Eau Claire, WI (US) October 23, 2018 – Over a hundred and fifty community leaders, and employees of Drylock Technologies, a dynamic family owned Belgian based group celebrated Drylock’s expansion of its Eau Claire, Wisconsin office building and advanced adult incontinence production facility. In 2017, the Belgium company expanded its operations into the United States with the acquisition of Presto Absorbant Products. Drylock Technologies invested 30 million dollars in capital investments to expand its production capabilities and a new headquarters building for its USA operations. Drylock Technologies (drylocktechnologies.com) is a business headquartered in Zele (Belgium), owned by the Van Malderen family and operated by a management team with extensive experience and proven capability in the absorbent hygiene industry. The company now employs 2600 worldwide. Founder and CEO of Drylock Technologies, Mr. Bart Van [...]
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Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin (September 28, 2018) – Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) hosted the County's first HATCH event on September 27, 2018 at the Chippewa River Distillery in Chippewa Falls. Over one hundred attendee’s participated in the event aimed at strengthening the Chippewa Valley’s ecosystem for business startups. Similar to the Shark Tank Television Show, a panel of local judges selected the best business idea pitched to them by registered entrepreneurs. The event provided the opportunity for local entrepreneurs to share their fresh and creative business ideas to supportive investors, businesses, and community members. HATCH, presenters had five minutes to delivery their pitch in front of judges and a live audience. The audience had the opportunity to evaluate and vote for their favorite “business pitches” as well. The Hatch judges selected for [...]
Working constructively and collaboratively with federal, state, regional, and university stakeholders, the CCEDC is charged with developing a Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) strategy for Chippewa County that focuses on expanding our local trading relationships, promoting expansion projects, and assisting with identifying potential supply chain relationships. In 2018, in an effort to accelerate exports for Chippewa Valley companies and to expand growth industry clusters in the area, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation collaborated to provide a $75,000 grant to CCEDC. “By receiving the exporting grant through UW-Oshkosh, CCEDC was able to utilize consultants, programs, and attend events to help local companies like [Barron County Cheese] Gene’s to get the programs and resources they need to diversify their sales portfolio.” says Charlie Walker, President and CEO of CCEDC. CCEDC [...]
Local and Mid-West Companies that are searching for a location that has all the resources that they will need — and where they can break ground right away are looking to Lake Wissota Business Park (LWBP) in Chippewa County, Wisconsin. With over 75 acres LWBP has just earned Certified Shovel Ready Designation from Xcel Energy. Working with the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation, Xcel Energy’ accepted LWBP into their certified Site Program which increases speed to market and offers customers access to Xcel Energy’s nation-leading renewable energy portfolio for companies to grow their business in Chippewa County. Xcel Energy Certified Shovel-ready sites gives LWBP and Chippewa County a competitive edge in attracting business startups, expansions or relocations because the most time-consuming technical and regulatory aspects of development project are already complete and third [...]