WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- The City of Wausau will help an existing business move a Colorado division’s product line to Wausau, bringing more jobs to the area.
The plan calls for Wausau to grant Apogee’s Wausau Window and Wall Group $500,000 to move a product line from Colorado to existing space they have in Wausau.
City Council President Romey Wagner says that’s about 40 more jobs in a year, and 124 full time jobs over three years that pay a good, family supporting wage. “They aren’t asking for money to build a building or anything, just to help with the relocation of this product, to get these jobs going right here in Wausau.”
Some council members are critical of the process and how quickly the city had to act. Keene Winters would have appreciated more time to look at past agreements between the city and Apogee. “I think the process came up very quickly. We were given eight days to answer. I think if there’s a good business reason to bring those jobs to Wausau, Apogee should do that, and we’ve provided Apogee with money in the past. It’s unclear to me what the success of those development agreements have been. We just didn’t have time to assemble that information.”
Winters believes there is a place for municipalities to offer incentives to help develop new business, but he questions the need to work with an established business multiple times. “I want to see the record, and I also don’t want to become a regular contributor to Apogee’s bottom line. It was great to get them started, but after that, I expect businesses to take over and either succeed or fail on their own, and not come back repeatedly for a handout.”
The $500,000 is coming from tax incremental district funds. Apogee will also get about the same amount in state tax credits.