Mason Companies acquires Figi

08-30-2013 by Vision 2020

Mason Companies has announced the purchase of Figi's, a Wisconsin food gift retailer headquartered in Marshfield with distribution centers in Marshfield and Stevens Point.  There is also a third location in Neilsville that handles gift assembly.  Figi operates a holiday food and gift catalog, and a home and gift catalog.

CRI Expansion

07-11-2013 by Vision 2020

Chippewa River Industries, Inc., headquartered in Chippewa Falls, is in the process of expanding.  Last summer CRI, Inc. purchased a four acre lot and 15,000 square foot spec building at 2551 Hamilton Drive in the Lake Wissota Business Park in Chippewa Falls.  In June of this year, construction began to complete the inside of the building to meet the production and services needs of CRI, Inc.  Construction is expected to be complete by the end of September, 2013.CBSquared, Inc. Engineers/Architects of Chippewa Falls is overseeing the project.

 According to CRI, Inc. President and CEO Dave Lemanski, “This expansion project is the first of a two phase expansion effort.  We recognize that current and future growth trends require us to improve and expand our facilities to meet the needs of our customers.  This facility will provide a safer environment for our employees as well as offer additional space to prospective companies interested in our packaging and assembly services.”

The majority of the funding for this project is coming from a Community Development Block Grant through Chippewa County.  West Wisconsin Regional Planning is assisting CRI, Inc. with the grant implementation.

CRI, Inc. provides vocational and life skills services to nearly 400 people each year in a five county region in Chippewa, Eau Claire, Dunn, Monroe, and La Crosse counties.  CRI, Inc. also has offices in Eau Claire, Menomonie, and La Crosse.

SEH Groundbreaking

07-10-2013 by Vision 2020

Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), a consulting engineering and architectural firm with a nearly 40 year presence in Chippewa Falls, broke ground for its new office building in the city’s downtown on Monday, July 8. 

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Wisconsin’s Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch along with Chippewa Falls officials and SEH representatives were at the event to celebrate. 


SEH’s 2-story, 21,000 square foot building and the city’s adjacent roundabout at the intersection of Bridge and River streets, will form a new main gateway to Chippewa Fall’s downtown and riverfront. Plans for the projects were unveiled by SEH representatives, Chippewa Falls Mayor Greg Hoffman and the City Council in late May.


State of Wisconsin funds which have helped, in part, to finance a variety of infrastructure projects in the Chippewa Falls downtown business district led the firm to choose the new location. SEH is currently located on Frenette Drive, where it employs approximately 60 staff members.


SEH will own the building and will lead its design and construction, providing architectural, engineering, environmental, traffic engineering, landscape architecture and construction management services. The firm has played an instrumental role in the site development and will guide the project through completion.


SEH is also designing the roundabout near the building site. The roundabout will change Bridge Street from a one-way, northbound street into a two-way route that will help guide traffic and make downtown easier to access, safer, and more convenient.


In addition to the SEH building and the roundabout, the Chippewa Falls Chamber of Commerce is developing plans to relocate to the nearby Empire building.

Survey Results for New City Park

05-08-2013 by Vision 2020

From September to December, 2012, Chippewa Falls Vision 2020 reached out to the community with a survey to gather information on what citizens would like to see in their new City Park.  Three hundred and twenty-six people filled out and return the survey.  Based on the survey, we recommend the following purpose statement for the new park:  "Enhance the natural beauty, recreational opportunity and appropriate accessibility of the Chippewa River and shoreline for the use and enjoyment of residents of and visitors to the Chippewa Falls community."  We also recommend the following park names: 

River Front

Chippewa River Front

Big Mill

Chippewa River Shores

For detailed information on the report and survey, click here.

Premium Waters Ribbon Cutting

03-15-2013 by Vision 2020

Governor Scott Walker helped Premium Waters celebrate their facility expansion will increase production capacity from approximately 13 million to 30 million cases of water in the year 2014.  This increase in production is possible because the plant expansion will include some of the latest technology, including a Krones Blow Fill mono block, a Douglas packer, a Krones labeler, a Hartness robotic palletizer and a Frazier racking system.

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The total cost of this project is $17,000,000. Grants from both the State of Wisconsin ($300,000) and the City of Chippewa Falls ($200,000) were received. The expansion will bring 35 new jobs to our community.   All the employees were hired from Wisconsin and 30 hired locally from the greater Chippewa Valley area.  Premium Waters currently employs 127 people in Chippewa Falls.

Premium Waters is a consortium of bottling plants with a long history in the bottled water business. Premium Waters was incorporated by the Chesterman Company in 1994. That same year, Premium Waters purchased Kandiyohi Bottled Water Company, signaling entry into the bottled water industry.

In 1997, Chippewa Springs was purchased. Chippewa Springs has been in the spring water business for more than a century. Chippewa Spring Water comes from a natural spring in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. A natural spring is an underground water source that flows naturally to the earth's surface without the need for drilling.