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WEDC-supported projects expected to create, retain nearly 30,000 jobs across Wisconsin

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker today announced that the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) had a record year for economic development in 2017 with 59 companies from Wisconsin and around the world agreeing to locate to or expand in Wisconsin. These projects are expected to create or retain nearly 30,000 jobs and result in more than $11.6 billion in capital investment across the state.

“When it comes to economic development, 2017 has been a historic year for Wisconsin as global companies such as Foxconn, Haribo and Nestle decided to establish operations in our great state after looking at many other options around the country,” Governor Walker said. “At the same time, many of Wisconsin’s major employers – including Kwik Trip, Generac, Mills Fleet Farm and Johnsonville – announced major expansion plans this year because of our dedicated workforce and the strong pro-business climate we’ve created.”

Not surprisingly, topping the list of projects is Foxconn’s Technology Group’s historic investment in Racine County – a project expected to create up to 13,000 good-paying, family-supporting jobs and generate up to $10 billion in capital investment. WEDC has agreed to provide Foxconn with up to $2.85 billion in tax credits for what is the largest economic development project in Wisconsin history and one of the largest ever in the United States.

The second-largest project of 2017 is Kwik Trip Inc.’s $309 million expansion project in La Crosse that will enable the growing company to meet its current and future capacity needs. The project is expected to create more than 300 new jobs.

Rounding out the top three projects of the year is Haribo’s planned $220 million manufacturing facility in Kenosha County, a project expected to create 385 jobs. WEDC has awarded Haribo up to $21 million in tax credits for the project, which will be the German candy-maker’s first manufacturing facility in North America.

“Each of these companies plays a significant role in continuing to grow the state’s economy by creating family-supporting jobs and investing in Wisconsin,” said Mark R. Hogan, secretary and CEO of WEDC, the state’s lead economic development organization. “2017 was a successful year for WEDC as we assisted more than 300 businesses and communities as part of our mission to advance and maximize opportunities to help them thrive in a globally competitive environment.”

The list is based on all corporate expansion and attraction projects in which contracts between WEDC and the company were executed in 2017. The job projections, estimated project costs and the award amounts from WEDC are based on the requirements set forth in each contract. All WEDC tax credits are performance-based and the amount of credits a company receives is contingent upon the actual numbers of jobs created.

2017 Wisconsin economic development projects

Rank

Company

Location 

County

Est. total project cost

Type of project

Estimated job impact

WEDC investment

1

Foxconn Technology Group

Mount Pleasant

Racine

$10.02 billion

New advanced manufacturing campus

Create 13,000 jobs

$2.85 billion in tax credits

2

Kwik Trip Inc.

La Crosse

La Crosse

$309 million

Expansion

Create 329 jobs

$21 million in tax credits

3

Haribo of America

Pleasant Prairie

Kenosha

$220 million

New manufacturing facility

Create 385 jobs

$21 million in tax credits

4

Epicentre Technologies Corp.

Madison

Dane

$148.4 million

Expansion

Create 20 jobs; retain 114 jobs

$750,000 in tax credits

5

Saputo Cheese USA

Almena

Barron

$89.5 million

Expansion

Create 92 jobs; retain 105 jobs

$3 million in tax credits

6

Generac Power Systems Inc.

Statewide

 

$86.8 million

Expansion

Create 400 jobs; retain 1,999 jobs

$10 million in tax credits

7

Brakebush Brothers, Inc.

Westfield

Marquette

$86 million

Expansion

Create 219 jobs; retain 885 jobs

$6.5 million in tax credits

8

Great Lakes Cheese Co.

