Weimer Bearing & Transmission plans to build a 68,390-square-foot industrial building at Mequon Road and Eisenower Drive in Germantown. The building will be the new corporate headquarters for the company. Its headquarters are currently located at W134 N5368 Campbell Dr. in Menomonee Falls.
The company is a distributor, manufacturer and assembler of mechanical and electrical power transmission equipment. It has outgrown the 35,000-square-foot Menomonee Falls facility, said Dick Stangl, chairman and chief executive officer. The company plans to sell the Menomonee Falls facility, he said.
Weimer currently has about 70 employees in Menomonee Falls and would like to add another 20 to 25 in Germantown if it could find qualified applicants, Stangl said.
“It’s pulling teeth to try to find qualified employees,” he said. “We will be happy to train them, but them have to be qualified to be trainable.”
Plans for the building, designed by Waukesha-based JAKnetter Architects, will be reviewed Monday, Sept. 8, by the Germantown Plan Commission.
Weimer also has operations in Kaukauna, Madison, Weston, Chippewa Falls, Kenosha, Loves Park, Ill., Elk Grove Village, Ill. and Michigan.
The company has several sister companies under the Weimer Industries umbrella of companies: Wisconsin Stamping and Manufacturing – a manufacturer of precision tubular stampings, raschig rings and machined components; DexM Corp. – a manufacturer of wire forms, stampings, weldments and metal components; Raffel Systems – a manufacturer and designer of electronic control systems; and WorldSource – a provider of full fastener procurement and supply chain services.
Wisconsin Stamping and Manufacturing and Raffel Systems are already located in Germantown and would be in close proximity to Weimer’s planned new headquarters facility there.
Construction for the new Weimer headquarters facility in Germantown is expected to begin in spring. However, Stangl said the company’s plans could change if Gov. Scott Walker is not-relected in November.
If Walker loses to Democratic challenger Mary Burke, the Wisconsin Stamping and Manufacturing and Raffel Systems operations could move out of the state and the plans for a new Weimer headquarters could change, Stangl said.
“We may have a second thought (if Walker loses),” he said. “I think he’s done a very good job for Wisconsin.”