Community Spotlight

Community spotlight: Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

By February 9, 2022 No Comments

Beaver Dam is a picturesque community located in south central Wisconsin on Beaver Dam Lake. Surrounded by rich farmlands, Beaver Dam is situated just 40 minutes northeast of Madison, 90 minutes northwest of Milwaukee and 2.5 hours north of Chicago. This central location provides businesses in Beaver Dam with a great opportunity to transport product to over 55% of the U.S. population in just a one-day truck drive. It also allows them to resource products from various supply chains and get the products they need to meet customer demands.  


Beaver Dam has a current population of 16,214 people but pulls from a much larger labor shed. Beaver Dam attracts workers from an eight-county labor basin resulting in access to over 223,000 available workers. Of those 223,000 people, over 80 percent have a least some college experience and almost 100% have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent. This education is based on a strong K-12 state system and leading technical college system. Moraine Park Technical College, one of the state’s 16 technical colleges, has a physical campus in Beaver Dam helping train the workers of tomorrow. The Wisconsin Technical College System offers more than 500 associate degree, technical and short-term certificate options. The system is a major provider of customized instruction and technical assistance for Wisconsin employers. Businesses in Beaver Dam have no problem finding talented and eager workers looking to start and grow their careers in the industrial and commercial markets.  

Business park 

To accommodate business growth in the community, Beaver Dam has two state-certified industrial parks with available land to assist new and expanding businesses. The 151 Business Park is located on the city’s far north side, with four-lane US Highway 151 as its east border. The site offers 130 contiguous acres not affected by wetlands, topography issues or utility easements. It is zoned heavy industrial. State certification ensures all preliminary development plans and documents have been completed and there are no potential issues with development.  

The second state-certified industrial park in Beaver Dam is the Beaver Dam Commerce Park. Located just a few miles northeast of the 151 Business Park, the Commerce Park is a 520-acre, 350-contiguous-acre, state-certified industrial park. The park can accommodate buildings from 100,000 square feet up to 2.8 million square feet. With ample electricity, gas, water and sewer, Beaver Dam Commerce Park is the ideal location for a heavy manufacturing company looking to take advantage of the site’s central Wisconsin location.  

Do you want to learn more about Beaver Dam business environment? 

Contact Coleman Peiffer, senior business attraction manager.