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Hometown Trolley Expands with WEDC Loan

06 May News

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is touting a Northwoods expansion in Crandon at a Trolley manufacturer.

Double K Inc. in Crandon has completed a 20,000 square-foot expansion of its Hometown Trolley production area and added equipment that will allow the company to double its workforce.

The project consisted of purchasing an existing 14,000-square-foot building and adding production and office space. This more than $800,000 expansion will allow the company to create 27 new positions at this location.  The WEDC is providing a $200,000 loan to assist in the expansion. The loan is a ten-year loan, with requirements for job creation and job retention.

Kristina Pence-Dunow, the CEO of Hometown Trolley says, “We outgrew our old building several years ago, and with our new low-floor models and full electric trolley project, it became clear that to follow through with the growth of our company, our only option was to move into a larger facility to efficiently expand and organize our production process.”

Hometown Trolley produces trackless trolley buses for both public and private transportation. They have been innovative in providing the flexibility to operate buses on several standard or alternative fuels including diesel, gasoline, compressed natural gas, LP and full electric.

In January, Hometown Trolley was awarded a $2.6 million contract with the City of Alpena, Mich., to build new fully electric trolleys over the next two years. The company is also completing a trolley for delivery to Discovery Coach in Sheboygan.