Hometown Trolley expands production, will create new jobs
Hometown Trolley of Crandon has completed a 20,000-square-foot expansion of its facility and added equipment that will allow the company to double its workforce.
“We outgrew our old building several years ago, and with our new low-floor models and full electric trolley project, it became clear that to follow through with the growth of our company, our only option was to move into a larger facility to efficiently expand and organize our production process,” said Kristina Pence-Dunow, Hometown Trolley CEO.
The expansion cost more than $800,000 and will allow the company to create 27 new positions at the location. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is providing a $200,000 loan to assist in the expansion.
Hometown Trolley produces trackless trolley buses for public and private transportation. Several models are available, including a front engine model named the Villager and a rear engine model, the Mainstreet. The newest product will be in high demand for heavy transit areas with major transit agencies. Hometown Trolley also provides flexibility in operating buses on several standard or alternative fuels including diesel, gasoline, compressed natural gas, LP and full electric.
The loan from WEDC is a ten-year loan, with requirements for job creation and job retention.