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Kenosha News for 2015


8/26/15
KABA, Kenosha Chamber Announce 2015 Business Excellence Award Winners
The Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA) and the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce will recognize seven local companies and one individual for their success on Thursday, November 5th. The 2015 Kenosha County Business Excellence Awards will...
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8/26/15
Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha back on the market after casino rejected
Transwestern announced Tuesday, August 25th it has been retained as the exclusive listing agent for the former Dairyland Greyhound Park, located at 5522 104th Ave. in Kenosha. It won’t be a casino, but there’s new hope the property can be...
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8/11/15
Fitch Rates Kenosha County, WI's $18.5MM GO Bonds and $12.4MM GO
Notes 'AA'; Outlook Stable
Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to the following Kenosha County, WI (the county) securities: (1)$18.525 million general obligation (GO) Brookside care center...
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8/10/15
First Industrial to Develop "First Park 94" on 309 Acres in the Chicago Market
First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FR), a leading fully-integrated owner, operator and developer of industrial real estate, today announced that it will launch development of First Park 94, a master-planned business park, in the Kenosha County submarket of Chicago...
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8/7/15
Snap-on buys Italian auto maintenance equipment maker
Toolmaker Snap-on Inc. said Friday that it has purchased Italian automotive maintenance equipment manufacturer Ecotechnics SpA for $13 million in cash. Ecotechnics, based in Sesto Fiorentino, Italy, has annual sales of about 12.4 million...
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8/6/15
Plans Approved for New Speculative Building in LakeView Corporate Park
On Monday, July 27, the Pleasant Prairie Plan Commission considered and approved site and operational plans related to the construction of a speculative warehouse and distribution center in LakeView Corporate Park. Centerpoint Wispark Land Company, LLC is proposing...
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8/4/15
Somers business park advances with $13.4M land sale
Developer First Industrial Realty Trust is moving fast on its 310-acre business park in Somers, securing a development agreement on Monday and on Tuesday completing a $13.4 million purchase of the property. Also on Tuesday, the Chicago...
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7/30/15
KABA welcomes its new Director of Finance and Administration
Brock Portilia will join the Kenosha Area Business Alliance on August 3 as its new Director of Finance and Administration. Brock comes to KABA from Assurant Health in Milwaukee where he was Senior Auditor. His previous work experience includes...
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7/22/15
Good Foods Group, LLC announces a major expansion in Pleasant Prairie, WI
Good Foods has increased its manufacturing operations in southeastern Wisconsin by 40,000 square feet building at 10100 88th Avenue in the Village of Pleasant Prairie’s LakeView Corporate Park. “Innovative, growing companies like Good...
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7/11/15
State Officials visit Kenall to show off grant helping firm, workers
A state grant of $388,000 to Kenall Manufacturing to train as many as 400 new employees was the focus of a visit by state and local workforce development officials on Friday. Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development secretary Reggie...
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7/5/15
KABA preps to start business park development in fall
Construction is set to start this fall on an 80-acre business park in Salem the Kenosha Area Business Alliance is developing to attract more small-scale industrial projects. The business park is a partnership between KABA and the town of Salem...
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7/17/15
KABA report makes case for Kenosha County
The Kenosha Area Business Alliance has put together “Doing Business in Kenosha County,” a publication that is not a headliner for a marketing program, but could be used as a tool to lure more economic development enterprises. From cover...
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6/26/15
First Hospital Light Fixture to Kill Bacteria Now Commercially Available
Kenall Manufacturing today introduced Indigo-Clean™, a light fixture that uses Continuous Environmental Disinfection technology to continuously kill harmful bacteria linked to hospital acquired infections (HAIs). The technology behind...
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6/16/15
Job demand driving up wages
Kenosha County employers have created a robust job market, with some companies actively competing with higher wages to attract the workers they need. A Manpower Employment Outlook Survey reveals that employers have been hiring at...
