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Kenosha News for 2011


12/11
Allied Plastics keeps growing, expanding its operations
Someone forgot to tell Allied Plastics, one of the largest employers in western Kenosha County, that there is a recession going on. The plastic thermo-former has added almost 70 people in the last two years bringing its total employment...
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11/26/11
Comprehensive study to look at improving downtown
It’s been 20 years since city leaders have taken a hard look at downtown Kenosha and how it might be improved. It’s time for an update, said Todd Battle, president of the Kenosha Area Business Alliance. Speaking to the City Council last week..
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11/23/11
New commission hopes to help arts flourish in Kenosha
How can the arts flourish in Kenosha? That was at the crux of the f rst meeting Tuesday of the Kenosha Arts Commission. The 11-member commission, appointed by Mayor Keith Bosman, was created to “support economic development of...
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11/14/11
New tax credit will boost manufacturers in Wisconsin
A new tax credit will provide more incentives for manufacturers to move to and expand in Wisconsin, according to Jeff Hoffman and Jim Brandenburg, authors of a new Milwaukee Biz Blog...
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11/4/11
KABA, chamber present 2011 awards
The Kenosha Area Business Alliance and the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce honored seven businesses and one entrepreneur Thursday night at a dinner attended by 350 people at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Xten Industries won...
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11/4/11
Xten earns 2011 Kenosha Business of the Year honor
It's been a banner year for Xten Industries. In fact, a pretty good decade all the way around. Xten has been named 2011 Kenosha Business of the Year. It is an award, from the Kenosha Area Business Alliance and the Kenosha Area Chamber of...
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11/4/11
How Business Excellence Award winners are chosen
The Kenosha County Business Excellence Awards Program is sponsored annually by the Kenosha Area Business Alliance and the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce. It is designed to recognize and honor area businesses and entrepreneurs, said Todd...
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11/2/11
Wilmot Mountain building large tubing complex
Wilmot Mountain is opening a tubing complex this winter. Under construction since spring, the tubing complex is west of the ski hill. It will feature 16 runs of about 1,000 feet, with a covered conveyor bringing people from the base of...
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10/28/11
Campbell has been guiding light for Carthage College
The Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA) and the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce will honor F. Gregory Campbell, longtime president of Carthage College, at the annual Kenosha County Business Excellence Awards dinner on Thursday, Nov. 3...
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10/28/11
Kenosha’s revival - Community rallies for economic development
Fueled by its proximity to Chicago, vacant parcels of land, aggressive economic development initiatives and an engaged collegiate community, Kenosha County is making great strides in its rebound from the Great Recession. The big automotive makers...
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10/28/11
Kenosha County Business Excellence Awards - Presented by The KABA and The Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce
Kenosha County's economic diversification and revitalization has been two decades in the making. An economy once dominated by automobile manufacturing has become considerably more diverse and resilient. The companies and entrepreneurs that...
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10/26/11
Economist tempers optimism with realism
These are confusing times, said economist James Glassman, but “very shortly our economy will be better than ever.” Business earnings reports are strong, profi t margins are rising and setting records, capital spending is growing at a very good rate, the...
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10/19/11
Best Western Harborside to be sold for $3.1 million; improvements expected
City Council action Monday night cleared the way for the sale of the Best Western Harborside hotel, 5125 Sixth Ave., to an operator who promises to invest in improvements and add a full-service restaurant. Syed Bokari said he...
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10/14/11
Innovations: More efficient motion
The earliest accounts of the manual wheelchair exist in documents from the sixth century. Surprisingly, the model used back then doesn't look too much different than the one that wheelchair-bound individuals use today. For....
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9/29/11
Nanobrewery wants to set up shop downtown
"Our plan is to bring a nanobrewery to downtown Kenosha,” Greg York said Wednesday. What's a nanobrewery? It's like a microbrewery, only smaller, he said. York is the guiding spirit behind Rustic Road Brewing Co., which he hopes to open in the...
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9/20/11
Y-Link, group for Kenosha young professionals, growing
It’s been an eventful year for Y-Link, the Kenosha young professionals organization. There were 20 members a year ago, and only 10 of them were paying members, said Randall Troutman, the group’s president. Today that number has rocketed...
