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November 2014

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Wausau expansion means 100+ new jobs

Wausau Window and Wall Systems, a nationally recognized industry leader in engineering and manufacturing commercial window and curtainwall systems, announced that it expects to create 124 new jobs in Wausau to accommodate market growth and additional products.

The announcement comes one year after Wausau acquired the assets of a Colorado company, Custom Window Company Inc. which expanded Wausau’s product offering. The historically accurate, aluminum window product line now is produced in the company’s Wisconsin facility.

“For more than half a century, Wausau Window and Wall Systems has been a key employer in Marathon County and the region, and I’m pleased the company has decided to bring this line of windows to Wisconsin,” said Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, who joined company officials in making the jobs announcement today. “Wausau joins the ranks of numerous companies that recognize and value Wisconsin's outstanding workforce and strong business climate.”

“We are so proud of our heritage here, we have chosen to integrate our name and brand as inseparable from Wausau, Wisconsin,” said Jim Waldron, president of Wausau Window and Wall Systems. “As leaders in our industry, we will continue to manufacture high-quality, high-performance window systems for our nation’s most influential buildings. As leaders in our community, we will continue to foster economic growth, jobs creation and area development.”

To help secure those jobs, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is providing the company with up to $500,000 in tax credits over the next four years. The actual amount of credits awarded are contingent upon the number of jobs created.

“Wausau Window and Wall Systems is a successful Wisconsin company, and we are pleased to be part of their continued growth,” said Reed Hall, secretary and CEO of WEDC, who joined the lieutenant governor and company officials in making today’s announcement. “This is the latest example of how WEDC is helping to grow the economy in central Wisconsin. Since 2012, we have awarded more than $8 million to companies in Marathon County for projects expected to create or retain nearly 1,400 jobs.”

“We are excited to have an industry leader like Wausau Window and Wall Systems creating jobs and fostering growth in our strong manufacturing community,” said Wausau Mayor James E. Tipple. “Wausau Window and Wall Systems serves as an example of a great corporate citizen in the City of Wausau.”

Founded in 1956, Wausau Window and Wall Systems has worked closely with architects, building owners and contractors to realize their vision for aesthetic beauty, sustainability and lasting value, while striving to maintain the highest level of customer service, communication and overall satisfaction.

The company, which also has a satellite manufacturing facility in nearby Stratford, currently employs about 400 people in Wisconsin. An active member of the community, Wausau Window and Wall Systems in June was selected as one of only 13 winners of the Wisconsin Corporate Safety Award. The company also was honored this year by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs for its commitment to providing employment opportunities to veterans.

Wausau Window and Wall Systems is a part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., a publicly held, U.S. corporation.

About the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) leads economic development efforts for the state by advancing Wisconsin’s business climate. WEDC nurtures business growth and job creation by providing resources, technical support and financial assistance to companies, partners and communities in Wisconsin. WEDC has four focus areas: business and industry development, economic and community development, entrepreneurship and innovation and international business development. Together with more than 600 regional and local business development partners, it represents a highly responsive and coordinated network.