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Illinois manufacturer moving to Kenosha

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KENOSHA, WI (WTAQ) - A lighting manufacturer plans to move from northern Illinois to Kenosha County, bringing 400 jobs to the Badger State. 

Media reports say Kenall Manufacturing is leaving Gurnee Illinois, and will build a larger factory and headquarters' facility west of Kenosha near Interstate 94. 

Kenall makes specialty lighting equipment for places like schools, prisons, and hospitals. 

Company vice president Randy Hernandez says the firm has added about 100 employees during the past three years. Kenosha County is providing $1 million in an economic incentive grant. Incentives from the state and other public bodies have not been finalized. 

Still, Governor Scott Walker feels confident enough about the move that he's scheduled to announce it Thursday at a news conference in Kenosha. 

Kenall plans to spend up to $30 million on the project. Groundbreaking could come as early as December, with completion in one-and-a-half to two years. 

This is the second time in two weeks that Kenosha County has lured a company from Illinois. Last week, it was announced that Hanna Cylinders would move from Libertyville Illinois to Pleasant Prairie by the end of the year, bringing 100 jobs. 

Kenosha County's incentive fund paid a quarter-million dollars to help the firm.

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