Success Stories

Konecranes


Konecranes, an international manufacturer of heavy lift equipment, has expanded its Electric Components Manufacturing Center to a new location in Pleasant Prairie, relocating from Gurnee, IL. The company considered multiple locations before choosing southeast Wisconsin for its new operation. Milwaukee's assets - workforce, location, educational system and infrastructure - combined with the region's strong manufacturing base played an important part in the company's decision to locate here.


Kenall


Kenall, a lighting manufacturer, is relocating its entire company operations to Kenosha from Gurnee, Ill. The company is moving to a new 354,000-square-foot headquarters and will investment approximately $30 million in capital improvements. The company currently has approximately 400 employees and plans to grow to more than 600 by 2018.

Attracting Kendall to Kenosha was a team effort, with Gov. Walker, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., City of Kenosha, Kenosha County, Kenosha Area Business Alliance, Gateway Technical College and Milwaukee 7 working closely and collaboratively for 10 months to land the deal for Wisconsin.

PTF Pfuller


German manufacturer PTF Pfuller is opening an office in Sturtevant for the company's first U.S. operation. PTF produces high-precision metal components used in the semiconductor, medical device, aerospace and food industries. The company plans to add distribution and production capabilities in the next few years as its customer base grows. PTF chose the Milwaukee Region because of its central location, proximity to existing customers and quality technical colleges.

Argon Industries


Argon Industries, a Milwaukee-based fabricator of metal parts for generators, appliances and HVAC equipment, is consolidating its two plants in southeast Wisconsin to a single facility on Milwaukee's northwest side. Argon’s new facility will enable it to more than double employment from 71 currently to 150 within three years. Argon is investing $4.53 million to acquire and equip the new facility. Milwaukee 7 helped identify properties early in the process and coordinated the incentive offerings that were eventually made by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and the Milwaukee Economic Development Corp.

Milwaukee Electric Tool


Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. is expanding its research and development center with a $6 million investment and will add 60 new jobs at its Brookfield headquarters in the coming years. As part of the investment, Milwaukee Electric Tool has established a global rotary hammer advanced development center as well as an advanced motor development and prototyping center. The company's facility in Brookfield has more than 400 employees. Milwaukee currently employs approximately 1,000 people globally.

Campbell's Soup


Campbell's Soup has consolidated its spice production in Milwaukee, moving the work done at its New Jersey operation to Milwaukee and adding 10 production jobs. The company is retaining 35 jobs here at its local operation, bringing its total workforce to 45.

United Natural Foods


United Natural Foods is planning to start construction this summer on a $41 million organic food distribution center in Sturtevant. Based in Providence, R.I., the company will use the facility as a hub for its distribution throughout the Midwest, and create 220 jobs.

Noark Electric


Noark Electric is a manufacturer of electrical components that is headquartered in China and has significant operations in Europe. The company has moved its U.S. operation from Rockford, IL to Oak Creek. Noark expects to have 19 technical and administrative positions in Oak Creek by 2015.

Fire Safety Sales


Fire Safety Sales relocated from Bloomington, IL to the City of Milwaukee. A manufacturer and distributor of fire suppression devices, the company will bring 19 headquarters, sales and support staff positions to it new location. In addition to receiving a $1.2 million line of credit from the Milwaukee Economic Development Corp., the firm expects to receive support through the federal EB-5 foreign investment program.

Blue7 Solutions


Blue Star Infotech of India and Trisept Solutions of Bayside have announced a joint venture, Blue7 Solutions, that will create 250 new jobs in Bayside over the next five years at an average salary of $60,000. This marks Milwaukee 7's largest foreign direct investment project to date.

Blue7 Solutions will be a “Travel Services Center of Excellence” serving the customers of Blue Star and Trisept. Blue Star Infotech, based in Mumbai, India, is an IT firm that operates seven software development centers in Mumbai and Bangalore. Trisept Solutions, headquartered in Bayside, has 180 employees worldwide and provides technology services for vacation packages and travel agencies, facilitating 3.5 million travel packages annually. Wisconsin was in competition with four other states for the operation, including Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.

Paul Davis Restoration


Paul Davis Restoration is moving its headquarters, training facility, and 100 jobs to Milwaukee’s south side in a new 40,000 square-foot building. Paul Davis Restoration is a series of local franchises owned by The Franchise Company out of Toronto, Canada. The company provides insurance and disaster recovery services including construction, restoration and stabilization, data and record recovery, and equipment restoration. 

Paul Davis will make a capital investment of $10 million in equipment and a new headquarters building to be located in Milwaukee along I-94 north of Becher, and will create approximately 100 jobs over the next six years. The company considered other cities including Houston, Omaha and Indianapolis for its national headquarters and training facility before choosing Milwaukee.

