WEST BEND – Governor Tony Evers, along with Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes, business leaders and industry partners, celebrated the opening of the new plant Milwaukee Tool manufacturing facility in West Bend. Earlier this year, Governor Evers and WEDC announced they were helping Milwaukee Tool’s expansion into Wisconsin with an additional $22.5 million in Enterprise Zone Tax Credits, bringing the total investment from the state in the company’s success at $70.5 million.
“Milwaukee Tool has always demonstrated their role as a tremendous industry partner here in Wisconsin and today we are pleased to share their excitement for the grand opening of this new facility in West Bend,” Governor Evers said. “I look forward to maintaining our positive partnership with Milwaukee Tool and continuing to support their efforts to grow and bring quality, family-supportive jobs to hard-working Wisconsin workers.”
Located 20 minutes from Milwaukee Tool’s global R&D headquarters in Brookfield, the 95,000 square foot facility will manufacture new-to-market hand tools for users in the electrical, plumbing and mechanical trades, and among the first solutions to be manufactured here was a line of screwdrivers and pliers. Milwaukee Tool has invested $55 million to build and outfit this facility with state-of-the-art technology and equipment and has the right of first refusal to purchase an additional 20 acres for future expansion, which would accommodate another building of 225,000 square feet.
“This state-of-the-art facility and the people who work there will play a vital role in delivering the next wave of hand tool innovation to the industry,” said Tim Albrecht, president of Hand Tools & Storage for Milwaukee Tool. “Wisconsin has been our company headquarters for nearly 100 years. We are excited to continue our growth here, where we have been able to recruit some of the best talent in the country. »
The Milwaukee Tool facility is the first development in the City of West Bend’s newest 216-acre industrial park, West Bend Manufacturing Center.
“We are proud to welcome Milwaukee Tool to the City of West Bend,” said West Bend City Administrator Jay Shambeau. “Milwaukee Tool’s investment brings high-value employment opportunities, and we look forward to its continued expansion in West Bend.”
WEDC has been a longtime partner of Milwaukee Tool as it has experienced double-digit growth globally and now employs more than 3,700 people statewide. The actual amount of tax credits the business will receive will depend on meeting capital expenditure and job creation targets.
“Milwaukee Tool is an iconic global brand that, by name alone, makes our state synonymous with quality manufacturing,” said WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes. “As Milwaukee Tool has increased its investments in Wisconsin, WEDC was pleased to invest in Milwaukee Tool.”
Milwaukee 7 (M7), the Southeast Wisconsin Regional Economic Development Organization, also participated in the event.
“Milwaukee Tool’s remarkable growth makes it one of the greatest success stories in the Milwaukee area,” said Gale Klappa, co-chairman of Milwaukee 7 and executive chairman of WEC Energy Group. “With the opening of their first manufacturing facility in southeast Wisconsin, adding to the large corporate headquarters and research and development presence they already have here, Milwaukee Tool joins a long list of companies who design and manufacture highly technical and highly technical products, products which are exported all over the world. of this region every day.
Milwaukee Tool’s West Bend plant creates 150 new jobs. Roles range from engineers and operators to quality technicians, service technicians and material handlers. Interested candidates can apply at www.milwaukeetool.jobs.