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9/20/11
KABA and the City of Kenosha Now Accepting Proposals for Downtown Development Plan
Kenosha First, the economic development strategy for economic development in Kenosha County, identified five goals that can support an economic vision that is mindful of current economic conditions while positioning the county for the next wave...
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9/13/11
County committee earmarks $250,000 for economic development fund
A high-impact economic development fund that received $1 million in its inaugural year in 2011 would get $250,000 in 2012, under a Kenosha County Board panel’s recommendation. Todd Battle, president of the Kenosha Area Business Alliance...
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9/13/11
New UWP center improves music, art, theater spaces
More room to spread out, and more rooms to spread out in, could be one way to describe the new the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for the Arts and Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. But that only hints at...
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9/11/11
Lakeview building sold for $4.3 million
Pensyn Investment of Canada paid $4.4 million to buy a high-tech meat processing facility leased by Fair Oaks Farms in the Lakeview Corporate Park in Pleasant Prairie. The sale price is less than the market value the state of...
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9/1/11
Mark Jaeger says gig as Jockey GC is a comfortable fit
With the alluringly large salaries that traditionally have been tied to positions at law firms, it’s unusual for a law school student to immediately pursue an in-house career after graduation. But Mark Jaeger wasn’t a typical grad...
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8/12/11
Lakeside Steel ships 50-ton trommel
Kenosha-based Lakeside Steel and Mfg Co. has manufactured a 100,000 pound, 74-foot long trommel for a California recycling plant. Kenosha-based Lakeside Steel and Mfg Co. has manufactured a 100,000 pound, 74-foot long trommel for a...
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8/12/11
Wirch, Steitz square off again at forum
State Sen. Robert Wirch, D-Pleasant Prairie, and his Republican recall challenger, Jonathan Steitz, are seeing a lot of each other in the final days before Tuesday’s recall election. They met at the Kenosha Country Club Friday...
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8/11/11
Snap-on opens 600-seat auditorium
The bright lights, booming music and vibrant video screens of Snap-on’s Idea Forge, a new 600-seat auditorium, represent the Kenosha-based company looking to the future. But Snap-on’s chief executive officer said the company also will need...
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8/10/11
CRE Guide: Community Spotlight - Kenosha
Two Wal-Mart stores could join the retail landscape in the city of Kenosha if a Tennessee developer’s plans are approved. Gatlin Development Co. of Dickson, Tenn., has proposed building a 42,000-square-foot neighborhood market...
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8/4/11
Lt. governor says state is on right track to attract jobs
Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch said she understands the economic challenges the state is trying to overcome but believes Gov. Scott Walker has put it on the right track to attract more jobs. Kleefisch was in town for a visit to the...
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8/2/11
TG3 keyboard featured by ABC News
ABC News' Made In America with Diane Sawyer recently recognized the Deck Keyboard line by TG3 Electronics. For over 7 years, Deck Keyboards has been a leading consumer keyboard line manufactured and assembled in Kenosha, Wisconsin...
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7/29/11
Drawing companies north of the Illinois border
Kenosha County already has a long track record of luring companies from Illinois as evidenced by Wispark’s sprawling LakeView Corporate Park. The 2,400-acre park in Pleasant Prairie along Interstate 94 has attracted more than 75 companies...
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7/29/11
Walker signs Pleasant Prairie TIF expansion bill
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Friday signed into law a state bill that will let the village of Pleasant Prairie push forward on an $11 million plan to spur new development. The bill lets Pleasant Prairie expand an existing tax incremental...
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7/29/11
Pleasant Prairie to spend $5 million for Uline
Village of Pleasant Prairie officials plan to dedicate up to $11 million to help Uline Inc. build a distribution center and create financing programs to draw companies to 1,000 acres of undeveloped business park land. The village would...
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6/29/11
Client Success Story: The Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA)
In 2008, the Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA) engaged TIP Strategies to assist in the development of an economic development plan: Kenosha First. After an extended period of stagnation in the 1970s...
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6/1/11
Tebow Time; Broncos QB draws crowd for Jockey store opening
Hundreds of fans of the Denver Broncos, the University of Florida Gators and, well, just plain Tim Tebow descended Tuesday afternoon on downtown Kenosha to meet the NFL quarterback. Tebow, who signed on with Jockey International...
