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Wisconsin Way Future Leader of the Year Award: Matt Neumann

When it comes to Matt Neumann, the case can be made that it’s both future and current leadership that makes him a deserving recipient of this award. After an MBA from Marquette, Matt joined his father, Mark Neumann, in an enterprise that combines effective land management with efficient renewable energy strategies and systems. Neumann Companies now build homes that are compliant to Energy Star and Green Built standards, and their services are in significant demand; on average, Neumann Companies builds 150 homes in eight different counties each year.

Wisconsin Way Future Leader of the Year Award: Matt Neumann

Wisconsin Way Future Leader of the Year Award: Matt Neumann

Matt, Mark, and their company are recognized as the leaders in the green building and conservation development industry in Wisconsin. And, amazingly enough, they have perfected green energy production systems to the point where they have built Wisconsin’s first Energy Producing Home. Matt Neumann and his wife Amy have four kids, are active in their church, and remain committed to Southeastern Wisconsin.

Read more about the Wisconsin Way Awards here

Neumann Developments, Inc. Announces Subdivision Grand Opening

Press Release - By Detour Marketing - November 13, 2018

Franklin, WI – (November 13, 2018) – Neumann Developments, Inc. has begun development of 32 homesites in Phase I of Ryanwood Manor located in Franklin, Wisconsin. Ryanwood Manor will feature 63 single-family homesites approximately 1/3 to 1/2 acre in size. All homesites are fully improved with several offering daylight or full exposures.

“We are very excited to be developing this gorgeous parcel in the City of Franklin. This property spans across the Ryan Creek corridor which provides a private and secluded area for residents to enjoy privacy and great outside spaces. It has been fun watching the development take shape,” says Steve DeCleene, President of Neumann Developments, Inc.

Neumann Developments, Inc. has begun development of 32 homesites in Phase I of Ryanwood Manor located in Franklin, Wisconsin
Ryanwood Manor concept rendering of the neighborhood entrance.

Neumann Developments, Inc. cares about building quality residential neighborhoods that add lasting value to their communities. Homeowners in Ryanwood Manor will enjoy neighborhood sidewalks along with walking trails throughout the 10 acre conservancy.

Formerly owned by the Schweitzer family, this land was a dairy farm 150 years ago. The Schweitzers also grew apples and owned an apple press. Local farmers would come to the property with wagons full of apples to use the Schweitzer apple press. Many of the family members still live in and plan to stay in the area. The family looks forward to watching the development of this new neighborhood and they hope many families will enjoy living in Ryanwood Manor.

Ryanwood Manor is located on the northwest corner of S. 76th Street and W. Oakwood Road, serviced by Franklin School District, and is close to shopping, parks, golf and skiing with easy access to Hwy. 100 and I-94 for commuters. Homesites start at $119,900. Home and lot packages are expected to start in the mid $400,000’s. Some homesites may be completed this fall while others will be completed in summer of 2019. Buyers are already making homesite selections in order to start planning for their new homes.

Read the full press release here

Development for 47 additional home sites for Lake Country Village in Pabst Farms approved by the village of Summit

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Evan Frank - October 29, 2018

VILLAGE OF SUMMIT - Trustees approved the development of 47 new home sites Oct. 11 as part of the Lake Country Village subdivision project.

Now in Phase III, the homes, part of the Residences portion of the project, will be west of North Sawyer Road and south of the Phase II subdivision. According to Cindy Wegner of Neumann Developments, the minimum requirements is 1,700 square feet for ranch homes and 2,100 square feet for two-story homes.

Wegner said homes will range from the upper $300,000s to the mid $500,000s.

Neumann Developments hopes to begin grading in Phase III this year and work on utilities over the winter.

“Roads would not go in until summer of 2019,” Wegner said.

Earlier in 2018, the village board approved 332 home sites.

“Phase II is currently being developed and expected to be completed around the end of the year,” Wegner said. “There are 13 lots in The Residences Phase II that are already pre-sold and are about a month away from completion. It’s because of the strong sales in the current phases that we decided to bring on an additional 47 home sites in Phase III.”

As part of the Lake Country Village development, an outdoor swimming pool, pool house, sports court and children’s playgrounds were constructed.

