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12/9/2013 | 1 MINUTE READ

Wisconsin Oven celebrates 40 years, announces expansion

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Wisconsin Oven, founded in November 1973, is celebrating 40 years in business and is expanding its East Troy, Wis., USA, plant by 29,000 sq ft.


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Wisconsin Oven Corp. (East Troy, Wis., USA), celebrating its 40 year anniversary, has announced record shipments, record growth and a new 29,000-ft2/2,694m2 addition. On Monday, Nov. 18, the East Troy Village Board granted approval for Wisconsin Oven Corp. to proceed with its construction of the addition to its Young Street facility.

The approval comes as Wisconsin Oven celebrates its 40th anniversary. The company was founded by Henry Kubicki on Nov. 16th, 1973, in East Troy. The first order taken was from an OEM customer, Systemation, and was destined for Canada. By the end of the month, four people were employed.

The entrepreneur ran the company for 30 years and tragically passed in March 2003. He developed a business model in which the employees and management purchased shares and upon his passing the company became employee-owned. Since 2003, Wisconsin Oven has overcome former shareholder debt and accomplished record growth. In 10 years the company has doubled its revenue and shipments.

The current building expansion will be an 120 ft wide by 240 ft long by 50 ft high, with two 20-ton cranes and two 10-ton cranes to accommodate large equipment orders. Wisconsin Oven plans to have the expansion complete and ready for manufacturing by April 2014.

Dave Strand, president and CEO, has been employed at Wisconsin Oven for more than 27 years.