Construction completed on new Charter Wire facility

Construction on the new 160,000 square foot Charter Wire manufacturing facility in Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley was recently completed by Nashotah-based MSI General

Charter Wire is in the process of moving its operations from 114 N. Jackson Street in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, where it has been located for more than 70 years.

Construction began in August 2008, with occupancy occurring in September 2009.

The company began moving some of its machinery to the new facility this spring, while it was still under construction.

“Our process will take quite a bit of time. Our goal is to be under one roof by end of the year,” John W. Mellowes, general manager of Charter Wire, told BizTimes previously.

The existing Charter Wire facility at 114 N. Jackson St. in the Historic Third Ward is 175,000 square feet. Although the new facility will be 15,000 square feet smaller than the current building, the company will have a much more functional layout for manufacturing.

“The 160,000 (square feet) feels a lot larger than the 175,000 here (in our current facility),” Mellowes said. “We’ve been on this site for 70 years, and the walls don’t move, but the manufacturing process has to. This is a great opportunity to get quite a bit more efficient with our processes.”


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