January 23, 2017
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Matt Glaman on Thursday. Glaman is a Drupal developer who works from home. ( Brian Passino )

The Agenda: Working at home not the same as working alone


Those of us who get up five days a week and head to an office, warehouse, lumberyard, manufacturing plant or nursery are carrying on a long tradition of how work is accomplished. Even if we are second-shift food service workers, UPS drivers or concession stand employees at Tinseltown, we all go somewhere to work.

But there is an ever growing class of home-based knowledge workers, both around the world and right here in Kenosha. Many of them work the same kind of hours as the rest of us, but many don’t. They work from basements, second bedrooms, converted garages or the kitchen table. And those men and women toiling at home aren’t just stuffing envelopes or doing medical transcriptions, the work-at-home jobs that existed a generation ago.

Matt Glaman is a developer who works in the field of open source software. Many times a week he is busy all around the world. Most of the time, however, he hasn’t left his basement.

Jenfry Martinez prepares a pina colada at Waves, a Caribbean-themed bar and grill that he and his wife, Heather, are opening at 2232 Roosevelt Road, where Bindelli's Safari was located. Jenfry is originally from the Dominican Republic. ( KEVIN POIRIER )

New bar, The Waves, features Caribbean theme


The Waves Bar and Grill, a tavern and eatery with a decidedly Caribbean theme, will open its doors Saturday. Located at 2232 Roosevelt Road, the bar takes over the space most recently known as Bindelli's Safari.

“We've been working on remodeling since Thanksgiving,” said Heather Martinez, who owns the bar with her husband, Jenfry Martinez . “It will have a fresh new look and a different atmosphere than it had before.”

She said they had been busy remodeling and obtaining all the required licenses and permits. “My husband and I have been looking for a place for a while,” Martinez said. “We tried to open at a different place in June, but our permit was denied.”

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Kovachik joins CMG Financial


Kenosha native Bradford Kovachik has joined the Waukesha office of CMG Financial, a privately held mortgage banking firm. Headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., CMG Financial is expanding its Midwestern and Eastern efforts.

Kovachik is entering his 19th year in the mortgage industry. Previously he has held other mortgage banking leadership positions including senior loan originator at GSF Mortgage, branch manager at Team USA Mortgage and vice president of the Koscinski Mortgage Group.

He has also owned and operated his own business.

InSinkErator will expand in Racine County. ( )

InSinkErator plans new headquarters in Mount Pleasant


InSinkErator has submitted plans to build a new headquarters and lab facility in Mount Pleasant.

InSinkErator, a business of Emerson, has a headquarters and manufacturing facility in Racine, as well as a facility in the Business Park of Kenosha.

The new 85,000-square-foot facility in Mount Pleasant will cost $24 million.

High performance racing car bodies, as well as the windshields in those race cars, are produced by Five Star Race Car Bodies in Silver Lake. The company is among manufacturers competing for Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year recognition. ( SUBMITTED PHOTO )

The Agenda: Kenosha County manufacturing is not a thing of the past


There is a notion that the glory days of manufacturing in Kenosha County are disappearing into the distance. Especially when viewed in the rearview mirror of a Jeep Cherokee.

And while it’s true the large belching smokestacks are gone, people still make things here. Some of the products created in our county are, in fact, highly innovative.

Five Star Fabricating Inc. is among the companies competing for Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year.

This photo from July shows the facade for the new Fresh Thyme Farmers Market grocery store in Southport Plaza. The store is expected to open Jan. 25. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY BRIAN PASSINO )

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market will open its doors on Jan. 25


Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, an emerging Midwest specialty retailer focused on healthy and organic products and groceries, will open its Kenosha store on Jan. 25.

The store at 7100 Green Bay Road will offer the first 250 shoppers in line that morning a bag of healthy groceries.

“We’re thrilled to be opening our second store in Wisconsin. We love this city and look forward to serving the community,” said Fresh Thyme CEO Chris Sherrell. “The Fresh Thyme mission is to service our customers like family and to offer healthy good food at really good prices.”

Pleasant Prairie approves new Doheny headquarters facility

PLEASANT PRAIRIE — A site plan for a new company headquarters and distribution center for Doheny Enterprises Inc. was approved Monday by the Pleasant Prairie Plan Commission.

The locally based swimming pool equipment and supplies retailer and distributor intends to construct a 212,489-square-foot building on approximately 16.67 acres at the southeast corner of state Highway 165 and 80th Avenue.

The new building will consolidate warehousing space from three buildings currently occupied by Doheny in Kenosha.

