The tidal wave has been building.
For the past two years, as the economy of the New North region has slowly pulled itself out of the Great Recession, area manufacturers have ramped up filling orders and putting folks back to work. Uncertain if the recovery was real, many chose to squeeze every last square inch out of their existing space rather than commit to new buildings.
They can wait no more. With work orders continuing to pile up and existing space exhausted, a figurative tsunami of building projects has washed over Northeast Wisconsin, as manufacturers have discovered they need more people, more equipment and more space to meet customer orders.
The surge of demand is welcome news to the region’s builders.