Federal Tool & Engineering LLC held a groundbreaking last Thursday for its West Bend expansion, which is expected to be completed next summer.
The company plans to nearly triple the 21,000-square-foot facility at 2150 Stonebridge Road in the city’s South Industrial Park to 60,000 square feet. The expansion will allow the company to relocate its operations and employees to West Bend from Cedarburg.
FTE has 47 employees, two of which were recently hired. It also plans to hire at least another eight employees within the next three years.
“Today’s groundbreaking for Federal Tool & Engineering is yet another Wisconsin success story, proving that hard work and quality products are the hallmarks of a successful company,” said Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch at the groundbreaking. “Our state’s manufacturing sector continues to grow, and we applaud FTE’s investment in Wisconsin and its commitment to hiring more of our friends and neighbors to staff its expanded operations in this new facility.”
The company announced earlier this year that it would move to the West Bend facility that it purchased in 2013 after incentives were approved by the city of West Bend and Economic Development Washington County. FTE officials cited cooperative and welcoming local government officials, an energetic workforce, access to U.S. Highway 45 and a vibrant technical college for contributing to the move.
“The expansion will allow FTE to support growth by allowing for the increase of advanced manufacturing equipment and improved lean flow of product through the manufacturing process. Through growth, we will continue to add solid family- supporting jobs that help to support the city, community and the great state of Wisconsin,” said FTE president David Tomczek.
FTE provides engineering metal components and assemblies to domestic and foreign manufacturers.