Inesa


Inesa has located its flagship North American operation in Milwaukee’s Menomonee River Valley.  The company manufactures electric panels for customers serving a variety of industrial markets. Inesa is a joint venture between Grupo Elektra and Ine, both headquartered in Spain.  The company will occupy 5,700 square feet of space at the Canal Street Commerce Center, where it will assemble and test panels.  The company will initially employ five people at the Milwaukee location.

“Milwaukee was on our radar screen because Ingeteam and Talgo, which are already customers, are located here,” said Iñigo Lopetegui, Operating Manager for Inesa.  “But we quickly realized that Milwaukee’s deep manufacturing assets, such as a highly skilled workforce, would support the long-term objective of growing our U.S. customer base.  This is an excellent place for manufacturers like us.” 

Bostik


Bostik is consolidating its R&D operations and planning a $10 million expansion at its U.S. headquarters in Wauwatosa,
resulting in the creation of 76 new jobs. Bostik has 164 employees in Wauwatosa and is among the largest manufacturers of
adhesives and sealants in the world. Bostik is part of Bostik worldwide, which is based in France. Bostik has operations in eight other U.S. states and 40 countries, with worldwide employment of 4,600. 

Wauwatosa will become a Bostik Global Center of Excellence for adhesives technology. Other locations were strongly considered for the operation. “We looked at consolidating our R&D facilities in Paris, Shanghai or Wauwatosa,” said Bob Marquette, Bostik president and CEO.

Baptista's Bakery


Baptista’s Bakery is planning a major expansion that will nearly double the size of its baking facility in Franklin. The $75 million project will add  new equipment and about 120,000 square feet of additional space. The contract manufacturer of baked snacks currently has 160 employees and plans to add more than 200 new full-time jobs when the expansion is completed. The City of Franklin is providing a $500,000 grant in conjunction with $2.26 million from a state tax credit program to support the expansion.

Stelly & Chewy's


Stella & Chewy’s, a producer of natural pet food for dogs and cats, is moving from Muskego to a larger location in Milwaukee. The company produces high-end pet food for dogs and cats from 95% all-natural meat and organic fruits and vegetables that is frozen or freeze-dried, which maintains the taste and nutritional benefits. Stella & Chewy's currently has 26 employees and plans to add eight or nine more with the expansion, which includes $6 million in capital investment.

Thomas Magnete


Thomas Magnete, a German manufacturer of fluid power devices for the automotive and machinery markets, has selected Brookfield for its first production facility in the U.S. to better serve and expand its American customer base.

Thomas Magnete USA is owned by Thomas Magnete GmbH, headquartered in Herdorf, Germany, with operations in Europe and Asia. The company will spend $3 million to buy equipment and renovate a 20,000-square-foot leased building, and expects to create 27 new jobs by 2015. The State of Wisconsin, Waukesha County, the City of Brookfield and M7 worked collaboratively to secure this project. The company chose the Milwaukee Region based on its workforce, location, educational system and infrastructure that all directly support manufacturing.

Sic Lazaro


Spanish firm Sic Lazaro, a producer of industrial counterweights, is establishing its first manufacturing operation in North America on Milwaukee’s far north side. The company will occupy a 138,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at 7044-7100 N. Teutonia Ave. Sic Lazaro expected to open in fall 2011 and hire about 30 employees within a year.

The company targeted Wisconsin as a location because of the state’s manufacturing heritage and base. “We think Milwaukee is an excellent location for manufacturing and an ideal place from which to serve the U.S. market,” said Cliff Ratza, who will manage the company’s Milwaukee plant.

Quad/Graphics


Quad/Graphics will create as many as 1,300 jobs in southeast Wisconsin as it merges operations following the acquisition of World Color Press Inc. in 2010 for $1.3 billion. “Milwaukee 7 was instrumental in helping us early on in our process of deciding where to put these 1,300 jobs,” said Joel Quadracci, Quad/Graphics chairman, president and CEO.

Now the second-largest printer in the Western Hemisphere, Sussex-based Quad is receiving $46 million in state assistance through Enterprise Zone tax credits to create the new jobs and retain 5,500 existing jobs in Wisconsin. The merged company has combined sales of $5.1 billion and 30,000 employees, with about 6,000 workers in Wisconsin at five plants.

Bucyrus International


Bucyrus International is expanding its mining equipment operations and will create 515 jobs as a result of growing demand and the acquisition of the mining division of Terex Corp. South Milwaukee-based Bucyrus is investing $44 million for the project, including $5 million for worker training and $39 million in capital investment to rehab the former Midwest Airlines headquarters in Oak Creek that will serve as its headquarters. The state is providing $20 million in the form of Enterprise Zone tax credits to support the company’s consolidation and expansion.