Read the full Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article here

Check out Red Fox Crossing, Wisconsin's first solar-powered neighborhood - By Stephanie Staudinger - August 1, 2018

NEW BERLIN — Neumann Companies has built the state’s first net zero community, the company says. A net zero home produces enough renewable energy to meet its own annual energy consumption requirements.

The 34 homes of the Red Fox Crossing, at Grange Avenue and Sunny Slope Road, draw much or sometimes all their electric power from roof solar panels put on the houses by SunVest Solar, a partner company of Pewaukee-based Neumann Companies. Partner firm Tim O’Brien Homes constructed the homes.

Neumann Companies unveils state’s first solar powered neighborhood -

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Renewing Energy - Special to the Freeman - By Mary Reardon , Reporter - July 24 2018

Neumann Companies unveils state’s first net zero community.

NEW BERLIN — Neumann Companies has built the state’s first net zero community, the company says. A net zero home produces enough renewable energy to meet its own annual energy consumption requirements.

The 34 homes of the Red Fox Crossing, at Grange Avenue and Sunny Slope Road, draw much or sometimes all their electric power from roof solar panels put on the houses by SunVest Solar, a partner company of Pewaukee-based Neumann Companies. Partner firm Tim O’Brien Homes constructed the homes.

Neumann Companies unveils state’s first net zero community. - Vanessa Llanas from Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s office, Andy Kuc of Focus on Energy, Tim O’Brien of Tim O’Brien Homes, Matt Neumann of Neumann Companies, New Berlin Mayor Dave Ament, Waukesha County Board Chair Paul Decker, Ginger Kollmansberger from Sen. Ron Johnson’s office and Mervyn Byrd of the Waukesha County Business Alliance at a Friday ribbon cutting at Red Fox Crossing in New Berlin. Second picture, Homes with solar panels at Red Fox Crossing in New Berlin. Photos by Mary Reardon/Special to Conley News Service

Neumann held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday to show off its Savannah model, a home of more than 2,400 square feet at 5622 Foxtail Court in the new development.

All the homes will include a six- to eight-kW photovoltaic solar array.

“Your electricity, theoretically, if all goes as planned, will be essentially zero, or you’re a net producer actually,” said Tom Bawolek, owner of Five Star Energy of Hubertus, a third-party energy tester on the project. Electric bills will reflect the solar offset.

The model has gas appliances for the dryer, range, water heater and furnace. “The cost of ownership is much in the customer’s favor by using gas appliances,” said Craig North, Tim O’Brien Homes’ vice president of product innovation. The solar panels don’t offset gas usage. The home includes increased insulation to help lower gas usage, Bawolek said.

Read the full GMToday article here

Neumann Developments, Inc. is proud to be a sponsor of the second annual Building Trades Career Day

The Metropolitan Builders Association is hosting its second annual Building Trades Career Day for High School students in conjunction with the 2018 Parade of Homes

Parade of Homes marches into Mequon -

The Metropolitan Builders Association has expanded their program this year by offering two dates and two job sites allowing for greater convenience and more flexibility for the partnering schools.  You and your students are invited to join us, tour the job sites, hear “Trade Talks” and much more! The goal is to give students and educators a glimpse of the new home construction process and introduce them to career opportunities in the trades.

- Friday, April 27th: Lake Country Village, Town of Summit
- Friday, May 4th: Hidden Hills, Sussex

Neumann, Cornerstone teaming up to build multiple Milwaukee-area housing communities

Milwaukee Business Journal - By Nick Williams , Reporter - March 6, 2018

Two of the largest housing developers in the Milwaukee area are teaming up to bring several communities to Milwaukee suburbs over the next few years.

Cornerstone Communities LLC, a joint venture between Sussex-based Cornerstone Development of S.E. WI. LLC and Pewaukee-based Neumann Developments Inc., a division of Neumann Co., will deliver as many as eight active housing communities within the next three years. Those communities will be a combination of ranch-style, detached and attached condominium homes and both condominium and single-family homes with potential room for senior living and commercial and/or retail neighbors.

Cornerstone Communities will be managed by John Wahlen, owner of Cornerstone Development and Steve DeCleene of Neumann Developments, with Wahlen leading the company and Cornerstone Development acting as the real estate agent and builder for the condominium homes. Neumann will lend support in land development and sourcing for development opportunities.

