Expansion canceled
Company’s project could have brought 10-30 jobs to area

By JOE VANDELAARSCHOT - Daily News

Sept. 10, 2014

In what could be considered a surprise, COST of Wisconsin has canceled a proposed 25,000-square-foot expansion of its manufacturing facility in the town of Polk.

The news comes after a Sept. 2 meeting of the town’s Plan Commission where commissioners unanimously approved a site plan for the project. The Town Board was expected to give final approval Tuesday night so construction could begin within a few weeks. COST officials had said last week they had also received final project approval from Washington County officials.

Town Zoning Administrator Tracy Troth said the proposal was pulled from the agenda for Tuesday’s night’s Town Board meeting because “the company has canceled the project.”

The Daily News placed calls to COST President Jon Stanwyck on Tuesday to find out why the project was canceled, but calls were not returned before deadline.

Earlier, Stanwyck had said the company wanted to add 25,000 square feet to its 140,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at 4201 Highway P. He also told the commission that another small addition would be for office space.

“We need the additional space to keep up with our business,” Stanwyck said before the Sept. 2 meeting.

The expansion, Stanwyck said, could have meant 10-30 new jobs.

The company’s areas of specialization include exhibit fabrication, theme facades, faux finishes, water features, aquariums and sculptural elements.

The company has developed highly realistic exhibits within the majority of zoos and aquariums in the United States and projects abroad.

“There isn’t a major zoo in this country that we probably haven’t done business for,” Stanwyck said in a previous Daily News article. “Disney and Universal Studios are also big clients of ours.”

Stanwyck said his company employs about 80 people at its manufacturing facility and about 150 people in the field. COST of Wisconsin has been in business since 1957.