(WisBusiness) MON News Summary — 31 March 2008

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— Building on a successful four-decade run in Madison, Dane
County officials say the World Dairy Expo will return to Wisconsin’s capital city for three more years.

As part of the deal, there are plans to expand the current space to allow more participants to attend the annual event, Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk said.

Nearly 2,500 cows were displayed last year at the show, which drew 67,000 visitors from 90 countries. This year’s expo will run from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4.

— More than 750 manufacturing leaders from across Wisconsin are expected to gather in Milwaukee April 23 to learn about new strategies to spur business growth and make the transition to next generation manufacturing.

They will be attending Wisconsin’s Manufacturing Matters! Conference at the Midwest Airlines Center in Milwaukee. The annual conference is hosted by the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP), a nonprofit organization that helps small and midsize manufacturers grow and succeed.

For more info or to register, visit http://www.manufacturingmatters.org or call (877) 800-2099. Registration is $289 for manufacturers before April 9 and $339 after that date.

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— Oshkosh Corp., a Wisconsin-based designer, manufacturer and marketer of specialty vehicles and
vehicle bodies, says it will open an Asia Procurement Center in Shanghai, China, as part of its global growth strategy.
The company already has offices in Beijing and Hong Kong.

“Opening a procurement office in Shanghai allows us to support our global manufacturing efforts by leveraging a local supply of parts, which enhances our long term competitiveness and strengthens our leadership position in the markets we serve,” said Robert Bohn, chairman and chief executive officer of the company.




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Press Releases
Federal Court Issues Certification Decisions
Governor Doyle Issues Statewide Challenge to Encourage Wisconsin Residents to Get Active
Home of the Year Awards Given to Multiple Vantage/Legrand Dealers
Inland Real Estate Auctions, Inc. to auction Wisconsin’s oldest golf course and Green Lake Lodge
Journal Communications to Announce First Quarter 2008 Results on April 22
Marcus Theatres® to Acquire Seven Douglas Theatres Locations in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska, with 83 Screens
The Middleton Doll Company Reports Fourth Quarter and 2007 Results
TomoTherapy’s Mackie Speaks on Faculty Entrepreneurship at WARF’s Gilson Series

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Water revenue could rise: Utility could reap $4 million a year by selling more to Waukesha County… At least $4.3 million in yearly revenue is available to Milwaukee Water Works if Waukesha and most of the eastern tier communities of Waukesha County decide over the next few years to purchase wholesale quantities of Lake Michigan water. The Waukesha Water Utility is not the only community west of Milwaukee interested in harvesting Lake Michigan water to quench the thirsts of its expanding populations and commercial ventures. Nearly every community along the Milwaukee/Waukesha county border has had either formal or informal talks about closing its municipal wells and operating totally with lake water. Some already are purchasing water and likely will want more in the future, according to water-use studies.

Wisconsin joins Interstate Insurance Compact: Gov. Jim Doyle this week signed a bill making Wisconsin the 31st state to join the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Compact. The compact provides a single point of filing by insurers for forms and rates for long-term care, annuity and life insurance products among the compact members. Coordinated reviews and approval by the 31 participating states allows insurers to bring products to consumers more quickly. “I am pleased to sign this bill to allow Wisconsin to join the compact and help consumers get timely access to new insurance products, while maintaining appropriate regulation over insurance products,” Doyle said in a news release.

ThedaCare tends to health care improvements: ThedaCare among U.S. leaders in efficiency efforts… At 8 a.m. every Friday for nearly four years, 150 people from throughout ThedaCare have gathered to hear co-workers talk about what they did that week to make the health care system more efficient. The sessions are an example of ThedaCare’s commitment to rethinking every step in how it cares for patients – from washing linens to heart surgery – with the goal of simplifying, streamlining and standardizing. “They don’t define their job as delivering health care. They define their job as improving health care,” said Arnold Milstein, chief physician for Mercer Health & Benefits, a nationally recognized expert on quality and efficiency in health care.

