New business moving into downtown offering fun, new trend

BELOIT — Looking for something new to do on date night or for the kids’ birthday party? All ages are invited to try the newest trend — live escape rooms. [ESC] Quest opened at 412 E. Grand Ave. in early May. Owned by Steve and Vicki Hutchison, the business offers four live escape rooms where […]

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Health systems rebrand after merger

JANESVILLE — Mercy Health System based in Janesville, Wis., and Rockford Health System based in Rockford, Ill., has announced a new name and logo for its merged facilities. The new name for the merged health system will be Mercyhealth, according to a news release from the company. The two health systems officially merged in January […]

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Alliance Laundry expanding in Ripon

RIPON, Wis. (AP) — A Ripon company that manufactures commercial laundry equipment is expanding in a big way. Alliance Laundry Systems says it will invest more than $62 million to expand its operation and add 200 jobs. An Alliance vice president, Todd Kaull, tells WLUK-TV (http://bit.ly/1qeshnc ) the expansion includes a new warehouse, injection molding […]

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Joy Global to shut down welding operations in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Joy Global Inc. is shutting down its heavy welding and fabrication operations in Milwaukee, resulting in the loss of about 130 jobs. The mining equipment manufacturer announced the decision to employees Wednesday. Joy Global says most of the employees affected by the shutdown already were on layoff. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/24OOVFN […]

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Kohl’s 1Q results miss Street as spring funk hits retailers

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. (AP) — Kohl’s first-quarter results missed analysts’ estimates, weighed down by hefty costs as the department store operator’s sales dropped. A lackluster holiday season across much of the retail sector has become a spring funk. Macy’s Inc. slashed its profit and sales expectations for the year on Wednesday and Gap Inc. had […]

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Tribune adopts shareholder rights plan to fend off Gannett

NEW YORK (AP) — Fending off an unsolicited takeover by the owner of USA Today, Chicago’s Tribune Publishing has adopted a shareholder rights plan, better known as “poison pill.” Gannett offered to buy Tribune Publishing last month for more than $388 million. Tribune rejected the offer last week, saying the price was too low. The […]

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Kraft Heinz cutting 40 ‘third-party’ jobs in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kraft Heinz Co. is cutting 40 jobs in Pittsburgh, mostly accounts payable and other customer service positions that are being outsourced to an unspecified third party. Michael Mullen, the company’s senior vice president for corporate and government affairs says Kraft Foods Group was already using a business model that outsourced such jobs […]

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Tyson Foods sets July closing for Wisconsin pepperoni plant

JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) — Tyson Foods says it will permanently close its pepperoni plant in Jefferson in July. Springdale, Arkansas-based Tyson announced last November it’s closing the Wisconsin plant along with one in Chicago. Tyson has notified the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development that the Jefferson plant will close its doors on July 9. The […]

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Alaska, JetBlue top annual survey of North American airlines

The Associated Press Alaska Airlines and JetBlue Airways still rank highest in the annual J.D. Power survey of passengers on the nine largest North American airlines, and the firm says overall traveler satisfaction with the industry is at a 10-year high. J.D. Power said Wednesday that Alaska Airlines ranked highest among traditional airlines for the […]

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Dynegy to shut down 3 generating plants in southern Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) — Dynegy Inc. has announced it will close three of its coal-powered generating plants in southern Illinois that combined generate about 1,834 megawatts of electricity. Houston-based Dynegy announced Tuesday it will shutter two coal-fired units at its Baldwin Power Station and one coal-fired unit at Newton Power Station over the next year. Dynegy […]

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