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5/27/11
Made in Milwaukee: Bradshaw Medical plans to double the size of HQ
The greater Milwaukee region has long been home to manufacturers of hand tools. Historic brands such as Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. and Snap-On have been long-time icons amongst professionals and do-it-yourselfers. Kenosha-based...
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5/27/11
Parkside plans new teacher education program
One year since University of Wisconsin-Parkside faculty voted to dissolve the school’s teacher education department, plans are under way to open a new teacher education program in fall 2013, Parkside officials said Thursday. “Our goal is...
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5/18/11
Gateway graduates centennial class
Gateway Technical College graduated its 100th class this week. A total of 1,407 graduates from Gateway's three main campuses were recognized in a Tuesday night commencement ceremony in the Sports and Activity Center at the University...
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5/18/11
Y-Link emerges as a positive business, civic force in the Kenosha Area
What do bowling for charity, a cocktail party featuring a young entrepreneur's talk and a business executive breakfast series have in common? In May alone, it's Y-Link, which stands for “Young Leaders in Kenosha.” The burgeoning non-profit...
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5/13/11
BizTimes IQ Winner: Bradshaw Medical Inc.
Kenosha Bradshaw Medical Inc. is the leading manufacturer of advanced surgical instruments. By working closely with surgeons Bradshaw delivers a superb product to clients while maintaining the surgeon's line-of-sight. The products are...
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5/9/11
Matthew Davidson, Xten Industries CEO, Named To KABA Board of Directors
In March, Matthew Davidson's company, Xten Industries LLC, was honored as one of the “Wisconsin Companies to Watch.” And in April, he was asked to share his insight and experience on the Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA) board...
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5/4/11
KABA Announces its 2011 Scholarship Recipients
KABA is pleased to announce the 2011 college scholarship recipients! In acknowledgement of the rising cost of college tuition, KABA's charitable foundation increased its amount per scholarship in 2010 from $2,500 to $4,000. KABA's Scholarship...
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4/27/11
Bill helps Uline, biomedical projects
A proposed state law change would let Pleasant Prairie provide $5 million to support a 1.1-million-square-foot Uline Inc. distribution center and $2 million for a planned biomedical company incubator. A state bill introduced on Tuesday would...
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4/8/11
Crafting an economic development blueprint
Wisconsin's new public-private economic development corporation plans to raise $4 million, mainly from the private sector, to market Wisconsin as a place to do business. The marketing campaign, which will create a brand for Wisconsin...
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4/7/11
Consultant says economic development should focus on people
When the introductions were made, the awards given, and the greetings accomplished, the Kenosha Area Business Alliance annual meeting Thursday turned into the Rebecca Ryan Show. Ryan, of Madison, a former professional basketball...
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4/5/11
United Hospital System's Sally Berzinsky Named 2011 KABA Mentor of the Year
Sometimes it's a book of tongue twisters; sometimes it's a piece of fruit, and often it's simply her presence and attentive listening ear. A variety of ingredients can help an adult mentor a student, but one is indispensable: consistency. And...
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3/30/11
Four Kenosha County Companies Named ‘Wisconsin Companies to Watch'
In recognition of their excellence in the marketplace, four members of the Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA) have been selected as `Wisconsin Companies to Watch.' Centrisys Corporation, Equity Creative, Regulatory Compliance Associates...
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3/25/11
Team effort lured Catalyst to Wisconsin
Government and business leaders are confident that an Illinois manufacturer's decision to move its operations to Wisconsin marks just the beginning of an expected influx of business across the state line. Catalyst Exhibits Inc. recently...
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3/25/11
Kleefisch urging firms to cross border
Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch is convinced that more Illinois businesses will decide to move to Wisconsin, following the lead of Catalyst Exhibits Inc., which is relocating to Pleasant Prairie from Crystal Lake, Ill. “We have a wonderful opportunity ...
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3/18/11
Catalyst Moving to Kenosha County, Governor Announces that “Wis. is Open for Business”
Catalyst Exhibits has chosen LakeView Corporate Park in Pleasant Prairie for the site of its new facility, a decision CEO Tim Roberts says is best for the company today and looking to the future. “We anticipate our business growing and the...