Wausau

Marathon

$84.8 million

Expansion

Create 125 jobs

$2 million in tax credits

9

Mills Fleet Farm Group

Chippewa Falls

Chippewa

$71.7 million

Expansion

Create 284 jobs

$1.5 million loan

10

MilliporeSigma (Merck KGaA

Sheboygan Falls

Sheboygan

$64.1 million

Expansion

Create 175 jobs; retain 1,177 jobs

$1.25 million in tax credits

11

Masters Gallery Foods Inc

Oostburg

Sheboygan

$61.1 million

Expansion

Create 150 jobs; retain 529

$2.55 million in tax credits

12

U.S. Venture Inc.

Appleton

Outagamie

$58.5 million

Expansion

Create 214 jobs; retain 489

$20 million in tax credits

13

Gehl Foods LLC

Germantown

Washington

$46.6 million

Expansion

Create 50 jobs; retain 387

$535,000 in tax credits

14

Schwabe North America Inc.

Green Bay

Brown

$44.9 million

Expansion

Create 35 jobs

$700,000 in tax credits

15

Gold Standard Baking Co.

Pleasant Prairie

Kenosha

$42.7 million

New manufacturing facility

Create 96 jobs

$575,000 in tax credits

16

Electronic Theatre Controls Inc.

Middleton

Dane

$30 million

Expansion

Retain 787 jobs

$1.2 million in tax credits

17

Dynamic Recycling Inc.

Onalaska

La Crosse

$20.6 million

Expansion

Create 153 jobs; retain 122

$535,000 in tax credits

18

PreventionGenetics LLC

Marshfield

Wood

$20 million

Expansion

Create 150 jobs; retain 146

$850,000 in tax credits

19

Cintas Corp.

Greenville

Outagamie

$18.1 million

Expansion

Create 60 jobs; retain 372

$575,000 in tax credits

20

iMark Molding Inc.

Woodville

St. Croix

$18 million

Expansion

Create 40 jobs; retain 57

$350,000 in tax credits

21

Johnsonville Sausage LLC

Sheboygan Falls

Sheboygan

$16 million

Expansion

Create 98 jobs; retain 937

$10 million in tax credits

22

Amcor Flexibles LLC

Madison

Dane

$15 million

Expansion

Create 12 jobs

$150,000 in tax credits

23

Nestle Dreyer's Ice Cream Co.

Appleton

Outagamie

$14.5 million

Expansion

Create 100 jobs

$830,000 in tax credits

24

Amerequip

Kiel

Calumet

$13.8 million

Expansion

Create 75 jobs; retain 242

$535,000 in tax credits

25

Mill Haven Foods LLC.

New Lisbon

Juneau

$10.1 million

Expansion

Create 35 jobs; retain 44

$400,000 in tax credits

26

DuraTech Industries, Inc.

La Crosse

La Crosse

$9.5 million

Expansion

Create 52 jobs; retain 229

$215,000 in tax credits

27

HIEP, LLC

Waterloo

Dodge

$7.9 million

New manufacturing facility

Create 51 jobs

$250,000 in tax credits

28

Heartland Cooperative

Owen

Clark

$7.8 million

New headquarters; manufacturing facility

Create 16 jobs; retain 115

$280,000 in tax credits

29

Baptista's Bakery, LLC

Franklin

Milwaukee

$7.8 million

Expansion

Create 125 jobs; retain 389

$300,000 in tax credits

30

TRU Enterprises LLC

Beloit

Rock

$7.2 million

New manufacturing facility

Create 41 jobs

$275,000 in tax credits

31

Grand Appliance, Inc.

Sturtevant

Racine

$7.2 million

Expansion

Create 37 jobs

$500,000 in tax credits

32

Heartland Technology Group, Inc.

Little Chute

Outagamie

$6.0 million

Expansion

Create 19 jobs; retain 314

$241,800 in tax credits

33

Steele Solutions, Inc.

Milwaukee

Milwaukee

$5.9 million

Expansion

Create 125 jobs; retain 105

$596,000 in tax credits

34

Grover Corporation

Glendale

Milwaukee

$5.5 million

Expansion

Create 109 jobs; retain 56

$750,000 in tax credits

35

Octopi Brewing, LLC

Waunakee

Dane

$5.3 million

Expansion

Create 13 jobs; retain 10

$300,000 loan

36

LDV, Inc.

