TimkenSteel Picks Stark County, Ohio for $40M Manufacturing Facility

TimkenSteel (NYSE: TMST) announced plans to locate a new manufacturing facility in Perry Township near Canton, Ohio for its value-added steel operations.

TimkenSteel

TimkenSteel (photo – timkensteel.com)

The company will invest $40 million into the project to establish the plant on the same site as the TimkenSteel Gambrinus Steel Plant.

The new facility will be fully operational within two years, and will have 12 full-time employees performing heat-treat operations with an annual capacity of 50,000 process-tons of four to thirteen inch bars and tubes.

Perry Township and Stark County secured the project with state support and assistance from Ohio economic development organization JobsOhio.

Shawn J. Seanor , executive vice president of Energy and Distribution, TimkenSteel, said in a release that their decision to locate the new operation near their Canton facilities offers operational benefits and comes after strong local and state support.

The company’s release did not disclose details about the economic development incentives that TimkenSteel is getting for the project. According to a report in the Canton Repository, TimkenSteel is getting a $100,000 workforce training grant from JobsOhio, and Stark County has approved a 10-year, 60 percent tax abatement.

This investment and expansion of their operations in Northeast Ohio follows a larger $225 million investment announced in 2012 at the company’s Faircrest Steel Plant in Stark County.  That investment in turn was announced immediately after The Timken Company and members of USW Local 1123 agreed on a new five-year labor agreement.

That labor agreement covers four of the company’s plants in Stark County through Sept 2017, and replaced an older agreement that would have expired in the middle of the new investment project. Overall, Timken has invested around $500 million after initiating an improvement program of its Northeast Ohio steel operations in 2006.

This latest $40 million investment is significant because it is the first major investment made by TimkenSteel after it was spun off from The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR) as a separate publicly traded company earlier this year in June.

Stark County and Ohio secured the new $40 million project despite competition from another location in the Houston area in Texas. The new investment and the continuity of the labor agreement through 2017 ensure that TimkenSteel facilities will have just as big a presence and growth in Northeast Ohio as they did under The Timken Company.

TimkenSteel’s global operations include facilities in six countries that together have around 3,000 employees. The company is one of the leading producers of large alloy steel bars and seamless mechanical tubing in North America, and generated sales of $1.4 billion last year.

Berkshire Hathaway Subsidiary CTB Expanding Headquarters in Milford, Indiana

Agricultural systems and solutions designer and manufacturer CTB, Inc. announced plans to expand its headquarters operations in Milford, IN.

CTB, Inc.

CTB, Inc. (photo – ctbinc.com)

CTB, a Berkshire Hathaway company, will invest $7.11 million for improving existing structures and adding a new 45,000-square foot facility to the 127-acre campus in Milford.

As part of the expansion, the company expects to create 80 new jobs by 2017. CTB already employs 700 full-time Indiana associates, and plans to begin hiring for the new positions in 2015.

The new facility is expected to be operational by mid-2015, and will support the manufacturing and storage operations of CTB’s global Chore-Time poultry and egg production systems business unit.

Chore-Time Group Executive Vice President Chris Stoler said in a release that they already have a substantial investment in Milford with a highly-skilled long-term workforce and a special relationship with Kosciusko County that goes back decades.

Stoler added that with financial assistance from Milford community and the State of Indiana, they’re glad to be able to leverage the logistical, employment and efficiency advantages of building in Milford rather than another location.

In order to secure the project, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation approved $600,000 in conditional tax credits to support CTB’s expansion. The tax credits are tied to the company’s job creation and investment plans.

The Town of Milford is additionally considering approving local incentives for the project requested by the Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation.

CTB was founded as Chore-Time in 1952, and acquired by Berkshire Hathaway in 2002. CTB, now a wholly-owned Berskshire Hathaway subsidiary, has over $1 billion in annual sales serving the egg, poultry and pig production industries, along with poultry processing and post-harvest grain management systems.

Apart from the headquarters campus in Milford, CTB also has additional manufacturing and warehousing facilities in Indiana located in Frankfort and Vincennes, and in several other states and seven other countries.

