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                                                                                                       The Kenosha Area
                                                                                                       Business Alliance
                                                                                                       (KABA) is Kenosha
                                                                                                       County’s economic
                                                                                                       development
                                                                                                       organization and
  Newsletter of the Kenosha Area Business Alliance                                                     employers association.




                                                                                                   	 	 did you know...
                                                                                                         	     	    	                 	
kaba introduces kenosha first: an                                                                     ...TIP Strategies found the

economic development strategy for                                                                     following to be Kenosha
                                                                                                      County’s primary assets:

kenosha county’s next phase                                                                           n Strategic location on Lake
                                                                                                         Michigan within Chicago-
KABA hosted a breakfast for its members and community partners on May 21 to share a new
                                                                                                         Milwaukee corridor
economic development strategic plan for Kenosha County. TIP Strategies – an Austin,
Texas-based economic development consulting firm – assisted KABA on the project and was               n Strong population growth
on hand to present the findings and priority recommendations. Once the main elements of the
                                                                                                      n High-quality post-secondary
plan were introduced, TIP Strategies facilitated a panel discussion with representatives from
                                                                                                         education institutions
KABA’s public and private sector partners.
                                                                                                      n Large, shovel-ready
The plan outlines five primary goals for Kenosha County to emerge as the premier destination             industrial sites
within the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor.
                                                                                                      n Good water and utility
                                                 Goal 1: Support and expand the existing base            infrastructure
                                                 through business retention and consolidation
                                                 strategies.                                          n Competitive cost of living
                                                                                                         and doing business
                                                 Goal 2: Position Kenosha County for long-
                                                                                                      n Experienced professional
                                                 term economic growth and vitality.
                                                                                                         economic development
                                                 Goal 3: Attract, retain and engage talent.              organization

                                                                                                      n Effectively managed
                                                 Goal 4: Ensure all parts of the county are
Jon Roberts of TIP Strategies presents the                                                               revolving loan funds
firm’s findings and recommendations for
Kenosha County.                                                            continued on page 5 u




   pg 6                               pg 8                                pg 9                         pg 10
   kaba to offer new                  snap-on opens                       effective internet           member profile:
   certification program              “innovation works”                  marketing strategies         puratos chocolate usa
                              from the chairperson

                              Dear KABA Stakeholder:


                              Following the release of KABA’s strategic plan this past May, we are
                              currently positioned to launch its implementation. The KABA Executive
                              Committee recently met to discuss a plan to put the four goals into action.
                              Many times firms go through an extensive strategic planning effort only
                              to find the plan collecting dust on the shelf after the excitement of the
                              planning event is over. That will not be the case here. The excitement
                              continues with the new and emerging opportunities arising out of our
	   	        	        	       geographic area. One only needs to be engaged and ready to work hard to
                              capitalize on these opportunities.
    welcome to
    KABA’s newest
                              The plan, developed by TIP Strategies of Austin, Texas, identified industry
    members...                targets for Kenosha County including Professional Services, Clean Tech,
                              Transportation and Logistics, Advanced Manufacturing, Biomedical/Life
    n The Colerget            Sciences and Food Processing. Recently, the budget that passed the State
      Conference Center       Senate included a “Kenosha Development Opportunity Zone” providing
                              up to $5 million in tax credits to businesses that locate within the zone.
    n Dale Carnegie           Furthermore, plans for Pleasant Prairie to receive a $700,000 matching
      Solutions               grant for a biotechnology business “incubator” advanced through the
                              Senate. We continue to see a great deal of stimulus funding for transit
    n Elite Metal Finishing   projects, not only in Kenosha County but also across the entire United
      Services, Inc.          States. These are just a few of the exciting things developing in Kenosha.

    n GS Marketing
      Group, Inc.             I welcome the entire membership to share their ideas and inspirations as
                              we blaze a new trail for staying ahead of the curve!
    n Carl D. Holburn, Esq.


