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Kenosha News for 2012


11/30/12
Continental project could include area’s first Gordmans store
Continental Properties Co. Inc. has acquired a shuttered Target store in Kenosha and plans to renovate it, potentially for the first Gordmans store in southeastern Wisconsin. The Target building is a cornerstone...
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11/14/12
Good Foods Group to move HQ from Chicago to Pleasant Prairie
Another Chicago area company plans to move to Kenosha County. Chicago-based Good Foods Group LLC has purchased a 57,000-square-foot building at 10100 88th Ave. in Pleasant Prairie and plans to establish...
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11/14/12
Business honorees laud their employees
University of Wisconsin-Parkside graduate James Kettinger Jr., returned Wednesday night to his alma mater, where he was featured with other winners of the 2012 Business Excellence Awards presented...
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11/14/12
Kenoshans honored by Urban League
The Urban League honored a Kenosha resident and a business leader for their service Wednesday afternoon at the organization's annual Equal Opportunity Day luncheon...
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11/12/12
Xten on a growth spurt
Kenosha plastic injection molder Xten Industries is adding a fourth shift so it can run 24/7 to keep up with growth. The company acquired the assets of Paramount Plastics LLC in Lockport, Ill. in May...
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11/7/12
Horizon Milling to expand Kenosha flour mill
Horizon Milling said it will begin producing whole wheat flour at its mill in Kenosha later this fall following an expansion. When the project is complete, Horizon Milling said it will have doubled its...
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11/7/12
Somers seeks a foothold on development bandwagon
In order to keep up with the Joneses, Somers needs to plan for and become more development conscious — and quick. That was the consensus among Economic Development Committee members who met Monday...
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10/31/12
Illinois manufacturer Handi-Products picks Kenosha for new facility
Northern Illinois manufacturer Handi-Products bought a Kenosha building Tuesday and plans to establish its second manufacturing plant there. A Handi-Products affiliate paid $775,000 for a 27,000-square-foot...
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10/29/12
Meijer buys Supervalu distribution center in Pleasant Prairie
Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer Inc., which plans to build several big-box stores in southeastern Wisconsin, has acquired the Supervalu Midwest Distribution Facility in Pleasant Prairie, village officials...
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10/26/12
California firm buys Wispark site
California-based Majestic Realty Co. is trying to lock-in a tenant for its planned 1.2 million-square-foot Pleasant Prairie distribution center and can break ground as early as spring. “We’d love to...
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10/26/12
Snap-on tooling Asian market -Kenosha manufacturer beats analysts’ outlook for 12 quarters
China might not be ready for Snap-on Inc., but Snap-on is ready for China. The Kenosha-based manufacturer and marketer of professional tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems has...
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10/23/12
Jockey International names new president
Kenosha-based Jockey International Inc. this week appointed Byron Norfleet as its president and chief operating officer. Norfleet succeeds Ed Emma, who will transition to the new role of consultant...
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10/18/12
KABA is excited to welcome its new Director of Talent Development
Brooke Infusino will join KABA on October 29th as its new Director of Talent Development. In the newly-created position for the organization, Brooke will have a variety of duties...
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10/18/12
Snap-on 3Q profit rises 9%, tops analysts' estimates
Tool maker Snap-on Inc. said Thursday its third-quarter net income rose 9%, boosted by contributions from its financing business. Like a lot of manufacturers, Snap-on has a financing subsidiary that helps...
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10/17/12
Recovery too slow: economist
An economist said a recovery has begun but is not progressing fast enough. Layoffs have slowed, unemployment is falling, homes are selling more and their prices are stabilizing nationwide, said...
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10/10/12
Rust-Oleum to add 16 jobs in Pleasant Prairie
Vernon Hills, Ill.-based Rust-Oleum Corp. plans to install a new aerosol spray-paint filling structure on the rear portion of its Pleasant Prairie facility at 8105 95th St., in the LakeView Corporate Park...
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10/10/12
Plan progresses for huge warehouse
A California company with a toehold in Illinois wants to gain a foothold in the central United States by building a nearly 1.2 million-square-foot warehouse and distribution facility in the...
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10/10/12
County pledges financial support for downtown leader
Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser said he is working on an arrangement for the county to fund a share of the salary of a new position that would handle downtown development efforts. Kreuser said Wednesday...
