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Kenosha News for 2010


12/17/10
Across the border: Kenosha business parks drawing tenants from northern Illinois
Cheaper and more available land in southeast Wisconsin is enticing Illinois manufacturers to migrate north. “Chicago is one of the largest industrial markets in the country, so there's a large tenant base to be drawn from,” said Chad Navis...
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12/5/10
Snap-on CEO gives company a tune-up
Its tools have been the gold standard for auto mechanics for decades. Now headed by CEO, President and Chairman Nick Pinchuk, Snap-on Inc. is pushing further into such industries as aerospace and mining and expanding in booming China...
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12/1/10
Towne acquires eight Kenosha buildings
Towne Investments of Milwaukee acquired eight industrial and office buildings in the Business Park of Kenosha, increasing its presence in the Interstate 94 corridor between Milwaukee and Chicago. Towne acquired the buildings with a...
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11/24/10
Mondi Akrosil completes purchase of Pleasant Prairie building
Mondi Akrosil LLC, a Menasha-based division of Mondi Group, which has corporate headquarters in the United Kingdom and South Africa, announced that it has completed its of the former Permacel factory in Pleasant Prairie. The 168,879...
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11/10
"What am I if Not My Business?" ft. Jean Moran, CEO of Kenosha-based LMI Packaging
All successful entrepreneurs share at least one trait: a passion for the business they've created. But what happens when its time to move on? In the rare moments when entrepreneurs pause to think about it, they are by turns terrified...
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11/3/10
Snap-on Wins Three Professional Tool & Equipment News (PTEN) 2010 Innovation Awards
Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE:SNA) comes out on top again this year by winning three Professional Tool & Equipment News (PTEN) Innovation Awards. Snap-on was voted “best” in the equipment category for the Quadriga automatic tire...
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10/28/10
Kenosha Visiting Nurse Association earns national recognition
The Kenosha Visiting Nurse Association has been named one of the top 100 home health agencies in the United States. The agency was selected by industry analysts who surveyed and ranked it among the elite providers out of nearly 10,000...
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10/27/10
Time Marches on in Kenosha
Kenosha, Wisconsin has been a car town for the past one hundred years. Somehow, despite all the upheaval in the auto industry, its factories have kept working. But that finally comes to an end this week, when the Chrysler Engine plant closes...
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10/14/10
The Chicago-Milwaukee corridor would gain from cooperation
The Chicago-Milwaukee corridor would gain both from regional approaches and more government investment, panelists at Carthage College said Wednesday. Milwaukee Public Television videotaped its "4th Street Forum" show at the Niemann...
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10/9/10
Board leaders back county grant to KABA
A one-time, $1 million donation to the Kenosha Area Business Alliance, included in County Executive Jim Kreuser's 2011 budget proposal, is about giving the area a competitive edge in attracting employers, Kreuser said. In his budget...
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10/6/10
Tide is changing; economist upbeat on growth
Tune out the noise. Pay attention to the tide, not the waves. Looking long-term, economist James Glassman is upbeat on the economy. The gross domestic product is beginning to rise, capital spending by businesses is increasing, hirings...
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9/30/10
Illinois firm buys Kenosha industrial building
An Illinois company looking to invest in industrial buildings in southeastern Wisconsin this week paid $966,000 for a 20,000-square-foot building in Kenosha. A company controlled by Venture One Real Estate LLC, Lincolnshire, Ill, bought the...
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9/28/10
Uihlein says creativity is key to competing
U.S. companies need creativity, hard work and government cooperation to compete effectively with Chinese firms that can undercut them on price, an executive at one of Wisconsin's largest privately owned companies said Tuesday...
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9/24/10
Snap-on, Bradshaw get business kudos; Platinum Systems founder, Parkside prof honored
Snap-on Inc. has been named Business of the Year by the Kenosha Area Business Alliance and the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce, and Guy Bradshaw, of Bradshaw Medical Inc., has been named Business Person of the year...
