In September, COST of Wisconsin
canceled plans for a 25,000-square-foot addition to its
manufacturing facility in the town of Polk. On Tuesday, the
company announced why and what it is doing as an alternative.
“We closed Monday on the purchase of the vacant Frabill building
on Northwest Passage Road in the Jackson Industrial Park,” COST
Executive Vice President Lance Stanwyck said. “We are going to
move COST’s sister company, Refractory Service Inc., into the
old Frabill building and COST will expand into the space now
occupied by Refractory, which is already on the COST campus.”
Stanwyck said cost estimates for the earlier proposed expansion
came in higher than expected.
“We decided to take some time and examine alternatives,”
Stanwyck said. “This alternative really made sense to us.”
Stanwyck said both COST and Refractory Service are growing and
need more space.
“We had been planning an expansion of 20,000-25,000 square feet
for COST,” Stanwyck said. “When COST takes over Refractory’s
space they will have an additional 28,000 square feet and
Refractory will have 54,000 square feet at the new location. So
both will have more room for expansion.”
Stanwyck said both companies are continuing to hire additional
employees and that will continue once the move and other changes
“We hope to have the old Frabill building ready in time for
Refractory to be able to be moved in by Jan. 1,” Stanwyck said.
“COST will then move into the additional space.”
Jackson Village Administrator John Walther said the plan is good
for the village.
“It’s great news. We were able to fill an existing building and
the company is talking about bringing between 12-15 jobs and we
hope they are able to add more,” Walther said.
Walther said the Frabill building has been vacant for about two
years since the company was purchased by Plano Molding.
Stanwyck said COST will add some new equipment when they move
into the additional space and some other minor modifications
will be needed, but the move should be able to be completed
COST’s areas of specialization include exhibit fabrication,
theme facades, faux finishes, water features, aquariums and
The company has developed highly realistic
exhibits in most 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,” COST President Jon
Stanwyck said. “Disney and Universal Studios are also big
clients of ours.”
manufactures and installs heat-resistant materials that line
high-temperature furnaces and reactors and other processing
units. In addition to being resistant to thermal stress and
other heat phenomena, refractories must also withstand wear and
corrosion by chemical agents.