In 2016, Cornerstone Development constructed 51 detached homes, which ranked sixth among Milwaukee-area home builders that year.

The joint company launched two months ago, but the brainstorming behind the concept of a partnership happened more than two years ago, Wahlen said.

”Steve has experience in condominium creation, so that’s helpful, but the knowledge of putting in the infrastructure and the land is what really makes this partnership rock,” Wahlen said. “Rather than compete with them, why not be the big guys who can build a great product in more places more quickly? That’s how I looked at it.”

”It gives us a leg up on the competition, especially on the acquisition front because we have more flexibility in how we create a cohesive neighborhood,” DeCleene added.

The first development under the joint company will be a 54-home condo community in Franklin called The Glen at Park Circle. Development will begin within the next 60 days near 76th Street just south of Ryan Road. The land parcel is owned by Neumann and sales for those homes will start around May, DeCleene said.

Along with the Franklin project, in 2018 the new company will also begin development of a 34-home condo community in Muskego and a 76-home condo community in Brookfield. Those land parcels will be owned by Cornerstone Development.

The first mixed housing development under the joint venture is projected to be in Hartland, providing single-family and duplex-style condominium homes. Down the road, mixed neighborhoods are targeted for creation in Lisbon and Waukesha, DeCleene said.

”In the condominium world, that works quite well because people generally that are from Franklin or Oak Creek are going to stay in that area,” Wahlen said. “They’re not necessarily going to buy a condo in Oconomowoc or not necessarily in Cedarburg. They want to stay in the area with which they are familiar. We started looking at it geographically from the start, and that made a lot of sense.”

The condos will cost between $300,000 and $500,000 and range in sizes from 1,400 square feet to 2,500 square feet. The units will have two or three bedrooms, along with sun rooms and dens, and communities will feature clubhouses and other amenities. Pets will also be allowed, Wahlen said.

Read the full Business Journal article here

Parade of Homes marches into Mequon

Highlander Estates may boost enrollment in M-T schools - By Gary Achterberg - News Graphic Staff - August 8, 2017

MEQUON — It is fitting – and a welcome side-effect – that homes sprouting on land previously intended for a never-built high school likely will help boost declining student enrollment.

The Highlander Estates subdivision – on Wauwatosa Road between Mequon and Donges Bay roads – will be showcased starting Saturday as part of the 2017 Milwaukee Builders Association Parade of Homes.

Parade of Homes marches into Mequon - Five builders will showcase homes they have built in Highlander Estates. They include this one by Victory Homes of Wisconsin. The subdivision is on Wauwatosa Road just south of Mequon Road. The subdivision includes common areas for all residents, including playground equipment and a fire pit. - Photos by Gary Achtenberg

The Mequon-Thiensville School District sold the 112-acre property to developer Neumann Homes for $2.91 million about two years ago. When fully built out, it will have 111 single-family homes. The district originally acquired the land in the 1960s with an eye toward a second high school.

That never happened. In fact, enrollment has fallen over the last decade. The just-approved school budget assumes another drop of 49 students, although school officials are optimistic new families moving into the district – in Highlander Estates and elsewhere – may reduce that.

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Would You Buy a House in a Solar Subdivision?

Milwaukee Business Journal - Business Pulse Survey - June 9, 2017
Would you buy a a house in a solar subdivision?

Neumann Developments, Inc. to Break Ground on a Master Planned
Community in Summit.

News Release - By Detour Marketing - May 31, 2017

Summit, WI – (May 31, 2017) – On Wednesday, May 31st at 4:00 p.m., Neumann Developments, Inc. along with the Village of Summit and the Development’s Preferred Builders, will hold a ground breaking ceremony at Lake Country Village. This Master Planned Community includes four distinct neighborhoods; Lake Country Village will feature three unique single family neighborhoods with approximately 300 home sites and Interlaken Village will offer 26 estate sized homesites. Neumann Developments, Inc. will begin construction on the first phase which includes The Residences at Lake Country Village offering 43 homesites, The Estates at Lake Country Village offering 24 homesites and Interlaken Village offering 12 homesites.

“Offering the very best in lifestyle, amenities and green space is an important part of how we determine land selections and plan our developments,” states Matt Neumann, Principal of Neumann Companies. “We are excited to break ground at this great location and start developing these communities.”