The IEDC also announced that German agribusiness manufacturer HALDRUP has selected the Ossian Industrial Park in Ossian, IN as the site for its first company-owned U.S. manufacturing facility.

HALDRUP USA will be investing $13 million for building a new 24,000-square-foot facility in Ossian, and plans to create 65 new jobs by 2017. HALDRUP, which designs custom field research equipment, already has 167 associates worldwide.

Within the next five years, the company plans to have the Indiana facility producing all the field research equipment they sell in the U.S., Canada and South America.

The IEDC secured this project by offering HALDRUP USA conditional tax credits of up to $645,000, in addition to training grants of up to $200,000 tied to the company’s job creation plans.

The Ossian Redevelopment Corp. and Wells County are considering additional local incentives for the project requested by Wells County Economic Development.

Plan to Solarize Rhode Island Kicks Off in North Smithfield

North Smithfield, RI is now officially the first community in Rhode Island to launch a new residential and commercial solar energy program called Solarize RI.

Solarize RI launch in North Smithfield, Rhode Island

Solarize RI launch in North Smithfield, Rhode Island (photo – solarizeri.com)

The Solarize RI campaign was created as a partnership effort involving the official Rhode Island economic development organization Commerce RI, non-profit firm SmartPower, and the RI Office of Energy Resources.

The Solarize model is designed to reduce the cost of solar installations and make it a financial imperative for homes and businesses.

The program relies on four key aspects to reduce solar installation costs – a competitive bidding process to select the installer; a tiered pricing system which reduces the cost as more people go solar; community-based outreach and marketing; and a specified end date for the program to encourage participation.

Solarize North Smithfield has already completed the first part to select RGS Energy, Inc. as its official Solarize installer. The marketing and outreach campaign for Solarize is being handled by SmartPower, a national non-profit marketing organization which works to promote clean renewable energy and energy efficiency.

To show its support for the program, the North Smithfield Town Council has already approved a 20-year municipal tax exemption for residential and rooftop commercial PV (photovoltaic) systems.

The Solarize North Smithfield campaign kicked off at the headquarters of National Marker Company. NMC is installing a rooftop solar generation system with the help of a Renewable Energy Fund grant from Commerce RI.

Commerce RI Executive Director Marcel A. Valois said in a release that through the Solarize partnership, they will be able to work with municipalities for offering solar installations at lower costs, while helping expand the renewable energy sector as a growing source of jobs and economic activity in Rhode Island.

Valois added that with greater adoption of solar energy, they hope to leverage the Solarize program to continue providing Renewable Energy Fund resources for supporting more projects around the state.

National Marker President Michael Black said they are happy to be part of the launch of Solarize RI, and excited that North Smithfield is the first town to participate. Black added that as a business owner and resident, the program allows them to shrink their energy footprint and create a cleaner environment for future generations.

RI OER Commissioner Dr. Marion Gold said the Solarize program is a proven model for reducing the costs of solar, and will help homes and businesses protect themselves against rising electricity rates while protecting the environment.

CCI Selects Louisiana For $1.2B Methanol Manufacturing Plant

Castleton Commodities International LLC announced plans to invest $1.2 billion to establish a new methanol manufacturing plant in Braithwaite, an unincorporated community in Plaquemines Parish, south of New Orleans.

CCI methanol plant announcement for Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana

CCI methanol plant announcement for Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana (photo – GNO, Inc.)

The new CCI facility will be built on the 387-acre former AMAX Nickel site, on the Mississippi River’s east bank.

The company expects to create 50 direct jobs at the facility with an average annual salary of around $72,000, plus benefits.

Louisiana Economic Development further estimates that the CCI methanol plant will support the creation of another 291 indirect jobs, adding up to a total of 340 jobs.

The project will also create an estimated 1,000 construction jobs. CCI will begin construction in 2016, and is scheduled to complete the build out within two years. The CCI plant will then produce approximately 5,000 metric tons of methanol every day, using natural gas as a feedstock.

CCI CEO William C. Reed II said in a release that Louisiana has a strong business climate, great workforce and a robust energy infrastructure. Furthermore, Reed added that the project location along the Mississippi River close to New Orleans makes it ideal for multiple projects.