The Agenda: Are GPS devices sending over-the-road trucks down city streets?

A photo in the Kenosha News this week showed the end result of a property damage accident Tuesday afternoon. A semi from Wal-Mart’s massive fleet took out a street light at the corner of Washington Road and 22nd Avenue.

There was nothing all that different about the accident scene that was captured by our photographer, Sean Krajacic. We publish similar photos all the time.

What got my attention was the fact that this large semi should not have even been at that intersection to begin with. If the driver was headed to the Somers Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club complex from I-94, he missed it by a few miles. If the truck was traveling from the nearest Wal-Mart to stores in Sturtevant or Zion, it still should not have been at this intersection.

Buildings such as the former Elks Club/Hertitage House may have been considered abandoned at some point, but the city is working with developers in an attempt to save the structure. ( BRIAN PASSINO )

Curious Kenosha: Why do buildings stay empty so long?


As development and redevelopment proceed at a steady pace, questions often arise about how existing buildings in Kenosha can remain vacant or abandoned for long periods of time.

Kenosha News reader Lorrie Marzini asked: “Why do we allow so many empty store fronts and buildings to sit for such long periods of time? Can’t restrictions be put in place to stop this?”

An answer to the first part of that question can be difficult to nail down. There are differences between something that is vacant and something that’s abandoned.

Some of the authentic vintage goods for sale inside Hazel Grace Vintage on Tuesday. ( BRIAN PASSINO )

Only authentic goods on the menu at Hazel Grace Vintage


It may take a few months before random visitors to Hazel Grace Vintage, 5537 Sixth Ave., get the message. Breakfast is no longer available. Nor is lunch.

The space, which has been two different eateries in the past year, has a new purpose: selling vintage goods.

Owner, operator and chief seeker of items for the shop, Donna Gaddy, said it has been her lifelong ambition to open a shop just like this one. She has been acquiring goods for literally decades.

Work to remediate the grounds of the former Chrysler Engine Plant site took place this fall, to prepare the site for future redevelopment. Preliminary plans for the redevelopment of the 102-acre site call for a high-tech business complex, featuring a health and fitness center and an array of other types of offices. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

The Agenda: Reshaping Kenosha for the future


The emergence of Kenosha from a crushing low period following its manufacturing-era heyday has been a slow and painful journey.

Our evolution into a community for the 21st century has been even slower. But positive signs abound, even as we often disagree among ourselves on what we will become.

When a native son came home for a holiday visit, he wanted to share his experiences in envisioning a new urban landscape for America. I think some of our leaders of public and private institutions might find what he has to say useful.

Today’s business briefs: Express Lube becomes newest U-Haul dealer

Express Lube at 2111 12th St. has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer. It will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, support rental items and in-store pick-up for boxes.

Hours of operation for U-Haul rentals are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. After-hours drop-off is available for customer convenience.

Express Lube is owned by Mario Bilotti.

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The Ladder: New attorney, appointment at Jeffrey Leavell, S.C.


Andrew Hovestol has joined the law firm of Jeffrey Leavell, S.C. Hovestol graduated from Marquette University Law School cum laude in 2016. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Defense Counsel and the Southwest Chapter of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance. He interned with the federal Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. He was a member and associate editor of the Marquette Law Review.

Also at the firm, attorney and founder Jeffrey Leavell was recently re-elected to the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Civil Justice Council. Based in Madison, the council’s mission is to promote fairness and equity in the Wisconsin civil justice system through policy development and legislative lobbying. Leavell serves on the Board of Directors on behalf of the Wisconsin Defense Counsel.

The Ladder is a weekly column that features workplace news about area residents. New hires, promotions, awards, personal or company recognitions, and any news about individuals relating to their profession or place of employment are welcomed. For publication, please send items to Rex Davenport, rdavenport@kenoshanews.com or call 262-656-6269.

Ariens employees stack yard equipment at the new company midwest distribution center at First Park 94 in Somers. Dignitaries had a ribbon cutting ceremony at the site on Friday morning. ( KEVIN POIRIER )

Ariens Co. becomes first tenant in Somers industrial park


As a winter storm threatened to assail Kenosha County Friday, it was not lost on those who attended the ribbon cutting of a newly built distribution center for Ariens Co. that they were standing in a warehouse that would soon be teeming with snowblowers.

Friday was the first official day of operation for the 600,000-square-foot building near the intersection of 88th Avenue and 38th Street in Somers. As the first tenant of the First Park 94 industrial park development, the facility will serve as a distribution hub for finished products, as well as parts and components, for the Brillion-based company. Established in 1933, the company manufactures original outdoor power equipment under the Ariens and Gravely brands, as well as other nameplates.

