Exhibit fabricator to expand facility in town of Polk
25,000-square-foot addition OK’d for COST of Wisconsin

By JOE VANDELAARSCHOT - Daily News

Sept. 3, 2014

This undated photo of an exhibit at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago is just one example of the work and products produced by COST of Wisconsin which has a manufacturing facility located along Highway P in the town of Polk. The company wants to build a 25,000 square-foot addition to its existing 140,000 square-foot facility and went before the town's board and plan commission Tuesday night for approval of the site plan for the project.   
Submitted photo


TOWN OF POLK — A site plan for a proposed major expansion of COST of Wisconsin’s manufacturing plant was unanimously approved by the town’s Plan Commission on Tuesday night.

COST President Jon Stanwyck said the company wants to add 25,000 square feet of space to its 140,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at 4201 Highway P. He also told the commission that another small addition is part of the project to add some additional office space.

“We need the additional space to keep up with our business,” Stanwyck said.

The company’s areas of specialization include exhibit fabrication, theme facades, faux finishes, water features, aquariums and sculptural elements. The company has developed highly realistic exhibits within the majority of zoos and aquariums in the United States and numerous projects abroad.

“There isn’t a major zoo in this country that we probably haven’t done business for,” Stanwyck said. “We’ve also done projects for clients in Europe. Disney and Universal Studios are also big clients of ours. We’ve also done a lot of work for Native American casinos.”

COST’s work is also viewable at museums, botanical gardens, theme parks, resorts, residential communities, golf courses, family entertainment centers, theme retail stores and restaurants throughout the world.

Stanwyck said his company employs about 80 people at its manufacturing facility and about 150 people in the field.

There was little discussion by the commission during the meeting except when William Whitney said he thought the company’s request was a good one.

Before the meeting, Town Chairman Albert Schulteis expressed support for the request.

“Anytime you can add that many jobs, it’s a good thing,” Schulteis said.

“Once the expansion is complete we could add 10-30 more employees,” Stanwyck said.

Stanwyck said the company plans to obtain the building permit quickly.

Schulteis said he had also received a copy of a letter from Washington County officials, which stated COST’s project had met all the county’s requirements and they recommended the town give its final approval.

“We hope to start construction in about two to three weeks,” Stanwyck said. “We then hope we can have the construction finished in four to six months.”

COST of Wisconsin has been in business since 1957.