May 2014

Wisconsin rated 3rd most bicycle friendly state in the country

Wisconsin jumped from eighth to third this year in the League of American Bicyclists’ annual ranking of each state’s bicycle friendliness.  The 2014 report, which was released earlier in May, put Wisconsin behind Washington and Minnesota for welcoming bicyclists. Washington has held the No. 1 spot on the list every year since 2008.  To come up with the ranking, the league rates each state in five categories: legislation and enforcement, policies and programs, infrastructure... Read More

Perfect weather leads to big turnout for 2014 Color Run

RACINE — Covered with a rainbow of colors on her face and clothes, Karen Wilson said Saturday that when she signed up for Color Run Racine, it was freezing outside.  But she was hopeful it would eventually warm up. Saturday was “perfect weather,” said Wilson, 26, a second-grade teacher from Green Bay.  An estimated 6,000 people participated Saturday morning in Color Run Racine in Downtown, where they were doused in colored cornstarch as part of a fun 5K run. ... Read More

Kenosha casino supporters reveal details of plan

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Supporters of a proposed casino in Kenosha say they are moving ahead with their plans for the $810 million, multi-phase project while they wait for approval from Gov. Scott Walker.  Some plans for the casino were revealed Friday, the Racine Journal Times reported ( ). The first phase of construction would include more than 400,000 square feet and feature an entertainment venue and retail space. It would also include 2,700 slot machines, 100 ta... Read More

InSinkErator planning $65 million expansion

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — The Racine company best known for its garbage disposers is opening another manufacturing plant in Kenosha and will upgrade its operations in Racine.  InSinkErator says it will invest $65 million in the expansion. Company president Tim Ferry says InSinkErator has committed to adding at least 165 jobs in the next four years in return for $15 million in state tax credits.  The company will increase manufacturing by leasing a building in Kenosha's business par... Read More

Jack Uldrich, futurist, to speak at RCEDC annual meeting celebration

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 the community.  The highlight of this year’s event is our guest speaker, best-selling author, acclaimed global futurist and the iconoclastic “chief unlearning officer,” ... Read More

RAMAC’s annual meeting focuses on job skills gap

On April 24, Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce held its annual dinner meeting at the Racine Marriott. About 280 members and guests attended, representing public and private business, manufacturing, retail, health care, service, professional, education and government segments of Racine County.  Mark Lewis, publisher of The Journal Times, hosted the meeting. Lewis presented Jim Beere, president of Pioneer Products, with a RAMAC award acknowledging his past leadership as the past chairman... Read More

Goal: Full employment -- ‘Cradle to career’ effort seeks jobs for all by 2020, backed by $1 million commitment

RACINE COUNTY — “Cradle to career” is the catchphrase for a new communitywide effort that aims for nothing less than full employment here by 2020.  Higher Expectations, a workforce development plan adopted by the Racine County Workforce Development Board in 2008, is being infused with new energy from outside consultants and buy-in from across the community. And it’s backed by a collective $1 million commitment from several local businesses.  Groundwork for the r... Read More

American Roller Addition

Gov. Scott Walker, middle, greets employees of American Roller, 1400 13th Ave., Union Grove, on Friday, May 16, 2014, as workers participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new construction project. Union Grove officials recently completed an agreement with American Roller Co. that will lead to the construction of a new $3.6 million, 52,000-square-foot manufacturing plant at the intersection of York Street and 13th Avenue on American Roller’s world headquarters campus. The new plant wil... Read More

O & H Danish Bakery to open fifth bakery, “flagship” retail store

MOUNT PLEASANT — O & H Danish Bakery will open what will be its main Racine-area bakery and fifth retail store at the former Towne Ford auto dealership, the company announced Thursday.  O & H, a fourth-generation family business, said the planned expansion at 5910 Washington Ave. is a result of continued growth in mail-order and retail sales of kringle and other Danish pastries and baked goods. The new bakery will allow for continued growth with a new baking facility, the corp... Read More

Plan for west bluff of Root can advance

RACINE — The city can move forward with a goal of acquiring properties along Mound Avenue in hopes of transforming 3.2 acres of riverfront property in a sprawling recreation area.  The City Council voted 10-1 Tuesday night to approve part of the RootWorks: Root River Corridor Redevelopment Plan. It calls for the city to acquire five parcels across the street from the former Western Publishing building. That area will be turned into a bike path, outdoor classroom and scenic overlook. ... Read More