Apr 2, 2019

MacDon Breaks Ground on Sun Prairie Facility After MadREP-Led Site Search (in partnership with Broadwing Advisors)

City officials were joined by Michael Gay, SVP of Economic Development for MadREP, and Melissa Hunt, Regional Economic Development Director for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

City officials participated in the ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony at MacDon’s new research and development facility in the Sun Prairie Business Park on March 27th. Mayor Paul Esser and Council President Bill Connors were joined by Michael Gay, Senior Vice-President of Economic Development for the Madison Region Economic Partnership, and Melissa Hunt, Regional Economic Development Director for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

The project includes an approximately 15,000 s.f. research and development facility related to the manufacturing of high-performance agricultural harvesting equipment that will open in fall of 2019. MacDon’s growth plans for the next five years could result in 20 highly skilled, competitive wage jobs in the Madison Region.

“MacDon’s investment in Sun Prairie is both logical and critical for this region of the state,” said Senior Vice President of Economic Development for the Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) Michael Gay, who led the site search. “What the company will do at this new state of the art facility in Sun Prairie is anchored in both the Agriculture, Food and Beverage and Advance Manufacturing Industry Sectors…two sectors where this region excels. Secondly, this new facility is Research and Development based and will hire more high-skilled labor with engineering and technology related degrees. Lastly, this is a foreign direct investment (FDI) project from company based in Canada. This is another successful effort by the City to attract global capital to the region.”

For 70 years MacDon, a subsidiary of Linamar, has been a world leader in technology, innovation, and manufacturing of high-performance harvesting equipment. MacDon products are distributed and supported worldwide from offices in Canada, the United States, Australia, Russia, Brazil, and Germany. For 70 years MacDon has been a world leader in technology, innovation, and manufacturing of high-performance harvesting equipment. Their harvesting history is rooted deep in the rich prairie heritage of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. MacDon products are distributed and supported worldwide from offices in Canada, the United States, Australia, Russia, Brazil, and Germany. MacDon’s relentless pursuit of improvement is driven by their desire to make harvesting easier and more productive for farmers. Working directly with producers and custom harvesters in the toughest real-world conditions; this relationship guides MacDon to pioneer industry-leading innovations like the FlexDraper®. MacDon has a worldwide reputation for excellence as The Harvesting Specialists and is proud to make equipment that help producers harvest the crops that feed the world.

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