Prestwick Group planning nearly 74,000-square-foot expansion in Sussex

Rendering: MSI General Corp.
Rendering: MSI General Corp.

The Prestwick Group Inc. is looking to expand its Sussex headquarters by nearly 74,000 square feet, according to plans filed with the village.

Prestwick, located at W248 N5499 Executive Drive, wants to expand its existing facility with a nearly 32,700-square-foot addition and construct a new 41,250-square-foot facility to the north.

Prestwick manufactures accessories and furnishings for a variety of industries, including golf courses, health care and high-end retail.

The project would allow Prestwick to add manufacturing space and surface parking, the company wrote in a letter to the village.

The new building would allow Prestwick to relocate some of its operations from elsewhere. Company officials did not immediately provide additional details on its expansion plans.

Village administrator Jeremy Smith said in an email the new building would house wood-product manufacturing while the expanded building will house plastic-product manufacturing. Prestwick-owned Stirling Furnishings is located in Hartland.

The new building would house 26 shop employees and nine office employees. Prestwick currently employs 134 workers.

The plans are scheduled to be considered by the village Plan Commission on Tuesday evening. Up for consideration are operation, site, architectural, lighting and landscape plans. Smith said a proposal from Prestwick that was approved earlier this spring was for the building addition only. The company is now moving forward with plans for the new building as well.

Rendering: Zimmerman Architectural Studios Inc.
Rendering: Zimmerman Architectural Studios Inc.

Prestwick expects to begin construction this month and finish up by October. Paving and landscaping work would begin in September and finish around the same time as construction.

Prestwick has considered a number of locations for a new headquarters in recent years. It pitched a new headquarters and manufacturing complex in Delafield in 2017. Then in 2018, the company laid plans to move to Lac La Belle after it purchased the La Belle Golf Club.

The company began making golf course products in 1997 in Nashotah, and has been in the Lake Country area the last 23 years. It has been in Sussex for 10 years. It acquired custom manufacturer Sturdi-Craft, of Hartland, in October 2017 and renamed it Stirling Furnishings. In January 2018 Prestwick started Sister Bay Furniture Co. and shortly after that acquired Malibu Furniture Co.

The acquisitions allowed the company to grow its retail network to 500 dealers by 2020.

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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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