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gener8tor NMotion Partnership Release

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Vogel Bros. Building Co. Celebrates Milestone Anniversary

For Immediate Release: December 7, 2018

Media Contact: Heather Manke, 608.663.8974

MADISON, WIS. – Vogel Bros. Building Co. has reached a milestone this December, celebrating 90 years of doing business as a Wisconsin corporation. The family owned business started on the eastside of Madison in 1875. Since its beginnings, Vogel Bros. has grown to a nationally recognized, fifth-generation construction services company with its home office in Madison, WI and a second location in Lakeland, FL. December 11, 2018 will mark the 90th anniversary of Vogel Bros. Building Co.’s incorporation.

Company CEO and President Peter Vogel remarked: “We have achieved this milestone through the hard work and dedication of our employees, and through the loyalty of our customers. It gives me great pride to reflect on our history, and I am very excited as I look to the future.”

The company plans to celebrate this milestone throughout the next year by reflecting on where they started, appreciating what they have achieved, and crafting plans for the future.

“We’re just kicking off the celebration,” said Peter when discussing the milestone achievement. “Moving forward we will continue to focus on our mission: to continually improve our services in order to enhance the lives of the people in the communities we serve. Our team is energized and we look forward to the possibilities that lie ahead of us.”

“I am proud to say that I’ve been a part of the team for 64 of our 90 years. From my early days when I played in the shop, to serving as CEO from 1969 to 1997,” David Vogel reminisced. “I’ve seen our industry transform and evolve in ways we could never have imagined. It’s been a gift to have been a part of it.”



(L) David Vogel and (R) Peter Vogel.

Vogel Bros. Building Co. ( is a fifth-generation construction services company with offices in Madison, WI and Lakeland, FL. As an award-winning company, Vogel Bros. has earned recognition for completing large-scale complex projects, encouraging innovation, embracing new technologies, and making a difference in our communities. We owe our success and longevity to the values established by the Vogel family that have been shared through the generations and are embodied in our employees.


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MSCR Annual Pottery Sale

For Immediate Release

Contact: Nicole Graper at or 608-204-3017

MSCR Annual Pottery Sale
Perfect for Holiday Shopping

The Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) Pottery Sale showcases over 1000 pieces of work from MSCR instructors, pottery students and local ceramic artists.  The sale takes place Thursday, December 13 and Friday, December 14, 8am-6pm, and Saturday, December 15, 9am-3pm at MSCR, 3802 Regent Street. Proceeds support the MSCR Pottery Program.  Items are available at a range of price points including mugs, dishes, vases and unique gifts. 

MSCR offers pottery classes for youth, families and adults. For more information contact 608-204-3000 or go to

MSCR is the Madison public recreation department offering a variety of recreation programs for all ages since 1926.

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International “Rising Star” Chocolatier Has Officially Opened Its Doors on Madison’s East Side

CocoVaa Chocolatier will be hosting its grand opening and an all day open house of its new space at The Marling on Tuesday, December 18th from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. The event will include a ceremonial ribbon cutting by the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce and events throughout the day including a tempering
demonstration by master chocolatier and owner Vata Edari and a chocolate bar station where customers can choose inclusions for custom holiday bars.
The event is open to the public and will take place at CocoVaa Chocolatier, 1815 East Washington. Doors open at 10 a.m. with formal remarks and a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m.
Speakers will include Zach Brandon, president of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, Alder Marsha Rummel, representative of District 6 where CocoVaa is based, Lynn Lee, head of the Marquette Neighborhood Association, and others. Lee says that the community is excited to have CocoVaa in the neighborhood. “The meticulous craftsmanship Vata applies to her chocolates synthesizes science and magic to create unique experiences Marquette neighbors can relate to. We are proud CocoVaa has found a home with us in the Marquette neighborhood.”
The Open House will feature guided tours throughout the day where Edari will share the backstories of her shop’s unique and unusual design elements, as well as information about her product and the science of chocolate.
Beginning as a hobby in the background of a solo law practice, Edari, a single mom, grew CocoVaa Chocolatier into an International award winning fine chocolate company in only two years. Known for her unique flavor profiles, her chocolate encased fruit infused caramels and whimsical designs, CocoVaa has
quickly gained a growing fan base of regulars on a regional and national level.
This past summer, she traveled to London with her kids to collect seventeen Academy awards at the prestigious Academy of Chocolate Awards. Competing with well established fine chocolate companies from around the world, Edari was named an International Rising Star making her one of only a few American chocolatiers to ever make the Academy’s Roll of Honour Board. Edari returned from London to supervise the buildout of her new shop which was little more than a concrete slab at that point. Edari chose to build out in new construction and specifically chose The Marling for its location and its aesthetic appeal.
The developers of The Marling will be in attendance to celebrate the completion of the CocoVaa buildout. Dan Lipnick of Houston based M-M Properties expressed his excitement about the CocoVaa opening. “We are very excited to have the world renowned chocolatier as our first commercial tenant. Vata and her chocolate company, which has risen to some extraordinary heights in a very short period of time, really exemplifies the dynamic energy that made Madison appeal to us in the first place. We look forward to CocoVaa’s opening. It’s a grand occasion for us as well as the community as a whole.”
Mayor Paul Soglin states he plans to make an appearance to celebrate the accomplishments of Edari who is also the granddaughter of his long-time friend, the late Clarence Kailin, a well-known Madison social justice activist.
Edari says she’s overcome with emotion when she thinks about the unwavering support she’s received for her upstart chocolate company. “The buildout took longer than I expected and was much more expensive than I ever imagined. My biggest fear was that everyone would forget about me and I’d have trouble making the rent after pouring everything I have into this. However, the first day I opened a couple weeks ago, I had a line of regulars at the door waiting to get their favorite flavors. I didn’t advertise and I had no signage, yet they were there through word of mouth.” More than half of Edari’s customers are regulars.
Edari plans on having a special dedication at her opening to the trades she commissioned to build her new space. “This was a small job for some of these companies who pushed aside more lucrative jobs to take on the CocoVaa buildout. I’m eternally grateful to them and I think they should be recognized by the community for what they helped to build.”
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Youngstown Business Incubator Announces Program Partnership With Nationally Ranked gener8tor

Youngstown, OH — The Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI) announced a partnership today with gener8tor, a nationally ranked accelerator that invests in high-growth startups. The partnership will bring gener8tor’s gBETA and gALPHA Programs to Youngstown, with a primary focus on the Additive Manufacturing industry.

gener8tor YBI Partnership Release