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Governor Walker announces $591,000 transportation grant to city of Columbus

May 14, 2013

Governor Scott Walker announced today that the city of Columbus is being awarded a Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) grant. The $591,567 award represents the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s contribution toward the construction of two streets, which will provide direct access to a new business park on the city’s south side.

Enerpac, Inc. is relocating its Columbus operation, which employs 200 people, to Gateway Business Park. Enerpac is a global leader in high-force hydraulic tools and equipment used in industrial markets. Its current location does not provide adequate land space for expansion. However, with the construction of two new streets, Heritage Way and Gateway Court, Enerpac is breaking ground on a 167,500 square foot facility to be completed late this year.

In addition to the 200 jobs being retained in Columbus, this TEA grant will help create 50 new jobs at Gateway Business Park. WisDOT’s $591,567 award represents half of the $1,183,134 street construction project. The remainder of the funding is being provided by the city of Columbus.

Since its start in 1987, Wisconsin’s TEA grant program has invested more than $90.8 million in 328 projects benefiting 358 businesses and creating or retaining 79,159 jobs around the state. For a complete listing of TEA grants and project details, visit the WisDOT web site.

The TEA grant program is a performance measure in WisDOT’s MAPSS Performance Improvement Program. MAPSS focuses on five core goals of mobility, accountability, preservation, safety and service. To learn more about MAPSS, visit the performance improvement page on the WisDOT web.

For more information, contact:
Don Uelmen, WisDOT TEA program manager
(608) 266-3488,



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