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Kenosha News for 2014

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 in the fireworks shot off at HarborPark, the nearby carnival and...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 selected the county after scouting for sites in the Chicago region...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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