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(Janesville, WI) Catherine Idzerda, Gazette

In the last two years, Blackhawk Technical College has established more than a dozen new diploma and certificate programs in response to what local businesses say they need from future employees.

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(Janesville, WI) Neil Johnson, Gazette

It’s a niche market: waste oil burners that are used to heat buildings. But Rock Energy Systems, a parent company that for years has produced Lanair and Clean Burn furnaces in a plant on Capitol Circle Drive, is now the undisputed waste oil king.

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(Janesville, WI) Ashley McCallum, Gazette

Shift Change” is a 35-minute documentary by Bill Roach that skims the surface of the closure of GM in 2008 and captures reactions from former workers and business leaders inspired to lead the charge in turning the community around. The documentary premiered Friday night to a nearly full 300-seat auditorium at Blain Supply Center in Janesville.

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(Janesville, WI) Catherine Idzerda, Gazette

Compassionate and quality nursing care for an aging parent makes all the difference. In this case, that care led to a $50,000 donation by the JP Cullen Foundation to the Nancy B. Parker Nursing Scholars Program.

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(Beloit, WI) Austin Montgomery, BDN

On Thursday, the Greater Beloit Economic Development Corporation (GBEDC) closed on the real estate sale of the 80-acre parcel southeast of the Colley Road-Gateway Boulevard intersection that's being developed into a 1 million square-foot warehouse for Amazon.

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(Rock County, WI) According to SmartAsset’s™ fourth annual study on the best places to work in manufacturing, the Janesville-Beloit MSA ranks among the Top 25 metropolitan statistical areas in the U.S. In addition to the Janesville-Beloit MSA, the only other WI metro areas to make this list were Appleton and Fond du Lac. To determine its 2019 rankings, SmartAsset™ considered the following statistics: manufacturing as a percentage of the metro area’s total workforce; one-and-four year (manufacturing) job growth; one-and-four year (manufacturing) income growth; and median housing costs as a percentage of (manufacturing) income.

These rankings provide further confirmation regarding the Janesville-Beloit MSA’s strong manufacturing presence, which has continued to expand and diversify after the Great Recession. Since 2010, more than 45% of the projects announced in Rock County – representing expansions, new investments and start-ups – have been manufacturing-related. During this same time period, more than 50% of the annual economic development pipeline activity targeting the Janesville-Beloit MSA has been affiliated with the manufacturing sector. On average, more than one-third of all www.JobsInRockCounnty.com job postings are manufacturing-related.

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(Beloit, WI) Austin Montgomery, BDN

The Wright and Wagner Lofts project will add a 52-apartment, four-story building at the corner of Fourth Street and Grand Avenue with potential plans for two additional apartment buildings to be built on space closer to the Rock River.

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(Janesville, WI) Catherine Idzerda, Gazette

UW-Whitewater at Rock County has signed an agreement with UW-Platteville to continue a program that has already proved successful. University officials signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday that allows students at UW-Whitewater at Rock County to earn Bachelor of Science degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering from UW-Platteville.

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(Janesville, WI) Neil Johnson, Gazette

Janesville metal fabricator United Alloy plans a major expansion in Texas that the company said will boost its production capacity nationwide and lead to the hiring of more than two dozen new employees here.

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