North America’s largest glass manufacturing campus, belonging to Cardinal FG, is located right here in Portage. Energizer/Rayovac has a battery plant here, too. Other industries that have a base in Portage include plastics, silicone products, coated paper, pre-cast concrete, a tool & die maker, a tire distributor and a food processor.
We are eager for more businesses to join them in Portage, which is ideally situated along Interstates 90/94 and 39, just outside of Madison and within a few hours of busy markets in Milwaukee, Chicago and the Twin Cities.
Portage is an economic hub with a population of 10,400 and regional population of 55,000. The downtown retail district is a great location for the entrepreneur or small business owner selling a unique product. The business park is ready for more large industries with its quick link to Interstate 39 and the Canadian Pacific Railway mainline.
Working jointly, the City, the Portage Chamber of Commerce, and the Columbia County Economic Development Corporation facilitate economic development initiatives by providing leadership and direction. With continued redevelopment of the historic downtown area, the new Portage Enterprise Center (a business incubator), and excellent transportation access available, including our municipal airport, Portage is the place your business should be.