West Bend has a blossoming retail industry with the addition of Marshalls department store and Sendik’s Food Market. Current retail businesses have also thrived with the building of two Pick‘n Save grocery stores, two Walgreens pharmacies, and an expansion at Hobby Lobby. Each of West Bend’s major automotive dealerships have also added capacity. New retail shops and restaurants have opened in our historic downtown district, while established businesses continue to thrive. New financial institutions have entered the community and existing banks have added additional locations in recent years. Public sector investment has also occurred with additions at Silverbrook Middle School, Badger Middle School, Green Tree Elementary School, Moraine Park Technical College, the University of Wisconsin- Washington County, Washington County governmental agencies, and the West Bend City Hall and Police Department. Non-profit growth has occurred with new facilities for the Museum of Wisconsin Art and the Threshold, Inc. The city’s largest employers are West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, Froedtert Health, and Serigraph. West Bend has seen abundant growth in the manufacturing, industrial and biomedical industries.
Business Development Accomplishments*
|Date||Business Name||Business Type||Jobs Retained||Jobs Created+||Investment|
|April 2012||Gruber Tool & Die||Manufacturing||70||3||$450,000|
|May 2012||ASC Pumping Equipment||Manufacturing||N/A||13||N/A|
|September 2012||Barton Solvents||Industrial||16||6||$1,300,000|
|September 2012||Rivershores/ Hendricks Development||Service||N/A||N/A||$15,000,000|
|January 2013||West Bend tap + tavern||Service||N/A||27||N/A|
|March 2013||River Road Development||Service||N/A||N/A||$3,000,000|
|April 2013||Delta Defense||Service||N/A||37||$1,100,000|
|April 2013||Spaulding Clinical Research||Service||32||43||$1,000,000|
|April 2013||Atlas Belting||Industrial||N/A||6||N/A|
|February 2014||Associated Bank||Service||N/A||7||$4,000,000|
|April 2014||Federal Tool & Engineering||Manufacturing||8||53||$2,000,000|
|June 2014||MD Design & Automation||Manufacturing||N/A||19||$1,200,000|
|June 2014||Regal Ware||Manufacturing||184||27||$5,100,000|
|June 2014||GrandCare Systems||Service||14||14||N/A|
|October 2014||Affiliated Clinical Services||Service||11||11||$1,400,000|
|July 2015||Gardner Pet Group||Manufacturing||N/A||60||$5,000,000|
|September 2015||Delta Defense||Service||57||133||$14,000,000|
* Synopsis of businesses the city has supported through incentives, plan review, and/or consultation.
+ When incentives are involved, business has an agreed upon time period to create jobs, generally 2-3 years.
Federal Tool & Engineering
Federal Tool & Engineering purchased the building at 2150 Stonebridge Road in the city's South Industrial Park for the company's second location. The City of West Bend and Economic Development Washington County (EDWC) presented a joint incentive proposal to support the growth and consolidation of Federal Tool & Engineering in West Bend. These approved incentives include $200,000 low-interest financing, a $25,000 grant to offset relocation costs, a 7-year, 50% Tax Re-Investment Program (TRIP), and the relocation of municipal utility services from the City of West Bend, and $200,000 low-interest financing from EDWC. In return, Federal Tool & Engineering will consolidate operations from Cedarburg to West Bend, build a 26,000 square foot addition, and invest at least $2 million in the property. The company will also relocate 45 jobs and create 8 additional positions in West Bend by 2016. A groundbreaking was held in September 2014, which was attended by Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch. Founded in 1925, Federal Tool & Engineering is a full service “design to build” metal stamping, fabricating, welding and assembly company, specializing in difficult applications requiring critical tolerance and/or surface finish requirements.
"We are thrilled about our company's anticipated move to West Bend. City and county officials have been very cooperative and welcoming. We were drawn to West Bend because of their energetic work force, easy access to Hwy 45, and Moraine Park Technical College's new Jackson Regional Center. We are confident this is a winning decision for our business."
- David Tomczek, President, Federal Tool & Engineering
Delta Defense/ Delta Ventures
The City of West Bend welcomes Delta Defense headquarters as the company relocates from Jackson to West Bend, Wisconsin. The City of West Bend and Economic Development Washington County (EDWC) have approved financial incentives to support the expansion of Delta Defense in space vacated by the Museum of Wisconsin Art in downtown West Bend. Delta Defense was founded in 2003 and began publishing a self-defense magazine that focused on responsible firearms ownership. This magazine grew into a national association providing information, community training and liability insurance to its members. Delta Defense has over 60,000 active association members and 600,000 newsletter subscribers. Delta has grown an average of 50% per year since 2003 and was named to the 2012 and 2013, Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies. To ensure the company not just remains, but grows in Washington County, the City of West Bend and EDWC put together a joint proposal for Delta Defense. The proposal includes $100,000 in low interest financing to be provided through the county and the city to provide $167,000 of low interest financing and a 50%, 5-year Tax Re-Investment Program (TRIP) incentive. In return, the company will relocate to West Bend bringing 28 current employees, create 9 additional jobs, and invest $1.1 million in the property within the next 3 years.
“When Delta Ventures began searching for a building, they ultimately selected West Bend for an abundance of reasons. We quickly found their economic development staff to be a valuable strategic partner that would be creative and aggressive in its efforts to attract and support a growing business in the municipality. They have a no nonsense approach whose goal is simply to support and grow existing businesses to create jobs. This was the case for Delta Ventures.”
- Brian S. Parrish, Vice President & Partner, the Dickman Company, Inc. / CORFAC Intl.; real estate broker for Delta Defense/Delta Ventures
Barton Solvents, Inc.
Barton Solvents, Inc. will add a 20,000 square foot expansion to their facility, doubling the size of the chemical wholesale distributor’s facilities in West Bend. This expansion will increase the storage capabilities and provide a wider variety of packaging services to Barton Solvent’s customers. The building addition is projected to create an estimated investment of $1,3 million and generate 6 additional positions over the course of 24 months. In return, the City of West Bend will accelerate existing plans to add water capacity to the industrial park. Barton Solvents, Inc. is a stocking wholesale distributor of industrial chemicals, oils, surfactants, and plasticizers. For over 70 years Barton Solvents has been providing quality products and services to a wide range of industries. Barton Solvents provides custom liquid blending, food grade packaging, and laboratory services to customers in the 13 Midwestern states.
“West Bend Mutual Insurance Company is very fortunate to be part of the West Bend community. The story of how our company was founded in 1894 is a perfect example of how the hard work and determination of concerned citizens can make a difference. That same work ethic, generosity, and community spirit makes West Bend a special place to work and live today.”
–Kevin Steiner, President & CEO, West Bend Mutual Insurance Company