Wieser Concrete is present process its fourth main enlargement because it opened in Portage almost 25 years in the past.
The enterprise launched a $1.5 million enlargement in November that may add 20,000 sq. toes of manufacturing area, 1,200 sq. toes of workplace area and create 5-10 new jobs.
“We’ll have three and a half instances more room in comparison with our opening in 1994,” mentioned Andy Wieser, who operates the enterprise along with his brothers, Mark Wieser and Dan Wieser.
It offers in precast concrete, together with greater than 60 fashions of septic tanks, numerous agricultural merchandise, freeway merchandise and different customized constructions and likewise offers set up for a lot of of its merchandise, Mark Wieser mentioned. Additional area permits the corporate to place in new machines for rebar fabrication.
The town of Portage authorized the enlargement in November and the Wieser brothers anticipate its completion in mid-March. Their father, Joe Wieser, established the corporate in Maiden Rock in 1965, the place it’s nonetheless operational, after which retired in 1999. The household enterprise has further plant areas in Menomonie, Fond du Lac and Roxana, Illinois.
Their Portage plant at present has 45 full-time staff.
“When you think about our yardage expansions, as properly, we’ve expanded much more than 4 or 5 instances,” mentioned Andy Wieser, who estimated their Portage manufacturing, storage and workplace area at a mixed 75,000 sq. toes — up from the 20,000 sq. toes it began with in 1994.
Metropolis Administrator Shawn Murphy mentioned Wieser’s newest enlargement reveals Portage continues to be a premier spot for manufacturing companies.
“They’re one other longtime enterprise that has grown steadily and incrementally in Portage. We’re pleased that they’ve continued to make Portage their residence,” he mentioned.
Wieser is amongst three manufacturing firms whose expansions had been lately authorized by town, Murphy mentioned. Daybreak Meals will quickly add 34,000 sq. toes of area — doubling the dimensions of its present facility — and it’ll improve its workforce from about 50 whole staff to 90 or extra.
The microencapsulation firm Encapsys, in the meantime, is planning so as to add 20,000 sq. toes of area for storage and manufacturing, creating about 5 new jobs in its third main enlargement in six years, Murphy mentioned.
Wieser Concrete delivered product to 29 states in 2017 — its drivers masking a complete distance of 329,000 miles, in response to a reality sheet offered by the enterprise. The corporate nonetheless pours a number of the molds Joe Wieser constructed almost 5 a long time in the past and at present has seven third-generation staff. For almost 20 years, it has carried out persevering with schooling programs at its vegetation for septic plumbers, installers and pumpers and offers yearly Mine Security and Well being Administration certification lessons, in response to the literature.
“We actually wish to thank town of Portage for his or her cooperation and the individuals of Portage for making this an incredible location for us,” Andy Wieser mentioned. “Our presence right here has been a win-win.”
Mark Wieser attributed their success in Portage to good staff who seemingly follow the corporate as a result of they worth working for a household enterprise. “Our enlargement can be a testomony to those that’ve been with us by means of the years and made it develop,” he mentioned.
The corporate will seemingly maintain an open home as soon as the enlargement is accomplished.
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