Spirit of Racine Entrepreneurs Exhibit

Spirit of Racine Entrepreneurs Exhibit Exhibit celebrating the rich entrepreneurial history of the Racine Wagon & Carriage Company/Sattley building/Racine Industrial Plant & Racine Business Center.

Opened by appointment. Spirit of Racine Entrepreneurs Exhibit celebrates the rich manufacturing history of the country's first business incubator located at Racine Business Center, also known as the Sattley building. The original building was built in the 1860's for Racine Wagon & Carriage Company. They merged with Sattley Manufacturing Co. in 1903 and became the Racine-Sattley Co. The last additi

Opened by appointment. Spirit of Racine Entrepreneurs Exhibit celebrates the rich manufacturing history of the country's first business incubator located at Racine Business Center, also known as the Sattley building. The original building was built in the 1860's for Racine Wagon & Carriage Company. They merged with Sattley Manufacturing Co. in 1903 and became the Racine-Sattley Co. The last additi

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11/30/2020

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Rench, von Schrader and clean carpets | Local News I Racine County Eye - Racine, Wisconsin
06/25/2019
Rench, von Schrader and clean carpets | Local News I Racine County Eye - Racine, Wisconsin

Rench, von Schrader and clean carpets | Local News I Racine County Eye - Racine, Wisconsin

A pair of Racine entrepreneurs turned an unwanted business into a global success that lives on today. Back in 1935, Francis von Schrader (1904-1992) and Harry D. (H.D.) Rench (1901-1980) worked at electric appliance maker Hamilton Beach. The company's carpet cleaning equipment division was managed b...

Frederick Blandin and the phonograph | Local News I Racine County Eye - Racine, Wisconsin
06/25/2019
Frederick Blandin and the phonograph | Local News I Racine County Eye - Racine, Wisconsin

Frederick Blandin and the phonograph | Local News I Racine County Eye - Racine, Wisconsin

A Racine letter carrier's interest in woodworking became a lifelong career that played a role in the early days of the auto industry and what is now home entertainment. Frederick Blandin (1862-1927) started a part-time venture in 1889 making wood toys and household goods from a workshop behind his h...

Wisconsin Life filmed at Racine Business Center last spring. It’s finally airing this week. I’ve posted the online sched...
11/01/2018
Wisconsin Life Abstract Ambitions on Wisconsin Public Television

Wisconsin Life filmed at Racine Business Center last spring. It’s finally airing this week. I’ve posted the online schedule, but Arthur Montgomery has found it scheduled on PBS Ch. 36, Friday, 6:00. Check your listings.

Angela Fitzgerald discovers the Racine Arts & Business Center's community of shops and artists.

06/13/2018

Long time friends Linda and Pam visit the Exhibit with their hubbies.

VonSchrader school from Japan visits the Exhibit.
10/25/2016

VonSchrader school from Japan visits the Exhibit.

VonSchrader school from Japan visits the Exhibit.

Racine Business Center turns 100 as incubator
10/02/2016
Racine Business Center turns 100 as incubator

Racine Business Center turns 100 as incubator

RACINE — Seemingly disparate local businesses such as Delta Flex, Ludwig Manufacturing, Belle City Fire & Safety and O’Neil Leather all have one thing in common: Racine Business Center, the

Any guesses on what this Racine made machine is all about?
06/15/2016

Any guesses on what this Racine made machine is all about?

Any guesses on what this Racine made machine is all about?

The Yahoo Sisters, a lively sisterhood of retired InSinkErator employees, toured the Exhibit at Racine Business Center a...
06/09/2016

The Yahoo Sisters, a lively sisterhood of retired InSinkErator employees, toured the Exhibit at Racine Business Center after lunch at Chez Bob's and shopping at Madam D's Vintage jewelry and clothing

The Yahoo Sisters, a lively sisterhood of retired InSinkErator employees, toured the Exhibit at Racine Business Center after lunch at Chez Bob's and shopping at Madam D's Vintage jewelry and clothing

Be the first to find this item in the Spirit of Racine Entrepreneurs Exhibit at Racine Business Center tomorrow at the O...
05/20/2016

Be the first to find this item in the Spirit of Racine Entrepreneurs Exhibit at Racine Business Center tomorrow at the Open House Racine County and WIN two $5.00 gift certificates to Chez Bob's Cafe, located in the heart of the building!

