February 2013

Governor Walker announces $155,000 transportation grant to Village of Mount Pleasant

Governor Scott Walker announced today that the Village of Mount Pleasant is being awarded a Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) grant. The $155,000 award represents the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s contribution for intersection improvements to benefit Seda International Packaging Group. This TEA project will create 31 new jobs at Seda, while indirectly supporting another 34 jobs. ... Read More

Racine, Kenosha, Waukesha lead pack in industrial development forecast

Racine, Kenosha and Waukesha counties are the southeastern Wisconsin markets most likely to see new light industrial development in 2013, according to a new forecast from commercial real estate brokerage Dickman Co.  ... Read More

After fire, Burlington, Echo Lake prepare for next chapter

At Echo Lake Foods, the backhoe slowly plows through the twisted and mangled metal, scooping up the remains of the burned-out processing plant leveled in an eight-alarm fire Jan. 30. ... Read More

Gateway unveils new, improved iMET Center

Gateway Technical College Tuesday unveiled a major $3.5 million addition to its Integrated Manufacturing and Engineering Technology, or iMET, Center containing southeastern Wisconsin’s first educational fabrication lab. ... Read More

3D Printing and U.S. Manufacturing

Obama spoke about the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, a public-private partnership established in the hard-hit manufacturing city of Youngstown, Ohio, last year to research how cutting-edge 3-D printing technology can be moved from the research phase to day-to-day use. "A once-shuttered warehouse is now a state-of-the art lab where new workers are mastering the 3-D printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything," Obama said. ... Read More

Bank financing means Porters redevelopment can proceed

RACINE — It took him a year to do it, but Micah Waters finally learned Monday he will get the bank financing that will allow a $6 million Porters of Racine redevelopment to begin.  One year and three days ago, Waters and city officials announced the project to convert Porters, 301 Sixth St., into 37 apartments and seven ground-floor retail spaces. The city’s part was approving a tax increment district to help facilitate the project. ... Read More

Unified names superintendent finalist

RACINE — A D.C. Public Schools administrator was named the sole finalist in Racine Unified’s months-long superintendent search on Monday.  Lolli Haws is the instructional superintendent for 13 schools in the Washington, D.C., system; she works to facilitate better student performance and reduce achievement gaps. Of seven candidates interviewed in Racine earlier this month for Unified’s top job, she is the favorite of board members. Haws will come back for a final interview... Read More

Outlook improving for Wisconsin companies in 2013

If the economy really is on a slow but relatively steady recovery, which of Wisconsin's publicly traded companies should be benefiting first?  There seems to be general agreement that the economy gradually is improving, and that investors are interested in moving money back into the stock market. ... Read More

Tarnowski Hall at Gateway Named for Caledonia Couple

Caledonia residents Otto and Beverly Tarnowski are giving the largest private donation to Gateway Technical College in the school's history. A wing of the new SC Johnson integrated Manufacturing and Technology Center is named Tarnowski Hall in their honor.  Beverly attended the official grand opening Tuesday of the 18,000 square foot addition to Gateway's Sturtevant facility.  ... Read More

Gateway Tech adds MIT-affiliated industrial lab

Gateway Technical College has expanded its manufacturing, engineering and technology center in Sturtevant that provides short-term, customized training for area employers. Tuesday, the college offered equipment demonstrations at the SC Johnson integrated Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Center, which has acquired a product prototyping laboratory affiliated with Massachusetts Institute of Technology. ... Read More