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World Economic Forum names Husco a global growth company
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Husco International, a Waukesha manufacturer of hydraulic and electro-hydraulic components used in the automotive industry and other industries, said Tuesday it's been named one of 12 Global Growth Companies by the World Economic Forum.

Soda a sweet complement to beer for craft brewers
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Sprecher Brewing Co. might be best known for its Sprecher Amber— or perhaps its Black Bavarian. But the Glendale-based brewer’s most popular brand, by far, is one with a sweeter taste: Sprecher Root Beer.

Women's Business Development Center expands into Wisconsin
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The Chicago-based Women's Business Development Center kicked off an expansion into Wisconsin on Tuesday morning at an invitation-only event in downtown Milwaukee, the first of many discussions, workshops and other events the nonprofit organization says it will hold here.

Kimberly-Clark to cut up to 1,300 jobs worldwide
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Job cuts will be spread across the company’s international operations and will have “very little impact” on the production workforce, a spokesman said.

Kohler names new president of Americas engine division
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Kohler Co. says it has appointed Brian Melka to president of its Americas engine division.

A.O. Smith earnings up 9.5%, higher than analysts' forecasts
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In the third quarter, net income rose to $50.6 million, or 56 cents a share, from $46.2 million, or 50 cents, a year earlier.

ManpowerGroup earnings rise 38%, beating estimates
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Manpower, which has been in restructuring mode for several years, got a boost because the latest quarter does not include restructuring charges.

Brookfield health care software company Connecture plans IPO
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The company’s software is used by more than 70 health plans as well as private exchanges and state marketplaces set up under the Affordable Care Act.

Harley earnings drop 7.7% on lower motorcycle shipments
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Revenue from motorcycles was $815.4 million, down nearly 5% from $857 million in the year-ago quarter.

More efficient health care generates savings
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Accountable care organizations changing the way health care is delivered.

Wisconsin home sales flat in September; prices up 3.1%
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Existing home sales last month were just 0.2% lower than September 2013 while median prices rose to $148,700 from $144,200.

Madison's Semba Biosciences awarded $1.5 million grant
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The money comes in the form of a second-phase Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Cancer Institute.

Looking for a pay raise? Good luck
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Survey figures suggest that the number of people out of work remains high enough that companies aren’t under any pressure to raise pay.

Federal agents arrest former foreclosure king Todd Brunner
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Federal agents arrested Todd Brunner, the onetime king of foreclosures, early Monday on fraud and bankruptcy charges.

Menasha Packaging plans $5 million expansion in Hartford
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Menasha Packaging Co. said Monday it will spend $5 million to expand production capacity at its Hartford plant, a move that could create about 75 jobs in Hartford and Neenah.

Obamacare plan rates in Wisconsin to keep pace or decline next year
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The cost of the health plans is expected to increase next year at roughly the same rate as past years in Wisconsin— and several insurers are even lowering prices.

Small businesses prepare for another rough winter
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With forecasts of another snowy season, small-business owners want to ensure they can operate through whatever’s ahead and, in some cases, capitalize from it.

Manufacturers scramble to fill jobs, struggle to recruit women
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Women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce, but the number of women in manufacturing has been on the decline even as companies clamor for more talent at all levels.

UWM Innovation Campus helps build connections with key partners
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The Innovation Campus sits atop a hill that overlooks the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center and the Milwaukee County Research Park, two nearby sources of collaboration.

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