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The Ladder: KABA names new director of finance

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Brock Portilia will join the Kenosha Area Business Alliance on Monday as director of finance and administration.

Portilia comes to KABA from Assurant Health in Milwaukee, where he was senior auditor. He previously held accounting positions at CliftonLarsonAllen and Baker Tilly Virchow Krause. Portilia will be responsible for effectively managing all financial matters for KABA, a non-profit economic development financing corporation. He will be perform a wide range of duties including financial accounting and reporting, loan fund management and administration, budget preparation, project management accounting and office administration.

“I am very excited to be joining a great organization like KABA,” Portilia said. “I look forward to joining the team and working hard to help Kenosha continue to be a great place to work, live, and play.”



Somers industrial park moving forward

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SOMERS — The village of Somers is putting plans for its first industrial park on the fast track.

In a special Village Board meeting Monday night following a Plan Commission meeting on the same subject, the board unanimously approved the site plan and certified survey map for the project, to be developed by First Industrial Reality Trust.

A helping hand to alleviate hunger

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In the cold of winter, especially around Thanksgiving and Christmas, we open our wallets or purses to support groups in our community that help those in need. The fact is, hunger is a year-round problem in our community and our country.

Do you realize in our land of plenty 46,000 agencies operate 58,000 programs to feed 46.5 million of our nation’s hungry? That number should really stagger you.

Snap-on reports another quarter of increased earnings, sales

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Snap-on Inc. reported increased second quarter sales and profits boosted by expansion in emerging markets and performance in its tools group that has rolled out new tools and diagnostic equipment.

The Kenosha-based global developer and marketer of tools, equipment and services for professional users Thursday reported net earnings of $120 million, or $2.03 per share for the three-month period that ended July 4. The company said second quarter financial results were an increase over $106.1 million, or $1.80 per share, reported for the same period a year ago.

Good Foods Group celebrates expansion

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PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch was on hand Wednesday, as Good Foods Group LLC celebrated the expansion of its Pleasant Prairie plant.

Good Foods, which produces guacamole, cold-pressed juices and other foods, added 40,000 square feet to its facility in LakeView Corporate Park. The company relocated to the village from Illinois two years ago.

If DQ is closed, is summer officially over?

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What are the sure signs of summer? Baseball? Sure. Packed minivans on the interstate headed to The Dells? Yeah, that’s one. Dairy Queen? You bet.

We get truly excited when DQ opens up — usually on a miserable spring day when there’s still snow on the sidewalks. But if you drive to Dairy Queen and find it boarded up for the season, does that also mean summer is over?

O'Reilly to open store in Kenosha

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When an O’Reilly Auto Parts store opens in the near future in Kenosha, it will become one of 205 new stores the Springfield, Mo.-based chain will roll out this year. It will be the first store in Kenosha for the chain, although it currently operates 85 stores in Wisconsin, including two in Racine.

The store, in a new building, will be located on the site of the former McDonald’s at 22nd Avenue and 32nd Street.

For 125 years, DeBerge’s has preserved memories, persevered as a business

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For a small business to survive more than 100 years is a rare thing. For a business to last more than a century and still be operated by descendants of its founder is rarer still.

This year, DeBerge’s Framing and Gallery, 2008 63rd St., turns 125. And like Kenosha itself, the business has evolved and adapted.

Are signs in decay a sign of decay?

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Among the challenges of retail expansion are the undesired consequences that follow in its wake.

As a loyal Target customer, I was excited when the big red retailer moved to its more spacious location farther west. I was not as thrilled for the next few years to look at the empty space it left behind.

Ocenco doubling its local facility

Ocenco Inc., a manufacturer of respiratory protection and therapy devices, is doubling its Pleasant Prairie manufacturing facility to accommodate an expansion of new business.

The village plan commission has approved plans for the 35,182-square-foot expansion of Ocenco’s Lakeview Corporate Park facility, 10225 82nd St., and now is in the permit stage. The expansion would create a 74,923-square-foot office and manufacturing complex.

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    Watson appointed to Salem School Board

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    SALEM — Parisa Watson was appointed to the Salem Board of Education for a second time Wednesday.

    Motorcyclist severely injured in crash

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    A motorcyclist suffered severe foot and leg injuries in a collision with a vehicle at the intersection of 75th Street and 60th Avenue Wednesday afternoon.

    Dog days are here

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    After a relatively cool start to July, typically the hottest month of the year, the weather is heating up toward the end of the week, with temperatures forecast to be in the high 80s today and reaching 90 by Friday.

    Circles of life

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    Shortly after two young men were rescued after diving off North Pier on Simmons Island, a fire department official reacted with frustration.

    Somers industrial park moving forward

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    SOMERS — The village of Somers is putting plans for its first industrial park on the fast track.

    Somers Village Board sets its pay

    SOMERS — The Village Board set its annual stipend Tuesday, though one board member said the salaries are too high.

    Kenosha Unified budget cuts not as deep as anticipated

    Although it won’t be finalized until October, the Kenosha Unified School Board has approved a preliminary budget for the 2015-16 school year that maintains programs while cutting administrative costs.

    News briefs: KPD, KSD team up in arrest

    Multiple agencies were involved in apprehending a Kenosha man who fled during an arrest about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at Citgo, 5922 Sheridan Road.

    Fur-trading days to come alive at Pike River Rendezvous

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    With a few steps on Simmons Island beach, people can find themselves whisked away to 200 years in the past — where mountain men slept in tepees and pirates attacked traders for their goods — this weekend at the Pike River Rendezvous.

    Looking ahead to Taste of Wisconsin

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    Here’s a capsule look at the Taste of Wisconsin, which begins Friday:

    Police seek steak stealers

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    Kenosha Police Department obtained video surveillance of a man stealing six porterhouse steaks at Pick ‘n Save, 1901 63rd St., on July 22.

    Police seek woman for fraudulent bank withdrawal

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    Authorities are seeking help in an investigation surrounding a fraudulent withdrawal from a local bank.

    Event briefs: Educational series set for caregivers

    PLEASANT PRAIRIE — A six-week educational series for caregivers is upcoming at Hospice Alliance, 10220 Prairie Ridge Blvd.



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