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State Business Briefs: Telemark Resort to stay open after rumors of its closing

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business Ellsworth, 54011

Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

CABLE - People living near Cable have heard the story before - Telemark Resort was closing for good. Media reports picked it up and members of the local chamber of commerce relayed the rumor. But, Telemark manager Robin Bucholz says it's not true.

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He says Telemark will be closed in April and May for cleanup and maintenance during a period which is usually a slow business time for the lodge. Bucholz says Telemark did the same thing last year. It's important to the rural area since the resort employs up to 80 people. Telemark says it had to cancel a few reservations this week at the financially-troubled lodge with the checkered past.

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Caterpillar has informed its union it intends to lay off as many as 300 workers at its South Milwaukee factory by next June. That would represent 40 percent of the blue collar workforce. The company is saying the layoffs can be blamed on slow sales. The United Steelworkers union is scheduled to start contract negotiations with Caterpillar next week. That union has represented the people working at the mining equipment plant for more than 70 years, but this is the first contract to be negotiated since Caterpillar bought out Bucyrus International three years ago.

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The planning commission for the City of Muskego is expected to approve construction of a 96 thousand square foot plant in the Moorland Commerce Center West. That location is just south of the GE Healthcare warehouse. Northern Gear LLC is moving its gear manufacturing and machining company there from Franklin. City officials say the move will create about 90 jobs. The city's agreement with Northern Gear will let it access tax increment finance incentives worth 825 thousand dollars to help cover the cost of the move. The company expects to increase its profits through the expansion, while the city adds more commerce and jobs, according to the mayor.

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