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6/16/15
Uline Purchases Land for Second Office Building from Community Development Authority
On May 27, 2015, Uline (Route 165, LLC) purchased 37.8 acres of land along the west I-94 frontage road, south of County Highway Q, from Pleasant Prairie’s Community Development Authority for $4,372,515. Earlier this year, Uline presented preliminary site and operational...
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6/15/15
Floodplain Boundary Adjustment Approved for Work Related to Construction of a
Conference Center at Uline's Corporate Campus
On Monday, June 15, the Pleasant Prairie Village Board considered and approved a Floodplain Boundary Adjustment on property located at 12575 Uline Drive. This approval will allow the company to seek additional regulatory approvals relating to the floodplain as part of a...
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6/9/15
Site and operational plans approved for addition at Ocenco Incorporated
On Monday, June 8, the Pleasant Prairie Plan Commission considered and approved Site and Operational Plans for Ocenco Incorporated to construct a 35,182 square foot addition, with related site improvements, at its existing facility located at 10225 82nd Avenue. Once...
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5/30/15
Seeing downtown through a different lens
Think about downtown Kenosha. Go on, do it. Now set it aside. Instead, see the city’s lakeside heart through the eyes of Downtown Kenosha, Inc.’s new executive director, Christopher Naumann. He’s not from Kenosha, and hadn’t really visited...
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5/26/15
Pressure-washer manufacturer found right fit in Pleasant Prairie
Pleasant Prairie will issue $22.8 million in bonds, both to refinance existing debt and to complete a series of Tax Increment Financing District projects. The Village Board on Monday approved the bond issue in two separate measures....
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5/13/15
Zilber buys LakeView industrial buildings in $10.4M investment
An affiliate of Zilber Property Group this month bought two neighboring industrial buildings in Pleasant Prairie in a $10.4 million investment. The buildings, with a combined 186,000 square feet, are leased to Shiloh Industries, said...
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5/12/15
Ocean Spray product distributor to lease building in Pleasant Prairie
Midwest Refrigerated Services plans to consolidate two of its Pleasant Prairie distribution centers by leasing a 411,000-square-foot industrial building in the village’s LakeView Corporate Park. The Milwaukee-based company, through its...
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5/11/15
FNA Group Moving Corporate Headquarters from Illinois to Wisconsin
Six months after announcing plans to bring more than 100 jobs to Kenosha County, the FNA Group Inc. today announced that it also will relocate its corporate headquarters from Illinois to Pleasant Prairie. FNA, which manufacturers...
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5/5/15
Village issues bonds for improvements, refinancing
Pleasant Prairie will issue $22.8 million in bonds, both to refinance existing debt and to complete a series of Tax Increment Financing District projects. The Village Board on Monday approved the bond issue in two separate measures....
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5/4/15
Education leaders must engage with community, author says
For public schools to thrive, district leadership must do more to bring the message of their accomplishments and struggles to the wider community, according to an education advocate speaking in Kenosha County Monday. Jamie Vollmer...
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4/28/15
Niagara bottling plant a modern marvel
Hair nets, beard nets, ear plugs and safety glasses. The same accessories needed to tour a food processing plant were handed out to dozens touring the new Niagara Bottling plant in Pleasant Prairie on Tuesday. Family owned....
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4/24/15
Planners urge business development on Chrysler site
A new study is recommending redevelopment of the former Chrysler site as a business park and innovation center, but planners caution the project will take years to complete. The Urban Land Institute presented its findings Friday...
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4/15/15
Young professionals get tips on being successful
Career advancement strategies and personal keys to success were some of the messages young professionals heard during a rapid-fired session Wednesday morning. The event at the Radisson was one of several sponsored by Y-Link, a unit of...
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4/13/15
Week celebrates young professionals
Kenosha’s Y-Link, an organization devoted to developing the professional lives of young people, is celebrating Young Professionals Week this week. Young Professionals Week is designed to promote career, health and physical development through...
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4/6/15
Fitch Rates Kenosha County, WI's Rfdg GOs 'AA'; Affs Outstanding GOs at `AA'; Outlook Stable
Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to the following Kenosha County, WI (the county) securities: $21.92 million general obligation (GO) refunding bonds, series 2015A. The current offering will refund several series of outstanding bonds for...
