- Grafton-based Kapco, Inc. is the inaugural recipient
of the Wisconsin Business Achievement Award, presented
by the Flowers Family Foundation, Inc. The award, which
was presented today at the State of Wisconsin Business
Event in Madison, honors the outstanding economic and
philanthropic contributions of individuals or entities
engaged in free enterprise.
includes a $50,000 donation from the Flowers Family
Foundation, Inc. to a Wisconsin-based non-profit
organization of the winner's choosing. Kapco, Inc.
selected Hometown Heroes, a charity that supports
families in need, to receive the donation.
Established in 1972 as a small, family-run metal
stamping company, Kapco, Inc. has evolved into a
full-service metal components manufacturer specializing
in robotic stamping and welding, progressive die
stamping, deep draw complete tool and die, heavy
stamping, fabricating and wet coatings. Kapco contracts
with some of the best known brands in the military,
construction, industrial equipment, recreational
vehicles, fitness equipment, and electronic motor and
Inc., founded by Tom Kacmarcik, Sr., employs more than
400 people at six locations, all of which are in
September 11, 2001, Jim Kacmarcik, Kapco's CEO, formed
Hometown Heroes, a non-profit organization offering
community support to neighbors in need, including
veterans and first responders. Hometown Heroes sponsors
a free week-long overnight summer camp every year for
children of fallen U.S. service members. The camp is in
Wisconsin and supports children from all over the
Kacmarcik also founded K-Nation Entertainment, a
full-service entertainment company for emerging
recording artists and is the owner of the Mequon-based
Lakeshore Chinooks baseball franchise. More recently,
Jim Kacmarcik became part of the minority ownership
group of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Kacmarcik said "When Kapco was founded by my parents in
1972, I don't think they could have envisioned a day
when our humble company would be honored in such a way.
I'm surrounded by a team who truly cares about the
quality of their work. I'm surrounded by a team who
demonstrates each day that manufacturing is still a
great source of employment in Wisconsin. I'm surrounded
by a team that is proving you can have a profitable and
fast growing manufacturing company without shipping jobs
and work overseas. We are both pleased and proud to
contribute to Wisconsin's economy for the past 40 years.
We are humbled by this recognition."
vision for the Wisconsin Business Achievement Award was
to highlight the incredibly valuable and often
unheralded contributions of businesses and the men and
women who run them," said Rockne "Rock" Flowers. "Kapco,
Inc. certainly fits those criteria and then some. Kapco,
Inc. enhances the quality of life for people in its
community, not only through its positive economic
impact, but also through its charitable and
Finalists for the Wisconsin Business Achievement Award
were selected by a panel that included Mark Bugher, the
former executive director of Madison's University
Research Park, Bob Lang, director of the Wisconsin
Fiscal Bureau, and Jim Thorp, a Janesville attorney.
winner was selected by a panel that included Kurt Bauer,
president/CEO of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce,
Collin Levy, editorial writer for the Wall Street
Journal, and Mike Falbo, president of the UW Board of