We are fortunate to have two rail lines to serve business, both operated by Canadian National. The lines intersect in Ladysmith, and all communities in the County are situated on one of these lines. The North-South line is one of the busiest in the Country and provides access from coast to coast, and international ports. The East-West line was rehabbed in 2012 – west of Ladysmith – with over $30 million in improvements, to serve the frac sand industry.
Xcel Energy is the electrical service provider for most of the communities and industrial properties in the County. In addition, they are part of Rusk County’s Green Energy Portfolio. The utility operates 3 hyrdo dams in the County, all on the Flambeau River, with a combined generation capacity of 12 MW. Xcel is a great partner to business and are able assist companies in expansion and start-up efforts.
Since 1963, Artisans has been designing and producing the very best in apparel right here in Rusk County. Their work continues today utilizing the latest in technologies, from sublimation to laser embroidery. A homegrown company, started by the Dukerschein family, it originated on their family farm. It grew over the years on the farm, and then relocated and helped start the Glen Flora Industrial Park.
The Indeck Ladysmith BioFuel Center produces premium residential and industrial-grade wood pellets. The plan has the capacity to produce 90,000 tons of pellets annually.
The Dunn Paper – Ladysmith Mill (formerly Clearwater Paper Corporation manufactures paper using recycled materials. They are the largest provider or private label tissue to retail grocery chains and a world-class manufacturer of high-quality bleached paperboard.
The largest employer in Rusk County, Weather Shield has been manufacturing windows and doors for more than 55 years. To this day, it remains a family-owned company.
Jeld Wen is Rusk County’s second largest employer. Their Hawkins operation manufactures a wide variety of window and door products.
This plant in Ladysmith manufactures relay and industrial control products and is part of a worldwide leader in the areas of automation, integrated control systems and software solutions.