    n JAM Investment                          Sincerely,
      Properties


    n Kenosha Community
      Foundation


    n The Prairie School


    n Reilly, Penner &                        Barb Riley
      Benton LLP                              Chairperson

    n St. Joseph High
      School




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                       up and coming...
                       KABA young professional spotlight
  Attracting and retaining talent is an important consideration for any organization and recognizing the success of our community’s bright
  young professionals is a great way to stimulate a dynamic workforce. The KABA Young Professional Spotlight profiles a local young
  professional employed at a Kenosha-area company. If you know a young professional who exemplifies leadership, initiative and excellence in
  their position, please contact Becky Noble at bnoble@kaba.org.




      daphne ursu, human resources manager,
      kenosha news
      As the Human Resource Manager for the Kenosha News, it is no surprise that Daphne Ursu is a goal-oriented individual who
      thrives on community involvement. “We are in a challenging industry, and I enjoy that because we are always looking for ways to
      reinvent ourselves,” Daphne says. “It’s not about doing what used to work; it’s about finding new ways to bring our products to our
      customers. Also, I enjoy my work and like to be a resource for managers and employees.”


      For more than 14 years Daphne has honed her skills in the human resources field. Born and raised in Racine, Daphne earned a
      bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Parkside. Following her college career, Daphne took her first position in the
      field of human resources working as a human resource assistant for the Milwaukee Center for Independence. She quickly advanced
      to a human resources specialist role at Advantage Bank in downtown Kenosha, followed by a benefits administrator position at
      Johnson Financial Group. After 10 years of service with Johnson Financial and securing her Professional Certification in Human
      Resources, she joined the Kenosha News as a human resources generalist in March of 2008 and was promoted to human resources
      manager in October of that same year.

      Daphne specializes in staffing, training, benefits administration, orientation, safety employee recognition
      and employee relations. “Human resources is a challenging field as things are constantly
      changing,” she says. “I welcome the learning opportunity.” Daphne takes pride in working
      for the Kenosha News, partially due to the fact that it has expanded beyond simply a
      community newspaper. Today, the Kenosha News is a media company providing niche
      print and online media products to the community.

      In addition to her role at the Kenosha News, Daphne dedicates much of her time to
      volunteering. She mentors at Brass Elementary School and also volunteers at the Blood
      Center of Southeastern Wisconsin and on the Workforce Readiness Committee
      for the Racine and Kenosha chapters of the Society for Human Resources
      Management.

      In her spare time, Daphne enjoys spending time with her husband, Jeff,
      their 13-year old daughter, Marisa Beth, and family and friends. “My family
      and close friends are very important to me,” she says. “I’m very lucky to be
      surrounded by good people.”




      In an effort to attract, engage and retain talent in Kenosha County, KABA, in partnership with the Kenosha Area
      Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Kenosha County, has formed Y-LinK: Young Leaders in Kenosha County.
      Y-LinK seeks to help Kenosha’s young professionals grow professionally, network with other young professionals and
      become more engaged in the community.

      Encourage young professionals at your company or organization to become involved in this professionally as well as
      personally-rewarding organization. Learn more at www.ylinkenosha.com.

summer 2009                                                                                                                                    
    economic development
    affiliated foods midwest showcases its state-of-
    the-art facilty at open house
                                Affiliated Foods Midwest hosted an open house in
                                May to showcase its newly opened 31,000-square-
                                foot distribution center located at 8410 60th Street,
                                Kenosha. The project represents a capital investment of nearly $100
                                million and is expected to employ approximately 300 people at peak
                                capacity. The center is currently picking and shipping orders with
                                plans to grow as it moves inventory from other center locations in
                                the Midwest.

                                Affiliated Foods Midwest, headquartered in Nebraska, is the ninth-
                                largest grocery cooperative in the nation. The company distributes
                                food and other products and equipment to independent grocery
                                stores across the Midwest, including 25 stores in Wisconsin.

    Above: General Manager Mike Lackas describes the innovative safety features of the center’s
    loading dock doors during a tour of the newly opened facility.

