Sun Prarie Celebrates New Facility For Riddell & Kollege Town Sports

SUN PRAIRIE, WISCONSIN – Mayor Paul Esser along with several City Council members and other State officials were on hand to help officially kick off construction of 102,125 s.f. building on the newest 13-acre addition to the Sun Prairie Business Park. The project plans on retaining about 100 positions to the Madison region, and adding 200 additional jobs over the next 5 years.

City officials stated that this project really accelerated over the past 6 months, but noted that staff had been working with Riddell and Kollege Town since November of 2015.

The City of Sun Prairie provided financial assistance to allow Riddell and Kollege Town to acquire a 13-acre site immediately adjacent to the existing Business Park.

Mayor Paul Esser expressed his support for the project:

“This is a great project for Sun Prairie. The attraction of a national brand like Riddell is a tremendous win for the City. It’s even better because this project also includes a great, fast-growing, home-grown company like Kollege Town that has long standing Sun Prairie roots. Not many projects have the same economic impact as this one as they will retain 100 well-paying jobs in the region, and be adding 200 more. It a great investment in Sun Prairie. On behalf of the City Council and myself, I couldn’t be more excited to welcome the Handlen family business back home.”

Director of Economic Development Neil Stechschulte issued the following statement reflected on the project:

“We really had to compete for this project, and I am very proud of the support from our elected officials and our staff that allowed us to secure such a major project on a very tight timeline. This project was as complex as the come, and involved land acquisition, annexation, land division, zoning, TIF creation and a full development agreement–all achieved in less than 9 months from the first contact with the client. This sort of approval speed doesn’t happen without a good development team and City officials willing to work with them.

While this project is exciting enough on its own, I look forward to the opportunity that this opens up for continued future expansion of the Sun Prairie Business Park. We’re looking forward to the ribbon cutting in May.”

About Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

Sun Prairie has a growing employment sector, and is one of the Greater Madison/Dane County’s oldest and most successful business parks. Sun Prairie is home to more than an estimated 750 businesses and 10,000 employees calling it home. Major employers include Thermal Spray Technologies, Royle Printing, InForm Product Development, Wisconsin Distributors, Village Hearth, Hallman Lindsay Paints, Colony Brands, Continental Tire, Four Lakes Label, Trachte Building Systems, Soderholm Foods, Palmer Johnson Power Systems, Badger Graphics, Imperial Blades, Madison-Kipp Corporation, Independent Pharmacy Cooperative and WPPI Energy.

Sun Prairie’s competitive advantages of the include:

· Sun Prairie as a whole remains one of the fastest growing communities in all of Wisconsin. At just over 32,000 in population, it is also the second largest community in the Madison Region.

· Sun Prairie has consistently had one of the lowest unemployment rates in Wisconsin (3.2% as of June 2016), and draws on the region to meet is growing employment demand.

· Access to the greater Madison area is extremely easy, particularly by the excellent access to transportation infrastructure including U.S. 151, 1-39/90/94, STH 19 and the Wisconsin Southern Railroad. Sun Prairie is located within 15 minutes of the Dane County Regional Airport.

· As a municipally-owned electric utility, rates and service levels are very competitive.

· Sun Prairie is home to one of the fastest growing retail areas in the State, as well as one of the most successful Downtown redevelopment projects in Wisconsin.

· The Sun Prairie Area School District is consistently one of the top performing school districts in Wisconsin.

· The City of Sun Prairie has 348.6 acres of city-owned parks. This includes 32 neighborhood parks, seven community parks, and one citywide park. Angell Park, which is a private park, provides additional recreation space for use by residents of the City. Other amenities include a 7.5-acre Family Aquatic Center, an 11-acre pet exercise area, and a 35,000 s.f. public lib