Franklin Businesses Recognized by
South Suburban Chamber
Krones, Inc., a producer of fully integrated bottling and packaging systems has been named the 2016 Business of the Year by the South Suburban Chamber of Commerce. Krones has been in business for 50 years and is the largest employer in the Franklin Business and Industrial Parks with more than 550 employees. The Business of the Year award recognizes companies for 1. Staying Power, 2. Growth, 3. Response to Adversity, and 4. Contributions to the Community.
The South Suburban Chamber of Commerce also recognized the Hampton Inn & Suites Franklin as a finalist for their 2016 Pride in Premises Award. The Franklin based hotel was recognized for their use of local photography and artwork, high-quality facilities, and the tasteful surroundings provided for guests and the community at large.
Both companies were honored during the South Suburban Chamber of Commerce's Annual Awards Dinner on February 2, 2017.
Vesta General Manager, Mark Stuart (right), poses in front of a display case with Mayor Steve Olson during a recent tour. Vesta specializes in the production of silicone equipment for the medical industry. They employ about 350 people and are currently hiring engineers and production/support staff (www.vestainc.com).
Businesses Join Forces to Provide
Dave Dull, President of Allis Roller & the Franklin Business Park Consortium
A new partnership, led by Franklin businesses, offers employees access to training courses held in the Franklin Industrial Park. The courses are taught by Milwaukee Area Technical College faculty and are available for employees of businesses participating in the Franklin Business Park Consortium (FBPC). The FBPC is made up of companies in the Franklin Business and Industrial Parks that have found common interest in issues like workforce training and advanced manufacturing awareness. Now, in its second series of classes, the local offerings have attracted more than 180 employees from 8 participating companies. Courses include Management, English as a Second Language, and Excel 1, 2, and 3.
The partnership is the brainchild of Dave Dull, President of Allis Roller and founder of the FBPC. Dull hosts monthly meetings of the Consortium and has carved out space at Allis Roller, 5801 W. Franklin Drive, to host the 6-week training sessions with MATC. The FBPC is pursuing workforce training grants to support additional course offerings and is in the process of incorporating as a 501(c)(6) organization. Interested parties can find the Franklin Business Park Consortium on Facebook.
Ballpark Commons Development Proposal
Ballpark Commons is a proposed mixed-use development at and in the vicinity of the Rock Sports Complex located at 7900 Crystal Ridge Drive in the City of Franklin, Wisconsin. The project encompasses over 200 acres (including the existing Rock Sports Complex) and is expected to have a development value over $100 million. Learn more by visiting the Ballpark Commons Development Proposal page which provides more detailed information, status updates, and links to details and actions related to the project as available.
Listening Sessions Regarding
Three Potential Development Areas
The Franklin Common Council approved multiple contracts at their Tuesday, 11/4/2014, meeting aimed to spur economic growth in three major development areas. The areas, comprised of nearly 1,200 acres, will have the potential to generate an estimated $328M in new and rejuvenated development.
The City of Franklin held several listening sessions at recent City meetings regarding the following potential development areas (click on development area for details on each): (PowerPoint Presentation made at 8/1/2015 Public Informational Meeting)
1. Future Retail Development in the Area of S. 76th Street & W. Rawson Avenue/W. Loomis Road
2. Future Mixed-Use Business Light Industrial, Commercial, Residential, and Nature Conservation Public Park Development in the Area of W. Loomis Road and W. Ryan Road
3. Future Business Park Development in the Area of S. 27th Street and W. County Line Road; A Resolution Authorizing the Undertaking of the Development of the Franklin Corporate Park
PowerPoint presentation made at 8/1/2015 Public Informational Meeting