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Wisconsin Lures Light Maker, 400 Jobs from Gurnee

Kenall Manufacturing plans to move its offices and factory to Kenosha, as soon as the company and Wisconsin leaders agree on a package of financial incentives.

The firm makes commercial lighting, such as for hospitals and prisons. It was founded in 1963 in the Chicago area and is currently located in Gurnee, about 20 miles from what could become its new home along I-94 and Highway 58 - in the Business Park of Kenosha.

Planners hope to break ground late this year and finish the complex within two years.

Gov. Walker was on hand Thursday morning to help formally announce the move. Last year, he launched a half-million dollar ad campaign to persuade companies from Illinois and Minnesota to move to Wisconsin.

Kenosha's mayor and county executive were also on hand Thursday and touted the area's location near workers and transportation.

The company currently employs about 400 people but might have sights on expanding. The proposed Kenosha deal includes 13-acres for expansion, in addition to space for a 354,000 square foot plant.