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Former Vetter Mfg site to become business incubator site

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Former Vetter Manufacturing facility in Stevens Point, WI
Former Vetter Manufacturing facility in Stevens Point, WI
Wayne Bushman discusses the ... (Download MP3)

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) -- The future of a long-vacant Stevens Point manufacturing plant is more clear. Area businessman Wayne Bushman recently purchased the Vetter Manufacturing property, along the railroad and near the river.

Bushman says he plans to work with the city and other businesses to recruit one or more new businesses. “Well, right now, we’re just trying to make it user friendly, and make it a business incubator center.” Bushman is looking for people and companies that may need a site to start or expand their business, which he says would be good for the whole community. “Come over and see what we can do to help you, and there’s a possibility of maybe being included in a TIF district with some help from the city to physically give some cost-effective advantages for maybe bringing some additional jobs to the area. That’s what we’re pushing for.” The Vetter Manufacturing facility could be used by one or several businesses.

The Vetter Manufacturing facility was the area’s original window manufacturing plant before changes in the industry led to manufacturing windows at the now-closed SNE site in Mosinee and the Weathershield plant in Medford. Bushman says the building doesn't look attractive right now, but it’s a very solid and functional facility. “It’s a concrete structure, concrete roof, concrete walls. It was one of Steven’s Point’s original fallout shelters. The integrity of the building is incredible (but) deceiving from the outside, which we’re going to be working on to clean it up.”

Wayne Bushman owns and operates other businesses in the area. He says he purchased the Vetter property so he could help other businesses help the economy. “Anything to do with getting some more jobs in the area. That’s what it’s all about.”

Anyone interested in all or part of the property can contact Wayne Bushman at (715) 340-8523.

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