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Governor Scott Walker announced on September 27 that the city of Menomonie is being awarded a Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) grant.
The $296,825 award represents the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s contribution toward the construction of a new municipal street to provide improved access to two expanding businesses – Shape Products and Hidden Valley Industries.
The project will create and retain 61 direct jobs and will indirectly support another 42 indirect jobs – for a total of 103 jobs. The TEA grant represents approximately one-third of the $911,775 construction project. The remainder of the funding is being provided by the city of Menomonie.
The project includes construction of a nearly 2,000 foot street – Freitag Drive – that will connect Indianhead Drive to 3M Drive in the Menomonie Industrial Park.
Shape Products manufactures home and yard improvement products, including window well covers and composting systems. The company is investing $1.5 million for additional manufacturing space. Construction is expected to be completed in March 2013. Hidden Valley Industries is a food wholesale business and is located across from Shape Products. The Freitag Drive project will help improve truck access to both companies, as well as increase the overall traffic flow in the industrial park.
WisDOT’s TEA grant program is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Since 1987, more than $87 million has been invested in 320 projects around the state. Those projects have created or retained 75,350 direct and indirect jobs. Learn more about the TEA program’s 25 year history and accomplishments by visiting www.dot.wisconsin.gov/localgov/aid/tea25.htm.