Delta Defense Receives Top State Award for Economic Development Project

Madison, Wis. – September 13, 2017 – Delta Defense LLC, based in West Bend, Wis. and nominated by the City of West Bend, received a Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E) Award at the 3rd annual Community and Economic Development Awards banquet, held September 13, 2017, at The Edgewater Hotel in Madison.

This award recognizes efforts in which a community successfully mobilized to retain and/or expand a business. Winning projects demonstrate extensive cross-community collaboration and the ability to adapt and respond quickly to unforeseen events within the last three years.

“Delta Defense could have located their world headquarters anywhere in the United States. We are proud they chose West Bend, and we feel fortunate they continue to grow here,” said West Bend Mayor Kraig Sadownikow. “They have proven to be an inspiration to their customers and employees and are a positive influence to dozens of organizations and efforts in our city. Quite simply, they make West Bend a better place to live.”

Delta Defense President and CEO Tim Schmidt said, “It’s truly humbling to be recognized for this award, but it’s something really special to know that our company has a thriving community to call home. We are grateful to have worked with our friends at the City of West Bend and Washington County to make this all possible and can’t wait for what the future holds.”

Through collaboration between Delta Defense LLC, City of West Bend, Economic Development Washington County and Wisconsin Economic Development Cooperation, a company that started at a kitchen table in West Bend could elevate to one of the fastest growing associations in the nation—the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA). Delta Defense LLC is a top employer in West Bend, pledging to reach 190 employees by 2020. This summer they moved into a new 60,000 sq.-ft. headquarters on West Bend’s WEDC Certified Site.

Christian Tscheschlok, Executive Director for Economic Development Washington County (EDWC), said, “We are very grateful to Delta Defense for recognizing that their success represents an opportunity for the city and county to join forces in not only supporting this project, but repurposing their former building downtown to seed the next level of growth for yet another local company Epic Creative.”

The Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) and its partner organizations developed the Community and Economic Development Awards program to recognize best practices and economic development-focused businesses and organizations that are making their community or region a better place to live, work and play.

“WEDA is excited that our Community and Economic Development Awards program is able to celebrate the dedicated efforts of local, county, regional, state and private organizations in advancing our state’s economy,” said WEDA President Ed White.

Seven awards were given in six categories: Business Retention and Expansion; Economic Driver (Large and Small); Human Capital; Real Estate Development and Reuse; Economic Development Initiative; and Public-Private Partnership.

To implement the awards program, WEDA partners with the Wisconsin League of Municipalities, Wisconsin Counties Association and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Award sponsors are Alliant Energy, Bachmann Construction, J H Findorff & Son, Green Bay Packers, Madison Gas & Electric, US Bank, Insight Publications, American Transmission Company, Wisconsin Public Service and Xcel Energy.

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