Walker visits Hartland to view new T-Lon expansion
Governor has ‘rock star status,’ says company VP

By Matt Masterson - Freeman Staff

June 7, 2014

Chris Olson, left, president of T-Lon Products, shares a laugh with Gov. Scott Walker Thursday during a celebration of the company’s new expansion. 
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff

HARTLAND - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker visited Hartland Thursday to attend the opening of a 13,000-square-foot addition to the T-Lon Products facility.

Founded in 1979, T-Lon designs and manufactures Teflon seals for numerous applications, including for the agriculture and food processing industries.

The expansion offers one-third more room to the 40,000-square-foot facility, located at 1110 Richards Road, according to company Vice President Bob Olson.  He said the new space became necessary after an increase in business.

“We have won some contracts, some new awards,” he said. “We are going to add five to 20 new positions - we have already added five new people - we have bought hundreds of thousands of dollars of new equipment with more on the way.”

Walker spoke to employees at the facility, extolling their hard work and pointing to their role in helping turn the state economy around.

Gov. Scott Walker shakes hands with Chris Olson, president of T-Lon Products, as Dirk Debbing, chairman and CEO of MSI General, applauds following Walker’s remarks at an event marking the opening of T-Lon Products’ new expansion. MSI General built the new facility for T-Lon. 
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff

“We think we are a lot better off than we were four or five years ago, but we are not as great as we can be,” he said. “That is why expansions like this are really an investment in the future.”

Olson said he believes the expansion would not have been possible if not for some of the policies Walker has enacted.

“(Walker) was not taking credit for everything,” Olson said. “He was just stating the fact that he thinks he knows the direction that Wisconsin business wants to go and he is trying to help out as much as he can. Just the general attitude he brings to the table has been so sorely missed for so long.”

T-Lon employs between 80-90 people. The addition was announced last September and ground was broken in October.

Olson said he was excited to have the governor visit the facility and believes his company is heading toward more growth in the future.

“It is strong. It is growing,” he said of his business. “To have Walker here, who is really at rock star status, it is very exciting. We are very happy and humbled that he took the time to acknowledge our small company.”


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