From left:  David Roembke, Steeple Pointe Homes, Joseph Greenspan, Steeple Pointe Homes, Scott Thistle, Halen Homes, Brian Ruffing, Steeple Pointe Homes, Rod Demlang, Demlang Builders, Tim O’Brien, President of Tim O’Brien Homes, Steve DeCleene, President of Neumann Developments, Inc., Jack Riley, President, Village of Summit, Matt Neumann, Principal of Neumann Companies and Bill Niemann, Pabst Farms Development. Not pictured, John Stoker, Victory Homes of Wisconsin.

Neumann Developments, Inc. completed this land acquisition of approximately 250 acres in Oconomowoc’s Pabst Farms in early 2017. Lake Country Village and Interlaken Village are currently being developed at this location and both neighborhoods will be within the Pabst Farms master planned community.

Bill Niemann, Executive Vice President of Pabst Farms Development says, “Pabst Farms Development is pleased to be working with Neumann Developments on the next phase of our residential development. We have worked with Neumann in the past and firmly believe that they are a good fit for our vision. They are devoted to preserving permanent green space and building a quality neighborhood that will add lasting value to our master planned community.”

Neumann Developments, Inc. is partnering with a team of area single-family home builders to create a Preferred Builder Program in these new neighborhoods. The Preferred Builders are all members of the Metropolitan Builders Association. Buyers will be able to choose from a number of reputable home builders to design and build their home or purchase a home and lot package.

Nuemann Developments, Inc. Sunvest Solar Tim O'Brien Homes

This Master Planned Community will feature at least 110 acres of permanently preserved parks and open space for residents to enjoy. Neighborhood amenities will include five miles of walking and bicycle trails, children’s play areas, outdoor swimming pools, fire pits, sports courts and community gardens just to name a few.

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Entire New Berlin subdivision to run on solar systems

Today's TMJ4 - By Scott Steele - May 23, 2017

The next generation of subdivisions broke ground in our area Tuesday.

Three local companies have joined forces to create a community of homes which will produce their own electricity.

The parcel of land in New Berlin is the Badger State's first Net Zero community, meaning the electric use of every house erected will be offset by solar systems, a pet project of Neumann Companies’ namesake Matt Neumann.

“Solar costs are down 80 percent in the eight years we’ve been in business,” Neumann said “Eighty percent. So, it’s so much more economically viable today than it was years ago. We think this is the way of the future and we think there’s a lot of people out there that are going to say we want to do the right thing environmentally.”

Read the full Today's TMJ4 article here

Neumann Companies’ Groundbreaking in New Berlin at Wisconsin’s First Net Zero Community.

News Release - By Detour Marketing - May 23, 2017

New Berlin, WI – (May 23, 2017) – On Tuesday, May 23rd at 11:00 a.m., Neumann Companies along with
Tim O’Brien Homes Inc, SunVest Solar Inc., and the City of New Berlin will hold a ground breaking ceremony on Wisconsin’s first Net Zero community, Red Fox Crossing in New Berlin. A Net Zero Community has the electrical generation from photovoltaic (PV) solar systems (the amount produced) that will offset the projected electrical consumption (the amount used) of each individual home built.

Red Fox Crossing will feature 34 single-family homesites developed by Neumann Developments, Inc., the Net Zero Ready Homes will be built by Tim O’Brien Homes Inc., and each solar array will be designed and installed by SunVest Solar, Inc.

From left: Steve DeCleene, President of Neumann Developments, Inc., Kirk Kindred, National Sales Director, SunVest Solar, Matt Neumann, Principal of Neumann Companies, Greg Kessler, Director, Department of Community Development, City of New Berlin, Tim O’Brien, President of Tim O’Brien Homes, Craig North, Vice President of Construction of Tim O’Brien Homes.

“It has always been our dream to offer an energy independent community,” said Matt Neumann, Principal of Neumann Companies. “We are excited to have all three companies involved in creating Wisconsin’s first Net Zero community.”

The three partner companies share an environmental tie. Neumann Developments, Inc. has developed over 3000 acres of land with 50% preserved green space. Tim O’Brien Homes is a home builder that focuses on energy efficiency and green building practices. In fact, they built the first Emerald Certified home following the National Green Building Standard (NGBS). And SunVest Solar adds the technology to bring solar energy to homes, both new and existing homes as well as commercial projects.

