Jeramey Jannene
Eyes on Milwaukee

Rite-Hite Will Move HQ, 300 Employees to Reed Street Yards

Company will relocate from suburban Brown Deer.

By - Mar 6th, 2020 11:34 am
Reed Street Yards. Photo taken July 22nd, 2016 by Jeramey Jannene.

Reed Street Yards. Photo taken July 22nd, 2016 by Jeramey Jannene.

Brown Deer-based Rite-Hite announced Friday morning that it is in “the final stages of diligence” on relocating its headquarters to the city’s Reed Streets Yard business park located on the northern edge of Walker’s Point.

Over 300 Milwaukee-area employees would relocate to the new campus, which is planned to open in March 2022. The company reports having over 2,200 employees worldwide.

The company would purchase 9.4-acres acres of land on along W. Freshwater Way from General Capital Group. Eppstein Uhen Architects is leading the campus design.

“The new headquarters will afford us the space and resources to expand our operations, attract and retain talent, and continue to support our customers in a first class manner,” said Rite-Hite CEO Paul Maly.

Rite-Hite manufactures loading dock equipment, industrial doors, safety barriers, industrial fans and other products for warehouse operators.

The new campus will include a customer experience center that will host customers from around the world and will serve as a training base for employees.

The company currently maintains a satellite office in the Historic Third Ward. Its Brown Deer campus was subject to a eminent domain claim from the Village of Brown Deer in recent years.

In late 2019 the Common Council approved a $4 million amendment to the tax incremental financing district used to create the business park to fund the relocation of two Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) sewers, that cross the Reed Street Yards business parks, but don’t directly serve the 15-acre site formed from a former rail yard and trucking facility.

The 15-acre development site has only attracted a single office tenant to date. Zurn, a subsidiary of Rexnord, relocated from Pennsylvania to a three-story office building in the business park. The Yards apartment building is under construction on the district’s eastern edge along S. 2nd St.

Brookfield-based Fiserv was reportedly considering Reed Street Yards as one of three candidates for relocation, but has not advanced its relocation effort.

According to a city report, through the end of 2018 the district has created $23.2 million more in incremental tax base than expected, generating an additional $3 million in incremental annual tax revenue. The district is scheduled to pay off its debt and close in 2023 at its current pace, but that could accelerate with the pending completion of The Yards and a third redevelopment project from Ann Pieper Eisenbrown in the district.

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