Wisconsin News

Bird Flu ‘Catastrophe’ Growing in Midwest

Deadly bird flu swelled in the poultry industry in Minnesota and neighboring Wisconsin amid speculation that winds may be carrying virus particles into facilities housing turkeys and chickens. “This is a catastrophe for both the turkey and the egg industries,” …

Wisconsin Legislature Passes Ridesharing Bill

The Wisconsin Senate has approved a bill that would create statewide regulations on ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft. The legislation, which already passed the House, now goes to Gov. Scott Walker. The measure would prohibit any local ordinances governing …

Wisconsin Rideshare Bill Would Require $1M Commercial Coverage

Wisconsin lawmakers have introduced a bill that would impose statewide regulations on online ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft. The measure would require companies to apply for a $5,000 state license and carry $1 million in commercial insurance for …

Wisconsin-Based SECURA Celebrates 115th Anniversary

SECURA Insurance, based in Appleton, Wis., is celebrating the fact that it has been in operation for 115 years as of March 2015. The company was founded by Julius Bubolz in the town of Cicero after a devastating windstorm struck a …

Lockton Adds Employee Benefits Leader Georgia in Milwaukee

Independent insurance broker, Lockton, announced it has added Patrick Georgia as senior vice president and employee benefits practice leader in Milwaukee, Wis. As part of Lockton-Milwaukee, Georgia will help clients by developing benefit programs to meet their needs and manage …

Ashley Furniture Wisconsin Plant Fined $1.76M for Worker Injuries

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is fining Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. $1.76 million for worker injuries at its Arcadia, Wis., plant, the agency said. OSHA said the plant saw more than 1,000 work-related injuries in a 31/2-year period. …

Feds: Wisconsin Insurance Agent Ran $10M Ponzi Scheme

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is alleging a Watertown, Wis., insurance agent ran a $10 million Ponzi scheme out of his agency, ISC Inc. The SEC filed a securities fraud lawsuit against 69-year-old Loren Holzhueter and one of his …

Pro Athletes Durant, Watt to Endorse Wisconsin-Based American Family Insurance

Oklahoma Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt have signed endorsement deals with Madison, Wisconsin-based American Family Insurance, the company said. Durant, the NBA’s most valuable player last season, is the first NBA player American Family …

FBI Case Log: The Stolen Stradivarius

When a 300-year-old Stradivarius violin valued at more than $5 million was stolen from Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond last year, investigators initially believed the theft may have been the work of sophisticated art thieves. The truth turned out …

SECURA Promotes Mongarella to Director–Risk Management in Wisconsin

Appleton, Wis.-based SECURA Insurance promoted Dominick Mongarella to director–risk management, effective Jan. 14, 2015. Mongarella will lead the company’s risk management team and is responsible for enhancing risk management services, and leveraging the knowledge and strengths of his team to …