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Kenosha News for 2015


4/6/15
KABA speakers compare Kenosha, Pittsburgh
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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4/1/15
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 creating a permanent...
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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 Prairie corporate campus. Uline has...
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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 Downtown Kenosha to...
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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 fulfillment centers...
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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 and named to Time...
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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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