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The Ladder: Kingfish reel in new food and beverage boss

The Kenosha Kingfish have hired Rich Marks as the club's new director of food and beverage.

“Marks is an instrumental addition to the Kingfish staff and will assist in bringing in an expanded food and beverage menu to Simmons Field,” the ballclub said in a release.

Marks comes to the Kingfish after 15 years at the grand Massanutten Resort in Virginia, where he started in an entry-level job.



Bank to boost minority lending to settle HUD complaint

Associated Bank, in a $200 million redlining settlement with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, is required to commit more than $13 million to mortgage and related lending to minorities in Kenosha, Racine and Lake counties.

HUD and the Green Bay-based Associated Bank announced the agreement that ends an investigation into the financial institution’s lending practices between 2008 and 2010. It requires Associated Bank, a unit of Associated Banc-Corp., to commit to a three-year plan to lower residential mortgage rates, boost mortgage lending, increase marketing and make more home repair funds available to minorities and support organizations that serve minorities.

Meijer readies for June 23 opening

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On June 23, the local retail landscape will shift again when the Meijer supercenter, located on Green Bay Road just south of 75th Street, opens its doors.

The store is part of the Michigan-based chain's push into southeastern Wisconsin, and the first time in 20 years it has entered a new state. With its new stores in Kenosha and Grafton, Meijer will now have 215 outlets that spread across Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Indiana.

Cardinali’s Bakery, a Kenosha tradition, reopens Saturday

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When the doors open Saturday morning at Cardinali’s Golden Krust Bakery, a Kenosha tradtion comes back to life.

The bakery, located at 2225 52nd St., has been closed for more than a year, when former owner Mike Cardinali locked the doors following the death of his wife and partner, Janet.

The Ladder: A conversation takes 2 people

Business coverage has always been one of the building blocks of daily newspapers.

Manufacturing, retail, finance and service businesses represent jobs and opportunities that are required for a city and its region to thrive and grow. The taxes these companies pay and the paychecks of employees are the financial lifeblood of any community.

Local, statewide home sales on the rise

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Warmer weather and a sunnier economic outlook helped shake Kenosha County home sales out of the doldrums in April, and local Realtors are optimistic sales will continue to grow as the year progresses.

Sales of existing homes rose in April by a slight 2.2 percent over the same period a year ago. Meanwhile, year-to-date sales were down 2.4 percent compared to the same period a year ago, according to statistics released today by the Wisconsin Realtors Association.

New owner, new name for Great Lakes Dermatology

Great Lakes Dermatology has become Ascend Dermatology, after the sale of the company to a Chicago-based investment company.

New logos, signs and materials will be seen starting in late May, with a new website at www.ascenddermatology.com launching June 1. The company plans to expand into the Chicago-area market by the end of this year.

What’s bigger than huge?

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A skeptic might have viewed the tens of thousands of square feet of empty space and doubted her. But after 22 years with Costco, opening a number of stores in a handful of states, Zipp was not worried. At the moment, approximately 100 construction people are working inside the building; another 75 are finishing and grooming the outside.

While refrigerated cases fronting the deli and meat departments stood empty under newly installed signage, and row upon row of tall freezers looked nearly ready to go, Zipp admitted there was still plenty of work to do before the first customers come through the large rollup main doors.

FNA Group relocating HQ to Pleasant Prairie

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PLEASANT PRAIRIE — FNA Group, an Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based manufacturer of power washers and accessories, is relocating its corporate headquarters to Pleasant Prairie’s LakeView Corporate Park.

The company already moved a manufacturing facility to the village and began operations in January. It began slowly moving its corporate office in March, before making a formal announcement at a Monday event that included Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and other dignitaries.

Exel issues local layoff notification

PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Exel, a logistics company that leases 1 million square-feet of space at LakeView Corporate Park, this week announced 98 employees will be laid off effective June 22 as a result of a lost contract.

Exel was providing packing and other services for SC Johnson & Son out of the Pleasant Prairie facility. SCJ will transition its logistics services from Exel to American President Lines. APL is offering to employ an undisclosed number of the soon-to-be displaced Exel employees, the majority of whom live within a short driving distance to the Pleasant Prairie location.

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    Kenosha Dream Playground Project organizers are hosting back-to-back public meetings Friday, the first to recruit “captains” followed by a presentation by the playground designer.

    Work on Bong dam continues; lake refilling

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    Firms selected for Unified sports upgrades

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    Two hometown firms will lead the $16.7 million project to build new sports facilities for Kenosha Unified’s high schools.

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