Rededication of the Iron Block building

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by Michele McCormack

MILWAUKEE---The rededication of the historic Iron Block Building brought the owner to near tears and created a rather intriguing and unscripted moment.

It happened when a champagne cork popped all by itself during a special dedication in downtown Milwaukee Monday.

"I want to dedicate this building to my father who couldn't be here today," Dr. Thomas Manos said. Just then the champagne bottle cork popped off creating a burst of laughter and this response, "Cheers Dad!"

The building is called the Iron Block Building on Wisconsin and Water because of its unusual cast iron facade.

Manos purchased the building last year and spent a year restoring it so he could move his company and all 900 employees there.

"What is old becomes new," declared Dr. Manos. "That's what the Iron Block is. I want you to understand that this is our commitment to Milwaukee. We were born a Milwaukee company and I want to keep it a Milwaukee company."

The building first opened in 1860 when Abraham Lincoln was president.

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