Manufacturing company continues to expand, add jobs

Gov. Scott Walker speaks at Amerequip in Kiel on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (WLUK/Andrew LaCombe)
Gov. Scott Walker speaks at Amerequip in Kiel on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (WLUK/Andrew LaCombe)

KIEL - A company in Calumet County continues to expand with some help from taxpayer dollars. Amerequip says it is also adding 103 new jobs.

The company anticipates its sales will rise by 75 percent over the next two years. Amerequip designs and manufactures equipment for lawn, landscape, farm and construction work.

With Republican Governor Scott Walker in attendance on Tuesday morning, Amerequip broke ground on a 35,000 sq. ft. expansion. That's in addition to a 70,000 sq. ft. expansion that began earlier this month.

Combined, the project will cost $7.7 million.

The state is giving Amerequip $216,000 in tax credits for the first part of the project. Governor Walker said the company will get more incentives for the second phase.

"The kind of jobs that we're talking about here aren't our parents or grandparents manufacturing," said Walker. "They're new, higher tech. They require, at a minimum, technical college assistance."

Amerequip currently has more than 200 employees. Construction is expected to be finished this fall.

"We are experiencing tremendous growth with our current clients and want to ensure we have the capacity and the trained workforce available to continue to meet that demand," said Mike VanderZanden, the president and CEO of Amerequip.

Founded in 1920, Amerequip operates four manufacturing facilities within seven miles of each other. One is located in Kiel and the other three in New Holstein.