Seljan Co. moving to larger plant, adding dozens of jobs

By Journal Sentinel staff
Sept. 12, 2012

Seljan Co. in Lake Mills is moving into a much larger facility that will allow it to nearly double its workforce by next summer.

Seljan, which started as a tool and die shop in 1967 and has expanded into metal fabrication, plastics and rotational molding, in July purchased a building totaling nearly a half million square feet that was vacated by APV-SPX in 2008.

After numerous expansions, Seljan was working in two buildings – one leased, one owned – totaling about 100,000 square feet.

Moving to the larger facility allows the company to consolidate under one roof and accommodate its growth. Owner and CEO Scott Seljan said the company – which had 65 to 70 employees a year ago and employs about 110 today – is adding approximately 30 new jobs by the end of this year and up to 70 more by the summer of 2013.

The company produces an eclectic mix of hundreds of parts and products, including such things as oil tanks for ships and colorful commercial-grade recycling containers. Among Seljan’s more widely known products over the past few years were guitars for the arcade version of the Guitar Hero video game.

Growth has been driven by the acquisition of a company that makes tires for irrigation systems, as well as by improvement in existing businesses, Seljan said.

“Our business has expanded to the point where we totally ran out of space,” he said.

The company expects to complete the move by the first week of December.

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and state Rep. Joel Kleefisch are to attend a ceremony Thursday marking the company’s expansion and move.