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Wisconsin business climate, manufacturer incentives, and advantages of WI communities

Relocate or Expand to Wisconsin - U.S. Industrial Expansion & Relocation Guide for Manufacturing Companies - Learn more about the Wisconsin business climate, manufacturer incentives, and advantages of WI communities. Helping decision makers at U.S. manufacturing establishments find new locations to relocate or expand.
Wisconsin Business Data*


Population: 5,654,774
Total Labor Force: 3,077,900
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%
Number of Manufacturers: 11,132
Manufacturing Jobs: 570,217
Right to Work: No
Unemp. Ins. Tax: .27–9.8%
Corporate Income Tax:

Sales Tax:

Property Tax:
Manufacturing, telecommunication and utility properties are assessed by the Dept. of Revenue while all other property is assessed by the municipal assessor. Exemptions from property tax include: Machinery & Equip. used in mfg., Merchants’ and mfrs’ inventories, computer equipment and pollution abatement equipment

Leading Manufacturing Industries:
(by % of total manufacturing employment)
18% Industrial machinery and equipment
12% Fabricated metal products
12% Food and kindred products
8% Rubber and miscellaneous plastic products
7% Electronic and other electric equipment

Largest Manufacturing Establishments:
(by number of employees)
Kohler Co. (Kohler) - 7,300
Lands' End, Inc. (Dodgeville) - 4,000
Greenheck Fan Corp. (Schofield) - 3,700
Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. (Arcadia) - 3,500
Mercury Marine (Fond du Lac) - 3,100
Counties with the Most Manufacturing Jobs:
Milwaukee - 83,564
Waukesha - 62,842
Dane - 38,639
Brown - 34,051
Outagamie - 26,061

Cities with the Most Manufacturing Jobs:
Milwaukee - 54,806
Green Bay - 24,618
Madison - 19,203
Waukesha - 17,449
Appleton - 16,521

Manufacturing Related Business Incentives:
• Business Employees’ Program (BEST)
• Community Development Block Grant for Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund (CDBG-ED/RLF)
• Customized Labor Training Fund
• Dairy 2020 Initiative
• Early Planning Grant Program (EPG)
• Enterprise Development Zone Program Focus in Energy
• Tax Incremental Financing (TIF)
• Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRBs)
• Major Economic Dev. Program
• Rural Economic Development Program
• Technology Development Fund

Economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, and other organizations and businesses to help with your relocation or expansion:

EDC Of Manitowoc County
Proactive in connecting businesses to resources, suppliers, markets and capital in Manitowoc County
202 N. 8th St., Ste. 101, Manitowoc, WI 54220 (Map & Aerial View)
(920) 482-0540
(920) 682-6816 Fax

City Of Edgerton
Located on the fast growing I-90 corridor amid the rolling countryside of South Central Wisconsin, an excellent school system coupled with diverse housing and a wealth of business opportunities make Edgerton an attractive place to live and work. Our shovel-ready certified Business Park is conveniently located just one mile from Interstate 90/39 and within TIF #5. If you are looking for speed to market with a new location, this is where you want to be.
12 Albion St., Edgerton, WI 53534 (Map & Aerial View)
(608) 884-3341

Saulk County Development Corp.
SCDC is a public/private not-for-profit partnership. We seek to retain our business base, create new jobs, search for new business opportunities and to constantly strive to improve the entire county's economy. We are a Countywide organization.
P.O. Box 33, Baraboo, WI 53913 (Map & Aerial View)
(608) 355-2084

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
The WEDC leads economic development efforts for the state & nurtures business growth & job creation by advancing Wisconsin's business climate. WEDC collaborates with a highly-responsive network of partners to provide the information, tools & resources businesses need to start, expand or relocate their operations In Wisconsin. To learn more about how your business can succeed in Wisconsin, visit www.inwisconsin.com, call 855-INWIBIZ or email dobusiness@inwisconsin.com
201 W. Washington Ave., Madison, WI 53703 (Map & Aerial View)
(608) 210-6700

Looking to reach Wisconsin manufacturers? Access the Wisconsin Manufacturers Database compiled by MNI.

*Manufacturing stats updated on 3/18/2014. All other stats updated on 3/18/2014. Listings updated on 4/23/2014.

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