PLEASANT PRAIRIE - Uline, touted as the nation's leading distributor of industrial, packing and shipping materials, will move its headquarters from Waukegan, Ill., to Pleasant Prairie and build a new distribution center here.
The move will place more than 1,000 jobs - 350 of them new hires - in Southeastern Wisconsin, according to Gov. Jim Doyle's announcement today. Doyle announced a financial assistance package worth more than $6 million to help Uline relocate and build the new center.
Uline will invest about $100 million to relocate its corporate headquarters and construct a new distribution center in Pleasant Prairie. The company will move 650 employees from its Illinois facility to the new one and hire and 350 new employees.
The project involves new construction of a state-of-the-art campus with full amenities. The distribution center will be 1 million square feet. The headquarters will be 200,000 square feet and house the corporate officers and personnel in marketing, information technology, merchandising and finance. The campus will be located just west of Interstate 94 and south of Highway 165.
The Uline site has been designated as an enterprise zone, Doyle stated in a news release. That enables the company to earn up to $1.7 million annually in refundable income tax credits based on payroll by creating jobs that pay more than $30,000 per year.
Uline can also receive training funds up to $1.5 million.
Doyle said the state will provide a $1 million Transportation Economic Assistance grant, and Kenosha Area Business Alliance will provide a $2 million forgivable loan to support the project.
"Uline is a rapidly growing company that is known worldwide for its quality products and I'm delighted to welcome them to Wisconsin," Doyle stated.
Uline was founded in 1980 by Dick and Liz Uihlein in the basement of their home. The company, still family-owned, is a leading provider of shipping supplies to businesses throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. It has grown to more than 2,300 employees with eight branch locations across North America. The product line has expanded to include industrial and packaging materials, including over 850 shipping box sizes alone.
In the news release, the Uihleins said they both have roots in Wisconsin, which was a factor in their decision to come here. Among their ties are the fact that they have a home and restaurant in Manitowish Waters.
"We are pleased to be continuing this tradition with the move of our corporate headquarters to Pleasant Prairie," Dick Uihlein stated.
The Uline Midwest Distribution Center in Illinois will remain open.