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Last updated on May 13th, 2019 at 02:46 pm

Hydrite Chemical Co. expanding in Milwaukee

Brookfield-based Hydrite Chemical Co. plans to expand its facility at 7300 W. Bradley Road in Milwaukee, by building a 50,000-square-foot addition to its 100,000-square-foot facility.

The company purchased adjacent 2.7 acres of land from the Milwaukee Economic Development Corp. and plans to purchase a vacant 3.87-acre parcel from the city’s Redevelopment Authority for the expansion.

The $5 million expansion project is planned for next year. The company, which manufactures chemical products, has 114 full-time employees and seven part-time employees at the Bradley Road facility.


Delavan printer expanding

Delavan-based Central Printing Corp. recently completed a $200,000 expansion, which included the installation of a digital printing press and supporting equipment. The digital printing press is expected to provide a quick turnaround on short-run jobs. The new technology provides a print quality that rivals that of lithographic quality printing techniques, according to Central Printing. The press will also be able to produce variable data printing, which allows the operator to change printed text and images during the run, without any need for printing plates.

“We are very excited to offer this service to our customers,” said Tom Monien, president of Central Printing. “This new press will provide an affordable solution to producing high quality print jobs in small quantities.”

Central Printing has 40 full-time employees and plans to add four more this year. The company expects to have sales in excess of $4 million this year.


Kenosha and Menominee officials say Washington trip confirms casino proposal making progress

A delegation of Kenosha and Menominee officials learned during meetings with Assistant U.S. Secretary for Indian Affairs Carl Artman and Wisconsin Congressional leaders recently in Washington, D.C., that the tribe’s proposed Kenosha entertainment center and casino is steadily making its way through the extensive Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) review process, said Menominee Chairwoman Lisa Waukau. The tribe plans to build an $808 million entertainment center and casino at Kenosha’s Dairyland Greyhound Park.

In a meeting with Artman and attorneys for the BIA, the group learned that the bureau has almost completed the review of the project environmental impact statement (EIS) drafted by the agency’s midwest regional office, according to Kenosha and tribal officials.

The BIA’s midwest regional office recommended approval of the Kenosha project based on its draft. BIA officials in Washington will use the completed EIS to make the final decision.

“Completion of this important document will mark another major milestone for our project,” Waukau said.  “We believe the final EIS will echo the draft, which indicated that our project will respect the land and community while bringing thousands of jobs and significant economic opportunity to Kenosha and Southeast Wisconsin. It also confirmed, as have multiple economic studies, that casino competition can flourish in the region and that our facility and the expanded Potawatomi casino in Milwaukee can thrive, create jobs and provide billions of dollars in benefits to our host communities, our tribal members and the State of Wisconsin.”

In addition to Waukau, the delegation included Kenosha County Executive Allan Kehl, Mayor John Antaramian, County Finance Director David Geertsen, State Rep. and Assembly Democratic Leader Jim Kreuser, Kenosha News Publisher Howard Brown and Menominee Vice Chairwoman Laurie Boivin.

The group also met with U.S. Senator Herb Kohl, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and legislative staff members for U.S. Senator Russ Feingold and U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen. Kenosha leaders stressed the community’s strong support for the Menominee project in those meetings, Waukau said.


UPAF exceeds 2007 goal

The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) announced that the 2007 campaign has met its $10.35 million goal with a total of $10,412,727. That is the highest total ever raised for the organization in its 41-year history, and will benefit 36 performing arts organizations. “It is with great pleasure that we announce we reached our 2007 goal of $10.35 million and raised $10,412,727,” said campaign co-chair Laurie Mahoney, senior vice president of Aurora Health Care. “Hundreds of volunteers worked countless hours to ensure our success. And over 28,000 donors contributed to make sure the performing arts are healthy for generations to come.”

“People care about UPAF – they appreciate nationally recognized groups, educational programming and all the community outreach so many of the groups provide year-round,” said Harry Stratton, campaign co-chair and president and CEO of Strattec Security Corp. “We have a lot to be proud of in this region and the performing arts groups are part of it. Thank you Greater Milwaukee for making this campaign a success.”


CCI to open data center

CCI, a Milwaukee-based SAP solutions firm, announced it will open a state-of-the-art data center this summer in its building in the Fifth Ward. The 2,200 square-foot data center is currently under construction in the building that CCI is located in at 2156 S. 4th St., Milwaukee.

The data center will have a 10 Gigabit Ethernet backbone; Round Rock, Texas-based Dell Inc. ninth-generation PowerEdge servers and security equipment and back-up power supply systems for environments that run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

The data center will create job opportunities for specialists including data center managers, Linux and Microsoft Windows administrators and SAP technology assistants.

CCI declined to disclose the cost of the project.

“We’re thrilled to announce our plans for a data center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which will help us continue to provide our users and customers with the best possible service,” said Christopher Carter, chief executive officer of CCI.

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