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— Wall Street is wobbly, credit markets are imploding and two firms with deep Wisconsin ties have been battered by problems in mortgage and the bond insurance arenas.
But neither MGIC Investment Corp., the Milwaukee-based mortgage insurance company, and New York-based Ambac, which was founded in Milwaukee and sells financial guarantee insurance, are in danger of failing, according to Sean Dilweg, the state’s insurance commissioner.
“But both companies are very well capitalized and, as I see it, should be able to weather the fallout from the subprime market,” he said.
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— Small Business Times has announced the winners of the 2008 Bravo! Entrepreneur Awards for excellence in business leadership.
The Bravo! Entrepreneur Awards are given annually to southeastern Wisconsin’s most dynamic and innovative business leaders.
This year’s special Regional Spirit Award goes to Anne Zizzo, founder, owner and chief executive officer of Zizzo Group Advertising and Public Relations, Milwaukee. Her company has grown to have more than $40 million in annual billings, and Zizzo is one of the most prominent promoters of the Milwaukee region as a place to do business.
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Crafted with success:New Glarus Brewing Co. builds 2nd brewery, bucking trends on both ends of beer industry… As the world’s largest brewers consolidate and cut jobs, a brewery in small-town Wisconsin is taking a different approach. New Glarus Brewing Co. is not only building a new brewery, but it also is keeping the original facility open. Both are located in the village (population: 1,290) that provides the company’s name. The $20 million investment will help New Glarus Brewing solidify a reputation for high-quality beer that has devotees scattered throughout the country, even though its Spotted Cow, Fat Squirrel and other brews are found only in Wisconsin. The new brewery also makes New Glarus Brewing unusual among the nation’s 1,400 craft brewers – a term for smaller, independent brewers that produce higher-quality beers.
Woodman’s union-busting allegations disputed: As hearings continue over the future of union representation for Woodman’s employees, allegations that the Janesville-based grocery store chain hired a “union-buster” to instigate the process are wrong, the grocer’s consultant said Friday. Earlier this year, an employee at a Woodman’s store in Madison circulated a petition to decertify United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1473 as the bargaining unit for the 900 employees at the Madison, Janesville and Beloit stores.
Tower’s new life stalls: Dispute with city over plans for redevelopment leaves site vacant… The single biggest industrial site in Milwaukee remains largely vacant, even as the investors who bought the property more than a year ago insist that they have plenty of ideas for infusing it with new life. The hang-up, according to the investors: a city bureaucracy that “turned on us” a few months after the investors purchased 84 acres at the mothballed Tower Automotive works, a campus of cathedral-sized factories in the heart of the inner city. “We’ve been sitting on this property for over a year, and they don’t allow us to utilize it,” said Donald Murn, a lawyer representing the investor group’s company, Milwaukee Industrial Trade Center LLC.
Legislature aims to put a dent in scrap metal trafficking: More than $100,000 worth of scrap metal has been stolen from We Energies in the last two years, according to a company spokeswoman. With similar problems occurring around the state, the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly last month unanimously passed a bill that will hold scrap metal dealers accountable for the items they purchase. The bill will soon go before Gov. Jim Doyle. … Instead of scrap yards buying metal without question, Senate Bill 473 will require dealers to obtain the seller’s identifying information, license plate number and descriptive information about the item. A seller will also have to state he is the owner of the items they are trying to sell.
Public Service Farm Show will be April 1-3 in Oshkosh: The 48th annual Wisconsin Public Service Farm Show returns to the grounds of the Experimental Aircraft Association April 1 to 3 in Oshkosh. This year’s show features nearly 400 exhibitors and is expected to draw thousands of visitors from the Midwest and Canada. There are expected to be more than 800 indoor and outdoor booths covering the 10-acre show site. Admission to the Farm Show is free, and parking is $2 per vehicle. Gates are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday.
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