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Kenosha News for 2007


12/28/07
Kenosha Public Museums Ready for History Lessons
Anyone remotely familiar with American history can tell you southeast Wisconsin is far from the historic battlefields of the Civil War. But the Kenosha Public Museums are banking on the idea that most people don't know...
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12/27/07
Kenosha Bridges Milwaukee and Chicago
Anyone remotely familiar with American history can tell you southeast Wisconsin is far from the historic battlefields of the Civil War. But the Kenosha Public Museums are banking on the idea that most people don't know...
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12/20/07
Abbott, Village Hammer Out Land Use Deal
Abbott Laboratories gained approvals Wednesday from Pleasant Prairie officials for the next step toward the possible construction of a 2 million square-foot campus in the village. The Community Development Authority...
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12/19/07
Snap-on Names New Chief Executive Officer
Kenosha-based Snap-on Inc. named a new chief executive officer Tuesday, promoting its current president to the post. The company named Nicholas T. Pinchuk, 61, currently president and chief operating officer...
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12/07
Regional Report - Racine and Kenosha
This past September, a new day dawned on the Horizon for Racine and Kenosha Counties at the Horizon Center for Transportation Technology at Gateway Technical College. And this newest specialized training center is indicative of the...
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11/25/07
Local Company Makes its Mark
From the Statue of Liberty to the federal courthouse building in Milwaukee to aging Victorian houses near Kenosha's lakefront, Abatron Inc. is making a mark. Albeit an invisible one.Abatron is a Kenosha-based chemical company...
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11/25/07
Developers Work on Big Warehouses at Local Sites
A Chicago developer will soon break ground on a massive warehouse on Kenosha's west side, the second 600,000-square-foot industrial building under way in the area. First Industrial Realty Trust Inc. already completed...
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11/16/07
Monarch Celebrates Expansion
A century ago an adventurous 13-year-old boy from India left home bound for Africa. The boy went on to found an industrial ...
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11/13/07
Monarch Plastics Completes Expansion
Monarch Plastics, Inc.(MPI) recently completed a 39,000 SF expansion to its facility; 35,000 to its production space and 4,000 SF of office space. The addition will allow them the space to introduce new technologies...
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11/13/07
First Industrial Doing Distribution Center for Rust-Oleum
First Industrial Realty Trust is developing a distribution center in Kenosha, Wis., for Rust-Oleum Corp. ...
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11/9/07
Lakefront Fuels Kenosha’s Renaissance
Kenosha's long-time blue-collar, factory image is being replaced by a bluer lakefront that is reeling in businesses, housing and development in the city's thriving downtown. "I remember when my parents would pile the family...
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11/9/07
Chamber, KABA Present 2007 Awards
They dreamed. They surrounded themselves with others that shared their vision. They took a risk, started a business and made an impact on their community. Entrepreneurs from Kenosha County gathered...
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11/2/07
Work at Business Park Begins
Work is under way on PrairieWood Corporate Park in Pleasant Prairie, the first phase of a project that will expand business development in Pleasant Prairie west of Interstate 94. Earth movers and bulldozers are...
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10/20/07
Wirch Defends Dems' Universal Health Plan at KABA Breakfast
While the continuing state budget slowdown likely weighed on the minds of everyone, local lawmakers also touched issues from water diversion to health care Friday, at the Kenosha Area Business Alliance's latest legislative update...
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10/19/07
CenterPoint Sells Two LakeView Buildings for $58.3 Million
CenterPoint Properties Trust has sold two distribution and warehouse buildings in the Pleasant Prairie LakeView Corporate Park for $58.3 million...
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10/17/07
New Hotel to Focus on Extended Stays
A new hotel under construction in Kenosha will cater to business travelers. Kenosha-based Bear Realty and Mills Enterprises are building the 90-unit Candlewood  Suites at the Cornerstone Commons development on the northeast...
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10/07
KABA Teams Up with MRA to Offer New Services for Members
In an effort to provide KABA member companies with more training opportunities, better survey data, and access to additional resources, KABA is pleased to announce a partnership with MRA, a well-respected HR management...
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10/3/07
Expert Predicts Upbeat Economy
The U.S. economy is bumping through a series of tumultuous changes, but remains essentially strong, according to an economist speaking to Kenosha area business leaders Tuesday. James Glassman, managing director and senior...
