February 2014

Growing Wis. economy renews demand for apprentices

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The growing need for skilled manufacturing workers is leading to a revival in apprenticeships in some parts of the state, particularly in Madison, Milwaukee and the Fox Valley area.  A Wisconsin State Journal report says the state's dormant construction industry is starting to rebound. That's creating demand for skilled workers across all construction trades.  Some areas are able to fill that demand but others still have a shortage. ... Read More

Wisconsin Tech Summit aims to align state's business orbits

Large companies that work on a national and even international scale often travel in different business orbits than emerging firms, even if those companies are operating in the same general technology or commercial universe.  A young company developing a new way to help existing devices better communicate with one another in a supply chain, for example, may not know that a much larger company is looking for exactly that kind of solution to improve its business efficiency and flow.   ... Read More

RCEDC's Tina Chitwood recognized by Absolutely Waterford

Absolutely Waterford (AW) hosted their third annual meeting on February 20th at the Waterford Village Hall.  AW elected their 2014 Board of Directors and recognized several individuals that had contributed to the organization.  Tina Chitwood, Community Development Manager of RCEDC was recognized for her outstanding service and commitment to the organization over the past three years. ... Read More

City, RCEDC seeking, expecting more grants

RACINE — The City of Racine, home to dozens of former industrial and manufacturing sites, has received more than a few environmental cleanup and economic development grants over the years.  This year, however, the city — through its brownfield services contract with the Racine County Economic Development Corp. — expects to receive a total of $3.2 million in grants to help it study, clean and redevelop properties throughout the city. ... Read More

VC firm goes to Midwest for next big thing in tech

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Chris Olsen believes the next great tech firm could emerge right here from the heartland.  Sure, Silicon Valley is home to most huge tech household names (Apple, Facebook, Twitter, eBay and so many more), with New York (Tumblr) and Boston (Trip Advisor) creeping up, but as he sees it, why not Ohio or Michigan? ... Read More

Next Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club meeting set for Tuesday

KENOSHA — The next Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club meeting will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Gateway Technical College Horizon Center, 4940 88th Ave., Kenosha.  Bob Balow, owner of Accu-Temp Heat Treating and leader of the club, will discuss the development of his Ferroxy treated cast iron cookware invention. Other members of the club are invited to share updates on their inventions.  The meeting is free and open to the public. ... Read More

Natural foods distributor plans 2nd Wisconsin plant

PRESCOTT — A large distributor of natural and specialty foods in North America plans to build a $38 million plant in northwestern Wisconsin.  United Natural Foods Inc. is expected to begin construction of a 300,000-square-foot distribution center in Prescott in May. The center could employ more than 300 people in the next three years. ... Read More

New activities, amenities in store for marina this year

RACINE — Reefpoint Marina’s owner and manager had the same goal in mind when they agreed to a five-year contract last year: make the marina a more vibrant place.  Both Racine County and Siegel-Gallagher, the owner and manager of the marina, respectively, feel Reefpoint is well on its way to becoming just that, with a number of improvements, services and activities planned for 2014. ... Read More

Downtown Racine Corp. announces 2013 Achievement Awards

RACINE — Downtown Racine Corp. announced the recipients of the 2013 Downtown Achievement Awards during a ceremony on Thursday at the Johnson Building, 555 Main St.   The recipients are: ... Read More

Lt. Governor visits Gateway Fab Lab, says training and innovation are key to manufacturing

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch toured the Fab Lab at Gateway’s SC Johnson integrated Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Center in Sturtevant to see its benefits and gain some best practices that could be applied to business and education in other parts of the state. ... Read More