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Kenosha News for 2014


9/29/14
Southeast Wisconsin continues to thrive
When CenterPoint Properties was a REIT, they were one of the first institutions to get into Wisconsin back in 1999. According to James Clewlow, chief investment officer at CenterPoint Properties, the company’s belief was that Milwaukee and...
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9/29/14
The Amazon Effect: Distribution center will give Kenosha a national brand

Some observers were perplexed in the late 1980s when Wispark LLC, the real estate development division of Wisconsin Energy Corp., started work on a massive industrial park in the then newly incorporated Village of Pleasant Prairie in...
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9/29/14
Apprenticeships triple at Gateway

After several lean years, Gateway Technical College apprenticeships have more than tripled in the past year, and the number is expected to climb further. Last September, Gateway had 82 students enrolled in various apprenticeships, total...
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9/26/14
Business boom: Development explodes as Kenosha County draws national, Illinois firms
Todd Battle called the two-year industrial development boom in Kenosha County “one of those overnight success stories 20 years in the making.” Kenosha County, especially LakeView Corporate Park in Pleasant Prairie, has drawn business from...
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9/24/14
Goodwill leases space in Pleasant Prairie industrial building

Goodwill Retail Services Inc. recently leased 88,492 square feet of space at 8201 109th St., Pleasant Prairie, from Centerpoint 8201 109th Street LLC, according to CBRE, which brokered the deal. The space is part of a 263,718-square-foot ...
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9/23/14
Southeast Wisconsin’s blazing hot trend continues
Since the start of 2013, Kenosha County’s industrial development activity has been nothing short of amazing. According to the Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA), major projects involving approximately 4,000 jobs, over $800 million of...
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9/23/14
Wisconsin is Leaving the Past Behind and Moving Forward
New business parks and speculative buildings are either being planned, or are under construction to meet Wisconsin’s continued strong demand. That demand has come from not only companies choosing the Southeast Wisconsin area to relocate...
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9/23/14
Panel OKs streetcar expansion
Though construction continues on its massive warehouses, Amazon is hiring in Kenosha County. The Kenosha City Council voted 10-5 for a proposed expansion to its streetcar line.< The council’s decision came after nearly an hour of...
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9/23/14
Amazon announces hiring of seasonal workers here
Though construction continues on its massive warehouses, Amazon is hiring in Kenosha County. The online retailer has announced it is seeking seasonal employees to work during the holiday season. Amazon officials are expected to be...
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9/18/14
Report: Gateway and its students add more than $930 million to local economy
Gateway Technical College and its students added $933.2 million in income to the Gateway Technical College District economy, or about equal to 5.6 percent of the region’s gross regional product, a recent economic survey indicated....
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9/17/14
Kenosha Named in America’s 50 Best Cities to Live
Some cities score well because of the number of dining options, as is the case with Evanston, Illinois. The city is part of Cook County, which also includes Chicago. This provides Evanston residents with easy access to nearly 9,000 restaurants...
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9/17/14
Niagara Bottling to hire 70 in Pleasant Prairie

Niagara Bottling LLC will host a recruitment event on Oct. 8 to fill 70 positions at its new facility in Pleasant Prairie. The Ontario, Calif.-based company is building a $56 million, 377,000-square-foot plant in the LakeView Corporate Park...
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9/14/14
Kenosha development boom expected to continue: Slideshow
The development boom that has brought more than $800 million worth of new development, including big-name companies such as Amazon.com and Meijer, to Kenosha County is expected to continue for several years. That was the consensus...
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9/14/14
Pleasant Prairie company lands $45 million contract
Ocenco Inc., a Pleasant Prairie manufacturer of breathing apparatus equipment, has received a contract valued at up to $45.3 million to supply products to the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, the Department of Defense said Tuesday. The one-year contract...
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9/13/14
Wisconsin region kickstarts economy with lessons NWI could use
Economic developers in Wisconsin's Kenosha County like to boast about their region's proximity to Chicago and O'Hare airport, its major interstate expressway, and the state's business-friendly climate. "A lot of the competition we face is from...
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9/12/14
4,000 jobs in two years only beginning of Kenosha County industrial boom
Chad Navis, Zilber Property Group industrial development director, counted about 17.5 million square feet of industrial buildings along Interstate 94 in Kenosha County, and said that figure will double in a “reasonable time period. Such...
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9/5/14
Uline to lease large Pleasant Prairie building from Centerpoint and Wispark
Rapidly expanding manufacturer Uline Inc. is planning to lease a large new industrial building that Centerpoint Properties Trust and Wispark LLC are developing in Pleasant Prairie. Centerpoint and Wispark in May sought approval for two...
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9/4/14
KABA, Kenosha Chamber Announce 2014 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 6th. The 2014 Kenosha County Business Excellence Awards will be...
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8/28/14
Boosters bullish about state of downtown Kenosha
Build it and they may come. That’s the idea city officials have as they begin to look forward to 2015 and the next phases of the Downtown Kenosha Inc. strategic economic development plan that calls for the extension of the streetcar, an indoor...
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8/28/14
Jockey launches line of childrenswear
Jockey International Inc. said Thursday it is partnering with Gerber Childrenswear to launch a line of baby clothes. "Baby Jockey's styles are fabricated from cotton interlock (95%) and spandex (5%) for ease of movement and comfort," Kenosha-based...
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8/27/14
Quest Products to move from Gurnee to Pleasant Prairie

