TWO COMPANIES BASED IN THE New North region were recognized as award winners at the 2nd annual Community and Economic Development Awards dinner hosted by the Wisconsin Economic Development Association.
Nueske’s Applewood Meats, Wittenberg, received the Business Retention and Expansion Award. Amerequip, Kiel, received the Economic Driver – Small Business Award.
“WEDA is excited that our program is able to celebrate the dedicated efforts of local, county, regional, state and private organizations in advancing our state’s economy,” said WEDA Executive Director Brian Doudna.
Nueske’s was recognized for economic development efforts that focused on retaining and growing its 83-year-old business. A 110,000-square-foot expansion of the Nueske’s facility in Wittenberg was funded by a combination of New Markets Tax Credits and the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority’s Participation Loan Program. The expansion enables Nueske’s to retain 154 existing positions and create 66 new jobs.
“Wittenberg is a buzz with the day-to-day hustle and bustle revolving around the progress of our expansion project,” says Nueske’s president Glenn Gazzolo. “We have had an outstanding response from Wisconsin-based contractors, and we are proud to report that a significant amount of the project dollars remain within this wonderful state.”
Amerequip was recognized for its continued investment in its Wisconsin business operations, human capital and communities over a period of years. With facilities in Kiel and New Holstein, the company has experienced five years of incredible growth and success as a manufacturer of custom equipment for the lawn, landscape, agricultural and construction markets.
The following were also nominated from the New North region for this year’s CEDA awards: Amplify Oshkosh, Economic Development Initiative; Fox Valley Workforce Development Board and Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation, Human Capital; and Breakthrough Fuel, Green Bay; Economic Driver, Small Business.
Other organizations were recognized with 2016 Community Economic Development Awards from WEDA. They are: Economic Development Initiative — Powell Poage Hamilton Neighborhood Revitalization Project — La Crosse; Human Capital — Chippewa County Economic Development Corp.; Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse — city of West Allis; Public-Private Partnership — city of Eau Claire, UW-Eau Claire and Haymarket Concepts; and Economic Driver, Large Business — American Family.
WEDA and its partner organizations developed the Community and Economic Development Awards program to recognize best practices and economic development-focused groups that are making their community or region a better place to live, work and play. Partnering with WEDA to implement the awards program are the Wisconsin League of Municipalities, Wisconsin Counties Association and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.
For a complete list of 2016 award winners and link to videos of winners, visit www.weda.org.