CALEDONIA — The first tenant in line for the new DeBack Farms Business Park, Norco Manufacturing Corp., is now starting to build its future home.
Thursday morning, Aug. 11, Norco representatives and local and economic development officials were scheduled to celebrate the start of Norco’s project at a ceremonial groundbreaking. WisPark, the real estate development arm of Wisconsin Energy Corp., is the owner and developer of DeBack Farms Business Park, which has 187 acres — 142 of them nonwetland and buildable.
Norco, now located at 2713 Nicholas Road, Raymond, committed early to the park. Norco, which manufactures industrial door systems, plans to build an $8 million manufacturing plant.
The new park is located alongside the Interstate 94 frontage road between Adams and 4 Mile roads, an area previously untouched by municipal sewer and water. However, those essential elements for attracting commercial development are being extended to the area. Caledonia’s portion is already complete, and Mount Pleasant’s section, from Highway 20 to Highway C along Highway V, is now starting, Caledonia Village President Bob Bradley said Tuesday.
Norco President and CEO Dave Eberle has said his company plans to build a new 133,000-square-foot building. He said he chose DeBack because he wanted the business to stay in Racine County, proximity to I-94 was important and he likes the type of business park that WisPark creates. GrandView Business Park in Yorkville is an example of a WisPark business park.
“We’re absolutely proud to have them as a partner,” Bradley said.
Eberle’s desire to build and expand was part of the impetus for the park, Bradley and Laura Million, business development manager for Racine County Economic Development Corp., have said. Knowing that, Bradley and RCEDC approached Harold DeBack about his land, and that led to the approximately $5 million deal, with WisPark joining as the developer.
The next phase for DeBack Farms is expected to be the construction of a 1.1 million-square-foot speculation building on 75 acres, designed for multiple commercial tenants. When complete, the park will consist of six sites.