New grads still get jobs in slow economy: Though the economy looks pretty fragile, job prospects for college graduates are quite strong, two UW-Madison career directors say. “There definitely are good prospects. We were surprised at the extent companies are still hiring,” said Steve Schroeder, director of the undergraduate career center at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Business. “Part of it is that the baby boomers are starting to retire. For the next 15 or 20 years, there will be more people retiring than graduates entering the market.” Even companies that are struggling continue to hire, Schroeder noted.

Cancer treatment’s new frontier: Madison firm plans cost-effective radiation therapy technology… Proton beams that can be aimed at tumors with surgical precision may be the next big thing in radiation treatment for cancer. The therapy theoretically can deliver more energy, more precisely, while harming less healthy tissue, when treating cancer patients. But the potential benefits also come at a steep financial price. A proton therapy center – a particle accelerator housed in a three-story building with walls as thick as 18 feet – can cost well more than $100 million. TomoTherapy Inc., based in Madison, hopes to develop a less expensive alternative. The company has shown its skill in melding imaging with existing radiation technology.


GREGG HOFFMANN: Contributor, WisBusiness.com

TOM STILL: President, Wisconsin Technology Council

JENNIFER SERENO: Senior manager, Wood Communications Group

STEVE JAGLER: Executive editor, Small Business Times

TOM BURZINSKI: IT executive and consultant

TECHNOLOGY (back to top)
– High cost of high tech

– Schools cannot spare cost of technology

BIOTECH (back to top)
– Comprehensive gene-hunting technique pays off

– UWP Student Researches Cure for Johne’s Disease

– New drug’s trial raises questions

ECONOMY (back to top)
– Weak dollar could help Valley businesses

– High cost of flour impacts businesses and consumers

– Credit crunch hits home

MANUFACTURING (back to top)
– Marvel Manufacturing owners named Wisconsin’s Small Business Persons of the Year

– Oshkosh opens procurement center in China

LABOR (back to top)
– Hospitals prepare for nurse shortage

– Stay or go? As new attrition program looms, former GM workers reflect on previous offer

SMALL BUSINESS (back to top)
– New stories spring forth on Willy Street

– Company helps memorialize loved ones

INVESTING (back to top)
– MGIC raises $848 million through stock, debt sales

REAL ESTATE (back to top)
– Affordable land, economic assistance help lure business from Oshkosh to Omro

– New law allows domestic abuse victims out of rental agreements

– Justices side with homeowners

AGRIBUSINESS (back to top)
– Bill would affect few farmers

– Produced locally: Community supported agriculture concept growing here

– Long winter could delay planting

– World Dairy Expo Renews Lease Agreement with Dane County

TRANSPORTATION (back to top)
– Rails, jails among top issues in Tuesday’s elections

– Doyle approves money for local airport projects

– Bus transportation can be answer to gas prices

– Northwest, other airlines to begin bag fee

– Icy conditions, other issues delay ’08 shipping season

RETAIL (back to top)
– Grocer fills a giant footprint

– Beer, brewery show set for April 10-12

– Wausau Auto opens west-side dealership

– Bon-Ton to close Green Bay distribution center

– A nose for niches

REGULATION (back to top)
– Fitchburg to enact smoking ban; Middleton considers ban

TOURISM (back to top)
– Columbus mayor: “Public Enemies” nets city at least $250K

– Hundreds turn out to preview Civil War Museum in Kenosha

– Theater acts on project despite lack of money

UTILITIES (back to top)
– ‘Green Power’ doubles at MGE

– Fire contained at Utica Energy

– ATC stays put in Pewaukee

HEALTH CARE (back to top)
– Inmate psychiatric care bashed

– Board certified surgeon joins Bellin

– Ripon College conference focuses on health care ethics

– FISC gets $35,000 grant for foreclosure counseling

– North Shore Bank holding shredding day April 12

MANAGEMENT (back to top)
– Bellin’s president, CEO to receive Free Enterprise Award May 5

BUSINESS COLUMNS (back to top)
– Mick Hager: Businesses need to face Internet head on

– John Torinus: Trust but verify: Hospital tax would need solid accounting

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