GREEN BAY - Packers ready to raze buildings
The Green Bay Packers will begin razing buildings this week on land it owns along Lombardi Avenue. The team wants to remove the structures, including the former Kmart store, before winter to save it the cost of maintenance, fire protection and security. The Packers now own 54 parcels near Lambeau Field, all in the village of Ashwaubenon, totaling nearly 63 acres.

The team said it plans to develop land west of Lambeau Field to provide it with non-football sources of income, similar to New England's Patriot Place adjacent to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. Patriot Place includes restaurants, retail shops, a movie theater, a hotel and a Bass Pro Shop.

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FOND DU LAC - ACH Foam plans expansion
ACH Foam Technologies, an expanded polystyrene manufacturer located in Fond du Lac, plans to move into a second facility in the city by early next year.

ACH will lease a 40,000-square-foot building at 1739 Fox Ridge Drive, within the Fox Ridge Business Park along Highway 41.

Company officials say the expansion is the result of growing demand for expanded polystyrene (EPS)-based products. The expansion may lead to the creation of as many as 15 jobs in the Fond du Lac area over the next two to three years.

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ASHWAUBENON - Jet Air expands
There's not much standstill at Jet Air-Signature Select.

The aviation services provider based at Austin Straubel International Airport ceremonially opened a new 36,000-square-foot hangar on Tuesday, and one of its owners said the business is already considering additional expansion.

Jet Air is pursuing the possibility of bringing a final assembly facility for a new Mitsubishi regional jet to the area.

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MADISON – Minnesota, Illinois post greater jobs gains than Wisconsin in September
On Tuesday morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the full national numbers in the Current Employment Statistics report, and they show that Wisconsin's percentage jobs increase in September ranked third in a group of five states made up of Wisconsin and its neighbors.

The growth of 8,400 private sector jobs in seasonally adjusted data represents a 0.3 percent increase over August for Wisconsin.

Minnesota gained 11,400 jobs, an increase of 0.5 percent. Illinois added 18,400 jobs, or 0.4 percent.

Michigan was up by 0.1 percent with 5,300 new jobs, and Iowa lost 200 jobs.

The national average was 0.2 percent growth.

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WISCONSIN DELLS – Dinner theater revived
It’s been more than four years since the Broadway Dinner Theatre in Lake Delton has operated, but the space is about to reopen under a new name, Palace Theater, and owner.

Anthony and Joseph Tomaska, who for the past 17 years have produced “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” in Chicago, have purchased the theater at 564 Wisconsin Dells Parkway.

The first dinner show, “Mary Poppins,” is scheduled to open Nov. 24 and run through Jan. 3.
The facility, across the street from the Wilderness Resort, will also serve as a conference center and cater to social and family events, according to a press release.

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GRAND CHUTE - Rezoning clears way for relocation of Werner Electric
Promoting an increased tax base and job growth, the Town Board voted 5-0 Tuesday to rezone 40 acres of vacant land for industrial use to accommodate a new corporate office and regional distribution center for Werner Electric Supply Co. of Neenah.

The property, located at the northwest corner of Prospect Avenue and Casaloma Drive, currently is zoned for commercial use. The rezoning still needs approval from Outagamie County.

Bob Buckingham, Grand Chute's director of community development, said Werner Electric's search for a new location extended beyond the Fox Cities, so the town's ability to keep the company local is a triumph for the area.

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EAU CLAIRE - County Board OKs easement for natural gas pipeline
The Eau Claire County Board on Tuesday approved granting an easement for a natural gas pipeline through about eight miles of the county forest on the eastern side of the county.

The board also voted to remove 7 acres from the county forest in the town of Wilson and sell it to Viking Transmission Co. for a gas transfer station associated with the pipeline.

The pipeline segment in the county forest would be part of an 80-mile pipeline from a transfer station in the town of Wilson to Tomah. The line would bring natural gas to a number of communities that currently don’t have it, and would also improve the reliability of gas delivery for many companies that do have it, said officials from Wisconsin Gas. A branch line would bring gas to Augusta.

