May 2013

‘Apprentice’ winner says his lessons can help communities

While celebrating their 30th Anniversary on Thursday, members of the Racine County Economic Development Corp. got an entrepreneurial lesson from the first winner of reality TV show “The Apprentice.” “There are two questions I’m always asked,” opened former “apprentice” Bill Rancic: Is Donald Trump’s hair real? Did you know you’d win? ... Read More

CalStar adds second shift, 17 new jobs in Caledonia

CALEDONIA — CalStar, a manufacturer of masonry products that incorporate power plant fly ash, has expanded the capacity of its local plant with the addition of a second shift.  The company said Tuesday in a news release the expansion at 2825 4 Mile Road will help CalStar meet growing demand across all of its product lines.  The expansion created 17 new jobs at the plant, adding to the 38 existing staff in Caledonia and the 10 sales and marketing team members around the country. ... Read More

Partners plan to open new Caledonia organic market

CALEDONIA — The north side is getting a second organic market, say two women — including the one who started the first one, 4 Mile Fresh.  Last fall, Megan Wickert started 4 Mile Fresh, an all-organic market at 601 4 Mile Road, that also carried local and Wisconsin products such as honey and eggs. Later she was joined by Heather Heckel-Erickson as a part owner. ... Read More

2013 off to a better start for local construction

RACINE COUNTY — After an anemic start in 2012 for the construction industry, this year is off to a markedly more promising one.  Local construction company executives say they’ve been busier so far this year with both bidding activity and signed contracts. They point to increased confidence by homebuyers and a flurry of activity from companies as forces driving the increase, although it’s still not at pre-recession levels. ... Read More

Leadership Racine graduates say the training they receive helps in workplace, not just nonprofit sector

RACINE COUNTY — When Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce launched Leadership Racine in 1998, no one was talking about polishing companies’ employees.  Rather, the goal was to produce a steady supply of people who would get involved in the community and serve as directors of nonprofit organizations.  But both Leadership Racine graduates and companies say there are definite reasons the program has helped in the workplace while fostering their community involvement. ... Read More

Job seekers, employers invited to register for Career Expo

SOMERS — Racine County Workforce Development Center with Regional Workforce Partners and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development invite job seekers and employers to register for the Southeast Wisconsin Career Expo held from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s Sports and Activity Center, 900 Wood Road. ... Read More

3-D printers break the mold for manufacturing

With 3-D printing, objects can be replicated by laying down successive, ultrathin sheets of plastic, metal or other materials from a computer drawing. ... Read More

Construction underway on $1.2 million project on Washington Avenue

RACINE — A $1.2 million commercial project between Uptown and Downtown is now underway.  Local businessman and developer Akil Ajmeri started his project in the 1100 block of Washington Avenue last week with the removal of blacktop from the site. On Tuesday, workers were nearing completion of installing chain-link fencing around the construction site which encompasses most of that block. ... Read More

Bill Rancic, Season 1 winner of ‘The Apprentice,’ to speak in Racine

On an annual basis, the Racine County Economic Development Corp. sponsors our Annual Meeting Celebration. The event is open to the public and is a great opportunity to hear more about local economic development initiatives, as well as network with hundreds of business and government leaders from throughout Racine County. This year is a very special event as we celebrate our 30th anniversary. ... Read More

Leadership Racine’s leader to retire after class graduates

RACINE — Even as her last Leadership Racine class gets set to graduate and Karen Bayer heads toward retirement, she’s still passionate about the program she’s led for 15 years.  When Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce launched Leadership Racine, it hired Bayer as its first, and so far only, executive director. She had a varied résumé at the time but one that leaned toward both administrative and community service. ... Read More