Gearbox Express moving into new 75,000 square-foot facility
Mukwonago-based company is nation's only wind gearbox remanufacturing service

By Matt Masterson - Freeman Staff

Dec. 13, 2014

A rendering of Gearbox Express’s upcoming 75,000 square-foot facility. Construction of the development will begin in Mukwonago next week. 
Submitted art 

MUKWONAGO - After three years at its original location, Gearbox Express will make the move to a larger facility next year.

The Mukwonago-based company — North America’s only one to provide down-tower, wind gearbox remanufacturing services — will move from its current 43,000-square-foot building at 909 Perkins Drive to a new 75,000-squarefoot facility just south of the village.

CEO Bruce Neumiller said the reason for the move is simple: the company needs more space.

“We have outgrown this building,” he said. “We have about 30,000-square-feet of manufacturing space here, so we are essentially doubling that — we are going to 60,000.”

Neumiller said the added space will allow his staff to “do more of what we do now."

“When we started operations in 2012, we had a vision on how to help wind farm owners protect and manage their assets,” Neumiller said. “Owners are embracing the value we bring in keeping their investments running and we need a facility that helps us fulfill our promise to deliver efficient and high-quality customer service from a company bringing dedicated gearing, bearing and gearbox expertise.”

Gearbox Express is the first facility to be built in a newly established industrial park in Mukwonago. The new facility will incorporate the same climate-controlled and specialized mechanical offerings as the current location, including its highly flexible, technologically advanced 3.1 MW test stand. The current test stand will relocate to the new site, but an additional plate will be added to maximize setup.

“We are actually the only ones in the country that are doing what we do,” Neumiller said. Construction on the new facility will begin next week. Neumiller said there is no confirmed completion date, but it is expected to be ready in the third quarter of 2015.