November 2, 2012 – Gaco Western, a technology leader in waterproofing and insulation products, celebrated the company’s new 85,000 sq. ft. expansion with a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, October 31, at their facility located at 1245 Chapman Drive in Waukesha. City of Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima commented, “The Waukesha family is delighted that Gaco Western is adding to the momentum of innovation and growth in our community.”
Just four years, Gaco completed construction of the current 55,000 sq. ft. facility which is comprised of offices, manufacturing facilities, and a high-tech research and development facility. This 85,000 sq. ft. expansion will more than double the size of the Waukesha facility and provides for a significant increase in the laboratory areas to support the company’s focus on technology and formulation developments. There is also a significant increase to the amount of space that will be dedicated to manufacturing, warehousing and distribution to accommodate the company’s continued growth and to allow all these operations to be consolidated into one facility. As part of this project, the company will re-configure the manufacturing area for increased volume and efficiency. The building expansion will connect to the current facility and will extend onto adjacent property which was recently purchased.
“This expansion secures a strong base in the Waukesha community and allows for the continued growth that is being fueled by our innovative technologies,” stated Peter Davis, President and CEO, Gaco Western.
Since 2008, Gaco’s employee base in the Waukesha area has grown from 17 to 49, and between this facility, a corporate office in Seattle, Washington and a sales force located throughout the United States, Gaco Western currently employs over 100 people. This expansion is expected to create 18 additional jobs in the Waukesha area ranging from warehouse positions to senior research chemist roles and the company plans to add additional personnel in the sales and technical services areas as well.