Kaufman Trailers to open manufacturing facility in Footville
FOOTVILLE—North Carolina based company, Kaufman Trailers, will open its first Wisconsin facility in Footville in September.
The 29,800-square-foot facility will host manufacturing of flatbed, gooseneck, utility and other types of trailers, Village Clerk Randi Mielke said.
Wisconsin has been a “dead area” for the company because of the distance between its North Carolina headquarters and its Nebraska manufacturing plant, said Graham Howard, regional manager at Kaufman Trailers.
Owner Robb Kaufman decided to build in Footville because of the village's proximity to Madison and Janesville and available space, Howard said.
“We thought that southern Wisconsin was about the right geographic location,” Kaufman said. “We're impressed with the job Gov. Walker has done for Wisconsin, and we believe Wisconsin would be a business-friendly state.”
The Footville facility will allow the company to ship and sell trailers north of Chicago, Kaufman said.
Trailers will be distributed directly from the factory, Howard said,
Trailer parts from North Carolina, South Carolina and Nebraska will be brought to the Footville facility for final assembly, Howard said.
The Footville facility will manufacture all the variations of trailers the company has to offer except a few larger variations, Howard said.
The company spent $1.5 million to construct the manufacturing facility, Kaufman said.
Mielke said the facility will help improve the village's tax base.
Kaufman trailers will spend an additional $300,000 to construct a sales office on Commercial Drive beginning in September.
The office will feature a showroom for the public to browse and buy trailers, Howard said.
Construction of the sales office is expected to last a year, Mielke said.
The company will begin hiring in August or early September, Kaufman said.
Howard said the company wants to hire locally. It plans to hire eight to 10 people initially and hopes to hire more later.
“We have pretty big plans for this to grow over the next couple years to be a pretty big location for us as far as sales distribution goes,” Howard said. “We'll be shipping our trailers from this location across the north.”
Construction for the factory started in April 2016 and is in its final stages, Kaufman said. The rest of the summer will be spent finishing the interior.