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BLOOMER - Sand mining firm laying off 58 workers in Bloomer
Fifty-eight workers of the Iron Mountain Rock Company are being laid off from the Chippewa Sand facility at 19952 County DD in Bloomer, the company notified the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

The layoffs started Friday.

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GREENVILLE - VF Corp. expands in Greenville
When JanSport’s headquarters moved from Wisconsin to California in 2005, it cut 55 jobs here and reduced its staff to about 350 employees.

At the time, Greenville’s town administrator didn’t welcome the news. “Obviously, it’s disheartening,” said administrator Dave Tebo. “JanSport is a large business in our community, and any disinvestments are going to influence our community.”

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APPLETON - Appvion names new CEO, sells Encapsys division
The Appvion board of directors has appointed Kevin Gilligan as Appvion’s chief executive officer effective Aug. 4. Gilligan had been serving as president of the company’s paper division. Mark Richards will assist with the transition and continue to serve as chairman of Appvion’s board of directors through Dec. 31 when he will retire from Appvion. Richards has served as Appvion’s CEO and president since joining the company in April 2005.

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MADISON - Shareholder battle brewing at Promega Corp.
Promega Corp., one of the Madison area's most successful, homegrown and fiercely independent biotechnology companies, is in the midst of a hostile takeover attempt by two shareholders who want to buy a majority of shares and boot Promega's founder and CEO Bill Linton.

Ted Kellner, of Milwaukee, and Nathan Brand, of Miami, sent a letter to shareholders, dated July 24, offering to buy outstanding shares of Promega Corp. for $625 a share, about two and a half times what the company was valued at recently by Linton and the board of directors.

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NEENAH - Neenah Paper purchases FiberMark
Neenah Paper Inc. has completed the previously announced purchase of all of the outstanding equity of ASP FiberMark, LLC from an affiliate of American Securities LLC on Aug. 1.

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BELOIT - Closure of plant delayed
Bombardier Recreational Products has delayed the closing of its Beloit distribution facility.

The company announced plans to close the facility located at 3225 Prairie Ave., Beloit, in September 2013. The company recently stated the closure would be postponed for two to three years.

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ALLOUEZ - Allouez moves Krist Oil project forward
A request to build a convenience store on Riverside Drive moved forward Tuesday over neighbors’ and some village trustees’ concerns about it.

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MADISON - Madison's first federal-funded storm shelter for a mobile home park to open
Until now, severe weather could send residents of the Highland Manor mobile home park scrambling for shelter, often to the Wal-Mart parking garage on the Beltline.

But on Friday, the city and partners — using a $1.2 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency — are opening a $1.7 million storm shelter with a safe room, restrooms and adjacent playground and parking for the community at 10 Manor Drive.

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RACINE - Impact of CVS denial still unclear
The city's rejection of a CVS rezoning request means the pharmacy giant can't build the store it wanted at the southeast corner of Washington Avenue and Ohio Street.

That is pretty clear.

What the move means for the company’s future in the West Racine area remains to be seen, however.

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FITCHBURG - Sub-Zero/Wolf to build $62M plant addition
Sub-Zero Group, maker of the upscale Sub-Zero and Wolf kitchen appliances, will build a $62 million addition onto one of its Fitchburg plants and plans to hire 300 employees over the next three years.

Sub-Zero officials chose the Fitchburg site in July over a location in Kentucky that has been the anticipated home of a new dishwasher line for eight years.

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MADISON - Summit Credit Union merges with Janesville credit union
Madison-based Summit Credit Union -- the second largest credit union in Wisconsin -- just got bigger.

Educational Employees Credit Union, Janesville, is part of the fold, as its merger into Summit is now complete. State and national officials approved the deal in April.

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MADISON - Alliant completes sale of Minnesota electric lines
Alliant Energy's Iowa utility has finalized the sale of its Minnesota electric distribution system -- the lines that carry electricity to customers' homes and businesses.

The Southern Minnesota Energy Cooperative, made up of 12 member cooperatives, has purchased the network for an undisclosed price. It serves 43,000 customers.

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MANITOWOC - Strong outlook for Manitowoc agriculture industry
Experts say Manitowoc County's agriculture industry remains on solid footing and has an increasingly positive outlook thanks to export growth and strong local infrastructure.

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DE PERE - Independent Printing buys PrimaGraphics Inc.
Independent Printing Co. Inc., De Pere, acquired PrimaGraphics Inc. of Green Bay, effective Monday.

PrimaGraphics, to operate as PrimaGraphics a division of Independent Checks, will remain at 2461 Larsen Road and retain its organizational structure. Dennis Dickinson, former owner of PrimaGraphics, will remain with the company.

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KOHLER - Record PGA ticket sales bode well for economy
Golf is already big business at Holidays Pub and Grill near Kohler, where golfers and caddies from area courses can make up to three quarters of the clientele on a given summer day.

Now, the pub's operators are about to find out what happens when one of professional golf's four majors rolls into town with the PGA Championship returning to nearby Whistling Straits in Haven Aug. 10-16.

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