Drexel Building Supply’s New Berlin expansion receiving state tax credits

$11 million showroom and distribution center will create 50 jobs

Rendering: Pure Architecture Studio LLC
Rendering: Pure Architecture Studio LLC

Drexel Building Supply Inc.‘s new showroom and distribution center in New Berlin is receiving up to $250,000 in state tax credits.

In return, the $11 million project is expected to create 50 jobs over the next three years.

Campbellsport-based Drexel, which provides building materials and services to contractors and homeowners, owns 92 acres northeast of Coffee and Calhoun roads. It will build a seven-building, 128,000-square-foot facility there.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. announced today it is supporting the project with up to $250,000 in state income-tax credits over three years. The actual amount of tax credits awarded is contingent on the number of jobs Drexel creates during that period.

According to WEDC, the Drexel project could indirectly generate another 56 jobs in the region. Altogether, these 106 new jobs are expected to generate $213,356 in state income tax revenue annually.

“In addition to the jobs created by this project, this expansion will allow Drexel Building Supply Inc. to take advantage of a growing market and increased demand for its services,” Missy Hughes, WEDC secretary and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “This project marks the latest example of a Wisconsin business that has chosen to grow in our state because of our strong business climate and dedicated workforce.”

The project consists of a nearly 25,000-square-foot showroom, and six additional buildings ranging from roughly 5,300 square feet to more than 57,700 square behind it. Those buildings will be used for storage and distribution of building materials. There will also be an area used for outdoor storage.

The project’s first phase will include construction of two buildings to serve as operations for cabinetry and flooring. Drexel will move 75 employees from its Brookfield location as a result.

A second phase includes completion of five lumberyard buildings. This will allow Drexel to add new employees and expand its product category.

Drexel also expects to create another 50 jobs across its other eight Wisconsin locations.

Founded in 1985, Drexel offers lumber, roofing/siding, trusses, millwork, doors, windows, pole building, decking, cabinetry, flooring and window treatments.

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Alex Zank
Alex Zank covers commercial and residential real estate for BizTimes. Alex previously worked for Farm Equipment magazine and also covered statewide construction news at The Daily Reporter. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he studied journalism, political science and economics. Having grown up in rural western Wisconsin, Alex loves all things outdoors, including camping, hiking, four-wheeling and hunting.

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