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Renovations have begun at the former Extreme Auto Body & Towing building. Ripon native Justin Krueger is turning it into a location for SC Machining and Manufacturing.

Renovations are underway to turn the former Extreme Auto Body & Towing building at 503 E. Fond du Lac St. into another location of SC Machining and Manufacturing.

Ripon’s Plan Commission approved a conditional use permit last July for SC Machining and Manufacturing LLC to perform light manufacturing and office use.

CEO Justin Krueger, a Ripon native, said the project began in January and expects to be moved in by the end of April and fully complete by mid-summer.

“The work has been focused on the building and inside the building,” he said. “Once the weather breaks, we will work on the parking lot and common space.”

SC Machining and Manufacturing makes parts for other manufacturers and is expanding.

Once the building is renovated with new machinery installed, the company could hire up to 16 full-time positions. The Ripon location would be in addition to the business’ anchor in Oshkosh.

Initially, Krueger said he thought of potentially expanding to a new location in Oshkosh, but then remembered he acquired the Extreme Auto Body & Towing building in a sheriff’s sale in 2021.

“I would prefer to bring jobs and revenue to Ripon before I go out to Oshkosh, which would be my Plan B,” he told the Plan Commission last July.

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This is a rendering of what the renovated building at 503 East Fond du Lac St. could look like when completed. 

The building is roughly 15,000 square feet, but has fallen into disrepair and “needs quite a bit of work,” Krueger noted.

He added there would be an office component to the renovated building, but it primarily would be used for warehouse and manufacturing.

Krueger also plans to add a dock for semis to the side of the building, as well as construct a new roof, storefront and remodel the front and sides of the building.

The plan so far, he said, remains the same: new roof, windows, siding, overhead doors, new office build out, electrical upgrades and HVAC replacements.

But the main thing Krueger is looking forward to is having more space.

“We do a lot of work for the defense sector and as you can imagine, the demand for what we do is significant. Having a building of this size gives us the opportunity to increase production, add jobs and grow our company,” he said. “I’m excited to take this eyesore and turn it into a nice looking project and add some jobs along the way.”

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