Annual community address notes surge in business development
While Saukville Village President Barb Dickmann typically uses her annual State of the Village Address to highlight advances made in the community over the past year, she also used this year’s comments to recognize the village’s centennial.
Dickmann joined State Rep. Rob Brooks, Port Washington-Saukville School Board President Carey Gremminger and Ozaukee County Board Chairman Lee Schlenvogt in presentations to members of the Saukville Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Feb. 4, at the American Legion Hall.
“What an awesome year Saukville has just experienced,” said Dickmann at the outset of her talk.
“Not only did we have a great 100th birthday party, but we had significant growth and substantial change in the way we get things done. We were busy in all sectors and are also excited to report on projects we are currently working on, as well as upcoming attractions.”
As in years past, Dickmann focused largely on a host of advancements made in the business community.
She singled out the success of the Business Loan Program the village has available in partnership with Port Washington State Bank.
“Loan proceeds can be utilized to fund a wide variety of commercial projects ranging from assisting new businesses locating in the downtown area with startup costs, to helping existing businesses with renovations or expansion plans,” Dickmann said.
The bank provided more than $225,000 in low-interest loans through the program last year, she noted.
Similarly, Dickmann noted the Community Development Authority reasserted its support of the Economic Development Incentive Program that provides incentives for the purchase and development of land in the village’s industrial park.
The village also worked with community development educator Kate Pawasarat to create a Saukville Community Opportunities map that identifies available business sites in the I-43/Highway 33 corridor.
“Our goal is for this map to be added to a portfolio of other marketing materials,” Dickmann said, noting that the information will be saved in digital format to be shared on flash drives distributed to the development community.
Recognizing the business interests of the Chamber audience, much of her address looked at progress made by existing businesses over the last year.
• P.D. Peterka & Associates, 675 N. Progress Dr., completed a 5,000-square-foot addition to its production facilities.
• Protanic, 650 N. Progress Dr., completed a 3,600-square-foot addition for storage and light assembly.
• The village sold 13 acres to Calibre, Inc. that will accommodate expansion of its existing facilities and completion of a campus-like atmosphere. The company expects to move ahead with its plans this year.
• Engineered Exhaust Systems purchased nine acres in the business park and plans to construct a 62,500-square-foot building for warehouse and office space. The value of the project has been estimated at $3 million.
• RealTime Racing, 240 Klein La., is adding 10,000 square feet to its building for more storage and loading docks.
• A 3,850-square-foot expansion has been completed at Carroll Converting — now known as Rebel Wipes — at an estimated value of $250,000.
• Injectec, 451 N. Dekora Woods Blvd., completed a 9,600-square-foot expansion that will clear the way for the hiring of 20 new employees over the next four years. “It is very satisfying to see local businesses grow in Saukville,” Dickmann said.
• Aisle Logic purchased 3.8 acres north of their existing building at 591 N. Dekora Woods Blvd. The company is planning a 24,376-square-foot expansion.
• The Kwik Trip gas station and convenience store opened last summer. “Judging from the number of cars in the parking lot, Kwik Trip will be very successful in Saukville,” Dickmann said.
Noting the construction of new homes in the community has stagnated, she also promised, “we will aggressively seek a residential development.”
Dickmann wrapped up her comments with a touch of philosophy. “We keep in mind that politics is the art of the possible,” she concluded.