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UNFI may quickly become county's 2nd largest employer

This aerial photo is part of Prescott's "certified site" information on the WEDA "Why Wisconsin?" business park offerings. The line defines the future Eagle Ridge Business Park on the north side of Hwy. 10. The newly completed roundabout on Dexter Street is at the lower right-corner. (Submitted photo)

PRESCOTT--A week after the surprising announcement a national company will bring 300-plus new jobs to town, Prescott is still riding on a cloud.

City Administrator Jayne Brand said a number of citizens have stopped by city hall to congratulate the staff and say "thank you."

The 300,000-square-foot facility for United Natural Foods will be the company’s second distribution center in Wisconsin.

UNFI, said to be the leading distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods in North America, will also open a 425,000-square-foot distribution center and warehouse this June in Racine County.

Construction on the Prescott facility is expected to begin in May and will take about one year to complete. The city was selected after the company conducted a multistate search.

If all goes as planned, UNFI would quickly become the county's second-largest private employer behind Thomas and Betts Corporation at Hager City. The first-through-fourth biggest employers are the River Falls School District, UW-River Falls, Ellsworth Community School District and Pierce County, respectively, according to, a state Department of Workforce Development web site.

Listed as sixth- and seventh, respectively, are the School District of Prescott and Bergquist Company in Prescott, which employs between 100-249 workers.

Bergquist has three domestic manufacturing plants as well as manufacturing, sales and marketing support throughout the world, according to the company's web site. The privately-held company began by distributing electronic components in the Midwest and now consists of three main divisions: Thermal Products, Membrane Switches and Touch Screens.

For more please read the Feb. 19 print version of the Herald. 

Steve Dzubay

Steve Dzubay has been publisher at the River Falls Journal and Hudson Star Observer from 1995-2016. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. He previously worked as a reporter-photographer at small daily newspapers in Minnesota and is past editor of the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal.