By Staff Writer, PHCC-National Association
Milwaukee Tool will once again expand its footprint in the United States (US) with the announcement of a new vertically integrated manufacturing plant in West Bend, WI. Located only 20 min from Milwaukee Tool’s Global Headquarters, the facility will manufacture new-to-market Hand Tools for professional electricians and utility linemen.
“With a focus on core users in the Electrical, Plumbing, and Mechanical trades, our strategy for Hand Tools from the beginning has been to disrupt the market with superior performance, quality, and user-driven feature sets,” said Tim Albrecht, President of Hand Tools for Milwaukee Tool. “As we continue with that strategy, we are thrilled to invest in state-of-theart technology and equipment, and a skilled labor force – right in the heart of Wisconsin – to deliver the next wave of hand tool innovation to the industry.”
With an initial expected investment of almost $26 million, Milwaukee Tool will break ground in April 2020 on the new manufacturing plant, and expects mass production to begin in early 2021.
“We will continue to invest, we will continue to grow, and we will continue to change the game,” said Steve Richman, Group President of Milwaukee Tool. “In 2020 alone, we will invest over $100 million, and create 350 jobs in the United States to diversify our operations and better serve the professional trades.”
Milwaukee Tool currently has manufacturing and distribution operations around the nation in Greenwood, Olive Branch, and Jackson, MS, as well as in Mukwonago, and Sun Prairie, WI. Along with the new hand tool manufacturing plant in West Bend, WI, plans in progress to expand in 2020 include: operations in Cookeville, TN, for power tool manufacturing and assembly; in Sun Prairie, WI for accessories manufacturing, and; in Olive Branch, MS, for a new 766,000 sq ft distribution facility. While US Manufacturing and distribution are an integral part of Milwaukee Tool’s global footprint, the disruptive innovation for the trades all start at the Global Headquarters in Brookfield, WI. The company has grown from 190,000 sq ft and 300 jobs in Brookfield in 2011, to 390,000 sq ft and over 1,400 jobs this year. With an additional 329,500 sq ft of space slated to open in 2020, and a recent announcement of 65 acres of land purchased in Menomonee Falls, WI, Milwaukee Tool is positioned to stay in the heart of Wisconsin long term.
About Milwaukee Tool
Milwaukee Tool, founded in 1924, is a global leader in delivering innovative solutions to the professional construction trades, offering increased productivity and unmatched durability. Milwaukee Tool has had a presence in the US since its founding in 1924, and has invested significantly over the last decade to further increase its US footprint in manufacturing, R&D, office and distribution space. Whether it is through their world-leading M12™, M18™, and MX FUEL™ cordless systems, the ground-breaking performance of their M12 and M18 FUEL™ products, jobsite lighting, time-saving accessories, or innovative hand tool and storage products, Milwaukee® is dedicated to delivering a steady stream of advanced, trade-specific solutions. Milwaukee Tool is a Brookfield, Wisconsin-based subsidiary of Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd. (TTI) (HKEx stock code: 669, ADR symbol: TTNDY). For more information on the full line of Milwaukee® products, please call 1-800-SAWDUST or visit www.milwaukeetool.com.