Be the first to find this item in the Spirit of Racine Entrepreneurs Exhibit at Racine Business Center tomorrow at the Open House Racine County and WIN two $5.00 gift certificates to Chez Bob's Cafe, located in the heart of the building!

Rench Manufacturing, located in Racine Industrial Plant  (Racine Business Center), sponsored a baseball team, Rench Bomb...
01/17/2016

Rench Manufacturing, located in Racine Industrial Plant (Racine Business Center), sponsored a baseball team, Rench Bombers back in the '40s. One of the items on display in the Exhibit.

Rench Manufacturing, located in Racine Industrial Plant (Racine Business Center), sponsored a baseball team, Rench Bombers back in the '40s. One of the items on display in the Exhibit.

RAMAC's Leadership Racine tours RBC, lunch from Chez Bob's, and visits the Exhibit.
11/11/2015

RAMAC's Leadership Racine tours RBC, lunch from Chez Bob's, and visits the Exhibit.

Von Schrader Japan visits the Exhibit.
11/04/2015

Von Schrader Japan visits the Exhibit.

L.P.C. Motor Co. manufactured this car in the Racine Industrial Plant.
10/25/2015

L.P.C. Motor Co. manufactured this car in the Racine Industrial Plant.

CHARIOTS OF FIRE – Fire Chief James Cape shows off his new 1915 Lewis “VI” built by the L.P.C. Motor Car Co. of Racine. The new auto was purchased for $750.00 after Chief Cape's 1910 Mitchell-Lewis vehicle was badly damaged in a Christmas Eve 1914 wreck. The L.P.C. Motor Car Co. was formed from the Mitchell-Lewis Motor Co. The initials stood for William Lewis, Rene Petard and James Cram. All had worked for Mitchell-Lewis. The French-born Petard was designer of the Lewis Six, which had an electrically-started monobloc six-cylinder engine with a 6 inch stroke and small bore that developed 60 horsepower. The Lewis Six was capable of doing over 60 miles an hour. At 3250 pounds the Lewis Six was a large car with a 135 inch wheel base and a short turning radius. Accompanying the auto was a two-year guarantee; something seldom given by manufacturers in those days. This vehicle served as the Chief's car from 1915-1920. (Photo from Racine Fire Bell Archives)

The Daughters of the American Revolution visit the Exhibit and have lunch and a meeting at Chez Bob's. The DAR was such ...
10/14/2015

The Daughters of the American Revolution visit the Exhibit and have lunch and a meeting at Chez Bob's. The DAR was such a fun group!

The Daughters of the American Revolution visit the Exhibit and have lunch and a meeting at Chez Bob's. The DAR was such a fun group!

Lakeside Curative visits the Exhibit at Racine Business Center
09/21/2015

Lakeside Curative visits the Exhibit at Racine Business Center

Sipco Hedge Clippers by Schartow Iron Products on display at the Exhibit
09/08/2015

Sipco Hedge Clippers by Schartow Iron Products on display at the Exhibit

Sipco Hedge Clippers by Schartow Iron Products on display at the Exhibit

VonSchrader Carpet Washer machine on display at the Exhibit.
08/25/2015

VonSchrader Carpet Washer machine on display at the Exhibit.

VonSchrader Carpet Washer machine on display at the Exhibit.

Lakeside Curative Services visits the Exhibit at Racine Business Center
08/19/2015

Lakeside Curative Services visits the Exhibit at Racine Business Center

Carthage College children's literature class visits the Exhibit at Racine Business Center
08/05/2015

Carthage College children's literature class visits the Exhibit at Racine Business Center

Carthage College children's literature class visits the Exhibit at Racine Business Center

Gilmore students visit the Spirit of Racine Entrepreneurs Exhibit and Studio 261 at Racine Business Center.
05/20/2015

Gilmore students visit the Spirit of Racine Entrepreneurs Exhibit and Studio 261 at Racine Business Center.

Get Behind the Arts day at Racine Business Center's Spirit of Racine Entrepreneurs Exhibit. Wonderful turnout!
04/25/2015

Get Behind the Arts day at Racine Business Center's Spirit of Racine Entrepreneurs Exhibit. Wonderful turnout!

