Thursday, July 03 2014
$100 million investment by shipping supply distributor to create 500 new jobs
Pleasant Prairie – Today, Governor Scott Walker joined Uline founders, Dick and Elizabeth Uihlein, in Pleasant Prairie to announce the company’s latest plans to grow the shipping supply distribution business in Wisconsin.
“This project is another example of how Uline—a successful, growing company—is invested in Wisconsin and our workforce,” Governor Walker said. “We will continue our work to improve the business climate and develop our workforce, to encourage more job creators to expand and grow here as Uline continues to do.”
Liz and Dick Uihlein started the company in their basement in 1980. In the summer of 2010, they moved the corporate headquarters from Waukegan, IL to the current 200-acre corporate campus in Pleasant Prairie. The existing $125 million campus includes a 200,000-square-foot office building and a one million square-foot, state of the art warehouse dedicated to supplying regional distribution centers.
The latest expansion project will add a new, 200,000-square-foot office building that will house the corporate marketing and creative staff, as well as other departments. They will also double the warehouse space by adding an additional one million square foot distribution center. The company expects the $100 million investment will create 500 new jobs. Uline did not seek or receive state funding for this expansion.
"We are lucky to have a State that supports the spirit of entrepreneurship that our family and company thrive on,” said Liz Uihlein. “Additionally, we have been able to find the talent to continue to grow our company. We recognize the State and County for establishing schools, like Carthage and Gateway, for educating the talent to fill the jobs of today."
In 2011, Uline announced plans for a $25 million relocation of its Eagan, Minnesota distribution center, moving the operation across the border to Hudson, Wisconsin. Construction of the 600,000-square-foot warehouse allowed the company to bring 150 jobs to Wisconsin.
Uline is a business-to-business distributor of shipping supplies, industrial materials, and packaging materials. The company offers quick delivery of its approximately 28,000 products through its catalog and website. Uline has more than 3,500 employees and ten distribution centers in North America.