Mar 26, 2014

Gov. Walker helps dedicate new facility for E.K. Machine in Columbia County

Excerpted from Beaver Dam Daily Citizen
By Paul Scharf

Gov. Scott Walker attended the grand opening, dedication and ribbon-cutting of the new facility for E.K. Power Products, a part of E.K. Machine Co. Tuesday afternoon.

The new building at 465 Quality Court represents a $3.6 million investment. It was built on 11 acres. Construction on the facility began Aug. 8, 2013.

“We’re all proud of this expansion,” Walker told the crowd. “It’s a great sign about the future and it’s a great commitment to the E.K. family. The reason this company is able to expand is not only because of the quality of the product but the quality of you (the employees). We are excited about where things are headed in this state. We want to make it easier for manufacturers to invest in new equipment to put people to work.”

Walker said that lowering taxes across the state — such as on manufacturers like E.K. Machine — is the key to increasing state revenue.

“I am excited about where we are headed in this state,” Walker said. “ Thank you for what you do to make this company successful. It is an honor to be here today.”

E.K. Machine employs 157 people — including an additional 30 people at the new facility.

The new building is 53,000 square feet and is used to construct backup power generator products and some agricultural items.

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