Caterpillar to lay off 150 workers at its Decatur plant

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. is laying off 150 full-time production workers at its Decatur plant in response to weak demand for mining equipment. The Herald & Review reports (http://bit.ly/1HYRNCx ) company officials announced Friday that the indefinite layoffs of the workers are expected to begin May 11 at the central Illinois plant. Caterpillar […]

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Comcast says adding thousands of customer-support jobs

CHICAGO (AP) — Comcast, long dogged by a terrible reputation for customer service, is planning to hire thousands and is rolling out new tools to improve its interactions with customers. “There are times you just need to transform things and rethink things from the base level. That’s what we’ve done,” Neil Smit, president and CEO […]

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Excel Academy expands in Roscoe; Tae Kwon Do studio is to host classes at two village locations

whelm@beloitdailynews.com ROSCOE — Did you ever want to study Tae Kwon Do? Roscoe residents will now have a wider space to practice, since Excel Academy is moving to a new location. The new 1,800-square-foot location at 11361 Main St., will supplement the existing Excel Academy. The current academy located at 11447 Second St., will be […]

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Fiskars building new headquarters in Middleton

Fiskars building new headquarters in Middleton MIDDLETON, Wis. (AP) — The company best known for its orange-handled scissors plans to build a new headquarters in Middleton for its operations in the Americas. Fiskars says the $26 million project will accommodate about 400 employees and is expected to open in the fall of next year. The […]

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Nearly 250 jobs to be lost in Waukegan from plant’s closure

CHICAGO (AP) — The June closure of a Waukegan manufacturing plant that produces video gambling machines will result in the elimination of nearly 250 jobs in Lake County. Waukegan Mayor Wayne Motley says the loss of jobs in his city is devastating. He says city officials already have been working to find a replacement to […]

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Newspaper to move into Voigt Music Center

CSI Media’s The Stateline News announced it will move into the former Voigt Music Center building at 1712 Cranston Road. Dan White, vice president of CSI Media, said the move was prompted by the company’s lease ending at its Willowbrook office and a need to move to a smaller space. “We didn’t need that much […]

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Sears Hometown Store gets new owner

Sears Hometown Store might have a new owner, but it will continue to provide the same services with a loyal and knowledgeable staff. Rodney Punzel is the new owner of the Sears Hometown Store in Beloit, 1970 Sutler Ave. He purchased it from Chuck Platts on March 1. He and staff are planning a festive […]

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Kohler’s CEO relinquishes position to son

KOHLER, Wis. (AP) — The man who leads the company that bears his name in Kohler is ending his 43-year tenure as its chief executive. Herbert Kohler will turn over the title of CEO at the Kohler Co. to his son, David Kohler, who is currently its president. Kohler directors have elected the 76-year-old Kohler […]

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Regulators approve Wisconsin Energy acquisition

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin regulators have approved a $9 billion transaction that combines Wisconsin Energy Corp. and Integrys Energy Group. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1zihJaF ) reports Wisconsin’s Public Service Commission decided in favor of We Energies’ parent company on most of the issues in the case Thursday. But the commission attached several conditions in […]

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United Airlines CEO’s 2014 compensation tops $11.3 million

CHICAGO (AP) — The CEO of United Airlines got a 39 percent increase in compensation last year, to more than $11.3 million, according to an Associated Press analysis. Jeffery Smisek also benefited from an increase in the value of pension benefits granted before 2014, but that change is not included in the AP’s calculation for […]

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