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9/23/10
KABA and the Kenosha Chamber Announce the Winners of the 6th Annual Business Awards
The Kenosha Area Business Alliance and the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce are excited to announce the winners of the 6 th Annual Business Awards. KABA and the Chamber annually collaborate on the awards program to recognize...
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9/22/10
Board hears more positive economic report
A panel of economic experts' proclamation Monday that the recession ended 15 months ago may have been of little comfort to the roughly 10 percent of Kenosha County's work force that remains unemployed. But Todd Battle, president of the...
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9/20/10
U.S. EDA Awards $3.5 Million Grant for Biomedical Innovation Center in Pleasant Prairie
The Village of Pleasant Prairie has received notification from U.S. Senators Feingold and Kohl that the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a $3.5 million grant to the Pleasant Prairie Community...
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9/15/10
Global manufacturer to establish operations in Pleasant Prairie
Mondi Akrosil LLC, a Menasha-based division of Mondi Group, which has corporate headquarters in the United Kingdom and South Africa, plans to purchase the former Permacel factory in Pleasant Prairie. The company plans to employ...
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9/10
An “Xten-sive” look at life as an American molder: Chapter 3
There are many ways to be a sustainable company. In Part 3 of our in-depth look at the daily operations of the injection molding business of Xten Industries, our focus is on green design for more efficient manufacturing. Xten Industries...
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9/13/10
Site and Operational Plans Approved for Mondi Akrosil in Pleasant Prairie
On September 13, the Pleasant Prairie Plan Commission approved Site and Operational Plans for Mondi Akrosil to occupy the former 168,879 square foot, 60-acre Permacel facility, located at 7201 108th Street in LakeView...
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8/20/10
Kenosha County lures away Illinois businesses
Southeastern Wisconsin can compete against northern Illinois for business, because the Badger State's taxes are lower, its workforce is better trained, its land is cheaper and it is easier to get around. That assessment was made by CenterPoint...
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8/20/10
Moving to Wisconsin - Uline brings headquarters north across the border
For years, a knee jerk Milwaukee talk radio refrain has been that Wisconsin, rife with high taxes and restrictive regulations, is a terrible place to do business. The reality in Kenosha County, however, paints a very different picture...
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8/19/10
WMEP, Wisconsin Dept of Commerce Offer New Program to Boost Manufacturing Exports
ExporTech, a new program to help small and midsize manufacturers develop an export program and fast-track international sales, is getting high marks from its first class of graduates.  “ExporTech helped us tap a wealth of resources ...
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8/16/10
$70,000 Grant Sets Business Planning for Bio-Medical Innovation Center in Motion
During the first half of August, a final agreement was approved between the Wisconsin Department of Commerce and the Village of Pleasant Prairie Community Development Authority (Authority) authorizing a $70,000 economic development...
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8/11/10
Snap-on CEO lauds company's new vision
It was in the early 2000s when then-CEO Dale Elliott made the world bigger for Snap-on Inc., the Kenosha-based toolmaker that celebrated its 90th anniversary Tuesday Nick Pinchuk, who took over in late 2007, has refined and expanded on...
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8/9/10
Plans for innovation center progress
Plans for a biomedical business innovation center advanced through the Plan Commission and Village Board Monday night. Both bodies voted unanimously in favor of a conceptual plan and zoning change to accommodate the $6.24 million...
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8/3/10
CDA Approves Conceptual Plan for Regional Bio-Medical Innovation Center
During an August 4 meeting, members of the Pleasant Prairie Community Development Authority approved a Conceptual Plan for a regional bio-medical innovation center that is holding the attention of the U.S. Economic...
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8/3/10
Successful Conclusion of Historic Carbon Capture Project Celebrated
During a July ceremony, representatives of the groups involved celebrated the successful conclusion of a historic Carbon Capture test at the Pleasant Prairie Power Plant. During 2008 and 2009, a process designed by Alstom to capture CO2...
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8/10
Gateway/Snap-on Alliance a Successful Public-Private Partnership
Gateway Technical College held a ribbon cutting in May to unveil an addition to the Horizon Center for Transportation Technology–the Advanced Propulsion Lab. Gateway partnered with Kenosha-based Snap-on Inc. on the Horizon. ...
