? Manitowoc's Burger Boat Co. expects to add up to 50 individuals to construct the Grayling, a large fisheries research vessel for the U.S. Geological Survey. The Government Accountability Office upheld the awarding to Burger the $5.59 million contract for the 78-foot, steel-hulled vessel with an expected launch into the Manitowoc River in fall 2014.
? Sales of new cars and trucks were up 9.3 percent in Wisconsin for the first half of the year, compared with the same time period last year, according to a report. The majority of the more than 110,000 new vehicles sold were trucks.
? A new Milwaukee-based nonprofit will provide investment capital to start-up companies in Wisconsin. The BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation will seek donations from large investors in an attempt to fuel the state's economy and fund new business ventures.
? Wisconsin ranked 14th in the nation in private-equity financing last year, according to a report by the Private Equity Growth Capital Council. State businesses got $9.1 billion in private-equity funds. The ranking was the first time Wisconsin has been in the top 20 for private equity.