Another Illinois company is making plans to move to Kenosha County. Quest Products Inc., a Gurnee, Ill.-based consumer packaged goods company, plans to move to Pleasant Prairie. An affiliate of the company recently purchased a vacant...
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8/26/14
Pleasant Prairie Approves Plans for Expansion at Good Foods Group
On August 25, the Pleasant Prairie Plan Commission approved Site and Operational Plans for a 39,166 square foot expansion at 10100 88th Avenue for Good Foods Group. Good Foods Group is an all-natural food manufacturer of preservative-free dips, sides and salads. The company...
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8/21/14
Quest Products to relocate HQs, distribution operations to Pleasant Prairie’s LakeView Corp. Park
Quest Products is moving its headquarters as well as its assembling, packaging and warehousing operations to Kenosha County. It is currently headquartered in Gurnee, Illinois with additional distribution operations in Independence, Iowa...
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8/7/14
Kenall construction progresses
Kenall Manufacturing Co., a beneficiary of an improving economy, is moving along faster on its construction timetable and needs to hire more workers to begin training in preparation for the move to its new Kenosha facility. “Growth has been...
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8/2/14
First Impressions tells a tale of two cities: Kenosha and Joliet, Ill.
One city is 40 miles west of Chicago. Another is 40 miles north of Chicago. One city is the fourth largest in Illinois. The other is fourth largest in Wisconsin. Officials in both are looking for ways to revitalize their communities and...
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7/29/14
Costco gets OK from Pleasant Prairie panel
Costco Wholesale Corp. won unanimous approval Monday night from the Plan Commission to move forward with a 154,000-square-foot development on some 17 acres in the Prairie Ridge subdivision. The project at 7775 94th Ave. is planned...
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7/29/14
State grocers honor Festival Foods CEO
Mark Skogen, president and CEO of Skogen’s Festival Foods, was named 2014 Grocer of the Year by the Wisconsin Grocers Association Monday. Festival Foods operates 18 full-service supermarkets in Wisconsin, including one in Kenosha...
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7/30/14
IT firm to move from Mt. Pleasant to Kenosha

Vantage Point Corp., a rapidily-growing IT firm, will move from Mt. Pleasant to a larger space in Kenosha. The business, which was founded in 2006, is currently located in a 2,300-square-foot space at 5720 Taylor Ave. in Mt. Pleasant...
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7/30/14
Change will allow transfer of state tax credits