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8/2/10
Employment shift seen in county
What a difference a few years make. It's true of Kenosha County, anyway. In seven years, from 2003 to 2010, employment here has undergone a radical shift, from a dependence on manufacturing such things as cars and tools to packaging...
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8/1/10
Kenosha plastics molder develops sustainability guide for customers
As recycling and sustainability continue to gain prominence, more manufacturers and assemblers are looking to boost the number of recyclable or sustainable products in their supply chain. However, sustainability and recyclability do not. ...
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7/29/10
Baker plans commercial facility
Rolf's Patisserie of Lincolnwood, Ill., plans to open a commercial baking operation at 10100 88th Ave. in Pleasant Praire, according to a village statement. The Village Board has indicated it will assist Rolf's in obtaining $10 million in tax-exempt...
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7/21/10
NC3 to host national train-the-trainer at Gateway's Horizon Center
Instructors from around the country will travel to Gateway Technical College as part of a national train-the-trainer event sponsored by the NC3-National Coalition of Certification Centers and hosted at the college's Horizon Center for...
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7/8/10
Xten Industries receives MMAC 2010 Future 50 Award
Xten Industries, a growing leader in the plastic injection molding and contract manufacturing industries has been recognized and named a 2010 Future 50 by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) list of...
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6/9/10
Student progress gets better
The Kenosha Unified School District was taken off the list of Wisconsin districts not making adequate yearly progress in student achievement on state tests, graduation and attendance for the 2009-10 academic year. Among the districts...
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6/10
An “Xten-sive” look at life as an American molder: Chapter 2
Custom molder Xten's focus for more than a year has been on sustainability, energy savings and eliminating waste in nearly every area of its operations. One of the key issues in this area was material usage, with Xten deciding to look hard at...
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6/2/10
Kenosha Boys and Girls Club break ground on new facility
The Kenosha Boys and Girls Club recently broke ground on a new 80,000-square-foot facility on 52 Street and 14th Avenue, which is expected to be complete by the summer of 2011. “The new facility will nearly triple our program space for...
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5/27/10
Kenosha County is in line for free wireless Internet service
Kenosha County has been chosen as one of a dozen U.S. counties that could get free wireless broadband as early as December 2011, provided a lot of things happen before then. The free Internet service would run at 768 kilobit...
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5/26/10
EMCO may move HQ from North Chicago to Pleasant Prairie
North Chicago, Ill.-based EMCO Chemical Distributors Inc., which last year announced plans to move some of its operations to a building in Pleasant Prairie, may also move its corporate headquarters to the facility. Currently, the company...
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5/26/10
Skills build bridges between hope, opportunity
On May 18, more than 1,170 student residents of Racine County, Kenosha County and Walworth County completed their associate degrees in a technical, trade or professional occupations from Gateway Technical College...
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5/21/10
Madison Firm Buys Kenosha Site
A subsidiary of Brookfield's VK Development Inc. has sold a 123-acre commercial site in Kenosha to a Madison real estate development and investment firm for $3.3 million. Next/Partners bought the land at the southeast corner of...
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5/20/10
Kenosha landmark, Tenuta's, marks 60th anniversary
It's Tenuta's 60th anniversary, and it was business as usual at the Kenosha institution this week. But, in another way, business is never usual at the deli, Chris Tenuta said. “In all honesty, every day's a change,” he said. “We're not a regular...
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5/19/10
Pleasant Prairie Village Board Approves Industrial Development Revenue Bonds for EMCO
On Monday, May 17, following a public hearing on the matter, the Pleasant Prairie Village Board approved $10,000,000 in Industrial Development Revenue Bond Financing for EMCO Chemical Distributors, Inc. of Illinois. Intentions to authorize...
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5/14/10
Hot Looks
Jockey International is sending its Classic line of men's briefs on a six-week road trip. The underwear line, accompanied by promotional materials and an entourage of two, powered by a classic, '65 Mustang convertible and contained...