    Right: Custom-made forklifts, featuring many ergonomical and energy-efficient features, are lined
    up to be used by first shift pickers.




    snap-on hosts regional partnership summit at new
    innovation works facility
    As part of the grand opening of its Innovation Works facility (see story on page 8), Snap-on, Inc. hosted a Regional Partnership
    Summit on May 29th titled “Innovation and Workforce Development to Meet Changing Markets and Technology”. The
    summit featured presentations and discusssions
    by experts and leaders on key market and
    technology issues and initiatives impacting the
    workforce. Among those making presentations
    were the State of Wisconsin Workforce
    Development Secretary, Roberta Glassman;
    President of Gateway Technical College, Bryan
    Albrecht and Dr. Glenn Bower of the University of
    Wisconsin. Governor Jim Doyle also attended the
    event.

    Topics discussed during the summit included
    state initiatives to address training and workforce
    development; trends in next generation vehicle
    technology including hybrids, electric fuel cell and
    hydrogen vehicles; and the urgent need for appropriate training and development to align the workforce with emerging
    technologies and the changing needs of the community.




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  economic development
  kaba loan portfolio update
  On March 18, 2009 KABA’s Finance Committee approved a $1,089,000
                                                                                           area construction
  loan package for Centrealestate, Inc. KABA’s funds will be used to
  construct an approximately 20,000 SF manufacturing facility in the                       Bane Nelson, Inc.
  Business Park of Kenosha. Once complete, the facility will be leased to
  Centrisys Corporation, a designer, manufacturer and servicer of decanter                 n Relocation of 1,800 SF storage facility at
                                                                                              the Gateway Technical College Horizon
                                     centrifuges for municipal and industrial
                                                                                              Center for Transportation Technology
                                     applications. Centrifuges are used
                                     in municipal waste water treatment,
                                     environmental and refinery waste
                                                                                           Partners in Design
  separation and food processing. KABA is participating with Bank of
  Kenosha on this transaction.                                                             Architects
  On May 12, 2009 KABA’s Finance Committee approved a $1,392,750                           n Gateway Technical College:
  loan package for GKP Properties, LP. KABA’s funds will be used to                           Kenosha Campus - 12,900 SF Diesel
  construct an approximately 30,000 SF manufacturing facility in the                          Addition to the Horizon Center

  Business Park of Kenosha. Once complete, the facility will be leased                        Racine Campus -10,700 SF Welding Lab
                                                                                              renovation
  to Bradshaw Medical, Inc., a high-tech manufacturer of
  orthopedic and spinal surgical instruments. The                                             Elkhorn Campus - 6,800 SF Certified
                                                                                              Nursing Assistant, Medical Assistant
  instruments are for knee and hip replacement
                                                                                              and Pharmacy Tech lab renovation
  surgery as well as spinal implant surgery.
  KABA is participating with Johnson Bank on
  the transaction.




  kenosha first, cont.
  t   continued from front cover

  economically, digitally and physically connected.

  Goal 5: Build a distinct image and brand for the county.

  The report also recommended several target industries that align well with the
  community’s resources. These include professional services, clean technology,
  transportation and logistics, advanced manufacturing, biomedical and life
  sciences, and food processing. With the complete plan nearly developed, the
  emphasis moves toward implementation. This will require a significant commitment from KABA
  and its partners.

  KABA would like to extend a special thank you to the members of its Strategic Planning Committee who have been engaged
  with this initiative since November 2008: Bryan Albrecht, Gateway Technical College; Brad Foley, Cooper Power Systems;
  Jerry Franke, WISPARK LLC; Dave Geertsen, Kenosha County; Mark Jaeger, Jockey International; Tom Mahoney, Johnson Bank;
  Jean Moran, LMI Packaging Solutions; Frank Pacetti, City of Kenosha; Mike Pollocoff, Village of Pleasant Prairie; Jeff Raduechel,
  Alter Group; Bob Terwall, Hallum Enterprises; Frank Unick, Uline; and Susan Ventura, United Hospital System.

