Milwaukee Tool’s new West Bend manufacturing facility (Photo: PRNewswire)

August 10, 2022

WEST BEND, Wis.—Milwaukee Tool recently opened a new 95,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in West Bend, where the company will produce hand tools for the electrical, power utility, plumbing, and mechanical trades, the company said in a release.

Among the first products to be made at the facility, located 20 minutes from Milwaukee Tool’s  global R&D headquarters in Brookfield, will be cutting pliers and screwdrivers. The company said it has invested $55 million to build and equip the facility with advanced technology and equipment.

“This state-of-the-art facility, and the people who work here, will play a critical role in delivering the next wave of hand tool innovation to the industry,” said Tim Albrecht, president of Hand Tools, Storage, & PPE for Milwaukee Tool, in the release. “Wisconsin has been our company’s home for nearly 100 years. We’re thrilled to continue our growth here, where we’ve been able to recruit some of the best talent in the country.”

Milwaukee Tool’s facility is the first development in the City of West Bend’s new 216-acre industrial park, West Bend Manufacturing Center.

“We are proud to welcome Milwaukee Tool to the City of West Bend,” said West Bend City Administrator Jay Shambeau, in the release. “Milwaukee Tool’s investment brings high-value employment opportunities, and we look forward to its further expansion in West Bend.”

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the Milwaukee 7 (M7), West Bend officials, and industry partners joined with Milwaukee Tool to celebrate the opening of the manufacturing plant. The WEDC, a long-term partner of Milwaukee Tool, has reportedly experienced double-digit growth globally and now employs more than 3,700 throughout the state.

“Milwaukee Tool is an iconic global brand that, by its name alone, makes our state synonymous with quality manufacturing,” said WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes, in the release. “As Milwaukee Tool has grown its investments in Wisconsin, WEDC has been pleased to invest in Milwaukee Tool.”

Milwaukee 7 (M7) is Southeastern Wisconsin’s regional economic development organization. , also participated in the event. According to Gale Klappa, co-chair of Milwaukee 7 and executive chairman of WEC Energy Group, “Milwaukee Tool’s remarkable growth makes it one of the Milwaukee region’s greatest success stories.”

“With the opening of their first manufacturing facility in Southeastern Wisconsin, adding to the significant headquarters and research and development presence they already have here, Milwaukee Tool joins a long list of companies designing and producing highly engineered and technical products—products that are exported globally from this region every day,” Klappa said in the release.

Milwaukee Tool’s West Bend facility is reported to be providing 150 new jobs. Roles range from engineers and operators to quality technicians, service technicians, and material handlers, the company said.

Milwaukee Tool is a Brookfield, Wisconsin-based subsidiary of Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd.

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