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Business and Industry

Currently the City of Beaver Dam contracts with the Beaver Dam Area Development Corporation (BDADC) to facilitate economic development. The BDADC, a local nonprofit development corporation, works with city government, the chamber of commerce, and other local, county and state organizations to invite businesses to expand, relocate, or add additional locations of their businesses in Beaver Dam. The development of multi-phase corporate parks, on land annexed by the city and developed through tax incremental financing districts, is an ongoing part of the City’s master plan guaranteeing future development.

Existing mainstays of industrial and manufacturing commerce in the city include Apache Stainless Equipment (a manufacturer of stainless steel equipment for the food industry) Burgess-Norton Manufacturing (a producer of metal parts through a powdered metal stamping process), Kraft Foods (producers of half of the Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese made in America and producer of other related cheese products), Richelieu Foods (a producer of deli salads, dips, bagel spreads and entrées) and a Walmart Distribution Center on the city’s far north side. Mayville Engineering Company’s coating division in Beaver Dam and the new corporate headquarters for Animart are examples of local business expansions.

The latest MEC coating division is a 303,000-square-foot building which houses a new state-of-the-art E-Coat and Topcoat paint system and more than doubles MEC’s coating capabilities in the community. Animart is a 30-year-old, home grown business that serves the agribusiness community, primarily dairy and beef cattle farms, with pharmaceuticals and other industry products. The community is also home to smaller, specialty industrial businesses such as Breuer Metal Craftsmen, producing metal wrought items, hand crafted for a wide variety of business, office and retail applications and Venture Manufacturing Group, a state-of-the-art metal fabricator, serving the retail, material handling, construction, agricultural and military (COCC Registered) sectors.

Beaver Dam has a wide variety of retail shopping venues, from the businesses in the historic downtown, to new retail developments on the city’s edges.


The original retail shopping district for the city was downtown. It is home to a coffee shop, antique stores, jewelers, auto repair shops, restaurants, dry cleaners, furniture stores, a floral shop, attorney offices, insurance, real estate and other professional offices, hobby and gift shops, banks, the city’s only movie theatre complex and such institutions as the Dodge County Historical Society’s local history museum, Beaver Dam City municipal facilities, the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce, and the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre.

Another cluster of business, including a shopping center with a variety of retail tenants, a department store with a pharmacy, a grocery store including a bank branch, gas stations, restaurants, lodging facilities, a Walgreens and an automobile dealership, can be found at the Highways 151 and 33 (Park Avenue) interchange, on Beaver Dam’s east side.

Along north Spring Street, between Mackie and Main streets, there is a cluster of retail business that has been built on land that is part of the redevelopment of the former Monarch Range manufacturing plant property. It includes a grocery store which also houses a bank branch and an independent pharmacy. Other retail businesses in the area include a furniture store, an office supply store and a local credit union.

The largest concentration of retail shopping today in the city of Beaver Dam is found along north Spring Street. Businesses along this corridor include a wide variety of restaurants, lodging, gas stations, office space, strip malls with a variety of tenants, furniture and appliance stores, a bowling alley, auto dealerships, Kohl’s Department Store, Dunham’s Sporting Goods, JoAnn Fabrics, Staples and a variety of other retail stores and gift shops.


Brand new “big box” stores and Beaver Dam’s newest retail developments are also found along the County Highway B interchange with Highway 151. They include three auto dealerships, two motorcycle dealerships, a Walmart Super Center, Menards, fast food chains, clothing stores, banks and a variety of other retail businesses.

A number of restaurants and taverns, auto repair shops, several gas stations, a hardware store and the only marina on Beaver Dam Lake, cluster along the southern portion of Madison Street and along County Highway G at the southern tip of Beaver Dam Lake.

Agriculture continues to have a substantial impact on the local economy. Both cash crops and the dairy industry continue to be mainstays of local agribusiness. Dodge County continues to be one of the top counties in Wisconsin in the production of vegetable and specialty crops. Dodge County also lays claim to nearly 50,000 dairy cows, each producing about 18,000 pounds of milk a year. Total dairy production is about 1 billion pounds of milk annually from county dairy farms. Local farms continue to provide milk to local dairy processing and cheese making businesses. The Kraft Foods, Inc. plant in Beaver Dam, established in 1928, is both the oldest continuously operating Kraft plant in the U.S., as well as its most technologically advanced as a cheese producing plant. The plant turns out about 150 million pounds of Kraft’s Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese annually. In addition to major food processors such as Kraft, some local family run cheese factories thrive throughout the county.

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