  A full copy of the report as well as the presentation from the event is available on the KABA website www.kaba.org.


summer 2009                                                                                                                               
    education

        kaba partners with gateway to offer new logistics
        certification program
        This fall, KABA and Gateway Technical College will kick off a new logistics certification program focused on The
        Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC). MSSC has developed an industry-driven training and assessment
        program that addresses the core competencies of higher skilled, front-line material handling workers across the
        supply chain (entry-level to first line of supervision). The targeted workers are employed at factories, warehouses,
        distribution centers and transporters - all of which are rapidly growing sectors in the Kenosha area.

        Participants will attend 20 hours of training for the foundational-level Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) certificate,
        which includes global supply chain logistics life cycle, material handling equipment, safety principals, quality control,
        teamwork, mathematical reasoning and adaptability to change. The training is followed by an assessment which
        leads to a national credential - MSSC Certified Logistics Associate (CLA).

        The mid-level Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) Certification is offered in 20 hours and addresses product receiving
        and storage, order processing, packaging and shipment, inventory control safe handling of hazardous material,
        evaluation of transportation modes and dispatching and tracking operations, demand and supply, EDI, reverse
        logistics and contract management principles. The training is followed by an assessment which leads to a national
        credential - MSSC Certified Logistics Technician (CLT).

        The CLA is a prerequisite for the full “MSSC-Certified Logistics Technician (CLT)” certification.

        Classes begin on September 10. For more information, please contact Diana Ide-Gonzalez at 262.605.1100.




    kaba/kusd hold second annual mentor picnic
    On June 4th, KABA partnered with Kenosha Unified School District to host the second annual Mentor Appreciation Picnic.
    Over 270 mentors, students and staff, including 40 mentors from the KABA Mentor Program, enjoyed food and fun at Wilson
                                                                              Elementary. There were several activities for
                                                                              mentors to participate in with their students
                                                                              as well as recognition for each mentor’s
                                                                              committment for the 2008-09 school year.




    KABA would like to thank all of the mentors who took time out of
    their busy schedules to work with a child who needed extra help and
    attention. Your dedication and gift of time and talents truly makes a
    difference - one young person at a time.

    If you are interested in becoming a mentor or would like a presentation
    about the program at your organization, please contact Diana Ide-
    Gonzalez at 262.605.1100 or dide-gonzalez@kaba.org.

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  education
                                                          concordia university
      kaba announces its                                  opens new kenosha
      2009 scholarship                                    regional center
      recipients                                          Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) hosted an open
                                                          house at its new Kenosha Regional Center in May.
      This past spring, KABA’s Education Foundation
                                                          The Kenosha Center will allow CUW to expand its
      awarded scholarships to five seniors from Kenosha
                                                          offering of undergraduate, accelerated evening adult
      County High Schools who plan to attend a four-
                                                          education programs. Currently, the center offers six
      year college or university to pursue a degree in
                                                          different accelerated degree programs, with plans to
      Math, Science, Technology, Medicine, Engineering,
                                                          add programs in education and business, as well as
      Business, Finance, Education or Accounting.
                                                          a degree-completion program in nursing. The center
                                                          serves residents of Kenosha, Racine and Walworth
      KABA’s Scholarship Program is primarily funded
                                                          Counties, Wis., and Lake County, Ill.
      by the KABA/Chamber Scholarship Golf Classic,
      presented by TDS. This year’s outing will be held   The Kenosha Center, which was completed in March,
      August 3rd at The Club at Strawberry Creek. We      is located at 10222 74th Street, near the corner of
      encourage our members to attend and help raise      Hwy 50 and 104th Avenue.
      funds for next year’s scholarships!
                                                          “The move to the new and larger center is a
      KABA $2,500 Tuition Scholarship                     culmination of 20 years of Concordia’s service to
                                                          southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois,”
      n   Oliver Debe, Bradford High School – DePaul      Kenosha Center Director, Thomas P. Walsh said.
          University for International Business
                                                          Concordia University Wisconsin was founded in 1881.
      n   Paul Westhoff, Lakeview Technology Academy      Its main campus is located on approximately 200
          – Case Western University for Biomedical        acres in Mequon. The university and its 16 Concordia
          Engineering                                     centers and classroom locations enroll more than
                                                          6,500 undergraduate and graduate, traditional
      n   Joseph Ouimet, Jr., St. Joseph’s High School
                                                          and non-traditional students from 44 states and
          – Marquette University for Business & Law
                                                          26 foreign countries. The university offers 55
                                                          undergraduate majors, 14 master’s degree programs,
      n   Ian Mahone, Tremper High School – Michigan
                                                          doctoral degrees in Physical Therapy and Nursing
          State University for Pre-med
                                                          Practice and a variety of
      n   Lauryn Vanderwerff, Westosha Central High       adult learning
          School – UW-Madison for Biology/Vet-med         opportunities.


