Specialized Products Ltd. celebrated 20 years of local operations Tuesday, March 25.
Included in the celebration was a special visit from Governor Scott Walker, who toured the facility and presented a special recognition award to Wayne, Carol and Chris Oestreich.
After flying in to the Clintonville Municipal Airport, Walker joined several community and business leaders for a tour of the Specialized Products facility.
The business has had continuous growth in employment and completed three expansion and upgrade projects at their facility since 2011.
Specialized Products serves the electrical assembly manufacturing industry producing wire harnesses, cable assemblies, and wire managers. The company now has 130 employees, and the manufacturing and warehouse space is located on 14 acres in the Clintonville Industrial Park.
Following the tour, Walker spoke to the owners, employees, and visitors.
“It’s an honor to be here to celebrate with the Oestreich family,” Walker began. “This anniversary means a lot for your employees and the community.
“It’s exciting to see people like you who start with an idea and see it grow,” continued Walker. “I’m excited about the growth here, and I’m thrilled to be here. Manufacturing has really grown in Wisconsin, and you’re helping make that possible. It’s interesting to see businesses go from one generation to the next, and we want to see that continue.”
Walker went on to speak about state tax withholding reductions, a drop in the state’s unemployment rate, and his goal of finding people to fill positions at manufacturing companies like Specialized Products.
“We want to make sure that everyone who wants to work can find work,” said Walker. “The true measure of the success of government is not the number of people who are dependent upon the government, but the number of people who can live the American Dream.
“I applaud Specialized Products for their 20 years of service in the manufacturing industry,” Walker continued. “Manufacturing is a top driver of our economy and companies, like Specialized Products, are key to growing and keeping jobs in Wisconsin. We will continue our work to support our job creators with tax relief, streamlined regulations and investments in training skilled workers.”
Chris Oestreich, president of Specialized Products, said, “Specialized Products is proud to be a part of the manufacturing industry in Clintonville. Specialized Products is excited about the direction Governor Scott Walker is taking the State of Wisconsin, and we look forward to continued growth and adding to our experienced workforce.”
Walker concluded the event by presenting a special plaque to Wayne, Carol and Chris Oestreich, recognizing the business for 20 years of success. He then declared Tuesday, March 25, 2014, as “Specialized Products Ltd. Day” throughout the state.