November 2013

Union Grove officials mull American Roller incentives

UNION GROVE — American Roller Co. is considering building a $4 million plant here next year that would replace its Arcotech plant in Kansasville.  The decision on whether to build here would depend in part on whether the village can expand the boundaries of Tax Increment District 3 to include the proposed site.  Late Monday afternoon the Village Board and Plan Commission met together in closed session to discuss the matter at the village Municipal Center, 925 15th Ave. No action ... Read More

Educators Credit buys former Johnson Outdoors headquarters

MOUNT PLEASANT — Educators Credit Union has bought Johnson Outdoors’ previous headquarters building for $3.2 million and will move its own headquarters there.  ECU closed on the purchase of 1326 Willow Road on Nov. 15. Gene Szymczak, the credit union’s president, said it will become the new headquarters, home to ECU’s administrative offices.  Those offices are now in three different buildings, Szymczak said: two of them at the current headquarters at 1400 N. New... Read More

State adds construction jobs, but manufacturing lags

Wisconsin added 23,968 private-sector jobs — none of them in the crucial manufacturing sector — in the 12 months that ended in June, the state reported Thursday, while a separate report showed the state's unemployment rate improved to its best level since 2008.  "I'm really surprised by the lack of job growth in manufacturing," said Abdur Chowdhury, economics professor at Marquette University. "That is a key factor for Wisconsin's recovery. ... Read More

Three new Neighborhood Stabilization houses to be built

RACINE — Some new homes will soon be cropping up on Villa Street and Haven Avenue.  The City Council last week signed off on contracts with a construction firm to build two houses on Villa and one on Haven as part of the city’s ongoing Neighborhood Stabilization Program.  NSP is a White House-led initiative designed to assist neighborhoods blighted by the foreclosure crisis. The city has been acquiring and then rehabilitating or razing and rebuilding homes through the grant... Read More

Hopeful grocery co-op hires project manager to start site negotiations

RACINE — Wild Root Market has hired a project manager to negotiate for a specific grocery store site, seek construction bids and manage the construction process if the young cooperative can raise enough funding to proceed.  Wild Root Market is a co-op — currently with 625 member-owners — working to open a consumer-owned, full-service grocery store in Racine. ... Read More

Economy brushed off shutdown, data show

Shutdown? Did the government shut down?  The economy continued to show signs that consumers mostly ignored Washington's budget impasse last month. A better-than-expected report on October retail sales Wednesday buoyed hopes that spending — the kind outside of Washington — was not much affected by politicians' theatrics. ... Read More

Developing Racine: RCEDC now offering business loan savings to veteran-owned businesses

Business Lending Partners is a sister corporation of the Racine County Economic Development Corp. and has the responsibility for managing our business loan programs. These programs provide low-interest, long-term loans to businesses that are looking to expand and create new jobs in Racine County. The Executive Committee of the RCEDC Board of Directors and BLP recognize the sacrifice our veterans have made to serve and protect our country. That is why the Committee and BLP staff are proud to anno... Read More

Kacala to retire from county economic development corporation next year

RACINE COUNTY — Gordy Kacala, leader of this county’s chief economic development organization, will retire next year.  Kacala, executive director of Racine County Economic Development Corp. since 1990, Tuesday announced he will retire next July 31. Kacala, who turns 62 next Aug. 1, is the third and by far longest-running executive director of the private, nonprofit RCEDC. When he retires, he will have been at the organization’s helm for 24 years. ... Read More

RAMAC’s reorganization affects Young Professionals

RACINE — Young Professionals of Racine has lost some autonomy — it is no longer empowered by its parent organization to make decisions through an independent board of directors.  However, YPR does have an important voice on the Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce Board of Directors following a reorganization that was first publicly announced Nov. 7.  With the reorganization, those involved say, YPR is now considered much like Leadership Racine, another RAMAC program &mda... Read More

Next Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club scheduled to hold a meeting on Tuesday

KENOSHA — Next Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club will hold a meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Horizon Center for Transportation Technology at Gateway Technical College, 4940 88th Ave.  Mike Bergnach, patent agent at Promontory Research LLC, will discuss “Intellectual Property and Patent Law.” Bergnach will present a broad introduction of intellectual property concepts, patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. ... Read More