Clothing company to move headquarters to Mount Horeb

MOUNT HOREB, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin company that creates workwear is close to giving Mount Horeb a $20 million economic boost.

Duluth Trading Co. has announced that it wants to move its corporate headquarters to the western Dane County village from Belleville, the Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/2hcuaha) reported. The plan would construct a more than 108,000-square-foot, five-story office building along a bike trail.

The project would add 100 to 150 additional jobs to the village's downtown on top of about 100 primarily marketing jobs already located in the Mount Horeb Innovation Center.

Nicholas Owen, the village's administrator, said the company's retail store would remain on Main Street.

Melissa Theisen, executive director of the Mount Horeb Area Chamber of Commerce, said the plan has received broad support. She believes the addition will breed more development and improvements to the Mount Horeb downtown area.

Company officials said its call center would remain in Belleville, where the company nearly doubled the size of its warehouse with a 75,000-square-foot addition this summer.

Duluth is the largest employer for the village in south Madison.

Village president Roger Hillebrand said he was aware of the company's expansion plans but did not know many more details. He said he hoped the move would only amount to a loss of about 60 jobs for his community.

"It's very important to the community," Hillebrand said. "We're going to do everything we can for them."

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

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