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10/2/07
Village Board OKs Contract for Corporate Park
Work is to begin today to create the PrairieWood Corporate Park, which is to house the new Jockey International world headquarters. The Village Board at its Monday night meeting approved a $689,673 contract...
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10/07
Gateway Soars to New Heights with Horizon Center
In September, Gateway Technical College unveiled the Horizon Center for Transportation Technology. The Horizon Center will house Gateway’s automotive programs and an auto diagnostics certification program pioneered by...
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9/18/07
Horizon Center Reflects Community's Investment
There is an old saying you may have heard at one time or another that goes like this: "It takes a village to raise a child." I am most familiar, though, with the adaptation: "It takes a village to educate a student." I have come to...
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9/12/07
State Gets A on Economic Options
Wisconsin squeaked out an A on a report card on economic opportunity issued Wednesday by a national organization that promotes grass-roots economic development. While the state got top marks on measures of financial...
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9/11/07
Bank President Praises Benefits of KRM Rail Link
Karl Ostby is quick to admit his background is in banking, not mass transit. Still, he says he can recognize the enormous benefits he believes would come with the proposed Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee (KRM) commuter rail link....
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9/6/07
Market Probe Dedicates New Downtown Call Center
Market Probe dedicated its new Kenosha Call Center Thursday with a ribbon cutting celebration at their Kenosha National Bank building location downtown. The company will be occupying three floors of the...
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8/21/07
Concerns with Healthy Wisconsin Plan
At KABA's quarterly board meeting on August 7th, the board of directors discussed at length the proposed "Healthy Wisconsin" Plan that has been introduced in the Wisconsin State Senate...
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8/20/07
2007 Scholarship Golf Classic Raised $15,000 for College Scholarships!
The 2007 Scholarship Golf Classic presented by TDS Metrocom and hosted by the Kenosha Area Business Alliance and the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce was held on July 30, 2007 at the Kenosha Country Club. Approximately...
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7/26/07
Snap-on Earnings, Sales Soar
Snap-on Inc. showed Wednesday it is continuing to gain strength, announcing soaring second quarter earnings and increasing sales. ...
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7/20/07
Racine and Kenosha Counties Attracting Major Developments
As sprawl from the Chicago area continues to push north, and sprawl from the Milwaukee area slowly pushes south, more major real estate developments are being planned in Kenosha and Racine counties. Some of the latest...
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7/19/07
Health Costs Fall for Business Group
Large employers in the new health plan set up for the Business Health Care Group saw their costs fall 13.7% in 2006, based on an analysis done by the business coalition. The results - based on 15 large employers...
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7/17/07
Trucking Firm Buys Snap-on building
JHT Holdings is consolidating its operations into one building, moving management of all of its subsidiaries into the former Snap-on Inc. headquarters in Pleasant Prairie....
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7/6/07
Major Warehouse Eyes Airport Location
The city laid groundwork Thursday for what could become one of the city's largest buildings.The Plan Commission gave preliminary approvals to a conditional use permit, certified survey map and developers agreement for a...
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7/3/07
Developer Plans Major Retail Center in Pleasant Prairie
Indianapolis-based Gershman Brown Associates Inc. plans to build a 364,677-square-foot retail development, anchored by Target and JCPenney stores, southeast of Highway 50 and 104th Avenue in Pleasant Prairie. In addition to the...
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6/27/07
Illinois Design Firm Moves to Kenosha Business Park
An Illinois-based design firm is relocating to the Business Park of Kenosha. 3DL Design, Inc. of Mundelein, Ill. is in the process of moving to a 12,000-square-foot building at 5511 95th Ave. in Kenosha. The move is expected to...
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6/17/07
A Brand-New Pattern - Machine Shop Now Crafts Needles
Even if your business is making widgets, sticking to your knitting can open up a new world of opportunity. ...
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6/13/07
Governor Doyle Announces $16.8 Million for Chrysler's Plant Upgrade
Governor Doyle was at the Chrysler Kenosha Engine Plant today to announce a $16.8 million incentives package to to assist the Chrysler Group in retooling their existing plant and secure their presence in Kenosha...
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6/12/07
Chrysler to Invest in City - Retooling of plant set for Phoenix v-6 engines
Chrysler will announce a $450 million retooling of the Kenosha Engine Plant Wednesday. The company plans to convert the newer portion of its facility at 5555 30th Ave. to build its new Phoenix V-6 engine line...
