Dept. of Commerce: Gov. Doyle Announces business project in Wood County

Tony Hozeny, 608/267-9661

MADISON- Gov. Jim Doyle today announced that Urban Processing, LLC,
Wisconsin Rapids, Wood County, will receive a $197,300 award from the
Community Development Block Grant for Economic Development (CDBG-ED) Program
administered by the Department of Commerce (Commerce). Urban Processing, LLC
manufactures cranberry products including sweetened, dried cranberries,
juice concentrate, and ice cream topping.

“My Grow Wisconsin initiative calls for supporting the growth of new
businesses in the state,” Gov. Doyle said. “I am pleased that this award
could be used to aid in job creation in Wood County.”

“Urban Processing, LLC is investing $1.9 million to support its growth
opportunities,” Commerce Secretary Cory L. Nettles said. “It will use the
loan to purchase equipment. The project will create 21 jobs and leverage
$675,000 in additional investment. The Department worked closely with Wood
County to make this project happen.”

Wisconsin communities have realized substantial benefits from the program.
Since 1985, Commerce has made more than 280 awards totaling over $100
million for economic development projects expected to create and retain over
10,000 jobs and leverage more than $270 million in private funds.
Currently, 180 communities operate revolving loan funds capitalized by
CDBG-ED project loan repayments. For more information, contact Jamie Wall at