Federal Tool moving to West Bend
Company cites need for more space, skilled workers

By Lisa Curtis - Conley News Service

April 8, 2014

More room for a physical expansion and a bigger pool of skilled labor is behind Federal Tool & Engineering's decision to move to West Bend after nearly 90 years at this site on Portland Road in Cedarburg.
Conley News Service

CEDARBURG - More room for a physical expansion and a bigger pool of skilled labor is behind Federal Tool & Engineering’s decision to move to West Bend after nearly 90 years in Cedarburg.

Company President and co-owner Dave Tomczek said Friday that they are fortunate the company continues to grow. Unfortunately its landlocked parcel on Portland Road, just west of the quilt museum, does not.

“What we have is a menagerie of buildings, with one as old as 1907,” Tomczek said.

The cramped space is “not ideal for the product flow,” he said.

The company was started as a tool and die shop by the Beverung family in 1925 and has since grown to include engineering, tool design and construction, fabrication, metal stamping and other services. Tomczek and Steven Moyer bought the company in 2005 and immediately began updating the manufacturing process, according to the company website.

The West Bend Plan Commission last week approved a $2 million, 26,254-square-foot addition to the company’s current building at 2150 Stonebridge Road. Federal Tool & Engineering plans to move its entire 45-person staff to the West Bend business park site and add eight new jobs by the end of 2016, West Bend City Administrator T.J. Justice told the plan commissioners.

Tomczek said when the company’s lease in Cedarburg expires in July 2015, all operations will be moved to the enlarged facility.

The other issue that was critical to Federal Tool & Engineering’s decision was greater availability of skilled labor, something that is not as prevalent in Ozaukee County, Tomczek said. The company can draw from West Bend, Jackson, Slinger and beyond. What’s more, the location will provide critical accessibility to Moraine Park Technical College, which has campuses in West Bend, Hartford, Beaver Dam and Fond du Lac, he said.

“It gives us a very good feeling about developing a work force,” Tomczek said.

Last year, Federal Tool and Engineering paid $1,123.77 in taxes on the equipment and other “real” property inside of the building, according to Cedarburg City Assessor Cathy Timm. The city will continue to receive taxes on the building itself, which is owned by Weighrite Group.

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Lisa Curtis can be reached at lcurtis@conleynet.com.