Company plans move to Roscoe

ROSCOE — American Aluminum Extrusions has been slowly transitioning its operation from the space it leases at the Ironworks complex in downtown Beloit to a building in Roscoe that the company purchased five years ago. While the company’s plan in January 2011 was to continue operations in both the Beloit site and the larger site […]

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5.0 renews commitment to local economy

Six years ago, Rock County 5.0 launched with the mission of revitalizing the troubled local economy and repositioning it to look toward the future. It created and executed a five year plan to that end, and that plan has since come to a close. Now, Rock County 5.0 leader James Otterstein said the mission will […]

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Data Dimensions awarded contract from SMS

JANESVILLE — Data Dimensions has been awarded a five-year subcontract from its prime contractor, Systems Made Simple (SMS), a Lockheed Martin Company. SMS has subcontracted to Data Dimensions the Intake Conversion Mail Handling Services (ICMHS) contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which will allow the Janesville-based company to continue to provide document-conversion services […]

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Union members ratify deal ending monthlong Kohler strike

KOHLER, Wis. (AP) — Union workers at the Kohler Co. overwhelmingly approved a new contract Wednesday, ending a monthlong strike and the first walkout at the Wisconsin manufacturer in more than 30 years. Union officials said the tentative agreement announced Tuesday was supported by 91 percent of the 1,846 employees who voted. Workers will return […]

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ConAgra Foods leases part of Alcoa building

BELOIT — A third tenant has moved into the former Alcoa site. ConAgra Foods is leasing 140,000 square feet of space at the former Alcoa building at 1 Reynolds Drive, according to Beloit Economic Development Director Andrew Janke. “The present owners completely renovated the entire building internally and externally. Their ability to attract these two […]

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Some strikers return to work at Kohler

KOHLER, Wis. (AP) — The union on strike against the Kohler Co. is circulating a list of members who have crossed the picket line and returned to work. United Auto Workers Local 833 President Tim Tayloe said the list was distributed at the request of members and that he has encouraged strikers not to retaliate […]

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AP Exclusive: Legal marijuana stirs hope in Illinois town

By CARLA K. JOHNSON AP Medical Writer ALBION, Ill. (AP) — A skunky aroma fills the room in which hundreds of lush marijuana plants grow, some nearly ready for harvest. Grower Ashley Thompson, a former high school agriculture teacher in this rural part of southeastern Illinois, takes the scent of weed home with her. She […]

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Verizon moving center to Rolling Meadows, adding 200 jobs

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. (AP) — Verizon Wireless says it plans to add 200 workers at a new call center in Chicago’s western suburbs beginning next year. The company says it will begin hiring the new workers over a year’s time after moving 900 workers from a call center in Elgin to a larger office in […]

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Deere says UAW members approve labor agreement

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Farm equipment manufacturer Deere & Co. says United Auto Workers members have approved a new six-year labor agreement that covers facilities in three states. Deere and UAW reached a tentative agreement last week. The company said in a statement Sunday it received notification that UAW members had ratified the deal. Negotiations […]

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Plymouth cheese plant to close, eliminating 300 jobs

PLYMOUTH, Wis. (AP) — Dairy Farmers of America has announced plans to close a cheese plant in Plymouth, eliminating 300 jobs. The plant that makes Borden cheese and private-label products is expected to be closed in January because it has out-of-date technology and infrastructure. It’s been operating since 1954. “Business decisions that impact the lives […]

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