UPDATE: Gov. Walker promotes Kenall's relocation

UPDATED Thursday, September 12, 2013 --- 11:50 a.m.

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- A specialty lighting manufacturer from Illinois plans to break ground by the end of the year for a new headquarters and manufacturing plant in southern Wisconsin.

A financial incentive package from state and local officials hasn't been finalized yet, but Kenall Manufacturing CEO Jim Hawkins says he's confident the agreements will be reached.

Gov. Scott Walker was in Kenosha Thursday to announce the relocation. Walker says move will not only benefit the community, but will boost the entire state's economy.

The site just east of Interstate 94 at Highway 58, about 17 miles north of Kenall's current plant.

Kenall makes specialty lighting equipment used in hospitals, schools, prisons and other places. It employs about 400 people.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted Wednesday, September 11, 2013 --- 4:45 p.m.

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- An Illinois lighting manufacturer is relocating to southeastern Wisconsin, bringing 400 jobs to the area.

Kenall Manufacturing Co. of Gurnee, Ill., is moving its headquarters and manufacturing operations to Kenosha.

The move was announced Wednesday. The Kenosha News reports the company plans to build a new facility.

The 354,000-square-foot facility would be built just east of Interstate 94 at Highway 158, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Kenall makes specialty lighting equipment used in hospitals, schools, parking structures and prisons.

Executive vice president for operations Randy Hernandez says the company has been growing, and has added about 100 jobs in the last three years.

Gov. Scott Walker is scheduled to appear at a formal announcement at Gateway Technical College Thursday.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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