Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
July 2004
Forward Wisconsin Reports on Its Second Quarter 2004

ASHWAUBENON - Lord's Dental Studio Inc. will relocate and consolidate its facility to a 37,000-squarefoot building in Ashwaubenon with the help of a $5 million industrial revenue bond. The dental studio manufactures dental prosthetics, retainers, and other orthodontic appliances, and currently operates out of two buildings. The company plans to hire up to 30 more employees once its new facility is completed next spring.

ASHWAUBENON - Paper Converting Machine Company will showcase nonwovens and flexographic machinery for customer use and inspection at a new demonstration center it will open this fall. The company will build a 35,000-square-foot building at its Glory Road location. The firm is a world leader in the manufacture of tissue and nonwovens converting equipment, packaging machinery, coaters, wide web and in-line narrow web flexographic printing presses.

BEAR CREEK - Great Lakes Kraut Company is constructing a 32,000-square-foot expansion to the world's largest sauerkraut production plant that will enable more efficient processing of cabbage. The addition includes the installation of 25 additional 900-ton stainless steel curing vats prior to peak kraut season.

BELLEVUE - Smithfield Beef Group is building a $16 million, 115,000-square-foot, cold storage distribution center near Green Bay. The firm is the fifth-largest beef producer in the United States and represents more than five percent of industry capacity.

BERLIN - Farmers & Merchants Bank, a fixture in the downtown district of the city for nearly 64 years, has purchased the building adjacent to their current location for expansion. When the project is completed this summer, the bank will double in size. The changes will allow the bank to better serve customers, while keeping the historic feel of the downtown location, which includes marble counters and vintage lighting.

CHIPPEWA FALLS - Premium Waters, the nation's largest independent water bottler, is adding a 48,500- square-foot addition to its facility and will initially add ten jobs to its workforce. The $7 million project's first stage began in June and includes a new warehouse and office space. A second stage will include a new blow-molding process to make bottles for a water-bottling operation. The expansion will push the company's total employment over 100.

CHIPPEWA FALLS - TTM Technologies, Inc. will construct a 44,000-square-foot addition to its facility and expects to hire 100 additional employees this year. The company is a leading supplier of technologically advanced printed circuit boards to OEM and electronics manufacturing services companies. The expansion will cost approximately $10 million.

CLINTONVILLE - Seagrave Fire Apparatus plans to build a 137,000-square-foot factory and add 150 jobs there over the next three years. The company is the oldest continuous manufacturer of fire trucks in North America and has announced plans to triple its market share and eventually create several hundred jobs. The firm received national attention for rushing to build 54 New York City fire trucks to replace those destroyed in the World Trade Center attacks.

EAU CLAIRE - Hutchinson Technology Inc., a manufacturer of suspension assemblies for computer disc drives, is completing a 250,000-square-foot addition it started in 1999, but then halted because of an industry slump. The addition will increase the company's local workforce currently at 950 in two area plants. The two plants will now total 750,000 square feet.

GRAFTON - Cedarburg Pharmaceuticals Inc. is expected to triple its manufacturing capacity by the end of the year as a result of its growing business and a $7 million venture capital investment. The firm specializes in drug development and manufacturing and it will increase its employment from about 60 jobs to 70 jobs over the remainder of this year.

HARTFORD - API Software is creating a corporate campus for its growing healthcare software operation. The $7 million project will begin with the construction of a 76,000-square-foot building that will house up to 500 employees. API is an industry leader in developing payroll, human resources, time and attendance, and employee scheduling software for hospitals nationwide.

HARTFORD - Aurora Health Care will build a new and larger $10 million clinic to replace its existing Aurora Health Center clinic there. The 72,000-square-foot building will be more than three times the size of the current clinic and will offer new services like a rehabilitation center, a "walk-in care" clinic and a retail pharmacy. The opening is slated for summer 2005.

LA CROSSE - APAC Customer Services Inc. added about 60 jobs in April and boosted its total employment to 510. The telephone call center added the new jobs by securing a new client in the healthcare field.

MANITOWOC - Tower Tech Systems Inc., a newly formed company that will produce wind tower support structures and monopiles, will begin business in the next three months. The company will rely on RBA Inc., another Manitowoc firm, to provide the fabrication and production. RBA is expected to hire up to 150 additional employeeswithin the next three years to work on the wind tower orders.

