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BUILDING BLOCKS: American Wood Fibers expansion in Schofield (access required)

American Wood Fibers, a maker of animal-bedding materials, is renovating a building across the street from its current operation in Schofield so it can install a new production line. The line will be used to turn paper waste into paper-pellet absorbents for animal cages. The company will buy the fiber from a Wisconsin-based tissue manufacturer and then take it to Schofield for decontamination, drying, pelletizing and packaging. American Wood Fibers expects to process and sell about 14,000 wet tons of paper fiber ever year, preventing that material from going to waste. To have additional help with this work, the company plans to hire 10 more workers over the next three years.

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BUILDING BLOCKS: Redevelopment of Main Street building in Cambridge (access required)

The village of Cambridge is receiving $72,700 from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. to help with the renovation of this 130-year-old store front. The building’s ground floor has been used for everything from a hardware store, to a meat market a sporting-goods shop and a grocery store. Its upper floor housed the village’s clerk’s office.

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BUILDING BLOCKS: Lead water-line replacements (access required)

The village of Menomonee Falls is one of many Wisconsin municipalities that are replacing their lead water lines to reduce the risks of lead poisoning from drinking water. Milwaukee, for instance, has about 70,000 lead laterals that are up for replacement. Doing that work is expected to cost as much as $800 million.

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