Company proposed 21,000-square foot addition
Less than a year after laying off 100 employees, Husco International is looking to expand its Waukesha footprint.
According to planning documents, the local manufacturer of hydraulic controls for off-highway equipment has proposed a 20,800-square-foot addition to its headquarters at 2239 Pewaukee Road on the city's north side. The company also plans to remodel around 27,850 square feet of its facility, the documents say.
Husco's current Waukesha facility, which sits on about 34 acres, has expanded over the years and spans roughly 243,000 square feet.
The goal of the expansion, according to the proposal, is "to provide an innovative high-tech environment, aligned with Husco’s culture and products, intended to attract and retain top talent and create a collaborative environments."
According to the proposal, the new addition will provide employees with a collection of open amenity spaces such as training areas, a work café and an outdoor patio. If approved, it will be constructed within a courtyard south of the main manufacturing area, between the east office wing and the west office/manufacturing area.
The east office portion of the addition will be two stories and align with the current office space on the east side of the facility, the proposal states.
The addition would allow Husco to increase its staff from 335 to 400 under a five-year growth plan.
No time line for when the expansion proposal would be discussed by the city's plan commission was mentioned.
The expansion plan comes less than a year after Husco announced it would lay off 100 hourly and salaried employees at the Waukesha campus and reduce its production of off-highway products in response to a diminished demand for that equipment. No changes were made at the company's two other plants – one in Whitewater and the other in Maquoketa, Iowa.
Husco previously said that the last of those positions was eliminated in January.
However, the state Department of Workforce Development anticipated last year that, despite the layoffs, Husco's product engineering, research and development and automotive manufacturing would continue to expand in the city.