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10/9/12
Central Storage & Warehouse expands
During an October 8 Plan Commission meeting, Site and Operational Plans were considered and approved for Central Storage & Warehouse Company, a public refrigerated warehousing company based in...
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10/4/12
BID considers $25,000 for downtown leader
A downtown business organization is considering funding part of the salary for a new position meant to lead the downtown revitalization efforts. The Lakeshore Business Improvement District...
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10/4/12
Gateway considering a $38 million expansion
A possible $38 million referendum could be coming in April with an associated tax increase later to pay for Gateway Technical College building and course expansions. The college’s board could consider...
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10/2/12
Downtown plan gets council’s support
The Kenosha City Council Monday unanimously approved a plan to revitalize downtown Kenosha. The council passed an ordinance to adopt the strategic plan for downtown Kenosha and a resolution by Mayor...
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9/19/12
Business leaders hear ins and out of Affordable Care Act
A discussion on businesses complying with the new federal health care law included just as much talk about how the legislation won’t work in the end. Three panelists on Wednesday said...
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9/17/12
Allied Plastics is Kenosha Business of the Year
Allied Plastics Inc. will be saluted as 2012 Business of the Year by the Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA) and the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce. The 2012 Kenosha County Business Excellence...
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9/15/12
Twin Lakes company is local Business of the Year
A local company that manufactures and markets heavy duty plastics for commercial and industrial markets has been named Kenosha Business of the Year. Allied Plastics has been chosen for the award...
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9/9/12
Meet carthage’s new leader
He’s part egghead and part hipster. He talks as easily about Portuguese novelist José Saramago as he does about jazz great Charlie Parker. Greg Woodward, the new president of Carthage College, is...
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9/7/12
New Parkside building increases arts offerings
Dean Yohnk sees the University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s renovated and expanded arts and humanities building as not only a learning center, but also a cultural hub that will lift up the...
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8/30/11
Inventive ideas on display at FastPitch
Scott Johanek, top winner at Wednesday’s FastPitch competition, said his brother called from an airport with the invention idea that won the entrepreneurship contest. The first annual FastPitch contest, held at the iMET Center, 2320 Renaissance Blvd., was a showcase...
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8/16/12
Site of former Leblanc musical instrument factory purchased
A Kenosha company, 4J International LLC, has bought the former Leblanc site. Jim Moore, director of finance for 4J, 6329 31st Ave., said closing on the $750,000 purchase of the building was Tuesday...
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8/12/12
Aging Pleasant Prairie shopping center will get new look
Chicago-based Beacon Real Estate Investments bought an almost 60,000-square-foot Pleasant Prairie shopping center in a foreclosure auction and plans extensive renovations to rebrand the more...
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8/8/12
CRE Guide: Community Spotlight - Kenosha
Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman looks forward to receiving the final recommendations in a consultant’s plan for revitalization of the city’s downtown. The Lakota Group of Chicago was hired by the city...
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8/8/12
Uline plans major expansion in Pleasant Prairie
Uline Inc., which in 2010 moved its corporate headquarters from Illinois to a massive new corporate campus in Pleasant Prairie, is now planning a major expansion project of that campus. The company, a...
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8/1/12
Amendment Sought for Pleasant Prairie Tax Increment District #2
In order to provide for needs that will allow the continued success of Tax Increment District #2 (TID #2) in Pleasant Prairie, the Village has initiated an amendment to the District. If approved, this...
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7/31/12
Snap-on stock’s rise snares national attention
A rising tide lifts all boats, and that might be part of it. But the last month has seen Snap-on shares rise in value about 11 percent, while market indexes such as the Dow Jones...
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7/27/12
Top of the List - Industrial parks, software product companies
This week we feature the largest area industrial/business parks and also software product companies. The list of industrial parks with the most total acres hasn’t changed...
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7/26/12
Consultant sees potential in vacant downtown buildings
Some of downtown’s largest, and longest-vacant, buildings could be considered for redevelopment, according to the preliminary findings in The Lakota Group’s downtown...
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7/20/12
Streetcar line a high priority; Elks Club, Theatre lower
The Lakota Group’s strategic plan for downtown development categorized projects as a high, medium or low priority, and some people at last week’s presentation didn’t like where their projects fell...
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7/18/12
What should downtown Kenosha be?
