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

on to the 12 acre campus was added in 1905. At one time there were 900 employees turning out over 50,000 wagons a year. In 1914 the owners opened up the building to other manufacturing companies when the wagon industry went into a downturn. In 1916 they changed the name to Racine Industrial Plant and became the first business incubator housing industries over the years such as Modine Manufacturing, D.W. Davies, Dumore, Webster Electric, Metalworld, Wheary Trunk, and Scan-O-Matic, to name a few. The name was changed to Racine Business Center in 1990 to better reflect the diversity of its entrepreneurs. Over the years a vibrant artist community has grown alongside the various businesses, becoming the 16th St. Studios. The Exhibit consists of items manufactured within the building over its 150 year history.


It's happening in SPRING!!


Come see what’s new at the Exhibit on Friday
March 31st


It is with deep sadness that we share the news that Bob Marques of Chez Bob’s has passed away.

I honestly believe that he hung on to make it to his Celebration of Life at Chez Bob’s two weeks ago. All the love showered upon him by his family of friends one last time carried him through this transition. And loved he was.

Bob was the beating heart of RBC and when his health forced him to close up shop, a huge part of RBC’s spirit went with him. One never remained a stranger when entering Bob’s orbit. He made it his business to know your preferences and catered to them. His love for others ran deep and it showed. Bob’s love for Christmas decorating was legendary and there was rarely a Barbie he’d pass up at a flea market. His generous spirit matched his collections as he shared his treasure finds, gifting others with items he wanted you to have. His meatloaf needs no explanation.

Bob’s light shone bright in the heart of RBC, touching all those who stepped into its radiance. His earthly vessel no longer limits its luminous glow.

RIP our precious Bob.


1405 16th Street
Racine, WI


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