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.'s most popular tax credit program has a new feature that is expected to prompt more companies to utilize the program. Gov. Scott Walker in April signed a bill into law that allows companies...
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7/25/14
Pleasant Prairie preps site work for 250-acre Venture One business park
Earth-moving and road work is likely to begin this summer to prepare land for development in a 250-acre business park in Pleasant Prairie. The Village Board this week finalized a development agreement to pay for that infrastructure work...
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7/25/14
Request for Proposals: Indoor Public Market Feasibility Study
Kenosha Area Business Alliance, in cooperation with Kenosha Common Markets, Inc. is accepting proposals to conduct a feasibility study for the construction or renovation of an existing space, and the operation of a permanent, year-round indoor Public...
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7/17/14
Snap-on 2Q profits jump 20%, beat estimate
Snap-on Inc. reported Thursday that net income for the second quarter rose 20 percent, beating analyst consensus on rising sales and widening profit margins. Kenosha-based Snap-on (NYSE: SNA), a manufacturer of tools, diagnostics...
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7/15/14
Kenosha Area Business Alliance restocking incentive war chest
The Kenosha Area Business Alliance is restocking its incentive programs with new money thanks to recent awards approved by Pleasant Prairie and Kenosha County. The incentive programs help sweeten the pot when Kenosha County...
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7/14/14
Kenosha packaging firm Vista acquired by Finnish company
Vista International Packaging LLC, a food packaging supplier based in Kenosha, has been sold to ViskoTeepak, a Finnish company that also makes packaging for the food industry, for an undisclosed amount. ViskoTeepak, which intends...
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7/14/14
Uline to move 475 employees from Illinois, build more office and warehouses
Uline Inc., which supplies shipping boxes and packaging materials, has purchased 200 acres in Kenosha and plans to build a 50,000-square-foot office building and 1 million-square-foot distribution center. Once built, the...
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7/14/14
Walker lifts WEDC moratorium on historic tax credit program
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. is again accepting and reviewing developer applications for historic tax credits, a program that was put on hold last month due to higher-than-expected demand. The state earlier this year...
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7/9/14
Fourth of July brings boom for downtown Kenosha businesses
With thousands of people swarming downtown Kenosha over Independence Day weekend, some area businesses said it was the busiest holiday they’ve experienced in years. Taking...
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7/6/14
Business building boom in Kenosha
Todd Battle, president of the Kenosha Area Business Alliance, explains why so many businesses are expanding or relocating in Kenosha County...
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6/25/14
Home sale prices surge in Kenosha and Racine counties

