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Marcus Restaurant Group buys the Safe House

Milwaukee-based Marcus Restaurant Group, a division of Marcus Corp.’s Marcus Hotels & Resorts, has acquired Milwaukee’s famed Safe House Restaurant and Bar.

Previous owners Dave and Shauna Baldwin have retired.

The 49-year-old spy-themed restaurant has a secret entrance near Water and Wells Streets, spy décor, and a confidential password for entrance and secret passageways. It is also home of The Newsroom Pub, which will continue to be the base for the Milwaukee Press Club.

Marcus has purchased the restaurant’s assets and rights to the Safe House name, as well as the Newsroom Pub.

The Restaurant Group plans to adjust the menu at the Safe House to include fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. It will also add several craft cocktails and beverages to the drink menu. The Safe House will now offer birthday packages for all age groups, as well as bachelor and bachelorette party packages.

“The new agents are very excited about this assignment, and continuing the fun and intrigue that makes this iconic landmark a Milwaukee tradition,” said Gregory Marcus, president and chief executive officer of Marcus Corp. “Control’s agents look forward to completing this mission and enhancing the already great foundation that is the Safe House, while creating the next level of clandestine entertainment.”

TIP Technologies more than doubles headquarters size with move to Waukesha

Quality assurance software developer TIP Technologies has moved its headquarters from Pewaukee to Waukesha.

The company has leased and renovated 13,688 square feet of office space in the Tower Executive Office Building at N14 W24200 Tower Place in Waukesha. It was previously located in a 6,000-square-foot space at W233 N2833 Roundy Circle West, Suite 400, in Pewaukee.

According to TIP, which makes Quality Management Solutions, Compliance, and Shop Floor Execution Software for the manufacturing industry, the new space will be a better fit for the needs of the growing company.

Among the new office’s features are open areas for team collaboration, an enhanced floorplan that is expected to streamline workflow, and space for in-house training.

TIP also has offices in Arizona, Florida, Tennessee and North Carolina. It has 33 employees, and plans to hire another five people by the end of the year.

Annex Wealth Management to open Delafield office July 1

Elm Grove-based Annex Wealth Management plans to open its third office, in Delafield, on July 1.

The financial advisory company also in 2013 opened an office in Mequon, and plans to open an Appleton office this year. It has been expanding to different areas to add convenience for its clients, said Dave Spano, chief executive officer and president.

There will be three employees in the Delafield office to start, led by John Bodden. The branch will assist clients in the Lake Country area.

Annex remodeled the 3,200-square-foot leased space at 2301 Sun Valley Drive to match its other offices’ design.

As for Appleton, that branch is still in the works. It would likely have 10 employees, and would stretch Annex’s reach into the Fox Valley.

The rapid addition of new office locations is part of the business plan for Annex, and includes further expansion, Spano said. The company is seeing more demand from baby boomers who want to get their finances in order ahead of their retirement.

Founded in 2001, Annex now has 43 full-time employees and 20 independent contractors, most of whom are based at its Elm Grove headquarters.

Cosentry invests in Milwaukee data center

Cosentry Inc., an Omaha, Neb.-based information technology solutions provider, is investing $5 million in its Milwaukee data center.

The company is remodeling and updating the former Red Anvil data center at 3701 W. Burnham St. Cosentry acquired Red Anvil last October.

The remodeling of the 7,000-square-foot data center will be completed later this year.

Cosentry also announced the appointment of Chris Gigot as regional sales vice president serving the Wisconsin market. Gigot will oversee Cosentry’s business development and sales efforts, driving the adoption of the company’s managed IT solutions, including data center, cloud and managed services capabilities.

Staples Marketing will change its name

Staples Marketing LLC , a Pewaukee-based advertising, public relations and marketing agency, will change its name to AFFIRM in order to better reflect the purpose and mission of the agency.

While the name for doing business is changing, the agency will remain the same company with the same staff at N28 W23050 Roundy Drive, Pewaukee. The new website, as of July 1, will be

Danny Mager and Steve Stocker took over management and eventually ownership of Staples Marketing from founder Jim Staples 10 years ago.

Stainless Foundry appoints new CEO

Milwaukee-based Stainless Foundry and Engineering Inc. recently appointed Jim Stachowiak president and chief executive officer. He replaced Dan Brockington, who resigned in February after 25 years with the company.

Stachowiak joined Stainless Foundry in January 2014 as vice president of operations.

Prior to joining Stainless Foundry, Stachowiak worked as a manufacturing executive at GE Waukesha Gas Engines from 2011 to 2014 and as director of manufacturing at Waukesha Engine from 2010 to 2011. He started his career as a machinist apprentice with Harnischfeger Corp., which later became Joy Global Inc.

As president and CEO, Stachowiak said his immediate goals for the company are to reestablish positive relationships with its customer base and to reestablish its technical leadership position in the industry. His long-term goals are to drive profitable growth for the business, invest in technology and enhance the company’s position as a technology leader in the casting industry.

Stainless Foundry, which employs 200, is a manufacturer of raw and machined castings. It is also a supplier to OEMs servicing the chemical, petrochemical, nuclear, pulp and paper, pharmaceutical, food and dairy, metering, and military markets.

GO Riteway to hire 280

Germantown-based GO Riteway Transportation Group plans to hire 280 employees over the next four months.

The company, which provides school bus, motorcoach, chauffeur and shuttle services, is accepting applications for a variety of positions, including drivers, at its 16 locations. There are part-time, full-time, non-exempt/hourly and exempt roles available.

According to the company, no experience is necessary and new employees receive paid training. Benefits vary depending on the type of job, and may include medical, dental, vision, life, short-term disability, accident and critical illness and long-term care insurance. Roles may also include paid holidays, vacation and sick time. A 401(k) plan with company match is offered to all employees.

More information about job fairs and the positions available is available at under “Employment.”

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