The group tasked with drawing up a development plan for downtown Kenosha received their last batch of “homework” Tuesday before delivering their final report next month...
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7/17/12
Legislative leaders talk of need for bipartisanship, compromise
When Sen. Robert Wirch looks back on more productive days in the state Capitol, he looks to ... Tommy Thompson. Wirch, a Pleasant Prairie Democrat, evoked the former Republican governor — now a...
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7/18/12
Zilber plans another Pleasant Prairie spec industrial building
Milwaukee-based Zilber Property Group plans to build a speculative industrial building at state Highway 31 and 99th Street in Pleasant Prairie. The Kenosha County village has attracted several speculative...
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7/11/12
Gateway breaks ground on new center to train skilled manufacturing workers
Reports of a shortage of skilled workers in the manufacturing industry have sparked a two-floor expansion of Gateway Technical College’s facility in Sturtevant. Construction of the integrated Manufacturing...
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7/9/12
Pacific Sands grows in natural cleaning niche
When Mike Michie and a group of investors purchased Clovis, Calif. spa product developer EcoOne in 2004, the company had just two employees. Now, the publicly traded company is known as Pacific...
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7/6/12
Third Community Workshop about Kenosha's Downtown Redevelopment will be Tuesday, July 17th
The third and final community workshop focused on the future of Downtown Kenosha is scheduled for Tuesday, July 17th, culminating months of input from a variety of stakeholders. The session will be from 7:00 p.m. to...
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7/3/12
CRE Guide: Community Spotlight: Village of Pleasant Prairie
Pleasant Prairie village president John Steinbrink has seen a lot of changes in his 26 years of service to the Kenosha County community. He’s seen the growth of developments such as the LakeView Corporate...
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7/1/12
Competition, forum designed to help budding entrepreneurs pitch their ideas
Bank of Kenosha founder and president David Barnes is an entrepreneur of eight businesses — but also an entrepreneur of entrepreneurs. “We have a bed of bright students in our area, and we need to give them...
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6/22/12
Paine/Wetzel/TCN Worldwide completes lease deal to IMS
Paine/Wetzel/TCN Worldwide recently completed a 312,500 square foot lease in Kenosha, Wis., to Integrated Merchandising Systems. IMS leased the space within a 626,500 square foot industrial building at...
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6/20/12
Developing downtown: Local leaders say plan requires a partnership
The outline for creating a successful downtown, as seen in Dubuque and Appleton, can be very straightforward. “It’s all about planning, partnerships and people,” Dubuque City Manager Mike Van Milligan said...
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6/19/12
‘A METROPOLITAN MAYBERRY’
A successful and stable downtown. A connected business community. Plans to bring the same success to the river front and western edge of downtown. How does Appleton do it? Despite being the birthplace...
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6/18/12
Reinvented on the river: Dubuque, IA
Former department stores and factories are easily identifiable in both cities, though Dubuque seems to have found more success in repurposing their sites, including a former department store that contains thousands...
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6/17/12
The Downtown Dillema: What can Kenosha do to emulate growth of other communities?
It is a question that Kenosha is willing to learn and an answer that two other Midwestern cities might provide. The city of Kenosha and Kenosha Area Business Alliance have put about $130,000 toward a comprehensive...
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6/6/12
Taking Ownership of a Strategic Plan: KABA's 2011 Annual Report
Regardless of the number of focus groups and community forums that go into a strategic planning effort, it is ultimately the responsibility of the economic development organization to ensure that a strategic...
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5/25/12
Big crowd ‘invests’ in downtown Kenosha
Nearly 200 people, including more than a few with direct interests — financial and otherwise — “invested” their fake money Thursday night in various concepts related to future redevelopment of downtown Kenosha. The event...
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5/21/12
Xten Industries Acquires Assets of Paramount Plastics, LLC, Lockport, IL
Xten Industries, Kenosha, announced today that its subsidiary has acquired the assets of Paramount Plastics, LLC, Lockport, IL, an $18 million full service plastic injection molding company with special expertise...
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5/16/12
Zilber buys two more Kenosha buildings
Milwaukee-based Zilber Property Group announced that it has purchased two buildings in the Business Park of Kenosha, with a total of 30,000 square feet of space, from Daniel Kegg. Kegg was represented by...
