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,
“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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