The Granville bid embraces the granville Community: A Legacy, and Future, of
The Granville area has a long history of economic prosperity, going back to the Pennsylvania Dutch immigrants who began settling the area in the late 1830s.
Those hardy souls used their industrious German work ethic to build a strong, active community. The spirit remains alive today, evidenced by the area’s thriving business parks.
Granville is home to the most concentrated base of industrial employment in Wisconsin. The thousands who work here support a multitude of other businesses, such as professional services, retail and restaurants.
The hum of Granville’s economic vitality isn’t always obvious. To experience it, one needs to leave the main thoroughfares. Venture into the industrial parks that seem to go on, and on, and on. More than 75 companies call these neighborhoods ‘home.”
Some names are recognizable to many: Super Steel, Hellermann Tyton, and Miller Baking. Most probably aren’t. We are home to American Signal and Holland Beauty. There’s a different business, of a different type, around every corner. The diversity of manufacturers, distributors, industrial operations and commercial service providers is unmatched.
Together, these businesses represent a bloc of economic might employing 7,000 people. Parking lots are filled. Semi-trailers roll through regularly. The vibe of “things happening” is palpable.
The Granville Business Improvement District is dedicated to strengthening, and expanding, this powerful industrial and commercial base. A drive down Brown Deer Road might evidence only retail centers, some struggling. We’re working on that, too. Our mission is to improve all sectors of the Granville business community, from border to border.
Those early settlers never could have conceived what their hard work would forge. Yet, 175 years later, Granville remains a quiet hub of the economy turning and, for many, many people, the place where they earn a living.