WEST BEND - Regal Ware
Worldwide is looking to expand its operations once again in West
Senior Vice President of Operations Joseph Swanson spoke at the
Washington County Board meeting at the Courthouse Tuesday
morning as a part of a presentation from Economic Development
Washington County. He said the cookware manufacturing company
wants to add a second shift before the end of the year.
“Another exciting move taking place right now (and) part of our
overall transition is the relocation of our casting operation
from a rented facility in Kewaskum to our main plant here … at
West Bend,” Swanson said. “We hope to have that move completed
by the end of the first quarter of next year.”
In a follow-up interview, Swanson said the
second-shift expansion would be a on smaller scale than its
“We really don’t have that fleshed out yet
in terms of numbers and timing,” he said. “But it will not be a
Swanson said Regal Ware’s corporate offices
will remain in Kewaskum. He added there are a lot of advantages
to moving manufacturing operations under one roof.
“It’s an opportunity for us to look to
further improve our efficiencies,” he said.
Less than 25 employees would relocate from
the Kewaskum location to the West Bend plant.
EDWC Executive Director Christian
Tscheschlok said the nonprofit organization helped fuel economic
growth in the county that yielded an average of 301 new jobs per
year between 2011-2014.
Regal Ware is a partner with EDWC. West Bend
City Administrator T.J. Justice touted the community’s working
relationship with the company.
“We are routinely having conversations with
Regal Ware and would consider any potential future expansions,”
He pointed to a $400,000 loan the city
approved for Regal Ware, calling it a “significant investment.”
The investment went toward mostly purchasing new equipment and
more automation at the business, Justice said.