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6/7/07
German company to open distribution center in Pleasant Prairie
Sonopress USA announced today it has purchased a 535,000-square-foot plant in the Lakeview Corporate Park in Pleasant Prairie, where the company plans to operate a new distribution center that will create more than 200 jobs...
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5/31/07
Area Government Leaders Speak at Legislative Breakfast
Commuter rail, strategic growth and regionalism were high priorities for each of the presenters at the Kenosha County Legislative Breakfast. ...
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5/31/07
Business Leaders Urge Support for KRM
Although the planned Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee commuter rail link wasn't on the agenda for the Milwaukee 7 meeting Wednesday, business leaders took the opportunity to push for the project. "I'm pretty frustrated with...
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5/30/07
Milwaukee 7 Takes the Next Step
The Milwaukee 7 economic development coalition plans to target small and medium-sized manufacturers and technology companies to bring new jobs to the region, according to a new report issued today. The Milwaukee 7 council met...
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5/25/07
Randall Town Board, Plan Commission OK Rezoning for Business Development
A tenacious Mark Karow proved that patience pays off Thursday night as the plan commission and town board both unanimously approved a rezoning of two parcels of Powers Lake Construction Co.-owned property for a......
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5/24/07
Manufacturing isn't Dying, it's Evolving
Wisconsin celebrates May as Manufacturing Month. The campaign is sponsored by a number of state-wide manufacturing organizations, including Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) and the Wisconsin......
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5/17/07
Utility Receives State Safety Award
We Energies has been named a corporate leader in health and safety by the Wisconsin Council of Safety. ...
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5/17/07
Abbott Selected 'Best Place' to Work
Abbott Laboratories was named among The Scientist magazine's "Best Places to Work in Industry for the fi fth consecutive year. The list is based on a detailed survey of scientists at a cross-section of companies and...
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5/16/07
KABA Still Backs Commuter Rail
A local business group recently reaffirmed its support for a proposed commuter rail link between Kenosha and Milwaukee. The board of directors of the Kenosha Area Business Alliance unanimously passed a resolution last week...
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5/9/07
Abbott Labs Honors Local Contractors
Two Kenosha County contractors were recognized by Abbott Laboratories with "supplier excellence" awards. Abbott gave 23 companies the supplier excellence award, choosing them from among 25,000 suppliers...
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5/3/07
Owners of Business Park Plan Huge Industrial Building
The new owners of the Business Park of Kenosha II plan to break ground this spring on a huge industrial building. Panattoni Development Co. plans to build a 626,000-squarefoot building on speculation, planning to...
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4/24/07
Snap-on Earning up 76.5%
Snap-on Inc. today reported better-than-expected first-quarter earnings, and also announced the appointment of a new president. The Kenosha-based tool maker reported net income of $39 million, or 66 cents a share, up......
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4/20/07
Building Industry Award to Bukacek
Racine-based Bukacek Construction received an building industry award for its construction of a Whole Foods Market on ...
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4/19/07
Kenosha to get Lifestyle Center
A Florida commercial developer plans to build $200 million in retail stores in southwest Kenosha near Interstate 94. A 750,000-square-foot "lifestyle retail center" called Kenosha Town Center and the 653-unit River Park...
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4/17/07
Doyle Creates Business Council, Pledges $1 Million for Effort
Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle has started a business council made up of the state's regional economic development organizations, including the Milwaukee 7. The group will serve as a forum so the regional groups, which...
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4/12/07
Chicago, and Neighbors, Growing Fast
Kenosha County is part of one of the fastest-growing metropolitan regions in the United States, its population climbing with the continuing expansion of the greater Chicago area. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Chicago includes...
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4/13/07
Kenosha High Rise Finds Anchor Tenant
Wauwautosa-based Market Probe Inc. recently moved into the largely vacant, eight-story former Kenosha National Bank building, one of the tallest buildings in downtown Kenosha. Market Probe is occupying...
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4/12/07
Camosy Announces Leadership Changes
A family-owned construction business is changing leadership. Raymond Camosy,chairman of Camosy Inc., announced he would step down as president of the company while remaining as chairman. His brother John Camosy, previously...
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4/11/07
Renaissance Tree Holding Purchases Industrial Building in Business Park of Kenosha
Renaissance Tree Holding LLC recently purchased a 83,641-square-foot industrial building at 5300 95th Ave., Kenosha, in the Business Park of Kenosha from Towne Investments , a division of Milwaukee-based...
