend in Milwaukee.

Choose your adventure with the Weekend Preview. OnMilwaukee is a media partner of BizTimes Milwaukee.

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Morning Headlines: Mills Fleet Farm put up for sale
October 9, 2015 11:36 AM
Mills Fleet Farm has put its business up for sale, according to a Duluth newspaper that quoted a member of the Mills family.

Read more in today’s Wisconsin Morning Headlines.

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Nonprofit Weekly: New app inventories thousands of after-school activities for area youth
October 9, 2015 11:45 AM
Milwaukee’s Center for Youth Engagement has brought to life a free mobile application that maps a broad sweep of after- and out-of-school activities for area students.

Read more in today’s Nonprofit Weekly.

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Gannett confirms $280 million acquisition of Journal Media Group
October 8, 2015 09:19 AM
McLean, Va.-based USA Today publisher Gannett Co. Inc. confirmed Wednesday evening that it plans to acquire Milwaukee Journal Sentinel parent Journal Media Group for about $280 million.

The deal, first reported by the Wall Street Journal Wednesday, has been approved by both companies’ boards of directors and will now go to Journal Media Group shareholders and federal regulators for approval. Each shareholder would receive $12 per share in cash, which would be a 44.6 percent premium, based on the stock’s closing price on Wednesday. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.

Milwaukee-based Journal Media Group was formed April 1 through the merger of Milwaukee’s Journal Communications and The E.W. Scripps Co. The newspaper and publishing operations were spun off and combined in the new Milwaukee-based company Journal Media Group, which has about 3,000 employees nationwide. The group includes the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and its digital products, and daily newspapers and related digital offerings in 13 other U.S. markets, which include the Naples Daily News, the Knoxville News Sentinel and the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

If the deal is completed, Gannett will oversee publications in 106 U.S. markets serving more than 100 million unique domestic digital visitors per month. The company expects to realize cost savings through shared printing and distribution assets and consolidated functions.

Gannett expects to add about $450 million to its revenues through the acquisition and about $60 million of adjusted EBITDA, including more than $10 million in “immediately available synergies,” with another $25 million in operating synergies expected over the next two years as the companies consolidate administrative and corporate operations, integrate with shared service centers and consolidate certain printing and distribution assets in adjacent markets.

“This transaction marks a critical next step in the transformation of our industry as we build local media brands that matter at a time when operational scale is a competitive advantage,” said Tim Stautberg, president and chief executive officer of Journal Media Group. “Both Journal Media Group and Gannett are guided by a vision of strengthening lives and communities, and we’ll be better stewards in our local markets by sharing ideas, content and best practices among our new and larger family.”

“The publications of both Gannett and Journal Media Group have a rich history, a commitment to journalism, and a dedication to informing and being active members in the communities we serve,” said Robert Dickey, president and CEO of Gannett. “Our merger will combine the best of each of our organizations to create a journalism-led, investor-focused company which will provide substantial value to the shareholders of both companies. This transaction is an excellent first step in the industry consolidation strategy we have communicated to our shareholders and is a good example of the value-creating opportunities we believe are available.

“We would also like to welcome the outstanding leadership, journalists, sales staff and other employees of Journal Media Group to the Gannett family. Our combined company will be an industry leader, dedicated to the local communities we serve, committed to generating value for shareholders and empowering communities to connect, act and thrive.”

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Carroll University receives $3 million from state for construction project
October 8, 2015 10:47 AM
The state of Wisconsin has awarded Carroll University $3 million towards its new science laboratory building on the Waukesha campus.

The university demolished Maxon Hall in February and began constructing the $24 million, 44,500-square-foot, state-of-the-art science building equipped with interactive teaching and research laboratories for anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry and biochemistry.

The building will open in fall 2016, before the start of the school year, said Tiffany Wynn, university spokesperson.

Once complete, Carroll will begin phase two of its campus renovation project, which includes a 12,000-square-foot hall, to be named the Bucyrus Center for Applied Physics and Engineering. The building will be attached to Lowry Hall, which will also be renovated.  

