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Kenosha News for 2009


12/17/09
EMCO Chemical Eyes LakeView Park
EMCO Chemical Distributors, Inc., based in North Chicago, Ill., cleared “a big hurdle” this week in its plans to locate a distribution facility in LakeView Corporate Park that could bring 80-125 jobs to the area, EMCO President Edward Polen...
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12/15/09
IndustryWeek Magazine Names Snap-on Milwaukee Facility “Best Plant” Finalist
IndustryWeek magazine has chosen Snap-on’s Milwaukee hand tools manufacturing plant as one of the top 20 plants in North America. “We are honored that Industry Week has chosen Snap-on’s Milwaukee manufacturing facility as one of its ‘Best...
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11/28/09
Group Aims to Connect Young Professionals with Community
When Jennifer Dooley, 31, graduated from college and started her career in the Kenosha area eight years ago, it was a difficult transition. “There really wasn't a way for me as a young person to get engaged in the community. I was ones...
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11/11/09
When 'Less' Turns Out to be 'More'
Business is good at Kirsan Engineering, but it can always make room for more. The shop thrives on repeat contract work from over 20 customers. However, just six or seven of those customers make up 90 percent of the shop's business...
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11/09
Towne Investments Planning Industrial Park in Kenosha
Towne Investments is negotiating with Kenosha officials to set up a tax incremental financing district for the development of a 120-acre industrial park on land that was formerly part of an American Motors Corp. railroad yard. The vacant...
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11/6/09
KABA,Chamber Recognize Excellence in Business at the 5th Annual Business Awards Dinner
The Kenosha Area Business Alliance and the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce held their 5th Annual Business Awards Dinner recognizing business and community excellence in Kenosha County last night. The award winners were selected...
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11/6/09
KABA, Chamber Honor Tops in Local Business
Several people were recognized Thursday night at the fifth annual business awards presented by the Kenosha Area Business Alliance and Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce. The presentation was at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside...
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11/3/09
JP Morgan Chase Economist Says U.S. Economic Recovery has Begun
The U.S. economy is headed on a long and slow path to economic recovery, James Glassman, managing director and senior economist with JP Morgan Chase, said in a presentation to the Kenosha Area Business Alliance last week at the Club at...
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10/9/09
Workers Cheer Decision to Keep ACCO Plant Here
Thursday's announcement General Binding Corp. in Pleasant Prairie will remain open, saving about 100 jobs, drew rousing cheers from employees at the plant. “It gave me a feeling that, OK, I can breath now,” said Tomas Puentes...
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10/8/09
ACCO/GBC to Remain in Pleasant Prairie; Consolidate Outside Operations to Kenosha County
ACCO Brands Corporation, which manages popular brands such as Swingline®, GBC®, Day-Timer®, Quartet Day® and Wilson Jones®, has announced that they will continue operating in their Pleasant Prairie facilities and consolidate...
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10/8/09
ACCO Brand to Consolidate Manufacturing in Wisconsin
ACCO Brands Corp. has decided to consolidate its manufacturing and distribution operations in Pleasant Prairie, rather than moving them to Illinois, thereby retaining 115 jobs in Wisconsin. The company will receive a $750,000...
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9/24/09
Iris Buying 50 All-Electric JSW Presses to Upgrade U.S. Housewares Operations
While the jury's still out on the macroeconomic recovery, American consumers already are spending more on plastics housewares — at least those made by Iris USA Inc. In return, the Pleasant Prairie-based firm is riding the upswing and adding...
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9/24/09
Kenosha Beef Plans Expansion
Kenosha Beef will expand its Paris facility, adding a new dry-storage warehouse and updating its technology. The Paris Town Board on Tuesday approved a conditional use permit to allow the company's plan to build a 11,300-square-foot...
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9/24/09
Briefs' 75th Birthday a Mentionable Event
They gathered, they looked at the camera, and they said, "Briefs!" What else would you say when the occasion is a group photo of the 350 employees of Jockey International Inc., marking the 75th anniversary of the invention of men's briefs?...
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9/19/09
Group Applauds Unified's Spending
The Kenosha Unified School District has been able to keep cost increases low while outperforming other similar districts, according to the nonpartisan Public Policy Forum out of Milwaukee. The Public Policy Forum compiles an annual list of...
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9/9/09
Bradshaw Medical to Build New HQ in Kenosha
Bradshaw Medical Inc., a manufacturer of orthopedic and spinal surgical instruments, plans to build a new 60,000-square-foot headquarters building at 104th Avenue and 58th Place in Kenosha. The facility will replace...
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9/2/09
Grant to Boost Area Mentoring Programs
A $497,691 federal stimulus award is aimed toward bolstering middle school mentoring programs in Kenosha and Racine. The University of Wisconsin-Parkside's Mentor Kenosha & Racine partnership announced it received the U.S. Office...
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8/27/09
Career College Group Opens Campus Here at Former Aurora Site
College-bound students in Kenosha now have a new destination in Kenosha. Herzing University has opened in the former Aurora Health Center at 4006 Washington Ave. It is currently signing up students for online courses in September...
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8/21/09
Gateway Breaks Ground on Horizon Center Addition
Cars with plugs — and we're not talking spark plugs — can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on the situation. On one hand, they get superior gas mileage and many at Gateway Technical College's ground-breaking for an addition to...
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8/8/09
Racine & Kenosha: Shining Beacons
Its continued economic diversification and strategic location give this region of the state a unique advantage despite recent challenges.Racine and Kenosha Counties, the state's fifth and eighth most populated counties, have historically...
