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Northwestern Mutual Joined by Two Dozen Milwaukee and Wisconsin-based Companies for Interior Work on Tower and Commons

Group includes more than a dozen small business enterprises to help company meet hiring commitment

By - Jun 15th, 2016 10:04 am
The Commons Interior Rendering.

The Commons Interior Rendering.

Milwaukee, June 15, 2016 – Northwestern Mutual today announced it is partnering with more than two dozen local and Wisconsin-based companies, including a dozen certified small business enterprises (SBEs) to perform interior work on the Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons.

“With 32 stories of steel now gracing Milwaukee’s skyline, 13 of which are enclosed in glass, we’re excited to continue bringing the inside of The Tower and Commons to life,” said Sandy Botcher, Northwestern Mutual vice president of campus and event experiences. “We’re also excited to continue to tap into the tremendous talent that exists in Milwaukee to create a state-of-the-art environment our employees and the public will experience for years to come.”

The companies will also help Northwestern Mutual continue to meet its commitment to the City of Milwaukee to tap SBEs for 25 percent of the project costs and utilize city residents through the Residents Preference Program (RPP) for 40 percent of the hours worked on the project.

The latest jobs report submitted to the city shows the company is exceeding those percentages with SBEs being awarded 31.8 percent of the total value of applicable construction and professional services contracts and RPP workers performing 44.2 percent of the construction hours on the project to date.

The below companies will perform a variety of work that ranges from electrical, plumbing and HVAC to carpentry, drywall, fire protection and other elements forming the interior. A list can also be found here.

Company Specialty Location
Affirmative Supply Co. Inc. (SBE) Acoustical Ceiling supply Mequon
Belonger Corp. Inc. (SBE) HVAC/Plumbing West Bend
BMR Design Group Inc. (SBE) Fire Protection Milwaukee
C.G. Schmidt Inc. Carpentry Milwaukee
Central Ceiling Systems Inc. Acoustical Ceiling Deerfield
Common Links Construction Interior Framing and Drywall Brookfield
Dairyland Energy Solutions Inc. (SBE) Electrical Butler
Duwe Metal Products Inc. (SBE) Metals Menomonee Falls
Glenn Reider Inc. Millwork Milwaukee
Hetzel-Sanfilippo Inc. (SBE) Carpentry Pewaukee
Hetzel Tile & Marble Inc. (SBE) Hard Flooring Milwaukee
Hurt Electric Inc. (SBE) Electrical Menomonee Falls
JCP Construction LLC (SBE) Flooring Milwaukee
JWC Building Specialties Inc. Overhead Smoke Doors Waukesha
Johnson Controls Inc. Controls Milwaukee
Krueger International Inc. Demountable Partitions Milwaukee
LaForce Inc. Doors/Frames/Hardware/Accessories Green Bay
Milwaukee Plate Glass Interior Glass Milwaukee
Pieper Electric Inc. Electrical Milwaukee
Price & Sons Inc. (SBE) Fire Protection Milwaukee
Sergenian’s Commercial Flooring Soft Flooring Madison
Sonag Co. Inc. (SBE) Carpentry Milwaukee
Staff Electric Co. Inc. Sounds Masking/FireAlarm/ Telecommunications Menomonee Falls
Superior Equipment & Supply Co. (SBE) Ice Maker Supply St Francis
Thomas A. Mason Co. Inc. (SBE) Painting and Wallcovering Milwaukee
United States Alliance Fire Protection Inc. Fire Protection New Berlin

Construction of the Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017. Crews are currently installing the glass curtain wall that will completely enclose the Tower by fall and are beginning work on the skywalks that will connect the Commons to Northwestern Mutual’s Mason and Van Buren street office buildings.

Once completed, the project will welcome residents and visitors to the city and anchor Milwaukee’s lakefront development.

For more information about the Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons, visit

Northwestern Mutual Tower Interior Renderings

Northwestern Mutual Tower Renderings

About Northwestern Mutual

Northwestern Mutual has been helping families and businesses achieve financial security for nearly 160 years. Our financial representatives build relationships with clients through a distinctive planning approach that integrates risk management with wealth accumulation, preservation and distribution. With $238.5 billion in assets, $27.9 billion in revenues and more than $1.6 trillion worth of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual delivers financial security to more than 4.3 million people who rely on us for insurance and investment solutions, including life, disability income and long-term care insurance; annuities; trust services; mutual funds; and investment advisory products and services. Northwestern Mutual is recognized by FORTUNE magazine as one of the “World’s Most Admired” life insurance companies in 2016.

Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee, WI, and its subsidiaries. Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a comprehensive approach to financial security solutions including: life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, annuities, life insurance with long-term care benefits, investment products, and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (NMIS), broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company (NMWMC), federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company (NLTC).

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