Lavelle Industries announces expansion in Racine, Walworth counties

Special to The Freeman

Dec. 29, 2014

WAUKESHA Lavelle Industries, Inc. is expanding at its Wisconsin production facilities in Burlington and Whitewater to support growth in its Korky toilet repair products and OEM custom rubber molded parts.

At its headquarters in Burlington, Lavelle is adding rubber injection and compression molding presses to meet increasing sales demand. The equipment additions will support existing customer growth and new customer requirements. Lavelle will also be hiring to meet the increased production requirements.

Earlier this year, Lavelle purchased land from the Community Development Authority of Whitewater, adjacent to its existing Whitewater plant, to allow building expansion. Construction began in October and will be completed in early summer 2015.

The expanded building, additional equipment and added staff will support increasing business with existing Korky and OEM product distribution, new products and new customers.

The expansion project is expected to total up to $15 million and create up to 90 new jobs at both locations over the next three years.

To support the project, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is providing Lavelle with up to $991,250 in Economic Development Tax Credits over the next three years. The actual amount of state tax credits issued is contingent upon the number of jobs created and the amount of capital investment the company makes in the two projects.