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Foxconn Technology Group (Foxconn), the world’s largest electronics manufacturing services provider, has announced it will invest $10 billion by 2020 to build a world-class manufacturing campus in southeastern Wisconsin. This project represents the largest corporate attraction project in U.S. history as measured by jobs.

A global leader in manufacturing services for the computer, communication and consumer electronics (3C) industry, Foxconn will leverage Wisconsin’s strong manufacturing infrastructure and deep talent pool to manufacture state-of-the-art liquid crystal display (LCD) screens that will be used in everything from self-driving cars to aircraft systems and in the fields of education, entertainment, health care, safety and surveillance, advanced manufacturing systems and office automation, among others.

HARIBO, the German-based confectionary company and maker of the popular "Gold-Bear" gummy candies, has selected Kenosha County as the site of its first manufacturing facility in North America. The new $242 million plant in Pleasant Prairie is expected to begin operations in 2020 and employ 400 workers. Founded in 1920 and based in Bonn, Germany, HARIBO is the world market leader in the fruit gum and licorice segment, with 100 million Gold-Bears produced daily worldwide. The family-owned, third-generation company employs nearly 7,000 people globally.

Krones is constructing a new training and technology center to serve customers and employees at its headquarters in Franklin.
Krones decided to expand its location in the Franklin Industrial Park after considering other sites throughout the country. The company expects to add at least 25 new, high-skilled positions as a result of the investment in the new 40,000-square-foot center. Krones is an industry leader in the planning, design, service and manufacture of systems for filling and packaging operations, primarily in the food and beverage industry. Today, every fourth beverage bottle in the world runs through a Krones machine. 

Wisconsin Oven Corp.
and parent company Thermal Product Solutions (TPS) are expanding in Walworth County with the purchase of a new facility to accommodate their Blue M laboratory oven product line and provide additional space for their manufacturing operations. The companies anticipate hiring 80 to 90 new full-time technical employees, who will join Wisconsin Oven's existing staff of 137 at the company's growing campus in East Troy. Company executives selected the location after considering other sites throughout the country.

Metal-Era, North America's leader in commercial roof edge and roof ventilation solutions, is expanding its current 100,000-square-foot headquarters building in Waukesha with a 25,000-square-foot addition. The company will also remodel about 15,000 square feet of office space and purchase equipment to accommodate a four-year strategic growth plan. Metal-Era is projecting to add 32 employees over the next several years as the expansion comes on line.

Antioch, Illinois-based Prestige Metal Products is moving its metal fabrication operations and company headquarters to a building in the Bristol Business Park in Kenosha County, representing a $2.5 million investment for the company that will bring bring 46 jobs to the area. Prestige Metals provides custom sheet metal fabrication services, specializing in stainless steel products. Prestige primarily serves the food processing equipment manufacturing industry, as well as the pharmaceutical, food service, industrial equipment and power generation industries.

Milwaukee Tool is adding 800 new jobs at the company's headquarters in Brookfield over the next five years as part of its 200,000 square-foot expansion in a collaborative effort between the company, the city of Brookfield, Milwaukee 7 and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). In the last ten years, Milwaukee Tool has redeveloped 190,000 square feet of former manufacturing space for their global research and development center. As a result, the company has grown from just over 200 jobs in 2008 to 800 jobs in 2015 at its Brookfield campus. Milwaukee Tool's new expansion includes a new four-story office building, adjoined to the current facility.

Direct Supply, the nation's leading provider of equipment, e-commerce and service solutions to the senior living community, is expanding its global headquarters in Milwaukee - a major campus center project expected to create more than 800 jobs over the next seven years. Plans call for creating a cohesive campus that will include a new five-story, 280,000-square-foot office building, a medical office and wellness clinic and additional office and conference room space.

ULT AG, a leader in high-efficiency industrial air filtration, has established its North American headquarters in Mequon. The German-based company designs and manufactures products used by many industries, including medical, pharmaceutical, electronic and general manufacturing.The U.S. operation will initially be a sales office with plans to add service capabilities as the business grows.

Colbert Packaging Corp., a leading manufacturer of folding cartons, rigid setup boxes and paperboard specialty products, today unveiled plans to relocate its flexographic packaging operation and related warehousing services from northern Illinois to Kenosha - a project expected to bring about 100 jobs to Wisconsin.

Orlando, Fla.-based REV Group Inc. has moved its headquarters to downtown Milwaukee and added an office in the suburbs that may expand to include manufacturing in the future. REV Group is a $2 billion manufacturer of industry-leading motor vehicle brands serving the commercial, fire and emergency and recreation markets. The company has more than 5,000 employees and 15 factories across the U.S.

Allcast LLC, a custom aluminum die-casting manufacturer in Washington County, added on to its current facility in the Town of Addison with a $14 million, 29,000-square-foot expansion that is creating more than 80 new jobs. "Wisconsin has always had a rich history in manufacturing, including tool and die and high-pressure die-casting, which has allowed Allcast to develop a very talented and dedicated team of people here," said Mark Magnarini, Allcast president and CEO. "When we assessed our options for expansion in other geographic locations, it was the combination of our team of people and the tremendous support we received from the state, county and local resources that provided us with a clear competitive advantage to expand here at home in Wisconsin."

With M7 assistance, Bostik consolidated its R&D operations from three U.S. locations to Wauwatosa, creating 76 new jobs. Bostik, the third-largest manufacturers of adhesive and sealants in the world, is owned by French company Arkema and has 14,000 employees worldwide. Wauwatosa has 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. We chose Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.” said Bob Marquette, Bostik president and CEO.

Kenall, an LED lighting manufacturer, relocated its entire operations to Kenosha from Gurnee, IL. The company built a new 354,000-square-foot headquarters. It has approximately 400 employees and plans to grow to more than 600 by 2018. "Milwaukee 7 was instrumental in showing us that the Milwaukee Region was the best place for us," said Jim Hawkins, owner/CEO of Kenall. "They got the right people at the table at the right time and provided invaluable guidance and support."

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.


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