Quad Announces Major Wisconsin Expansions
Friday, March 14, 2008
Press release from the issuing companySUSSEX, WI − March 13, 2008 -- Quad/Graphics will expand its Wisconsin operations with two major construction projects: a 192,000-square-foot expansion of its West Allis plant for the company's growing direct mail operations and a new 388,800-square-foot distribution center in Menomonee Falls for cross-docking freight produced in its five Wisconsin plants.
"These two construction projects are exciting news for our company, our clients and our community," said Joel Quadracci, Quad/Graphics President & CEO. "We are investing in our platform to give our employees advancement opportunities and to give our clients the most sophisticated printing and distribution capabilities."
Quad/Graphics' West Allis Plant
The West Allis expansion will enhance Quad/Graphics' direct mail production capabilities, adding production space on the northwest side of the plant. Construction is scheduled to begin in April with completion anticipated by the end of March 2009.
The existing West Allis plant, opened in 1994, comprises nearly 1 million square feet and employs about 1,000 people. The plant is the headquarters to Quad/Graphics' QuadData Solutions subsidiary and houses an extensive lineup of custom web, sheetfed and digital presses as well as an array of finishing equipment including saddle stitchers, perfect binders and inserters.
"Today's announcement by Quad/Graphics is good news for West Allis, Milwaukee County and Southeastern Wisconsin," said Wisconsin State Senator Jim Sullivan. "Quad/Graphics is one of the largest employers in the 5th Senate district and one of the best corporate citizens in Wisconsin. Their expansion means more good-paying jobs with benefits, further revitalization of West Allis, and the type of economic development that is necessary to move our state economy forward. I am very excited that Quad/Graphics is expanding and commend them for their investment in Southeastern Wisconsin."
Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker added: "Quad/Graphics is a great leader in our county and region – as well as a leader in the industry. [This expansion] is a major win for them, the county and the region!"
"Through the investment of Tax Increment Financing, the City gained family-supporting jobs, tax base and a leading international printing business," said Alderman Tom Lajsic, West Allis Common Council Chair of the Safety & Development Committee.
New Wisconsin Distribution Center
Quad/Graphics new distribution center in Menomonee Falls will be used to cross-dock less-than-full truckloads of freight from Quad/Graphics' Wisconsin plants for expediting delivery of client product to U.S. Postal Service locations nationwide. The facility, which will feature 49 loading docks, is scheduled to open in April 2009.
"Timely, efficient delivery is a key ingredient in our customers' success," said Mr. Quadracci. "When we bring together freight at our distribution center to create more efficient outbound loads, we reduce the number of stops our trucks must make for deliveries. Our clients benefit from less handling and quicker transfer of their magazines or catalogs to U.S. Postal Service facilities for in-home delivery. The environment benefits, too, because we reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide and other emissions."
The new distribution center will replace an existing leased facility a few miles southeast of the new location.
Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas commented: "I greatly appreciate that Quad/Graphics remains committed to growing its business here in Southeast Wisconsin. In addition to placing a very high value on their employees, customers and community service, the company clearly leads by example through its investment in cutting-edge technologies and environmentally sound business practices. We here in Waukesha County are very proud of the organization."
Chicago-based First Industrial Realty Trust Inc. will construct the new distribution center on a 22-acre parcel in an industrial park it is developing near U.S. Hwy. 45. Construction could begin in June.
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