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Governor Walker announces $327,565 transportation grant to city of Prescott

June 20, 2014

Award for street improvements will help create 300 new jobs at United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI)

Governor Scott Walker announced today that the city of Prescott will receive a Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) grant. The $327,565 award represents the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s (WisDOT) contribution toward the design and construction of two municipal streets, Dexter Street and Eagle Ridge Drive, as well as the redesign and reconstruction of US 10 intersections with Dexter Street and Eagle Ridge Drive. These improvements will provide safe and convenient access to and from a new distribution center at United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI). Governor Walker was in Prescott today for a groundbreaking at UNFI where he announced awards from both the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

UNFI is finalizing plans to invest approximately $37 million in a new distribution center building, related machinery and equipment. This expansion project will create 300 new jobs averaging $15.41 per hour plus full company benefits. Indirectly, this TEA grant will spin off an additional 269 jobs.

WisDOT’s TEA grant covers half of the $655,130 construction project. The other half is being provided by the city of Prescott. Construction is expected to begin this month and be completed in November. The proposed roadway and intersection changes address safety concerns, improve access, provide more intersection capacity, ease traffic flow and accommodate increased truck traffic.

Mountain People’s Warehouse (established in 1976) and Cornucopia Natural Foods (founded in 1977) merged in 1996 to form one of the largest natural food product distributors in the nation with 7,300 employees. UNFI offers more than 65,000 natural, organic and specialty food and non-food products, and its distribution centers serve more than 31,000 retail outlets. Currently, the company operates 27 distribution centers in the U.S. and Canada with over 6.5 million square feet of warehouse space. Its corporate headquarters is located in Providence, Rhode Island. UNFI opened its first Wisconsin location in Sturtevant, Wisconsin, in May 2013.

Since its start in 1987, Wisconsin’s TEA grant program has invested almost $94.9 million in 338 projects, creating or retaining more than 83,000 jobs around the state. For a complete listing of TEA grants and project details, visit the TEA page on the WisDOT website.

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, go to the MAPSS page on the WisDOT website.

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

 

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