Reed mentioned that major deciding factors in the selection of Plaquemines Parish for the project included proximity to a major waterway and deepwater ports, access to natural gas pipelines, truck and rail, and the expedited permitting process by the State of Louisiana.

LED began negotiations on the CCI project back in Sept 2013, and the company has been offered an incentives package that includes workforce solutions through LED FastStart, the state’s workforce development program. CCI will also be eligible to apply for additional incentives under the Industrial Tax Exemption and Quality Jobs program.

Gov. Bobby Jindal said that having made economic development one of their top priorities in Louisiana, they are proud to see record industrial investment and job creation rise up across the state. The Governor mentioned several similarly large projects from Sasol to Benteler and Dow, among others.

Gov. Jindal added that CCI is now joining the impressive list of global investors choosing to invest their capital and create jobs of the future in Louisiana.

Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser thanked Gov. Jindal and Louisiana Secretary of Economic Development Stephen Moret for their efforts to bring “this great economic development project” to Plaquemines Parish even as the parish continues to rebuild.

Michael Hecht, president and CEO of Greater New Orleans economic development organization GNO, Inc., said that CCI’s decision to invest in a methanol manufacturing facility underscores Louisiana’s combination of business climate, logistics and focus on international trade which he said make it a top location for industrial projects.

Stamford, CT-based Castleton Commodities International LLC has offices in Houston, TX and Denver, CO, in addition to foreign affiliate offices in Calgary, Canada; Uruguay; Singapore; Geneva, Switzerland; and Shanghai, China.

HUD Offers $24M Under Jobs-Plus Pilot Program to Combine Housing With Training and Job Placements

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is making $24 million available to Public Housing Authorities under the Jobs-Plus Pilot Program.

HUD Secretary Julian Castro tours Central Falls RI with Gov. Chafee, Sen. Jack Reed, and Mayor James Diossa

HUD Secretary Julian Castro tours Central Falls RI with Gov. Chafee, Sen. Jack Reed, and Mayor James Diossa (photo – reed.senate.gov)

The program is designed to help support public housing residents find jobs through an on-site job center located at the housing development which provides work readiness training and job placements.

In order to obtain funding under the Jobs-Plus Pilot Program, PHAs are required to partner with the Department of Labor American Job Centers system to improve employment and earnings outcomes.

The program offers residents rent-based incentives to find work, and also includes a community support for work element where residents share information about work opportunities and other program benefits.

The original Jobs-Plus idea goes back a decade to the mid-90s, conceived to find solutions to the high degree of poverty and unemployment in public housing developments.  Research tracking conducted by non-profit social policy research organization MDRC over six years in cities including Los Angeles, Seattle, Baltimore, St. Paul, Chattanooga and Dayton compared the results for residents living in communities with access to the Jobs-Plus program against similar communities that did not.

The program was voluntary, but worked very well in four of the six sites which properly implemented the program, generating a substantial and lasting rise in residents’ earnings. Los Angeles, Seattle, St. Paul and Dayton reported that three-quarters of the targeted residents made use of the Jobs Plus services, rent-based incentives, or both.

The Seattle program was interrupted because residents were relocated under another program while the Jobs Plus efforts were underway. In the remaining three cities where it was fully implemented, annual earnings gains among residents averaged $1,141 (14 percent improvement) in the four-year follow-up period after the program’s initial implementation.

Cumulatively over the four years, earnings gains added up to nearly $6,000 per working resident, and to almost $4,600 per resident for the entire development, including non-workers.

The announcement of the new $24 million in funding availability under the Jobs-Plus Pilot was made by  HUD Secretary Julian Castro during a neighborhood tour in Central Falls, RI.

Sec. Castro was accompanied by RI Governor Lincoln D. Chafee, US Senator for Rhode Island Jack Reed, and Central Falls Mayor James Diossa. HUD is one of the federal agencies helping to jumpstart a Central Falls economic development revival.

During the tour, Senator Reed also announced that eleven housing agencies in Rhode Island have been awarded $944,261 under the HUD Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program to help housing residents access job training resources, find work and achieve economic independence.