“Red Fox Crossing has the potential to be the turning point in building a more sustainable community and neighborhood in Wisconsin, versus focusing on only one home at a time,” says Tim O’Brien, President of
Tim O’Brien Homes. “A more holistic approach to high performance and sustainable communities.”

The 34 homes in Red Fox Crossing will start in size from 1,900 square foot for a ranch and 2,200 square
foot for a two-story and feature natural materials on the exterior. Each home will include a six to eight
kW photovoltaic (PV) solar array and be certified by the following programs: U. S. Department of Energy Net
Zero Ready Home, ENERGY STAR® V3 National Qualified Home, EPA WaterSense® and EPA Indoor Air
Plus Qualified Home. “Solar is the number one source of new electric generation in the United States that enables the homeowner to generate electricity from the sun,” said Kirk Kindred, National Sales Director for SunVest Solar. “We are proud to bring the value of clean renewable solar energy to the first Net Zero
Community in Wisconsin.”

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Neumann Developments, Inc. Cultivates New Master Planned Community in Oconomowoc’s Lake Country Village and Interlaken Village.

Press Release - By Detour Marketing - January 4, 2017

Oconomowoc, WI – Neumann Developments, Inc. has completed a land acquisition of approximately 250 acres in Oconomowoc’s Pabst Farms and will be developing four distinct neighborhoods within the Pabst Farms master planned community. Lake Country Village will include three unique single family neighborhoods with approximately 300 home sites and Interlaken Village will offer 26 estate sized lots. The design will include at least 110 acres of permanently preserved parks and open space for residents to enjoy. Neighborhood amenities will include five miles of walking and bicycle trails, children’s play areas, outdoor swimming pools and fire pits.

Bill Niemann, Executive Vice President of Pabst Farms Development says, “Pabst Farms Development is pleased to be working with Neumann Developments on the next phase of our residential development. We have worked with Neumann in the past and firmly believe that they are a good fit for our vision. They are devoted to preserving permanent green space and building a quality neighborhood that will add lasting value to our master planned community.”

“Offering the very best in lifestyle and amenities is an important part of how we make land selections and plan our developments,” notes Matt Neumann, Principal of Neumann Developments, Inc., “We are excited to unveil the neighborhood plans and start developing this community.”

Read the full press release here

Business Journal reveals the top-ranked high schools in Wisconsin

Milwaukee Business Journal - By Melanie Lawder, Reporter - December 15, 2016

Eight of the top 10 best performing public high schools in Wisconsin are in the Milwaukee metropolitan area, according to new data from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Click through the attached slideshow to see which high schools are the best in the state or sort through our database to figure out where your child's high school stands.

Overall, of the top 26 high schools in the state, 13 are in southeastern Wisconsin, according to state data compiled by American City Business Journals, the parent company of the Milwaukee Business Journal. And of those 13, eight are located within Waukesha County, which also is home to the best-performing school in southeastern Wisconsin — Waukesha Engineering Preparatory Academy.

Three of our current neighborhoods offer families the opportunity to enjoy these top schools:

  • Hardiman Meadows: Merton Primary is ranked #6 in elementary schools in the state and Arrowhead High School is #25 for high schools in the state.
  • Woodridge Estates: North Shore Middle School is #2 in the state.
  • Highlander Estates: Homestead High School is #6 in the state

Read the full Business Journal article here

Weyerhaven Subdivision - Selected as a 2016 Parade of Homes Host

Proud to be selected as a 2016 MBA Parade of Homes host

March 22, 2016

We are excited to be one of the host sites of the 2016 Metropolitan Builder's Association Parade of Homes. There will be eleven builder's models open for tours in August. Weyerhaven subdivision located in Menomonee Falls will be our host location this year. Weyerhaven has many homesites to choose from and will offer ammenities including paved walking trails and a unique clubhouse and outdoor pool.

Learn more about Weyerhaven by clicking here.

See images of Weyerhaven under construction on our Facebook page

Advocate Says Solar Energy Should Shine in Wisconsin

WUWM - By Susan Bence - January 21, 2016

Pewaukee-based builder and developer Matt Neumann added solar installation to his business in 2009. He calls the timing perfect.

