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Weather Shield expands operations in Park Falls

Weather Shield expands operations in Park Falls     March 22, 2021


MADISON, WI. MARCH. 18, 2021 – Weather Shield Manufacturing Inc., a manufacturer of windows and doors, is expanding its facility in Park Falls—$3.6 million project expected to create 40 jobs over the next three years.


The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is supporting the project by authorizing up to $225,000 in state income tax credits over the next three years. The actual amount of tax credits Weather Shield will receive is contingent upon the number of jobs created and the amount of capital investment during that period.


“This investment by Weather Shield Manufacturing Inc. solidifies the company’s continued commitment to Wisconsin and is a testament to the strength of our manufacturing industry,” said Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of WEDC. “In addition to the jobs created by this project, this expansion allows Weather Shield to take advantage of a growing market and position itself for future growth.”


“We are excited to expand our operations in Park Falls,” said Mark Schield, president of Weather Shield. “The greater Park Falls community has a tremendously talented workforce who are skilled, experienced and highly capable of supporting Weather Shield’s growing business. We look forward to welcoming new associates to our work family.”


Weather Shield plans to expand its operations at its Park Falls location to support the addition of a new product line of windows and specialty patio doors that targets the luxury custom home and premiere hospitality markets. These products are highly engineered and require skilled employees who have strong technical capabilities and the ability to operate automated equipment such as five-axis CNCs.


The company will invest more than $3 million in new equipment and special tooling to be able to produce the new product line. It will also spend an additional $381,500 in training costs to train the new and current employees on using the equipment for the new product line.


“I’m pleased that the State of Wisconsin is making a significant investment in the Park Falls area though the authorization of $225,000 in state income tax credits for the expansion of Weather Shield Manufacturing Inc.,” said state Rep. Beth Meyers. “This expansion exemplifies the commitment that Weather Shield has made to the community, and I am delighted that this project will create good-paying jobs for northern Wisconsin.”


In addition to the 40 jobs expected to be created by Weather Shield, an economic modeling study estimates the project could indirectly generate 23 additional jobs in the region. The 63 total new jobs are expected to generate $106,579 in state income tax revenue annually.


“The backbone of the economy in northern Wisconsin is built on relationships and growth. It is great to see WEDC, Weather Shield Manufacturing, the mayor of Park Falls and the entire community come together on this expansion project,” said state Sen. Janet Bewley. “Park Falls is growing, and the possibilities are endless. I’m grateful to WEDC for recognizing the potential for growth and the investment in the community, which will help bring more jobs and prosperity.”


Weather Shield Manufacturing Inc. was founded in 1955 by Edward Schield, who produced aluminum doors and windows in a garage in his hometown of Medford, Wisconsin. Schield assembled aluminum extrusion parts, by hand, into storm doors and sold his products to homeowners in central Wisconsin. Today, Weather Shield remains family-owned, with three generations actively involved in the day-to-day company operations. Weather Shield now has 865 full-time employees, with 827 of them located in Wisconsin across their three locations in Medford, Ladysmith and Park Falls. The company offers its comprehensive products and services to more than 600 dealers nationwide, has registered over 33 patents and has designed more than 3,000 products.

High Speed Broad Band Internet on the Way for Taylor County

High Speed Broad Band Internet on the Way for Taylor County  Monday, Feb 22


After two years of work, Taylor County Supervisor and Taylor County Broad Band Committee member, Mike Bub has announced that Taylor County will have increased high speed, affordable broad band internet access county wide in the near future.  Mike shared with K99 the committee's findings and future plans...


Mike Bub Part 1


Mike Bub Part 2


Mike Bub Part 3


Mike Bub Part 4

Taylor County Buildings Closed to Foot Traffic

Posted by the Medford Police Department…..November 20, 2020


Taylor County has reached a critical high level for the COVID-19 disease. Due to the high level of community-wide spread of COVID-19 and the need to ensure appropriate staffing levels, as well as the health and safety of employees and the public, Taylor County buildings will close to foot traffic beginning Monday, November 23rd until further notice. At this time, entry to these facilities will be by appointment only.


If you are in need of assistance with vehicle registrations (title transfers, issuance of license plates, or plate renewals), First Offender enrollment forms, or public record requests please call 715-748-1447 and they will assist you and set up appointments as needed. We encourage you to visit https://wisconsindot.gov/ and click on "online services" to perform motor vehicle transactions. All salvage motor vehicle inspections have been suspended until further notice.


Thank you for your patience and understanding during these challenging times. The entire Medford Police Department staff would like to extend our hope that you all remain safe and healthy!


DMAT Team Working With Medford Aspirus Hospital & Clinic

DMAT Team Working With Medford Aspirus Hospital & Clinic  Nov 10, 2020


  Due to rising cases of Covid-19 in our area, a Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) has been working with the health team at Medford Aspirus Hospital and Clinic.  Recently, K99 was joined by Aspirus Hospital and Clinic Medford president Dale Hustedt.  Find our conversation with Mr. Hustedt below...



Dale Hustedt Part 1


Dale Hustedt Part 2

What Covid Can Do To a Healthy Person

What Covid Can Do To a Healthy Person-a First Hand Account  Friday, Oct 2, 2020


  As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, many people may know of someone, perhaps close to them, who has contracted this disease.   For Adam Haenel, what began as a possible sinus headache, led to something far worse.  His wife, Mandy Haenel recently joined K99's Russ Gowey and graciously shared their first hand account of Adam's battle with the Coivid-19 from diagnosis, hospitalization and, fortunately, recovery.  


Mandy Haenel w/K99's Russ Gowey








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