MidAmerican Energy Expands $1.9B Iowa Wind Project With Another $280M Investment

The biggest Iowa economic development project in history just got a little bit bigger. MidAmerican Energy Company announced an additional investment of $280 million to their previously announced $1.9 billion wind project.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announce MidAmerican Energy wind project expansion

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announce MidAmerican Energy wind project expansion (photo – iowa.gov)

The two new projects, including a new wind farm in Adams County and expansion of a second site in O’Brien County, will add another 67 wind turbines and 162 megawatts of wind generation capacity in Iowa.

These new projects will further reduce energy costs passed through to customers by around $93 million over ten years.

MidAmerican Energy Company President and CEO Bill Fehrman was joined for the announcement by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.

Fehrman is quoted in a statement issued by the company as saying that the new project reflects their commitment to the development of renewable energy.

Apart from the energy rate reduction benefits for consumers and reduction in the company’s own carbon footprint, the $280 million investment in the two wind projects will also produce other economic development benefits. This includes more than $40 million in expected property tax revenues over 30 years, plus annual landowner payments.

Also, the turbine blades for the 67 additional turbines required will be manufactured at the Siemens facility in Fort Madison, IA. The same Siemens facility has already received the original order for supplying blades for 448 wind turbines for MidAmerican Energy. Another Siemens facility in Hutchinson, KS is producing the nacelles and hubs for the turbines. Apart from supplying the turbines to MidAmerican, Siemens will also be handling the maintenance and servicing.

The availability of low-cost renewable energy also serves as a favorable factor for attracting data center projects by tech companies.

Gov. Branstad said that Iowa has attracted major tech companies such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook because of low energy prices and Iowa’s commitment to renewable energy. The Governor added that MidAmerican Energy’s newest project will help the state meet the demand for renewable energy that is attracting major companies and high-quality jobs to Iowa.

Factoring in the new wind projects to the existing MidAmerican Energy wind projects already underway in Grundy, Madison, O’Brien and Webster counties in Iowa, the company will have about 3,500 megawatts of wind generation capacity in the state by the end of next year. That’s enough energy to fulfill the needs of 1.05 million average households in Iowa.

With this new $280 million investment, MidAmerican Energy will have invested over $6 billion for adding wind generation capability in Iowa.

Minnesota Economic Development Department Launches Pilot Programs to Assist Small Businesses

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development announced that it is launching multiple pilot programs to assist small businesses in Minnesota expand and improve their operations.

Minnesota small business infographic

Minnesota small business infographic (photo – mn.gov)

The new programs announced include the Job Training Incentive Pilot Program, Innovation Voucher Pilot Program, and the Greater Minnesota Job Expansion Program.

Governor Mark Dayton said in a release that these pilot programs will give small businesses the support they need for growing and continue creating jobs in communities across Minnesota.

The Greater Minnesota Job Expansion Program offers small businesses outside the Twin Cities area sales tax refunds on all purchases made for a seven-year period.

In order to be eligible, small businesses must have been operating in Greater Minnesota  for at least a year, and must commit to increasing their workforce at a single facility by two new employees or 10 percent of the existing workforce (whichever is greater) within three years.

The exact size of the sales tax refund (maximum of $2 million per year or $10 million over seven years) will be determined by the Minnesota Economic Development Department based on the investment and job creation associated with the project. This will be a performance-based incentive where DEED certifies businesses to participate, and then monitors their hiring and wage commitments.

The Innovation Voucher Pilot Program will offer small businesses up to $25,000 to help small businesses secure technical assistance and services from non-profits and higher educational institutions.

Voucher recipients, who need to put up a cash match of 50 percent of the voucher award, can redeem the vouchers for everything from research to product development, technical development, commercialization, technology exploration, market development and improved business practices.

The new Job Training Incentive Pilot Program is an extension of an existing program called the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership. The new program will offer grants of up to $50,000 for training workers being hired for new facilities or expansion projects.

Priority will be given under this program for projects in the IT, manufacturing and skilled production industries and for firms located in Greater Minnesota. Recipients need to have less than 150 existing workers, and should be increasing their workforce by at least 10 percent, with a minimum of five new jobs to be created.