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3/22/07
Gateway Technical College's President Elected an Officer in Educator's Group
Gateway Technical College's top administrator has been elected as an officer of a prominent organization for educators. In July, Bryan Albrecht, Gateway president, will begin a yearlong term as president-elect of the Association for...
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3/20/07
Combined Chicago-Milwaukee Region Would Be an Economic Powerhouse
Could cities located near one another, Milwaukee and Chicago for example, enhance their respective growth and development through closer linkages? Why might a greater Chicago-Milwaukee metropolitan area want stronger ties...
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3/15/07
County Seeks Economic Path- Summit Draws Suggestions to Ensure Future Growth
Kenosha County needs to foster small businesses, expand educational partnerships, and energize the youth of the community. Those were some of the suggestions from the more than 150 community stakeholders who attended the county's...
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3/13/07
Snap-on CEO Jack Michaels Speaks at KABA Annual Meeting
I'm here to tell you that your organization is in good shape," was the opening remark by KABA Chairman Jerry Franke as he addressed the audience at the annual meeting of the Kenosha Area Business Alliance, held March 9th at the...
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3/12/07
KABA Leaders Say Land Deal Shows Group's Accomplishments
Jack Michael's theories of business are simple. "When you see a problem, fix it. Don't sit around thinking about it," said Michaels, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Kenosha-based Snap-on Inc. "I have a simple philosophy...
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3/10/07
Bucyrus Digging Deep on Health Care
Bucyrus International is doing heavy lifting on several fronts. It's enjoying a boom in orders for gargantuan shovels used to extract oil sands in the Canadian west, with a backlog up 35% from a strong year last year. Its other...
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3/9/07
Nearly $2 Million Award to Aid Airport Expansion - Project Will be Completed in Phases
A $1.94 million award, largely from the federal government, will fund the first phase of east side expansion at Kenosha Regional Airport, state and airport officials said this week. Airport Director Wayde Buck said the funds...
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2/27/07
KABA: Area Remains Diverse - Report Shows County Faces Challenges in Poverty, Jobs
A new Kenosha Area Business Alliance report paints Kenosha County as an everchanging, economically diverse area that will continue to see more growth in the future. The report also shows the county's challenges, like a growing...
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2/26/07
Town Hall Meeting with U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt
The Business Health Care Group and the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality invite you to a Town Hall Meeting with United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt. Please join Secretary...
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2/3/07
Ryan Discusses Health Care - Congressman Tells Business Leaders Cost Still a Challenge
Health care is one of America's most challenging issues, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan told an audience of Kenosha County business leaders Friday. Ryan, R-Janesville, was the moderator for a Kenosha Area Business Alliance luncheon at...
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2/2/07
More in store - Additional development coming to Highway 50 and I-94
The intersection of Highway 50 and I-94 in Kenosha County is poised to attract major new development in 2007. At the northwest corner of the intersection, Quality Centers, a Florida-based developer, is planning a large...
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2/2/07
KABA Keys Issues Luncheon Focuses on Rising Health Care Costs
Kenosha County is part of one of the fastest-growing metropolitan regions in the United States, its population climbing with the continuing expansion of the greater Chicago area. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Chicago includes...
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2/2/07
Snap-on Profits, Revenues Surge
Kenosha-based Snap-on Inc. said Thursday its fourth-quarter profit rose 39 percent, with sales revenue growing in all segments of the business. The company earned $38 million, or 64 cents per share, compared with $27.4 million...
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2/2/07
Hospira Completes its Acquisition of Mayne Pharma Ltd.
..Hospital products company Hospira Inc. said Thursday it completed its $2.1 billion buyout of Australia-based specialty injectable pharmaceuticals company Mayne Pharma Ltd. The deal was cleared to close Jan. 19, when......
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1/30/07
Snap-on Incorporated the Overall Leader and Brand of Choice for Auto Technicians
Snap-on Incorporated, a leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of tool and equipment solutions, has announced that it has won seven 2006 Technicians' Choice Awards from global growth consulting company Frost & Sullivan...
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1/20/07
Purchase Expands Bella Home Medical and Rehab
Bella Home Medical and Rehab is expanding with the purchase of the Kenosha Visiting Nurse Association's medical equipment business. Since 1995, the Visiting Nurse Association has had a durable medical equipment business that...
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