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Former Case plant to be razed

The Milwaukee Business Journal

CNH Global N.V. said Tuesday that its shuttered tractor plant and other properties along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Racine County will be razed, clearing 100 acres of lakefront property for redevelopment.

The Lake Forest, Ill.-based agricultural and construction equipment maker has reached an agreement with recycling and demolition company Champion Environmental Services Inc., Gilberts, Ill., for the removal of the company's empty facilities. Champion will recycle nearly 98 percent of the steel, brick, wood and concrete contained in the tractor plant, foundry and power plant located on the site. The demolition is expected to be completed within 18 months.

CNH said the site is the largest single lakefront parcel available for development between Milwaukee and Chicago. "In addition to job creation and retention, a primary objective of Racine County's economic development plan is the enhancement of the county's tax base," said Gordy Kacala, executive director of the Racine County Economic Development Commission.

"CNH's lakefront property provides a unique opportunity to create a substantial new development that would blend well with nearby residential, open space, and public uses. With proper planning, the property could be a key component in the future development of the village of Mount Pleasant."

Built in 1913, the Mount Pleasant tractor plant is the former manufacturing home of the company's Case tractor family, producing 920,000 tractors in its 89 years of operation. CNH closed the facility in 2002, moving U.S production of Case IH and New Holland tractors into the company's expanded manufacturing operations four miles to the west.

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