Black River Falls company to begin road construction near Foxconn

A Black River Falls company was recently awarded a construction bid to rebuild the roads near the future Foxconn facility in Racine County. Hoffman Construction Company won the bid for the $12.5 million road reconstruction project.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation started advertising the Foxconn road project in mid-October.

“They need to move the frontage roads another 10 to 20 feet out and reconstruct them to handle turning lanes and the additional traffic,” said James Hoffman, president of Hoffman Construction Company.

The family-owned business applied for the contract bid believing it would have almost a year to complete the project. Now, it has until June 1.

“So that put a lot of emphasis on accelerating the job and working in frozen conditions,” Hoffman said.

In order to get it done in this time frame, it will need about 40 workers. Hoffman said some of them will come from the Black River Falls area and others will be hired near Racine County.

That is good news for those looking for work. Right now, Peoplelink Staffing Solutions is looking to fill 67 open positions in the Black River Falls area.

“We’re seeing a heavy, heavy amount of industrial work, assembly, machine operating, lots of welding positions. Welding is in very high need right now,” said Amanda Stewart, operations manager for Peoplelink Staffing Solutions.

While the contact between Hoffman Construction and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation will only last six months, Stewart said businesses are hiring for the long haul.

“Most companies really kinda go into it with the mindset that they are willing to train and work with some of these individuals to get them the skills needed because they want them to stay,” Stewart said.

Hoffman Construction is anticipating future work to be done on other parts of I-94 and the surrounding access roads.

“This one is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s going to be many more public works jobs that are going to be advertised along with hopefully some of the private work for the Foxconn development itself,” Hoffman said.

Construction on the road will begin next week. The president of Hoffman Construction said workers will clear trees and stumps before creating drainage areas.