To continue celebrating economic development victories for Chippewa County Mills Fleet Farm broke ground following the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation’s (CCEDC) 22nd Annual Meeting and Business of the Year Awards Breakfast. On May 19, 2017, the company broke ground on a 1.1 million square foot distribution center in the Lake Wissota Business Park, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. The distribution center is one of the largest economic investments in Chippewa County in recent years
Speakers during the event included Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Chippewa Falls Mayor Greg Hoffman, Mills Fleet Farm CEO Wayne Sales, CCEDC’s President Charlie Walker, and Ryan Companies Senior Vice President Casey Hankinson- and over 100 local public officials, business leaders, and guests were in attendance.
“We are very committed to local growth,” said Mills Fleet Farm CEO Wayne Sales. “This new distribution center is a cornerstone of the recent economic development in Chippewa Falls.”
Governor Scott Walker also in attendance said, “This scale of development is great news for Chippewa Falls, for Chippewa County and the surrounding areas, and for Wisconsin.”
Mills Fleet Farm’s distribution center represents a significant economic investment in the Chippewa Falls area. It will create an estimated 325 jobs over the next five years, facilitate growth of future retail stores and drive more than $60 million in capital investment in Chippewa Falls. The groundbreaking represents the first step in a project likely to greatly impact the entire Chippewa Valley and demonstrates local community and statewide excitement.
“You don’t have an opportunity like a project of this scope come along often,” said Mayor Hoffman. “It can have a significant impact on the whole Chippewa Valley.”
“People are already calling our office to find out how they can put their job application in,” said Charlie Walker, President and CEO of the CCEDC. “It really is a great time to live, work, play and do business in Chippewa Falls.”
DHL Supply Chain, the market-leading third-party logistics provider, will manage the distribution center for Mills Fleet Farm. Hiring is expected to begin in late 2017 for more than 250 jobs that will be available for the Chippewa Falls distribution center’s start-up.
Ryan Companies, the design/builder for the project, expects construction to be completed by the 2017/2018 winter, with an anticipated opening in 2018.
“We are pleased to provide an economic solution for Mills Fleet Farm with the construction of this new distribution center,” said Casey Hankinson, SVP of Build-to-Suit Ryan Companies US, Inc. “The construction of this project is more than the delivery of a building; it means job creation and business growth that will positively impact not only the Mills Fleet Farm business, but the City of Chippewa Falls and the State of Wisconsin. A positive impact to the customer and the community in which we build is what we strive for on each project here at Ryan.”
The CCEDC, Chippewa County, and the City of Chippewa Falls worked in a concerted effort to bring this exciting project to Chippewa County and we welcome Mills Fleet Farm to our community