A driver and three passengers were injured late Saturday when their car overturned on Highway 41 near County Line Road, Menomonee Falls police reported Sunday.
Lt. Kevin Von Bonk said the driver crossed through traffic lanes in an attempt to reach the exit for Highway Q and the car rolled over. All four victims were taken to area hospitals.
Cambridge Major Laboratories Inc., a supplier of pharmaceutical ingredients and manufacturing services, has received an incentive package from state and local governments worth as much as $2 million as part of a more than $20 million expansion of its Germantown facility.
The expansion is expected to create more than 75 jobs during the next three years, according to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
WEDC has authorized up to $800,000 in Jobs Tax Credits for Cambridge Major over the next three years. The actual amount of tax credits awarded will depend upon the number of jobs created during that period.
Cambridge Major's expansion will include a new administrative headquarters, as well as additions to its research and development and manufacturing capacity, WEDC said. The expansion is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015.
"Wisconsin's strong base of research universities and talented workforce, combined with the support of the state of Wisconsin, Washington County and the Village of Germantown, contributed to our decision to make significant additional investments in our active pharmaceutical ingredient operations in Germantown," said Stephan Kutzer, chief executive officer of AAIPharma Services and Cambridge Major.» Read Full Article
Germantown — Just because it is winter break doesn't mean the work stops for this University of Wisconsin-Madison senior.
Matt Soderberg, Germantown High School Class of 2011, is home for the holidays, but he's not taking a break in the traditional sense of the word. Between working at Johnson Controls and spending hours at the new Starbucks on County Line Road fine-tuning the consulting firm he founded, his calendar is full.
As graduation approaches in May, Soderberg is taking it upon himself to make sure Badger Consulting at UW-Madison carries on long after he walks across the stage to accept his diploma. And for good reason.
What began two years ago as Badger Social Media Marketing has evolved into Badger Consulting, an entirely student-run organization that operates like a real consulting firm.
"We thought it would be better to offer more of a 360-degree approach to what we do, which is basically fixing real-life problems with real solutions for local businesses," explained Soderberg, who founded the organization as a sophomore. "It's been like starting a small business from the ground up."» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls — An international company specializing in on-site hydraulic hose replacement will soon be servicing the area. Under the supervision of Pirtek USA franchisee Tom Fechter, the first Pirtek franchise in the state is expected to open early next year.
Located near Lilly Road and Bobolink Avenue, about a half-mile north of Silver Spring Drive, technicians from Pirtek will be available to respond to calls all over southeastern Wisconsin.
"A hose failure is a big deal for a lot of local industries," said Fechter, of West Bend. "Crews standing around waiting for a technician or replacement part can be a waste of time and money, so it's our job to make sure things are fixed and production resumes as efficiently as possible."
As a companywide standard, Pirtek responds to calls within an hour and subsequently diagnoses the failure and repairs or replaces the hose within about two hours.
With more than 400 locations in 22 countries, the decision to bring the industry to the Milwaukee area is one Gwyn O'Kane said was pretty easy.» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls — The face of the Menomonee Falls Village Board is set to change again. After two terms as village board president, Randy Newman has opted not to run again in April.
The decision not to pursue re-election to a third term is not a new one for Newman, who said it was always part of his plan to serve two terms.
"I wanted to give back to the village, but the time has come to give back in other ways," said Newman, who has been president since 2009.
Before that he served on the board and other committees for a total of 20 years. A certified public accountant, he is vice president of finance for Community Physicians at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin.» Read Full Article
The Menomonee Falls boys basketball team was coming off a flat effort against Watertown last Friday while Franklin was coming off an emotional high after beating 2014 state tourney qualifier Greendale the same night.
The Indians visited the Sabers Tuesday night, and the teams traded places, as Falls used a stifling defense and picked up 27 points in transition to overpower its hosts, 48-30.
"We scored only four points a quarter a couple of times last Friday and that was just not going to get it done," said Falls coach Ben Farley, "so we focused on nailing things down and executing better. We had missed so many shots (against Watertown) so we focused on finishing with confidence."
Meanwhile, Franklin coach Tim Hogan wondered where his team's energy from the other night was.
"We played so hard against Greendale (a one point win)," he said. "I just wish we had displayed a little more of that energy topnight, because there were many moments tonight where we just got outhustlled."» Read Full Article
Germantown — A "new standard in child care" could be making its way to Germantown, as Momentum Early Learning seeks to open a new day care facility within Stonewood Corporate Center.
