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.

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.