“Because in 2008 the federal investment tax credit was extended until the cap was lifted so you could receive a 30 percent tax credit for any system you install, whether is was $1,000 or $ 1 million,” he says.

The investment tax credit was due to expire this year, but it’s been extended five more years. “The 30 percent tax credit is good through 2019, 2020 it goes down to 26 percent, 2021 is goes down to 22 percent and then going forward it stays fixed at 10 percent,” Neumann says.

Neumann says solar costs have dropped approximately 70 percent since he jumped into the business. “And most of that drop took place between 2011 and now. With that cost reduction comes market competitiveness. A lot of the rebates and incentives that were there before, they’re now gone, but that’s okay because our industry is maturing, there’s a lot more capital in our industry than there was in the past,” he says.

Read the full WUWM article or listen to the interview here

Business Journal picks 40 Under 40 winners: Developer Matt Neumann, DOT's Roselle among fourth group revealed

Milwaukee Business Journal - By Mark Kass, Editor-in-Chief - January 8, 2016

Waukesha County developer Matt Neumann and Wisconsin Department of Transportation official Jason Roselle are among the final group of winners to be announced in the Milwaukee Business Journal's 40 Under 40 awards program for 2016. Check out the attached slideshow to see photos of the winners.

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Matt Neumann wins MBA Builder of the Year award

Matt Neumann was honored with the Metropolitan Builders Assosication's Builder of the Year award. This award is the highest honor the Association can bestow on one of its members. The recipient is selected based on criteria like integrity, business accomplishments, community service and overall contributions to the association. Concratulations Matt!

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Milwaukee Business Journal reveals Fastest Growing Firms winners

Milwaukee Business Journal - By Todd Bragstad - June 25, 2015 - Photo Credit - Scott Paulus
Tim O'Brien of Tim O'Brien Homes

The Milwaukee Business Journal has selected 31 winners for the 2015 Fastest Growing Firms awards, which recognizes southeastern Wisconsin companies for significant growth over the past three years. This year’s winners come from many sectors of the economy, including construction, high-tech, manufacturing, real estate and insurance. Some are repeat winners from previous years, such as Catalyst Construction, Concurrency Inc., Winter Services Inc., SafeNet Consulting Inc., HNI and Schmidt Custom Floors Inc.

For several others it’s their first time to be selected as Fastest Growing Firms. Some of those winners include Annex Wealth Management LLC, Neumann Cos., ZMac Transportation Solutions, O&H Danish Bakery and Air Flow Inc.

For a company to be selected, it must have annual revenue between $3 million and $500 million, and have recorded a profit for the past three years. Companies with the highest percentages of growth from 2012 to 2014 were selected as winners. As in past years, we worked with Schenck SC on the verification process.

“We have another group of highly successful winners that have pushed hard and smartly gone about their business to sustain growth over the past few years,” said Mark Kass, the Business Journal’s editor-in-chief. “Six of the group of 31 winners exceeded 100 percent growth rates from 2012 to 2014. It’s another good sign that our economy continues to rebound.”

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Developer buys 112 acres of Mequon-Thiensville School District property for $2.9 million

Mequon NOW - By Jeff Rumage - June 16, 2015

Mequon — The Mequon-Thiensville School District has closed on the sale of 112 acres of vacant land to Neumann Companies for $2.9 million.

Mequon-Thiensville voters gave the school district permission in July to sell the land located between Wauwatosa and Swan roads, just south of the Knightsbridge and Brighton Ridge subdivisions.

The school district received three offers and, in October 2014, approved the offer from Neumann Companies.

Mequon-Thiensville Superintendent Demond Means announced the closure of the sale the school board meeting Monday, June 15. The $2.9 million sale price is well above the $1.9 million value placed on the land during a market appraisal conducted in February 2013.

"This is great news for the children of the Mequon-Thiensville School District," Means said in a statement. "The additional revenue will benefit each and every student in the classroom, which in turn benefits the Mequon-Thiensville community. Additionally, I look forward to the potential of more families moving into Mequon and enrolling their children in the best school district in the state."

Part of the money from the land sale will go toward paying off the school district's nonreferendum debt, which equals $1.25 million. The school board met last week to discuss possible investment options for the remaining $1.7 million.

