Trek to move distribution center to Johnson Creek

Special to The Freeman

Nov. 21, 2014

WATERLOO — Trek Bicycle announced it will expand its distribution center to a new facility in Johnson Creek and transfer the jobs at its current site in the Town of Oconomowoc.

The move to the new 250,000-square-foot facility is anticipated to occur in 2015. The bicycle company partnered with Briohn Building of Brookfield and the village of Johnson Creek to create the facility, which is 50 percent larger than Trek’s existing center at N57-W39605 Highway 16 in the Town of Oconomowoc, according to the company.

“We’re excited about the expanded capabilities this new facility offers us,” said Trek Vice President of Supply Chain Roger Gierhart in a statement. “We have always been committed to Wisconsin and this new center is going to help us become more efficient, streamline our warehousing and delivery processes, and gives us space to continue our growth.”

Employees were made aware of the move Wednesday and all of the Oconomowoc-based employees were offered jobs in the new facility, according to the announcement. Trek spokesman Eric Bjorling said 60 people work at the Oconomowoc location and no positions will be lost in the move.

“As far as future plans for expansion, we’re going to move to the space with our existing group, get to know the new space and will re-evaluate expansion of employees as we find necessary,” Bjorling said in an email.

Trek will begin moving inventory to the new facility in the fall of 2015 and the center is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2015.Trek has been manufacturing bicycles in Waterloo since 1976 and employs nearly 1,000 Wisconsin residents.