Thanks to this Racine entrepreneur's vision, the Racine Business Center is still a thriving business incubator 71 years ...
04/24/2015

Thanks to this Racine entrepreneur's vision, the Racine Business Center is still a thriving business incubator 71 years after he purchased the building.

Racine Industries, Inc., manufacturer of the HOST Dry Carpet Cleaning System , began as the Rench Manufacturing Company and was founded by Harry Rench in 1936. From the beginning, Racine Industries, Inc. manufactured carpet cleaning equipment and cleaner. The company was the first in the United States to produce non-resoiling detergents for carpet cleaning, rightfully recognizing that animal based soaps left a residue that contributed to rapid resoiling of the carpet.

Love this old HOST photo.
04/18/2015

Love this old HOST photo.

Flash Back Thursday. Some of us remember the day of "twinning" host machines together.

The Spirit of Racine Entrepreneurs Exhibit, located in the historic Racine Business Center, 140516th St. will unveil an ...
04/14/2015

The Spirit of Racine Entrepreneurs Exhibit, located in the historic Racine Business Center, 1405
16th St. will unveil an original 1850's map of old Racine as well as an original "bird's eye view"
map from 1883. The building was originally constructed for the Racine Wagon & Carriage Co. in
the 1860's; but with the rise of automobiles, the need for horse-drawn vehicles declined
considerably, resulting in a factory building with excess capacity. This kickstarted what became
the country's first business incubator in 1914. By 1916 the building's name was officially
changed to Racine Industrial Plant, beginning a long and rich history of diverse entrepreneurial
endeavors, such as Modine, Dumore, Webster Electric, and Wheary Trunk. The exhibit displays
not only items from these and many more manufacturing companies, including an early 1900's
Racine-Sattley buggy, an 1880's sleigh, Blandin Phonographs, a birdcage, steel-soled shoes,
and wooden rocking horses, but also historical items not necessarily made in the building, such
as Gold Medal Camp Furniture products. The unveiling coincides with Get Behind The Arts
Studio Tour taking place in the 16th St. Studios, an artist community located in Racine Business
Center. The exhibit will be open Saturday, April 25 from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. Chez Bob's Cafe
will be serving lunch.

The Spirit of Racine Entrepreneurs Exhibit, located in the historic Racine Business Center, 1405
16th St. will unveil an original 1850's map of old Racine as well as an original "bird's eye view"
map from 1883. The building was originally constructed for the Racine Wagon & Carriage Co. in
the 1860's; but with the rise of automobiles, the need for horse-drawn vehicles declined
considerably, resulting in a factory building with excess capacity. This kickstarted what became
the country's first business incubator in 1914. By 1916 the building's name was officially
changed to Racine Industrial Plant, beginning a long and rich history of diverse entrepreneurial
endeavors, such as Modine, Dumore, Webster Electric, and Wheary Trunk. The exhibit displays
not only items from these and many more manufacturing companies, including an early 1900's
Racine-Sattley buggy, an 1880's sleigh, Blandin Phonographs, a birdcage, steel-soled shoes,
and wooden rocking horses, but also historical items not necessarily made in the building, such
as Gold Medal Camp Furniture products. The unveiling coincides with Get Behind The Arts
Studio Tour taking place in the 16th St. Studios, an artist community located in Racine Business
Center. The exhibit will be open Saturday, April 25 from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. Chez Bob's Cafe
will be serving lunch.

The Book and Lunch Bunch from Evangelical United Methodist Church visits the Exhibit.
04/14/2015

The Book and Lunch Bunch from Evangelical United Methodist Church visits the Exhibit.

The Book and Lunch Bunch from Evangelical United Methodist Church visits the Exhibit.

Modine Manufacturing began in the Racine Industrial Plant before it was Racine Business Center. The way they are situate...
02/23/2015

Modine Manufacturing began in the Racine Industrial Plant before it was Racine Business Center. The way they are situated in this photo, they are looking right at their future building site. Thank you Modine for sharing this photo with us.

Modine Manufacturing began in the Racine Industrial Plant before it was Racine Business Center. The way they are situated in this photo, they are looking right at their future building site. Thank you Modine for sharing this photo with us.