The new Kenosha County facility is a strategically located distribution center for Ariens and consolidates operations the company had throughout the Midwest into a single larger, more efficient facility.

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Jockey committed to Kenosha


While Jockey International is known worldwide for its marketing and ever-increasing product line, it is committed to growing its footprint internationally from its national headquarters in Kenosha.

CEO Debra Waller told an audience of more than 250 at the Milwaukee Business Journal Power Breakfast last week that Jockey is committed to growth and the expansion of brands and its digital network.

It also is committed to staying here because “Kenosha is our home. The community, the people are what make up Jockey,“ she said.

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CCB Technology earns Cisco partner recognition


CCB Technology, a provider of business IT solutions and services, has announced it was the recipient of the Product Sales Excellence Award at the recent Cisco Winner’s Circle event in Miami.

The Winner's Circle signifies the elite among Cisco’s Partner Plus members, with an invitation extended to only the top 1 percent of its partners. Attendance at the event rewards partners with the opportunity to network with, and be recognized by, top Cisco executives.

CCB sales engineer Jon Hermanson was chosen to represent CCB at the event. He accepted the Product Sales Excellence Award in recognition of CCB exceeding its sales targets from July 2015 to July 2016.

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Kurpis honored as caregiver by statewide alliance


Eleanore Kurpis of Kenosha, a caregiver with Society’s Assets, has earned an award from the Wisconsin Long Term Care Workforce Alliance. The alliance is a coalition of public and private organizations that recognize the role direct care workers play in meeting the needs of people of all ages with disabilities.

Kurpis is the mother and caregiver of Phillip, a Society’s Assets consumer, who was injured 13 years ago. At the time of his accident, he had just finished college.

According to the nonprofit organization, “Eleanor provides excellent care for her son, while maintaining his hectic schedule of appointments and the schedules of other aides that assist with Phillip’s care in the home. Eleanore is one of the most compassionate, humble, and positive caregivers with our agency.”

Surviving Christmas is the theme of a monthlong message from Immanuel Baptist Church. The 110-year-old church is using 21st century social media and an electronic billboard to communicate with the community. ( SUBMITTED PHOTO )

The Agenda: A 2,000-year-old message


There is a reason why high-traffic roads and highways are lined with billboards. They are an effective medium. They work.

We are accustomed to seeing billboards pitching mattresses, pickup trucks, personal injury attorneys, soft drinks and just about every other consumer product. And, occasionally, we see a church using a billboard to promote a onetime event or holiday services.

In some ways, that’s what Kenosha’s Immanuel Baptist Church, 6009 Pershing Blvd., is doing. But the 110-year-old church is also tapping into social media and new technology to communicate its 2016 Christmas season message: Surviving Christmas. Over the three Sundays leading up to Christmas, the church’s messages will be “Holding it Together,” “Blessed or Distressed” and “Giving is the Gift.”

A house is under construction in the Golf Glen Estates subdivision at the corner of highway A and 22nd Ave. ( KEVIN POIRIER )

Search Kenosha building permits by map


A free app to find out what kinds of remodeling projects are going on in Kenosha neighborhoods and who is doing the work is being made available through a company that matches homeowners to contractors.

BuildZoom, a San Francisco-based company, which has compiled building permit data for more than 85 million home improvements throughout the country from over 600 cities and counties, as of this week added Kenosha to the list, according to founder Jiyan Wei. The firm analyzes trends in the construction industry and began compiling for permits last year. The company generates leads for contractors, who pay only if they win the job, according to the firm’s website.

“Our goal is to provide homeowners with a free, public resource to help them better understand what’s happening in their neighborhoods,” he said.

Sherri Gorecki, Michael Ploch and Mary Jo McCarthy. ( )

The Ladder: Community State Bank opens new Lake Geneva branch


A mid-December opening is set for a new Community State Bank location in Lake Geneva. Located at 580 Broad St., the building is currently undergoing renovations.

The local office will be headed by Michael Ploch, market president. Joining him will be Mary Jo McCarthy, retail manager, and Sherri Gorecki, universal banker. “We are very excited to serve the Lake Geneva and Walworth County communities,” said bank CEO and President, Scott Huedepohl. “We’ve spent our time building a quality team of employees to help us expand into Walworth County.”

Community State Bank, a $325 million locally owned and operated community bank, is headquartered in Union Grove.

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