Located on an almost 3-acre parcel at W175 N11037 Stonewood Drive, the proposed 11,500-square-foot facility would offer child care for up to 140 children between the ages of six weeks and 12 years from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Plans were for the most part well received at the conceptual review of the plan commission on Dec. 8, when commissioners said they look forward to seeing more detailed plans that incorporate traffic management options, landscape buffering and building facade features.
"I can assure you that the architecture will blend in with the other businesses in that park," property owner Jim Marriott explained to the commission. "We want to expand our facilities, and I think Germantown would be a great place to expand to because there is a need for 4-year-old kindergarten and high-end day care in Germantown."
If approved, it would be the second location for Momentum, following the original location that opened five years ago in Sussex.» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls — A final decision on how the district will frame and present their priority list for local lawmakers is expected next month from the Menomonee Falls School Board.
For weeks, the board has been discussing the document that will announce the district's united support for several legislative issues, including the establishment of a sustainable funding system and consistency in mandates and accountability standards from district to district and school to school.
It will be the second time the board presents a document of this kind for consideration. It will feature topics on which the board members agree are most important to the future of the district of Menomonee Falls.
The bulk of the discussion has focused on the state's public education funding formula and the amount of local control given to each district. This is especially important in Menomonee Falls, where the formula as it exists has a negative impact on districts with declining enrollment.
Also under fire are the impact the Consumer Price Index has on the funding formula and how the Fund 80 revenue cap impacts the school district's Community Education and Recreation negatively.» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls — An upgraded emergency room and joint replacement center are among improvements Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Community Memorial Hospital is looking to make to its Menomonee Falls facility.
On Dec. 15, the village board will review plans for two additions to CMH that would both expand the emergency department and add a two-story Joint Replacement Center to the hospital property.
"The Community Memorial emergency department has seen a significant increase in patient visits over the past few years; the additional space will increase capacity and modernize the department," said Dennis Pollard, president of Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Community Memorial Hospital and chief operating officer for Froedtert Health.
At an estimated cost of $9 million, the plans seek to add about 4,800 square feet to the emergency department on the hospital's southeast side, renovating the existing space to improve efficiency, increase comfort and better accommodate medical equipment, explained Rita Schuetz, manager of public relations for CMH. Pending approval, construction is scheduled to start in February and completion is slated for later in 2015.
It will likely take a bit longer to complete the 16,450-square-foot joint replacement center, which Schuetz said will provide space on the hospital's northeast side for cost-efficient, comprehensive services and enable the hospital to meet anticipated growth in demand for joint replacement surgeries as the population ages.» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls — The dreaded orange construction barrels that have popped up near a prominent intersection in Menomonee Falls will be around a while.
Utility work is now underway on the reconstruction of Pilgrim Road from Park Blvd to Megal Drive, which will incorporate bridge work, additional turn lanes, new medians, a wider intersection and added lanes in some areas.
Slated for completion around this time next year, the project will pick up where work left off the last time the road was under construction in 1999, explained Director of Engineering Tom Hoffman.
"The project was intended to be just a pavement replacement but as additional traffic in the area we needed to look at it from a pavement replacement to what do we need to have here long term to handle the traffic in the area," Hoffman said. "A lot of the intersection of Falls Parkway will be improved out to its ultimate (capacity)."
Improvements to the entryway to Harley-Davidson and Wacker Neuson will also be part of the work being done, including a public cul-de-sac for employees and visitors to the facilities to utilize.» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls — There's something even more important to making pizza than the freshly-made dough, sliced ingredients and perfectly-seasoned sauce. At least that's what the general manager of the new Toppers Pizza in Menomonee Falls will tell you.
"We strive to have a community feel ... it's a different kind of environment than other pizza places," said Tina Szejna, who had been with Toppers for two years before coming to the new store in Menomonee Falls. "We care about our pizza, but we also care about each other and get to know our customers."
Brainstorming ways to create that unique customer experience was part of an action-packed agenda the week before the store opening Monday, Dec. 8.
Though the location is looking to hire more crew members, the staff of about a dozen employees went through somewhat of a Toppers Pizza boot camp, learning their way around the "slap" table, sauce and topping stations and the state-of-the art system for tracking deliveries.