      KABA’s scholarship recipients are selected by a
      committee of volunteers from the business and
      education communities:

      n Kenneth Fellman (Chair), M & I Bank
      n Laura Bush, Knoll
      n Gerald Demske, Southport Bank
      n John Donnell, Martin Petersen Company, Inc.
      n Linda Langenstroer, Kenosha Unified Schools
      n Eric Waller, Johnson Bank



summer 2009                                                                                                      
    in the headlines
    snap-on opens innovation works
    Innovation Works is a new 15,000-square-foot innovation center located at Snap-on’s Kenosha headquarters. The center,
    which officially opened earlier this year, is designed to help Snap-on create innovative productivity solutions for its
    customers. It includes several defined areas each specifically designed to facilitate a user-centered innovation process:
    n Service Garage: Designed to replicate the selling space and conduct customer observations in a realistic shop environment.
    n Prototyping Room: Multi-purpose room for brainstorming, training, presentations and 2-D prototyping.
    n Applications Room: Simulate large, often non-automotive applications, interview customers, display products and conduct
      product line reviews.
    n Observation Room: Unobtrusively observe customers in
      adjacent Application Room. It also, serves as innovation library
      and resource room.
    n Display Space: Open, multi-purpose area outside of defined
      rooms for product displays and large meetings.
    n Model Shop: Will be equipped as a shop to create 3-D prototypes.
    n Imaging Lab: Future home of the photo studio.
    n Training Room: Specific area for medium-size training sessions.




         nominations now                                                pleasant prairie’s jean
         being accepted                                                 werbie receives women
         for the 5th annual                                             of influence award
         business awards!                                               Jean Werbie, Community Development Director for the
         Nominating your colleagues, customers and                      Village of Pleasant Prairie, was among 22 women recently
         business partners only takes a minute with our                 honored as a ‘Women of Influence’. The awards luncheon,
         online nomination forms: http://www.kaba.                      hosted by the Business Journal of Milwaukee, was held
         org/email_blasts/09_biz_nom_forms.htm.                         June 15th at the Midwest Airlines Center in Milwaukee.
         Downloadable forms that can be printed and
         submitted are also available.                                  Ms. Werbie was one of two women to be recognized in
                                                                        the Public Policy category which honors female leaders
         The Business Awards recognize excellence and                   who have made or are making a difference in government
         achievement in business and community service.                 policies or laws that impact business and industry.
         The categories are Business and Business Person
         of the Year, Community Service and Economic                    “Jean Werbie has been instrumental in the development
         Impact Awards.                                                 of the Village of Pleasant Prairie from a rural Wisconsin
                                                                        town into one of the State’s most vibrant economic
         The awards will be presented at the 5th Annual                 development engines,” remarked KABA President Todd
         Business Awards Dinner, hosted by both KABA and                Battle. “Through Jean’s tireless efforts, the Village has
         the Chamber, to be held Thursday, November 5.                  placed an incredible emphasis on planning, quality
                                                                        standards and balanced development.”




