Charter Manufacturing plans expansion

By Gary Achterberg - News Graphic Staff

Dec. 12, 2017

MEQUON — Charter Manufacturing received approval from Mequon’s Planning Commission Dec. 4 for plans to expand its office building.

Charter Manufacturing, which has a worldwide business reach, purchased the former DentaQuest building at 12121 N. Corporate Parkway in the summer of 2016 for its new headquarters. After making significant renovations, it moved most of its operations there from its previous office located just to the south. The original office at 1212 W. Glen Oaks Lane, which still housed some operations, was destroyed by fire Oct. 30.

Charter last week received Planning Commission approval of its building and site plan for a 2,682-square-foot addition to its existing building. It is intended to house additional office space. The total square footage of the building with the new addition will be 39,598 square feet, according to a memo from Pa Phouala Vang, a Mequon planner.

The addition will be on the northeast corner of the building. The existing northeast parking lot – and its 25 parking spaces – will be removed to accommodate the addition. A new parking area with eight stalls will be installed. That will mean the total parking count for the property is 212 stalls.

The addition will be brick painted gray to match the rest of the building. There will be a new entryway with a door and windows that match the existing windows.

The proposal to the Planning Commission, which approved the plans unanimously with little discussion, included details for lighting and landscaping. The lighting plan adds seven lights to the parking lot. Existing landscaping and trees in the project area will be removed. Spruce, autumn blaze, various shrubs and flowering plants will be added around the addition and the new parking area.

Company officials said through a spokesman in late November that Charter “is still evaluating options for the future of the property” that was destroyed by fire.

Charter Manufacturing has more than 2,000 employees that work across four businesses: Charter Steel, Charter Wire, Charter Automotive and Dura-Bar. Those businesses have presences in Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, the United Kingdom and China.