Every October - Manufacturing Month - Manufacturers across Wisconsin, the Chippewa Valley and next door utilize the month as an opportunity to inspire and recruit the next generation of manufacturers. With a continued goal of providing our future workforce with exposure to real STEM workplaces, the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) has organized, hosted, or arranged over 50 tours to 20 different Chippewa Valley manufacturing sites. Since 2006 the CCEDC Program has introduced over 300 students from middle school, homeschool, high school, plus teachers, athletic coaches, scouting organizations and parents to the world of modern manufacturing. On October 30, 2019, TTM Technologies, Inc, (TTM) one of Chippewa Falls largest employers and a leading global printed circuit board manufacturer that focuses on quick-turn and volume production of technologically advanced PCBs, backplane assemblies and [...]
German-based global logistics company, DHL Real Estate Solutions, broke ground to construct a $6.8M, 124,000-square-foot warehouse facility project within the Lake Wissota Business Park (LWBP). Xcel Energy launched their multi-state, certified shovel-ready program a year ago and now has 36 certified shovel-ready sites throughout their service territory. The Lake Wissota Business Park in Chippewa County, is a one of six certified shovel-ready Xcel sites in Wisconsin. The certificated shovel-ready program helps to expedite the business location process by making sites like LWBP more attractive to companies like DHL, and other site-selection consultants looking to expand their businesses. To be declared certified shovel-ready by Xcel Energy, a site must have a base level of defined boundaries with a clear title, an established price, defined utility capacity, have documentation on important factors such as phase [...]
On 10/15/2019, the Chippewa Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) hosted the Chippewa Falls Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) board meeting and gave an update on CCEDC’s activities to date. After reviewing the history of CCEDC and its mission- President CEO Charlie Walker, discussed the improvements in CCEDC Business Attraction Program, the success of the Business Expansion and Retention (BEAR Program) and the organizations upcoming HATCH Program. Discussion also centered around home each organization can better support each other. “Collaboration is a necessary component of great economic development programs” stressed Walker "CCEDC is fortunate to have local organizations such as the Chippewa Falls IEDC as a supporter and partner."
The CCEDC is excited to share their services in the Chippewa Valley with the business community. Stop by our booth tonight for a deeper dive on the services, advocacy, opportunities and connections we offer.
CCEDC & Yellowstone Cheese hosted Senator Tammy Baldwin today to discuss her initiatives of the Dairy Business Innovation Act to help Chippewa Valley farmers. The event was attended by Economic Development Corporations, press entities, farmers, several local businesses, and the University of Wisconsin Extension to bring specific concerns to light and get feedback on how the Diary Business Innovation Initiatives help to address these real-time challenges. Dairy Business Innovation Act Press Release
ABECS GLOBAL When ABECS Global was founded in 2016 by Ms. Jane Eagen, they never thought they'd be looking for a new location within a few short years. At that time, the company focused mainly on farm animals, providing health nutritional supplements. Dr. Vijay Sasi, a veterinarian, took over the company as President and CEO in January 2018 and has extended the product line to include products for both food and companion animals. The business boomed, Dr. Sasi knew he needed help in finding the right location to grow his business. He was recommended to turn to the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation and their professional staff. ABECS is an acronym for multiple species, including Avian, Aquatics, Bovine, Equine, Exotics, Canine, Caprine, Cats, Swine, and Sheep. This represents the multitude of products it [...]
A1 Excavating A-1 Excavating was started in the mid-1970s by Archie Pecha and a business partner. His sons, Terry and Todd Pecha began working for the company in the mid-1980s. As an example of growth within the organization, the company had 12 employees in 1982 and has about 200 employees today. Even with the continuous growth of the company, it remains a family-owned and Bloomer-based business to this day. The construction company focuses in a variety of municipal work, including water mains, sanitary sewers, and storm sewer pipework and structures. While the company is based in Chippewa County, work spans throughout the state of Wisconsin and into Eastern Minnesota. Currently, A-1 Excavating has crew members working on the Foxconn project in the southern part of the state. A-1 Excavating is a union company [...]
CCEDC was proud to recognize the tremendous efforts of CESA at their 2019 Annual Meeting with the Economic Development Partner Business of the Year Award, in recognition of their record number of 406 students participating in Youth Apprenticeship this year. Chippewa Valley Youth Apprenticeship Consortium The Chippewa Valley Youth Apprenticeship Consortium is a partnership among area employers, high schools, and the Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA 10). The program is coordinated and supervised by school district staff members so that there is a strong connection between classroom learning and the work experience. Gwen Skoyen is the Director of College and Career Readiness with CESA 10. “The goal of CESA is to work with local families, businesses, and communities. We assist school districts to prepare graduates to be college, career, and citizenship-ready and fully [...]
ABECS Global LLC, a Stanley-based animal health and nutrition company, was named Chippewa County Entrepreneur of the Year by the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation at its 2019 Annual Meeting for growing its business into a national and international source for custom products. ABECS Global, located in the Stanley Industrial Park, was founded in 2016 by Ms. Jane Eagen. At that time, the company focused mainly on farm animals, providing health nutritional supplements. Dr. Vijay Sasi, a veterinarian, took over the company as President and CEO in January 2018 and has extended the product line to include products for both food and companion animals. In fact, ABECS is an acronym for multiple species, including Avian, Aquatics, Bovine, Equine, Exotics, Canine, Caprine, Cats, Swine, and Sheep. This represents the multitude of products it manufactures. [...]
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 [...]