Milwaukee Composites is building and donating the flooring for the Milwaukee streetcar's five initial vehicles. "We made the decision to donate these floors because it's important they be built by our people for our city," Jeff Kober, President and CEO of Milwaukee Composites said. "We make our composite products here in Milwaukee for vehicles that operate in cities all over the world. It's exciting for our team to be supplying a project we will all use and enjoy on a regular basis in our home city. Our floors will be part of Milwaukee history."
Kober said the donated flooring is valued at $100,000. The flooring will be shipped to Brookville Equipment Corp., the Pennsylvania-based vehicle manufacturer, to be incorporated into the vehicles. Brookville is expected to deliver the first completed streetcar vehicle to Milwaukee in early 2018.
Milwaukee Composites Inc. designs and manufactures patented phenolic composite floors and doors for mass transit vehicles. Founded in 1997, the the company employs 70 workers and has supplied over 8.5 million square feet of floors, ceilings and doors throughout the world. Clients include Brookville Equipment, Bombardier, Kawasaki, Siemens, London Underground, New York Transit, Chicago Metra and Gillig. Milwaukee Composites has supplied products to customers in more than 20 U.S. states and across three continents.