Century City

City of Milwaukee

Milwaukee city leaders continue to look for enterprises to locate in the struggling Century City Business Park on the north side. That’s after Strauss Brands of Franklin dropped its plans last October to locate a slaughterhouse on the site. Neighbors objected, saying they feared deplorable conditions at the plant. Strauss said the operation would have eventually created 500 jobs.

Now that Strauss Brands has dropped its plan to build a slaughterhouse, some Milwaukeeans are wondering what's next for Century City. That's the former Tower Automotive property on Milwaukee's north side that the city has been redeveloping.

At a luncheon held by the Wisconsin Policy Forum on Wednesday at the Potawatomi Casino and Hotel in Menomonee Valley, Mayor Tom Barrett said that Strauss isn't entirely out of the question.

Marti Mikkelson

When Strauss Brands first announced its plan to open a meat packing facility in Milwaukee, there was little fanfare. But as the community learned more about the proposed slaughterhouse, opposition began to mount.

Now, the company has decided to drop its plans for the facility in Century City Business Park and its future remains unclear.

Marti Mikkelson

Updated on Oct. 21 at 12:40 p.m.

Strauss Brands is no longer looking to build a slaughterhouse at Century City, which is on Milwaukee's north side, the company's president and CEO announced Monday afternoon.

Maayan Silver

Milwaukee officials announced Thursday that train manufacturer TALGO will be expanding at Century City. It was the second announcement in as many weeks for the north side business park.

Strauss Brands, a meat-packing company from Franklin, said earlier this month it would break ground on a plant which could bring 250 jobs to the area.

Benjamin Timm of Milwaukee's Department of City Development says Century City is a large piece of land in the middle of the city that offers a lot of possibility.

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Mayor Tom Barrett says Talgo plans to refurbish rail cars for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority at Milwaukee's Century City.

READ: WUWM's Coverage on Century City

About six years ago, Talgo began manufacturing high-speed trains at its Century City facility, for the high-speed rail line that was set to travel through Wisconsin. But that work ended after the state broke its contract with the company in the wake of Scott Walker's first election as governor.

Kerry Lannert, flickr

It was not long ago that the national narrative surrounding Detroit was overwhelmingly - almost universally - negative.  The city was bankrupt, the school system had failed, the downtown core was practically emptied.

But things have begun to improve, led by creative entrepreneurs and others who see Detroit as something of a blank slate.  One of the key people involved in that effort is James Feagin, through his work as a consultant with the nonprofit Detroit Economic Growth Corporation.

City of Milwaukee (Department of City Development)

Could jobs be headed to Milwaukee's north side? A local businessman is hopeful, and he’s talking with others.

Tim Sullivan used to lead South Milwaukee giant Bucyrus, a mining manufacturer. Now he's CEO of REV Group, a firm headquartered in Milwaukee, which makes ambulances, buses, street sweepers and a range of other vehicles.

REV Group has bid on a contract with the United States Postal Service to build vans.

Sullivan says the city's north side would be the perfect place to do the work because of the area's huge labor pool.

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The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation awarded $350,000 to M-WERC, the Mid-West Energy Research Consortium, to launch a 12-week, mentor-driven program.

WERCBench Labs is designed to support startups in the fields of energy, power and controls.

The Sigma Group

The Milwaukee-based Public Policy Forum issued a report earlier this fall analyzing the success of the Menomonee Valley's rebirth. 

City of Milwaukee

The former home of A.O Smith, on the city’s north side, stood vacant for years. Now, new construction is helping revitalize the former manufacturing hub.

Susan Bence

The Milwaukee area could get an infusion of federal money -- or at least advice -- on how to grow its manufacturing sector.

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The high-speed train manufacturer has decided to pick up and leave town, and perhaps sell its two new train sets to Michigan.