"Everything we do is a demonstration of how much we care about our pizza," Szejna said. "We make our dough fresh every morning, so the slap table is where the magic happens, all of our toppings are cut fresh every morning and of course we use 100-percent Wisconsin cheese, so it's pretty delicious."» Read Full Article
United Way of Greater Milwaukee and United Way in Waukesha County announced Thursday that they have merged to create a single agency.
The new agency will be known as United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County.
The merger follows a long-standing practice of both groups fundraising in eastern Waukesha County communities, from Menomonee Falls to Brookfield, New Berlin and Muskego.
And it comes at the request of large corporate donors with business operations in the two counties, said Mary Lou Young, president and CEO of the new organization. Young has served five years as president and CEO of United Way of Greater Milwaukee.
Those corporations asked United Way to streamline the process for them, Young said. So in August 2013, Young said she contacted her counterpart in Waukesha County and asked the question: How can we serve our customers better?» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls — A residential property formerly owned by a prominent historical figure in Menomonee Falls will most likely stay the same.
Requests to amend the comprehensive plan and rezone a one-acre residential lot to commercial to allow an orthodontist office near Main Street and Hoyt Drive were unanimously voted down by the plan commission Dec. 2, after residents and commissioners agreed it is not a good fit for the area.
"I think it's in the middle of a residential area," said Village President Randy Newman, who chairs the plan commission. "I know it's ideal for the guy who wants to be there, but I look at the whole zone to make sure we don't create something new and end up with vacancies in other areas."
Concerns about the effect the change could have on traffic flow, neighboring property values and for the historical integrity of the property were also in question.
Rumored to once have been part of the Underground Railroad, the property was built in 1869 by Dr. William Hoyt, who continued his practice in Menomonee Falls after working as a doctor during the Civil War. The street was named after him several years later.» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls — As early as next fall, bulk shoppers will have another place to stock up on diapers, household items and groceries. That is when Costco Development Manager Ted Johnson said the new Costco store will open its doors.
Anchoring a large mixed-used development planned for a 65-acre area south of Highway 41/45 and west of Pilgrim Road, the new store will boast a 149,000-square-foot store featuring a gas station and parking for more than 720 vehicles.
The plans are currently under review by the village for the store, which will be the third in the area and is expected to employ about 150 people. Proposed store hours are from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, according to the staff report.
A public hearing relating to the plans will be held at the next plan commission meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, at Village Hall, W156 N8480 Pilgrim Road.
In addition to Costco, village officials have said a restaurant or two are a possibility within the additional 240,000 square feet of additional planned retail buildings in the area.» Read Full Article
Wipe the slate clean, pick up some new pieces of chalk and start writing a brand new story.
That's what the three-time WIAA State D1 champion Germantown boys basketball team did Tuesday night in its season opener at defending Classic 8 Conference champion Kettle Moraine.
With almost an entirely new line-up, the Warhawks overcame three early turnovers, some first half foul trouble and roared home to a 92-73 victory over the Lasers to start a camapign that promises many new things but keeps the same goals in mind.
"We have senior leaders (Kyle Theis, Brian Studer and Dwayne Lawhorn, Jr.) who have been waiting their turn and our junior class is pretty solid too," said Warhawk coach Steve Showalter. "I never make predictions, but what we want to be is solid and competitive."
A reasonable goal for almost anyone to yearn for, but when you have the recent record that the Warhawks have (82-2 over the last three years), people are going to expect more.» Read Full Article
Germantown — Traffic was closed in both directions near Holy Hill Road and Highway 41/45 for almost two hours Dec. 1 as police investigated and cleaned up an accident scene involving a fatality and another driver with severe injuries.
A utility vehicle heading southbound crossed the center line near Holy Hill Road at about 11:45 a.m., Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell explained, striking a northbound tractor-trailer head-on. A pickup truck and a dump truck were also involved in the crash, which ultimately occurred in the northbound lanes near the entrance ramp from Holy Hill Road.
Andrew Laird, the 57-year-old driver of the tractor-trailer was pronounced dead at the scene, and 44-year-old Michael Rutowski, who was driving the utility vehicle, was transported by Flight For Life with serious injuries, Hoell said. Two other drivers were not injured and there were no passengers in any of the vehicles.
Southbound lanes of the highway reopened at 1:40 p.m., but it took longer for officials to reopen the northbound lanes, causing reported traffic backups for more than 5 miles.
In addition to clean up of the vehicles, crews at the scene also needed to address a 150-gallon fuel spill in the northbound lanes, which remained shut down until about 5 p.m.» Read Full Article