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GM to slash 14,700 jobs in North America

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DETROIT (AP) — General Motors will lay off 14,700 factory and white-collar workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it restructures to cut costs and focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles. The reduction includes 8,100 white-collar workers, some of whom will take buyouts and others who will be…

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Kohl’s 3Q results top Street on strength in clothes business

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MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. (AP) — Kohl’s Corp. fiscal third-quarter performance beat Wall Street’s view on strength across its clothing business, and the department store operator increased the low end of its full-year adjusted earnings outlook. For the period ended Nov. 3, the chain earned $161 million, or 98 cents per share. A year ago the…

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Aluminum Fabricated Products to build new headquarters in Marathon City

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MARATHON CITY – Aluminum Fabricated Products has selected Marathon City as the location of its new Custom Metal Fabrication Facility and Corporate Headquarters. The developer’s agreement, signed Nov. 1, calls for Marathon to sell the company a parcel at the east end of the Marathon City Business Park. Construction of the new 30,000 square foot…

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Wausau Pilot & Review to hold ribbon cutting

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WAUSAU — Wausau Pilot & Review will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13 at 500 North Third Street, Suite 208-8. Readers are welcome and are encouraged to attend. Wausau Pilot & Review is a nonprofit, independent, online newspaper that covers local government, public safety, education, and environmental issues. The…

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Rothschild eatery closes after 8 years in business

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By Shereen Siewert ROTHSCHILD — A locally-owned Rothschild restaurant closed its doors this week after eight years in business. Lammar’s Smokehouse BBQ, which relocated in May 2017 to 1027 E. Grand Ave., announced the closure Wednesday on the restaurant’s Facebook page and a sign reading “closed permanently” is on the door of the restaurant. “It…

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VFW eyes new location

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WAUSAU — A proposed zoning change would pave the way for Wausau’s Veterans of Foreign Wars to operate in a new location. Dan Southworth, commander of VFW Burns Post 388, appeared Aug. 28 before the city’s plan commission to request a zoning change for 316 Sherman St. to allow for bingo and a number of…

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Peoples State Bank promotes Jared Morris

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WAUSAU — Peoples State Bank announced this week the promotion of Jared Morris to senior credit officer. In his new role, Morris will partner with commercial bankers to ensure loan policies are applied to new and existing loans, improve credit policy exception monitoring and reporting systems, and develop small credit management policies and procedures to…

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Hiawatha to reopen in Wausau

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By Shereen Siewert WAUSAU — A planned sale of the historic Hiawatha Lounge is off, and the owners plan to reopen the popular east-side bar and restaurant in the coming weeks. Chef Adam Jamgochian, who also owns and operates Michael’s Supper Club in Rib Mountain, made the announcement Tuesday on the Hiawatha Facebook page. “Well…

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Finnish company purchases 4 Wisconsin paper mills

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KAUKAUNA, Wis. (AP) — A Finnish company has signed a definitive agreement to purchase four paper mills in Wisconsin for $615 million. Expera Specialty Solutions has been sold to Ahlstom-Munksjo, a publicly traded paper company based in Helsinki, Finland. The transaction, which was announced Monday, is expected to be completed later in the year. Operations…

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Bite Squad acquires 715 Delivery, expands into Wausau and Eau Claire

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WAUSAU — Bite Squad, the Minneapolis-based restaurant delivery service, has acquired local restaurant delivery service 715 Delivery to expand into Wausau and Eau Claire. The new service will offer delivery from more than 25 local restaurants. Bite Squad currently operates in more than 50 metropolitan areas across the United States, with Wausau and Eau Claire…

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Wisconsin Sen. Johnson concerned about impact of tariffs

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said Monday he’s concerned with the Trump administration’s “widespread tariffs” and wants the White House to know “there’s some real damage being done” to companies. Johnson made the remarks after meeting with executives of Wisconsin companies to hear how the U.S.’s trade war with China and…

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Citing tariffs, Harley-Davidson will shift some production overseas

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Harley-Davidson, up against spiraling costs from tariffs, will begin to shift the production of motorcycles headed for Europe from the U.S. to factories overseas.The European Union on Friday began rolling out tariffs on American imports like bourbon, peanut butter and orange juice. The EU tariffs on $3.4 billion worth of U.S. products…

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Menards accuses labor board of overreach

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By Emily Zantow/Courthouse News MADISON, Wis. (CN) – Wisconsin-based home improvement giant Menards sued the National Labor Relations Board, claiming the board is unlawfully trying to control the company’s relationship with independent contractors. The six-page complaint filed Friday in Madison federal court by Menard Inc. attorney Gary Roehm stems from an NLRB action alleging that…

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REI Engineering donates books for Earth Day

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NEWS RELEASE — In recognition of Earth Day, REI Engineering, Inc. is donating books to local schools and distributing educational materials for nearly 400 students and 17 teachers. REI’s goal is to encourage students to Read, Educate, and Ignite action to help in sustaining our environment. To accomplish this goal, REI is asking its team…

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Biz Briefs: Church Mutual announces new leadership promotion

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(Merrill, Wis.) – Janet Selnes has been named assistant vice president – broker distribution for Church Mutual Insurance Company, effective in February. Selnes joined Church Mutual in 2003 as a regional representative and was promoted to division manager in 2012. Five years later, Janet was promoted to regional sales manager. During her time in sales,…

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Foremost Farms to sell pharmaceutical lactose business; 110 workers to lose jobs

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ROTHSCHILD — Foremost Farms USA Cooperative announced on Monday that it has agreed to sell its Pharmaceutical Lactose business, located in Rothschild, to Kerry Biofunctional Ingredients, leading to a permanent layoff of 110 workers. The layoffs will begin May 7, according to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Foremost has had a longstanding relationship with…

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Biz Briefs: Peoples State Bank announces promotions

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Wausau, Wis. (February 26, 2018) Scott Cattanach, President and CEO of Peoples State Bank announces the following promotions. Jared Morris, promoted to Assistant Vice President – Credit Administration, Wausau – Stewart Avenue location. Morris joined Peoples in 2012 as a credit analyst and was later promoted to commercial credit supervisor. He has consistently displayed the…

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Twisted license approved for Old Western Village

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By Raymond Neupert/South Metro Observer SCHOFIELD, Wis. – A proposed new nightclub in Schofield will be getting its liquor license after all, as a second application has been approved by the city council. Members of the Schofield City Council approved that application for the Twisted Sports Bar at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. Twisted is…

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