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5/15/12
CRE Guide: Community Spotlight - Kenosha
City and community leaders in Kenosha are plotting the revitalization of two major commercial areas in hopes of bringing new investment to the community. A new downtown revitalization plan is being developed, while ...
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5/15/12
Kreuser: County is strong, flexible, resilient
Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser says he’s “bullish” about the community’s future. That’s what Kreuser said Tuesday night, in an optimistic state of the county address to the County Board. “The state...
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5/14/12
2nd Community Workshop about Kenosha's Downtown Redevelopment will be Thurs., May 24th
The Lakota Group will host a second interactive community workshop on Thursday, May 24th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Rhode Center for the Arts in downtown Kenosha. Area residents/stakeholders will review the...
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5/10/12
Xten Industries celebrates 10th year in Kenosha
Xten Industries, named 2011 Kenosha Business of the Year by the Kenosha Area Business Alliance and the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce, is celebrating its 10th anniversary in the city. Begun in 1940 and operated for 60...
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5/8/12
First Annual Racine/Kenosha FastPitch Competition; Seeking Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, Students
Planning is underway for the 1st Annual Racine/Kenosha FastPitch Competition on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at Gateway’s Integrated Manufacturing and Engineering Technology (iMET) Center formerly known as...
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5/6/12
After two-year decline, tourism spending rises in county
Tourism spending in Kenosha County rose 8.2 percent in 2011, almost identical to the statewide increase, according to figures released by the Kenosha Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Sunday...
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5/3/12
State companies helping Army with cloud computing
The U.S. Army has turned to cloud computing, and to Wisconsin companies, to improve its intelligence gathering in Afghanistan. Under a $19.5 million contract, the Army is buying computer services from a Lockheed Martin Corp...
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5/2/12
Chief Executive: Wisconsin moves up best states for business rankings
The state of Wisconsin moved up four spots in Chief Executive magazine's latest rankings of the best and worst states in which to do business. Wisconsin now ranks 20th on the annual list, moving up from 24 in 2011, according to the...
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5/2/12
Will Wisconsin Rise Again?
The Badger State keeps rising in the Chief Executive Best States/Worst States list, and that’s got Wisconsin businesses cheering—as well as investing. Nevertheless, CEOs and entrepreneurs there are worried that an election recall this summer...
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4/25/12
Initial study points to downtown’s needs, weaknesses
The first results of an extensive downtown study are in, providing a glimpse of what the targets of the next two phases of the project will be. The Lakota Group, a Chicago-based consulting firm, has released the report on its website...
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4/25/12
Kenosha leads state in number of non-natives
If it seems like a lot of people around here aren’t actually from around here, you’re right. Census data shows that 51 percent of adults in Kenosha are non-natives, putting Kenosha at the top of the list of Wisconsin cities when it comes to...
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4/24/12
New law puts jobless in training for manufacturing jobs
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development on Tuesday rolled out a new law meant to address a chronic inability to fill manufacturing jobs in the state because of a lack of qualified or willing candidates. The presentation came a day...
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4/20/12
Real Estate Awards 2012: Best New Development Or Renovation — Retail; Second Place: KABA/Jockey Downtown Kenosha Development
Ninety-two days from permitting to occupancy. That's how long it took the Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA) to transform a boarded-up eyesore into a catalyst for the revitalization of the city's downtown. In automotive terms, that's 0...
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4/16/12
Business loan program helps Kenosha nanobrewery move ahead
Greg York always dreamed of starting a nanobrewery. His idea - Rustic Road Brewing Co. - was almost 10 years in the making. Thanks to an $82,500 loan from the Kenosha Area Business Alliance's Revolving Loan Program, it's becoming a reality this...
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4/13/12
Teleflex to open Pleasant Prairie factory
Teleflex Medical OEM is expanding its presence in Kenosha County with the opening of a factory in Pleasant Prairie. The surgical and medical instrument manufacturer has taken over about 45,000 square feet in the new Towne...
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4/9/11
Gateway expands boot camps with $1 million SCJ donation
Gateway Technical College plans to offer additional manufacturing boot camps, and also create its first health care boot camps, thanks to a $1 million grant from SC Johnson. The manufacturing boot camps are rigorous crash courses, usually 15...
