2019-09-29 08:03:45

The Kenosha Area Business Alliance will honor eight of Kenosha County’s top businesses and organizations for their financial performance, employment and product or service development next month at its 2019 annual Ovations Award ceremony.

Business of the Year

KABA has named Catalyst Exhibits, a trade show display and exhibit manufacturer, as its 2019 Business of the Year.

Founded in 1998, Catalyst Exhibits specializes in the design, development, fabrication and management of exhibits for trade shows and expos.

It relocated from Crystal Lake, Ill., to a 144,000-square-foot building in Pleasant Prairie’s LakeView Corporate Park in 2011.

Small Business

of the Year

Kitchen Cubes, a fast-growing business that produces counter tops and cabinets, was selected as the Small Business of the Year.

Brothers Zach and Jason Morgaard have expanded the Bristol-based company that sells products to contractors.

Many of its cabinets and countertops can be found in apartment complexes throughout the Kenosha County area, including the recently completed Residences at Library Park, Bear Homes, Shagbark Apartments, Riverwood Apartments, Windsong Village Apartments and in Kenosha Unified schools.

Entrepreneur of the Year

The Entrepreneur of the Year is Michael Thompson, president and chief executive officer of Fair Oaks Farms LLC, a Pleasant Prairie meat supplier to restaurant chains and food companies.

He has guided the company to a high-status supplier of cooked bacon, meatballs, pork and turkey sausage, serving to such companies as McDonald’s, Papa John’s and Starbucks, throughout the nation, Canada and other international markets.

Forward Award winners

Also being honored are the 2019 Forward Award winners. These companies and organizations are being recognized for expansion, investment or development of programs and initiatives that have helped move Kenosha County forward:

Advocate Aurora Health Care, which is building a $130 million health care facility in Pleasant Prairie.

The Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha, which has grown its daily attendance 249 percent, serving 234 kids per day. Since 2015, its revenue is up 39 percent.

Kenosha County, which has worked to improve the county’s infrastructure and parks and has worked with KABA to fund a high-impact economic development vund.

St. Montevideo Technology Inc., a manufacturer of high performance electric motors, drives and controllers for the aerospace and commercial markets.

University of Wisconsin-Parkside, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The university has added new academic programs and facilities.

The award winners will be honored Nov. 7 at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s Student Center Ballroom. Cocktails and networking begin at 4:30 p.m.; dinner is at 6 p.m., with the awards presentation scheduled for 7 p.m.

The cost is $100 per person. Reserved tables of 10 are $1,000.

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