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Ditch Witch, Schramm Break Ground on New Facility

Wed August 08, 2018 - Midwest Edition #16
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The turning of the soil at the groundbreaking ceremony.
The turning of the soil at the groundbreaking ceremony.
The turning of the soil at the groundbreaking ceremony. Leanne Harbaugh, human resources manager of Ditch Witch Midwest, welcomes everyone to the ground breaking ceremony in West Chicago, Ill. 
Ruben Pineda, the Mayor of West Chicago, welcomes Ditch Witch Midwest to the West Chicago community.
Mark Harbaugh, president of Ditch Witch Midwest, thanks everyone in attendance at the ground breaking ceremony and speaks about the company’s history and the future of the company.
The Harbaugh family is very excited about the new 40,000-plus sq. ft. facility located at 1555 Atlantic Drive in West Chicago. (L to R) are Leanne, Earl (Founder), Mark and Scott Harbaugh.

Schramm Construction Corporation broke ground on the new Ditch Witch Midwest facility on July 25 at 1:00 p.m.

Earl Harbaugh, CEO of Ditch Witch Midwest, was joined by Mark Harbaugh, president of Ditch Witch Midwest; Fred Schramm, president of Schramm Construction Corporation; and West Chicago Mayor Ruben Pineda at the ceremony.

The new 40,000-plus sq. ft. facility will be located at 1555 Atlantic Drive in West Chicago. With the continued growth of Ditch Witch Midwest and Rentals Plus, along with the startup of 1st Choice Equipment, the companies have outgrown their current facility and yard space at 124 N. Schmale Road in Carol Stream.

“Although we hate to be leaving the village of Carol Stream, we are excited to be making our new home in the city of West Chicago. This new building and yard space will give us the opportunity to train and hold customer schools on proper equipment operation and safety,” said Mark Harbaugh.

The new facility will include two advanced training rooms and more than 1⁄2 acre of outdoor space to educate clients on the proper use of equipment and the overall Ditch Witch Midwest safety goals. Other building amenities include a 3,000 sq. ft. showroom, covered equipment storage, more than 14,000 sq. ft. of service area, and 12,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space, in addition to private offices, conference rooms and more. The architect for the new facility is Eric Carlson of ECA Architects & Planners.

This is one of five projects Schramm Construction is currently building. Others include the Fox Valley Shooting Range state-of-the-art indoor firearms facility in Elgin, an addition at FONA International in Geneva, Price Circuits headquarters remodel in Elgin and an addition at Christ Community Church in St. Charles.

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