Deluxe Woodcraft Co. that manufactured Giddy-Ap horses used to be located at Racine Business Center. Come see some of th...
10/01/2014

Deluxe Woodcraft Co. that manufactured Giddy-Ap horses used to be located at Racine Business Center. Come see some of the horses that we rode as children made right here in Racine!

Deluxe Woodcraft Co. that manufactured Giddy-Ap horses used to be located at Racine Business Center. Come see some of the horses that we rode as children made right here in Racine!

HOST was started by H.D. Rench, a Racine entrepreneur who bought the Sattley building in 1944 to ensure affordable space...
08/07/2014

HOST was started by H.D. Rench, a Racine entrepreneur who bought the Sattley building in 1944 to ensure affordable space for other entrepreneurs. HOST is still cleaning carpets! It's also Green Seal certified!

TBT.. this is from the 1950's, caption this!

It's that time of year again!
07/30/2014

It's that time of year again!

Prime Magazine- Southeastern Wisconsin's Magazine for Active Adults
06/30/2013
Prime Magazine- Southeastern Wisconsin's Magazine for Active Adults

Prime Magazine- Southeastern Wisconsin's Magazine for Active Adults

As you zip down 16th Street in Racine, heading east toward downtown or west to the mall, it’s easy to pass by the Racine Business Center without giving it a second thought. The name says it all, right? Well, not quite.

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1405 16th St
Racine, WI
53403

