Gurnee, Ill.-based Kenall Manufacturing held a formal groundbreaking ceremony for its new state-of-the-art facility in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Designed by Partners in Design Architects and under construction with Alston Construction, the 354,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility will include state-of-the-art machinery and equipment for fabrication, finishing, and assembly, plus a certified UL testing facility, an interactive showroom, and a dedicated training center.
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
There are 13 acres adjacent to the building that are included for potential expansion. The additional space will allow Kenall the ability to remain responsive to customer needs, support strategic growth, and create 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,” says Jim Hawkins, CEO 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.