Businesses of All Sizes Are Investing in South Milwaukee Growth

One is a manufacturer who found the space it needed to accomodate rapid growth in support of the world’s largest shipping companies.

Another is an espresso and milkshake business owned by two local entrepreneurs looking to build on their successful food truck operation with a brick-and-mortar location.

Another is a young couple going all in on their love of baking for farmers’ markets to now include a storefront and wholesale operation.

All of them chose South Milwaukee in which to grow.

And they are not alone. Here are a few stops I made just this week.

Steele Solutions

I was excited to meet Steele Solutions, Inc. owner, President and CEO Kevin O’Neill and his team on Monday. He took us on a tour of their manufacturing facility in the former Bucyrus campus, where we got to hear about the millions of dollars of investment and up 200 jobs they are bringing to our city, as they look to serve customers like FedEx, UPS and Amazon in the fast-growing mezzanine and steel structure business. They are committed to growing here and will be an anchor for the reborn campus, and our downtown. Welcome to South Milwaukee!

Better Together Cafe

This is another small business success story for South Milwaukee — and an amazing transformation of this space. The espresso milkshakes aren’t bad either. Learn more about Zach, Becky and the Better Together Cafe (now open in the former Dairy Queen at 1301 N. Chicago Ave.) on their website and Facebook. And try the s’mores shake, shown here.

Wild Flour/Stephen’s Breads

I was also happy to welcome Stephen and Christine Blanchard to South Milwaukee, as the new owners of Wild Flour Bakery downtown. They are committed to investing in the business, from wholesaling to farmers’ markets to the retail bakery at 1205 Milwaukee Avenue — and the upgrades are already underway. Welcome to South Milwaukee!

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