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MADISON – City seeks proposals to rehabilitate landmark Garver Feed Mill building
The City of Madison is asking developers for proposals to rehabilitate the landmark Garver Feed Mill building near Olbrich Gardens on the city’s east side.

The City Council on Tuesday approved a request for a “visionary proposal” that captures the community’s imagination for rehabilitation and reuse of the 60,000-square-foot structure at 109 S. Fair Oaks Ave.

The request for proposals makes available $1.82 million in city funds for a project, which is supposed to be sensitive to the neighborhood, environmentally friendly and encourage alternate forms of transportation.

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GREEN BAY - Oneida plant fight goes to state Supreme Court
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to examine the city of Green Bay's dispute with an Oneida Tribe of Indians company over a proposed waste-to-energy plant development.

The Supreme Court will consider whether the city appropriately revoked a permit for the gasification plant that Oneida Seven Generations Corp. wants to build at 1230 Hurlbut St. on the city's west side.

A Brown County judge ruled in the city's favor, but a state appeals court later found that the city had overstepped its authority in moving to halt the development.

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STEVENS POINT - Lemon Grass Noodle House to open downtown
Yia Xiong's customers at her Stevens Point Farmers Market booth told her for years that they wished they could get her food year-round, rather than just during summer months.

Those customers soon will get their wish. On Nov. 1, Xiong's new restaurant, Lemon Grass Noodle House, will open at 1137 Main St., in the former location of Indulgence Wine Bar.

Xiong, who moved to Appleton in 2002 but returned to Stevens Point every summer over the past four years to serve food at the farmers market on Saturdays, said the restaurant will feature Thai, Vietnamese, and Hmong dishes.

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MENASHA – Six-story office building planned for downtown Menasha
Plans for a $19 million office and retail building in downtown Menasha were unveiled Monday night.

Developers are proposing to build on the site of the former Hotel Menasha and a former bank building next door. The hotel was recently torn down and Monday the city council gave the okay for the demolition of the bank building.

The decision came after a somewhat heated debate. The plans show the building, dubbed "One Menasha Center," as a six story, one hundred thousand square foot building that's expected to bring 300 jobs with it.

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BLOOMER – Bloomer Plastics acquires Ohio-based firm
Bloomer Plastics, Inc., announced Monday that it has acquired Optimum Plastics, a move that is expected to nearly double its workforce and revenue.

The Bloomer company, which is privately owned by management and Huron Capital Partners, is a leading producer of custom engineered cast embossed films for industrial, medical and packaging markets. Optimum Plastics had been based in Delaware, Ohio, and ideally complements Bloomer Plastics in that it has been a pioneer in high barrier co-extruded blown films.

The move brings Bloomer Plastics’ workforce to more than 140 employees, with more than half of that number at the original location in Bloomer.

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NEENAH – Alta Resources to hold job fair
Alta Resources, an outsourcer of business processing services for Fortune 500 companies in the packaged goods, health care, entertainment and manufacturing industries, will hold a job fair next week to fill 300 jobs.

The Neenah-based company is expanding client programs, many within the health insurance industry that require additional support during the annual enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act.

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MADISON - Landmarks Commission reverses decision on Monroe Street project
Two weeks after granting approval, the Madison Landmarks Commission reversed its decision on a proposed apartment and retail building along Monroe Street.

After several hours of debate, commissioners voted 3-1 that Patrick Properties’ proposed three-story, 22,000-square-foot building at the corner of Monroe and Glenway streets would be large enough to adversely affect the historic integrity of the neighboring landmark site.

The adjacent site is owned by John and Cathie Imes, who operate Arbor House, a bed and breakfast. The property contains two buildings, including the 161-year-old Plough Inn.

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MADISON - State settles sand mine case
A sand mining company has agreed to pay the state and Trempealeau County $80,000 to settle allegations of storm water permit violations.

Wisconsin Department of Justice officials said Monday the storm water permit for Alpine Sand LLC’s town of Arcadia operation was based on the representation that runoff would be contained. State inspectors, though, alleged that storm water ran off the site into Newcomb Valley Creek on multiple occasions in 2013.

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