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Laacke & Joys moves manufacturing division to Brookfield

The building at 3205 N. 124th Street will soon house a manufacturing division of Laacke & Joys.

The building at 3205 N. 124th Street will soon house a manufacturing division of Laacke & Joys.

March 17, 2014

Laacke & Joys plans to move its operations division, LJ Design & Manufacturing, to North 124th Street, north of Burleigh, by the end of June.

Housed in downtown Milwaukee since 1960, the division is moving to Brookfield to attain a larger, more modern space, according to a company press release. The building at 3205 N. 124th Street is about 50,000 square feet.

The location is central to the 124th Street commerce district, which stretches from North Avenue to Hampton Road. The city plans to make public improvements to the area this spring or summer.

"We are very pleased to have a company with the such a rich history, strong name and reputation choose this location in the city of Brookfield," Mayor Steve Ponto said in a statement. "LJ Design & Manufacturing moving to our 124th Street commerce district reinforces the momentum we have seen and the investments the city is planning in that area."

The company bought the building March 10 for $1.9 million from Calawerts Family LP, according to state real estate records.

The warehouse portion of the building has been vacant for several years, since VerHalen moved its distribution operation to Green Bay, according to Brookfield economic development director Tim Casey. VerHalen does have some sales people still working in the building, but Casey said the company is working on finding another location within the city where they can move.

LJ Design & Manufacturing makes products for original equipment manufacturers, municipalities, schools, construction, the military and industrial and medical applications.

Laacke & Joys runs its only remaining retail operation in Brookfield as well, at 19233 W. Bluemound Road.

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