KAUKAUNA - Expera Specialty Solutions plans Kaukauna HQ
Expera Specialty Solutions, a manufacturer of specialty paper products, announced Thursday that it is establishing its corporate headquarters in Kaukauna.

Expera will receive a $1 million loan from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to locate its headquarters in the historic Eagle Mill building, which also will be the future home of the Kaukauna Public Library.

The decision will enable Expera to retain 541 jobs in Kaukauna and create at least 30 additional jobs at the new headquarters within in the next five years, said WEDC spokesman Mark Maley.

The company, formed in 2013 with the merger of the Thilmany Papers and Wausau Papers, has been conducting its corporate activities at temporary offices throughout the state.

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STURGEON BAY - Picketers ask for 'fair contract' at Bay Shipbuilding
Bay Shipbuilding workers in the Boilermakers Union Local 449 held an informational picket Thursday in Sturgeon Bay on the sidewalk in front of the shipyard, following a similar picket on Oct. 9.

The workers’ contract with the company ended Sept. 12 and the union, which represents 300 to 400 welders, steel fitters, painters and machinists, is currently in negotiations with Bay Shipbuilding. But as yet, members have not taken a vote.

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DE PERE - New tech-loaded Medical College campus unveiled
The Medical College of Wisconsin unveiled its newly-finished, technology-loaded satellite campus at St. Norbert College on Thursday.

Large high-definition televisions bordered the classroom walls in the new medical campus housed inside St. Norbert College's renovated science building. High-end cameras offered state-of-the art, multi-directional teleconferencing technologies in every educational space.

Around 1,900 students have applied for one of the 20-25 spots at the three-year medical school opening in July 2015. Those applicants are among the 7,000 total who applied to MCW, which has its main campus in Wauwatosa.

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MARSHFIELD – Landscaper faces labor lawsuit
The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against Carl’s Landscape Service Inc. of Arpin, alleging the company retaliated against two workers who filed unpaid overtime complaints with the department.

One employee alleged he was fired on Aug. 26, 2011, after the company learned he had filed a complaint with the department’s Wage and Hour Division. Another employee alleged he was not called back to work following a seasonal layoff in 2012 after filing an unpaid overtime complaint.

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MADISON - StartingBlock entrepreneurial hub slated for East Wash development
Entrepreneurs, tinkerers and investors in Madison are envisioning a place where innovation will thrive, where chance encounters in hallways will spark new ideas and where young businesses will find investors.

The new space, called StartingBlock Madison, would combine three existing groups under one roof — Capital Entrepreneurs, Sector67 and gener8tor. The first offers networking, the second a community workshop — hackerspace, makerspace — and the third an accelerator for startups.

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WARRENS - Ocean Spray shoots commercial in Wisconsin for new look
Have you ever seen a variation of Ocean Spray's signature commercial where an old, slightly uptight cranberry farmer, Henry, exchanges comedic banter with a younger, kind-of-awkward cranberry farmer, Justin, as they both stand in a bog filled with bright red cranberries?

Well, for the first time in its 10 years on the airwaves, that advertisement will be shot in Wisconsin.

For the past few days, the village of Warrens and its cranberry growers have been host to production crews, actors and Ocean Spray employees as the Massachusetts-based cranberry grower cooperative hurries to finish a year's worth of commercials in one week.

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AMHERST JUNCTION - Ruby Coffee Roasters sees business perk up
Jared Linzmeier said the past week has been hectic but certainly enjoyable as interest in his coffee-roasting business has seen record growth.

Linzmeier, who runs Ruby Coffee Roasters out of his Amherst Junction home, was featured Oct. 15 by Stevens Point Journal Media after being named one of the 15 best new coffee-roasters in the United States according to Thrillist, a website that reports on travel, food and drink.

Linzmeier said that since then, the business has had its biggest week in terms of online sales for its website.

