Area Development
Universal Acoustic & Emission Technologies plans to expand its new manufacturing facility in Beloit, Wisconsin, a move that could see the firm add as many as 100 new employees depending on its rate of growth.

The Stoughton, Wis.-based company, which produces custom-engineered products to control noise and emissions pollution in industrial processes, moved into the Beloit Ironworks complex just nine months ago. It currently leases 60,000 square feet and is planning to add 40,000 more square feet to keep up with product demand, said Dick Strojinc, Universal AET's senior vice president of global operations.

“With our business outgrowing the capacity at our existing Wisconsin manufacturing facility due to changes in emission regulations, we knew we needed an additional location and an ability to lease additional floor space as our business expands,” Strojinc said. “Beloit was a logical location because of its easy access to the Interstate, and its proximity to our Stoughton headquarters and Muscoda, Wisconsin manufacturing center.”

The Beloit facility, which currently employs 17 individuals, could see as many as 100 workers added in the near future depending on the rate of growth, said Strojinc.

“When the time comes to hire more workers, we will have a great need for welders, and there seem to be many people with that skill-set in the Beloit area,” he said. “We also are securing office space so we can bring some design and engineering support to Beloit as well. With these staffing and facility changes, we will be in good position to grow along with our customers and to manufacture larger-scale products.”

Information on whether the firm is eligible for job creation tax incentives was not immediately available.