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Governor Walker announces $160,000 transportation grant to city of Platteville

October 8, 2013

Award creates more than 30 new jobs at Emmi Roth through street improvement project

Governor Scott Walker announced today that the city of Platteville is being awarded a Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) grant. The $160,000 award represents the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s (WisDOT) contribution toward the construction of a new city street to meet the transportation needs of Emmi Roth USA Inc.

Emmi Roth, a specialty cheese maker, is completing a new $44 million manufacturing facility in Platteville. The company’s investment directly creates 32 new jobs in Platteville. Indirectly, the TEA grant supports another 43 jobs in southwestern Wisconsin. The project includes the reconstruction of a Platteville city street—Evergreen Road—to safely accommodate heavy truck traffic to and from Emmi Roth’s new location.

WisDOT’s $160,000 TEA grant represents one-third of the $478,302 construction project. The remainder of the funding is being provided by the city of Platteville. The street improvements are nearing completion with a target date of October 18 to be open to traffic.

Emmi Roth was founded in Monroe, Wisconsin, in 1991. The company is a world leader in the manufacturing of specialty and artisan cheeses and other premium dairy products. Its new Platteville plant is expected to produce up to eight million pounds of cheese each year.

Since its start in 1987, Wisconsin’s TEA grant program has invested more than $93 million in 333 projects, creating or retaining 80,595 jobs around the state. For a complete listing of TEA grants and project details, visit the TEA page on 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, visit the MAPSS page on the WisDOT web site.

For more information, contact:
Don Uelmen, WisDOT TEA Program manager
(608) 266-3488, don.uelmen@dot.wi.gov

 

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