The exterior of the former Delta Defense building is
seen Wednesday afternoon in West Bend. EPIC Creative of
West Bend will be moving into the building on South
John Ehlke/Daily News
Creative is expected to move its corporate headquarters
to the former Delta Defense building in downtown West
Bend on Sept. 1 to accommodate the growth of the
advertising agency’s President and CEO Jim Becker
expects the company to grow by about three to five
employees each year for five years. “Based on a normal
economy,” he explained.
new location was built in 1939 and offers 20,000 square
feet of office space. Other than Delta Defense, the
building was once home to West Bend Mutual and the
Museum of Wisconsin Art.
asked about the offer on the building, Delta Defense
President and CEO TIm Schmidt said “I’m very excited to
have sold the old museum to EPIC Creative. West Bend
couldn’t have found a better downtown community member.”
should also be a welcome change for the 80 employees at
EPIC Creative who, for a short time, are doubling up on
offices and making use of common areas. The space will
become further cramped, momentarily, as the company is
also closing its Brookfield office.
the start of the move there will be about 60 employees
at the downtown building, with room for an additional
30. The former location will have room for an additional
12 after things have resettled.
were fortunate to find such a nice and well-served
space,” Becker said in a news release. “The building’s
former tenant, Delta Defense, modernized the building
and left it move-in ready, which greatly reduces the
impact the relocation could have on our clients and our
employees. And we're an advertising agency moving into
an old art museum. I don’t think it could have been any
move will provide additional room for the company’s
video and photo production services as they will be the
only ones to remain at the current location. This was
done to maintain the in-house studio, which provides the
company video and audio production capability as well as
editing and photography.
employees who do move will also learn the about the
benefits of being in one building, especially so close
to the downtown area.
“It’s going to be much more efficient for us,” Becker
said. He explained employees are also excited to be a
couple blocks from Main Street and to no longer have to
brave the cold when they walk between buildings in
move could also provide a benefit in terms of recruiting
as they often compete for employees with several
marketing businesses located in downtown Milwaukee.
Becker said one way they often look to attract new
employees, as they will be doing regularly for at least
the next five years, is to point to the work culture
they have created.
growth of the company will likely not just be in the
number of employees though. As the demand for new
services in the area of digital marketing increases the
company will likely take them on.
Their most recent offering, however, was not in this
area. As their customer base increasingly asked for it,
they began offering trade show booth design within the
Becker said they are also considering expanding into a
couple of other niche markets as well, but explained “we
don’t just chase any type of business.”
Creative offers advertising services for engineering and
manufacturing, turf and turf care products, bowling,
snow and ice control equipment, hospitality and tourism,
pest control and more.
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