More than 300 people attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Marion Body Works in Marion, Wisconsin, on June 17, 2016, unveiling the $7.5 million expansion project that began 10 months ago. Those present included local, county, and state officials, as well as Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble.
Marion Body Works President and CEO Curt Ignacio provided a brief history of the company. It was founded in 1905 as a blacksmith shop, making milk wagons. Today it produces custom trucks to clients nationwide, including casket transport trucks.
Its new facility is an upgrade for both the employees and the customer. The upgrades included a 42,000 square foot expansion to the production and warehouse facility. “We can add a lot more people here now with the new space. We probably have space for 20, 25 office people right now,” said Ignacio, “and from the standpoint of production, we can almost double the amount of production people with different shifts.” The company currently employs more than 270 employees. He also says this new facility is an investment to the city of Marion.