MENOMONIE - 3M will add 100,000 square feet to bring its total plant square footage to about 550,000 square feet, and will add 28 new jobs with an expansion project that will be completed over the next two years. The company is adding a new production line for Vikuiti film and expects to start construction on the added space in the next few weeks. The film goes into electronic displays on laptop computers, global positioning systems, and cell phones.

MERRILL - Church Mutual Insurance Company, an insurer of religious organizations throughout the nation, has approved a 70,000-square-foot expansion of its headquarters. The addition to its 110,000-square-foot building will provide training space and staffing for the company through 2015. The firm is expected to break ground for the project later this summer with completion slated for summer 2005.

MIDDLETON - Standard Imaging Inc., a designer and manufacturer of medical instruments, is planning to invest $965,000 to expand and buy new equipment. The firm produces radiation calibration, quality assurance and other testing instruments for applications in radiation cancer therapy, cardiology, diagnostic radiology, medical imaging and biomedical equipment calibration.

MILWAUKEE - Brevient Technologies Inc., a 20- employee software development company, will move into larger office space in the city's 3rd Ward as a result of a new contract to supply Web conferencing technology. The firm will hire up to 12 new employees and moved into its new 10,500-square-foot space in June. The business is currently in 3,500 square feet of space in the 3rd Ward.

MILWAUKEE - Compo Steel Products Inc. will create about 100 jobs as a result of getting two new contracts, one from General Motors and one from the operators of the Panama Canal. The two contracts are valued at $25 million and the company's sales will double as a result of the new work. The firm cuts, forms, welds and paints steel sheets, plates and parts, and currently employs 50 people.

MILWAUKEE - Master Lock Company will add 50 to 60 jobs to its facility there as it closes an American Lock Co. factory in Illinois and transfers some of its work. The added jobs will bring employment at the Milwaukee factory to over 330. The company operates primarily as a component parts manufacturer at this plant, although combination locks are made from start to finish there as well.

MUSCODA - Meister Cheese is adding a 7,500-square-foot expansion to their existing facility. The new addition comes on the heels of last year's 30,000-square-foot expansion and will double the size of the firm's payroll. Meister's produces nearly 20 varieties of specialty cheeses and currently employs 40 at its facility there in the industrial park.

NEENAH - Plexus Corporation is in the midst of hiring 100 people for Fox-Cities based openings and is coming back strong after being hit hard by the bursting of the tech bubble. The manufacturing and engineering company currently employs about 1,750 in the Fox Valley and projects $950 million in revenues for this year.

OAK CREEK - Gladon Co. has broken ground on a 30,000-square-foot, $1.5 million plant that will be completed by September. The firm manufactures swimming pool products and accessories, packaging and insulation materials, building components for residential and small industrial structures, and archival products for museums. The company, which employs 25 people, will move operations from an 18,000-square-foot building it currently leases when the new plant is finished.

OCONOMOWOC - Bruno Independent Living Aids Inc., a manufacturer of independent living products, is planning a 100,000-square-foot expansion with proceeds from a $5.4 million industrial revenue bond. The growth will create 100 new jobs for the producer of stair lifts, power chairs, scooters, vehicle lifts, and other products for individuals with physical disabilities.

PLEASANT PRAIRIE - Nitto Denko Corporation, a Japanese chemical maker, is closing a Permacel adhesive tape factory in New Jersey by year's end and moving its production to Wisconsin. The New Jersey plant had $42 million in annual production that will shift here. Permacel is the second-biggest maker of adhesive tape in the U.S.

PLYMOUTH - BPB is investing $1 million in its acoustical ceiling tile manufacturing facility here. The upgrade will include installation of a material handling system that will stack, flip, package, and palletize the tiles automatically, significantly increasing productivity at the plant. The four-phased improvement will increase production line speeds with shorter run times, resulting in enhanced customer service.

RACINE - Pacific Sands is relocating from California to both be closer to its major customer - S.C. Johnson - and to be located in the top executive's hometown. The company sells non-toxic cleaning products including pool supplies, pet-care products, and an all-purpose cleaner. Five employees will work at the local facility.

RACINE - Z & Z Machine Products has completed an 11,000-square-foot addition to one of its two local machining operations. The firm purchased larger machining equipment and had outgrown its 14,000- square-foot facility. The $400,000 expansion will increase employment over the next three years from about 30 people to 40 people.

REEDSBURG - Cellox LLC, a custom molder of polystyrene products, is planning a $3 million expansion and will benefit from a $2 million industrial revenue bond to pursue their growth. The expansion project is expected to create 30 new jobs.

