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Winklers Masonry, 5834 Middle Rd., plans to expand its presence in Caledonia by building a 7,300 square-foot office building in the Caledonia Business Park in Franksville. The Caledonia Village Board approved a developer’s agreement at its board meeting held Monday that would allow the company to start the project this month. Winkler plans to purchase just over two acres in the business park, which is located east of Nicholson Road and north of Dunkelow Road. Caledonia village trustee Lee Wishau was not at the meeting, but the resolution passed 6 to 0. “The assistance would be valuable to this project because it would allow them to grow,” Laura Million, business recruitment specialist for the Racine County Economic Development Corporation. “This would be a pay as you go program that would be paid out two years after the project is completed.” The company, which employs five people, currently operates out of a Caledonia home. The expansion project includes adding one to two employees, but they would just need to maintain their current staffing levels to qualify for the assistance. “They don’t know how quickly they will grow so they didn’t want to commit to that, but it can’t dip below five employees,” Million said. The project is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2017.  

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