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Jonco Industries


The building at 2800 W Custer Avenue was acquired by Jonco Industries, Inc. in 2014 and functions as one of the company's five properties that together offer complete, innovative, and practical marketing projects and products to hundreds of clients. In addition to serving as the company’s main office, 2800 W Custer is home to countless Jonco services including contract manufacturing, industrial sewing, flatbed digital printing and finishing, water jet cutting, laser cutting, point-of-purchase fabrication, and more.

Jonco Industries previously utilized PACE financing for renovation projects at another property, 5611 W Mill Road, and the company’s president, Thomas Ryan, has a long-standing relationship with PACE Equity founder Beau Engman. Jonco took the Better Buildings Challenge pledge for 2800 W Custer while working to set-up their BBC participant profile and ENERGY STAR account for 5611 W Mills.  


When you’re paying the bill, you have to worry about energy costs - we are conscious of efficiency and the environment every step of the way.
Tom Ryan, President

Energy Performance

JONCO completed a total remodel of 2800 W Custer in July 2016 and commissioned their solar roof immediately after. During renovations, the operational equipment was moved out of the old facility in stages, so the building began operating at full capacity towards the end of 2016 and has continued to add additional services since.

Although an ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® account is not yet set up for 2800 W Custer, Jonco currently utilizes a We Energies energy tracking system and looks forward to working with the Better Buildings Challenge program to benchmark and share the building's data with the City of Milwaukee in the near future.


Completed Projects

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  • LED lights - 2800 W Custer is currently replacing previously installed TH-series lights with even newer LED lighting units for which they are receiving Focus on Energy rebates

Plug Loads & Controls

  • Higher efficiency computer upgrades
  • Motion-sensor lighting
  • New TPO roof - The new roof at 2800 W Custer is a Thermoplastic Polyolefin single-ply reflecting roofing membrane to increase building envelope quality and energy savings.
  • New insulation
  • Windows
  • HVAC upgrades - Shortly after acquiring the building, Jonco replaced 2800 W Custer’s two old steam boilers with two new direct fire heating units, and also put in three new heating and AC units.

On-Site Generation

  • Rooftop Solar - In August 2016, installation of a 392 KW system comprised of 1,120 panels was completed by SunVest Solar, Inc.


  • Low flow and ENERGY STAR® rated fixtures in bathrooms

Future Plans

Jonco looks forward to setting up and sharing its energy data with the City of Milwaukee in the near future. They also plan to pursue additional energy monitoring measures such as electronic submeters with wifi ethernet capabilities to see and manage specifically where energy is being used in select buildings.


Fast Facts

2800 W Custer Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53209

Year Built

220,000 sq ft

Building Type

2800 Property, LLC


Joined Pledge

20% reduction in Energy Use Intensity by 2027


Program Participation

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Project Types

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Project Highlight: Rooftop Solar Panels

Upon completion in August 2016, the 392 kW rooftop solar project consisting of 1,120 panels earned 2800 W Custer an award from the City of Milwaukee for being the largest industrial solar installation in the city. The system was installed by SunVest Solar Inc., a Pewaukee-based national solar developer. Jonco received Focus on Energy incentives for this project.  

Building Contact

Thomas Ryan
Jonco Industries, Inc.
[email protected]
(414) 449-2000

Why Participate?

Jonco Industries took the Better Buildings Challenge pledge for 2800 Custer to better utilize program resources since they are constantly upgrading their facility in order to maintain a high quality operation and to cut energy use and utility costs.

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