Illinois industrial automation company moving 60 jobs to Kenosha County

Published Wednesday, September 23, 2020
by Milwaukee Business Journal

The Kenosha Area Business Alliance lured another Illinois manufacturer to its business park in Salem, announcing R+D Custom Automation will bring 60 jobs to the state next year.

The 82-acre Salem Business Park was developed to attract smaller-scale manufacturers, rather than the companies building massive distribution centers along Interstate 94. R+D Custom Automation, based in Lake Villa, Illinois, will invest $6 million in a 62,000-square-foot facility in the business park to consolidate its operations, according to a Tuesday press release. 

“Our new location provides us with up to 100,000 square feet for future expansion, ensuring that both our immediate and long-term needs are being met,” said CEO Loren Esch.

R+D Custom Automation designs and makes manufacturing equipment for other companies. For example, it was hired to make a labeling system for medical IV bags.

R+D Custom Automation expects to move in during the second quarter of 2021. 

It follows three other manufacturers that have already decided to move into the Salem Business Park. Advent Tool and Manufacturing Inc., Vonco Products LLC and Advent Tool & Manufacturing have all announced plans to move operations to Salem from Illinois.

The R+D Custom Automation move was helped by KABA, Milwaukee 7 and village of Salem officials. Kenosha County will provide funding from its High Impact Fund as an incentive.   

“We’re bullish on the Salem location and believe that the area’s growing economic development will positively impact recruiting and the quality of our hires,” Esch said.


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