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— Heller Ehrman provided notice to the state detailing the permanent layoff of 25 workers at the firm’s Madison location, which will close.
The Madison layoffs are part of the firm’s layoff of 1,191 workers nationally beginning on or about Nov. 28.
— In the eyes of AFL-CIO of Wisconsin President David Newby, there couldn’t be any more at stake this fall for unions.
“There is a sense that we can win this and that we have to, that this might be our last chance really at getting the kind of economic policies and trade policies in place that are going to save the industrial sector of our economy and as a result, some of our major unions in that sector,” Newby said in a new interview with WisPolitics.
Newby said Wisconsin’s unions remain strong, but the economy is very frightening with rising unemployment, plant closings, international pressure, “bad trade agreements that have had a real impact on the paper industry and in some cases simply bad management or corporate greed, which has resulted in the shutting of manufacturing facilities.
See more from Newby later at www.wisbusiness.com
— Columnist Gregg Hoffmann says Barack Obama’s message during his visit to La Crosse hit home for western Wisconsin businesses.
Obama emphasized help to small businesses and people making under $250,000 a year. Those type of businesses and people are the backbone of the economy in western Wisconsin.
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· Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection: Farm mediation, arbitration program calls for new mediator candidates
· Gov. Doyle: Governor Doyle Announces $3.8 Million Grant to Assist General Motors and Other Auto Industry Workers in South Central Wisconsin
· Wisconsin Bankers Association: Applauds House action on stabilization package
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Marinette Marine to lay off more: Marinette Marine’s chief executive officer says it will lay off more workers next month. The shipbuilding division of Manitowoc Co. laid off about 90 union workers last month because of delays in contract awards from the Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy. CEO Richard McCreary said Friday that more layoffs were expected after the company lost a $1.5 billion bid to build 34 U.S. Coast Guard patrol boats over about seven years.
Lieutenant governors make economic trip to China: The lieutenant governors of five states, including Wisconsin, will be in China next week on a mission to bring jobs and economic development to the U.S. Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton says her goal is to give Chinese officials a clear vision of Wisconsin’s business climate, hardworking employees and environmental expertise.
AIG plan to sell operations affects Milwaukee offices: American International Group said Friday it will sell company assets to repay loans, a move that will affect its operations in Milwaukee. Chairman and chief executive Ed Liddy, in a conference call with investors, said the company will retain its U.S. property and casualty operations, foreign general insurance business and foreign life insurance operations. AIG’s worldwide property and casualty businesses generated approximately $40 billion in revenue in 2007.
Study: Razing Hoan Bridge would create billions in development: The Wisconsin Department of Transportation released a $175,000 study Oct. 2 on the Hoan Bridge that estimates more than 500 acres could be developed, creating $5.7 billion in construction value, if the high-rise bridge were demolished and rebuilt at ground level.
Wisconsin to produce largest wheat harvest yet: Wisconsin will produce its largest wheat harvest in state history this year. That’s according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, which says Wisconsin will produce 23 million bushels of wheat, up 22 percent from last year.
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TECHNOLOGY (back to top)
– Hal Leonard to sell Allegro interactive piano software
– AT&T, Time Warner offer cheaper broadband
BIOTECH (back to top)
– Lilly to Buy ImClone for $6.5 Billion
ECONOMY (back to top)
– Economy overshadows all other issues in this year’s election
– Economy expected to remain sluggish
MANUFACTURING (back to top)
– Wrightstown activist passionate about keeping NewPage mill open
– Marinette Marine to lay off more
– Green Bay: Area manufacturing on solid footing
LABOR (back to top)
– Manufacturers face lack of new workers
– Law firm closing its Madison office
– Employment outlook is bleak
SMALL BUSINESS (back to top)
– Family-owned business changes theme
– Executive Q&A – Pat McGowan: Bookstore evolves as business changes
– Entrepreneurs insulated from roiling financial markets
– Group will aid entrepreneurs in starting businesses
INVESTING (back to top)
– Investors hope to sow farming advances
REAL ESTATE (back to top)
– Property taxes on the rise
– Madison area home prices buck trend, remain stable
– Culver’s to break ground on new headquarters
– High-rise managers buy 100 condos
AGRIBUSINESS (back to top)
– Farmer angry that ‘wolves win’
– Weather adds up to decreased harvest
– Brothers continue winemaking tradition
– Wisconsin vineyard owners create group
– Japanese marketing experts to tour cranberry bogs
– Cross Country: Dairy Expo’s cow judging draws a herd
– First the chicken, then the egg: Finding new business in poultry
TRANSPORTATION (back to top)
– Schneider Logistics named SmartWay partner
– Illinois travelers fuel passenger growth at Mitchell
– Northwest traffic dips in September
– Transit ads target business community
RETAIL (back to top)
– Rise of the dollar store
– Hallmark store opens in Valley View Mall
– Howes Diamond Jewelers settles into new downtown location
– Grocery survivors: Chain supermarkets are all over, but determined, hard-working independents hang in there
– Curious George featured in Kohl’s Cares for Kids
UTILITIES (back to top)
– Seeking clear answers on water
– Water hub taps into future
HEALTH CARE (back to top)
– More Milwaukee health systems moving to electronic health records
– Hospital design not kid stuff
FINANCIAL SERVICES (back to top)
– Crisis renews sensible lending
BUSINESS COLUMNS (back to top)
– Richard Ryman column: Area stores get ready for their openings
– Tom Saler: Federal bailout doesn’t end flood of problems
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