Construction continues on the site for MD Design &
Automation Inc. along
South River Road on Friday evening in West Bend.
John Ehlke/Daily News
WEST BEND - A special meeting of the West Bend Common Council is
set for Monday night to discuss and possibly approve three
financial assistance plans to assist three companies expanding
their presence in the city.
They are Regal Ware Worldwide, GrandCare Systems LLC and MD
Design & Automation Inc., which is moving from Menomonee Falls
into a facility under construction in the River Road Industrial
“I think it’s very exciting news for the city of West Bend,”
City Administrator T.J. Justice said Friday afternoon.
The three projects total more than $5 million in private
investments in the city and more than 50 “good-paying jobs,”
The Common Council session starts at 5:30 p.m. Monday at City
Hall, 1115 S. Main St.
First meeting as the Finance Committee, the council will go into
closed sessions to discuss revolving loans applications for MD
Design and Regal Ware, as well as a business development
agreement for Grandcare. In open session, the council will take
action on approving the loans and business agreement.
Economic Development Washington County has partnered with the
city to provide financial incentives for two of the projects,
Justice said. The projects:
GrandCare Systems LLC
Leasing 3,500 square feet at 327 N. Main St., GrandCare wants to
lease a larger facility downtown. “We need to expand our
facilities. We’re adding on staff,” CEO Dan Maynard said Friday.
“We had an interest in staying in downtown. The city went out of
their way to see that we did.”
GrandCare markets digital
health monitoring and socializing technology for the elderly. It
has a staff of 14. “We hope to double that over the next couple
years,” Maynard said.
MD Design &
A tool and die company, MD Design is
building a $900,000 office-manufacturing- warehouse facility in
the River Road Industrial Park, and planning to move its entire
operation from Menomonee Falls to West Bend. The company will
relocate 13 employees and plans to add two more, Justice said.
Headquartered in Kewaskum, the manufacturer
of stainless steel and cast aluminum cookware has its production
plant on Schmidt Road in West Bend. The company wants to expand
its production capabilities in the West Bend factory, Justice
Regal Ware has 186 employees in West Bend
and wants to add 27 more over the next few years. Justice
described Regal Ware’s proposal as a “multimillion dollar
Regal Ware’s President and CEO Jefferey
Reigle said he would defer comment on the proposal until after
“I am excited to reach the approval stage
with three more projects,” Justice said, pointing out that each
involves a different category of business from GrandCare, an
entrepreneur firm, MD Design, a small manufacturer, to Regal
Ware, a major manufacturer in the community.
Earlier this year, the city approved an
economic development package to assist Federal Tool &
Engineering LLC to expand its facilities in West Bend and move
its operations from Cedarburg.
Justice said the city
is considering several other project proposals for economic