Kapco Expansion: with an Eye to the Future
Kapco, Inc., the Grafton based metal stamping and fabrications company, announced their plans for expansion here in Wisconsin. In addition to recently purchasing a property located near the corporate headquarters, plans were unveiled for an additional 77,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space to be built at 1000 Badger Circle in Grafton.
“I’ve always been bullish about the future, and we feel very fortunate to see some of the business prospects coming in,” commented Jim Kacmarcik, President of Kapco. “Forecasting some of this business gave us the confidence in the last two years to invest several million dollars in new, state-of-the-art equipment. We have invested heavily in the stamping, fabrications and tube fabrications areas in an effort to serve our customers in a more efficient manner.” With the additional space through acquisition and building; it will bring Kapco’s footprint to approximately 500,000 square feet in seven different facilities. Kapco estimates that they could see up to a 20% increase in sales in the next couple of years.
Recently Kapco secured two significant manufacturing supply agreements which will bring jobs to Wisconsin from other states, as many as up to one hundred new jobs in the coming years. Currently there is an immediate need for workers in many disciplines including skilled trades, welders, engineers, new product development, estimators, administrative, and machine operators. “We’re excited about what it means to this area, more employees, more opportunities and certainly it allows us to continue our community involvement,” commented Kacmarcik.
In addition to the physical additions, Kacmarcik mentioned they were about to unveil something for their current employees to help with training, education, and health and wellness called Kapco University. Kacmarcik added, “We’re still working out the final details, but it will be a way to enhance the lives of our current employees as we assist in providing opportunities for growth in many facets of their lives.” Kapco mentioned that they were close to naming a person to oversee Kapco University. This person will be part of a group that focuses on retaining and providing training for the current employees as well as reaching out to the community.
Along with Kapco Metal Stamping, Kacmarcik is involved in KNE, Given Entertaiment, The Lakeshore Chinooks and most recently became a minority owner in the Milwaukee Bucks.