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Odyne Systems tapping into demand for lower-emission trucks
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The market for hybrid electric cars has stalled somewhat with lower gasoline prices and consumers' reluctance to pay extra for hybrid technology.

Total Water Treatment Systems quenches thirst for ultrapure water
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The Madison supplier of ultrapure water treatment systems has been in expansion mode, driven by demand for infrastructure that can treat, monitor and pump water.

Could Shanghai Tower be an economic bellwether?
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It is with a degree of trepidation that investors might note this summer’s opening of the Shanghai Tower, a 121-story reflection of China’s economic vitality ” or vanity.

Economist believes stocks are not overvalued
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Economist Clare Zempel is standing firm in his view that a total stock market meltdown is not on the immediate horizon.

Groundbreaking design shakes up motorcycle helmet industry
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Bob Weber wanted to design a safer helmet for dirt bike riders. He ended up disrupting the $250-million-a-year motorcycle helmet industry and igniting a debate over head injuries.

Fatal motorcycle crashes up 15% in Wisconsin
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If the pattern holds, state officials say, this could be the deadliest year for motorcycle crashes since 2012, when more than 100 died.

Bucks group buys lot to connect arena to nearby restaurants, taverns
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The property will help connect the proposed arena and a nearby entertainment center to N. Old World 3rd Street’s taverns and restaurants, a Bucks official said.

Bon-Ton sells, leases back six department store buildings
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Of the Boston Stores at Mayfair, Southridge and Brookfield Square, which is the most valuable?

New Faces, New Places for July 3
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New Faces, New Places is about personnel changes at Wisconsin businesses.

Lexus NX SUV looks great but has a choppy ride
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If I were selecting a small sport-SUV based solely on looks, the Lexus’ NX would be my first choice.

Panel gives preliminary approval to city's part of Bucks arena package
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Milwaukee’s $47 million share of the $250 million public financing package proposed for a new Bucks arena received a preliminary approval Thursday.

Survey pegs Independence Day cookout spending at $6.6 billion
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Americans will spend almost $6.6 billion on food for cookouts during the upcoming holiday weekend, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2015 Independence Day survey.

Lucigen wins $1.5 million grant to develop cloning technology
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Gene cloning technology could allow Lucigen to expand from tools for working with bacterial proteins to other disease-related areas, the Middleton company said.

Sargento to expand in northeastern Wisconsin
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The $30 million project, which is expected to create 140 jobs, will receive $735,000 in tax credits from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

U.S. economy adds 223,000 jobs in June as jobless rate drops to 5.3%
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The the nation’s unemployment rate declined to 5.3% last month from 5.5% in May, but not entirely for reasons that are welcome.

Johnson Controls completes joint venture in China
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Creating the world’s largest car interiors supplier, Shanghai-based Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, is part of Johnson Controls’ moves to scale back its focus on the auto industry.

Milwaukee vodka company Griffon Brands LLC thinks inside the box
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Despite stiff competition from name brands, Eric Clappier and Bill Hersch launched Griffon Brands LLC, a Milwaukee company targeting a specific niche: premium boxed straight vodka.

Focus on Energy offers discounts on power-saving LED bulbs
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Homeowners looking for savings on utility bills can save more by buying LED bulbs that now come with special discounts from Wisconsin's Focus on Energy program.

Justice Department probing possible airline collusion to keep fares high
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Airlines have eliminated unprofitable flights and filled a higher percentage of seats as average domestic airfares, adjusted for inflation, rose 13% from 2009 to 2014.

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