Four KABA members honored in Madison for excellence

Some six weeks after receiving word that they were among 33 businesses selected as Wisconsin Companies to Watch, four members of Kenosha Area Business Alliance  gathered recently at the ceremony honoring their excellence.

Centrisys Corporation, Equity Creative, Regulatory Compliance Associates and Xten Industries were honored on May 5 in Madison by the Wisconsin Entrepreneur Network and the Wisconsin Department of Commerce.

As in the past, KABA was a sponsor of the annual awards program, developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation and which puts the spotlight on second-stage companies that demonstrate high performance in the marketplace, exhibit innovative products, services or processes, or otherwise make their company “worth watching.”

The Edward Lowe Foundation broadly defines a ‘second-stage’ company as one that has 10 to 99 employees, between $1 million and $99 million in revenue and has moved beyond its start-up phase and is entering a period of significant growth.

Todd Battle, KABA’s president, applauded the four companies.

“It was very gratifying to have four KABA member firms recognized—it’s a tribute to the hard-working and innovative companies in our backyard,” Battle said. “We look forward to assisting these, as well as other, Kenosha Area companies to invest in and grow their businesses even further.”

KABA nominated the companies for the recognition. In addition to an evaluation on past growth and projected success, applicant companies are judged according to their special strengths. These strengths revolve around innovative products and business practices, special use of technology, work within the community and more.

Charles Skendziel, co-founder of Equity Creative, credited KABA with playing a “large part” in making Kenosha “such a positive environment for businesses like ours.”

“Our thanks go out to the entire KABA team for all their hard work, as well as for nominating Equity Creative for this prestigious award,” said Skendziel.

Bill Renick, president of Xten Industries, cited KABA for being “an integral part of our growth.”

KABA recently provided Xten Industries with a $600,000 loan package which was used for working capital needs to meet customer demand.

“We could not be making our progress without KABA,” Renick said.

Mitchell Januszewski, President and CEO of Regulatory Compliance Associates, echoed the viewpoint, saying, “The Kenosha area business community is fortunate to have such strong advocates supporting it.”

Winners have an opportunity to attend a complimentary three-day Leadership Retreat, hosted by the Edward Lowe Foundation at its Michigan headquarters this summer.

The leaders and brief descriptions of the four award-winning companies from Kenosha County:

  • Dean Helmke & Charles Skendziel, Co-Founders and Owners, Equity Creative, 9522 58th Place, Suite 800, Kenosha. Equity Creative is a rapidly growing marketing firm based in the Business Park of Kenosha. Founded four years ago with two employees, Equity Creative has grown to more than 25 employees and annual revenue of over $3 million.
  • Mitchell Januszewski, President & CEO, Regulatory Compliance Associates Inc., 7401 104th Ave Suite 160, Kenosha. RCA is a fast-growing professional consulting firm that assists companies with FDA compliance processes. They are headquartered in Kenosha and employ close to 50 people locally.
  • Michael Kopper, CEO, Centrisys Corporation, 9586  58th Place, Kenosha. Centrisys recently expanded to add a second facility at their business park of Kenosha headquarters location. They are a manufacturer of decanter centrifuges used for various waste water treatment and other fluid processing applications. They have nearly 90 employees.
  • Matthew Davidson, President & Chairman of the Board, Xten Industries, 9600 55th Street, Kenosha. Xten is an award winning plastic injection molding firm located in the business park of Kenosha. They employ about 90 at their Kenosha manufacturing facility and headquarters.

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