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Kenosha News for 2008


12/22/08
Snap-on Tools Tops Franchise 500 Ranking
Snap-on Tools has received top honors among the country's tool franchises in the annual “Franchise 500 Ranking” by Entrepreneur magazine. The company moved up 13 spots from 2008 rankings to place 37th overall....
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12/08
Regional Report: Racine & Kenosha Counties
Racine and Kenosha counties are taking advantage of their proximity to the Illinois border and strong infrastructure while landing new development...
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12/08
Family Values: Profile of Riley Construction Co.
President Dave Riley believes a strong work ethic, treating employees with respect are keys to the Kenosha-based Riley Construction Co.'s success. ...
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12/4/08
I-94 Still Attracting Development, Real Estate Execs Say
Despite troubling economic times, real estate executives during a Milwaukee panel discussion said today that areas along Interstate 94 south and west of Milwaukee will likely see continued commercial development. According to...
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12/4/08
Village of Pleasant Prairie Makes Million Dollar Economic Development Investment
The Village of Pleasant Prairie , in a sign of continued support for economic development, has invested $1 million in the Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA) Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) program. KABA, the area's public/private...
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12/3/08
Manufacturing Study Finds Many Firms Striving Toward World-Class, Others are Struggling
A ground-breaking study to assess the global competitiveness of Wisconsin manufacturers reveals that Next Generation Manufacturing strategies are a powerful catalyst for world-class performance and success. More than 500...
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12/3/08
New Heights in Learning - Group names Paideia's Becker best in Wisconsin
Ellen Becker is zig-zagging from one computer to another, prodding and praising students during the waning minutes of a creative writing class. “People these are great!” she says...
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11/08
Xten Industries - Taking 'Value Added' to the Extreme
Just over the Wisconsin border, located halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee, resides an exemplary model of a manufacturing operation designed with careful thought to future growth and advanced technologies. Built on a solid foundation...
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11/27/08
Dimensions Tops State's Charter Schools
A Kenosha Unified School District charter school has earned top honors among all charter schools in the state. Out of 226 charter schools in Wisconsin, Dimensions of Learning Academy was named one of the top six, earning a Distinguished...
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11/20/08
Brass Center Continues to Grow Despite Economy's Downturn
The Uptown Brass Center now has families in 90 percent of its 26 apartments, two recently opened restaurants, and hopes of bringing in a third fast-food eatery. “There have been active discussions and negotiations going on with...
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11/19/08
Uline to Fund Olympic Pool for RecPlex
The Pleasant Prairie RecPlex will boast an Olympic-sized pool by the fall of 2009 with the help of an $8 million donation from Uline Inc.As part of the expansion, the RecPlex also plans to add a “Baby U” component to its day-care...
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11/8/08
Several Earn Business Awards at Event
A version of the Golden Rule practiced by local businessman Kenneth A. Moore apparently helped lead to some formal recognition of his management style this week. “I think treating people the way they want to be treated is one of the most...
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10/31/08
Frank L. Wells Co. Has a Rich History
The Frank L. Wells Co., which has operated in downtown Kenosha since 1895, is teetering on the edge of extinction. Wells is not a widely known company, outside the band of industrial business types in the area, and it employs...
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10/29/08
JHT Names New CEO
JHT Holdings Inc. named its new chief executive officer Tuesday, at the same time announcing it successfully emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company named Michael Testman as CEO effective Nov. 1...
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10/25/08
Centerpoint Properties Buys Land in Bristol
Centerpoint Properties purchased a 27-acre parcel of land adjacent to Uline Inc. development. The company paid $1.04 million for the property on Highway U south of Highway Q in Bristol, according to Kenosha County...
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10/23/08
Snap-on Reports 3rd Quarter Earnings Surge
Kenosha-based Snap-on Inc. today reported third quarter net earnings of $54.6 million, up 32.8 percent from third quarter net earnings of $41.1 million in 2007. Diluted earnings per share for the quarter were 94 cents, up 34.3 percent...
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10/15/08
Worst may be over? Bank director offers more upbeat view of economy
As the U.S. government was announcing plans to take ownership stakes in large banks to ease the credit crisis, a leader of one of those banks was talking to Kenosha business leaders about the state of the economy. James Glassman...
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10/15/08
CG Schmidt to Build Uline Headquarters
Milwaukee-based CG Schmidt Inc. announced this week that it has been awarded the construction management services contract for the new Uline Inc. headquarters to be built in Pleasant Prairie. "We are pleased that Uline...
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9/30/08
Local Company Goes Greener - Riley Const. emphasizes energy efficiency at new building
Kenosha-based Riley Construction is building a new company headquarters with an eye toward the environment. Riley, a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and a contractor on several green building projects, is seeking...
