Green County WI

Green County WI
Green County
Economic Development
Cara Carper, Executive Director
1016 16th Avenue
Monroe WI 53566
608-328-9452
gcdc@tds.net
www.greencountyedc.com
 
Green County WI Business
Assistance Contacts

The Green County Development Corporation and the Green County Tourism office welcome you to southwest Wisconsin!

Monroe is the county seat of Green County and is home to the Monroe Campus of Blackhawk Technical College. Other major communities include New Glarus, known as America’s Little Switzerland; Albany, Monticello, Browntown, and Brodhead. The county population is over 36,800 and we are located just southwest of Madison. See more complete demographic information and roadway maps of our county.

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Manufacturing

The Green County Development Corporation is ready to help your company whether you are starting a new business, looking for a new location or growing an existing business. GCDC is your source for community data, available buildings and sites, labor force information and demographics. We can also help you access incentives and financial assistance programs that will help make your project a reality.

Manufacturing support services include

  • Transportation infrastructure
  • Telecommunications
  • Utilities
  • Industrial parks

Green County has 31 dairy processing plants including 13 cheese manufacturers. These cheese plants combine to produce more than 65 specialty artisan cheeses, including many not produced anywhere else in the United States. Leaders in the cheese industry include Colony Brands, Emmi Roth USA, Wisconsin Cheese Group, Grande Cheese Company, Edelweiss Creamery, and Maple Leaf Cheese.

Major Manufacturing Employers:

  • Colony Brands – production & distribution of mail-order gifts, cheese, pastries, baked goods
  • Kuhn North America – farm equipment
  • Monroe Truck Equipment – truck bodies & fabrication
  • Jack Link’s Beef Jerky – New Glarus – sausage production & packaging
  • RR Donnelley – business forms – customer service, printing & distribution
  • Emmi Roth USA, LTD – manufacturer, wholesalers, distributor of specialty cheeses
  • Orchid Monroe – lamination stampings, annealing & Rotor die casting, welding & finishing
  • Wisconsin Cheese Group – manufacturer, wholesalers, distributor of specialty cheeses
  • Citation Corporation – foundry specializing in gray and ductile iron castings
  • Grande Cheese Company – manufacturer, wholesalers, distributor of Italian-style cheeses
  • MTX/Oaktron – OEM, commercial sound, stage & consumer loudspeakers

Other leading industries include breweries, bakeries, candy makers, wineries, and other agricultural based businesses.

Please contact Cara Carper, Executive Director, GCDC at 608-328-9452 with any questions about economic development opportunities in Green County.

Agriculture

Agriculture provides about 28% of jobs in the county, pumping $1.39 billion into the economy. Dairy is the leading agricultural industry in Green County, supporting the local dairy production plants and cheese factories. Green County has more Master Cheesemakers and cheese manufacturing plants than any other county in the state.

Green County ranks third in the state in sheep and goat production and in the top 10 in the production of corn, soybeans and alfalfa. One of the state’s first ethanol plants, producing more than 50 million gallons of ethanol annually, is located at Monroe.

Direct marketing agricultural sales are strong in Green County. Residents and visitors buy fresh foods at farmers markets, pick-your-own fruit and vegetable farms, roadside stands, and community auctions.

*Source: Green County Agriculture: Value & Economic Impact (PDF)

Tourism

Woodpecker - Photo by Randy McSorley

Woodpecker
Photo by Randy McSorley

The Green County courthouse in Monroe, built in 1891, is a classic example of Romanesque architecture and is one of the most photographed structures in southern Wisconsin.

If you are looking for biking, hiking, snowmobiling, birdwatching, and trail riding, come to Green County.

  • The Sugar River State Recreation Trail was one of the first rails-to-trails conversions in Wisconsin. The scenic trail winds its way 23 miles (39 kilometers) through picturesque countryside. Four Green County communities are linked by the trail: Brodhead, Albany, Monticello, and New Glarus.
  • Badger State Trail features the 1200 foot long Stewart Tunnel north of Monticello, and intersecting with the Sugar River State Trail.
  • Cheese Country and Tri County Trails – The trails are open to all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), off-road dirt bikes, mopeds, motorcycles, horses and horse-drawn conveyances, bicycles, and hikers. The trail runs from Monroe to Mineral Point.
  • Ice Age Trail statewide trail is a 1000 mile footpath entirely within the state of Wisconsin. The trail highlights the distinctive natural landscape features left behind by the glaciers.

Tourists and local residents enjoy seeing and learning about the barn quilts displayed throughout the county. While touring the area, you might also enjoy our museums, parks, fairs, and specialty shops. Be sure to notice the chalet-style architecture prevalent in the area.

Green County is famous for our Swiss heritage and ethnic cuisine, colorful festivals, local brews, and award-winning cheese. We welcome you to our county!

For more on Green County Tourism, please visit our website, http://www.greencounty.org/ or contact our county tourism office at 1-888-222-9111.

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Featured Company

Precision Drive and Control

When Precision Drive and Control opened in Monroe, Wisconsin in 1976, they were a small shop specializing in electric motor sales and service. Today, with over 100 employees and an additional location in Freeport, Illinois, PDC has increased its range of products and services while maintaining a focus on energy efficiency.

The company’s mission includes eliminating waste wherever possible to help clients improve their own services and decrease their costs. To facilitate this, PDC offers field services, electrical and industrial, designed to supplement existing maintenance crew. This reduces maintenance costs and prevents breakdowns, so area businesses run smoothly with reliable equipment.

This long-term interest in supporting others in business is one of the reasons PDC was awarded Green County Development Corporation’s Outstanding Business of the Year award in 2014. They’ve proven their commitment to the county’s economic growth through job creation and new investments alongside their own innovation.

PDC also prides itself on its machine shop, which is outfitted to repair essentially every piece of electronic equipment in modern use. They even do custom fabrication, meaning they can make nearly anything run on electricity. With this summer’s 13,000 square foot expansion at the Monroe campus, consumers can expect more from their electrical construction and automation divisions. The new building will also house PDC’s business offices and sister-company A-1 Electric, founded to apply employees’ knowledge to a wider range of electrical challenges in the local community.

For more information on Precision Drive and Control, please visit their website at www.precisiondrive.com.