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5/13/10
Local, state, national leaders cut ribbon on Gateway's Advanced Propulsion Lab
Training workers in the advanced skills they will need today and tomorrow is the key to providing solid careers for the workforce and moving the American economy forward local, national and state representatives said today.  That training...
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5/7/10
Walker, Neumann echo same themes at candidates' forum
Cutting spending and getting government out of the way of private enterprise were the major chords struck Friday by Republican gubernatorial candidates Mark Neumann and Scott Walker. The candidates spoke at a breakfast forum at the...
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5/5/10
Brightree moves Illinois operations to Kenosha County
Atlanta-based Brightree LLC, has moved the offices of one of its medical billing operations from Antioch, Ill. 7.5 miles north to Paddock Lake, a village in western Kenosha County. The company has 80 employees, about half of whom live in...
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5/4/10
Village gets billing firm - Medical business moves from Antioch with 80 jobs
A medical billing company has moved its offices to Paddock Lake, bringing approximately 80 jobs to the community. Brightree Services is a subsidiary of Georgia-based Brightree LLC, a software company hat provides programs for...
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4/29/10
Let's get bicycling into gear
A new group convened Thursday, seeking a path for the future of bicycling in Kenosha County. The Blue Ribbon Committee on Countywide Bicycle Facilities Planning and Development, assembled by County Executive Jim Kreuser, will...
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4/23/10
Carthage plans new student union
Construction of the new $13 million Carthage College student union gets under way today with President F. Gregory Campbell hosting a 10:30 a.m. groundbreaking for the 46,000-square-foot building. In a statement on the college website...
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4/23/10
Gateway Technical College Selects Riley Construction for multiple campus improvements
Gateway Technical College (Gateway) selected Riley Construction to deliver several significant facility improvement projects at its campuses in Kenosha, Racine and Elkhorn. Gateway's Elkhorn campus is getting a new Student Support Center...
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4/18/10
Snap-on ready to tackle next 90 years
Snap-on Tools officials are planning a public celebration in August for the company's 90th anniversary. Retirees, employees, area residents and others are invited to attend the outdoor festivities at the corporate headquarters...
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4/16/10
Moody's Raises Pleasant Prairie's Credit Rating as Part of U.S. Municipal Recalibration
On April 16, 2010, as part of Moody's recalibration of U.S. municipal ratings, the Village of Pleasant Prairie's long-term credit rating was raised from A1 to Aa2 with a stable outlook. Moody's Investor Service conducted the recalibration...
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4/3/10
Court case materials join electronics age
There was a time — not even that long ago — when lawyers swapped stacks of paper, boxes of files and other discovery materials they were obligated to share as background for a case. Today, memory sticks have replaced paper files...
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4/2/10
'Made in Milwaukee' - LMI Packaging Solutions, Inc.
Pleasant Prairie-based LMI Packaging Solutions' products are featured in grocery stores, cafeterias and convenience stores throughout the Midwest and around the country. While many consumers have seen their products countless...
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4/2/10
Former VK Prairie Ridge land sold for new Olive Garden
Darden Restaurants Inc. has acquired a 2.2-acre parcel at the Prairie Ridge development in Pleasant Prairie from Water Street Land LLC for $1.1 million for a new Olive Garden restaurant. The Prairie Ridge retail land was formerly owned...
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3/30/10
Milwaukee 7 making the grade - Coalition of counties gradually achieving goals
Nearing its fifth birthday, the Milwaukee 7 is beginning to live out its purpose of spurring economic development in a unified southeastern Wisconsin region, leaders of the organization said Monday. A coalition of the seven counties that...
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3/9/10
A century of building for Camosy
Billiard cues were one way Dominick Camosy began his carpentry career. Camosy created cues before leaving Italy, coming to the United States in 1902 and eventually opening a construction business in 1910 in Illinois and later moving it to...
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3/5/10
Local School Board candidates outline views on test scores
Boosting student scores on standardized tests will require: a) Doing more test-taking and preparation. b) Removing certain students from classes and testing. c) Helping teachers have more fun so pupils have more fun. d) Having adults...