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7/10/09
Harboring a Need to Visit - Waterfronts Can Cure the Blues
Barb and Paul Kueffer gazed in awe the first time they looked out over Lake Michigan. Missouri residents who had come to visit a friend in Wisconsin, the Kueffers seemed transfixed by the lake's rolling waves, endless expanse and ribbons of...
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7/1/09
Location, Diverse Industry Boost Kenosha
Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman said the reasons for the city's growth are evident and, despite the current state of the economy, the city is ready to expand further. The population of the city of Kenosha measured in at 96,950 residents in...
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6/25/09
High-Tech Business Incubator Proposed in Kenosha County
The Kenosha County community of Pleasant Prairie, home to LakeView Corporate Park and other business parks, hopes to develop an incubator for technology-oriented business start-ups. The 2009-'11 proposed state budget, which is pending...
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6/22/09
Pleasant Prairie Breaks Ground on the Final Component of LakeView RecPlex Facility
During a 3:00 p.m. ceremony, the Village of Pleasant Prairie broke ground on a new 50-meter, Olympic-size pool at LakeView RecPlex. Construction of the new pool will begin on June 23. The project is expected to provide work for...
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6/9/09
Abbott, Baxter Key to Kenosha County Area's Strong High-Tech National Ranking
The Lake County, Ill./ Kenosha County area had the best ranking of any Wisconsin site on a recent hightechnology study. Abbott Labs and Baxter Healthcare, both located in Lake County, were the reasons the area placed 49th among some...
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5/30/09
Leaders gather for innovative workforce ideas
A gathering of business, education and government leaders on Friday was considered the first step in developing ways to train workers for new technologies such as wind power and electric vehicles. The session, sponsored by Snap-on and...
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5/22/09
KABA Unveils Results of New Development Plan
It was about a year ago when Kenosha Area Business Alliance leaders decided it was time to revisit the economic development model that emerged two decades ago, when an auto industry exodus turned Kenosha County's economy upside down...
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5/6/09
KABA Announces 2009 Scholarship Recipients
On May 6, KABA’s Education Foundation awarded scholarships to five seniors from Kenosha County High Schools who plan to attend a four-year college or university to pursue a degree in Math, Science, Technology, Medicine, Engineering....
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5/2/09
LakeView Robot Team Wins 20th Best in the World Competition
The difference, many of them said, were the late, late nights, working, adjusting and tinkering, deep inside the bowels of LakeView Technology Academy. Long after students left after the final bell, after darkness filled the land and Jay Leno...
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5/1/09
Real Estate: I-94 Project will Change Corridor's Real Estate Landscape
The $1.9 billion reconstruction and widening of I-94 between the Mitchell Interchange and the Illinois state line will create some new real estate development opportunities along the freeway because the rebuilt interchanges will. ...
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4/29/09
RecPlex Set to Dive into Addition - Village Plan Commission OKs big pool expansion
The village could break ground by late June on a 42,000-square-foot pool addition at LakeView RecPlex, and the planned 50-meter, Olympic-size pool it will house could be open to swimmers by Jan. 1. The Plan Commission paved the wayn...
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4/27/09
Snap-on CEO Adds Chairman Title
Nicholas Pinchuk, the president and chief executive officer of Kenosha-based Snap-On Inc. was elected chairman by the company's board of directors. He succeeds Jack Michaels in the role. Michaels' term is up and he is leaving the board of...
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4/1/09
Kenosha’s New Young Professionals Group - Y-Link: Young Leaders in Kenosha
The Kenosha Area Business Alliance, The Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Kenosha County are excited to announce the formation of Y-LinK: Young Leaders in Kenosha. Y-LinK was created to serve young professionals...
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3/25/09
Customer Focused Environment: Uline's President Speaks at KABA Annual Meeting
Liz Uihlein, President of Uline, Inc., delivered the keynote address at the 2009 KABA Annual Meeting on March 25. Her presentation, titled “A Customer Focused Environment,” provided attendees with a look at Uline's business model and what. ...
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3/24/09
Construction to Create Eight Lanes on I-94 Officially Begins
Roll out the barrels — the orange construction barrels, that is. Gov. Jim Doyle officially kicked off construction on Interstate 94 from Milwaukee south to the Illinois border on Monday. The seven-year, nearly $2 billion project will expand...
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3/16/09
President Obama and Sec. Geithner Announce Plans to Unlock Credit for Small Businesses
Today, as part of an effort Treasury Secretary Geithner first outlined in introducing the Financial Stability Plan (FSP) in February, President Obama and Secretary Geithner will announce plans to take immediate action to help ensure that...
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2/27/09
UW-Parkside Plans $38.6 Million Renovation Project
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is planning a $38.6 million renovation and addition to its Communications Arts Building. The State Building Commission recently approved plans for the project that were presented by...
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2/16/09
No Longer Quiet on Western Front - Companies Will Create Jobs, Boost Economy
The city's western front is starting to see the culmination of years of planning and months of construction with a few large developments. The distribution center for paint company Rust-Oleum near 52nd Street and 88th Avenue opened...
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2/6/09
Chicago Continues Spillover into Kenosha
The Interstate 94 and Highway 165/Q interchange in Pleasant Prairie is one of the most important development hot spots in southeastern Wisconsin. Southwest of I-94 and Highway Q, construction is ongoing for the new...
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1/9/09
Kenosha Manufacturer Lands British Contract
The recession is not stopping Xten Industries, a Kenosha-based plastic injection molding and contract manufacturer, from landing new business. In early December, Xten began manufacturing Bikebins, a British-designed, hard-shelled...
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1/9/09
Donation Leads Way to New Village Park
In late December, the Village of Pleasant Prairie received a land donation for the creation of a new park. John and Dorothy Ingram, Pleasant Prairie residents, have donated 30.73 acres of land to the Village for the creation of a park that all...
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