RACINE - CEO explains why SC Johnson made Saran Wrap less sticky, hurting sales
SC Johnson’s famous food-wrapping brand Saran Wrap just doesn't stick as well anymore.

Consequently, Saran Wrap also doesn't sell as well, either.

SCJ Chairman and CEO Fisk Johnson is well aware of that. But he explained via email — and in an eight-page article published in the Harvard Business Review’s April issue — why he consciously chose that path for the iconic, transparent food wrap.

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MENASHA - Developer seeks $6.7 million in public help for downtown office tower
The developer behind a proposed downtown office tower has requested $6.7 million in public assistance, according to documents discussed Monday by Menasha's Administration Committee.

If the city's interest payments on borrowed money are included, the total taxpayer burden would reach about $10 million.

The developer — a group of local investors incorporated as Menasha Downtown Development — proposes to build an eight-story, 100,000-square-foot office tower on the site of the former Hotel Menasha, 177 Main St., and former First National Bank, 175 Main.

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LA CROSSE - 'Transformative' Lot C development officially breaks ground
The words “transformative” and “vibrant” were used early and often Monday in describing how a planned $68 million housing, retail and office complex will remake downtown La Crosse.

Weber Holdings LLC hosted a groundbreaking Monday on the former Lot C, the 2.3-acre site between Vine and State and Third and Fourth streets that in coming years will go from surface parking for the La Crosse County Law Enforcement Center to a two-building development with an anticipated tax value of $33 million.

La Crosse County Supervisor Joe Veenstra, who headed the committee that evaluated the different options for Lot C, was among several who predicted the project will have a ripple effect in spurring further development.

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JANESVILLE - Council OKs TIF loan for Gallina expansion
The Janesville City Council has agreed to float a $254,000 loan to help thermoplastics company Gallina almost double the size of operations at its east-side plant.

Monday, the council unanimously approved a 10-year, forgivable tax increment-financing loan to Gallina, a move that Economic Development Director Gale Price said puts the city on the “back end” of the company's plans to add 40,000 square feet of production space at its facility, 4335 Capital Circle.

The expansion, which Price said would be ready for occupancy by December, would grow the footprint of Gallina's facility to 90,000 square feet and increase production in Janesville.

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LA CROSSE - Corps of Engineers grants BNSF marsh permit
BNSF Railway has been given a green light to build a controversial second track through the La Crosse River marsh.

Despite requests from environmentalists as well as state and federal lawmakers, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued BNSF a permit to fill 7.28 acres of wetlands and about 0.1 acres of the river without conducting a comprehensive environmental review.

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LA CROSSE - Town of Holland sues PSC over high-voltage power line
The town of Holland has challenged a decision by Wisconsin regulators to allow a high-voltage transmission line between Holmen and Dane County.

The Public Service Commission on Thursday issued its final decision on the proposed Badger-Coulee project, formalizing a decision the panel made in March to permit the power line, and approved a route that would cut through the suburban community.

In a petition for judicial review filed Monday in La Crosse County Circuit Court, the town argues the project is not needed.

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ONALASKA - Allergy Associates breaks ground on 10,000-square-foot addition
Allergy Associates of La Crosse broke ground Monday on an addition to its Onalaska headquarters that will feature state-of-the-art food allergy testing suites and a demonstration kitchen.

The 10,000-square-foot addition to the clinic also will provide office and exam space for providers, as well as an allergy education center for patients, physicians and the general public, clinic officials said.

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FOND DU LAC - WHEDA awards $600,000 tax credit to develop Lakeside Gardens
A Fond du Lac apartment complex is among the state’s affordable housing project developments awarded a low income housing tax credit.

General Capital Group, applied for and received $635,369 to rehabilitate Lakeside Garden Apartments at 689 E. Scott St. and 391 N. Peters Ave. Each has about 40 apartments.

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Wisconsin roads third-worst in nation, study finds
Wisconsin's roads are the third-worst in the nation and the potholes and other problems that plague them cost drivers in some cities almost twice the national average in repairs and associated costs, according to a new study of the state's highway system.

The numbers mark a dramatic decline in road quality. As recently as 11 years ago, Wisconsin's roads ranked No. 22 in the nation, and their deterioration affects almost every industry and motorist in the state, according to the study commissioned by the Local Government of Wisconsin Institute.

The primary culprit: State budget cuts that have slashed the amount of money dedicated to repairing both state highways and local roads, which has left fewer than half of Wisconsin's roads rated as "good" or better, the report found.

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HUDSON - Two new hotels planned
The Hudson Plan Commission recently approved concept development plans for a Hampton Inn & Suites that was previously approved back in 2008.

The footings for the four-story, 83-unit hotel were poured, and then the financial crisis and subsequent recession put the project on hold. Business partners David Robson and Brian Zeller said the project is ready to move forward again.

In March, GrandStay Hospitality LLC announced that it intends to build a four-story, 70-unit hotel in the Hudson Center development. Robson and Zeller also have a financial interest in that development, located along Crest View Drive and I-94, on the former freeway rest stop property.

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GREEN BAY - Power struggle over tribal land hits Green Bay
A jurisdictional checkerboard has emerged on Green Bay's west side as the city and Oneida Tribe of Indians vie for authority over former reservation lands.

The Oneida, fueled by casino revenue, are aggressively reclaiming property they consider their rightful homeland.

But some Green Bay aldermen fear the city, which has controlled the land for decades, could lose a critical chunk of its tax base along with the ability to equitably enforce ordinances.

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MADISON - Windsor Building Systems recovers from fire with bigger, better manufacturing plant
Fifteen months after a fast-moving fire destroyed half of Windsor Building Systems’ two-building manufacturing plant is more than mended, the company has completed a $3.5 million project featuring construction of a building that’s 5,000 square feet larger, and with new equipment that’s faster and more efficient.

It’s been a timely rebuild, too, as Windsor expands its production capacity on track with an improving housing market featuring increased demand for new single-family homes and apartment construction.

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BELOIT - New Alliant Energy power plant would be partly solar powered
The new power plant Alliant Energy plans to build in the town of Beloit will use natural gas to create electricity for its customers, but the plant itself will be run, in part, by solar power.

The Madison utility company released specifics Friday on the proposal initially revealed last November. It calls for building a 650-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant, able to serve more than 500,000 homes, fronted by an array of solar panels — a new element of the plan.
The new power plant would be built next to the existing 675-megawatt, natural gas-fueled Riverside power plant. Its waste heat from the generation process would be captured and turned into additional electricity.

The project would cost an estimated $750 million.

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HOWARD – Village looks to re-launch village center project
Howard officials have revived a plan to develop a community center in the hope it spurs commercial and residential development in the heart of the village.

The Howard Village Board will take the first step toward the plan Monday when it meets to consider creating a tax incremental financing district, or TIF, to fund $12.8 million in infrastructure improvements and construction of a community plaza that would include a pavilion, water features and green space for concerts and recreation.

Village President Burt McIntyre said the project was proposed more than a decade ago in response to the the village's growth and expansion beyond its rural roots.

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MADISON - Double S BBQ moving from Cambridge to Monroe Street
Double S BBQ, which has spent the past three years in Cambridge, recently closed that location and is moving to Monroe Street in Madison, into the area where co-owner Sarah Jones grew up.

The restaurant is going into the floral shop J. Kinney, at 1835 Monroe St., which is scheduled to close June 1. The location is next to the old Barriques.

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