Commentary: Am Fam letdown

American Family’s new downtown Milwaukee office will be located in the 110-year-old former Mandel printing building near the northwest corner of West McKinley Avenue and North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
American Family’s new downtown Milwaukee office will be located in the 110-year-old former Mandel printing building near the northwest corner of West McKinley Avenue and North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Courtesy of American Family Insurance

It wasn’t surprising when Madison-based American Family Insurance announced plans to sell the former Mandel printing building near downtown Milwaukee, which it bought in late 2019 with intentions to establish an office there with 400 employees. That was exciting news at the time for Milwaukee.  But then in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic hit, forcing many

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Andrew is the editor of BizTimes Milwaukee. He joined BizTimes in 2003, serving as managing editor and real estate reporter for 11 years. A University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, he is a lifelong resident of the state. He lives in Muskego with his wife, Seng, their son, Zach, and their dog, Hokey. He is an avid sports fan and is a member of the Muskego Athletic Association board of directors.

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