One of our main objectives is helping our existing businesses find a home for their facilities when they outgrow their current space, and they cannot expand at their current location. When existing businesses expand, they bring new investment. New investment in the Chippewa Valley is crucial to the consistent economic development of the area.

In August, Mason Companies held a ground breaking ceremony in celebration of their newest expansion to the Lake Wissota Business Park [LWBP] in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. The CCEDC assisted Hoeft Builders and Mason Companies in planning and organizing the ceremony. Over 100 people attended, including Wisconsin Senator Kathy Bernier, Representative Rob Summerfield, and Chippewa Falls Mayor Greg Hoffman, along with President and CEO of the CCEDC, Charlie Walker. There were also executives from Hoeft, Mason, River Valley Architects, and CBS Squared, who celebrated the beginning stages of construction for a project that started over three years ago.

This project is the result of outstanding cooperation and coordination of efforts by Mason, the City of Chippewa Falls, Chippewa County and the CCEDC. Mason is collaborating with CBS Squared to design and build the phased project, which is anticipated to be completed by Summer 2023. This week’s ground breaking ceremony kicks off the first phase of construction.

“We are proud of our 118-year commitment to the Chippewa Valley, and this new facility will allow us to continue this commitment for years to come,” stated Jay Berlin, Mason’s President and CEO. “In keeping with our Mission Statement, Mason Companies is committed to cultivating thriving relationships with our customers, our team members, shareholders and our community. This phased project strengthens our position to support future growth, to better serve our customers and to create new jobs within the community.”

“The fulfillment center is the linchpin for Mason Companies’ expansion within the LWBP and future growth in Chippewa County. Mason is developing a multi-phase project in the LWBP that supports its vision. This ceremony kicks off the first phase and is the start of something awesome. Ultimately, Mason will have a 975,000 square foot facility that includes a new corporate office building. The CCEDC was privileged to work with Mason Companies on this premier business expansion and retention project,” stated Charlie Walker, President and CEO of the CCEDC.

“Chippewa County’s main economic development objective is to help existing businesses expand. The CCEDC, the county staff, and the county’s economic development committee worked hand in hand with Mason Companies to make this project happen. This project positions Mason Companies for continued growth in Chippewa County, and that is a great thing,” noted Dean Gullickson, Chair of the Chippewa County Board of Supervisors.

Mr. Berlin added, “This is a very exciting development for our company.  We so greatly appreciate the support of our neighbors and look forward to continued growth and development driven by our great teams across Mason!”

Projects like these create a positive multiplier effect in a community by enriching the composition of the population, providing consumer capital to local businesses, and garnering national attention to local business parks. The CCEDC understands the importance of bringing new or expanding businesses to Chippewa County, and constantly strives to make projects like this happen.

For additional information on this project, contact Danielle Bauer at or call (715) 723-7150.