Advent Tool & Manufacturing Inc. plans to move its headquarters and production operations about 4.5 miles north from Antioch, Illinois to the Salem Industrial Park in the Village of Salem Lakes in Kenosha County, Gov. Tony Evers announced today.
“We are proud to call Wisconsin our new home,” said Advent owner and president Jim Hartford. “The state is an ideal location for our business, providing a stable and business-friendly environment to support our growth plans. We are excited to write Advent’s next chapter in Wisconsin and to join the impressive list of manufacturers already in the state.”
Advent expects to employ 23 workers at the Salem Lakes location by 2022. The company’s workforce is comprised primarily of skilled machinists.
The company will occupy 25,000 feet of space in a new building currently under construction in the Salem Industrial Park.
Advent engineers and manufactures tooling products sold to customers worldwide. Founded in 1974, Advent supplies to companies in a variety of industries, including transportation, electrical components and systems, defense, energy, and telecommunications.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) is providing the company up to $100,000 in state income tax credits over the next three years. The actual amount of tax credits Advent will receive is contingent upon the number of jobs created during that period.
“This is great news for the Village of Salem Lakes and the southeast region of Wisconsin, bringing new opportunities to folks and communities in our state,” said Evers. “I want to thank Advent, the WEDC, the Milwaukee 7, and all the local officials for their critically important work in making this happen. The partnerships and relationships these folks have been able to build truly exemplify why Wisconsin is such a great place to live and work.”
Located just west of State Highway 83 on Wilmot Road, the Salem Business Park is situated 10 miles west of I-94. To date, 26 acres are developed or under development, leaving 40 acres for future projects. Advent is the second company from Illinois to relocate to the park, joining Vonco Products, which relocated in 2017 from Lake Villa.
“The Salem Business Park was developed with companies like Advent in mind,” said Heather Wessling Grosz, vice president of the Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA), which was among the lead partners in recruiting Advent to Wisconsin. “This new facility will be a showcase for customers and a safer, more productive environment for employees.”