The city of Harvard has announced the name of the company that plans to build a new manufacturing facility in town.
United Alloy Inc., headquartered in Janesville, Wisconsin, has issued a letter of intent to bring a welding factory to Harvard.
United Alloy will need to hire at least 20 full-time, experienced welders who live in or near Harvard. The business intends to employ new hires in Wisconsin until the Harvard facility is complete. The company will provide a busing service to and from Harvard.
The new factory likely will be built in the Arrowhead Industrial Park, Harvard Mayor Mike Kelly said. The company is working with a seller, but a deal hasn’t been worked out for that specific location, he said.
“The building isn’t ideal for their needs, but they could upgrade to suit if they come to terms with the seller,” Kelly said.
United plans to hire 100 welders total in 2018 to support its expansions. In addition to building the Harvard facility, the company plans to add 100,000 square feet to its existing 238,000-square-foot Wisconsin building.
Harvard plans to work with McHenry County College to create a training program for people interested in the welding career.
The course will take about eight weeks. Graduates of the program who are able to pass United Alloy test requirements would be hired by the company.
The city plans to host an open house in July or August to provide program specifics.