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State home sales rise strongly — For the second straight month, existing state home sales rose strongly over the previous year, after starting the year with two consecutive year-over-year declines. Wisconsin home sales were up 16.8 percent year-over-year, while the statewide median sales price also grew substantially - up 10.7 percent to $154,900, according to the latest report from the Wisconsin Realtors Association.

Dane County April homes sales rise by nearly 25% — For the fifth straight month, Dane County's existing home sales rose over the previous year, while median price continued its long upward trend. Sales were up 24.7 percent year-over-year in April, with a 9.5 percent rise in median price to $229,900, from $210,000 in April 2014, according to the latest South Central Wisconsin MLS report.

Executive Q&A: Architectural Building Arts president Melinda Monroe drives 'clients-for-life' culture of home remodeling company — As president of Madison design-build contractor Architectural Building Arts, which specializes in higher end, residential remodeling throughout Dane County, Melinda Monroe has a pretty good window into what area homeowners hanker for - though that often changes. "It really varies," said Monroe, who has run the 10-member company, known as ABA for short, since 2006.

Kids Building Wisconsin event Saturday aims to boost construction industry interest — Area contractors, tradespeople and other industry professionals will sponsor and help run a free, day-long event Saturday at McKee Farms Park in Fitchburg that's aimed at sparking children's interest in construction through interactive games, exhibits and prizes.

Fiskars to build new Americas headquarters in Middleton, add 55 jobs — Fiskars, the Finnish consumer products company best known for its orange-handled scissors, announced Wednesday it would build a new base of operations for North, Central and South America in Middleton and create 55 jobs as part of a $26.3 million project that also will move a long-time Fiskars location out of Madison.

Lucigen signs deal to expand product sales in biotech partnership in India — Middleton-based Lucigen Corp. has signed an agreement with Sigma-Aldrich-Chemicals Private Ltd. to distribute Lucigen's life science products for sale in India. Founded in 1998, Lucigen makes biological tools for life science research, diagnostic tests and gene cloning. Partnering with the India-based subsidiary of Sigma-Aldrich Corp., a life science company based in St.

Webcrafters to cut at least 20% of its workforce in Madison, Westport — Webcrafters, a longtime book manufacturing company at 2211 Fordem Ave., on Madison's East Side, said Monday it would cut its staffing by at least 20 percent by this fall, after a drop in business from a major customer. With about 400 employees currently employed at Webcrafters, that means cuts of at least 80 jobs.

Wind River Financial sets early May groundbreaking for new headquarters in American Center — In another sign of improving city business conditions, Wind River Financial, a Madison-based credit card processing firm, will double its footprint and move from renting to owning, with the construction of a 12,000-square-foot building on a 2.77-acre site in the American Center business park on the city's Far East Side.

April new vehicle sales see modest drop

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