Burlington

Racine

$5.0 million

Expansion

Create 40 jobs; retain 207

$100,000 in tax credits

37

Metal-Era, Inc.

Waukesha

Waukesha

$4.9 million

Expansion

Create 32 jobs

$200,000 in tax credits

38

Prestige Metal Products, Inc.

Bristol

Kenosha

$4.2 million

Expansion

Create 46 jobs

$165,000 in tax credits

39

Krones Inc.

Franklin

Milwaukee

$4.0 million

Expansion

Create 25 jobs

$300,000 in tax credits

40

Artisans, Inc.

Glen Flora

Rusk

$3.7 million

Retention

Create 11 jobs; retain 76

$800,000 loan

41

Wisconsin Oven Corporation

East Troy

Walworth

$3.2 million

Expansion

Create 85 jobs; retain 123

$500,000 in tax credits

42

Fischer USA, Inc.

Racine

Racine

$3.1 million

Expansion

Create 20 jobs; retain 20

$80,000 in tax credits

43

Sussex Tool & Supply, Inc.

Sussex

Waukesha

$2.9 million

Expansion

Create 22 jobs; retain 38

$100,000 in tax credits

44

Commodore Corporation

Dorchester

Clark

$2.6 million

Expansion

Create 57 jobs; retain 43

$200,000 in tax credits

45

DOWCO INC

Manitowoc

Manitowoc

$2.5 million

Expansion

Create 37 jobs; retain 63

$190,000 in tax credits

46

Kage Innovation Corporation

Osceola

Polk

$2.4 million

New headquarters; manufacturing facility

Create 30 jobs

$200,000 in tax credits

47

LaForce, Inc.

Green Bay

Brown

$2.3 million

Expansion

Create 71 jobs; retain 371

$337,000 in tax credits

48

First Choice Ingredients - Menomonee Falls

Menomonee Falls

Waukesha

$1.9 million

Expansion

Create 22 jobs; retain 76

$50,000 in tax credits

49

Jacquart Fabric Products

Mosinee

Marathon

$1.9 million

Expansion

Create 85 jobs; retain 1

$167,500 in tax credits

50

U-Line Corporation

Brown Deer

Milwaukee

$1.8 million

Retention

Create 34 jobs; retain 109

$340,000 in tax credits

51

Diversified Manufacturing Corp.

Prescott

Pierce

$1.8 million

Expansion

Create 150 jobs

$520,000 in tax credits

52

Fisher Barton Blades Inc

Watertown

Jefferson

$1.6 million

Expansion

Create 52 jobs; retain 78

$180,000 in tax credits

53

Forefront Management Holdings LLC

Manitowoc

Manitowoc

$1.1 million

Expansion

Create 241 jobs; retain 149

$850,000 in tax credits

54

The Douglas Stewart Company, Inc.

Madison

Dane

$0.9 million

Expansion

Create 38 jobs; retain 97

$195,000 in tax credits

55

S3 International LLC

Milwaukee

Milwaukee

$0.35 million

Expansion

Create 13 jobs; retain 41

$350,000 loan

56

Pro-Active Engineering, Inc.

Sun Prairie

Dane

$0.87 million

Expansion

Create 20 jobs; retain 45

$80,000 in tax credits

57

Molson Coors Brewing Company

Milwaukee

Milwaukee

$0.6 million

New global services center

Create 150 jobs

$1.7 million in tax credits

58

Errand Solutions, LLC

Land O Lakes

Vilas

$1.4 million

New customer service center

Create 62 jobs

$500,000 in tax credits

59

Nine Realms, Inc.

Madison

Dane

$0.06 million

Expansion

Create 17 jobs; retain 32

$115,000 in tax credits

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