Metal-Era begins expansion work in Waukesha

By Freeman Staff

July 25, 2017

A ground-breaking ceremony was held Tuesday morning for Metal-Era’s expansion. Pictured to left are: Joe Mallinger, director of IT for Metal-Era; Nick Mallinger, COO of Metal-Era; Mary Perry, regional director for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation; Suzanne Kelley, president and CEO of the Waukesha County Business Alliance; Tim Casey, director of economic development for the Waukesha County Center for Growth; Tony Mallinger, president and CEO of Metal-Era; Gene Mallinger, chairman of the board for Metal-Era; Logan Dawson, director of corporate expansion and attraction for Milwaukee 7; Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow;
and Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly.
Photo courtesy of the Waukesha County Business Alliance

WAUKESHA —The ability to expand its corporate headquarters is a reflection on the hard work of Metal-Era’s employees said President Tony Mallinger during a ground-breaking ceremony Tuesday morning.

Work has begun on a 25,000-square-foot addition at Metal-Era’s corporate headquarters at 1600 Airport Road. The company, which specializes in roof edge and roof ventilation solutions, already has a 100,000-square-foot building at the site. In addition, to the new construction, Metal-Era will remodel about 15,000 square feet of office space and purchase equipment to accommodate a four-year strategic growth plan.

“The expansion of our manufacturing facility and offices marks an important day for the future of our business,” Mallinger said in a statement. “It represents the hard work and dedication of every individual employee that walks through our doors, and signifies the commitment to our customers for continued leadership in product innovation, speed and the highest quality. I couldn't be more excited about the future outlook for Metal-Era.”

Metal-Era is projecting to add 32 employees over the next several years.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is providing 200,000 in state income tax credits over the next three years to Metal-Era. The actual amount of credits the company will receive is contingent upon the number of jobs created and the amount of capital investment during that time.

“We’re very happy to see one of our long-time manufacturers expand significantly in Waukesha,” Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly said in the statement. “Metal-Era has been a family-run company for many years, and they continue to grow the business with advanced manufacturing methods and quality people.”

In addition to the WEDC, the Waukesha County Center for Growth and the Milwaukee 7 regional economic development group assisted Metal-Era in their decision to expand in Waukesha.

“Manufacturers are really the bedrock of economic activity in Waukesha County,” said Tim Casey, director of economic development for the Waukesha County Center for Growth, in a statement. “Our team is working hard to assist companies that have opportunities to expand, and Metal-Era is a great example of the kinds of companies we want to grow in Waukesha County.”