WEDC has helped drive passionate, innovative companies to the top of their industries. Explore these success stories to learn more about how WEDC’s support can help companies advance in Wisconsin.

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Zander Creamery, Cross Plains

Zander Creamery, Cross Plains

WEDC contributed $6,225 in a Site Assessment Grant for the former Zander Creamery property, which had been vacant for more than a decade. The information from the assessment allowed for the successful redevelopment of the site, which was awarded an additional $288,130 in Brownfields Grant funding from WEDC for remediation costs (primarily cleanup of soil contaminated with arsenic, lead and petroleum) as part of the project. The final project resulted in a three-story, 45-unit apartment building, and represented $4.6 million in private investment, with additional city investment of $1.1 million.
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Elven Sted, Stoughton

Elven Sted, Stoughton

WEDC contributed $200,000 towards a $5.6 million project to convert a contaminated 2.5-acre riverfront site into 33 units of affordable housing. The project also received TIF financing from the city, which also spent $192,000 to acquire several parcels to assemble the site. Former uses included automotive and manufacturing. Remediation included the removal and disposal of 1,694 tons of soil contaminated with arsenic, lead, benzene and PAHS, and the introduction of backfill and an asphalt cap on portions of the property.
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St. Ann Center, Milwaukee

St. Ann Center, Milwaukee

WEDC contributed $147,438 toward a $5 million project to transition a vacant 7.5-acre brownfield into an 88,000-square-foot intergenerational care facility in inner-city Milwaukee. The site, vacant for more than two decades, included 27 separate parcels spanning two city blocks. Brownfields funds helped to contain and cap soils contaminated with PAH and other chemicals. The project also utilized PECFA funds for additional cleanup.
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Royster Clark, Madison

Royster Clark, Madison

The vacant 27-acre Royster Clark property was assembled and targeted for a mixed-use development. Remediation costs for the former fertilizer manufacturing site were in excess of $4 million, including demolition of structures and extensive soil work. WEDC contributed $400,000 toward these costs. The project later received an additional $534,000 in Idle Sites Redevelopment Grant funding as part of the $50 million development phase.
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Grafton Lumberyard, Grafton

Grafton Lumberyard, Grafton

WEDC contributed $336,815 toward a $17 million project to clean and redevelop a 4.6-acre site in Grafton. A former lumberyard, printing company and auto repair site had resulted in various types of contamination including PAH, PCB, arsenic and PCE, requiring a mix of disposal and capping. The village worked for a decade to assemble the 13 properties and address remediation needs for the entire corridor. Following cleanup and an RFP, the village transferred property to a developer for 72 apartments and 10,000 square feet of commercial space. Anticipated future phases include additional retail, office and market-rate residential.
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Town Square, Green Lake

Town Square, Green Lake

WEDC contributed $6,500 toward a $25,000 feasibility study to jumpstart the renovation of the 40,000-square-foot former courthouse facility in the center of Green Lake. Following the completion of the study, the nonprofit ownership group invested in upgrades to the facility, which is now home to 23 local tenants, including several entrepreneurs who make use of the certified commercial kitchen. In addition, the center hosts a number of community- and youth-oriented educational programs.
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Sheboygan Falls

Sheboygan Falls

The Sheboygan Falls Main Street Program began in December 1988, when it was named one of the first five pilot Main Street programs in the state of Wisconsin. At this time, only three buildings in downtown Sheboygan Falls had been renovated, and many stood vacant. However, the actual push for downtown revitalization had begun nearly 15 years earlier, when a few passionate individuals formed a Sheboygan Falls historic preservation group out of the Sheboygan County Landmarks Association. Two separate historic districts were created as a result of this effort. The community effort to launch the program resulted in significant private sector investment, as local property improvements totaled more than $3.6 million in the program’s fifth year after steady year-over-year improvements. Early successes included the Brickner Woolen Mill Apartments, which was a successful $3.3 million adaptive reuse project to create affordable housing units along the river downtown. Projects like this, along with many individual business examples, paved the way for the Brickner Square project and 1878 Broadway redevelopment, which both resulted from local investors pooling funds to purchase and restore long-vacant properties. Bemis Manufacturing was an early investor, leading by example through renovations of a downtown showroom facility, but also providing $15,000 in seed funding toward a revolving loan pool for other downtown property owners. Early activities also set the stage for community-oriented and family-friendly events such as the Ducktona 500, which has grown to attract 8,000 annual attendees. Today, Sheboygan Falls is one of Wisconsin’s successful Chamber-Main Street organizations, a model made possible when the larger business community recognizes that the health of the downtown center is a reflection of overall economic opportunity. Sheboygan Falls has won more than 40 statewide Main Street awards in virtually every category offered. The program is especially recognized for its well-preserved historic architecture and successful community-wide partnerships designed to engage the City, business community, civic organizations and residents to preserve and promote a strong and vibrant local community while retaining its quintessential small-town charm.
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Bancroft Dairy, Madison

Bancroft Dairy, Madison

WEDC contributed $459,529 toward a $31 million redevelopment project including housing, retail and a health care facility on the former Bancroft Dairy site. The dairy plant had closed 10 years prior, and the 1.64-acre site had residual soil contamination, which required disposal and capping.
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Downtown Mall Site, Stevens Point

Downtown Mall Site, Stevens Point

WEDC contributed $212,000 in site assessment and brownfields funding toward a $7.6 million project to renovate a failed downtown mall into an office and educational campus. The site was formerly home to a dry cleaning facility, which was destroyed by a fire. The site is now home to Mid-State Technical College and office space for 150 workers, and has also helped catalyze additional downtown projects including renovation of a historic theater, construction of a new hotel and improvements at other downtown properties. Additional project funding included CDBG and TIF funds.
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