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben said that these programs will help companies throughout Minnesota continue doing what they do best – creating jobs and driving innovation.

Embraer Breaks Ground on Aircraft Assembly Complex at Melbourne Intl Airport, Florida

Embraer broke ground on its Legacy 500 and Legacy 450 business aircraft assembly complex at Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, FL.

Embraer ground breaking at Melbourne International Airport, FL

Embraer ground breaking at Melbourne International Airport, FL (photo – embraer.com)

Embraer executives were joined at the ground breaking by Governor Rick Scott, Enterprise Florida President and CEO Gray Swoope and local officials from Brevard County, the City of Melbourne and Melbourne International Airport.

The company’s investment will establish manufacturing operations for their Legacy 500 and Legacy 450 planes in a new 236,000-square-foot facility. The facility will include four new buildings, including an assembly hangar, paint section, completion center and a flight preparation facility, plus a new dedicated delivery center.

The new complex more than doubles Embraer’s existing 212,000-square-foot footprint at Melbourne International Airport.

The company is also creating 600 new jobs to add to their existing workforce of about 400. The new jobs will be added over a period of four years starting from 2016 once the new complex is operational.

The Embraer expansion at MLB was secured as a collaborative project involving close partnerships between state and local organizations. Florida economic development partnership Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) worked with Brevard County, Melbourne International Airport, and the Economic Development Council of Florida’s Space Coast.

Gov. Scott said in a release that the creation of 600 jobs by Embraer is great news for Melbourne families and the surrounding community.

Florida DEO Director Jesse Panuccio said this project is another win for Florida’s economic development efforts and shows that the state offers the perfect business climate for the aerospace and manufacturing sectors.

Florida has more than 2,000 aerospace and aviation companies with a combined workforce of more than 87,000. The state’s manufacturing sector is comprised of nearly 18,200 companies with a workforce of more than 317,000.

Florida Secretary of Commerce and EFI President and CEO Gray Swoope noted that this highly sought expansion is especially important as it will create additional opportunities for suppliers in the aerospace and aviation industry.

This Embraer expansion that brings assembly of Legacy 500 and Legacy 450 to MLB builds on the effort to bring Embraer’s original “Project Phenom” to Florida. Embraer has 18,000 employees around the world, but had never established a major aircraft manufacturing facility outside Brazil.

That changed when they decided to establish an aircraft assembly facility in the United States, their largest market for executive jets. Their site selection process started with an expansive process including sites in 20 states, which was subsequently narrowed down to six sites across three states. Three of these sites were in Florida, and they ended up selecting Melbourne International Airport and broke ground in 2008.

Their original plan for the Phenom assembly, which is operational now, was to create 200 jobs by 2016. They’re now at around 400 jobs, and on track to reach 1,000 jobs by 2019.

Space Coast Economic Development Commission President and CEO Lynda Weatherman said that in six short years, Embraer has developed a footprint that has significantly strengthened the community’s standing as an aviation hub.

Weatherman added that this is a true economic development success story, one that has paved the way for growth in one of the community’s most important sectors.

Stone Brewing Co Picks Richmond, Virginia for its East Coast Brewery

Stone Brewing Co announced that it has signed a letter of intent with the City of Richmond, VA for building its first East Coast brewery.

Stone heads east

Stone heads east (photo – stonebrewing.com)

The site selection process for the $74 million project which will now create 288 jobs in Richmond was an unusual one where interested communities were asked by the San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co. to run Facebook campaigns to gauge the level of local interest for a brewery.

More than 200 cities from over 20 states sent in proposals for the project, and then tried to secure it using traditional economic development tools as well as Facebook campaigns (see “Bring Stone Brewing to Richmond” on Facebook) to generate interest in the local community and show why the brewery would be a good fit in that location.

Stone Brewing visited 40 sites, and then shortened the list down to three finalists, including Columbus, OH and the cities of Richmond and Norfolk in Virginia.

Stone President and Co-founder Steve Wagner said in a release that the three finalist cities each provided diverse offerings, but they decided to begin next-step negotiations with Richmond because of their ability to meet the company’s extensive site requirements.

