Waukesha, Wisconsin - Insulation and waterproofing supplier Gaco Western, celebrated the company's new 85 000 sq. ft (7900 sq.m) expansion with a groundbreaking ceremony 31 Oct at the facility in Waukesha.
Gaco completed construction of the current 55 000 sq. ft. facility four years ago. This consists of offices, manufacturing facilities, and a high-tech research and development facility.
The expansion will more than double the size of the Waukesha facility and significantly increases the laboratory areas to support the company's focus on technology and formulation developments.
Gaco's expansion will also is increase manufacturing, warehousing and distribution space to accommodate the company's continued growth and allow all these operations to be consolidated into one facility.
As part of the project, the company will reconfigure the manufacturing area for increased volume and efficiency. The expansion will connect to the current facility and will extend onto adjacent property which Gaco recently purchased.
"This expansion secures a strong base in the Waukesha community and allows for the continued growth that is being fueled by our innovative technologies," stated Peter Davis, President and CEO, Gaco Western.
Since 2008, Gaco's employee base in the Waukesha area has grown from 17 to 49, and between this facility, a corporate office in Seattle, Washington and a sales force located throughout the US, Gaco Western currently employs over 100 people.
This expansion is expected to create 18 additional jobs in the Waukesha area ranging from warehouse positions to senior research chemist roles and the company plans to add additional personnel in the sales and technical services areas as well.
PIC: Gaco's leadership team: Tom Sojak, Eric Peterson, Dan Nelson, Peter Davis, Vicki Campbell, Eric Zimmerman, Tom Ferrari & Chuck Skalski