Jobs stacking up at Pallet USA
Company interested in expansion

By JOE VANDELAARSCHOT - Daily News

Dec. 4, 2015

A hiring sign is seen outside of the Pallet USA building Thursday afternoon in Hartford. The company is working on an expansion which would bring more jobs to the community.
John Ehlke/Daily News

The past four months have been exciting for Pallet USA President and CEO Bruce Church — the company has added 27 jobs and more could be ahead soon.

The town of Hartford company plans to expand.

“Nothing is final, but if all goes ahead as planned, we could break ground before the end of the year on more space at our present location,” Church said. “That will mean possibly more jobs, but we have to go through a number of steps before anything is final.”

Pallet USA manufactures custom wood products including pallets, skids, crating, industrial lumber and packaging.

Church, who’s been in charge for four months, said the company has more hurdles to clear before the project is a “go.”

“Our business has really been on the rise and we need additional storage and manufacturing space,” Church said. “With more space, more jobs could be added, too.”

Pallet USA, which has 101 employees, leases the land and its building from DGR Enterprises, which is owned by Danny Goeman.

“A portion of the property includes wetlands which is why a public hearing must be held to receive a conditional use permit,” Goeman said. “This is very preliminary yet, but signs look good.”

Goeman must apply for the CUP because he owns the property. He said the building could cost about $800,000. According to documents included with the CUP application filed with Washington County, Walters Buildings of Allenton will construct the building.

“Again, final plans aren’t complete, but the new building could be about 24,000 square feet,” Church said. “The financing is also complicated so that needs to be finalized as well.”

Church said Washington County is a good place to do business.

“We’re very happy to be in the town of Hartford and look forward to the possible completion of this project,” Church said.

The Washington County Planning and Parks Department will hold a public hearing on the request for a conditional use permit Wednesday. The CUP is necessary because wetlands are located near the site originally planned for the building, but Hartford Town

Chairman Maurice Strupp said a meeting regarding the project’s design may mean the CUP is no longer needed.

“There was a meeting (Thursday) with the contractor where the site for the new building is being proposed to be moved which could mean there would be no impact on the wetland,” Strupp said. “We’ll talk about it at the meeting Wednesday.”

Strupp said it’s good news for the community.

“It’s good to see a company already located in the town is looking at possibly expanding and adding more jobs,” Strupp said.

The public hearing starts at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Room 3224 of the county’s Public Agency Center at 333 Washington St. in West Bend. According to the permit application, more than 15,000 square feet of filling, grading and excavating is needed to construct the building.

Reach reporter Joe VanDeLaarschot at jvan@conleynet.com