Wagner added that the uniqueness of the property and Richmond’s vibrant energy and impressive craft beer culture will allow them to create a truly memorable Stone experience for their fans. He also thanked Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe for welcoming Stone.

Mayor Jones said in a statement that after competing with more than 20 other states, they are pleased that Stone has discovered these attributes that make Richmond a great place to do business.

The Mayor thanked the Richmond economic development team for their work on securing the agreement, noting that the project had many moving parts that required a collaborative effort and various amounts of expertise.

Gov. McAuliffe with Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones at Stone Brewing announcement

Gov. McAuliffe with Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones at Stone Brewing announcement (photo – virginia.gov)

The City of Richmond received a $5 million grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to help them with the project. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with local officials in Richmond to secure the project.

Gov. McAuliffe said that the announcement marks the fruition of months of partnership and aggressive efforts to show Stone Brewing Co. that Virginia is the best state for its new craft beer production and hospitality facility.

Stone will additionally receive a Virginia AFID (Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund) grant of up to $250,000. The exact amount of the grant will depend on the new Stone brewery’s spending on products grown in Virginia.

The company will also receive additional incentives through the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, and the Virginia Jobs Investment Program will provide funding and support for workforce training.

Having selected Richmond as the location for the brewery operations, Stone Brewing announced details about the site and their plans.

Stone Brewing Co. east coast brewery site in Richmond, VA

Stone Brewing Co. east coast brewery site in Richmond, VA (photo – stonebrewing.com)

The 200,000-square-foot production brewery and distribution facility will be built on 14 acres of land in two stages. The brewery will be operational in late 2015 or early 2016, and the second phase for opening the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens will begin after that.

Stone CEO and Co-founder Greg Koch said they look forward to becoming an integral part of the lively craft beer community in Richmond, the state of Virginia and the entire eastern U.S.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corp Lands TST Project With 200 Jobs

Thermal spray coating solutions provider Thermal Spray Technologies Inc. will be expanding its operations in the Sun Prairie Business Park in Sun Prairie, WI.

TST expansion announcement in Sun Prairie, WI

TST expansion announcement in Sun Prairie, WI (photo – WEDC)

TST is investing $11.5 million on the expansion project, which is expected to create around 200 new jobs.

The company has acquired a 92,000-square-foot building in the business park close it its existing facility.

In order to secure the expansion, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation offered TST up to $750,000 in tax credits over the next three years. The actual amount of tax credit which the company can claim each year will depend on the number of jobs created and fulfillment of investment commitments.

WEDC Secretary and CEO Reed Hall said in a release that WEDC congratulates TST on its continued success and is pleased to be able to assist the company with this major expansion.

Hall noted that in the last two years, the Wisconsin Economic Development Tax Credit Program has helped over 120 companies create or retain 27,000 jobs, and added that it is great to see another company utilize this important tool for economic growth.

TST President Bill Lenling likewise said that they are delighted to partner with WEDC through this exciting stage in the company’s history.

As a matter of fact, the company’s history is really interesting and its origins demonstrate how sustained private sector, state and federal support and funding for university research and commercialization of innovative technologies pays off in terms of business growth and job creation.

The idea for thermal spray coatings began as a graduate research project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the late 1980s. The project was funded by the Wisconsin Department of Development and Fisher Barton, Inc. One of the two graduates working on the project was Bill Lenling, now the president of TST.

After the research was complete, Fisher Barton hired Lenling to continue working on the project to use coatings for making the company’s lawnmower blades and other agricultural blades last longer. Soon after, the research received federal funding and Lenling spent 15 months at Sandia Labs in New Mexico working on different ideas for coatings.

The key to the company getting started was the transfer of technology from Sandia to Fisher Barton, providing the company a tested approach on developing application-specific coating solutions using thermal spray technologies.

Thermal Spray Technologies was then separately incorporated in 1992 with Lemling as its president. TST moved out of the parent company’s shadow after a couple of years when it relocated from the Fisher Barton headquarters in Watertown, WI to a facility in Sun Prairie. Four years later, the company had grown again and had to move to another facility that was thrice as big.

This latest expansion to add another building to the existing facility and hire 200 new employees will now more than triple their workforce, since the company already has around 125 employees.

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