Direct Supply
Press Release

Direct Supply Continues its Investment and Job Creation in Milwaukee’s Northwest Side

Direct Supply plans to create up to 800 full-time employment positions.

By - Aug 25th, 2016 12:00 pm
Direct Supply HQ Building Rendering

Direct Supply HQ Building Rendering

Milwaukee – This morning, Governor Scott Walker announced Direct Supply’s certification under the WEDC Enterprise Zone Program to earn up to $22.5 million in state income tax credits based on the company’s future job growth and retention of its current workforce.

“Direct Supply is proud to continue its investment and job creation on its campus on Milwaukee’s northwest side,” said Bob Hillis, Direct Supply founder and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to continuing to partner with the State of Wisconsin, the City of Milwaukee and partners throughout the community as we continue to grow our campus and add jobs.”

An employee-owned company, Direct Supply employs approximately 1,100 and plans for the creation of up to 800 full-time employment positions at its campus on the Northwest side of Milwaukee over the next seven years. The company also employs approximately 100 employee-owners at its Technology & Innovation Center on the campus of the Milwaukee School of Engineering in downtown Milwaukee.

“The announcement today will help us continue to attract and retain highly-talented individuals to our state, our city, our company and our campus,” said Bob Klein, Direct Supply’s Chief Administrative Officer. “We need all the talent we can get, particularly among STEM-trained and experienced individuals, to continue our mission to improve the lives of America’s seniors.”

“We are also proud that our employee-owners work with educational institutions and community organizations to help develop and nurture young people in the City,” said Sharon Jordan, Senior Manager of Community Relations at Direct Supply. “We have strong educational and community partnerships that help develop young talent, with organizations such as Marquette University, MSOE and UWM, as well as the Boys and Girls Clubs, the YMCA, Junior Achievement and MPS STEM showcase.”

The company recently announced plans to build a corporate headquarters building on its campus to house its next 800 employee-owners, and recently received permission from the City of Milwaukee to close a portion of Industrial Road that runs through its campus, to enhance vehicle safety.


Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Direct Supply® is the leading provider of equipment, eCommerce and service solutions to Senior Living. Founded in 1985, this employee-owned company provides innovative products and services, as well as an unexcelled response to customer needs and leads the charge for industry advocacy in Washington, D.C. Learn more at

NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. While it is believed to be reliable, Urban Milwaukee does not guarantee its accuracy or completeness.

Recent Press Releases by Direct Supply

Direct Supply’s Innovation & Technology Center Opens @ MSOE

The 55,000 sq. ft. building is the largest of its kind in the nation

Direct Supply

Direct Supply Receives 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

Issued by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, this National Award is the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for their outstanding support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.

Leave a Reply

You must be an Urban Milwaukee member to leave a comment. Membership, which includes a host of perks, including an ad-free website, tickets to marquee events like Summerfest, the Wisconsin State Fair and the Florentine Opera, a better photo browser and access to members-only, behind-the-scenes tours, starts at $9/month. Learn more.

Join now and cancel anytime.

If you are an existing member, sign-in to leave a comment.

Have questions? Need to report an error? Contact Us