Sheboygan County manufacturer to expand

Richco Structures will expand its Haven manufacturing facility and parent company Richardson Industries will move its headquarters to a downtown Sheboygan Falls building.

Richco plans to add 12,000 square feet to its existing 60,000-square-foot building at W989 County Road FF in Haven in Sheboygan County. Richco will also add a $300,000 saw system at the facility, where the company manufactures both residential and industrial trusses, as well as wall and floor panels. The total expansion cost is $1 million, said Gary Kane, chief executive officer of Richardson Industries.

The expansion will help Richco keep up with demand from the recovering construction industry, Kane said. Production is up 30 percent over a year ago, mainly due to increased market share driven by short lead times.

“It’ll just increase our ability to produce. We’re almost at our max right now,” Kane said.

Richardson Industries and Richardson Kitchen & Bath will move their operations into a 9,000-square-foot building at 202 Pine St. in downtown Sheboygan Falls. The first floor already houses Richardson’s Furniture Emporium, and the Kitchen & Bath division will use part of the space for a showroom. Richardson Industries will move its corporate headquarters from 635 Old County Highway PP into the second floor of the Pine Street building.

“It helps us consolidate a little bit better, it’s more centrally located, it’s easier for customers and guests to find,” Kane said.

Richco and Richardson Kitchen & Bath have a total of 175 employees, 60 of whom were added in the past 15 months. Kane plans to add another 30 employees this year.

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