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3/7/11
Centrifuge benefits city, local company; Process removes impurities from water system
A local manufacturer and the Kenosha wastewater treatment facility have entered into a partnership that saves the city thousands of dollars and gives the company a showcase and teaching facility for clients and users of its products. The...
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3/4/11
KABA Acquires Building in Downtown Kenosha; Jockey International to occupy retail space
The Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA) is excited to announce that it has purchased a building at 5500 Sixth Avenue in downtown Kenosha. Jockey International, Inc. has signed a lease to occupy retail space on the 7,100-square-foot lower. ...
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3/4/11
School Board candidates discuss possible cuts
Candidates running for the Kenosha Unified District board said they'd consider administrative, teacher and program cuts to deal with expected losses in state aids. Incumbent Jo Ann Taube estimated between 150 and 200 teachers could be...
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2/11
Todd Battle Recognized in 2011 Class of Forty Under 40
Todd Battle has spent his entire professional life in the economic development field, and for every day of those nearly 13 years, he's known that he would never be promoted. The reason has nothing to do with drive or talent, each of which he...
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2/25/11
Milwaukee 7 plans to recruit companies from tax-weary Illinois
Economic strategists in metro Milwaukee have a new plan that plays on the age-old rivalry between Wisconsin and Illinois: attract northern Illinois businesses that are fed up with the state's double-digit tax increases. Some six businesses...
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2/11
Redevelopment Update - Springbrook Innovation Center
During late 2009, the Pleasant Prairie Community Development Authority purchased the former Midwest Copier Property locatedat 9115 26th Avenue. Redevelopment goals for the property included: alleviating flooding in the area; providing...
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2/11
Agreement Approved in December for Major Future Improvements on State Highway 50
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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2/24/11
Kenosha Beef nets $15.8 million military contract
Kenosha Beef has recently received a $15.8 million contract to provide fresh and frozen beef products for sale at 98 domestic commissaries. The contract term is for two years, from March 20, 2011, through March 23, 2013. Three...
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2/7/11
Industrial real estate still improving
As industrial vacancy rates continued to decline in Racine and Kenosha counties at the end of 2010, Milwaukee County's vacancy rate increased 9.2 percent. Overall industrial vacancies in southeast Wisconsin decreased from 9.2 percent to 8.6...
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2/4/11
Real Estate: Several potential Kenosha Highway 50 corridor retail sites in play
In recent years, urban sprawl from the Chicago area has crept north of the state line into Kenosha County. After sluggish growth in the ‘70s and ‘80s Kenosha County's population increased by 29 percent from 128,181 in 1990 to an estimated...
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2/3/11
Snap-on earnings rise 58 percent
Snap-on Inc. reported Thursday that fourth-quarter earnings rose 58 percent on increased demand in all of its business segments. The Kenosha-based automotive tool manufacturer reported net...
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1/19/11
Study quantifies the value of Milwaukee's regional creative industries
The Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee, manager of the Creativity Works! regional creative industries project released its final report and implementation strategies at a celebration event at Harley-Davidson Museum Wednesday night...
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1/14/11
Panel OKs ‘high impact' economic development fund
A proposed “high-impact” economic development partnership between Kenosha County and the Kenosha Area Business Alliance received a County Board committee's recommendation Thursday night. The venture, to begin with $1 million in...
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1/14/11
Walker pushes ‘Escape to Wisconsin' theme at Illinois businesses
With major tax increases now on the books in Illinois, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is dusting off an old state tourism slogan to woo businesses from south of the border: “Escape to Wisconsin.” Walker came into office earlier this month with an...
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1/13/11
Kenosha teamwork wins good grades from schools chief
The state's top school official said Wednesday he would advocate statewide the type of local collaboration on technical career programs found in Kenosha. Tony Evers, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction superintendent, visited...
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1/10/11
States poach jobs from Illinois amid fiscal mess
Joseph Slawek, CEO of food-flavoring company Fona International Inc., bumped into Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels at a breakfast last fall and casually mentioned that one of his biggest customers was based in central Indiana. By the time Slawek ...
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1/5/11
Grant awarded to clean Chrysler site in Kenosha
The city of Kenosha received a $1 million state grant to clean up the now-vacant, 100-acre Chrysler factory. Chrysler closed the plant in late September, said city administrator Frank Pacetti , and city officials want to attract a new...
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