Waukesha manufacturer to expand

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Waukesha-based Metal-Era Inc., which manufactures metal roof edge systems, is planning a $2 million, 32,000-square-foot expansion of its 72,000-square-foot facility at 1600 Airport Road. Construction is expected to begin in September and be complete in January.

The company’s sales have increased 70 percent in the last three years and it needs additional space for equipment and shipping, said president Gene Mallinger. "We’re crowded now," he said. "We need to reorganize areas for equipment product lines and the shipping area. We need room for additional staging of products that are ready to ship."

The company recently added a new piece of robotic equipment and will be adding another larger piece of robotic equipment in October, which will only increase the need for more space. The company has added about 10 employees during the last two years and now has 65, Mallinger said. The firm has no immediate plans to more employees, he said.

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