ASYST Technologies named Kenosha County business of the year

Kenosha-based ASYST Technologies LLC was selected as the 2015 Business of the Year for the 2015 Kenosha County Business Excellence Awards, the Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA) and the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce announced.

KABA and the chamber will recognize seven Kenosha County companies and one individual at the awards program, to be held on Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Student Center University Ballroom at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

ASYST Technologies is a plastic-injection molding company which engineers, manufactures and distributes headlight adjusters and lighting components for companies in the automotive industry. Since 2012, ASYST’s revenue has increased by 70 percent and their employee count has more than doubled.

Other Kenosha County Business Excellence Award winners include Pleasant Prairie-based Specialized Accounting Services LLC, which is the 2015 Small Business of the Year. Jamie Hogan founded Specialized Accounting Services (SAS) in 2008 with just a few employees. Today, the company employs almost 50 people. SAS specializes in accounting, tax and payroll services.

Kurt Penn, founder and CEO of Pleasant Prairie-based Good Foods Group, LLC, was chosen as the 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2007, Penn founded Good Foods Group in Chicago with just a handful of employees. In early 2013, Good Foods relocated its headquarters and expanded its manufacturing operations into a 57,000-square-foot building in Pleasant Prairie’s LakeView Corporate Park. Since 2012, Good Food’s revenue has increased by 175 percent and employee count has increased 157 percent. Good Foods recently completed a 50,000 square foot expansion.

Recipients of the Kenosha County Fast Five recognition in 2015 are: Pleasant Prairie-based Hanna Cylinders, LLC; Kenosha-based Kenall Manufacturing; Kenosha Kingfish Baseball Club; Kenosha-based Mobile One/McTernan Wireless and Pleasant Prairie-based Quest Products, Inc.

The Fast Five award spotlights up-and-coming companies that have made a significant, recent economic impact in Kenosha County.

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