(WisBusiness) TUES News Summary — 22 Sept. 2009

TUE WisBusiness News Summary
22 September 2009
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— A state biotech group has picked six young companies to get an award for moving products from the lab toward the marketplace.

The group BioForward announced the awards leading up to its October Biotechnology Vision Summit. The companies are all less than five years old.

Their products include a water-purification device, new ultrasound technology, and a synthetic joint lubricant.

See details: http://www.wisbusiness.com/index.iml?Article=170903

— Gov. Jim Doyle announced Wisconsin will receive $2 million in federal stimulus funds to reduce diesel emissions and save fuel.

The Wisconsin Department of Commerce will administer the funds. The recipients of these grants will use the funding to purchase diesel truck idling devices, which will help to reduce fuel consumption and air pollution from heavy-duty diesel truck-tractor engines.

See details: http://wispolitics.com/index.iml?Article=170829

— Doyle says he sees an “enormous opportunity” for Wisconsin’s clean water industry to make a mark in Asian markets.

As he wound up a trade mission to Asia, Doyle said only 40 percent of China’s water is usable and they have a huge need for clean water.

Milwaukee-based A.O. Smith announced late last week it was entering China’s water treatment market, buying a majority stake in a Hong Kong company for $77 million.

— A Wisconsin congresswoman is asking the White House to put a priority on high-speed rail in the Midwest.

Madison Democrat Tammy Baldwin joined with House Transportation Committee James Oberstar of Minnesota to ask for extra attention on a line connecting Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison. The two also pushed for Chicago to be linked to St. Louis and Detroit in their letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

They added that the rail lines could boost Chicago’s application for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Wisconsin would likely host some events for a Chicago Olympics.

See details: http://blogs.wispolitics.com/dcwrap/

— National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson will be meeting with Wisconsin farmers on Oct. 6-8 in several areas of the state.

Johnson will join Wisconsin Farmers Union President Sue Carlson to discuss rural health care issues, the dairy crisis and other agriculture topics.

See details: http://wispolitics.com/index.iml?Article=170838



Tuesday, September 29, at Discovery World in Milwaukee

“Green Jobs: Growing Wisconsin Employment” is part of a series of forums at Discovery World and aims to assess Wisconsin’s future in the green jobs market.

The forum, sponsored by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, UW-Milwaukee, We Energies, Wisconsin Environmental Initiative and Johnson Controls, begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 9 a.m. Breakfast begins at 7:15 a.m.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will provide remarks about his city’s efforts to cultivate green jobs.

Confirmed panelists include:

* UW-Milwaukee Engineering School Dean Michael R. Lovell

* Tom Boldt, CEO of Boldt Construction

* UW-Madison School of Agriculture Dean Molly Jahn

* Clay Nesler, Vice President, Global Energy and Sustainability, Johnson Controls, Inc.

The event is organized by WisPolitics.com/WisBusiness.com with the help of MMAC, Discovery World, and UW-Milwaukee. More sponsorship opportunities are available; contact Jim Greer at 608-237-6296 or greer@wispolitics.com.

The event is open to the public, and the price is $30 per person. But WisPolitics.com and WisBusiness.com subscribers, members of the Wisconsin Academy, the UW-Milwaukee community, and members of MMAC and Discovery World are able to attend for $20 per person.

The price includes the breakfast buffet but not parking.



Unilever to close Milwaukee dressing plant: Unilever Foodsolutions plans to close its plant on Milwaukee’s northwest side by November, leaving 38 employees without jobs.

Journal Sentinel to print N.E. Illinois papers: The Journal Sentinel Inc., publisher of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, will print 39 weekly newspapers serving communities in northeastern Illinois under a three-year contract with Sun-Times Media Group Inc. of Chicago.

3,600 expected for Epic’s annual conference: Epic Systems’ campus in Verona will double in population this week as the electronic health records company holds its annual user group meeting. Between presentations on new technology and productivity, the physicians and computer experts who come to the conference can leave their clipboards and computers behind and turn their attention to horses and cows instead.

Marinette Marine not relying on LCS contract: While Marinette Marine Corp. and Lockheed Martin are aggressively pursing a contract to build Littoral Combat Ships for the Navy at the Wisconsin shipyard, Marinette Marine is also combing the market for other work.


