Flambeau adding 100 new jobs at Madison Manufacturing Site

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By Patrick Yost editor

Flambeau Inc announced Monday that it would immediately add approximately 100 new jobs to its Atlanta Highway manufacturing site. According to Gene Luepkes, operations manager, the injection molded manufacturing plant has secured several new lines of components and is adding machinery from a Weldon, N.C. plant that will facilitate the need for new hires.

Flambeau, a privately held company based out of Baraboo, Wis. manufactures a wide range of products, from tackle boxes to duct systems for automobiles. Luepkes said the company had recently been awarded a contract to produce the HVAC duct system for the 2014 Corvette.

It also has standing orders with Caterpillar Inc., Honda and Cadillac. Flambeau opened its Madison site in 1992. Luepkes said the plant is currently employing 125 people and is running three shifts per day six days a week. He said prior to the recession the plant was employing more than 200 people.

In 2008 the number of jobs dropped to approximately 85 at Flambeau, Inc. “We’re glad to see the business come back,” he said. Luepkes said the company will also have to increase space at its 150,000 square foot facility by raising the roof to add for stackable storage space.

He said the company plans to start construction on raising the roof next year and the equipment from the Weldon facility should be in place and operational by June. Until the construction work is completed, Luepkes said, the company has organized off–site warehouse space for its products.

“Slowly but surely the business has come back,” he said.lambe

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