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4/5/12
Bradshaw Medical to expand in Kenosha, add up to 100 jobs
Bradshaw Medical, a Kenosha-based manufacturer of orthopedic and spinal surgery instruments, plans to add 80 to 100 new employees during the next three years, economic development officials there said Thursday. The company will...
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4/5/12
Bradshaw Medical to boost jobs; awarded KABA loan
Kenosha-based Bradshaw Medical expects to add 80 to 100 new jobs over the next three years, funding its expansion in part with a loan from the county’s new High Impact Fund. Launched in 2006 with just four employees in small, rented office...
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4/5/12
Racine company completes move to Kenosha
Pacific Sands, a manufacturer of environmentally friendly spa and pool additives and cleaning products, has moved from Racine to larger space in Kenosha, bringing with it 12 employees, with plans to add a couple more in the coming...
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4/3/12
New Facility Gives Pacific Sands Room to Grow, Increase Efficiencies
Pacific Sands, Inc. (otcqb:PFSD) (pinksheets:PFSD) ( www.pacificsands.biz ), which manufactures environmentally friendly, non-toxic liquid and powder cleaning, laundry, and water treatment products, announced it has completed its move to...
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3/29/12
United Way of Kenosha County Moving into KABA-Owned Building, Furthers Downtown Revival
United Way of Kenosha County has signed a lease for a 1,700-square-foot space in the downtown Kenosha building that the Kenosha Area Business Alliance acquired last year. Bryan Albrecht, the United Way Board President, said that by the end...
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3/21/12
John Milisauskas, Longtime Volunteer & Coach, Named 2012 KABA Mentor of the Year
Helping people find their place in the world—that’s the thread that has coursed through the life of John Milisauskas. For the past 12 years, through the Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA) Mentor program, he has channeled that passion to guiding...
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3/8/12
Revived Business Investment Sparks Surge in KABA’s Revolving Loan Fund; $5.3 million disbursed to local companies in 2011—highest total since 1999
The Kenosha Area Business Alliance’s Revolving Loan Fund program just completed a blockbuster year, granting over $5.3 million in funding to local businesses in 2011. The program makes low-interest loans available to businesses throughout...
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2/10/12
Kenosha medical device firm grows, secures new patents
Despite the downturn in the economy, a Kenosha medical device firm has grown from $2 million to $20 million in sales and added more than 100 full-time employees in just six years. Guy Bradshaw, chief executive officer of Bradshaw Medical...
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2/8/12
Snap-on Tops Forbes' list of 'Top 20 Franchises For The Buck'
Not getting paid what you’re worth (or not getting paid at all) and want to start your own gig? For those who don’t have the patience, capital or guts to generate sales from scratch, franchising can make a lot of sense—though not...
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2/7/11
City and KABA Begin Work on New Downtown Development Strategy
Two marketing and sales professionals with more than 40 years of combined experience are leading a four-part training series in October through the Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA). The Kenosha Area Business Alliance, in conjunction with...
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1/12/12
Kenosha’s CEO Roundtable: A Positively Different View of Business Leaders
The current popular description of a chief executive officer typically involves one or more of the following connotations: fat cats, overpaid egomaniacs, greedy bosses and corporate jet-setters. I want to offer a different vantage gained from the...
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1/10/12
Pennsylvania medical instrument manufacturer to establish Pleasant Prairie plant
Limerick, Penn.-based Teleflex Inc. plans to occupy 45,479 square feet of space in the new Towne Industrial V building at 9505 72nd Ave. in Pleasant Prairie. Teleflex plans to use the facility to manufacture surgical and medical equipment...
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1/9/12
Downtown study gets $50,000 boost from Walgreens
The Walgreen Co. is putting $50,000 toward a comprehensive study of downtown Kenosha. Representatives of the company presented the donation this morning, at a legislative breakfast hosted by the Kenosha Area Business Alliance and...
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1/9/12
Local leaders note economic development challenges, successes
Local government officials talked of their past accomplishments — and of the need to work together in the future — during a legislative breakfast Monday at Gateway Technical College. Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser, Mayor Keith...
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1/7/12
Racine company to move to Kenosha
In search of good employees and a facility more appealing to clients' eyes, a Racine-based manufacturer announced Friday its pending relocation to Kenosha. Michael Michie, president and CEO of publicly traded Pacific Sands Inc., which produces....
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