WEST BEND — For
the largest project ever to come to Wisconsin, why not be a part of
it any way they can?
mindset for several companies throughout Wisconsin as the Foxconn
project in Racine County gets going.
On Tuesday, 37
companies — all with operations in Wisconsin — were awarded
contracts to be involved in constructing a multipurpose building at
Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park. Among those companies,
three are from Washington and Ozaukee counties and nine are from
delighted and honored to be a part of it,” said Mike Pilgrim,
president of Systems LLC in Germantown. “We’re ecstatic that they
got Systems involved, a Wisconsin-based company.”
In May, Foxconn
announced 27 Wisconsinbased companies were selected to perform site
preparation at its display manufacturing facility being built in
Mount Pleasant, near Racine. Among those was Michels Corp. in
“We have many
skill trades in this area,” said Mary Kinateder, president of KMI
Construction Inc., in Brookfield. “For (Foxconn) to utilize the
talent of our men and women in this area is a good thing.”
Ozaukee, Waukesha county companies
County companies selected were (with specialty): ASC Pumping
Equipment in West Bend (fire protection pumping equipment),
Professional Systems Analysis Inc. in Germantown (test and balance)
and Systems (loading dock equipment).
County companies selected were (with specialty): HVA Products Inc.
in Mequon (gas unit heaters and air curtains), Paul Reilly Co. in
Mequon (overhead sectional doors) and SiteOne Landscape Supply in
Mequon (irrigation material supplier).
County companies selected were (with specialty): Builders Hardware
in Menomonee Falls (hollow metal doors, frames, hardware supplier),
Halquist Stone in Sussex (decorative stone), Johnson’s Nursery in
Menomonee Falls (plant material supplier), Kevco Inc. in New Berlin
(caulking), KMI Construction, Precise Contractors Inc. in Brookfield
(excavation), Scott’s Pressure Washing Services in Muskego (final
panel washing), Vyron Corp. in Waukesha (make up air units) and
Wolter Power Systems, a division of Wisconsin Lift Truck Corp. in
Brookfield (generator supplier).
In the last
month, Foxconn announced facilities to be built in Green Bay and Eau
announcement reflects Foxconn’s continued commitment to a ‘Wisconsin
First’ plan by working with companies all across the state,” said
Dr. Louis Woo, special assistant to Foxconn founder and CEO Terry
Gou in a news release. “We are proud all of these companies have
Wisconsin operations, and it is good to see that many are from
Southeast Wisconsin, as well as some from the Madisonarea, the Fox
Valley and West Central Wisconsin.
“Part of the
reason we selected Wisconsin is the quality of workmanship we find
here. We look forward to our continued partnership with companies
here as we invest $10 billion and create 13,000 jobs that will pay
an average of $53,875 annually.”
multipurpose building is a 120,000-square-foot facility and the
first building being constructed on the Foxconn campus. The
structure will serve as office space for construction companies
building the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park. It will
also house research and development facilities focusing on advanced
display technology and applications in all aspects of smart lives.
It will contribute to the development of the AI 8K+5G ecosystem that
Foxconn is building across the state.
Systems and KMI
“This is a
small start for what they have planned long-term,” Pilgrim said.
“Getting in on the ground floor like this allows us to prove
ourselves and grow.”
founded in 1961 and its common clients include grocery, trucking,
retail or warehousing and distribution. It’s based in Germantown,
but also has a facility in Malvern, Arkansas.
In 2017, the
company was bought by Chamberlain Group.
include Poweramp, DLM Docks, McGuire and Allied Dock Solutions.
more than 260 people, such as machinists and welders and most are in
Construction was founded in 2011.
“I think we are
a company that we feel has the best skilled masons and laborers,”
Kinateder said. “Contractors want to use us. We do great work.”
provide the mason work for this phase of the Foxconn project.
“I think it
says a lot for Foxconn for using the area businesses,” Kinateder
said. “So why not utilize the trades in this area?”
A second round
of informational sessions are planned for construction-related
companies in southeastern Wisconsin that want to learn more about
becoming a vendor, subcontractor, supplier or professional service
provider for the Foxconn project.
Hosted by the
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Gilbane Building Company
and M+W Group, the two sessions will take place Aug. 1 at Gateway
Technical College’s SC Johnson iMET Center, 2320 Renaissance Blvd.,
For the first
session, registration is 11:30 a.m.-noon, followed by the
informational session from noon-1:30 p.m. For the second session,
registration is 2:30-3 p.m., followed by the information session
from 3-4:30 p.m.
An update on
the construction schedule with a focus on the next 12 months and a
detailed timeline for the next anticipated round of bidding will be
provided. Representatives will also explain how the project is being
broken down into smaller segments to allow smaller companies
opportunities to participate as part of the “Wisconsin First”
from WEDC, Gilbane Building Company, and M+W Group will be available
to answer questions about the project and the opportunities
available to Wisconsin companies. The sessions are free, but
registration is required at