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Heartland Produce Company Named Kenosha County Business of the Year

Heartland Produce Co., Ltd.The Kenosha-based agricultural wholesale company recently completed construction of a new $29 million headquarters facility on the site of a former dog truck at Dairyland Greyhound Park. Kenosha Regional Business Alliance.

Heartland Produce focuses on the list of winners of KABA’s annual Ovation Awards. After a two-year hiatus, the award recognizes Kenosha County’s top performing companies and businesses, his leaders, and their support of the community. Winners are selected by a selection committee that includes representatives from previous Ovation Award winners, KABA staff and board members, BizTimes Media, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Gateway Technical College, and Carthage College.

Ovation Award Winners Banquet event Thursday, November 3rd at UW Parkside. BizTimes Media is the media sponsor of this event. Other sponsors include Johnson Financial Group When UW-Parkside.

Founded in 1989 in Elgin, Illinois, Heartland Produce Co. moved to the Kenosha Industrial Park in 1994. This family-owned business sells fruits, vegetables, organic foods, and locally grown produce to grocery stores. Earlier this year, the company completed his $29 million investment in building his 200,000-square-foot distribution and headquarters facility at Greenway Corporate Park on the site of Dairyland Greyhound Park. The company moved to this facility in his May, and he invested more than $1 million in the new facility.

Other Ovation Award Winners:

Marian DarsoPresident and CEO Nexus Pharmaceuticalsis the 2022 Entrepreneur of the Year. Lincolnshire, Illinois-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Nexus Pharmaceuticals will complete construction of his $100 million, 85,000-square-foot facility in Pleasant Prairie in 2021. The facility represents the first phase of his $250 million multi-phase project, which will be completed in 10 years. The facility is expected to bring over 77 new jobs in various positions in high-tech manufacturing and science by this year, and over 400 new local jobs in the long term.

Finishing & Plating Service, Inc.is the 2022 Small Business of the Year. Our fourth-generation, family-owned business based in Kenosha has specialized in metal finishing since 1952. The company deals in Zinc, Zinc-Cobalt, Tin, Phosphate and Passivation. There are 6 plating lines operating 3 shifts, 5 days a week.

2022 Forward Award Winners (A company or organization that has expanded, invested in, or developed a program or initiative to help move Kenosha County forward):

Herzing Universitywill move its Kenosha campus to downtown Kenosha in 2020. Based in Milwaukee, Herzing is a founding partner of the KELA-Kenosha Emerging Leaders Academy. This new building and program will work directly with underserved youth in Kenosha.

Kenosha Creative Spaceis a Kenosha non-profit organization committed to providing economic opportunities to local artists, musicians, creators, entrepreneurs and local partner organizations.

landquest realtyis a Kenosha-based property developer who purchased one of Kenosha’s oldest buildings, the former Weiskopf School, and converted it into apartments. They have also redeveloped other buildings into apartments.

Katzler Express Co., Ltd.is a Kenosha-based transportation company that has added 63 employees, purchased real estate for new terminals, doubled profit margins and increased revenue by 52% in the past two years.

Lift Pro LLCis a Kenosha-based company that offers a range of aerial lifts for rental or purchase and has invested over $3.5 million in additional delivery trucks, vans and rental equipment over the past three years. . Over the past 14 years, annual revenue has grown from his $400,000 to his over $6 million, and the number of employees has grown from his three to his 14.