Commerce and Industry
its broad range of retail, manufacturing, wholesale, recreation
and dining businesses, the Manitowoc/Two Rivers area enjoys
a vibrant economy. A major factor in this economic health
is the effort by local companies to upgrade facilities and
use new technology to remain competitive.
More than 45,000 county residents find employment with area
companies, keeping the unemployment numbers well below the
national average. Traditional ethnic fare at local restaurants
and the delights of first-class confectioners also give
the Manitowoc/Two Rivers area a unique atmosphere.
Both Manitowoc and Two Rivers have full-service light industrial
sites available. The City of Two Rivers will assist in obtaining
property in Columbus and Woodland Industrial Parks. Industrial
construction programs can be tailored to suit qualified
The Manitowoc Company, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of
ice-cube machines, ice/beverage dispensers, soft-drink dispensing
valves, and commercial refrigeration equipment for the food
service, lodging, convenience store, beverage, and bottling
industries. Manitowoc holds the number one position in high-capacity,
lattice-boom crawler cranes for heavy construction, energy-related,
duty-cycle, dockside, and crane-rental applications, and
is one of America's leading producers of boom trucks and
related material-handling equipment. Manitowoc is also the
dominant provider of ship repair, conversion, and new construction
services for the Great Lakes maritime industry.
If you are seeking employment, Manitowoc County is a great
place to work, live and have fun.
Among the businesses with a history of quality are:
Company, founded in 1895. Manufacturer of brand name aluminum
cookware and bakeware.
second-largest employer in the area - more than 2,000
employees Fisher Hamilton Inc., produces laboratory furniture
and equipment. The company now employs 1090 and has been
in operation since 1880.
Mogul Corp., Powertrain System, employs 590 in the production
of automotive piston rings.
Eastman, manufactures hose assemblies, tubing, couplings
and adapter fittings. Employs 790.
Boat Co. produces world-class luxury motor yachts, continuing
an area tradition of boat-building which began in 1847
with the launching of the first wooden sailing ships.
at Valders, produces pre-stressed, hollow core concrete
major employers in the Manitowoc/Two Rivers business community
are Busch Agricultural Resources Inc., Lakeside Foods Inc.,
Natural Ovens of Manitowoc, Formrite Companies, Weyerhauser
Corp., Specialty Brands, Color Craft Graphic Arts and Metal
Ware Corp. Cook's Corner offers an array of items for cooking
and baking, while the Washington Street Antique Mall features
treasures of the past from dozens of merchants.
Beerntsen's has been a tradition in Manitowoc for more than
five decades, offering candies and other sweets of unmatched
Ed Berners invented the ice cream sundae in Two Rivers in
1881. A replica of his ice cream parlor continues the tradition
with 18 different sundaes. Or visit Cedar Crest Specialties
old-fashioned ice cream parlor.
You'll find quality merchandise at Schroeder's Department
Store in Two Rivers, a fixture in the local economy since
Manitowoc and Two Rivers make it a priority to assist companies
which want to locate here or assist a business which is
already part of the local economy and wishes to expand.
Such programs as industrial revenue bonds, revolving loan
programs, Wisconsin Development Zones and others may be
used to tailor construction or expansion to qualified companies.
Downtown and Main Street programs can help retail businesses
as well as keep the commercial part of the communities alive
and well. Fixed asset financing is available for businesses
locating and investing in downtown Manitowoc through the
Manitowoc Commercial Revolving Loan Program. Two Rivers'
Main Street Program provides renewal for the downtown area
while the City of Two Rivers has a revolving loan fund for
new and existing businesses.