Plugging into a well-connected location
When Solomon Corp. set out to find a location for a 20,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in the upper Midwest, Wisconsin rose to the top of the list due to its proximity to Solomon’s customer base, access to major transportation and logistics networks, and the availability of skilled workers. $100,000 in performance-based Business Development Tax Credits from WEDC helped seal the deal on a vacant facility in Prairie du Chien’s Northern Gateway Business Park, a project that includes over $2 million in capital investment and the prospect of 24 employees. The project also received a zero-interest, 15-year loan for $571,123 from the City of Prairie du Chien.
Custom-build transformers for a reliable power supply
Solomon specializes in sales and service of oil-filled transformers and distribution transformers. Headquartered in Solomon, Kansas, the company conducts business with more than 3,000 utility companies within the U.S. and internationally. The company’s customers include municipalities, rural electric cooperatives and investor-owned utilities, as well as industrial users. Solomon has contracts with some of the largest utilities in the nation, including Xcel Energy, Alliant, WE Energy, Madison Gas and Electric, and Dairyland Power, among others. Besides Kansas, Solomon has existing operations in Tennessee, Colorado and Texas. The company employs more than 550 people in all, and has annual sales of more than $100 million.