Amazon, Uline, InSinkErator, Kenall Manufacturing, Colbert Packaging...these are just a few of the companies that have chosen to locate their headquarters or significant operations in the City of Kenosha, bringing new jobs and new investments.
The City of Kenosha is the fourth largest city in the state and projections do not show this trend abating any time soon. It has seen a major influx of new businesses as well as expansions at its existing companies. New investment, jobs and buildings are springing up regularly as Kenosha continues to be the major spot for growth along the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor. These new companies that are building on Kenosha's rich legacy of industry while at the same time shaping Kenosha County’s exciting future.
New jobs announced in Kenosha in the last five years
New capital investment in Kenosha in the last five years
Square Feet developed/absorbed since 2013
New companies have located in Kenosha in the last five years
In the News
The hot corridor: Momentum builds along I-94 between Milwaukee and Illinois
Uline Inc. executives had a wish list when they were searching for a new location for the corporate headquarters. It included a massive amount of shovel-ready land, utilities that were already in place and a pro-business climate. Wisconsin was able to check all of the items off the list that Illinois couldn’t.
CenterPoint Properties showed Uline execs a 200-acre site just west of I-94 in Pleasant Prairie. Uline took the entire parcel.
New companies, investment mean new developments, amenities
The retail, housing, healthcare, hospitality and education sectors are all on the rise
Close to 1,000 units of multi-family housing have been built in the Kenosha Area within the last three years with another 900 units under construction. Both hospital systems in Kenosha County have major expansions underway and several new providers are expanding here. Three hotels are under construction, including a $25 million renovation of a historic building in Downtown Kenosha into an 80-room boutique called The Stella. Now that's growth.
Major Employers / Industries
City of Kenosha
Historically, Kenosha is a manufacturing town. Generations of skilled craftsman and laborers have worked in one of the many factories that sprang up along its lakefront and throughout the city. Companies such as Simmons Mattress, Snap-on Tools, S.T. Cooper & Sons (known today as Jockey International), American Brass or one of the numerous auto plants including Jeffrey, Nash, Rambler, American Motors and most recently Chrysler, called Kenosha County home. Manufacturing in Kenosha County is as important as ever, but it's no longer cars rolling off the assembly line - it's a diverse and exciting mix of innovative products. Kenosha is proud of its past, and poised for an exciting future in many different industries.
People of all ages are choosing to live and work here.
But we're getting younger: Kenosha County's average median age, 36, is below the state and national average.
Young professionals, young families and people of all ages are moving into the Kenosha Area, creating a dynamic community full of new ideas and a fresh energy. Be part of the Kenosha Area's exciting next chapter!
YLink: Young Leaders in Kenosha
Kenosha is getting younger, edgier, and more dynamic than ever. It's a great place to reach your potential. With almost one third of Kenosha’s population made up of YPs, YLink is impacting the next generation of leaders. YLink (Young Leaders in Kenosha) is an established young professionals (age 21-40) program managed by the Kenosha Area Business Alliance. It's is more than just a group – it’s a movement. YLink is committed to making Kenosha the best place to live, work and do business for young professionals.
Make an impact.
Engage with your community and other YPs that value volunteerism.
Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
YLink facilitates collaboration among young professionals and area non-profits and other organizations in need of volunteer support. Its purpose is to build stronger connections across the community and affect positive change by coordinating events that help YPs give back to Kenosha.
YLink helps create (and keep) rockstars in the Kenosha Area. Informative and engaging workshops provide opportunities to learn new skills relevant to personal growth and employer needs. Other programs equip YPs to serve on nonprofit boards or connect them with mentoring. It's working to help catapult YPs up the career ladder, and engage businesses, organizations and educational institutions in their efforts to attract and retain talent here.
Tweeting, posting on Facebook or Insta, or contributing to LinkedIn discussions are great networking tools, but they can only get you so far. If you’re not connecting and interacting in person, you’re missing valuable face time with your peers and potential employers.
Ylink connects you with other YPs, business contacts and opportunities to grow. Make friends, make contacts and make strides in your development.