The median prices of homes sold in Kenosha County and Racine County has increased dramatically this year, according to the latest data from the Wisconsin Realtors Association. Median home sale prices were up 31.6 percent in Kenosha County...
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6/23/14
Kenosha County on quite a winning streak
The hits keep on coming in Kenosha County, and I'm not just talking about the bats at historic Simmons Field. A rendering of how Uline's campus in Pleasant Prairie will look after the expansion. The Kenosha Kingfish, a new baseball team in the...
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6/18/14
Developer hopes to attract major business to Pleasant Prairie
Industrial developer Zilber Property Group is hoping it still has the magic to attract another major tenant for its newest speculative industrial project, Towne Industrial VI, in Pleasant Prairie LakeView Corporate Park. Zilber, with offices in Milwaukee and Pleasant...
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6/16/14
New Kenall facility to incorporate sustainable features
Luminaire manufacturer Kenall Manufacturing Co. recently broke ground on a 354,000-square-foot corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility on a 34-acre site at 104th Avenue and 55th Street in Kenosha. The company, which is moving its operations...
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6/5/14
Conference lays out vision for Kenosha County; Community leaders seek to attract, retain young talent
Should a new business park be developed at the Chrysler site? Should an expanded regional transportation system connecting the local college campuses and the western region of Kenosha County be built? These were among the suggestions...
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6/4/14
Uline to add 500 jobs; plan doubles corporate headquarters in Pleasant Prairie
Uline will soon double its local footprint, as the packaging and distribution company announced Tuesday plans to inject $100 million into its Pleasant Prairie campus and add hundreds of jobs. Local and state representatives joined Uline officials...
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5/30/14
Snap-on acquires brake-repair equipment maker Pro-Cut International
Snap-on Inc. said Friday it has bought Pro-Cut International Inc., a manufacturer of automotive brake-repair equipment, for $42 million in cash. Pro-Cut, based in West Lebanon, N.H., had sales of $24 million last year. The company makes to turn brake...
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5/29/14
KABA mentors, students celebrate bonds they built
Judyanna Henderson’s favorite part of the week is spending time with her mentor, Jackie Hartley. Three years ago the fifth-grader and Hartley met through the Kenosha Area Business Alliance’s mentorship program, which connects a community...
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5/29/14
Milwaukee one of 12 regions to win U.S. manufacturing designation
The Milwaukee Region is one of 12 communities that has been designated a "Manufacturing Community" as part of the federal Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative. The U.S. Commerce Department-led...
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5/28/14
FastPitch event set again for entrepreneurs; Winner of 3-minute pitch to land $5K prize
Entrepreneurs, business owners, high school seniors and college students are encouraged to register for the Third Annual Racine/Kenosha FastPitch Competition at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at Gateway Technical College’s SC Johnson integrated...
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5/23/14
Supporters fete Walker as Kenall breaks ground in Kenosha
Part groundbreaking, part campaign stop, all pep rally. Touting Kenosha, Kenosha County and Gov. Scott Walker, a small crowd gathered Friday morning in the bumpy field at the corner of 55th Street and 99th Avenue, where Kenall Manufacturing’s ...
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5/22/14
InSinkErator announces $65 million expansion in Kenosha, Racine counties
InSinkErator is increasing its manufacturing operations in southeastern Wisconsin by opening a new facility in Kenosha and upgrading its existing one in Racine—a project expected to create 165 new jobs and retain nearly 1,000 existing positions...
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5/19/14
Todd Ricketts visits Kingfish; Cubs’ executive speaks at luncheon
The Kenosha Kingfish are just days away from kicking off their inaugural season. On Monday, they opened the gates of Simmons Field for an afternoon to show off the park with the Chicago Cubs’ Todd Ricketts on hand as part of the team’s Executive...
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5/16/14
Three restaurants planned in new downtown Kenosha establishment
The owners of Captain Mike's Beer & Burger Bar in downtown Kenosha plan to open a new downtown Kenosha establishment with three restaurants. Located at 707 56th St., the establishment will consist of three restaurants in one location...
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5/16/14
Owners of Captain Mike's to open a new downtown location; development is the first recipient of funds from newly capitalized Downtown Revolving Loan Fund
The owners of three successful Kenosha Area establishments have exciting plans for a second Downtown Kenosha hotspot. The new restaurant at 707 56th Street is actually three restaurants in one location: Mike's Donuts & Chicken and Mike's Chicken....
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5/11/14
CenterPoint, Wispark plan two Pleasant Prairie industrial buildings
CenterPoint Properties Trust and Wispark LLC plan to open two speculative industrial buildings in Pleasant Prairie this year with a combined 932,000 square feet. CenterPoint, a national developer, and Wispark, the development arm...
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5/8/12
Wisconsin is the 14th Best State for Business 2014
In the 10th annual survey of CEOs concerning their views of the best and worst states for business, over 500 CEOs across the U.S. responded, grading states with which they were familiar on measures including tax and regulatory...
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5/7/14
Business group pitches west-end study; Scarce space elsewhere creates opportunities, KABA official says
It’s time to head west in search of land. With little business park vacancy left in eastern Kenosha County, Heather Wessling Grosz, vice president of economic development for the Kenosha Area Business Association, said the western portion...
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5/7/14
State of the county is strong: Kreuser
Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser on Tuesday touted the county’s commitment to maintaining and improving infrastructure in its efforts to attract new business and jobs to the area. In his annual state of the county address, Kreuser...
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5/7/14
Carthage plans new science center; $43 million science facility overhaul underway
Natural science majors at Carthage College are growing. So, too, is the facility where they will be taught. Carthage and city officials broke ground Tuesday on a $43 million overhaul of its existing science center. The David A. Straz Jr. Center...
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5/3/14
County tourism got a boost in 2013
Tourists pumped more than $167.7 million into Kenosha County’s economy last year, an increase of 3.8 percent from a year earlier. Visitors to Kenosha County generated $19.2 million in state and local tax revenues and $13.2 million in...
