Zacho Sports owners buy nearby building

07-19-2014 by Vision 2020

The owners of Zacho Sports Center have finalized the purchase of the 10,500-square-foot building at 2393 South Prairie View Rd., Chippewa Falls, from Steve Pregent. The facility was previously occupied by Equip Rental and is located directly south of the Zacho Sports operation. 

"Due to recent growth in both the marine and powersports divisions as well as Honda and Yamaha's expanded side by side product offering, the additional space was necessary for continued growth," stated a Zacho Sports Center news release, which added that the relocation of the marine and powersports division will take place this fall after several upgrades are made to the former Equip Rental facility.

Zacho Sports Center is locally-owned and operated by Mike Emberson and Damin Zacho.

Advanced Laser Machining Plans Expansion

03-28-2014 by Vision 2020


Advanced Laser Machining Inc. of Chippewa Falls intends to add 30,000 square feet to its current location.  The company, established in 1996, has experienced significant growth during recent yearsand is looking forward to additional capacity at its Chippewa Falls facility. 

Advanced Laser Machining (ALM) is a precision machining and sheet metal fabrication company specializing in high quality, cost-effective fabrications and assemblies. The company serves a diverse group of industries, including automotive, aviation, military, telecommunications, and defense. In addition to its facility on Cashman Drive, the company leases approximately 12,000 square feet at another location within the city. The upcoming expansion will allow the business to consolidate its efforts. “We are excited to move these operations under one roof and have additional room to respond to customer needs” John Walton, President of ALM, said.  

ALM, which currently operates seven days per week, employs approximately 100 local employees. Walton expects the expansion to cost between $2.5 million to $3 million with plans to have the construction completed by this fall.  “When this project is completed, the building will be nearly 70,000 square feet and will have an upgraded look,” Walton concluded.

Cray expanding in Chippewa Falls

03-14-2014 by Vision 2020

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Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc.(NASDAQ: CRAY) announced the opening of the Company's new supercomputer manufacturing facility in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

With the addition of this second facility and with recent upgrades to its existing primary manufacturing site, Cray has roughly doubled its manufacturing capacity. As a result, Cray supercomputers will continue to be made in the same city where Cray was originally founded -- Chippewa Falls.

"For more than 40 years now, we have enjoyed a proud and storied history with Chippewa Falls, and the opening of our new manufacturing facility affirms our commitment to building our supercomputers in a town that is synonymous with Cray," said Peter Ungaro, president and CEO of Cray. "Maintaining direct control of our manufacturing process ensures our systems are built with the highest level of quality that customers expect in a Cray product. It also allows us to test and integrate Cray systems before they are shipped to customer sites, which decreases the time needed to get systems up and running, and puts productive systems in the hands of our customers as quickly as possible."

Ungaro added, "With our expanding portfolio of supercomputing and big data solutions, and more and more customers around the world, it is important that we keep our manufacturing capabilities in line with our Company's overall growth. I am pleased our new facility is now up and running, and producing Cray supercomputers that are proudly made inChippewa Falls."

The new facility is equipped to manufacture Cray's complete line of supercomputing products, including Cray® XC30™ supercomputers, Cray CS300™ cluster supercomputers, the YarcData Urika® appliance, and Cray Sonexion® storage solutions. Cray purchased the building in October 2013 and recently completed significant interior modifications and upgrades. The facility is currently fully operational. Cray systems will also continue to be manufactured at its existing facility, also in Chippewa Falls.


Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. and Yaggy Colby Associates Sign Letter of Intent to Merge

02-21-2014 by Vision 2020

Award-winning engineering/architecture companies Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. (SEH®) and Yaggy Colby Associates (Yaggy) announce their intent to merge. The pending merger agreement will leverage the strengths of both companies resulting in greater value for clients and employees.


The merger provides the firms’ public and private clients access to more resources and technical capabilities. While the talent-rich companies have individual areas of technical expertise, the merger will increase the geographic reach and breadth of services to both companies’ clients. SEH CEO/President Sam Claassen, PE and Yaggy CEO/President Bob Ellis share in their excitement to merge the companies.


Mid-State International Trucks of Wisconsin Break Ground on New Facility

11-21-2013 by Vision 2020

Mid-State International Trucks of Wisconsin broke ground today on a 34,559-square-foot building in Chippewa Falls, at the corner of Melby Road and Highway US 53.  The building will provide sales, services and parts for all new and used medium and heavy-duty truck makes, including commercial truck leasing and rental.  The state-of-the-art facility will include eight drive-through bays, each three stalls deep for servicing up to 24 tractors at a time.


The project is a design build by Ghidorzi Companies, serving as architect, general contractor and interior designer.