Ground was broken for a 3.5 million dollar expansion at Advanced Laser Machining on Cashman Drive in Chippewa Falls Monday.
Advanced Laser President John Walton said the expansion will mean more jobs in Chippewa Falls.
"We're doubling our manufacturing and office space. (It will) allow us to retain about 100 jobs and hire a minimum of 27 more in the next couple of years," Walton said.
Advanced Laser Machining manufactures metal products for aerospace, defense, high-speed computing, and other industries. At the groundbreaking, Governor Scott \Walker said he visited the business just 2 years ago for another expansion, and it shows the Chippewa Valley is a great place for business.
"The Chippewa Valley is one of the fastest growing areas we've got in the state. We're going to keep coming back and helping employers grow here."
Walker said the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation played a role, providing nearly 95,000 dollars in tax credits for the project, but Walker said the credit mainly goes to the company's good work and expansion of customer opportunities. Walker also credited the local workforce and educational partner Chippewa Valley Technical College.