Illinois manufacturer to move company to Kenosha

Special to The Freeman

Feb. 17, 2015

KENOSHA — Manufacturing company Toolamation Services Inc. will relocate its manufacturing operations and headquarters from northern Illinois to Kenosha with the intent to create more positions in the coming years, according to an announcement made with Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday.

“I’m pleased to welcome Toolamation to Wisconsin and have them join the growing list of companies that are establishing operations in Wisconsin because of our strong business climate and outstanding workforce,” Walker said in Kenosha on Tuesday. “Our job growth is due in large part to the success of small and medium-sized manufacturers like Toolamation.”

Toolamation, which specializes in high-volume automated production broaching, screw machine tooling products, and CNC machining services, will relocate two operations in Zion, Ill., to the former IEA manufacturing site in Kenosha. Construction has begun on the $1.4 million project to renovate the 46,000-square-foot facility, according to the announcement. The new facility is expected to open in spring.

The manufacturer employs 50 people, but intends to create 16 jobs during the next few years, according to the announcement.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has authorized Toolamation to receive up to $300,000 in tax credits during the next three years, but the actual amount of tax credits received is contingent upon the number of jobs created. The Kenosha Area Business Alliance is also providing the company with a $490,000 loan for the purchase of the building and equipment. According to the announcement, the Milwaukee 7 regional economic development organization worked closely with KABA and WEDC to help attract Toolamation to the state.

“We’re delighted that Toolamation has selected southeastern Wisconsin for its new headquarters,” said Gale Klappa, co-chair of M-7 and chairman and CEO of Wisconsin Energy Corp. “Our attractive assets and manufacturing strength — coupled with a strong, coordinated effort by our regional and state partners — led to this winning result.”