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Manufacturers grow in Iowa and Wisconsin

By June 9, 2021 No Comments

Rockline Industries to add new jobs in Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Rockline Industries based in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, announced a $19.7 million expansion along with the creation of 54 new jobs over the next three years. The family-owned company is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of coffee filters and consumer, health care, industrial and institutional wet wipes. Rockline plans to double its household disinfecting wipes manufacturing capacity in Sheboygan.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is supporting Rockline’s expansion with up to $380,000 in state income tax credits over the next three years. The expansion will allow Rockline to double its production of disinfecting wet wipes.

“We are very fortunate to have an amazing company like Rockline in Sheboygan County,” said Brian Doudna, executive director, Sheboygan Economic Development Corporation. “They continue to invest in our community and its people. This expansion was supported by both the WEDC and the Department of Workforce Development’s Wisconsin fast forward program to support the creation of jobs, capital investment and training on new equipment that will increase wages and skills of the labor force.”

General Mills signGeneral Mills expands with investment in Cedar Rapids facility

Minneapolis-based food manufacturer General Mills announced a $57 million expansion of their manufacturing operation in Cedar Rapids. The expansion will add 60 new jobs. The plant currently employs 615 people. The project will improve existing production flows while investing in new and more efficient equipment, modifications to existing walls to house conveyors, piping ductwork, electrical upgrades, and roof penetrations for structural support.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority approved various tax credits for the expansion in Cedar Rapids. General Mills has until 2023 to hire the 60 new workers with average wages between $23.49 and $29.62 per hour.