The Bucyrus Foundation has issued a $1 million challenge grant to the Carroll for the project.

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MSOE career fair to feature record 240 employers
October 8, 2015 10:55 AM
The Milwaukee School of Engineering will hold its biggest career fair yet on Friday as 240 employers descend upon campus to recruit students and graduates for open positions and internships.

The annual career fair is drawing companies from across the country and from a variety of industries, including business, engineering and health care.

The fair will run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the MSOE Kern Center, located at 1245 N. Broadway in downtown Milwaukee.

MSOE has a population of about 2,800 students and a graduate placement rate of 96 percent, according to the university.

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Nordstrom readies for opening at Mayfair
October 8, 2015 10:39 AM
High-end department store Nordstrom will officially open its Mayfair Mall store in Wauwatosa on Friday, Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. But not without a little pre-opening fanfare.

The store will host an Opening Gala, followed by a Fashionably Late event, on Wednesday, Oct. 21 beginning at 6 p.m. The gala, which will offer cocktails, dinner, live music and fashion presentations, costs $100 per ticket and aims to raise more than $160,000 for three local charities. Tickets can be purchased at

Immediately following the gala, from 9 to 11 p.m., the Fashionably Late event will feature music, DJs, shopping, cocktail treats and surprises and food trucks. That event costs $25, and tickets are available at

Nordstrom will also host an Opening Day Beauty Bash from 8 to 10 a.m. in front of its first floor mall entrance. Customers awaiting the big reveal will be treated to makeup applications, consultations and tips from the store’s beauty advisors, as well as snacks and other treats. The first 1,500 customers will get a beauty tote bag.

And on Saturday, Oct. 24, Nordstrom will host a Tile Find Party from 8 to 10 a.m. for children who painted tiles to benefit Discovery World back in April. Those children will be invited to the store to find their tiles, which have been installed in the Kids’ Wear department, and eat some treats.

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Franklin Walgreens sold for $5.6 million
October 8, 2015 11:40 AM
The Walgreens Pharmacy at the northeast corner of Ryan Road and 27th Street has been sold for $5.6 million to a Madison-based LLC.

Stkali Holdings LLC purchased the 13,743 square foot store at 9527 S. 27th St. from Waukesha-based MRED Associates, according to state real estate records.

The property was listed, along with 45 other Walgreens stores nationwide by Aspen, Co.-based Andrus & Morgan, a national commercial and investment real estate company specializing in passive income investments, property redevelopment and building reuse.

The company has also listed the Walgreens at 2985 S. Chicago Ave. in South Milwaukee. The 13,905 square foot building is listed for $2.3 million. The South Milwaukee Walgreens has been on the market for 1,088 days. The Franklin property sold in 39 days.

According to the Andrus & Morgan website, the company is selling Walgreens with proven records as “profitable performers,” to investors in light of the April 2015 announcement by the drugstore chain that Walgreens is expecting to close 200 stores as part of a plan to cut $1.5 billion over three years.

Walgreens has not said which stores it plans to close.

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Morning Headlines: Health, construction drive state job growth
October 8, 2015 10:24 AM
Just a few years ago, homebuilders and contractors were doing what they could to just keep their heads above water.Today as the economy rebounds, builders and contractors said it’s now a challenge to find qualified workers to fill the void.

Read more in today’s Wisconsin Morning Headlines.

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WSJ: Journal Media Group to be acquired by Gannett
October 7, 2015 05:09 PM
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Milwaukee-based Journal Media Group may soon be acquired by national media company Gannett Co.

Journal Media Group was formed April 1 through the merger of Milwaukee’s Journal Communications and The E.W. Scripps Co. The newspaper and publishing operations were spun off and combined in the new Milwaukee-based company Journal Media Group, which has about 3,000 employees nationwide. The group includes the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and its digital products, and daily newspapers and related digital offerings in 13 U.S. markets, which include the Naples Daily News, the Knoxville News Sentinel and the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

Gannett, which publishes USA Today and 92 daily newspapers nationwide, would incorporate the Journal Media Group papers into its wheelhouse in the proposed deal, which could be completed by Thursday, according to the report.

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