Business & Industry

Doing business in Hartford makes sense. Shovel-ready land allows for quick start up with an eager community and aggressive, forward thinking government supporting you all the way.

National businesses with 1,000 employees work alongside entrepreneurial five-person operations to create a diverse and interactive base we’re proud of. Most know us for our superb community of metal fabricators – alongside this foundational base, industries from healthcare software companies to electronic component and plastics manufacturers have found Hartford to be an ideal location to grow and expand.

7 Out of 20 Largest Private Sector Employers Are Located In Hartford

7 of the top 20 largest private sector employers, including 3 of the top 4, in Washington County are located in Hartford. Our diverse industrial base includes companies engaged in advanced manufacturing, printing, packaging and displays, tool & die and software development.

Largest private sector employers in Hartford by employee count

Company Employee Count
Quad Graphics 1000+
Broan-Nutone 800+
Signicast 800+

Wendorff Brothers Co’s

Helgesen Industries 350
Aurora Medical Center of Washington Cty. 250+
Menasha Corp, Hartford 240


Hartford Population

Year Number
1980 7,159
1990 8,188
2000 10,905
2009 13,900
2010* 14,223


* 2010 Most Recent Census

Companies have chosen to locate in Hartford and to expand here because:

Continuous Improvement

Continuous improvement is a hallmark of the successful businesses in Hartford. Lean manufacturing principles are used in many of the factories. Additionally, state-of-the-art technology has been incorporated in manufacturing processes with great effectiveness. Automated systems drive production in many of the facilities here, requiring advanced employee skill sets.

Location, Location, Location!

Hartford’s location, approximately 5 miles from Interstate Highway 41, makes it easy to serve customers, big and small, with same day and next day delivery in many cases. Our industries are serving major customers such as Harley-Davidson, Caterpillar, John Deere, Oshkosh Truck, Home Depot, Lowes, Menards and the publishers of many national magazines and catalogs..

Award Winning

Businesses in Hartford have achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification, won awards from the International Customer Service Association and numerous supplier awards from key customers.

Skillful Workforce

Business excellence requires a highly skilled workforce. The HADC maintains collaborative relationships with area schools, universities and technical colleges to insure that curriculum supports the skill sets required by our businesses.