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9/30/08
Village Clears Last Hurdle for Abbott; Next Step up to Company
The village may have set the proverbial table with a 492-acre Abbott Laboratories development, but no one knows when Abbott is coming to dinner. The last formal, written piece that will tie together a series of documents...
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9/25/08
Their Family Cleans up your Wardrobe
For the Martino family, laundry day is every day, and the business of getting the clothes clean starts long before the sun rises every morning. “We do about 300 to 500 shirts a day through the laundry,” said Dan Martino Sr...
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9/21/08
Walking Down ‘The Fiery Trail' - Main exhibit opens at Civil War Museum
The exhibit space at the Kenosha Civil War Museum has been busy this summer as crews worked to complete the centerpiece of the new museum. But last week a new population took over that space — paying customers....
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9/19/08
Kenosha Hospital System Buys School for Expansion
United Hospital System Inc. has purchased a vacant elementary school next to Kenosha Medical Center that city officials anticipate will be used to expand the downtown Kenosha hospital....
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9/18/08
New Basket Market - Direct-sales retailer Longaberger Co. opens doors in Pleasant Prairie
Barbara Lakatos already owns 125 Longaberger baskets. But that didn't stop her from visiting the company's new warehouse outlet here last week. "This was my fourth time," said Lakatos, of Sturtevant. "Once you get hooked on 'em...
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9/17/08
$25.3 Million Pleasant Prairie Tax Incremental District Amendment Approved
A third amendment to Pleasant Prairie Tax Incremental District #2 was approved on Monday, September 15 by the Pleasant Prairie Village Board and Tuesday, September 16 by a Joint Board of Review comprised of....
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9/17/08
County Boards OKs Highway Pact
A strip of Kenosha County highway will be rebuilt and turned over to the city to help facilitate development of a distribution center that is expected to create about 375 jobs. The County Board voted unanimously Tuesday...
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9/15/08
Jobs Guarantee Promises Pleasant Prairie 500 New Jobs Within Three Years
Two separate, but related, agreements aimed at securing 500 new jobs in Pleasant Prairie, as a result of the development of the new Uline Corporate Campus, were reviewed and approved by the Pleasant Prairie Village Board...
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9/15/08
Development Agreement Approved for Uline’s Pleasant Prairie Campus
The Pleasant Prairie Village Board approved a Development Agreement between the Village and Uline during a September 15 meeting. Through the Development Agreement, Uline has confirmed its commitment to develop its corporate...
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9/10/08
Pleasant Prairie to Put Prime Sites on the Market
In the next one to two months, the Village of Pleasant Prairie will put a pair of prime development sites on the market, said Village Administrator Michael Pollocoff. The two sites are located near the rapidly developing...
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9/5/08
CRE Spotlight: Town of Somers
Chicago-based First Industrial Realty Trust plans to build an industrial park on a 310-acre site near the northeast corner of Highways S and H in the Town of Somers, just outside of the city of Kenosha and near the Kenosha Regional Airport...
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9/4/08
At Work Creating Luxury
In a collection of nondescript buildings in a working class Kenosha neighborhood, craftsmen are at work creating luxury. Inside Wilmot Woodworks Inc., 5521 18th Ave., a collection of artisan woodworkers led by company owner...
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9/4/08
Village Board Approves Details for Uline Facilities
The Pleasant Prairie Village Board has approved the next steps in Uline's plans to construct a $100 million office, distribution and warehouse complex. Board members voted unanimously Tuesday for needed zoning changes, to an...
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8/28/08
Uline Closer to Arrival - Plan Commission OKs final plat for corporate office
Developers of the $100 million Uline project in Pleasant Prairie can now apply for a building permit. By a unanimous vote, the village's Plan Commission on Monday approved the final site and operational plans for the project...
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8/28/08
Two Companies Lease Corporate Park Sites
Milwaukee-based Towne Investments announced it entered into long-term leases with two companies in Pleasant Prairie, completing the leasing of two spec buildings it built in LakeView Corporate Park this year...
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8/22/08
Bradshaw Medical Inc. Plans Major Expansion
One of Kenosha County's fastest-growing home-grown companies is expanding into a new home.Bradshaw Medical Inc., which opened in 2006, said Thursday it purchased a four-acre lot in the Business Park of Kenosha and plans...
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8/19/08
Industrial Park Could Bring Money, 1,000 Jobs to Somers
A proposed industrial park called First Park Somers could bring millions of dollars in tax revenue and 1,000 jobs to the area as early as next year. Michael Powers, a representative of First Industrial Realty Trust, told the Somers Town Board ...
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8/7/08
Profit Doubles at Hospira
Hospira Inc., which makes drug delivery systems and devices, said Wednesday its secondquarter profit more than doubled on higher sales and a dip in expenses, but the results still fell short of Wall Street forecasts...
