The Allen-Edmonds Shoe Corp. will create 200 additional jobs at its Port Washington headquarters, according to an announcement in a joint conference Wednesday morning with Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle.
CEO Paul Grangaard said the state and Ozaukee County will invest $1.5 million in Community Development Block grants in addition to company contributions. He said a new production line will be built within the existing Allen-Edmonds facility to accommodate the new workers.
The company currently employs about 300 people at its Port Washington location, but Grangaard said additional workforce is necessary to meet growing demand for Allen-Edmond’s shoe line the past year.
As a result, he said the company will also add to its 30 retail locations, with five new stores expected to open across the nation in the next year. How many stores are opened beyond that, Grangaard said, will depend on the state of the economy.
At a recent job fair, Grangaard said Allen-Edmonds garnered more than 200 applications from prospective employees. He said workers with extensive manufacturing experience will have the highest probability of being hired.
Doyle made the announcement at the Allen-Edmonds headquarters in Port Washington. The company has called Ozaukee County home since its inception in 1922, and the current Allen-Edmonds facility in Port Washington has been opened since the mid-1980s.