Adam Shingledecker feels his business reflects the same type of standards as the community where it will now reside. For the village of Elm Grove, Shingledecker's business will fill a hole in one its largest properties, making this relationship symbiotic from the outset.
Exclusive Millwork will move into a little more than 9,000 square feet on the Reinders site on Watertown Plank Road in the next month, putting a new business in a building that has been struggling to find tenants.
"The village has a pretty high standard as far as most people are concerned, and we do very high-end millwork so it was a good fit as far as the name and what we were trying to get across," Shingledecker said.
While not a retail site per say, the space will have a showroom for customers to get an idea of the kind of work they can expect.
"What our customers typically do is, they're building a home, so they'll want to know what their doors will look like."
And given the size of his new space - Shingledecker had been working in an office park in Pewaukee - there is plenty of room to grow, both financially as a company and physically.
"The space is bigger than I had, and there's a lot of available office space yet so when I do grow I'll be able to convert that office space to a more useful office space."
Given the relative lack of interest in the site, the village moved quickly to accommodate this move, approving a conditional-use permit last week. Typically the process takes several weeks, but Shingledecker said the village was able to get him in front of the Plan Commission in just a few days.
"I was pleasantly surprised at how easily it moved through the board. It could have been more difficult than they made it."
"It sounds like there's a lot of new businesses starting or opening up in Elm Grove so I think they were receptive."
Village President Neil Palmer did not return a call seeking comment.
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