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Metal Express, a national supplier of industrial metals, has moved its corporate headquarters from Cleveland, Ohio, to Waukesha, at W229 N2464 Joseph Rd.
The company, an affiliate of A.M. Castle Co., has 15 locations nationwide, serving a wide variety of clients from industrial to retail accounts. Metal Express specializes in small orders, and offers a wide range of metals including carbon alloy, aluminum, stainless steel, copper, brass, bronze and tool steel to more than 25,000 customers, said Bill Angsten, president and CEO of Metal Express.
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s administrative and ticket offices have moved to the First Financial Centre, 700 N. Water St., in downtown Milwaukee. The MSO’s administrative staff are on the sixth and seventh floors of the building, while a ticket sales office is at street level. “Our new location will allow us to have a greater street presence in downtown Milwaukee,” said Cecilia Francis, public relations associate for the MSO. The new office is close to the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, where the MSO performs. The MSO offices had been on the ninth floor of one of the Park East Plaza towers at 330 E. Kilbourn Ave.
Zeppos & Associates has completed its move to the renovated and renamed Monroe Building at 400 E. Mason St. in downtown Milwaukee, said Kris Naidl, vice president of the firm. Zeppos & Associates is on the second floor of the building, leasing approximately 6,500 square feet of space. The Monroe Building is also home of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, a law firm, an accounting firm and other businesses.
Waukesha Health Care has leased 9,000 square feet of office space at 2750 Golf Rd. in Delafield, according to John Czarnecki of Wangard Partners, the listing broker. Waukesha Health Care, affiliated with Waukesha Hospital, will operate as a medical clinic. The building is adjacent to M&I Bank at the intersection of Golf Road and Highway 83. Steve Wagner of The Polacheck Co. was the leasing broker.
New businesses, acquisitions
Andrea Ward has incorporated WDSI as a lock and detention equipment contractor in Cedarburg. The firm handles consulting, design, installations, and service and maintenance of locks and other detention equipment.
Global Sound, formerly known as Global Sound International, of Greendale, has been purchased by Debra and David Petersen, owners of Gardtec, of Racine. The company is being relocated to Racine, according to Debra Petersen, Gardtec president. David Petersen serves as vice president of the company while Tony Catrine is manager for business development. Gardtec is at 2909 Mt. Pleasant St. Global Sound supplies audio accessories to the automotive market.
International Monetary Systems of New Berlin has incorporated a Canadian barter division: Continental Trade Exchange of Canada, with offices in Ottawa and Durham, both in Ontario. The stateside Continental Trade Exchange, meanwhile, has purchased the assets and client base of Trade Systems Interchange, a barter exchange in Rohnert Park of the San Francisco Bay area. The company now has five offices in Wisconsin, Illinois and California.
Chrysalis Packaging & Assembly (Chryspac) of Milwaukee has merged with Outsource Assembly and Distribution, according to William Becket, Chryspac president, and Rob Namowicz, Outsource owner. Namowicz is also owner of JNA Temporary Services in Milwaukee. Chryspac is at 2701 S. 1st St., the plant formerly operated by Outsource. The company wraps, bags, labels, sorts, assembles, disassembles, inspects and distributes products made by others.
Creatonomy, a marketing communications firm, has been formed at 1661 N. Water St. in Milwaukee, by Priya and Kevin Barnes, with the name having been formed from the words creativity and autonomy. Barnes is focusing on the financial services, insurance, health-care and senior markets. The firm’s Web site is
Tech grants
Four southeastern Wisconsin firms were among 25 companies in the state that won 49 federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards totaling $70.7 million.
The awards were made at the Sept. 25 SBIR/STTR conference and technology awards banquet in Waukesha.
The following summarizes the awards for southeastern Wisconsin firms:
— 3D Molecular Design, Wauwatosa, Phase II SBIR Award from National Institute of Health (NIH) of $208,000
— Advance Engines Development Corp., Milwaukee, Phase II SBIR Award Department of Defense of $727,938
— Bioelectromagnetics, Elm Grove, Phase I SBIR Award from NASA of $70,000.
— Simulation Technology & Applied Research, Mequon, Phase I SBIR Award from Dept. of Energy of $99,667.
State financing
E&M Citgo of Milwaukee will receive a $100,000 loan from the state’s Minority Business Development Fund (MBDF), Gov. Scott McCallum has announced. E&M Citgo is a start-up convenience store . It will be located in a North Avenue neighborhood currently undergoing extensive redevelopment. The owners will construct and equip a 1,500-square-foot facility. The business will use its loan to purchase equipment. The project will create nine jobs and leverage $551,000 in additional investment.
Oct. 12, 2001 Small Business Times, Milwaukee

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