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Food & Beverage Processing
Ingredients for Success

We make things in Greater Jefferson County. We’re home to food processing companies that make items you know and love, including Johnsonville, Jones Dairy Farm and Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics’ award-winning cheese.

Statewide, manufacturers, which includes food and beverage processing businesses, account for 18.2 percent of the total output in the state, employing 16.1 percent of the workforce. That’s the second highest manufacturing employment concentration of any state in the nation. Impressive numbers, but they go up even higher in Greater Jefferson County, where manufacturing makes up a 32 percent of the workforce.

It’s Happening Here: Workforce

With record low unemployment, employers all over the state and nation are faced with the challenge of filling vacant and new positions with qualified workers.

There’s good news for manufacturers in Greater Jefferson County. Our primary research indicates that the region has a robust labor pool of workers in our labor basin area. In fact, our Central Wisconsin Labor Region, which includes all or portions of Jefferson, Dodge, Columbia, Dane, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Rock, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha Counties, has an available labor pool of nearly 260,000 individuals. Our 2018 Labor Availability Analysis identified workers in this laborshed willing to take a job in manufacturing and found that 47% report an interest in employment in manufacturing and 44% already had some training or experience in manufacturing. Download the Executive Summaries of the Labor Availability Analysis under Links & Downloads below.

It’s Happening Here: Incentives

Thrive Economic Development works with expanding business as well as businesses that are new to the two-county region to identify local, state, and federal programs and incentives that encourage business growth and job creation. From tax credits to loan funds, there are multiple resources designed to assist businesses in Greater Jefferson County.

Wisconsin has a wide range of programs and incentives to encourage business growth and job creation. The list below contains just a few programs and incentives for businesses. Use the Incentive Finder below from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue to learn more, or contact us and we’ll do the work for you!

Manufacturing and Agriculture Tax Credit

The Manufacturing and Agriculture Tax Credit offsets a significant share of Wisconsin income taxes. Starting in 2013, the tax credit became available for income derived from manufacturing or agricultural property located in Wisconsin.

Property Tax Exemptions

Machinery and equipment used exclusively and directly in the production process in manufacturing is exempt from personal property taxes

Sales Tax Exemptions

Machinery and equipment used by a manufacturer in producing tangible personal property.

Tangible personal property which becomes an ingredient or component of another product in the manufacturing process.

It’s Happening Here: Supply Chain

With a high manufacturing employment concentration, and a robust agriculture and agribusiness cluster, Greater Jefferson County, and Wisconsin as a whole has abundant suppliers and vendors for food processing companies.

It’s Happening Here: Strategic Location

Our region offers an ideal location. A population of nearly 75,000,000 is reachable within a 500 mile radius. We have available industrial sites near state and interstate highways in both counties, allowing easy access to major metropolitan markets.

Located midway between Chicago and Minneapolis/St. Paul on the Midwest’s High-Tech IQ corridor, Jefferson County sits between Dane and Waukesha, two of the wealthiest counties in the state, with Interstate 94 and WI Highway 26 running through it.

We offer easy access to Milwaukee, Chicago, Madison and Minneapolis/St. Paul, at a cost significantly less than any one of those cities. Cut your costs and improve your reach in our region.

It’s Happening Here: Infrastructure

With abundant business-friendly resources including air, rail, outstanding North-South and East-West highway systems and available sites and buildings, the area offers all the access you need and a lower cost of doing business.

Food processing companies in Greater Jefferson County also benefit from abundant municipal water and existing wastewater infrastructure.

Learn more about our infrastructure here.

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Interactive Incentive Finder

Interactive Incentive Finder

There are a number of tax credits and incentives available to businesses. Don’t miss out!

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