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Environmental Health Concepts Inc. has earned the designation of Green Professional in the 2014 Green Masters Program established by the Wisconsin Business Council. The designation was given for the company’s continued commitment to sustainability in the business sector. Applicants to the program are judged on a range of sustainability issues, from energy and water use to educational outreach and governance.

Kevin Ford has acquired Valpak of Southeast Wisconsin’s territory, which serves Kenosha, Racine and Milwuakee. Valpak is a direct marketing company owned and operated by Cox Target Media that mails over 20 billion coupons to 40 million households per month in 45 states and four Canadian prvinces.

Tim Dorr and Nick Anderson are selling their restaurant, Nick-N-Willy’s Pizza, located at 7435 117th Ave. Dorr and Anderson have decided to pursue other opportunities. The business, which has been run from its location for 11 years, is listed for $82,000.

Business Pulse: Sozo Chiropractic celebrates grand opening

Sozo Chiropractic, 3720 72nd Ave., owned by DoniBeth Davis, is celebrating its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. on Thursday. The celebration will continue with an open house until 7:30 p.m. It will offer food, giveaways and posture screenings. Sozo Chiropractic covers issues including neck pain, back pain, numbness, sciatica, sports and repetitive motion injuries and more.

Southport Heating, Plumbing & Geothermal, 6919 51st St., Kenosha, has announced that it is to begin construction on a new 30,000-square-foot building located in Caledonia. The building is slated to be completed by Dec. 1, after which the company will move to the new location. Southport is a full-service plumbing, HVAC and geothermal company providing 24-hour emergency service.

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Bob Loffredo, vice president of industrial production for Snap-on Incorporated in Kenosha, has been elected to Lakeland College’s board of Trustees. Loffredo will participate in his first meeting in October.

Loffredo earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Lakeland in 1970 and a master’s degree in education administration from the University of Illinois in 1974. He taught school for seven years, was an assistant elementary principal and football coach for the Kewaunee, Ill., School District. He was inducted into the Lakeland Athletic Hall of Fame in 1982 in recognition of his accomplishments as a Lakeland football player.

Ill. bank seeks to buy Talmer Bank and Trust

Antioch, Ill.-based State Bank of the Lakes is awaiting regulatory approval to complete the acquisition of Talmer Bank and Trust and expand its presence in Kenosha.

If approved, State Bank of the Lakes, a unit of Wintrust Community Bank network, will take over operations on Aug. 8.

Local foreclosure filings continue to fall

While fewer Kenosha County homeowners are facing foreclosure, many of those who have struggled through the process for several months are losing the battle.

Foreclosure filings in May were down 6.7 percent compared to the same period a year ago.

Costco eyeing Pleasant Prairie site

PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Costco Wholesale Corp. has begun plans to build in the Prairie Ridge development area, Pleasant Prairie Village Administrator Michael Pollocoff said Wednesday.

The membership-only warehouse company has not completed any formal paperwork for the development, Though, conceptual plans have been presented to village administration, Pollocoff confirmed.

Small firms struggle to recruit niche workers

Such is the plight of Don Miller, president and owner of Instrument Specialists Inc., a Twin Lakes manufacturer of thermal analysis equipment.

“We don’t have a human resource person who knows the right places to find somebody,” Miller said. “A big business may know how to recruit, but a small company may have no clue.”

Abbott confirms unspecified layoffs


The largest private employer of Kenosha County residents has laid off an unspecified number of workers in an effort to reduce expenses.

Abbott Laboratories, based in North Chicago, Ill., confirmed staff reductions are taking place, but would not say how many people or what departments were affected.

Say ‘Cheese!’

Phones start ringing at the Farmington Hills, Mich., salon each time co-owner Miranda Jade Plater posts pictures on photo-sharing app Instagram. Would-be customers call to book appointments or ask questions about hair extensions she posts.

Colorful styles get the most attention. Plater still gets calls about a photo of herself that she uploaded two months ago. In it, she’s wearing long, black curly hair extensions with the ends dyed bright orange. That photo alone has generated about $10,000 in sales.

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    Event briefs: Anime Club to meet at Salem library

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    RANDALL — Many local businesses in Twin Lakes and neighboring cities in Kenosha County made it clear to Country Thunder fans by hanging signs saying “Welcome Country Thunder fans” and adjusting their hours and specials to accommodate the thousands of people expected.

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    Taste of Wisconsin kicked off Friday evening with perfect weather, a variety of musical entertainment on four stages and 40 vendors hawking too many samplings of menu items to list in this small space.

    Soldier from Kenosha, 20, dies in Texas hospital

    Kenosha soldier and former Tremper High School student Pfc. Donnell A. Hamilton, Jr., 20, died Thursday at Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, from an unspecified “illness sustained in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan,” according to a Department of Defense statement issued Friday.

    New rides add to fun at music festival


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    Police ID fatal crash victim


    Police have released the identity of the deceased man and other people involved in a fatal crash Wednesday at 52nd Street and 104th Avenue.

    Railroad crossing improvements delayed again

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    Kenosha Police meet with community members over coffee

    The Kenosha Police Department kicked off a new outreach program this week, inviting people to meet with officers over coffee at Harborside Common Grounds.

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