Milwaukee touted for investment in Empire Level

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker recently joined employees of Empire Level, a division of Milwaukee Tool, and local officials to celebrate the company’s commitment to manufacturing growth in Wisconsin.

Milwaukee Tool has invested $16 million to strengthen Empire since acquiring the company in 2014. This investment supported plant upgrades, over 150 new products, and more than 80 incremental hires, according to Milwaukee.

“Empire Level and Milwaukee Tool have shown an outstanding commitment to growth and creating new manufacturing jobs right here in Wisconsin,” Gov. Walker said in a statement. “Both of these long-time Wisconsin companies are teaming up with local colleges and universities on worker training initiatives to close the skills gap and recruit engineering talent. The commitment shown by companies like Milwaukee Tool and Empire is a major reason why Wisconsin will continue to lead the way in manufacturing and worker training.”

“Empire Level’s success is a testament to our commitment of driving growth and creating new jobs in Wisconsin,” added Steve Richman, president of Milwaukee Tool Group. “The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, recognizes Empire as the fastest-growing and largest U.S. manufacturer of levels. Our strategic partnership has delivered tremendous growth which is focused on developing innovative solutions for our users and The Home Depot customers. The investments we’ve made in people, training, plant upgrades, and quality processes at Empire will allow us to continue delivering on this partnership.”

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