By Rex Davenport
A printing and packaging company with deep roots in Illinois and additional operations in Indiana has chosen Kenosha for expansion and the base of its future growth. The governor, the mayor and the county executive took the stage at an event Tuesday morning to welcome Colbert Packaging Corp. to its new facility at 9949 58th Place in the Business Park of Kenosha.
A combination of state and local incentive funding helped convince the company to move north.
Founded in 1959, Colbert Packaging was created when Charles Colbert purchased property and assets of Kroeck Paper Box of Chicago. Relocation of the Colbert Packaging’s flexographic printing and packaging operation, as well as related warehousing services, is expected to bring 100-plus jobs to Kenosha.
The Kenosha City Council approved $500,000 in development funds Monday that will reimburse the printing company for a portion of construction costs. In addition, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. provided $850,000 in business tax credits over the first three years of operation in the state. All of the economic incentives are based on bringing approximately 100 new jobs to Wisconsin.
“We are maxed out in our other locations,” said Jim Hamilton, president. “Wisconsin is an inviting business climate and obviously we had choices. This is a significant moment in the history of Colbert Packaging.”