April 2015

Scarce Skills, Not Scarce Jobs

The "real" challenge technology presents isn't that it replaces workers, but rather displaces them.  At a large distribution center located north of Boston, a robot lifts a shelf holding merchandise and navigates it through the warehouse to the workstation of an employee who then picks the item needed for an order and places it in a shipping box. Incoming orders are processed by a computer that sends picking requests to sixty-nine robots. ... Read More

Illinois firm relocates to Racine, promises to bring, create 46 jobs

A Mundelein, Ill., contract packaging company called Apak plans to complete its move to Racine and expand to bring a total of 46 jobs, with city financial assistance.... Read More

Milwaukee 7 selected for foreign direct investment program

The Milwaukee 7 Regional Economic Development Partnership has been selected to participate in a program to create a foreign direct investment plan for the Milwaukee region.   Participation in the Global Cities Initiative, led by the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase, will allow the Milwaukee 7 to build off its existing Milwaukee Region Export Plan... Read More

Machinery Row lands $1 million grant

RACINE — Another piece of the Machinery Row financing puzzle has fallen into place thanks to a $1 million Idle Industrial Sites Grant announced Tuesday for the huge redevelopment project.  The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. announced the grant to the City of Racine to help with environmental remediation in the two Machinery Row buildings along the Root River. ... Read More

Leman to build $7.1M addition; projects 36 or more new jobs

STURTEVANT — Leman USA, an international logistics provider and freight forwarder, plans a $7.1 million expansion of its U.S. headquarters operation here.  The village board and community development authority both unanimously approved a development agreement with Leman and up to $150,000 in tax increment funding Tuesday evening at Sturtevant Village Hall, 2801 89th St.  Leman, 1860 Renaissance Blvd., said the 99,100-square-foot warehouse expansion will mean 36 new jobs with... Read More

There’s a Trick to economic development — passion: Jenny Trick

Jenny Trick habitually uses words like “addicting” and “contagious” when describing what she likes about her job.  “The passion you can get working in this, when you can see the tangible efforts and the difference you can make, you want to see more of it,” said Trick, executive director of the Racine County Economic Development Corp.  Trick took over the director position a year ago from the retiring Gordy Kacala, and she has more than 23 years of ex... Read More