Amerequip Seeks More Room

Industrial expansion at Amerequip will take on yet another new twist, as the company and a neighboring business are working out an agreement for land acquisition. 

Supported by involvement from the City of Kiel, Amerequip has come to terms with the Wieting Family Funeral Home to acquire the parcel on which the Kiel funeral home is located.  Kiel City Administrator Dennis Dedering said that the purchase was negotiated in an effort to provide Amerequip with the best possible logistical layout for its next industrial expansion.  Amerequip recently completed a sizable expansion in Kiel's Tax Incremental District #5, and this will likely involve some TID restructuring to assist the the pending development.

While the sale has been announced, the final acquisition will require approval of plans to support the expansion.

Approval from the Kiel Planning Commission, the Kiel City Council and the Joint Review Board will be necessary to deal with infrastructure needs.

Dedering said the industry plans to remove the funeral home building and construct its expansion on top of the site.  In order to accomplish that, the road way that provides access to other businesses on Teckla Place - Oak Creek Assisted Living and the St. Vincent de Paul store - will have to be re-routed to the north and west sides of the current funeral home site.

Daniel Wieting said the Wieting family has been proud to serve Kiel and the surrounding communities as well, but they are also willing to step forward to help a local industry with its growth plans.

"Wieting Family Funeral Home's neighbors at Amerequip in Kiel have a tremendous opportunity to grow and create more new jobs locally," Daniel Wieting said.

"The most efficient, and sound layout for them involved expanding their business over the area where the funeral home building now stands on the corner of Teckla Place and Highway 32/57."

According to Mike Vander Zanden, President/CEO, Amerequip is in the process of another 90,000 square foot addition in 2016-17.

This expansion addresses continued growth and will consolidate and improve work flow through the manufacturing operations by bringing the laser and forming competencies under one roof with weld, paint and assembly already in Kiel.  Amerequip completed two separate expansion in 2014 totaling 110,000 square feet and adding nearly 100 new jobs.

At this time Amerequip intends to continue operating all its facilities in New Holstein for engineering design and testing, cylinder manufacturing and storage.