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APPLETON - ThedaCare to build $44 million cancer center
ThedaCare plans to build a new $44 million regional cancer center on Appleton's north side that will integrate services in one location to better meet patients' needs.

The board of trustees approved the details of the project Tuesday. The new facility, scheduled for completion in 2016, will be built on land ThedaCare owns near the Encircle Health campus on Capital Drive.

The Boldt Company of Appleton is the project's general contractor and construction manager. HGA Architects and Engineers of Milwaukee is the architect.

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FOND DU LAC - Retlaw Plaza Hotel to be auctioned
Fond du Lac's historic Retlaw Plaza Hotel is on the auction block.

The 132-room hotel at 1 N. Main St. will be auctioned online beginning Nov. 3 and ending Nov. 5 on the site with an opening bid of $1.25 million.

The hotel was one of six commercial properties featured in Wednesday's Wall Street Journal. The ad called the hotel an "upscale landmark hotel with full amenities."

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EAU CLAIRE - Northwestern Bank pledges $100,000 to Confluence Project
Northwestern Bank of Chippewa Falls is the latest company to pledge money in support of the Confluence Project in Eau Claire.

The bank, which also has had a branch in Eau Claire for more than 10 years, will contribute $100,000 to the project’s performing arts center.

Northwestern Bank President Gerald Jacobson will be presenting a check Wednesday morning to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation. The presentation will be at the Haymarket site, which would be the future home of the performing arts center.

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GREEN BAY - Mayor's vote kills economic development shuffle
The city of Green Bay is moving ahead with hiring a new economic development director.

But efforts to tweak how the city handles business recruitment and retention might not be finished.

The City Council on Tuesday rejected a restructuring proposal that sought to move economic development out of the mayor's office and into another city department.

The vote was 7-6, with Mayor Jim Schmitt casting a tie-breaking vote to defeat a measure that he opposed.

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MADISON - AnchorBank stock reopens on Nasdaq, rises 16 percent
Shares of Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin made their debut on Wall Street -- again -- on Wednesday morning and ended the day at $30.32, up $4.32, or 16.6 percent.

The Madison bank company, parent of AnchorBank, held its post-bankruptcy initial public stock offering on the Nasdaq market, trading under the symbol ABCW, the same symbol it had used before filing for reorganization in mid-2013.

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FOND DU LAC - Buechel Stone eyes new quarry in Town of Byron
Buechel Stone Corporation wants to open a new stone quarry in the Town of Byron.

The Chilton-based company sent letters this week to residents living near the proposed 43-acre site, inviting them to attend an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Sons of Zebedee Catholic Church, W5882 Church Road, town of Byron. The meeting is open to the public.

The quarry site is part of the Jim Geelan farm on Highway 175 between Church Road and County Highway B, southeast of Hobbs Woods, a 60-acre county park.

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GREEN BAY - Packers ready to raze buildings
The Green Bay Packers will begin razing buildings this week on land it owns along Lombardi Avenue. The team wants to remove the structures, including the former Kmart store, before winter to save it the cost of maintenance, fire protection and security. The Packers now own 54 parcels near Lambeau Field, all in the village of Ashwaubenon, totaling nearly 63 acres.

The team said it plans to develop land west of Lambeau Field to provide it with non-football sources of income, similar to New England's Patriot Place adjacent to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. Patriot Place includes restaurants, retail shops, a movie theater, a hotel and a Bass Pro Shop.

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FOND DU LAC - ACH Foam plans expansion
ACH Foam Technologies, an expanded polystyrene manufacturer located in Fond du Lac, plans to move into a second facility in the city by early next year.

ACH will lease a 40,000-square-foot building at 1739 Fox Ridge Drive, within the Fox Ridge Business Park along Highway 41.

Company officials say the expansion is the result of growing demand for expanded polystyrene (EPS)-based products. The expansion may lead to the creation of as many as 15 jobs in the Fond du Lac area over the next two to three years.

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