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  for your information...
  is a mobile app right for your business?
  “There’s an app for that!” is a catch phrase that has become familiar to us, thanks to the marketing geniuses behind Apple’s iPhone television
  commercials. By definition, an app is a mobile software application that is downloaded to a smartphone. Downloads to the smartphone don’t
  require a computer connection. Users can download on-the-go and within seconds have an app installed. The user can then launch the app
  with the click of a button or a tap on the screen.


  What are the primary factors contributing to the explosive growth of mobile apps?


  Increased smartphone capabilities. Built-in smartphone capabilities are empowering apps to perform an ever-increasing number of
  functions. Features include high-definition video playback and VGA video capture, touch screen, gravity-sensitive accelerator, personal GPS
  navigation, portable multi-player gaming, mobile TV and radio streams, app commerce, push notifications and the ability to control other
  devices. For the first time, with the right combination of installed apps, mobile devices are a legitimate alternative to toting a laptop.


  Reasonably priced smartphones and apps. The 8GB iPhone was initially priced at $599 in 2007. Today, an even more capable iPhone 3G is
  priced at $99. Verizon recently offered a BlackBerry buy-one-get-one-free promotion, including its touchscreen-endowed Storm. Apps, too,
  are either free or very affordable, typically ranging from $0.99 to $9.99.


  Reach and monetization. Remember when you were a child and pondered, “What if I received just a dollar, but from a million people?”
  Mobile provides global reach. And Apple’s not the only game in town - Blackberry, Nokia, Android and Palm devices all have their own app
  stores, with Microsoft’s entry on its way. Besides the sale of an app itself, there are additional revenue generating opportunities. Proprietary
  content can be sold on a subscription basis, including magazines, movies and audiobooks. In-app advertising is becoming more prevalent.
  Retailers are already selling securely through mobile apps. The e-learning industry has subscription and certification options to monetize
  their investments. Gamers are selling additional access levels and digital content within their apps. Charitable organizations, including
  churches, will soon accept donations. Dating sites will likely up-charge for location-based, peer-to-peer matchmaking features. The revenue
  potential is wide open.


  Creativity. There’s no shortage of creative minds at work today, looking to leverage existing investments in technology and proprietary
  content. The opportunity to create potentially revolutionary apps attracts innovators. The sheer number of downloads - over 1 billion for
  Apple alone - is proof positive that this marketing channel is viable and sustainable. A spot-on app requires a close examination of how best
  to serve target audiences with what matters to them, whereever they are.


  Keep in mind: mobile apps require their own marketing and product development strategy to ensure long-term success. Make plans to
  support your app through continued improvements and new features to maintain your competitive edge. Monitor your app’s review
  feedback and act upon insightful new feature requests to keep customers coming back and to lure new ones into the fold. Think about all
  your marketing efforts and customer touch points, and develop a plan to promote your app across each one.


  Choosing the right developer for your app is essential to prevent unnecessary re-work. Your mobile strategy team should include experts in
  mobile application development and promotion.


  Despite the phenomenal number of available apps, businesses still have a window of opportunity to establish themselves early within the
  mobile marketplace and to gain share. Websites were once seen as an obscure marketing tool but have now evolved into a marketing
  essential in assisting businesses to establish and maintain relationships with their target audiences. Once every ten years or so, a new
  marketing tool changes the way we do business. Where can mobile apps take your business?

  Submitted by GS Marketing Group. GS Marketing helps companies develop and execute highly focused integrated marketing plans designed
  for brand building and accelerated growth. Visit www.GSMarketingGroup.com




summer 2009                                                                                                                                          
     member profile
     puratos chocolate usa
     At Puratos Chocolates USA Inc., satisfying the consumers’ sweet tooth couldn’t happen without a little innovation. As the American consumer
     evolves toward high-quality, high cocoa content conventional chocolate, Puratos Chocolates is adjusting its Kenosha operations to meet
     demand, Finance Manager Brian Hogan says.


