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Attorney J.D. Thorne has relocated his J.D. Thorne Employment Law Managers practice to 225 E. Mason St., Suite 502, in Milwaukee. Thorne has been practicing law in the Milwaukee area since 1977.

ACE World Wide Group of Companies of Milwaukee has purchased the intermodal transportation company Seaway Cartage, also in Milwaukee, to strengthen its global transportation and distribution services, according to Alan S. Mileski, president and CEO. The acquisition gives ACE a five-acre Port of Milwaukee location for loading, unloading and storing steamship containers. The firm also gets an inventory of heavy-duty chassis for heavy-load shippers. Kenneth Filo, former president and owner of Seaway, has joined ACE World Wide Group of Companies as general manager-marketing.
Cream City Communications, a custom Web-based application business, has been acquired by private owners in Phoenix. The newly created company, Integral Productions (Integral Pro), will continue to offer e-business services in both states. "The Milwaukee market has treated us well over the last six years, but in order to continue our growth we need to reach out to new markets," said Jonathan Brewer, one of the three partners in Cream City Communications. Other partners are Nathan D. Bowen and Nathan A. Ferch. All three will remain part-owners in the new operation. Integral Pro will retain the Cream City staff and plans to add positions. The new company will add an online ordering and document-management platform, Meta Ordernet, to its offerings. Meta Ordernet was developed in 2000 for Metgraphix, a commercial printing and digital document services provider with locations in Phoenix and New Berlin.
The Stevens Law Office of Cedarburg and Mallery & Zimmerman have merged their firms. The Cedarburg office of Mallery & Zimmerman will be maintained at 708 Keup Rd. under the name Mallery, Zimmerman & Stevens. Shareholder John Stevens will continue to practice in the areas of trusts and estates in Cedarburg, Milwaukee and Carefree, Az. Besides the Milwaukee area and Arizona, offices are located in Wausau and Stevens Point.
Layton State Bank has re-opened its facility in Greendale’s historic village center after a major renovation project. The bank’s office is at 5850 Broad St.
Southeastern Wisconsin companies among 48 nominated for the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Manufacturer of the Year award include Accurate Pattern, Brookfield; Alto-Shaam, Menomonee Falls; American Orthodontics, Sheboygan; Bemis Manufacturing, Sheboygan Falls; DaimlerChrysler-Daimler Engine, Kenosha; InPro Corp., Muskego; K&B Innovations, North Lake; MGS Mfg. Group, Germantown; Open First, Milwaukee; Orbis Corp., Oconomowoc; Plymouth Foam, Plymouth; Quad/Graphics, Pewaukee; Saddlebrook BarnCams, Oconomowoc; Sharp Packaging Systems, Sussex; Specialty Tapes, Franksville; Visual Systems, Milwaukee; WennSoft, New Berlin; Wigwam Mills, Sheboygan; and Wiscraft, Milwaukee. Winners will be announced at a Feb. 27 banquet at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.
Zoe Engineering has become a tenant of the Professional Dimensions Women’s Business Incubator in Milwaukee, according to the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp. (WWBIC). The company has been started by Daphne Wilson, who recently received her Wisconsin Professional Engineer license. The incubator is located within the YWCAWomen’s Enterprise Center at 1915 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. WWBIC has also announced that Fanny Dunlap has started Kids You Choose, a poster and tee-shirt-design business. Dunlap is a 65-year-old legally blind African American woman who designed the posters about 15 years ago, before she began to lose her vision, she said. She went through WWBIC courses. WWBIC and the West Allis Small Business Development Program have helped Michael Smith and his fiancée Jennifer Lahmann finance their new company, Cleveland Avenue Automotive, at 8440 W. Cleveland Ave. in West Allis. WWBIC and West Allis have also helped finance Doc’s Stitches, a custom quilter for Wisconsin truckers. The company makes personalized denim quilts, primarily for truckers.

Jan. 24, 2003 Small Business Times, Milwaukee

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