December 2013

Cree receives $30 million to expand manufacturing

STURTEVANT — Cree was awarded $30 million in a federal grant, according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Energy Thursday.   The DOE stated that the grant will go toward expanding the company’s manufacturing footprint here and in Durham, N.C.  Cree designs and manufactures light-emitting diode, or LED, lighting. The company includes what was formerly Ruud Lighting before Cree’s acquisition in 2011, with a large manufacturing operation at 9201 Washington A... Read More

Global water technology trade group meeting in Milwaukee

The International Water Association, the main trade group for the global water technology industry, will hold its annual board meeting in Milwaukee in June to coincide with the city's annual Water Summit.  The Milwaukee-based Water Council, which coordinates the metro region's efforts to coax new jobs and investment out of the existing cluster of water engineering companies, said the conference will help showcase Milwaukee's water initiative and add to the roster of speakers and... Read More

United Way raises $5.4M, its highest total ever

MOUNT PLEASANT — United Way of Racine County raised more than $5.4 million through its 2013 annual campaign, surpassing its goal of $5.3 million and setting a record for the highest amount raised in its campaign history.  The news of this year’s campaign success was announced by Tom Burke, 2013 United Way campaign chairman and CEO of Modine Manufacturing, at a Victory Celebration dinner Thursday night at the Racine Marriott, 7111 Washington Ave. ... Read More

Nov. job gains, 203,000; jobless rate, 7.0%

Employers added a better-than-expected 203,000 jobs in November, continuing a solid string of payroll gains and offering further evidence of a strengthening economic recovery.  The unemployment rate fell to 7% from 7.3%, the lowest in five years, the Labor Department said Friday. Unemployment rose in October because the federal government furloughed about 450,000 workers during the 16-day shutdown. The jobless rate, in turn, was expected to fall in November as those employees were back at w... Read More

Johnson-Leipold embodies trust, commitment: 2013 Executive of the Year: Honorable Mention

Johnson Bank might not be under full control of the Johnson family today if not for chairwoman Helen Johnson-Leipold ... Read More