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7/29/08
German Firm to Acquire Cherry Corp.
Cherry Corp., which operates its global and North American headquarters in Pleasant Prairie, will be acquired by ZF Friedrichshafen AG of Germany. The German firm is expanding its worldwide automotive...
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7/17/08
En Route from Field to Table - Warehouse keeps fruits, vegetables in cold storage
Even on a steamy summer day, the warehouse workers at Heartland Produce are bundled up in hats and gloves. “It's a little chilly in here,” said Bill Dietz, president of Heartland Produce, as he led the way through a series of cavernous...
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7/17/08
Company Relocates to Pleasant Prairie
The Pleasant Prairie Plan Commission voted unanimously Monday to recommend approval for K & K Screw Products to move one of its manufacturing facilities to a building in the LakeView Corporate Park, 10790 Green Bay Road...
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7/10/08
Cleaning up Wastewater - Beckart designs treatment systems
On the shop floor of a Kenosha factory there is one contraption under contraction for a industrial user in Dubai, another for a granite countertop manufacturer in the United States. The systems, two of about a dozen currently being built...
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7/9/08
Kenosha Apartment Project to Receive Brownfield Grant
Silverstone Partners Inc. will receive a $409,500 Blight Elimination and Brownfield Redevelopment (BEBR) grant from the Wisconsin Department of Commerce to help it redevelop an unoccupied and underutilized property in Kenosha County...
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6/28/08
Gordon Food Service Digs In - Groundbreaking begins on 134-acre distribution site
Just over five months after Gordon Food Service first talked to local officials about the possibility of building a distribution center in Kenosha, the company held a ceremonial groundbreaking Friday celebrating the deal that will bring 300....
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6/17/08
Governor Doyle Welcomes Gordon Food Service to Wisconsin
Governor Jim Doyle today announced that Gordon Food Service (GFS) will construct and equip a 575,000-square-foot distribution center in Kenosha. The new Kenosha facility is expected to create up to 375 jobs for Wisconsin residents...
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6/13/08
State Leaders Discuss Kenosha's Future - Governor Doyle, state Cabinet visit Kenosha
Gov. Jim Doyle says he has come to know how things get done in Kenosha. “I've learned this from Kenosha, the politicians — it works best when people know each other and work together,” Doyle said. “That's the way you've always done it here."...
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6/10/08
Towne Investments Presents Plans To Build Two Spec Buildings In LakeView Corporate Park
Site and operational plans for the construction of two speculative industrial buildings in LakeView Corporate Park were considered at a meeting of the Pleasant Prairie Plan Commission on Monday, June 9. The two...
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6/10/08
Mass Grading Plans Approved for Uline’s Pleasant Prairie Campus
During a June 9 meeting, preliminary site and operational plans for mass grading at the future site of Uline’s corporate headquarters in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin were approved. Uline is a leading, international, packing...
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6/1/08
United Hospital System's Plans Move Forward
United Hospital System will move forward with an $80 million plan to expand St. Catherine's Hospital and renovate Kenosha Hospital this summer, ultimately adding space for approximately 100 new patient rooms. The hospital system has...
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5/22/08
Central High Again Earns High  U.S. Rank
Central High School ' s  commitment to giving all students an opportunity to complete college-level coursework has landed the district on Newsweek magazine's “Top National Schools"  list for a fourth year in a row....
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5/15/08
Breaking Ground - Food Distribution Center Development Gets Under Way
A massive food distribution center that could bring 300 jobs to Kenosha officially got under way Wednesday. Gov. Jim Doyle was in attendance as ground was broken for Affiliated Foods Midwest's 731,000-square-foot distribution...
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5/10/08
Study: Tourism Spending Increases in Kenosha County
Tourism  spending is continuing to rise in Kenosha County, with visitors drawn by shopping, the lakefront, and sporting events increasingly boosting their spending here. According to an annual statewide study of tourist spending...
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5/1/08
Reflective Concepts Has Carved Out a Niche
Eight years ago, brothers Jim and Rob Madson left an established company to launch a new venture of their own, looking to build a business within a niche market that had caught their interest. The result was Reflective Concepts...
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4/26/08
She Takes the Time- Ann Kelly Wins KABA's First Mentor of Year Award
Once a week Ann Kelly leaves her job on the factory line at the Kenosha Engine Plant and spends an hour living out her dream of working with children. Kelly, a mentor at Durkee Elementary School through the Kenosha Area Business Alliance...
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4/12/08
KABA Meeting Highlights Railroad Strength
Economic development types have long promoted the strength of Kenosha County's location between the expanding metropolitan areas of Chicago and Milwaukee. Speaking at the Kenosha Area Business Alliance annual meeting...