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4/3/15
Business is growing for local manufacturers
Kenall Manufacturing Co., only in Kenosha County several months after establishing its corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility here, is one of an increasing number of optimistic companies that are gearing up their production, expanding...
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4/2/15
KABA speakers compare Kenosha, Pittsburgh
Kenosha County has experienced fast-paced business growth over the past two years, but will it have enough talent to build upon its success? That’s the challenge the region faces as it moves into another year of economic development....
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4/2/15
Diner owner named KABA’ top volunteer
Kevin Ervin, owner of downtown Kenosha’s popular Franks Diner, was presented with the Stan Tortenson Volunteer of the Year award Thursday at the 2015 Kenosha Area Business Alliance annual meeting for his participation on several of the city’s...
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4/2/15
Retooling Kenosha County's Economic Engine
After two years of fast-paced economic growth, is there room for more business expansion in Kenosha County? That’s a question some economic development and business experts are asking. Some say more growth will come as more companies will...
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4/2/15
Summary: Kenosha County, Wisconsin; General Obligation
Standard&Poor's Ratings Services revised its outlook to positive from stable and affirmed its 'AA' long-term rating on Kenosha County, Wis.' general obligation (GO) debt outstanding. The outlook revision reflects our view of the positive...
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4/1/15
KABA’s Battle reflects on recent wave of development
As Kenosha County has continued its recovery from the economic doldrums of the Great Recession, the Kenosha Area Business Alliance has been at the center of most or all of the major corporate relocations and expansions that have come to the area...
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3/26/15
Public invited to offer its opinions about an indoor public market in Kenosha
Downtown Kenosha, Inc., the City of Kenosha, the Kenosha Area Business Alliance, Kenosha County and Kenosha HarborMarket is seeking to gather community input about the idea of building upon the success of the Kenosha HarborMarket by...
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3/9/15
Preliminary Site and Operational Plans Approved for Uline’s Second Corporate Office Building
On Monday, March 9, the Pleasant Prairie Plan Commission considered and approved Preliminary Site and Operational Plans for Uline that will allow them to seek additional required approvals related to the construction of a second office building near its Pleasant...
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3/5/15
Amazon Kenosha project generated $157 million in spending last year
Amazon.com's distribution center in Kenosha generated $156.9 million in spending last year, according to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Much of that was done by KTR Capital Partners, which is developing the Kenosha buildings for..
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3/4/15
LUND: Rust Belt no longer fits
There was a time when Kenosha was the national poster child for a Rust Belt community. We had more than our share of vacant old brick factories and an enormous dormant auto plant on the lakefront. The jobs in those factories were...
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2/23/15
Southeast Wisconsin on track for another strong year
Overall, 2014 was a very strong year for the Southeast Wisconsin market. According to Tony Pricco, principal at Bridge Development Partners, there isn’t a lot of speculative development happening in the area, and what is—or was—available is...
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2/20/15
40 Under 40 Class of 2015: Brooke Infusino among Milwaukee Area's emerging leaders
The Milwaukee Business Journal has been honoring the area's up-and-coming young professionals with our popular 40 Under 40 awards for more than 20 years. Brooke Infusino spent long hours commuting between home in Kenosha and jobs in....
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2/18/15
KTR Capital buys large Pleasant Prairie building, sells big Sussex facility
KTR Capital Partners recently acquired a large warehouse in Pleasant Prairie and sold a large Sussex building that is leased to QuadMed. The Pennsylvania company is developing Amazon.com's Kenosha distribution center, but also is an investor...
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2/16/15
Manufacturer Relocating to Wisconsin from Northern Illinois
Governor Scott Walker today joined company executives and local officials to announce Toolamation Services Inc. is relocating its headquarters and manufacturing operations from northern Illinois to the City of Kenosha. “I’m pleased to welcome Toolamation...
