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updated: 8/22/2014 7:53 AM

Gurnee company to move to Wisconsin

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Quest Products, a consumer packaged goods company based in Gurnee, announced plans to move its operations across the border to Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.

The company will move its headquarters as well as its assembling, packaging and warehousing operations to Kenosha County. It is currently headquartered in Gurnee with additional distribution operations in Independence, Iowa. Both facilities will be consolidated into the new, larger location.

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Earlier this week, Quest purchased a 44,398-square-foot building at 8201 104th Street in the Village of Pleasant Prairie's LakeView Corporate Park for $3.6 million.

Initially, the company said it will bring 28 jobs with another 28 employees and $1.5 million in additional investment expected within the next three years.

"This move is a culmination of a two-year study to find the best business environment for our company. Governor Walker took a personal interest in our business, taking time to discuss the move and his pro-business plan for the next four years," Quest Products' CFO Mark Milliman said in a statement.

The Kenosha Area Business Alliance said it provided $1.3 million in financing by way of a low-interest loan that aided the company with the purchase of its building and equipment. KABA's regional and state partners, the

Milwaukee7 and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, were also involved in working to secure this investment.

Quest Products is a packaged consumer goods producer specializing in retail, e-commerce and drop-ship distribution. It partners with major chain and e-commerce retailers such as Wal-Mart, Amazon and Target and has several signature products including the AlcoHawk line of personal breathalyzers.

Quest has been ranked by Inc. magazine for seven consecutive years as one of the fastest growing private companies in the nation.

Quest Products is the latest of several Illinois companies that have moved operations or have announced plans to move to Kenosha County in recent years including: Uline, Kenall Manufacturing Co., Hanna Cylinders, EMCO Chemical Distributors Inc., Konecranes, Ta Chen International Inc., L&M Corrugated Container Corp. and Good Foods Group.

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