The gateway to Wisconsin is also becoming an open door to new business and jobs. A new distribution center in Beloit will bring at least two dozen new jobs to our area. Beloit leaders won't say which company yet, but they say an agreement has been reached.
The center will be built in the Gateway Business Park. It's east of I-90 and I-39. The center will take up 100,000 square feet and operate as a distribution center for small manufacturers.
The Gateway Business Park is another spot off I-90 where bulldozers are making room for new production and more jobs.
"New companies that are under construction in 2006 are adding over 600, or 650 jobs this year alone."
Beloit's city manager says the new companies will replace the jobs that left Beloit with industries that outsourced to overseas.
"Which is huge because we lost a lot of traditional positions in gray metal industries in the late 90's. The Beloit corporation itself closed, thousands of jobs were lost, other companies downsized," Beloit city manager Larry Arft said.
Staples, Menards, Specialty Tools, Kettle Foods, and Southeast Container Corporation are all committed to building in Gateway. Arft says the location of Gateway Business Park couldn't be better.
"We're located where three interstates merge. You can move anywhere in the upper Midwest in less than one day."
The park is about one quarter full. If things keep going the way they are now, Arft expects that the gateway to Beloit business could be near capacity by 2010.