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Mayor Dave Hemmer (right) welcomed Prairie du Chien’s newest business, Solomon Corporation, to the North Gateway Business Park on Tuesday, April 12, following a ribbon cutting at the industrial facility. Tom Hemmer, company president and CEO, said “Prairie feels like home for us. We operate in several small towns and the people and culture here are exactly what we wanted.” Tom’s dad, Gene Hemmer, founded Solomon Corp. 45 years ago in Solomon, Kan. In addition to Kansas and now Wisconsin, the company has regional locations in Colorado, Texas and Tennessee. In total, Solomon has 560 employees, including 16 who started April 7 in Prairie du Chien. The local employees were hired as mechanical and electrical technician work, dismantlement and materials handling, receiving as well as paint and finish work. At least another eight employees are anticipated, as 24 is the number Solomon committed to with respect to incentives it received from the state of Wisconsin. The company provides transformer disposal and repair services and also repairs regulators and reclosers. “We have a lot of existing customers in this region already, and we hope that we can attract more,” Tom stated. “We couldn’t be more delighted with the welcome we’ve received from the community. We’re really pleased to be here.” (Photo by Correne Martin)

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