MacDon Ground Breaking in Sun Prairie
MacDon Breaks Ground on Sun Prairie Facility
SUN PRAIRIE, WISCONSIN – City officials participated in the ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony
at MacDon’s new research and development facility in the Sun Prairie Business Park on March 27th.
Mayor Paul Esser and Council President Bill Connors were joined by Michael Gay, Senior Vice-
President of Economic Development for the Madison Region Economic Partnership, and Melissa
Hunt, Regional Economic Development Director for the Wisconsin Economic Development
The project includes an approximately 15,000 s.f. research and development facility related to the
manufacturing of high performance agricultural harvesting equipment that will open in fall of
2019. MacDon’s growth plans for the next five years could result in 20 highly skilled, competitive
wage jobs in the Madison Region.
Neil Barnett, Manager for MacDon’s Madison area operations, provided the following statement:
“MacDon is very excited to be making a long term commitment to the City of Sun Prairie
and the Madison area, Dane county and the State of Wisconsin. MacDon first came to the
area in 2015 with little more than our name and a desire to attract strong, passionate
people to design agricultural products for the future, and now just over three years later
we have grown to an office with 10 highly qualified engineers. We are proud to be a part
of the Sun Prairie and the Greater Madison Region. It is a good location with strong
businesses, schools, and farming culture, which provides us with the ability to attract
Barnett expressed his appreciated for the support from MacDon Inc. & Linamar Corporation,
MacDon’s parent company. Specifically, he thanked Linda Hasenfranz, CEO of Linamar
Corporation, Jim Jarrell, COO of Linamar Corporation, Ken Ross, President of MacDon Industries,
and Kiera Young, Vice-President of MacDon Industries.
Barnett also went on to thank MacDon’s local project partners, including the City of Sun Prairie,
the Madison Region Economic Partnership, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation,
Broadwing Advisors, Harmony Construction, Angus Young Architects, and Dr. Kevin Shinners from
the University of Wisconsin College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Mayor Paul Esser released the following statement:
“I am so pleased to be welcoming MacDon into Sun Prairie. They are a high quality
business doing innovative development work on agricultural equipment and which is
exactly the type of company we want to have in our business park. I am confident this is
the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship been MacDon and the City of Sun Prairie.
Welcome to Sun Prairie.”
Senior Vice President of Economic Development for the Madison Region Economic Partnership
(MadREP) Michael Gay released the following statement:
“MacDon’s investment in Sun Prairie is both logical and critical for this region of the
state. What the company will do at this new state of the art facility in Sun Prairie is
anchored in both the Agriculture, Food and Beverage and Advance Manufacturing
Industry Sectors….two sectors where this region excels. Secondly, this new facility is
Research and Development based and will hire more high-skilled labor with engineering
and technology related degrees. Lastly, this is a foreign direct investment (FDI) project
from company based in Canada. This is another successful effort by the City to attract
global capital to the region.”
About MacDon Industries Ltd.
For 70 years MacDon has been a world leader in technology, innovation, and manufacturing of
high-performance harvesting equipment. Their harvesting history is rooted deep in the rich
prairie heritage of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. MacDon products are distributed and
supported worldwide from offices in Canada, the United States, Australia, Russia, Brazil, and
Germany. MacDon’s relentless pursuit of improvement is driven by their desire to make
harvesting easier and more productive for farmers. Working directly with producers and
custom harvesters in the toughest real-world conditions; this relationship guides MacDon to
pioneer industry-leading innovations like the FlexDraper®. MacDon has a worldwide
reputation for excellence as The Harvesting Specialists and is proud to make equipment that
help producers harvest the crops that feed the world.
About Linamar Corporation
Linamar Corporation (TSX:LNR) is a diversified global manufacturing company of highly
engineered products powering vehicles, motion, work and lives. The Company is made up of 2
operating segments – the Powertrain/Driveline segment and the Industrial segment, which are
further divided into 5 operating groups – Machining & Assembly, Light Metal Casting, Forging,
Skyjack and Agriculture, all world leaders in the design, development and production of highly
engineered products. The Company’s Machining & Assembly, Light Metal Casting and Forging
operating groups focus on precision metallic components, modules and systems for
powertrain, driveline and body systems designed for global electrified and traditionally
powered vehicle and industrial markets. The Company’s Skyjack and MacDon companies are
noted for their innovative, high quality mobile industrial and harvesting equipment, notably
class-leading aerial work platforms, telehandlers, draper headers and self-propelled
windrowers. Linamar has more than 28,600 employees in 60 manufacturing locations,
8 R&D centers and 25 sales offices in 17 countries in North and South America, Europe and
Asia which generated sales of $6.5 billion in 2017. For more information about Linamar
Corporation and its industry leading products and services, visit www.linamar.com or follow us
on Twitter at @LinamarCorp.
About Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Sun Prairie (population 34,000) is an increasingly diverse and thriving community located in
the Greater Madison Region in Dane County, Wisconsin, just northeast of the City of Madison.
This location provides fast, easy access to Interstates 39, 90, and 94 via six-lane U.S. 151, the
City of Madison, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Dane County Regional Airport.
Sun Prairie has become known in the region for its high quality of life as exhibited by:
• Excellent parks and trails, public library, aquatic center, recreation programs, historic
downtown, and its exceptional public education system—including two new
elementary schools built in 2018.
• One of the largest shopping and dining sectors in the Madison area, whether that is
the national brands on the City’s booming Westside Neighborhood or the more unique
local shops and restaurants in the revitalized Downtown area.
• Sun Prairie is home to several quality employers and growing employment
opportunities, including but not limited to QBE Regional Insurance, Riddell-
KollegeTown, Village Hearth Bakery, Colony Brands, Wisconsin Distributors, Guardian
Industries, Thermal Spray Technologies, Royle Printing, Trachte Building Systems,
ProActive Engineering, Palmer Johnson Power Systems, Madison-Kipp Corporation,
Veyance Technologies, Hallman Lindsay Paints, Imperial Blades, Four Lakes Label, i3
Product Development, Continental Mapping, 2G Engineering, and SaniMatic.
Sun Prairie is known for being the birthplace of artist Georgia O’Keeffe, its annual Groundhog
Day prognostication, and the Annual Sweet Corn Festival.
Learn more about the City of Sun Prairie at:
City of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA on the Web: https://www.cityofsunprairie.com/
City of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cityofsunprairie/
City of Sun Prairie Economic Development Dept.: https://www.facebook.com/SunPrairie365/