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Sunday, February 19, 2017

One year after company officials announced plans to open a facility in Dubuque, RIE Coatings is hitting its stride and hoping for continued...

September 6, 2016

Portu Sunberg has a new office with new faces in downtown Minneapolis. The retail sales and marketing agency moved its headquarters to the other side of Nicollet Mall in a space shared with Minneapolis creative agency Very Inc. after the two firms partnered on branding, design and trend...

January 21, 2013

When it comes to finishers getting maximum throughput and optimal first pass yield from their finishing departments, Metalcraft of Mayville, in Wisc. has quite a story to tell. It’s a story of 300 percent throughput improvements, quadrupling labor productivity and 180 percent performance-to-...

January 21, 2013

Hundreds of students at Prairie Park School got to experience a thrill this week that many struggling adult would-be authors only dream of: that day when a package arrives from the publisher containing the first hardbound copies of their books. For these students, though, it was an even bigger...

June 1, 2011

With almost one trillion dollars of capital available for investment in private companies, Private Equity (PE) funds are finding our industry an attractive space in which to invest. Fear not! This situation will lead to tons of opportunities for employees who play their cards right.

First...

March 10, 2011

The objective of most small business owners is to strive for the "brass ring" of growth. But it's an achievement many can't reach eithout the help of a deep-pocketed and business-savvy partner with the know-how to make it happen. 

That's where David Raffel and his seven-year-old private...

September 27, 2010

Milwaukee private equity firm Brass Ring Capital has invested in Nationwide Learning, a Topeka, Kan., publisher and direct marketer of student-authored books.

Brass Ring said Thursday it and founder Joseph Gigous were the lead investors in a recent recapitalization that provided the...

October 1, 2009

Franklin Energy Services LLC, which has tapped into recession-proof growth by advising businesses on reducing utility costs and winning financial incentives, has expanded into Michigan to capitalize on the state’s new energy-efficiency program.

The Port Washington-based firm this year has...

July 18, 2008

The burgeoning energy conservation business has buoyed Franklin Energy Services, as the consulting firm has added 40 employees this year and is seeking to hire 30 more.

Franklin Energy has tapped into the growing field of advising businesses on reducing their utility costs and connecting...

March 7, 2008

After John Brander was diagnosed with incurable cancer in 1999, his foundry-supply company entered a maintenance mode.

Brander directed much of his energy toward treating his neuroendocrine tumors and didn't invest in equipment and staff to keep IGC Technologies growing. While the company...

December 27, 2007

Private equity firm Brass Ring Capital Inc. has made its fourth investment in a fast-growing Port Washington company that is helping people become more energy efficient.

Franklin Energy Services doesn't disclose revenue, but the privately held company has added more than 30 employees this...

December 7, 2006

MILWAUKEE, WI – December 7, 2006: Brass Ring Capital, Inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition of IGC Technologies, Inc. (www.igctechnologies.com) in partnership with company President, Ralf Schönfelder, and Lewis & Clark Private Equities, LP....

August 7, 2006

CHILTON, WI – August 7, 2006: Brass Ring Capital, Inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition of American Finishing Resources, Inc. (www.afrnow.com) in partnership with executive David M. Wacker.

Founded in 1983, AFR provides coating removal services...

November 1, 2004

Splice Here’s bosses decided to purchase and renovate their new headquarters, in large part because the company has specialized technology needs.

“Our buildout is so customized and expensive. For example, there’s about nine miles of special cabling that we put in,” says Eric Mueller,...

August 6, 2004

A small-business owner has grown his company over two decades. After years of sweat and equity, it is now time for him to consider retiring, stepping aside and cashing in on his investment. 

He's got a senior management team of three people who have played integral roles in the success of...

July 1, 2004

Brass Ring Capital announced that it has completed a final closing on a new private equity investment fund, Renovaré Capital Partners. The firm raised $13.7 million in capital from 65 individual limited partners. 

The new fund will focus on providing liquidity to retiring owners of...