Business to consolidate Hartford, 2 other locations
218,000-square-foot facility to be built in Germantown


August 13, 2014

 The TJ Hale Metal Shop is shown Tuesday afternoon in Hartford. The location in Hartford will close and consolidate with two other plants and move to Germantown.
John Ehlke/Daily News

In late 2015, manufacturer TJ Hale plans to consolidate its three Wisconsin locations — Hartford, Menomonee Falls and Milwaukee — into one facility in a Germantown business park.

TJ Hale will be the first tenant in the new Willow Creek Business Park.

Paula Nelson, TJ Hale’s director of human resources, said the building will consolidate the company’s distribution center, manufacturing plant and metal shop.

“This move into one facility more than doubles our current facilities size and provides the opportunity to consolidate our custom manufacturing, metal fabrication and distribution operations,” Nelson said. Construction will begin later this year after the business park’s infrastructure has been built.

“We’re very excited about the new location and bringing our workforce to this world-class production and distribution facility,” Chairman Bob Rosean said.

The consolidation of operations and of the company’s 170 employees should take place by the end of 2015. Ten employees will be moving to the location from the company’s Hartford metal shop at 1717 Innovation Way.

The move may be spread over the summer and early fall, depending on how construction progresses.

The birth of the business park is supported by the creation of a recently approved tax-incremental financing district in a 192-acre triangle encompassed by Appleton Avenue and Maple and Lannon roads.

The company has purchased about 34 acres in the 190-acre business park to build a 218,000-squarefoot office and manufacturing building.

TJ Hale designs, manufactures, distributes and installs retail interior environments in the United States. Its products include perimeter and loose fixtures, caselines, cashwraps/backwraps, store fronts, fitting rooms, rest rooms, trim packages and back-of-house projects.

According to information on the company’s website, the Hartford location accommodates cutting, bending, welding, fabricating, machining and powder coating.

The facility is capable of working with aluminum, mild steel, and stainless steel materials.

The company’s clients include domestic and internationally renowned retailers.

TJ Hale Co. Inc. was founded in 1950 and has facilities in Shanghai, China and Mexico, according to the company’s website.