Business Recruitment & Expansion

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RCEDC’s Business Recruitment & Expansion staff have been assisting expanding business in and locating to Racine County since 1983.  As the first point of contact, our experienced staff proactively assists with: expansion project resources; market research; location selection; grant and loan opportunities; and securing incentive packages to grow your business in Racine County. 

Our mission is to grow Racine County’s property tax base and provide employment opportunities in Racine County. 

    We Are Here To Help

    RCEDC’s staff works with existing Racine County companies and new businesses and developers considering industrial, commercial, housing and redevelopment projects in Racine County. Gain more insight into our community, area businesses, regional workforce, site options, and financial assistance by connecting with Jordan Brown or Laura Million.

    Outgrown your current location? Need more space? Consult RCEDC’s site selection tool

    Adding jobs and making a capital investment (equipment and/or building)? Your business may qualify for state or local incentivesCall us early in your project to determine if your business qualifies.

    Business Lending Partners (BLP) is the Business Finance Division of RCEDC. BLP assists companies within Racine County through the administration of several fixed rate, long-term Loan Fund Programs and Grants. BLP also partners with financial institutions throughout the State of Wisconsin to offer financing through the SBA 504 Loan Program.

    Need data to assist with your business expansion? Consult our Data Center.

    Racine County offers a continuum of resources to assist companies with talent attraction, retention, and development. Find out more about RCEDC’s Talent Resources.

    Recent Business Recruitment & Expansion News

    Centro Sperimentale del Latte USA Inc. (Cultures Supporting Life), a probiotic company, recently established its first operations in the U.S. with a manufacturing facility in Caledonia, Wisconsin. The investment is part of a multimillion-dollar project expected to create up to 31 jobs over the next four years.

    To help encourage business improvement, retention and attraction, the Village of Sturtevant created a new program with favorable loan terms - little to no equity requirement, low-interest, and principal deferrals.

    The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) recently awarded the Village of Waterford $250,000 as part of the Community Development Investment (CDI) Grant program. The grant will go towards construction of what will become the Waterford Lofts, located at 506 E Main Street.

    MobCraft Beer of Milwaukee and the Village of Waterford have come to an agreement for MobCraft to purchase and develop the old Waterford fire station located at 122 N 2nd Street off on Main Street along the Fox River.

    The Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) program is a state-funded
    grant program that provides employer-led worker training grants. Applications are now being accepted and are due by 3:00 p.m. CST on Friday, April 15, 2022.

    Creative Welding & Fabrication previously leased most of the space at 120 Industrial Drive in Burlington. After learning about the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) 504 program, owners Roger Baumeister and Jeremy Uhlenhake decided to purchase the building, which allowed them to expand operations and begin collecting rent from existing tenants.

    Summit Packaging Systems celebrated the 77,000 sf expansion to their current facility located at 3441 S. Memorial Dr with a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, April 5th.

    Summit Packaging Systems, LLC – a global leader in the manufacturing of aerosol actuators and valves – proposes to add a 77,000 SF expansion to its current Racine facility, which would create an estimated 145 jobs.

    Opened in 1966, the Nestlé plant at 637 S. Pine St., Burlington, makes candy bars, but soon will shift to producing refrigerated cookie dough as part of a $70 million expansion and retooling.

    ExporTechTM is a 12 week program with group and customized personal coaching between sessions. Build your customized, strategic export expansion plan with data, best practices, and a repeatable, results-proven process focused on ROI, execution, and minimal risk.

    Enterprise Business Park (EBP) is located in Racine County, in the fast-growing industrial corridor between Milwaukee and Chicago. With over 500,00 SF still available for purchase and development, EBP offers incomparable advantages including lower occupancy costs, a growing local work force, a pro-business local environment, and immediate proximity to the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park (WVSTP).

    RCEDC hosted the 2022 Racine County Economic Outlook Roundtable on Monday, January 10th, which featured the Wisconsin Department of Revue's Secretary, Peter Barca and Chief Economist, John Koskinen.

    INVEST IN RCEDC

    RCEDC’s mission is to grow Racine County’s property tax base and by supporting business expansions, provide employment opportunities to Racine County residents. In 2021, RCEDC staff were able to facilitate 95 projects that included comprehensive site selection, loans, grants, and incentives resulting in $360 million in private investment and $210 million in new construction. These business expansion projects will result in 500 new full-time jobs.

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