Delta Defense headquarters proposal up for commission approval

By ALEX ZANK - Daily News

Sept. 1, 2015

WEST BEND - West Bend will continue as the home base for Delta Defense LLC as the company eyes another expansion.

This evening the city’s Plan Commission will consider plans for a new Delta Defense headquarters on Corporate Center Drive.

According to commission documents, the proposed development would retain 57 full-time jobs already in the area while adding another 133 jobs over five years.

The anticipated investment value for the development is between $13 million and $15 million on the approximately 36-acre site.

Jerry Noskowiak, CFO of Delta Defense, said the company chose West Bend in part because of its history with the community. He said more than 50 employees and their families call the city home. Noskowiak also said that Delta Defense CEO Tim Schmidt has lived in the area more than 15 years.

“We’re hoping to grow further and bring and attract more people into the area,” he said.

Mayor Kraig Sadownikow said Delta Defense is a good example of both the American Dream and the “West Bend Way.” He said the city is good at attracting small, entrepreneurial start-ups and hopes those businesses stay here when they expand.

“(Delta Defense) could be located any place in the country and we’re proud they chose West Bend,” Sadownikow said.

Delta Defense, with its current headquarters in the old Museum of Wisconsin Art building across from the West Bend Community Memorial Library, announced earlier this month it planned to build a new headquarters facility.

West Bend was just one of the communities the company considered at the time.

Delta Defense offers membership to the U.S. Concealed Carry Association as its primary product.

Plan Commission members meet 6 p.m. tonight at City Hall, where they will also consider a site plan for Old Settlers Park renovations.
 

Reach reporter Alex Zank at azank@conleynet.com.