Fond du Lac County is Hot!…in terms of Economic Development that is

Wells Vehicle Electronics held a groundbreaking on September 24th for a major expansion that will add 73 new jobs.

Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin has always been a center of advanced manufacturing. Even during the height of the Great Recession, the County was stable and growing. Now, in the last few weeks, more announcements about manufacturing growth have been made.

  •  Alliance Laundry in Ripon announced a major expansion that will add between 262 and 270 employees involving a $29 million capital investment. Groundbreaking was held September 14. Alliance Laundry is the world leader in commercial laundry manufacturing.
  • Mercury Marine announced a $20 million expansion including building additions for R&D and manufacturing. Groundbreaking was held September 28. The company has added 1,100 employees since 2009. Mercury Marine is the world leader in marine engines.
  • Wells Vehicle Electronics held a groundbreaking on September 24 for a major expansion involving headquarters, R&D and manufacturing that will add 73 new jobs in addition to the current 214. Wells Vehicle Electronics is a leading supplier to the transportation industry.
  • Advanced Tooling is doubling the size of its manufacturing space at its current facility in Mount Calvary and adding up to 15 new employees. Advanced Tooling specializes in industrial and medical drilling devices.

Why the growth in Fond du Lac County? The County and region has an extensive pool of skilled workers that understand manufacturing, especially advanced manufacturing. There is an excellent relationship between the manufacturing sector, the school systems and the post-secondary institutions, especially Moraine Park Technical College. The collaborations of these sectors support the development of one of the most productive workforces in America! Don’t take my word for it. Ask the above employers and others.

Fond du Lac County offers excellent education in both the secondary and post secondary institutions. The Fond du Lac Education Park in Fond du Lac encompasses Moriane Park Technical College, University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac and Marian University. Ripon College in Ripon has been recognized by multiple publications as a leading college in the nation. These aren’t just highly qualified higher education institutions, they collaborate throughout the community and with each other to provide a highly qualified workforce.

Come and see. Be a part of a community that embraces and understands the new economy and manufacturing.

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