MIDDLETON — European
company Fiskars announced plans to build a $26.3 million
headquarters in Middleton, which is expected to create
about 55 new jobs.
Fiskars, a leading global supplier of consumer products
for the home, garden, and outdoors, would make the
building its headquarters for North, Central and South
America in Dane County.
“As an international leader in its field, Fiskars had
plenty of options when it came to establishing a base of
operations for North, Central, and South America,” Gov.
Scott Walker said in a statement. “After evaluating
numerous factors, the company decided to make a
commitment to expanding in Wisconsin and I applaud
company leaders for taking this step. Fiskars is one of
a growing number of companies choosing to expand here
because of Wisconsin’s strong business climate and
The Middleton headquarters would replace Fiskars’
existing Madison facility which is at capacity, as well
as a company it purchased at the end of 2014 in Peoria,
Ill., according to the announcement. The new facility
can accommodate up to 400 employees in 108,000 square
feet of office and research and development space. It is
expected to open in the fall of 2016.
“Our business is growing, and our talented team is
increasing,” said Fiskars President Paul Tonnesen in a
statement. “The new building will have smarter
workspaces and collaboration areas, as well as a
dedicated innovation center for R&D. People already know
Fiskars is a great company to work for. With this new
space, Fiskars will also be a great place to work at.”
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has
authorized Fiskars to receive up to $800,000 in state
tax credits through 2018. The actual amount of tax
credits received will be contingent upon the number of
jobs created during that time. Middleton is supporting
the project by providing $3.15 million in tax increment
financing assistance that will facilitate the
development of the site.
Fiskars has had operations in Wisconsin since 1977 and
in Dane County since 1989. Fiskars Americas is part of
the 365-year-old Fiskars Corp. based in Helsinki,
Finland, which has developed a strong reputation for
quality and design worldwide.