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TJ Hale announced as Germantown's new business park anchor tenant

July 17, 2014

Germantown — A world-class retail environments, engineering, construction, distribution and installation company known as TJ Hale has found a new home in Germantown. The company has announced its plans to build a new headquarters in the recently approved tax-incremental financing district No. 6, located in a 192-acre triangle encompassed by Appleton Avenue and Maple and Lannon roads.

Set on a 34-acre site, TJ Hale's new headquarters includes plans for a 218,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility that will more than double the size of its current home in Menomonee Falls.

"We're very excited about the new location and bringing our amazing workforce to this world-class production and distribution facility," said Bob Rosean, Chairman of TJ Hale. Construction on the project will begin later this year and is expected to result in the consolidation of operations of the company's 170 employees within the next year.

In doing so, it will become the anchor tenant of what will be known as Willow Creek Business Park.

"We are obviously very excited to have (TJ Hale) come on board, as well as anxious to see what comes next," said Village President Dean Wolter.

The future is looking bright for development as a whole for Germantown, as the pending development of a new business park follows some expansion and growth within the village's existing industrial park.

More to come

A series of industrial developments are currently in the process of seeking approval from the village, including one project that hopes to relocate from Cedarburg.

Machining Concepts Inc. was among the four different projects reviewed by the Plan Commission on Monday, July 14, all within or near the existing Germantown Industrial Park. They are seeking to double the size of its current facility in Cedarburg, building a 32,400-square-foot building on 8.4 acres at the northwest corner of Maple and Freistadt roads just outside the park.

"It's encouraging to see them interested in land just outside of the existing industrial park," Wolter said of Machining Concepts, a precision machining company that specializes in production turning and milling services for a variety of automotive industries. About 40 employees currently work out of the landlocked 15,000-square-foot facility currently located in Cedarburg.

Meanwhile, Systems Inc., Custom-Pak Products Inc. and Innovation Mold & Design Inc. all have plans to expand within existing footprints in the park, which Wolter said is a good sign for the businesses as well as the village.

"There is no more vacant space, but companies who are expanding are willing to stay," Wolter said. "I know there are a lot of options out there, so that shows we are doing something right for business here in Germantown."

Systems Inc., which makes loading dock equipment, is proposing a 20,875-square-foot expansion to its 61,800-square-foot plant on McCormick Drive in the Germantown Industrial Park.

Custom-Pak Products Inc., which produces touch-up paint products, is looking to build a 14,042-square-foot expansion to its 25,510-square-foot plant on Bunsen Drive

Across the street is Innovation Mold & Design Inc., which provides injection molds for a variety of industries. They are seeking to add a 14,444-square-foot expansion to its 12,465-square-foot plant on Bunsen Drive.

"All four of these companies are experiencing growth in business and are expanding as a result," Wolter said. "All of that is great because it shows not only the growth in business, but they are making a decision to stay and invest in Germantown when they have a lot of options and could go a lot of places. I am really grateful to have the opportunity to keep their business."

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