     Puratos Chocolate USA produces real and compound chocolate and fillings for supermarkets, food industry, wholesale distributors, food
     service, and artisan and industrial bakeries and chocolatiers primarily located in North America. Puratos is a subsidiary of Puratos Corp.
     located in Brussels, Belgium. The
     Kenosha facility is the main chocolate
     manufacturing facility for Puratos
     Chocolate USA. The company also has
     five distribution locations. Purato’s
     Kenosha location employs 41 full-time
     people at its 50,000-square-foot
     facility – 80 percent of which are
     production staff and 20 percent are
     office/sales staff.


     According to Hogan, the primary
     chocolate-producing positions are
                                                On-staff chocolatiers can demonstrate recipes         A research and development technician
     those of refiner and concher, who take     and unique ways to use Puratos’ chocolate             gathers samples to test the viscosity of the
     a wide range of cocoa products and         products at the new Chocolate Innovations             chocolate being tempered for product use.
     other raw ingredients and blend them       Center at the Puratos Pleasant Prairie facility.
     to create the high-quality real and
     compound chocolate envisioned in the recipes developed by our chocolate specialists. Other positions within the company are depositors,
     packers, warehouse staff, mechanics, sales and various office personnel.


     The existing chocolate production facility was built by Burke Candy Co. in 1991, and later sold to Ghirardelli Chocolate Company in 1996.
     Puratos Corp. purchased the assets and inventory of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Co. plant in 2001. The new company was named Debelis Corp.,
     and the name later changed to Puratos Chocolate USA Inc. in 2009 to reflect the new vision of the business.


     To further distinguish itself from the competition, Puratos built a new innovation center at the company’s Kenosha production facility, which
     celebrated its grand opening in late-March 2009. The center will allow the company to assist customers in developing new and unique
     applications for its chocolate and compound products, Hogan says.




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  kaba member calendar
  Please contact KABA or visit www.kaba.org for more information about the programs listed below.



  july                                                                  Legislative Breakfast
  Y-LinK Event: Young Leaders Can a n d                                 Date: Friday, August 21, 2009
                                                                        Time: 7:00 a.m. registration & breakfast / 7:45 program
  Will Make a Difference                                                Location: Kenosha Country Club / 500 13th Avenue
  Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2009                                        State Senator Robert Wirch and State Representatives Peter
  Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.                                                Barca, Samantha Kerkman, and John Steinbrink will address
  Location: Southport Beach House / 7825 First Avenue                   issues that are of interest to Kenosha Area businesses.
  Cost: $10 per person

  Learn more about Kenosha’s service organizations and
  explore volunteer opportunities available for young people
  who want to make a difference in Kenosha. For more
                                                                        september
  information, visit www.ylinkenosha.com.
                                                                        KABA Mentor Orientation
  august                                                                Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2009
                                                                        Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
                                                                        Location: KUSD Educational Support Center - First Floor
  S cholarship Golf Classic
                                                                        Boardroom / 3600 52nd Street
  Date: Monday, August 3, 2009                                          The KABA Mentor Program Orientation is a great opportunity for
  Time: 11:15 a.m. shot gun start                                       mentors to stay informed of program changes, get ready for the
  Location: The Club at Strawberry Creek / 14810 72nd Street            school year and meet and connect with other mentors.
  This annual event, presented by TDS, raises valuable funds
  for the Education Foundations of KABA and the Chamber,
  supporting education in Kenosha County.
                                                                        november
  K ABA New Member Reception
                                                                        Fifth Annual Business Awards Dinner
  Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2009
                                                                        Date: Thursday, November 5, 2009
  Time: 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. (breakfast provided)
                                                                        Time: 4:30 p.m. cocktails / 6:00 dinner / 7:00 program
  Location: KABA Training Center
                                                                        Location: UW-Parkside, Student Center Ballroom
  New KABA members are invited to a reception to learn more
                                                                        The Kenosha Area Business Alliance and the Kenosha Area
  about KABA’s programs and services, meet the KABA staff and
                                                                        Chamber of Commerce host this annual event to recognize
  directors and network with other new members.
                                                                        business excellence in Kenosha County.




