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Milwaukee Tool, Rockwell Automation, Mack Trucks make splashes

For a few iconic brand names, locations, and operations in the manufacturing universe, it was a good week.

That P.R. comes at a price; as many citizens worry about the industry being a flashpoint for spreading of the deadly coronavirus from China to the United States. Until that happens, however, we’ll focus on the positive.


One of the more recognized logos, Milwaukee Tool’s classic electrified lettering is on t-shirts, hats…even stockings, worldwide.—Milwaukee Tool photo

Tools of the Trade. Milwaukee Tool announced Monday it will open a new facility in West Bend, Wisconsin. The nearly 100-year old company with one of the world’s most recognizable logos calls its newest premises a “vertically integrated manufacturing plant,” located only 20 minutes from its global headquarters. The facility will manufacture new-to-market hand tools for professional electricians and utility linemen…in a town that is rapidly growing and contains such modern architecture as the Museum of Wisconsin Art (pictured above). “With a focus on core users in the electrical, plumbing and mechanical trades, our strategy for hand tools from the beginning has been to disrupt the market with superior performance, quality, and user-driven feature sets,” said Tim Albrecht, President of Hand Tools for Milwaukee Tool, in a January 27 news release. With an initial expected investment of almost $26 million, MT will break ground in April 2020. An investment, the company says, that will lead to the creation of “50 highly skilled manufacturing jobs initially, with plans to hire 100 by the end of 2025.”

Rock Around the Clock. Rockwell Automation announced it will re-start operations at its trademark clock tower location in Milwaukee. The company’s original headquarters building will reopen sometime in March of this year, Rockwell’s chairman and CEO Blake Moret said Wednesday, after teasing the move at the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Power Breakfast in September 2018, as Margaret Naczek of the prestigious news outlet reported Wednesday.


The downtown location of Rockwell Automation’s headquarters, famous for its trademark Allen Bradley clock tower, will reopen for operations in March.

“When I started with the company back in the ’80s, we had a lot of manufacturing in the building. Over time, a lot of that moved out,” Moret said. Now, he helps facilitate a move that seems like the right thing to do, both for the company and the city. The Allen Bradley clock tower has become a comforting, steadfast sight on the city’s skyline.


Return of the Mack. Mack Trucks announced the debut of a $13 million plant in Roanoke County, Va. In a double-dose announcement also revealing the new line of trucks set to be produced at the location, Mack said in a press release Wednesday that it is set for a $13 million investment to establish its Roanoke Valley Operations (RVO), a new manufacturing facility in Roanoke Valley, Virginia, for the production of the Mack MD Series. The project will result in the creation of 250 new jobs, the press release said.

Lastly, President Trump is set to make an appearance at a Detroit-area plant on Thursday. Dana Incorporated, located in Warren, is a supplier of axles, driveshafts, transmissions, and electrodynamic, thermal, sealing, and digital equipment for conventional, hybrid, and electric-powered vehicles. Mr. Trump will reportedly speak briefly at the plant, in a visit that comes during his ongoing impeachment trial and can be streamed live. That is all!

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