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R+D Custom Automation, a privately owned manufacturer of fully customized automation systems, plans to relocate its plant operations from Villa Park, IL to Salem Business Park in the Village of Salem Lakes. The move, scheduled for the second quarter of 2021, consolidates R+D Custom Automation's operations under one roof, strengthening the firm's operational efficiencies. R+D is the third Illinois manufacturer to move into the Salem Business Park in western Kenosha County in the last several years. 

ND Packaging, a subsidiary of ND Paper, Inc., is opening a manufacturing plant in Mount Pleasant that will produce corrugated cardboard boxes and employ up to 40 workers. In 2019, ND Paper purchased a 350,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution facility for $15.5 million, with an additional investment of more than $30 million for renovations and equipment. The company expects to start production by the fourth quarter of 2020. In 2018, ND Paper first entered Wisconsin when the company invested $189 million into the Catalyst Paper Mill in Biron. The Mount Pleasant location will complement the Biron plant by manufacturing corrugated boxes.

Milwaukee Tool is expanding its footprint in southeastern Wisconsin with a new campus in Menomonee Falls, that will lead to the creation of 870 new jobs in Wisconsin by 2025. The company expects to invest more than $100 million to construct and outfit the Menomonee Falls campus, which will complement the company's current Global Headquarters campus in Brookfield. Milwaukee Tool is also building a $26 million manufacturing plant in West Bend, located only 20 minutes from its headquarters in Brookfield, to produce new-to-market hand tools for professional electricians and utility linemen. 

Illinois-based Nexus Pharmaceuticals has selected Pleasant Prairie as the location for its first sterile drug manufacturing facility. The multi-phase project is expected to be completed within ten years, with an estimated total investment of $250 million. In the project's first phase, Nexus will invest $85 million to build and equip a 100,000-square-foot, three-story production operation, expected to be completed by 2021.

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.

Leonardo DRS Inc. is building a new manufacturing facility and offices in Menomonee Falls to accommodate its growing Naval Power Systems line of business -- a project expected to create up to 220 jobs in southeast Wisconsin.The company will invest $56 million in a new "best-in-class" engineering and manufacturing facility to serve as the focal point for most of its business development and production activities. 

Komatsu Mining Corp. plans to build a new $285 million state-of-the-art headquarters and manufacturing campus in Milwaukee's Harbor District -- a project with the potential to create more than 400 jobs. The campus would include about 170,000 square feet of office space, a 20,000-square-foot museum and training building, and 410,000 square feet of manufacturing space, consolidating two of Komatsu's current Milwaukee-area facilities into a central location.

Amazon is building a state-of-the-art warehouse and distribution center in Oak Creek that will employ 1,500 people.The $200 million development includes a four-story, 2.6 million-square-foot fulfillment facility on 75 acres adjacent to the I-94/Highway 100 (Ryan Road) interchange. Amazon currently employs more than 4,000 workers across its Wisconsin operations, including 1,100 employees at its 1.5 million-square-foot Kenosha distribution center.

Michels Corp., one of the nation’s leading infrastructure and utility contractors, plans a massive $100 million development for a six-acre site in Milwaukee's Harbor District. The five-building complex, known as R1ver, would include a mix of apartments, first-floor commercial space, an eight-story office building and a hotel, as well as an underground parking garage.

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.

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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