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3/5/10
Lean and Green - Efficiency is key to survival for manufacturers
The manufacturing industry has never had a glamorous public image, and to most people, it is not considered a “green” business category. Historically, many large manufacturing operations have been large producers of pollutants – sending...
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3/2/10
Factory school tries to stop dropouts
Students struggling at Central High School will have a new option next fall under a program approved Tuesday. The School Board unanimously approved a plan to join with Burlington and Waterford high schools in offering Second Chance...
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3/1/10
An “Xten-sive” look at life as an American molder: Chapter
Did the recession slow the pace of progress at your company? Likely it did, ?but that does not mean you still aren't striving to improve. In this, first in a ?four-part series, MPW will be tracking one company's efforts to be sustainable...
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2/22/10
Two Kenosha County Companies among Thirty Named ‘Wisconsin Companies to Watch'
Bradshaw Medical, Inc. and LMI Packaging Solutions, Inc. were winners of the inaugural year of Wisconsin Companies to Watch (CTW). Companies to Watch is an awards program developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation to honor...
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2/22/10
Companies to Watch Award Winners Announced
Department of Commerce (Commerce) Secretary Richard J. Leinenkugel and Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Network (WEN) State Director Gayle Kugler today announced the winners of the inaugural year of Wisconsin Companies to Watch...
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2/21/10
The pride of Parkside - Remodeling project will benefit students, community
The $34 million project to expand and enhance the Communication Arts building at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside will benefit more than students. “(The project) is an additional point of pride to the community,” said Don Cress...
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2/4/10
County is committed to more broadband Internet availability
The iPad and other future technology should be easier to use with expansion of broadband Internet service in Kenosha County. While the federal government last month rejected Kenosha County's $5 million application for money to build ...
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2/4/10
Train for tomorrow's technology - Doyle promotes renewable energy at Gateway Tech
Gov. Jim Doyle reiterated support for renewable energy and green, sustainable jobs as he spoke Wednesday at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha. Doyle told the crowd of about 100 people at the Horizon Center for Technology...
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2/4/10
North Chicago chemical firm to buy, adapt Hexion site
The Village Board has approved issuing $10 million in tax-exempt bonds to help an Illinois company set up shop here. EMCO Chemical Distributors, Inc., of North Chicago, Ill., is to issue the industrial development revenue bonds and use money...
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1/10
Gordon Food Service Ready to Deliver as Kenosha Distribution Center Comes On-line
Gordon Food Service (GFS) is nearing completion on its newest distribution center and expects to begin shipping product from the Kenosha facility by March 2010. Construction on the 585,000 square-foot facility began shortly after the....
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1/18/10
Industrial space filling up in Kenosha County - Local vacancy rate declines in 2009
Kenosha County was the only southeastern Wisconsin county with a drop in the vacancy rate for industrial space during 2009, a Milwaukee firm has reported.A survey from Dickman Co. Inc. said Kenosha's portion of empty industrial ..
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1/15/10
C & H to relocate its Milwaukee center to local corporate park
C&H Distributors has signed a lease to use more than 300,000 square feet of space in LakeView Corporate Park. Jerry Franke, president of Wispark, the original developer of the park and the Business Park of Kenosha, said C&H signed..
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1/13/10
Businesses Sought to Go Green - Local Entrepreneurs Selected for Eco-Friendly Projects
Area business development groups hope to help create jobs by choosing 20 local entrepreneurs to implement their ideas for eco-friendly businesses. A steering committee with the groups, schools and community members would select that...
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1/12/10
Feingold Speaks at Breakfast in Kenosha
U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold had a potentially daunting task on his hands Monday morning: talking up the Senate Democrats' recently passed health care reform bill to a room full of business leaders. Wisconsin's junior senator was not deterred ...
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1/10/10
Manutronics Overhaul Slated - Springbrook Innovation Center
The village has big plans for a former industrial property. Under a project named the “Springbrook Innovation Center,” the Community Development Authority plans to redevelop the former Midwest Copier/Manutronics property...
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