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Couple Brings New Life to Racine Business With SBA, WBC, and Local Assistance

When Christine and Dick Burt were seeking a new business, they saw an opportunity to save jobs and grow a company in Racine. In 2010, they started a manufacturing company specializing in vinyl heat sealing and named their business Altus Vinyl. Altus is Latin for 'noble', which expressed their aspirations for the company. Altus received an SBA 7(a) loan and a microloan from SBA resource partner WWBIC to fund a business expansion.  They also worked with the Racine County Economic Development Corporation.

Altus Vinyl LLC offers capabilities in heat sealing products and can provide added customized features such as foil stamping, debossing, screen printing, and magnetics. Customer service is a hallmark of their work.

By 2012, the business had grown from 5 to 12 employees, many of whom had previously worked in the industry and had been laid off prior to Altus opening its doors. Sales had grown by 62%. Thanks to its recent expansion, Altus is positioned for future growth.... Read More