2016 is nearing a close. We take a look back at the business communities in Muskego and New Berlin.

New Berlin taking second look at City Center

The New Berlin Common Council unanimously voted to spend up to $15,000 on a market assessment for the New Berlin City Center, the commercial area on both sides of National Avenue generally between Moorland and Coffee roads.

Mayor Dave Ament said recent changes affecting the City Center make such a study important. He cited the closing of the Walmart store at the center in favor of another New Berlin location, a Fazoli's restaurant closing and the parent company of Pick ’n Save stores being sold, leaving the store's future in doubt. With the commercial area in flux, the city needs  a fresh look by those with experience in commercial real estate, he said. The city chose Moegenburg Research of Brookfield to do the study.

High-end countertop seller coming to new building

A new addition to Muskego's Commerce Center East along Moorland Road took shape this year.The plan commission gave its blessings in spring to the 82,000-square-foot spec building to be constructed directly east of the ACE Hardware store.

Interstate Partners is leading the project and has announced that a high-end granite and marble provider will open a store in the building early next year. Cosentino's showroom will take about a third of the building. Cosentino offers countertops, flooring and other products.

Car shows make City Center hot spot

To enhance the vibrancy of the New Berlin City Center, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, which opened at the City Center in August 2014, sponsored car shows this summer.

The kickoff show featured Ford Mustangs taking their places alongside many American classics at the first Smokin’ Cars & Barbecue car show of the year.

Neighborhood florist moves into historic Muskego building

In April, Leaves Floral Design and Events moved into the historic building on Pioneer Drive that was heavily damaged by fire two years ago.

A new owner saved the building from being razed by restoring it. The building was a former location of the Muskego post office.

Leaves Floral had been on Janesville Road for four years before moving into the historic building, W180 S7695 Pioneer Drive. Leaves Floral is a neighborhood florist that customizes floral decor for all occasions.

Manufacturer marks 75th anniversary

Manufacturing is going strong in New Berlin at the Wenthe-Davidson Engineering Company that celebrated its 75th anniversary this year.

Wenthe-Davidson,16300 W. Rogers Drive,  turns out as many as 13,000 metal housings a day. Those housings wrap around electric motors and generators for furnaces and industrial welding setups. Wenthe-Davidson makes steel tubular products that are components in diesel truck emissions systems. The company’s customers are some of the biggest names in Detroit plus Volvo and the agricultural manufacturing giant Case-New Holland. Wenthe sells to firms in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

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