Regal Ware to expand

By ALEX ZANK - Daily News

July 15, 2015

WEST BEND - Regal Ware Worldwide is looking to expand its operations once again in West Bend.

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 first-shift operations.

“We really don’t have that fleshed out yet in terms of numbers and timing,” he said. “But it will not be a doubling.”

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,” Justice said.

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.

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