Around the Town with Mayor Steve: Oak Creek Welcomes New Businesses

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This past week saw the arrival of several new businesses to Oak Creek, including our first tenant in the OakView Business Park.  Stella & Chewy’s kicked off the construction of their new building with a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, June 12, attended by Gov. Scott Walker.  Owner Marie Moody and CEO Jen Guzman welcomed many Stella & Chewy's employees, dignitaries and contractors working on the site.  Construction will begin soon on their new 164,000 square foot building, with occupancy expected early in 2015.

At the same time we were celebrating the Stella & Chewy’s groundbreaking, Joy Global, a worldwide leader in high-productivity mining solutions, announced their expansion into Oak Creek, located in a building formerly used by Accutec at 10001 S. Howell Ave. The facility, which will be Joy Global’s largest distribution center in the world, will be operational in July of this year and will employ 75 to 100 people operating 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. While we continue to seek out new construction and new businesses for our city in locations that make sense, repurposing existing manufacturing or industrial buildings will continue to be a high priority.

On Tuesday, June 17, Governor Walker came back to Oak Creek for the ribbon cutting at EVO Trillium Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) station located at 1st & Rawson.  This new fuel technology brings lower cost, cleaner burning fueling options for fleets and individual consumers. One of six Trillium CNG stations in Wisconsin, this facility affirms our commitment to both new technologies and innovation in the developments transforming Oak Creek.

You’ve all seen the construction barrels in and around our city.  While the construction has presented a challenge for our residents and people shopping and dining at our stores and restaurants, much of the work should be completed by fall and will improve the traffic and mobility in Oak Creek.

When you’re on the roads, please keep an eye out for construction workers and the children who are now enjoying summer vacation!