New product line will add jobs at Hartford business


Sept. 19, 2015


  The exterior of Broan-NuTone is seen Friday afternoon in Hartford. The business will hold a news conference Wednesday to announce a new product line that will bring jobs to the area.
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More jobs are coming to Broan-NuTone in Hartford.

The maker of ventilation fans will hold a news conference Wednesday to announce the creation of additional jobs and the move of several production positions from China to the Hartford plant to produce a new product line — the InVent Series.

Company officials, along with Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, will take part in the announcement.

Broan-NuTone Director of Marketing and Communications Michael Troka said the number of jobs to be created will not be announced before Wednesday.

“This is a significant issue for state officials and its important they take part in the announcement,” Troka said. “The news will be positive for Hartford, Washington County and the state.”

According to a news release, Kleefisch will join Broan-NuTone to discuss the importance of onshoring, manufacturing and job creation in the state.

  Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch speaks during the expansion celebration at Allcast on Aug. 14 in the town of Addison. She will attend Wednesday’s news conference at Broan-NuTone.
Daily News file photo

Company officials said by bringing back jobs and production from overseas, Broan-NuTone is aiming for a positive and enduring economic impact on Wisconsin.

“The new InVent Series of ventilation fans, a new mid-line market product, we hope will be a workhorse for our retail and wholesale product line,” Troka said.

Having the line produced in Hartford rather than overseas, he said, provides a number of positives.

“It’s more efficient because company officials won’t have to travel to China to check on production,” Troka said. “It’s also placing the company in a good position in coming back strong to advance growth after the 2008 economic recession.

“We want to be able to succeed quickly,” Troka said.

According to the company, the new product line will be manufactured within the existing Hartford facility, but there will be significant job creation.

Hartford has been Broan-NuTone’s global headquarters for nearly 60 years, employing 800 people.

The launch of the InVent Series of ventilation fans supports Broan-NuTone’s commitment to innovation and dedication to developing superior products that enhance indoor air quality.

Hartford Mayor Joe Dautermann said Broan-NuTone is one of “several high quality corporate citizens in the city.

“The industrial base we have here is the envy of many other communities,” Dautermann said. “We have several companies that were born here and decided to stay and grow here. They have a real interest in the community doing well.”

Hartford Area Economic Development Executive Director Tom Hostad said the creation of new jobs could have a ripple effect on Hartford and the surrounding community.

“Adding jobs means more money being spent in the community,” Hostad said. “That could also mean the creation of additional jobs to meet the additional demand in services and supplies from the new employees at Broan-NuTone.”

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