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4/14/14
Milwaukee to Kenosha I-94 corridor is red hot for industrial development
Industrial real estate development along the I-94 corridor remains hot in Kenosha County, and real estate professionals and government officials say more development is in the works for that area. "We know more is coming," said Jeff Labahn...
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4/14
Pro-Business Climate In Wisconsin
With its central location, skilled workforce and leading manufacturing and agricultural industries, it’s no wonder the Midwest is grabbing the attention of site selectors and companies. Specifically, businesses looking to start....
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4/11/14
Real Estate Awards: Best Deal of the Year/Regional Development Award - Kenosha Enterprise Park/Amazon; Kenosha Area Business Alliance
Kenosha County’s development boom over the past two years represents a series of wins over its neighbor to the south. National distributors such as Niagara Bottling and Amazon.com selected the county after scouting for sites in the Chicago region...
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4/9/14
Strong run continues for region’s industrial market
The southeastern Wisconsin industrial real estate market continues to post impressive results and absorbed 712,400 square feet of space in the first quarter, the 16th consecutive quarter of positive absorption for the market...
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4/2/14
Niagara Bottling to Open New Midwest Plant in Kenosha County
Kenosha Area economic development partners announced today that Niagara Bottling LLC, the nation’s largest private label bottled water supplier, will build a new manufacturing facility in Kenosha County. The 377,000-square-foot facility, which...
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3/31/14
Xten Honored with Business in Education Award from Kenosha Schools
Xten Industries has been named by the Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) as the recipient of the 2014 Business in Education Award. Community garden @ Xten The award acknowledges exceptional efforts of nominated local businesses who...
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3/28/14
Local business alliance plans to build on 2013 momentum
Although Kenosha County is on track to continue the economic development progress it experienced in 2013, downtown and talent development are goals to accomplish this year. Calling 2013 a banner year that generated momentum for future...
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3/27/14
Kenosha may annex 348 acres for business park development
The owners of 348 acres west of Interstate 94 are asking the city of Kenosha to annex the land for a new business park development. The property, currently in the town of Paris, is at I-94 and Burlington Road across the interstate from...
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3/26/14
KABA speaker: Companies must keep up with shifting norms, advancing technology
Companies that do not keep up with rapidly advancing technology can find themselves on the path to failure. As a result, the communities in which they reside could be left with fewer jobs and an outward flow of skilled labor talent...
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3/19/14
Governor visits Gateway to promote advanced manufacturing skills initiative
Governor Scott Walker chose Gateway’s SC Johnson integrated Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Center in Sturtevant today as a site to promote his new workforce initiative, noting that the type of advanced manufacturing training that goes on at the...
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3/17/14
Meijer Distribution Invests $146 Million In Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, Distribution Center
Meijer Distribution Inc. is investing $146 million to purchase and remodel an existing facility in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, for a new distribution center in LakeView Corporate Park. Once completed, the 770,000-square-foot facility is expected to employ 271 full-time...
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3/17/14
New Meijer Distribution Center to Create 300 New Jobs in Pleasant Prairie
Meijer Distribution Inc. is investing $146 million to purchase and remodel an existing facility in Pleasant Prairie for a new distribution center. The distribution center, which will be located in the LakeView Corporate Park, is expected...
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3/14/14
Zilber to start on sixth Kenosha County spec building, more likely to follow
Zilber Property Group is joining the wave of developers building speculative industrial buildings along Interstate 94 this spring with a 176,000-square-foot Pleasant Prairie building. It is the company’s sixth since 2008 in that area and...
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3/3/14
SE Wisc Sees Industrial Land Rush
Developers have either proposed or have under construction nearly 5-million-square-feet of speculative industrial space in the Chicago metropolitan area, and nearly 2-million...
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2/20/14
Local business leaders see bright future
Business leaders in Kenosha County might not all be singing the same tune, but when it comes to the economy they appear to be sharing a hymnal. “We are in...
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2/17/14
Ricker thinks downtown has lots to see and do; Group’s leader expects 2014 to be even better
Not too long ago, taking a stroll through downtown Kenosha might have given one the impression that this city by the lake was fast becoming a ghost town...
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2/16/14
Building on a ‘banner year’
If Kenosha County’s economic development in 2014 is as good as it was in 2013, does that mean another superb year lies ahead, with new companies and more jobs coming to the area? Can Kenosha County build upon its previous year’s success?...
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2/12/14
Manufacturer MedTorque expanding in Kenosha with new building lease
MedTorque Inc. is expanding production space in Kenosha and planning new hires after leasing a 20,600-square-foot building. MedTorque, founded in 2004, makes drills, taps and other products that surgeons use for orthopedic surgery on hips and knees...
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2/11/14
Village clears way for expanded development, industrial park
The Village Board Monday night set the table for development of greater production and light manufacturing projects along the east side of I-94. The board approved expanding tax incremental financing district No. 2 by some 336 acres...
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2/6/14
Candidates critical of Unified board
Six candidates for the Kenosha Unified School District Board were critical of the current board at a forum Wednesday. Sponsored by the Kenosha Area Business Alliance, the forum structure had each candidate answer questions posed by a....
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1/29/14
Kenosha selected to receive Smart Growth America technical assistance grant
Smart Growth America has announced that Kenosha was selected as one of 18 communities to receive the organization’s 2014 free smart growth technical assistance program grant. Kenosha will receive a 2-day...
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