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New national group promoting women in manufacturing has local ties — A new national trade association aimed at making the manufacturing industry less male-dominated is growing quickly, with a major assist from Madison. Anne Ross, managing partner at the Madison office of the Milwaukee-based law firm Foley & Lardner, helped the group, known as Women in Manufacturing, draw up its legal papers in the spring and serves on its nine-member board, which had its second meeting earlier this month.

State home sales rise nearly 8% in May — For the fourth straight month, existing state home sales rose over the previous year, after starting 2015 with a modest, year-over-year decline in January. Despite starting in the hole, through five months this year is the strongest for sales since the same period of 2007, before the Great Recession began, the Wisconsin Realtors Association said in its latest report Monday.

FDA approves Wicab's device to help blind people 'see' — The Food and Drug Administration this week approved a Middleton company's medical device to help blind people process visual images around them with their tongues. "Medical device innovations like this have the potential to help millions of people," said William Maisel, chief scientist for the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, in an FDA statement this week announcing the agency's decision.

Community of Bishops Bay's first apartment building to join first few dozen homes in planned mega-subdivision — Three years after the first lots in Terrence Wall's planned super-subdivision went on sale in the rolling hills northeast of Middleton, 22 families have moved into new single-family homes and the developer has just broken ground for the community's first apartment building.

Widen Enterprises hires 18 for growing software division — With 18 employees hired in the past 10 months and 35 new clients in the past year, Madison-based marketing technology company Widen Enterprises continues to grow its software design services, while "holding steady" in its more challenged, print-related, pre-press services division, the company said Thursday.

Community of Bishops Bay offering Saturday party for Parade of Homes' ticket holders — Developer Terrence Wall and his investors are sponsoring a party Saturday with free food and live music for ticket holders to this year's Madison Area Parade of Homes, to be held at the Community of Bishops Bay, the large residential subdivision that's been under construction the past few years on 780 acres outside Middleton.

Dane County home sales rise nearly 10% in May — For the sixth-straight month, Dane County existing home sales rose over the previous year, while median sales price continued a much longer upward trend. Sales were up 9.6 percent year-over-year in May, with a 6.8 percent rise in median price to $229,700, from $215,000 in May 2014, according to the latest South Central Wisconsin MLS report.

Executive Q&A: Walker & Dunlop vice president Matthew Lund leads Madison office to record loan volume — A stronger market for the buying and selling of income-producing property - apartments, offices, hotels, industrial buildings and retail outlets - helped produce a record year for the Madison office of Walker & Dunlop, a national commercial real estate finance company.

Area new vehicle sales see second straight drop — May new-vehicle sales in south-central Wisconsin fell 6.95 percent to 3,588, compared with 3,856 sales a year ago, according to Reg-Trak of Waterloo, for the year's second straight monthly drop in the region. The May decrease was driven by car sales, which were down 22.74 percent to 1,254, overwhelming a 4.52 percent rise in truck sales to 2,334, Reg-Trak said.

Transforming Edgerton's tobacco warehouses into new Downtown housing — Taxidermist-turned-developer Dan Rinehart is preparing to begin his third urban renewal project of the past four years, part of a total $3.8 million bid to help revitalize Edgerton's economy by adding more downtown housing, while preserving a key part of the city's unique past. The 60,000-square-foot structure at 203 S.
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Jun 28, 2015

New national trade group, @WomeninMfg, wants more jobs for women as industry gets lighter, seeks more skilled labor.

Jun 28, 2015

Foley & Lardner Madison office managing partner Anne Ross helped create new national group for women in manufacturing

Jun 22, 2015

Apartments coming soon to T. Wall's Comm of Bishops Bay, w/only few dozen homes built 3 years since first lot sales.

Jun 22, 2015

RT @PCIAA: "Insurance consumers will be able to access their policy information on the Internet whenever" @KentonBrine #orleg…

Jun 22, 2015

FDA OKs US sales of Middleton medical device co Wicab's #BrainPortV100, which could help up to 1M blind people "see."

Jun 22, 2015

RT @washpostbiz: 28 advertisements show the most awkward times brands tried to target millennials

Jun 22, 2015

Wisconsin home sales in May returned to pre-recession levels, as median sales price also continued to rise.

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