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Arthur Thomas
Arthur covers manufacturing for BizTimes. He previously was managing editor at The Waukesha Freeman. He is a graduate of Carroll University and did graduate coursework at Marquette. A native of southeastern Wisconsin, he is also a nationally certified gymnastics judge and enjoys golf on the weekends.
Economic indicators

Views on Wisconsin economy slip in latest WMC survey

It’s not that respondents in the semi-annual Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce survey see Wisconsin’s economy as weak, in fact a majority still say it...

Mass layoffs up in Wisconsin last year, most since 2015

The number of workers affected by mass layoffs that require a notice to the state Department of Workforce Development increased in 2019, but the total did not reach the most recent peak of 9,630 set in 2015.
Milwaukee manufacturing

Area’s manufacturing sector improved in December but remained in negative territory

A year ago, the latest Marquette-ISM reading of 45.1 would have been cause for concern, but after three straight months of decline, December’s report is perhaps a small bright spot for a manufacturing sector that hasn’t had many this year.

Wisconsin’s population continues to grow, barely

Wisconsin’s population has grown every year since the 2010 Census. The gains have not been especially large, a net gain of between 9,400 to 18,300 people each year.

Milwaukee Tool buys land for massive Menomonee Falls campus

Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. has closed on the acquisition of 71 acres in Menomonee Falls, where the company plans to develop a massive multi-purpose...

JP Cullen named general contractor for Milwaukee Athletic Club project

The development team leading the $70 million renovation and redevelopment of the Milwaukee Athletic Club has selected Janesville-based JP Cullen as the general contractor...

Maysteel Industries merges with North Carolina-based Porter’s Group

Allenton-based metal fabricator Maysteel Industries has merged with Gastonia, North Carolina-based Porter’s Group, the companies announced Monday. "This merger creates a dynamic company and a...
Project Redline site. Credit: Google.

Milwaukee Tool considered South Carolina for Menomonee Falls project

Milwaukee Tool picked Menomonee Falls over open capacity at its parent company’s South Carolina operations, according to a Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. staff review...

Wisconsin lost 1,200 private sector jobs in November

Private sector employment in Wisconsin dropped by 1,200 from October to November, according to seasonally adjusted data released Thursday by the Department of Workforce Development.
Rendering of the 'Maggi Sue' Great Lakes research vessel, which will replace UWM’s existing vessel, Neeskay.

UWM receives another $1.5 million for research vessel

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has received a $1.5 million donation for the Maggi Sue, a new research vessel for its School of Freshwater Sciences.

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