See commentary from around the state and columns from WisBusiness contributors Jennifer Sereno, Kevin McKinley, Tom Burzinski, Gregg Hoffmann, Tom Still and Steve Jagler:


TECHNOLOGY (back to top)
– UW students hitting the e-books in trial

BIOTECH (back to top)
– Promega organizing symposium on human identification

– Finding new markets for old-world craftsmanship; Reich Tool & Design rewires business with move into medical devices

– Maryland, California team on stem cell research

– Startup companies to gain recognition at biotech summit

ECONOMY (back to top)
– U.S. Census data: In recession, Appleton holds its own

– China’s water issues create opportunities for Wisconsin firms

MANUFACTURING (back to top)
– Modine selling stock, sees business improving

– Kalmbach Publishing acquires Cabin Life

LABOR (back to top)
– Managers not getting through to staff as much as they think

– Workers comp laws to be navigated

– Journalism still finding recruits if not profits

– Downturn leads to decline in employee commitment

SMALL BUSINESS (back to top)
– Milwaukee: Funding at 34 day care operations cut

INVESTING (back to top)
– Parent firm of Miller Electric Mfg. Co, of Appleton, to release earnings Oct. 20

REAL ESTATE (back to top)
– Dane County to get tough on overdue property taxes

TRANSPORTATION (back to top)
– Chili’s Too! opens at Mitchell

RETAIL (back to top)
– Midtown Lowe’s closes

REGULATION (back to top)
– Boumatic to Settle Claims Over Iodine Case

TOURISM (back to top)
– Milwaukee Mile deal advances

UTILITIES (back to top)
– WPPI Energy achieves renewable goal

– Utility defends rate proposal

HEALTH CARE (back to top)
– ThedaCare Behavioral Health to offer sessions on substance abuse

– 13% without health coverage in Green Bay, survey finds

– Milwaukee flu clinic has to turn people away

– Bank of America to pay $425M to exit government arrangement

PRESS RELEASES (back to top)
· Accelerate Madison: To host forum for technology and business leaders to learn about MMSD’s new information & technology plan
· BioForward: Announces winners of Biotechnology Vision Summit’s Emerging Company Showcase
· Chippewa Co. Economic Development Corp.: Effective selling workshop in Bloomer
· Dane Co. Exec. Falk: Economic uncertainty means more Dane County property owners falling behind on taxes
· Dept. of Children and Families: Suspends Wisconsin Shares payments of 34 suspected fraudulent child care providers
· Dept. of Commerce: Governor Doyle announces $2 million to reduce diesel truck emissions, save fuel
· Dept. of Workforce Development: State providing unemployed critical lifeline
· Downtown Madison: Holiday Open House, Saturday, Nov. 28
· Integrys Energy Services: Exits natural gas and electric marketing businesses in Canada
· NABsys: Expands leadership team with appointment of Stan Rose to board of directors
· RedPrairie Corp.: Bradshaw International responds to customer demand with upgraded RedPrairie Warehouse Management solution
· U.S. Dept. of Transportation: Transportation Secretary LaHood and FTA Administrator Rogoff announce $150,000 in ARRA funding for Madison energy consumption reduction project
· U.S. Dept. of Transportation: Transportation Secretary LaHood and FTA Administrator Rogoff announce $210,000 in ARRA funding for Milwaukee greenhouse gas emission reduction project
· UW-Stevens Point: Faculty members secure prestigious National Science Foundation grant
· UW-Whitewater: Hawk Career Fair and Expo helps students find internships, jobs
· UW-Whitewater: Marketing professor receives Direct Marketing Educational Foundation award
· UW-Whitewater: Whitewater University Technology Park groundbreaking Sept. 29
· White House: Proclamation of National Farm Safety and Health Week
· Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters: Cash, prizes, publication, and more with the Wisconsin People & Ideas
· Wisconsin Farmers Union: National Farmers Union president to meet with Wisconsin farmers
· Wisconsin Pork Association: Applauds efforts of Assembly in passing H1N1 resolution
· Wisconsin Stem Cell Now: Governor Doyle proclaims September 23, 2009 “Stem Cell Awareness Day”
– Proclamation

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