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PLOVER - Intevation Food Group to double workforce in expansion
Intevation Food Group will complete a $5.5 million factory expansion early in 2015 that will include an additional production line.

As a result, the company plans to nearly double the current workforce of 148 employees over the next year.

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NEENAH - Cross & Oberlie to expand printing facility
Cross & Oberlie, a maker of signs and promotional products, announced plans Monday to add 5,000 square feet to its printing facility in Neenah.

The additional space is needed to meet the demand for screen and digital printed outdoor signage, Gary Bezella, president of Cross & Oberlie, a subsidiary of of Aquecs Inc., said in a statement.

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TWO RIVERS - Production workers wanted at Riverside Foods
Riverside Foods is creating more than just innovative appetizers and classic seafood, it is creating jobs.

"We need to add to our staff to keep up with sales. The company is growing," said Dave Morgan, production manager, who has a handful of production openings on two shifts.

In his more than a dozen years with Riverside Foods, the company has expanded its sales nationwide and is now shipping products overseas, he said.

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APPLETON - Food manufacturing is more than milk and cheese
Food manufacturing jobs in Northeastern Wisconsin largely mean dairy, but not just "dairy" jobs.

There are jobs for people with agriculture degrees or an interest in cheese making, but as in every other manufacturing sector, electricians and people with mechanical skills are in high demand.

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MADISON - Nobody says 'shhh' at the new Central Library
The new Madison Central Library offers a variety of innovative ways to connect, from daytime classes to nighttime parties.

While the physical look of the new library, which opened in September 2013, is strikingly beautiful, what’s drawing the attention of library directors around the country is what’s going on inside.

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MADISON – Ice Skating at Edgewater to open Friday
An outdoor ice rink, one of the new amenities at The Edgewater hotel, will open Friday with free skating and festivities not usually seen at most rinks around Madison.

The hotel reopened in September after a nearly two-year, $100 million renovation and expansion that included the construction of a plaza overlooking Lake Mendota. The plaza has hosted tailgate parties following home University of Wisconsin football games and will be the site of other events throughout the year.

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DELAVAN - Pentair to lay off dozens of workers
Pentair will be laying off between 51 and 60 hourly workers at its Delavan plant, according to a news release from the Department of Workforce Development.

The plant, which manufactures pumps and filters, will no longer make its submersible product line at the Delavan assembly plant, 293 Wright St., according to a letter from Pentair Human Resources Manager Steffanie Whitehouse to the Department of Workforce Development.

The loss of the product line will mean the elimination of 30 assembly operators, six machinists and a variety of other positions for a total of 51 workers, the letter said.

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MADISON - City's finance committee endorses more negotiations on Judge Doyle Square project
Despite continuing concern about city finances and other matters, Madison’s finance committee on Monday narrowly recommended that the city continue talks with a developer on the massive Judge Doyle Square project south of Capitol Square.

The influential Board of Estimates deadlocked 2-2 but Mayor Paul Soglin broke the tie to recommend extending a deadline to May 1 on negotiations between the city and JDS Development for a scaled-back hotel and other changes that would slash public costs of the project on blocks that now hold the Madison Municipal Building and Government East parking garage.

The recommendation sets up a potentially game-changing debate when the City Council decides how to proceed at its next meeting on Dec. 2. If the council takes the board’s advice, negotiations with JDS would continue but final decisions on the project would come after the spring elections.

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HUDSON - Group will assess impact of industrial sand mining in western Wisconsin
As industrial sand mining continues its rapid growth in western Wisconsin, communities face many questions about the potential health risks and benefits of mining operations.

Over the next 18 months, the Institute for Wisconsin’s Health will work with 14 health departments - including St. Croix County, the Ho-Chunk Nation and the University of Iowa’s Environmental Health Research Center - to gather and analyze information on the potential public health impacts of industrial sand mining in the region.

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WAUSAU - Aspirus, Ghidorzi violate city contracts
Wausau city staff members have found two more developers who failed to comply with terms of contracts with the city and again are determining how to deal with the violations.

Aspirus Wausau Hospital and developer Charles Ghidorzi were found to have violated terms of contracts dating back roughly 10 years and next steps will be worked out between the city attorney and the businesses' lawyers, Community Development Director Ann Werth said. Lawyers are involved because the agreements are complicated, Werth said.

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ALMA - Power line crews race freezing waters, nesting eagles to complete river crossing
With the first towers already going up on the Wisconsin side, crews are racing weather and wildlife to string high-voltage power lines over the Mississippi River between southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

The river crossing is part of a $550 million project to string high-voltage transmission lines between Hampton, Minn., and a new substation under construction in Holmen.

The line is one segment of CapX2020, a $2.2 billion initiative that 11 partner utilities say is needed to upgrade the power grid and connect wind energy resources to eastern population centers.

The 48.6-mile Wisconsin portion was approved last year by the Public Service Commission.

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HILBERT - $12 million Thiel Cheese expansion boosts production
Thiel Cheese and Ingredients celebrated the opening of its new $12 million facility in Hilbert this summer — part of an $80 million investment in recent years by the Irish Dairy Board in the U.S. food ingredients business.

The company supplies cheese and cheese-based ingredients to some of America's largest food companies.

The investment expanded the production capability of the business by more than 40 percent and added positions within the company. As the company reaches its operating capacity, there is potential for additional new hires.

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OSHKOSH - Opportunities abound for Silver Creek Specialty Meats
More small meat processing facilities have started up around the state in recent years, and Bill Kramlich, co-owner of Silver Creek Specialty Meats, sees that trend continuing, with the industry becoming more fragmented.

The movement to eat locally grown food creates more opportunities for those smaller facilities to sell their products, said Kramlich, who considers the meat industry to be strong and its future even brighter.

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MADISON - Debt claims against American TV mount as company continues wind-down
Companies and individuals have filed $64 million worth of unsecured claims with the now-closed American TV & Appliance, according to a report filed Friday in Dane County Circuit Court.

As of Nov. 4, the company’s estate had $12.4 million in the bank, according to Milwaukee attorney Michael Polsky, the receiver handling sale of American TV’s assets and repayment of creditors.

The amount of unsecured claims exceeds the $54.7 million in liabilities the Madison-based appliance, electronics and furniture chain claimed when it filed for receivership earlier this year. Nearly 1,000 people in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa lost their jobs when the 11-store chain closed.

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MADISON - Record milk prices lead to huge profits for state dairy farmers
Wisconsin’s dairy farmers may understand history better than weather conditions or how to get the most milk out of their cows so it’s doubtful any of them are planning a frivolous spending spree with their extraordinary profits from this record-setting year in the industry.

A golden combination of record-high milk prices and record-low feed costs are leading to profits in 2014 that are six times higher than previous good years for some state dairy farmers, dairy experts are saying.

Some dairy farms that milk the state average of 117 cows will enjoy profits after expenses that exceed $200,000, some farms milking 500 cows will clear $1 million and some big operations that milk 2,500 cows will clear $5 million, according to calculations from Randy Greenfield, a dairy specialist for Vita Plus, a Madison-based livestock feed company.

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