Economy & Business

Project Milwaukee
1:23 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Is Wisconsin Any Better Off?

It was nearly a year ago that Gov. Walker proclaimed - Wisconsin is open for business. In order to re-enforce that message, his administration successfully advanced a number of tax breaks to encourage businesses to hire and even relocate to the state. There was some bipartisan support for the incentives, although Democrats labeled them marginal and later blasted the governor and Republican lawmakers for slashing money from things such as education. Still, Walker maintains Wisconsin is in a much better place with a balanced budget and improved business climate. Is that the case? WUWM’s LaToya Dennis posed the question to Abdur Chowdhury. He’s chair of Marquette University’s Department of Economics.

Project Milwaukee
1:17 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

State of Business

Cree Ruud Lighting plans to hire around 470 people over the next four years.

From the beginning, Gov. Scott Walker said once he took office his focus would be on creating jobs. During the 2010 campaign, he vowed to create 250,000 private sector positions during his first term. To help, he converted the commerce department into a public-private entity called the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and instructed it to focus exclusively on fostering business growth, rather than also regulating the private sector. Walker also instituted a number of tax breaks for companies that create jobs here. In this installment of Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval, WUWM’s LaToya Dennis explores the impact the changes are having on business growth. Things are bustling at Cree Ruud Lighting in Sturtevant. Until earlier this year, it had been just Ruud - a firm making commercial and energy efficient lighting. Then, Cree, a company based in North Carolina, specializing in LED lighting bought the Wisconsin operation for $525 million. Construction crews have since broken ground for a gigantic addition.

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Economy & Business
8:53 am
Fri August 26, 2011

Metro Area Apartment Construction Booming

The Enclave is under construction in Wauwatosa.

The economic downturn has hit the builders of homes and condominiums hard. Unemployment in the construction trades tops 25 percent. Still, one sector is hot. Large apartment complexes are taking shape, including on the metro Milwaukee landscape.

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Economy & Business
3:21 pm
Wed May 11, 2011

For Some Eateries, Third Time May be the Charm

A barista (right) serves an appetizer at Ryan Braun's Graffito.

Despite the sluggish economy, there’s been a slight uptick in restaurant ownership in Milwaukee. The health department reports 1,461 eateries: that’s 26 more than last year and on par with the number before the recession hit. At least one establishment in the Third Ward, south of downtown, appears to be bouncing back. WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson found that some of the ‘new’ establishments are actually recycled restaurants. Entrepreneurs have moved in, believing they possess the formula for success.

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Economy & Business
3:53 pm
Fri January 14, 2011

Milwaukee's Port at Heart of Commerce, City's Soul

"Soul of a Port" examines the history of and present-day at the Port of Milwaukee.
Credit The History Press

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews writer Leah Dobkin about the Port of Milwaukee.

Please note: This interview originally aired Jan. 14, 2011.

While the Port of Milwaukee is not in the heart of the city, it may just be the heart of its commerce.

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Project Milwaukee
11:04 am
Fri November 19, 2010

Why Good Businesses Choose to Locate and Grow Here

Chris Dresselhuys of Palermo's Pizza
Credit Joshua Sutton

In this Project Milwaukee segment, WUWM’s Bob Bach interviewed Chris Dresselhuys, Director of Marketing for Palermo’s Pizza in Milwaukee. The company has a 135,000 square foot manufacturing facility in the city's Menomonee Valley. Palermo's Pizza has its roots in a family bakery and restaurant that Italian immigrants, Jack and Zina Fallucca, opened in Milwaukee in the 1960s.

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Project Milwaukee
9:48 am
Thu November 18, 2010

Local Co. Equips Our Food Factories

Inside the Schenck AccuRate plant in Whitewater, WI

For Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate?, we profile a local business with a global reach that manufactures equipment that allows other companies to make food. Chad Lorensen is the Business Development Manager for Schenck AccuRate, a Bulk Solids Metering Technology company making equipment for food manufacturers, located in Whitewater. Mike Karas is the marketing communications manager. They spoke with Stephanie Lecci.

Project Milwaukee
9:22 am
Thu November 18, 2010

Industries Indirectly Related

Packaging produced by Ivarson machines.

Today, we continue our Project Milwaukee Series: What’s On Our Plate? We’re exploring the impact the food industry has on the local economy. As we reported yesterday, more than 14,000 people in the greater Milwaukee area work for food and beverage manufacturers. But the number grows by thousands, when you include the workforce involved in building machinery for the food industry and moving its products, as well as making them more appealing. WUWM’s LaToya Dennis visited a few local employers that enhance Wisconsin’s food industry. When most people go to the grocery store, they probably don’t give much thought to all the work that goes into making the items on the shelves. I mean really, when was the last time you thought about what went into making your strawberry yogurt the perfect color? Well that’s what Dina Dicks does every day. She works for CHR Hanson in West Allis. The company makes coloring and other food additives. Dina and I met in one of the company lab.

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Project Milwaukee
9:19 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Steering Food Manufacturing Our Way

We learn about the present and future of food manufacturing here in the Milwaukee area as part of our Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate? series. Shelley Jurewicz is Vice President of Economic Development for the Milwaukee 7. The organization has just issued a report on the Milwaukee region’s food and beverage manufacturing industry.

Project Milwaukee
9:17 am
Wed November 17, 2010

From Soy Sauce to Seasonings, What We Make Around Milwaukee

Southeastern Wisconsin has a diverse food industry, and we hear about why three vastly different companies – Kikkoman Foods, Inc., Archer Daniels Midland, and Wixon - all call the Milwaukee area home.

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