Kenall Manufacturing Holds Groundbreaking for New Facility in Kenosha, WI
Gurnee, IL, May 23, 2014
Kenall Manufacturing begins a new chapter in its history with a formal groundbreaking ceremony for a state-of-the-art facility in Kenosha, WI.
Located just East of I-94 at Highway 158, the 354,000 square-foot manufacturing facility — designed by Partners in Design Architects and under construction with Alston Construction — will include state-of-the-art machinery and equipment for fabrication, finishing and assembly, a certified UL testing facility, an interactive showroom and a dedicated training center.
The building design incorporates Kenall LED lighting in order to reduce its carbon footprint, supporting Kenall’s ongoing commitment to the economic and sustainable benefits of solid state lighting. When combined with controls, Kenall’s LED luminaires provide enhanced energy savings. With a focus on energy, resource conservation, and the reduction of hazardous waste, Kenall’s LED lighting products are energy efficient and environmentally responsible.
Sustainable features of the new facility include:
- Water-efficient, low-flush toilets and sensor faucets
- Glass-exposed offices that incorporate daylight harvesting
- The use of Kenall lighting control systems for enhanced energy efficiency
- The harvesting of heat from the paint line infrared ovens to other areas of the manufacturing space in the winter
- Sustainable landscaping
Looking toward the future, 13 acres adjacent to the building are included for potential expansion. The additional space will allow Kenall the ability to remain responsive to customer needs and support strategic growth, while also creating new employment opportunities.
“We look forward to our vision becoming a reality as we watch the new facility take shape. We are excited to move as soon as possible so we can begin adding new jobs to Kenosha and the surrounding area, including recruitment from neighboring Gateway Technical College. We anticipate occupancy toward the end of the year”, said Jim Hawkins, Chief Executive Officer of Kenall.
Taking part in the groundbreaking with Kenall executives were Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman and Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser, along with other dignitaries and community representatives.