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  • Military sales prompt big growth for Oshkosh Truck
    By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com OSHKOSH – It was a career-defining moment for John Stoddart, president of the defense arm of Oshkosh Truck Corp. At a recent ceremony at the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, Va., Stoddart – a retired Army colonel - was introduced to a Marine Corps general. br... <more>

  • Kohl: Government Should Do More to Protect Jobs
    U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl is running for re-election next year and touting his middle-of-the-road businessman's perspective on politics. He says the economic situation in Wisconsin and the Midwest is "spotty," but that a recovery in the region is continuing, mirroring the national recover... <more>

  • WisBusiness: Lands' End Faces Declining Morale
    By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com DODGEVILLE -- It's been a rough three years since Sears paid nearly $2 billion for Lands' End, the Wisconsin clothing and catalog icon with nearly 6,500 employees in the state. And things have only gotten rougher for the brand and its increasingl... <more>

  • WisBiz In-Depth: State Lagging in Biodiesel Production
    By Gregg Hoffmann With gas prices continuing to rise over the summer, interest has grown in biodiesel fuel as an alternative. Yet, it’s not easy to find it in many areas of Wisconsin, and the state lags behind Iowa and Minnesota in the production and distribution of the fuel. “Things are growing... <more>

  • UW Dairy Center Helps with Champion Cheeses
    By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com DODGEVILLE – Mike Gingrich -- now a Wisconsinite and one of the country’s top cheesemakers -- grew up in the Los Angeles suburb of Pasadena, but spent many a summer working on his uncles’ dairy farms in Michigan. The experience left a deep impression on Gingrich,... <more>

  • WisBusiness: State Board Considers Investing More in Tech Sector
    By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com MADISON -- The Badger State will likely never produce a Silicon Valley, but it could become a major force in the science and technology business world, a trio of experts told trustees of the Wisconsin Investment Board Wednesday morning. But to do that, emerging co... <more>

  • CEO Says Sonic Foundry Could Be Six Months Away from Profit
    By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com MADISON – A little more than two years after repositioning itself solely as an automated rich media solutions provider, Sonic Foundry is two quarters away from breaking even or posting a profit, CEO Rimas Buinevicius said Thusday. Buinevicius made the prediction f... <more>

  • WisBusiness: UW Telescope May Help State Firms See Success in South Africa
    By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com Thanks to its geography and its clear skies, South Africa has long been a prime location for astronomy. Which is why UW-Madison – plus a dozen other international organizations - signed on a little more than five years ago to help build and fund SALT,... <more>

  • Burke defends Doyle's biotech alliance veto
    By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com MADISON – Commerce Secretary Mary Burke said Tuesday that state businesses will save close to $300 million over the next two years due to the tax freeze in the budget signed by Gov. Jim Doyle on Monday. Burke said figures from the state revenue... <more>

  • Santiago: New UW-M Chancellor Promotes Research, Tech Transfer
    MILWAUKEE – When UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Carlos Santiago was provost at State University of New York at Albany, he was part of the team that created a $1 billion nanotechnology research center. Santiago, who celebrated his first anniversary as chancellor last week, hopes to duplicate that... <more>

  • WisBiz In-Depth: 'Cow Power' Gaining Strength
    By Gregg Hoffmann La Crosse – The Wild Rose Dairy in Vernon Country will soon be producing milk and “cow power.” Within a couple weeks, a methane gas generator will produce enough electricity to serve more than 600 homes. The project is a cooperative effort between Wild Rose and Dairyland Power Co... <more>

  • Marotta: Miller Brewing Revamping Community Outreach Efforts
    MILWAUKEE - Kim Marotta toiled as a litigator in the Wisconsin public defender’s office for nearly 14 years. But in the summer of 2004, the 38-year-old mother of four youngsters gave up representing poor Milwaukee residents in court and jumped to Miller Brewing Co. There, she took on the newl... <more>

  • Hoslet: UW's Business Outreach Program Booming
    By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com MADISON – In July of 2003, UW-Madison Chancellor John Wiley created the Office of Corporate Relations in a major effort to build bridges with the Wisconsin business community. In the two years since the office was formed, OCR Director Charles Hoslet s... <more>

  • WisBiz People: UW Engineering Dean Says Tech Transfer is a Contact Sport
    This is a new edition of WisBiz People, a column from WisBusiness Editor Brian Clark. If you know someone with a good business story to tell, write to clark@wisbusiness.com with your idea. Paul S. Peercy, dean of the UW-Madison College of Enginee... <more>

  • Madison Magazine: North Side's New Grocery Might Defy Some Stereotypes
    MADISON -- It's been in the news lately that low-income North Siders bus to Copp's or Woodman's for their groceries. Meanwhile, a grassroots effort, led by Michael Shinners among others, is under way to launch a grocery cooperative on the North Side, especially for low-income people. But will member... <more>

  • WisBiz In Depth:New conservation plan in works for upper reaches of Mississippi
    By Gregg Hoffmann The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is huge, a “big business,” multi-purpose endeavor. It runs for 261 miles and encompasses around 240,000 acres. It is also home, at least temporarily each year, for thousands of wildlife specie... <more>

  • WisBusiness: Entrepreneurs' Conference Coverage
    The two-day Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Conference, which was co-produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council, took place at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee on June 7 and 8. Futurist Joel Kotkin and Milwaukee native Kay Koplovitz – who founded USA Networks – headlined the third annual conference. The c... <more>

  • WisBiz In Depth: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
    By Gregg Hoffmann SPRING GREEN - Tours have begun at Taliesin and operations should remain normal for the summer, despite problems with the foundation that oversees the former Frank Lloyd Wright home and architectural school. Taliesin and Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona, draw ... <more>

  • WisBusiness: SBC enters NASCAR world with race at Milwaukee Mile
    By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com WEST ALLIS – Paul La Schiazza, president of SBC Wisconsin, doesn’t exactly have auto racing in his blood, but close to it. Which is why, in no small part, SBC has entered into a multi-year sponsorship of a NASCAR Busch Series race on June 25 at the historic Milwa... <more>

  • Turer: New Admirals owner a key figure in Milwaukee sports
    By Gregg Hoffmann Harris Turer describes himself as a "huge sports fan." The 39-year-old owner of Hometown Property Management in the Milwaukee area now finds himself as one of a new breed of sports franchise owners in a changing marketplace. Turer, a member of the Brewers' owner... <more>

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