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2/15/15
Kenosha County & Southeast Wisconsin continue to attract significant investments
Southeast Wisconsin in general, and Kenosha County specifically, enjoyed another spectacular year in terms of development activity in 2014. Notable projects that were announced or initiated during the year included Niagara Bottling’s new facility...
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2/5/15
KABA leader Battle receives national ‘40 Under 40’ honors
Over the past two years Todd Battle’s accomplishments have helped to orchestrate a massive Kenosha city and county economic development program that has made southeastern Wisconsin a much-watched territory for business relocation and...
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2/5/15
Consultant sees value in downtown’s vacant hulks
The newsroom high atop the Kenosha News tower (reality check: the second floor) has a view of the Alford Building. For years my colleagues and I have been watching it slowly deteriorate. The building once housed a J.C. Penney...
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1/29/15
Inside Amazon.com's Kenosha fulfillment center construction site: Slideshow
The Amazon project is estimated to cost $155 million. Amazon’s move into Kenosha County helped attract more attention to the area from other companies seeking locations for distrubtion centers. The buildings are on a 158-acre site that...
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1/27/15
Todd Battle Wins 40 Under 40 Award in Economic Development
Todd Battle, President of the Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA) has been selected as a winner in the economic development profession’s 40 Under 40 awards, the only award of its kind recognizing young talent in the economic development profession...
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1/27/15
Meijer, Shine Medical & Schreiber Foods Top 2014 Biggest Projects List
The top 10 commercial development projects receiving assistance from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) in 2014 represent capital investments of more than $680 million and are expected to create or retain more than 3,500 jobs. Topping the...
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1/27/15
February 14th Downtown Kenosha: Valentine’s Day Trifecta!
Downtown Kenosha Inc. (DKI), is proud to announce that February 14th, 2015 will bring three unique events to Kenosha! Be sure to mark your calendars now, as on Valentine’s Day, there will be no other destination as fun and unique as...
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1/21/15
Mentors making a difference in Unified schools
Walking through a hallway at Brass Community School, Bunny Stoops breaks into a series of impromptu dance steps. The student at Stoops’ side laughs. And watching through a window from the school office, Deb Malsack looks to a visitor...
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1/18/15
Downtown director looks to build on early successes
The framework and some of the pieces are in place, but like a multi-piece puzzle it takes a patient, but determined, person to create the prescribed picture. As the new executive director of Downtown Kenosha Inc., Chris Naumann faces...
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1/16/15
Zilber to build on confidence in industrial market
Zilber Property Group is upping its local manufacturing development with plans to build speculative buildings in Kenosha, Pewaukee and Menomonee Falls in 2015. The proposal for three buildings with a combined 416,000 square feet reflects the...
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1/15/15
County panel hears Salem industrial park details
A Kenosha County committee got its first look at a proposed business park development in the town of Salem Thursday night. The Finance and Administration Committee is being asked to approve a change in the county’s contract with the Kenosha Area Business...
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1/15/15
County, KABA, Salem team up to establish business park
A plan to build a 65-acre business park on Highway C in Salem could receive a boost from a county revolving loan fund and a local business organization driving economic development. On Thursday night, Kenosha County’s Finance and...
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1/10/15
Kenosha keeps luring distribution business over border

A decade ago, Kenosha was a sleepy place compared with Milwaukee and Chicago. Now you can't throw a stone without hitting an 18-wheeler pulling out of a distribution center. In October, Seattle-based Amazon.com opened the first of two...
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1/10/15
Why Chicago businesses love Milwaukee now

Unlike Chicago's, the Milwaukee skyline hasn't changed much in the past decade. The last building that captured national attention was the soaring, white-winged Quadracci Pavilion, designed for the Milwaukee Art Museum by Santiago Calatrava...
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1/3/15
Community leaders offer hopes, dreams for new year
The Kenosha Area Business Alliance, in a dedicated economic development effort to attract new businesses and pave the way for industrial expansions, has used its own special brand of funding and marketing to produce a fruitful business environment...
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