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OPEN HOUSE - SPIRIT OF RACINE ENTREPRENEURS EXHIBIT - 10:00 until 2:00 Please join me on Thursday, FEBRUARY 28th, for another "Spirit of Racine Entrepreneur Exhibit" open house. The exhibit is located in the historic Racine Business Center (formerly, Racine Industrial Plant), at 1405 16th St. The museum highlights companies, such as Modine, Dumore, Webster Electric, Wheary Trunk, and many others who once manufactured products here in the country's first business incubator. Help us celebrate over 150 years of entrepreneurial history, beginning with the Racine Wagon & Carriage Company. Other items on display include old Blandin phonographs, an 1880's sleigh, an original buggy made by the Racine Sattley Co., and many other historical items pertaining to our rich industrial history. Check out our original 1858 map of Racine, our "bird's eye view" map from 1883, an original 1860 print of Racine's harbor, and many more old maps as well as old Racine city directories. Chez Bob's will also be serving lunch. I'll be there, along with a few other Racine historians, so stop by and say hello. Other historical Racine items include old Racine circus posters, toy riding horses, over 150 brass candy molds, many old Racine factory scene prints, Gold Medal furniture products and so much more! See you there!
OPEN HOUSE Please join us for an open house on Thursday, February 28th, from 10:00 until 2:00. There will be many items on display that were once made in this building, including an old buggy, an old sleigh, old phonographs, toy hobby riding horses, brass candy molds, many old Racine maps and city directories, and many other products made in the nation's first business incubator. Companies such as Webster Electric, Dumore, Modine, Wheary Luggage, Gold Medal, and many others will be represented. Come join us for a day filled with memories and history!
Local historian Jim Mercier graciously shared his collection of circus and carnival posters from the 1930s to the '60s at today's 16th Street Studios Open House. It's great fun to think of the excitement that these entertainment artifacts must have generated years ago.
OPEN HOUSE - SPIRIT OF RACINE ENTREPRENEUR EXHIBIT Please join us on Saturday, December 2nd., for our annual "Spirit of Racine Entrepreneur Exhibit" open house. The exhibit is located in the historic Racine Business Center (formerly, Racine Industrial Plant), and is in conjunction with the "16th St. Studios" open house. The Racine Business Center is located at 1405 16th St. Hours are from 11:00 until 4:00. The exhibit highlights companies, such as Modine, Dumore, Webster Electric, Wheary Trunk, and many others who manufactured products here in the country's first business incubator. Help us celebrate over 150 years of entrepreneurial history, beginning with the Racine Wagon & Carriage Company. Other items on display include old Blandin phonographs, an 1880's sleigh, an original buggy made by the Racine Sattley Co., and many other historical items pertaining to our rich industrial history. Check out our original 1858 map of Racine, our "bird's eye view" map from 1883, an original 1860 print of Racine's harbor, and many others. We also have many old Racine city directories on display, dating back to the teens (see if your ancestors are listed, and where they lived) . Chez Bob's will be serving lunch. I'll be there all day, so stop on in and say hello. Other Racine historians will also be stopping by. So, mark you calendars, and plan for an eventful day! Enjoy wandering through this immense building, while checking out the many studios that will be open. See you then...
OPEN HOUSE - SPIRIT OF RACINE ENTREPRENEUR EXHIBIT Please join on Saturday, December 2nd., for our annual "Spirit of Racine Entrepreneur Exhibit" open house. The exhibit is located in the historic Racine Business Center (formerly, Racine Industrial Plant), and is in conjunction with the "16th St. Studios" open house. The Racine Business Center is located at 1405 16th St. Hours are from 11:00 until 4:00. The exhibit highlights companies, such as Modine, Dumore, Webster Electric, Wheary Trunk, and many others who manufactured products here in the country's first business incubator. Help us celebrate over 150 years of entrepreneurial history, beginning with the Racine Wagon & Carriage Company. Other items on display include old Blandin phonographs, an 1880's sleigh, an original buggy made by the Racine Sattley Co., and many other historical items pertaining to our rich industrial history. Check out our original 1858 map of Racine, our "bird's eye view" map from 1883, an original 1860 print of Racine's harbor, and many others. We also have many old Racine city directories on display, dating back to the teens (see if your ancestors are listed, and where they lived) . Chez Bob's will be serving lunch. I'll be there all day, so stop on in and say hello. Other Racine historians will also be stopping by. So, mark you calendars, and plan for an eventful day! Enjoy wandering through this immense building, while checking out the many studios that will be open. See you then...
OPEN HOUSE - SPIRIT OF RACINE ENTREPRENEUR EXHIBIT Please join on Saturday, December 2nd., for our annual "Spirit of Racine Entrepreneur Exhibit" open house. The exhibit is located in the historic Racine Business Center (formerly, Racine Industrial Plant), and is in conjunction with the "16th St. Studios" open house. The Racine Business Center is located at 1405 16th St. Hours are from 11:00 until 4:00. The exhibit highlights companies, such as Modine, Dumore, Webster Electric, Wheary Trunk, and many others who manufactured products here in the country's first business incubator. Help us celebrate over 150 years of entrepreneurial history, beginning with the Racine Wagon & Carriage Company. Other items on display include old Blandin phonographs, an 1880's sleigh, an original buggy made by the Racine Sattley Co., and many other historical items pertaining to our rich industrial history. Check out our original 1858 map of Racine, our "bird's eye view" map from 1883, an original 1860 print of Racine's harbor, and many others. We also have many old Racine city directories on display, dating back to the teens (see if your ancestors are listed, and where they lived) . Chez Bob's will be serving lunch. I'll be there all day, so stop on in and say hello. Other Racine historians will also be stopping by. So, mark you calendars, and plan for an eventful day! Enjoy wandering through this immense building, while checking out the many studios that will be open. See you then...
OPEN HOUSE - SPIRIT OF RACINE ENTREPRENEUR EXHIBIT Please join on Saturday, December 2nd., for our annual "Spirit of Racine Entrepreneur Exhibit" open house. The exhibit is located in the historic Racine Business Center (formerly, Racine Industrial Plant), and is in conjunction with the "16th St. Studios" open house. The Racine Business Center is located at 1405 16th St. Hours are from 11:00 until 4:00. The exhibit highlights companies, such as Modine, Dumore, Webster Electric, Wheary Trunk, and many others who manufactured products here in the country's first business incubator. Help us celebrate over 150 years of entrepreneurial history, beginning with the Racine Wagon & Carriage Company. Other items on display include old Blandin phonographs, an 1880's sleigh, an original buggy made by the Racine Sattley Co., and many other historical items pertaining to our rich industrial history. Check out our original 1858 map of Racine, our "bird's eye view" map from 1883, an original 1860 print of Racine's harbor, and many others. We also have many old Racine city directories on display, dating back to the teens (see if your ancestors are listed, and where they lived) . Chez Bob's will be serving lunch. I'll be there all day, so stop on in and say hello. Other Racine historians will also be stopping by. So, mark you calendars, and plan for an eventful day! Enjoy wandering through this immense building, while checking out the many studios that will be open. See you then...