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WisDOT Announces Transportation Economic Assistance Grant for City of West Bend

West Bend, Wis. (March 3, 2021): The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) announced today that is has awarded the City of West Bend a $250,000 Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) grant for the construction of a new road, Forge Place. The road will be located at the City’s tax incremental district (TID) 14 and will provide access from S. River Road to the new Milwaukee Tool manufacturing facility that is currently under construction and plans to add 50 new jobs.

The grant, approved by WisDOT Secretary-designee Craig Thompson, supports the total project cost of $2.1 million to build a new street in West Bend named Forge Place. Milwaukee Tool is investing $10 million to construct the plant, which will open in 2021, and another $12 million in specialized equipment to make hand tools for professional electricians and utility linemen.

“Our partnership with the City of West Bend on this project helps expand Milwaukee Tool’s operations in Wisconsin, creating welcome capital investment and jobs,” Secretary-designee Thompson said. “TEA grants support business expansion across the state, and I want to encourage local officials and economic groups to apply.”

The 1,500-foot-long Forge Place will run east from the existing South River Road and Rail Way intersection to Milwaukee Tool’s 94,700-square-foot facility. The company’s West Bend manufacturing facility will be expandable up to 185,000 square feet to accommodate future growth. 

“We are pleased to receive the TEA Grant and thank WisDOT for supporting our project,” said Jay Shambeau, City Administrator. “Constructing Forge Place will support Milwaukee Tool’s new manufacturing facility along with future developments available in our new industrial TID, the West Bend Manufacturing Center.”

Wisconsin’s TEA program awarded 11 grants in 2020 that totaled $5.2 million. They support transportation improvements linked to business development projects that will create 1,005 new jobs and retain an additional 716 jobs in Wisconsin.

The TEA program provides financial assistance to communities to support transportation infrastructure improvements that will help attract new employers or encourage existing employers to expand. A municipal or county unit of government must sponsor a TEA application. The project must have the local government’s endorsement, and it must benefit the public.

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