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Construction business breaks ground in NR

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Nov. 5 at the site of Oevering Homes LLC's future building. Pictured (from left) are the participants New Richmond's Economic Development Director Jerry Brown, Mayor David Schnitzler and Planning and Community Development Director Robert Barbian, along with Oranzo, Jack, Suzi and Alex Oevering.

It was every 2-year-old boy's dream spot -- mounds of dirt, construction equipment galore and wide open spaces as far as the eye could see.

So when little Jack Oevering picked up a shovel and started to dig, the groundbreaking ceremony for New Richmond's newest industrial company had unofficially begun.

Oevering Homes LLC owners Oranzo and Suzi Oevering made their groundbreaking event Nov. 5 a family affair. They brought along Jack and his new baby brother, Alex, to mark the occasion.

The Oevering clan was surrounded by City officials who had helped make their move to New Richmond possible.

"The City was so willing to cooperate with what I wanted to do," Oranzo said. "I can't say enough about the people I've been dealing with."

He singled out Mayor David Schnitzler, Planning and Community Development Director Robert Barbian, Economic Development Director Jerry Brown, Building Inspector John Frisco, Electrical Superintendent Tom Rickard and Water Superintendent Rick Powers for their assistance during the construction of Oevering Home's new building.

Oevering Homes, LLC, which currently leases space in Roberts Industrial Park, is starting construction on a 12,500-square-foot building on a two-acre lot in the Business and Technical Park near Wal-Mart. The company hopes to add another 12,500 square feet within two years.

If all goes according to plan, Oranzo said the business will move into its new surroundings by April 1, 2009.

Oevering Homes will bring four additional businesses into their offices. A total of 10 employees will be housed in the new quarters.

Oranzo said Realty Executives, Real Source Title, 3D Excavating and Concrete Design will all operate out of the New Richmond site.

Oevering Homes LLC is currently involved in several area housing developments, including Paperjack Villas and Countryview Ridge in New Richmond; Hammond Hills in rural Hammond; and others in Dresser, Menomonie and Eau Claire.

"About 90 percent of our business is right here in St. Croix County," Oevering said. "So this is the perfect hub for us."