STEVENS POINT - Global Energy Systems, a new manufacturing company that produces components for wind-power electric generating towers, plans to locate there in fall 2004 to serve a growing demand for wind power generators in Wisconsin. The firm is planning to occupy the former Woodward Governor Company factory and also build an adjacent 200,000-square-foot fabricating center. The business is planning on employing about 100 people.

STEVENS POINT - Skyward Inc., a company that develops school administration software for finance and student databases for K-12 school districts, is in the midst of a $1.7 million expansion project. The project includes the purchase of equipment, a 30,000-square-foot building addition and the creation of 48 new jobs.

STOUGHTON - Chr. Hansen Inc., a producer of natural ingredients for the food, pharmaceutical, and agricultural industries, has completed a $7 million expansion that has been going on for the past 18 months. The plant has doubled in size to 31,000 square feet and about 25 new employees have been hired. The new space manufactures excipients - basically inert substances that serve as vehicles for drugs and coatings for pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements.

STURGEON BAY - Palmer Johnson, a yacht manufacturer, is adding 10 to 20 carpenters to its workforce as it begins work on a new double-deck line of 120-foot sport yachts. The company has begun work on two of the new-styled yachts. The firm is hopeful that the smaller sport yachts will capture a new market to supplement its existing line of triple-deck 130 to 140 feet luxury yachts.

TOMAHAWK - Harley-Davidson Motor Company has begun a 35,000-square-foot expansion project that should be completed by the end of summer. The plant addition will allow the facility to expand its capacity for the plastics injection-molding operation that is used to make parts such as saddlebags, windshields, and sidecars. The plant currently employs about 400 workers.

TURTLE LAKE - Lake County Dairy is constructing a new cheese manufacturing plant that will begin operations in July of this year. The 60,000-square-foot building will sit on a 14-acre site straddling the border between Polk and Barron counties. The facility will manufacture 20 million pounds of cheese once it is fully operational.

WAUKESHA - MetalTek International Inc. is investing $2.7 million in capital equipment at its Wisconsin Centrifugal division plant there over the next 12 to 14 months. The plant recently added 30 jobs and now employs 420 people.

WAUKESHA - Sunset Bank & Savings plans to build a $2 million, 30,000-square-foot office and retail building that will house the company's new headquarters. The bank will own the three-story structure and it will be completed by summer 2005. Before the building goes up, the company plans on opening a second location in Waukesha by summer 2004.

WAUKESHA - Sealtronix Inc. has more than doubled the size of its plant, from 7,000 square feet to 15,000 square feet, and will hire additional employees later this year. The company provides protective sealant for electronic and electrical components such as automotive sensors.

WAUNAKEE - Suttle-Straus is building a $4 million, 120,000-square-foot facility there to accommodate growing demand for the firm's innovative printing and distribution work. The new building is twice the size of its existing facility and the firm plans to create 30 or more new jobs over the next two years. Suttle-Straus was formed in 2001 when Suttle Press of Waunakee bought Madison's Straus Printing.

WEST ALLIS - Alterra Healthcare Corp, an operator of assisted living residences, is moving its corporate headquarters to a former industrial building there. About 160 employees will make the move around November 1st of this year. The company is the latest in a series of new tenants at Summit Place, a building that was part of the now-defunct Allis Chalmers Corp.'s manufacturing complex.

WEST ALLIS - Chr. Hansen Inc. has finished a $5.2 million expansion that includes the world's largest minus 55 degrees Celsius freezer. The freezer stores cultures and enzymes that are used in the production of foods, primarily dairy products. With the addition, production of Easy-Set cheese cultures will shift from a plant in Europe to this facility. The Danish biotech giant has added about 20 employees due to the expansion.

WINDSOR - EC Moving & Storage, an Eau Claire based moving and storage company, has opened a facility here with nearly 40 employees. The company is an Atlas Van Lines agent and does interstate moving under the Atlas banner, as well as provides storage services that include special and custom needs such as museum pieces.

WISCONSIN - U.S. Cellular will invest $100 million in 2004 to upgrade it wireless communications network in the state, while Verizon Wireless is planning more than $38 million in network expansion and upgrades in the state during the calendar year. Cingular Wireless would not disclose the amount of its 2004 investment in Wisconsin but said it would be "significant" and noted that it spent $32 million here in 2003. A large portion of the investment is related to high-speed data transmission services.

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