Caterpillar, the world's largest construction equipment maker, recently announced it has agreed to buy Bucyrus for $7.6 billion to greatly expand its mining machine manufacturing footprint, adding large shovels and drills to its range of smaller mining machinery. Peoria, Ill.-based Cat will locate its global mining division headquarters at Bucyrus' new headquarters in Oak Creek.

Seda International Packaging Group


Seda International Packaging Group, a world leader in paper converting for the food industry, is locating its North American
packaging facility in Racine County, creating 189 new jobs. The state is providing $4.2 million in tax credits and a $1.5 million Community Development Block Grant forgivable loan.

Italy-based Seda chose Wisconsin for its first North American location over Toronto and Pennsylvania. “Wisconsin’s well-trained workforce and Gov. Doyle’s personal pitch to our company are among the major reasons we are locating our manufacturing operations in Wisconsin, and we look forward to a long and successful relationship with the state,” said Gianfranco D'Amato, managing director of Seda International Packaging Group. The Seda Group produces packaging for ice cream, beverages and fast food containers.

Waukesha Electric Systems


Waukesha Electric Systems is breaking ground on a $70 million plant expansion that is expected to add up to 250 jobs. One of the largest manufacturers of power transformers in the U.S., Waukesha Electric is preparing to build bigger power transformers that can cost up to $10 million each and weigh hundreds of tons. The company considered sites in Turkey, China, India and other parts of the U.S.

Telcom & Data


Telcom & Data, a 15-year-old provider of telecommunications products, has selected Bay View on Milwaukee’s south side for its new location. The company chose Milwaukee because it wanted to escape the expense of Chicago, but stay in a vibrant community. “Milwaukee is like Chicago in that we’re by the lake, it’s got a lot of great places like Chicago, but it’s not like Chicago in that it’s much more affordable to live here (and) rent space here,” said Telcom President Ricardo Trinidad. The company plans on hiring 20 workers with room to expand up to 30.

American Micro Detection Systems


American Micro Detection Systems, Inc., a water technology company, announced it has chosen Milwaukee as the location for its manufacturing and support operations. AMDS, headquartered in Stockton, Cal., manufactures sophisticated analytical instruments used to detect contaminants in water and other fluids. The company will initially employ around 10 people when it opens in, but hopes to have several hundred employees in five years.

AMDS' decision to locate in Milwaukee is another example of how water technology is becoming a strong driver of economic development in southeast Wisconsin. AMDS considered two other U.S. cities before selecting Milwaukee for its operations. Key factors in the company's decision were the region's focus on water technology and our core group of companies and academic institutions, including UW-Milwaukee's School of Freshwater Sciences; a deep pool of manufacturing talent; assets that support manufacturing; and investment by Badger Meter.

Helios USA


Helios USA has chosen Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley as the site for its first photovoltaic manufacturing plant serving the growing North American market. The first solar module manufacturer in Wisconsin, Helios will begin full production in the fourth quarter of 2010 and utilize an advanced, automated production platform to serve both the commercial and residential markets.

Helios selected Milwaukee based on its energy-related manufacturing heritage and its skilled labor pool. The company expects to hire 10 to 20 people by the end of 2010 and more than 50 by the following summer. Multiple entities collaborated to lure Helios to Milwaukee, including the Milwaukee 7, City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation, Wisconsin Department of Commerce and BizStarts.

Ingeteam


Ingeteam Inc., a Spanish manufacturer of wind turbine generators, will bring 275 jobs to a new factory to be built in Milwaukee that will serve as the company’s North American headquarters. The new 50,000-square-foot plant will be constructed in the Menomonee Valley, a former brownfield that has received national awards for its revitalization. The Zamudio, Spain-based company selected Milwaukee from 80 sites.

“Milwaukee has a labor pool experienced in electrical manufacturing…the area also boasts prestigious universities with some of the highest-ranked engineering departments in the country," said Aitor Sotes, CEO of Ingeteam Inc.

Another lure was a new state tax credit provided to companies that create full-time jobs.

Republic Airways


Republic Airways Holdings Inc., parent company of Midwest Airlines, plans to move 800 jobs to Milwaukee and Oak Creek, including the relocation of at least 300 jobs from Frontier Airlines, comprising 200 heavy-maintenance positions now located in Denver and about 100 call-center employees now stationed in Las Cruces, N.M. Republic acquired Frontier in a deal that closed Oct. 1.

The consolidation plan will retain 800 jobs and create up to 800 more. Job functions include flight crews, heavy aircraft maintenance and technical support and reservations call center. “We are pleased that Republic Airlines chose to expand in Milwaukee County,” Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker said. “This is a big win for the Milwaukee 7 and for General Mitchell International Airport.”