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4/11/08
CenterPoint CEO Bullish on Region’s Growth Potential
Michael Mullen, CEO of CenterPoint Properties Trust, delivered the keynote presentation at KABA’s 2008 Annual Meeting. CenterPoint is the largest owner, manager and developer of industrial real estate in metropolitan Chicago...
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3/15/08
Candidates Debate at KABA Forum
A mayoral debate on Friday showcased some of the similarities and differences between Keith Bosman and Pat Moran. And both candidates reacted strongly to statements that have surfaced during this campaign....
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3/14/08
Carthage College to Build $15 Million Sports Arena
Carthage College in Kenosha is building a $15 million sports arena for basketball and volleyball that is being financed with a $5 million gift from the Tarble Family Foundation of Los Angeles. The Tarble Sports Arena will replace...
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3/12/08
Snyder's Leasing Distribution Center
Snyder's of Hanover Inc. is leasing a distribution center in LakeView Corporate Park from Town InvestmentsSM. Snyder's, a snack food manufacturer that recently purchased the bankrupt Jays potato chip brand...
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3/12/08
Towne Investments Completes Construction of Pleasant Prairie Spec Buildings
Milwaukee-based Towne Investments announced that it has completed construction of two speculative industrial buildings at LakeView Corporate Park in Pleasant Prairie, and has found an anchor tenant for one of them...
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3/7/08
Committee Supports Permit for Warehouse
A city committee supported a nearly 700,000-squarefoot warehouse and the rebuilding of a tornado-damaged church on Thursday. The City Plan Commission recommended a conditional use permit for a 692,000-square-foot building...
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3/5/08
Food Distributor Eyes Local Site
A food distributor hopes to build a massive warehouse in Kenosha. Affiliated Foods Midwest, a cooperative distributor that is member-owned by independent grocers, is seeking to build a nearly 400,000-squarefoot distribution center...
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2/11/08
Governor Doyle Announces Five Star Coatings Group Expansion
Governor Jim Doyle today announced that Five Star Coatings Group, Inc., in Twin Lakes will receive $150,000 in Technology Zone tax credits. The project is expected to create 12 new positions. Five Star Coatings Group is investing...
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2/8/08
Kenosha County: Pleasant Prairie Freeway Interchange Ready to Bloom
The Interstate 94 and Highway 165/Q interchange in Pleasant Prairie, already the home of the 400,000-square-foot Prime Outlets shopping center and the 120-room Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, is poised to boom with even more...
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2/5/08
Pleasant Prairie Planning Hotel, Offices Near Uline, Abbott Sites
Officials from the village of Pleasant Prairie have announced plans for a 200-room hotel, along with office and other retail development, near Highway 165 between Interstate 94 and the future home of Uline...
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1/29/08
Coleman Cable Leases Large Pleasant Prairie Warehouse
Coleman Cable Inc. has signed a lease on a more than 500,000-square-foot distribution center in Pleasant Prairie under an expansion of the electrical and electronic wire and cable products manufacturer. The Waukegan, Ill.-based company will...
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1/29/08
Lieutenant Governor Speaks at KACC to Promote 'Grow Wisconsin' Initiative
When Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton thinks of Wisconsin's economic future, companies like Kenosha-based Bradshaw Medical Inc. come to mind. A designer and manufacturer of arthroscopic surgical instruments, Bradshaw was...
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1/23/08
KABA Supportive of Expanding the State's Economic Development Programs
Governor Doyle will outline a series of economic development initiatives that his administration will focus on over the next year during Wednesday evening's State of the State address. The Governor's economic development...
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1/22/08
Industrial Warehouse Work to Start in Late Spring
Construction of the first of three industrial warehouses on 116th Street east of 88th Avenue is expected to begin about May. The Village Board on Monday approved zoning amendments and other planning documents...
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1/19/08
Referendum All or Nothing
If the referendum for a new $52.5 million high school fails at the polls February, there is no Plan B. Kenosha Unified members brought their push for a new high school to a breakfast with business leaders Friday morning, and answered...
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1/15/08
Doyle Plans Manufacturing Tax Break
Gov. Jim Doyle on Tuesday announced a combination of new and existing tax credits aimed at helping manufacturing companies. Doyle also said the state would provide $1.2 million for the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension...
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1/15/08
Village Panel OKs Three Warehouses
Construction of three large warehouses received a positive recommendation Monday night. The Pleasant Prairie Plan Commission Monday night approved the warehouses, which would be located at the intersection of...
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1/3/08
Uline Announces Plans for New Headquarters in Kenosha County!
Governor Jim Doyle today announced a financial assistance package worth over $6 million to help ULINE build a new distribution center and bring more than 1,000 jobs to southeastern Wisconsin.  ULINE, the nation's leading...
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