  The Kenosha Area Business                                                                                             Directions

                                                   kaba staff
  Alliance (KABA) is a private,                                                                                         is published
                                                                                                                        quarterly by the:
  not-for-profit corporation
  recognized as the focal point                    Todd Battle, President                                               Kenosha Area
  for economic development,                                                                                             Business Alliance, Inc.
                                                   Lisa Feltson, Administrative Assistant
  business technical assistance                                                                                         600 52nd Street,
  and employer training to                         Diana Ide-Gonzalez, Director of Training & Education                 Suite 120
  existing firms and new                           Teri Muehlbauer, Office Manager                                      Kenosha, WI
                                                                                                                        53140-3752
  businesses interested in
                                                   Becky Noble, Director of Marketing                                   P: 262.605.1100
  locating to Kenosha County.
                                                   Richard Rodenbeck, Director of Business Finance                      F: 262.605.1111
                                                                                                                        www.kaba.org


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kenosha area business alliance
board of directors
                                      Bryan Albrecht*                    Kenneth Fellman                     Robert Nelson
                                      President,                         President,                          President,
                                      Gateway Technical College          Marshall & Illsley Bank             Bane-Nelson, Inc.

                                      David Barnes                       Jerold Franke                       Karl Ostby
                                      Attorney,                          President,                          Retired President & CEO,
                                      Barnes Law Office                  WISPARK LLC                         Southport Bank

                                      Marvin Bembry                      David Hagman                        Lawrence Rasch
 officers                             Director, State and Local          President & CEO,                    President,
                                      Government Affairs,                Vista International                 Rasch Construction &
 n   chair                            Abbott Laboratories                Packaging, LLC                      Engineering, Inc.
     Barbara Riley
                                      Kevin Bolyard                      William Hardt                       Robert Terwall
     Vice President -
                                      Manufacturing Manager -            President,                          President,
     Business Development,
                                      Kenosha Engine Plant,              Northlake Engineering, Inc.         Hallum Enterprises, Inc.
     Riley Construction
                                      Chrysler, LLC
     Company, Inc.                                                       Mark Jaeger                         Gregg Thompson
                                      Cathryn Bothe                      Senior Vice President, General      CEO,
 n   vice chair                       President,                         Counsel & Secretary,                BCI Group
     Stanley Torstenson               Bothe Associates Inc.              Jockey International, Inc.
                                                                                                             Frank Unick
     Retired CEO,
                                      Dr. F. Greg Campbell*              Karla Krehbiel                      Chief Financial Officer,
     Stan’s Lumber, Inc.
                                      President,                         Senior Vice President,              Uline, Inc.
                                      Carthage College                   Johnson Bank
 n   secretary                                                                                               Peter Valeri
     Patrick DeGrace                  John Donnell                       Thomas Laken, Sr.                   President,
     Director of Customer Care,       President,                         President,                          Valeri Agency, Inc.
     Hospira Worldwide, Inc.          Martin Petersen Company, Inc.      Finishing & Plating Service, Inc.
                                                                                                             Susan Ventura
                                      Ken Dowdell                        Dr. Joseph Mangi*                   Senior Vice President and
 n   treasurer
                                      Vice President/Publisher,          Superintendent of Schools,          Chief Operating Officer,
     Jefferey Kostrzewa
                                      Kenosha News                       Kenosha Unified School District     United Hospital System
     Vice President
     and Treasurer -                  Dr. Lane Earns*                    Virginia Moran                      Dennis Vignieri
     Corporate Finance,               Chancellor,                        President,                          President,
     Snap-on Inc.                     University of Wisconsin-Parkside   LMI Packaging Solutions, Inc.       Kenosha Beef
                                                                                                             International, Ltd.
                                      John Ernster                       Mark Naidicz
                                      Manager-Customer Services,         Director of Human                   *ex-oficio member
                                      We Energies                        Resources-Americas,
                                                                         S.C. Johnson & Sons

				
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