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— National retailer Linens-n-Things is planning to close two Milwaukee-area stores, according to a filing with the state. The closing of locations in Greendale and Brookfield is expected to result in the layoff of 61 employees on or about Jan. 4.
— The Public Service Commission is dealings municipal water and electric rate hike requests by several Wisconsin communities. On today’s schedule is a telephone hearing at Bruce Town Hall and its Madison headquarters for the Village of Bruce’s request to hike water rates (Docket# 810-WR-101). Also today are hearings at the Stratford Village Hall and in Madison on a request to hike municipal electrical rates for the Stratford Municpal Water and Electric Utility (Docket# 5760-ER-103).
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— WisBusiness columnist Gregg Hoffmann says Dairyland Power Cooperative and opponents of a coal ash dump both deserve kudos.
The co-op announced last week it is suspending its search for a landfill site in Vernon County to dump coal ash from the Genoa plant. Officials said the cooperative instead will burn a modified coal blend that produces less byproduct requiring disposal.
Dairyland’s plans for a landfill had sparked opposition among many people in Vernon County and from around western Wisconsin.
Motives, plus questions of who won or lost, don’t count now. Instead, Dairyland officials should be complimented for listening to the people who live in Vernon County and either directly or indirectly are customers of the co-op.
The officials’ decision was the right thing to do, for the environment, for the quality of life in the region, etc. Ultimately, it also will turn out to be a wise business decision.
Those who protested the landfill plans also should be complimented. While they were aggressive and vocal in their opposition, they kept it civil for the most part.
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Boilermakers fired up at hiring of nonunion workers in Green Bay: Union representatives for workers at Marinette Marine say they intend to challenge a decision to hire nonunion workers at a new boat-building facility in Green Bay. Lenny Gunderson, international representative for the Boilermakers, said the union isn’t going to stand by and “forfeit those jobs without a fight.
Kohler to slash 80 more positions: Kohler Co. will lay off 80 employees in the coming weeks, a move that — like the layoff of 50 workers a month ago — is blamed on the slumping housing market, a union official said Friday. Pete Behrensprung, president of United Auto Workers local 833, said Kohler Co. will cut 60 workers in the brass division and 10 each in the distribution center and the foundry. The employees affected have as many as 10 years of experience.
Updates to Chrysler’s Kenosha plant on hold : The end to merger talks with General Motors and a bruising auto industry slowdown are raising concerns about whether Chrysler will abandon its plan to invest in a new line of engines at its Kenosha engine factory. Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman said he was told last summer that Chrysler’s plans for Kenosha are “on hold” because of slowing sales and concerns about the economy. “And the economy was in great shape last summer compared with where it is now,” he said.
Andersen lays off 52 at Menomonie plant: Andersen Corp. is laying off 52 employees at a factory in Menomonie, according to media reports. Andersen, a manufacturer of windows and doors based in Bayport, Minn., will have 193 employees at the plant after the layoffs. The slowdown in new home construction this year prompted the layoffs, according to media reports.
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