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Governor Scott Walker Visits Wells Vehicle Electronics, Dedicates New Corporate Headquarters and Manufacturing Expansion

110-Year-Old Company Continues its Commitment to Community, State with New Jobs

FOND DU LAC, Wis., Aug. 29, 2013 — Gov. Scott Walker joined the leadership and staff of Wells Vehicle Electronics, a global manufacturer of vehicle electronics solutions, to celebrate the company’s century-long commitment to the Fond du Lac community today at a grand opening ceremony for its new corporate headquarters and manufacturing plant expansion.

“Wells Vehicle Electronics has called Fond du Lac home for 110 years. With support from the city, Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corporation and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Wells was able to retain 214 jobs in Fond du Lac, keep our headquarters in its birthplace and construct a new facility adjacent to our existing electronics plant, which brings our manufacturing, engineering and corporate personnel into one building,” said Don Lauby, vice president of operations for Wells.

The building project, which broke ground in September 2012, relocated Wells’ office employees from facilities on Brooke and Division Streets to a new facility adjacent to the company’s existing manufacturing plant on Rolling Meadows Drive. The 64,000 square-foot addition increases Wells’ Fond du Lac-based manufacturing space by nearly 40 percent and features engineering labs, test labs, a state-of-the-art automotive tech garage, a tool room to support new product development and a home for corporate employee offices.

A portion of Wells’ funding partnerships with the city, county and state requires the company to hire 73 new employees by the end of 2015. During his comments at the ceremony, Lauby said 39 new positions already had been filled and that the company is on target to have 24 additional new hires by the end of 2014. Wells is actively recruiting for manufacturing techs, engineers and CAD designers.

Gov. Walker; Wayne Rollin, community development coordinator for the City of Fond du Lac; and Steve Jenkins, executive director of Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corporation (FCEDC), also addressed the crowd, acknowledging the positive economic impact the new facility brings.

“Wells Vehicle Electronics has found great success in Wisconsin, and this expansion will allow them to continue to grow right here in our great state,” Governor Walker said. “This expansion is really a success for the entire community – more workers are employed, and more families have additional financial security. We’re headed in the right direction and Wisconsin’s economy is moving forward.”

Funding for the $7.1 million project comes in part by a $500,000 forgivable loan from Fond du Lac County and FCEDC as well as a $1 million Tax Incremental Financing district created by the city. Wells also is eligible for $1.25 million in tax credits through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

About Wells Vehicle Electronics

A part of UCI-FRAM Group, Wells Vehicle Electronics is a leading source of advanced vehicle electronics solutions for replacement applications in the automotive, marine, off-highway, industrial and heavy-duty industries. Headquartered in Fond du Lac, Wis., the company was established in 1903 and manufactures more than 38,000 parts, including distributor caps and rotors, ignition coils, control modules, sensors, wire and cable sets, emissions components, switches, fuel system components and voltage regulators.