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Making it the first in Caledonia’s newest business park, Norco Manufacturing Corp. completed its land purchase for a new building they plan to have constructed next year.

WisPark LLC, the development arm of Milwaukee-based We Energies, sold 15.3 acres on 4 Mile Road to DNKC Holdings Inc. for $1.7 million. Raymond-based DNKC Holdings Inc. owns DNKC Property Management LLC and Norco Manufacturing Corp., which are located at 2713 Nicholas Rd. in the Town of Raymond. WisPark is the development arm of Milwaukee-based We Energies.

Norco plans to build a 130,000 square-foot facility on 15 acres of a 187-acre parcel of land that WisPark LLC has agreed to defray some of the infrastructure costs. The industrial park is bounded between 4 Mile Road, Adams Road, the East Frontage Road and just west of Highway V. The project is part of a tax incremental financing district.

A TIF district is a development tool municipalities can use to attract business. The way it works is that a financing district is created and a base value of that district is established by the taxing jurisdictions. The increased value of the property is still charged at the base rate, but the district uses the increased tax revenue to pay for the infrastructure projects.

This means those taxing entities (Village, County, Racine Unified and Gateway) still receive the same amount of tax revenue before the district was created, but the increased tax revenue pays for the infrastructure costs over a 20-year period.

Construction on the Norco project is expected to begin in the spring.

Learn more about the project.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.