July 2014

Festival Foods confirms new store for former Sentry location

MOUNT PLEASANT — Festival Foods confirmed Tuesday it will open a full-size grocery store inside the former Sentry Foods, bringing about 250 jobs and added competition among Racine-area grocery retailers.  In June, Onalaska-based Festival Foods said it was interested in the former Sentry at 5740 Washington Ave. but did not have a finalized lease at the time. On Tuesday, Festival Foods confirmed it will open a 24-hour store there. ... Read More

Proposed tax district could back development near Mount Pleasant business park

Mount Pleasant officials pursuing $155 million in development envisioned for a 300-acre site are considering creating a new tax district to pay for infrastructure work.  The conceptual plan calls for the village to spend $19.9 million on roads and utilities to open 296.6 acres for development south of Washington Avenue, between International Drive and West Road. ... Read More

District approved to spur development

CALEDONIA — Representatives of several local governments gave unanimous approval Monday afternoon for a new tax incremental district in the village, one intended to spur development along the I-94 corridor.  Meeting as a joint board of review, representatives from Racine County, Racine Unified School District, Gateway Technical College, the Village Board and an appointed citizen representative agreed to the creation of “TID No. ... Read More

Durand Avenue expansion slated

MOUNT PLEASANT — A developer plans to add about 280,000 square feet near and onto its warehouse and office building at 7505 Durand Ave. The Mount Pleasant Village Board and Community Development Authority on Monday voted unanimously to move forward with a proposal that would give Phoenix Investors up to $1.3 million in incentives to complete the project. ... Read More

State money expands popular Gateway programs

STURTEVANT — Some of Gateway Technical College’s most in-demand programs will be expanded after the state allocated nearly $1.9 million in worker-training money to the college.  Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch on Wednesday visited the SC Johnson iMet Center, 2320 Renaissance Blvd., to announce the grant, which officials said will trim waiting lists and allow Gateway to serve an additional 756 students over the next two years. ... Read More

Badger Meter records best quarter ever

Brown Deer-based Badger Meter Inc. today reported its best quarter in company history.  The company recorded net sales of $95.7 million, the most ever in any quarter.  Badger Meter also reported net earnings of $4.8 million, the best second quarter in company history, and a 40.3 percent increase over the $6.3 million net earnings for the second quarter of 2013. ... Read More

Wisconsin sees influx of tech jobs and start-ups

The City of Milwaukee's latest economic development plan, not unlike the Milwaukee 7 regional plan, identifies five industry clusters primed for growth: water technology and research; food and beverage processing; headquarters and business services; finance and insurance; and industrial controls, automation, power and energy. ... Read More

Powerhouse Racine: SC Johnson manufacturing reduces draw from the grid by using renewable energy

RACINE COUNTY — Waxdale is SC Johnson’s largest manufacturing plant worldwide — and it generally requires no outside electrical energy to operate.  It’s an amazing feat considering the enormity of the plant, and a good example of how the consumer products company works to use renewable energies where it does business. ... Read More

Powerhouse Racine: Cree LEDs cutting electricity demand

STURTEVANT — Cutting this country’s energy consumption would be almost as easy as flipping a light switch, if you ask Cree.  Just switch all lights to LEDs.  “Most people don’t realize that almost 20 percent of our country’s energy consumption comes from lighting,” said Mike Watson, Cree’s vice president of product strategy. And that can be cut by 50 percent or more by changing to light-emitting diode illumination, he said. ... Read More

Downtown adds new restaurant/bar, Sip

RACINE — The name of Downtown’s newest restaurant/bar, Sip, couldn’t be simpler.  And so was owner Krissy Beaugrand’s reason for starting Sip, which opened Thursday.  “I really just wanted to add a different flavor to Downtown,” she said.  Beaugrand is also owner-operator of a Kenosha salon that she will soon move to 512 Main St. on Monument Square. ... Read More