CURT Manufacturing, a leading manufacturer and marketer of towing products, hosted Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for a press conference and plant tour on Tuesday (April 19) at its facility in Eau Claire, Wis.
The visit included the announcement of a $625,000 Transportation Economic Assistance Grant for road and traffic improvements to the U.S. 12 and County Highway A intersection in Altoona.
Click here to watch a video at the news conference.
CURT has committed to adding 125 jobs by 2014 in conjunction with this grant and previously awarded Economic Recovery Zone bonding.
Company President Curt Tambornino added, “The road improvements and the addition of a traffic light will improve safety for CURT associates and everyone that uses this part of U.S. Highway 12. It will also allow us to operate our plant and distribution center more efficiently to support the continued growth of our business. We are very appreciative of the efforts of Governor Walker, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the Eau Claire Area Development Corp., Mayor Spangler and the city of Altoona for making this investment in our community and continued job growth.”
Building construction will be completed in August. Work on road and intersection improvements will commence in 12 – 24 months.
The city of Altoona and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation are contributing the other funds needed to complete the road project. The improvements are made necessary because of CURT’s continued expansion. CURT is constructing a 150,000-square-foot warehouse/distribution center adjacent to their Altoona manufacturing facility.
Walker held a brief press conference inside CURT’s plant and commented, “Along with creating an overall business climate, we’re working now …to make sure we give our job creators and the communities they’re partnering with the tools they need to bring economic opportunity and most importantly more jobs.”
About CURT Manufacturing:
CURT is a leading manufacturer and marketer of top quality towing products. The company markets a broad range of trailer hitches, towing systems and related accessories. Products are marketed through retailers, distributors, installers, and e-tailers across the U.S. and Canada. CURT employs almost 350 associates, primarily at its manufacturing and headquarters in Eau Claire. CURT operates 10 regional warehouses, each carrying over 2,500 items.