C&D Technologies


C&D Technologies, a manufacturer of industrial batteries headquartered in Pennsylvania with a plant in Milwaukee, was having workforce and permitting issues here. Milwaukee 7 spearheaded a regional response, which helped establish 50 additional jobs. Additional assistance helped secure a federal earmark for the company that led to an initial commitment to bring a multimillion-dollar lithium-ion battery research facility and up to 150 new jobs to Milwaukee, beating out Pennsylvania and Shanghai, China, for the plant.

Clifton Gunderson


Clifton Gunderson, one of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and consulting firms, relocated its corporate headquarters from Peoria, Ill. to Wauwatosa on June 1, 2009.  The move was made in conjunction with the promotion of Krista McMasters to CEO.

Only the fourth CEO in Clifton Gunderson’s nearly 50 year history, McMasters also is the first and only female to serve as CEO among the nation’s top 25 certified public accounting firms in the history of the profession. “Milwaukee is a vibrant city, rich in culture and history, and locating our firm headquarters here reinforces our commitment to Wisconsin and to our local clients.” said McMasters. “This decision will allow us to better support and meet the needs of our Milwaukee-area clients while continuing to provide the high level of quality and service they have come to expect from us.”

Gehl Corporation


Gehl Corporation, the West Bend manufacturer of construction and agricultural equipment, considered relocating to another state. At risk were 190 high paying headquarter jobs, and the potential of more than 80 new R&D positions. Thanks to a regional response coordinated by the Milwaukee 7 that included $7 million in state, county and municipal incentives, Gehl built a new $20 million headquarters and R&D facility that stabilizes and anchors West Bend.

Patient Care


JANE COOPER

Jane Cooper never intended to leave New Orleans. “I took off from my house to go jogging, went around the corner, and saw the water. I turned around and went back to my house, my husband and I packed up what we could, and we got out.”

Hurricane Katrina ensured that she would not return, leaving behind not only her home, but a successful business – Patient Care – that she started in 2001. Learn more...

Chryspac


WILLIAM BECKETT

The Milwaukee Region's proximity to Chicago, its large manufacturing sector and its available pool of low-skilled workers have proven to be the perfect ingredients for William Beckett to grow his business.

"The services we provide are hand-type work that you can't automate or don't want to automate," he says of Chryspac, a contract packaging firm that provides packaging, light assembly, quality inspections, sorting and fulfillment services. "Milwaukee has a very large and underutilized low-skilled workforce that is ideal for our work." Learn more...

SysLogic


TINA CHANG

Tina Chang is no stranger to "big ponds." She hails from New York City and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison before coming to Milwaukee to work for a national consulting firm.

Once here, she quickly came to realize the region's potential. Eventually she became majority owner of SysLogic, a custom software development and IT consulting firm. Now she has no reason to leave. Learn more...

Frontier Medical Products


MARK ROLISON

Mark Rolison's entrepreneurial spirit doesn't allow him to sit still for long. Since moving to Milwaukee from the Chicago area 15 years ago, he has worked as a project manager for several industrial products companies before starting a residential real estate business buying and rehabbing properties.

Then commercial real estate caught his eye. “I had always wanted to own my own business," Rolison says. Learn more...

GenMet


ERIC AND MARY ISBISTER

A business culture focused on getting things done, a strong infrastructure and a workforce thirsty to learn. That's what has impressed Eric and Mary Isbister, who moved to the Milwaukee Region from the East Coast in 1997 to run GenMet Corp., a Mequon-based metal fabricator. Learn more...

Individual Success Stories

Samantha DeLay


Samantha DeLay has a new perspective of Milwaukee after moving here to start a career in financial services.

DeLay is a research analyst for Robert W. Baird & Co., a leading full-service investment firm that has been named to Fortune's "100 Best Companies To Work For" for ten consecutive years. Learn more...

Carolyn Woznicki


Relocating is never easy, but for Carolyn Woznicki and her family, it didn’t take long to feel right at home in the Milwaukee Region.

Woznicki is vice president of global purchasing for Johnson Controls Building Efficiency Group and lives in Wind Lake in Racine County.  Since moving here from Michigan, she and her family have enjoyed experiencing the array of attractions, festivals and area events the Milwaukee area and the state have to offer. Learn more...

Sean Kennedy


Relocating from San Francisco, Sean Kennedy doesn't miss the endless congestion of California and the high cost of living. 

Kennedy moved to Milwaukee several years ago with his wife when she was recruited by an area hospital for a surgeon position. They now make their home in the city of Greenfield, a suburb just south of Milwaukee. Learn more...