Product Service and Manufacturing Corp. is considering the development of a new building in West Milwaukee that could eventually house all of its local operations.
The building, to be developed on vacant land at the former Hotpoint appliance factory grounds, would initially be around 35,000 square feet, said Jeff Westover, Product Service chief executive officer.
It could eventually be expanded to over 100,000 square feet, he said. it would be on 6.5 acres, now owned by General Capital Group, that's next to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency office, 4725 W. Electric Ave.
No decision has been made yet on the possible project, Westover told me.
It came to light because the West Milwaukee Village Board is scheduled to discuss helping the company obtain an interest-free loan from the state Department of Natural Resources to help finance the development. That board meeting will be Tuesday.
Product Service, which provides metal fabrication, machining and other services to manufacturers, owns buildings at 4530 W. Burnham St. and 4700 W. Electric Ave. It also leases space at Rexnord Corp.'s nearby complex, 4701 W. Greenfield Ave.
The company would move the congested Burnham St. operations to the Electric Ave. facility, which is underused, Westover said.
The operations now at the Electric Ave. facility and at the Rexnord complex would shift to the new building, he said. The Burnham St. building would be sold.
Eventually, the company would likely have all of its operations in the new building, Westover said. He said the company, which has 65 employees, including temps, has seen its business increase.
"There is a need for manufacturing in the area," Westover said.
The 42-acre former Hotpoint appliance factory site, west of Miller Park Way and north of Lincoln Ave., has been redeveloped in recent years. Its new buildings include a Menards home improvement store and Pick 'n Save supermarket.