Brightree brings 80 jobs to Paddock Lake

Carl Edenhofer and County Executive Jim Kreuser look over part of the second floor of Brightree's new offices in Paddock Lake.

There were 80 more people working in Paddock Lake today than there were Friday.

That’s because Brightree Services, a medical reimbursements service company, moved from Antioch Friday afternoon into new 12,00 square foot quarters in a building in the Paddock Lake Heights office complex.

Speakers at a press conference to announce the move lauded a joint effort by Paddock Lake, the county executive’s office, the Kenosha Area Business Alliance, comercial lender First Banking Center and Paddock Lake Heights developers Carl Edenhofer, Rick Zanow and Charles Labanowski. County Executive Jim Kreuser and Paddock Lake village President Marlene Goodson and some members of Paddock Lake village staff also attended the press conference, which was held at Paddock Lake Village Hall.

Here, Kreuser talks to the significance of Brightree coming to Paddock Lake:

Here, Edenhofer tells a little about the eight-month process that eventually brought Brightree to the village:

Here, Goodson welcomes Brightree and thanks, Edenhofer, Zanow and Labanowsky for selecting Paddock Lake for their development.

Paddock Lake Heights partners Charles Labanowsky, Rick Zanow and Carl Edenhofer pose outside Brightree's new Paddock Lake location.

A particularly interesting element of the story is how quickly Brightreee moved from their former cramped Antioch, Illinois quarters to their brand new digs in Paddock Lake. Steve Andrews, general manager of Brightree Reimbursement Services, said employees packed their desks into rented cargo containers Friday starting at 3 p.m. By 5:30 p,m,, the packing was completed in Antioch  and by 7 p.m., the containers were in Paddock Lake.

On Monday, business was essentially as normal, said Andrews, who splits time between this location and one in Georgia.

“I love the area and the people seem very nice,” Andrews said. “We’re here and we’re glad to be here.”

Brightree will occupy all of this building in the Paddock Lake Heights development.

Paddock Lake Heights developer Rick Zanow, right foreground, explains to County Executive Jim Kreuser how Brightree employees used these orange containers to speed moving.


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