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WPC Technologies to remediate, occupy abandoned industrial park location

$432,000 brownfield grant will be used for cleanup work

July 10, 2012

A Milwaukee manufacturer of anti-corrosive products plans to move its headquarters to an abandoned, foreclosed building in Oak Creek, thanks to a $432,000 Blight Elimination and Brownfield Redevelopment grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

WPC Technologies, currently located in Milwaukee's Fifth Ward, will move 30 employees to a 75,000-square-foot building on a 4.7-acre site in the North Branch Industrial Park at 530 W. Marquette Ave.

The building previously housed a chemical company and a foundry; exact details about cleanup work to be completed are not being released at this time, WPC Technologies President Michael Denesha said.

Good for all

Though it is estimated it will take up to a year to complete, the move is seen as positioning for current and future growth by its president and as an economic win by city officials.

"Any time you can have a company move into a building that hasn't been in use for some time, it's a good thing," Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi said.

Community Development Director Doug Seymour said the city has been working with WPC to help the company find a location and a building that would fit its needs.

"They are in several buildings and wanted to consolidate to one," Seymour said. "The grant helps them build out what they need and clean up the site."

Provides company growth

"Everyone at the company is excited about the move," Denesha said. "We have been looking at sites in Oak Creek for the past couple of years."

Denesha said the company is planning for future expansion.

"We do business internationally, and we are looking at the large site as perfect for expansion," he said.

He also noted that the move will provide his company with a larger, one-story building. It's a welcome change, to the current multiple-story, three-building site with older elevators that are expensive to repair or replace.

Denesha said he hopes the move will generate more economic development for Oak Creek, noting the existence of a number of large, vacant buildings in the industrial park.

Notes on company, grants

WPC Technologies researches and manufactures corrosion-and stain-inhibitive technology. Its products are mainly used by the military as well as the aviation and manufacturing industries.

The Blight Elimination and Brownfield Redevelopment Program is administered by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. Grants provide funding for local governments, businesses and individuals seeking to assess and remediate environmental contamination of abandoned, idle or underused facilities or sites.

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