The land will be home to Neumann Companies' Highlander Estates subdivision, which will feature 109 lots on 110 acres of land. Neumann Companies is planning to host a groundbreaking celebration in July.

The land is part of the new central growth zoning district, which allows lots as small as one-third of an acre in certain "cluster" developments containing at least five houses. Neumann's cluster lots range in size from 0.48 to 0.87 acres in size, with the average cluster lot spanning 0.53 acres. Thirty-three percent of this subdivision is designated as open space.

The homes will have an estimated market value of $400,000 to $600,000 per site, resulting in a total property value of $44 million to $66 million.

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Neumann Companies Helps Drive a Great Business Experience

Oconomowoc Enterprise - May, 2015 - Photo Credit - Oconomowoc Enterprise

Test your drive at the new Lake Country Range and Putt, formerly Storms Driving Range. Two OHS seniors, Colton Persha and Reece Block, now own and operate the range. Neumann Companies is set to develop it in either 2016 or 2017. Instead of letting it sit vacant, Neumann gave the seniors an opportunity to start their own business.

> Visit Lake Country Range & Putt for more information.

Matt Neumann Honored in 2015 Professional Builder 40 Under 40 Awards

Professional Builder - By Denise Dersin, Editorial Director - March 5, 2015

Meet this year’s 40 Under 40 awardees, the latest crop of bright young superstars in the home building industry. Each has already achieved incredible success in his or her work life, and their backstories may surprise you.

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Brookfield council approves Elmbrook Estates subdivision featuring smaller lot sizes

Brookfield Now - By Geoff Bruce - February 17, 2015

After a few weeks of thorough discussion, the city of Brookfield has approved key steps in order to help Neumann Companies Inc.'s proposal for a 46-unit subdivision at 15425 Lisbon Road become a reality.

The common council approved an ordinance amending the city's 2035 Comprehensive Plan to allow for greater density. The greater density was needed for Neumann to achieve its desired number of 46 single-family lots.

Two council members, Christopher Blackburn and Renee Lowerr, opposed the action.

Blackburn began proceedings by speaking against the city's recent trend of changing the allowable uses for a handful of properties throughout the city.

"This is another rezoning of an R-2 residential (site) to a different type of zoning that results in higher density. When residents move into a community and they see what the zoning is, they have certain expectations," Blackburn said. "I think those expectations should be upheld. You've got to draw the line someplace."

Lowerr proposed an amendment to the motion that would limit Elmbrook Estates to a count of 40 lots rather than 46; the amendment died for lack of a second.

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Woodridge Estates named 2015 MBA Parade of Homes site

Novemmber 7, 2014

Neumann Developments, Inc. is proud to have Woodridge Estates in Delafield included as a 2015 Parade of Homes site. Learn more about Woodridge Estates' location and available homesites.

Great people are the foundation of the Neumann Companies

JS Online - By J.A. Berger - Novemmber 1, 2014

As a home developer, there is a respect you must have for the land. To see it as one thing – farm fields or fallow land – to honor it for its past and have a vision for its future. The transformation to a community is a fragile and challenging endeavor. For Matt Neumann, of Neumann Companies, the process starts with a dedicated and trusted team. “Our business philosophy is to make our internal team our first priority, because doing so leads to a team that is happy, dedicated and loyal and therefore takes care of all our clients and trade partners,” Neumann said. “Building a solid business starts by building the best team.”

Matt Neumann grew up in the business, and started selling real estate about 11 years ago while attending graduate school at Marquette University. “My dad built homes that sparked my interest in the industry,” he remembered. “I fell in love with the dynamics of the industry, and have been in land development and home building ever since.”

What do you enjoy about building and developing?

It’s the relationships with people on our internal team, the land sellers, the communities we work with and our trade partners. We rely on those relationships to build our business for the long run.

How do you differentiate your business from others?

We have three core businesses: Neumann Developments, Inc. builds communities, Tim O’Brien Homes builds “green” homes in those communities and SunVest Solar builds solar arrays to provide long-term green-energy savings.

How has being a member of the MBA helped your business?

The MBA helps you build a network of businesses and owners to establish relationships with. The MBA has a fantastic group of businesses to service all development and housing needs for our industry.

What activities do you participate in at the MBA?

Currently, I’m the co-chair of the developer’s council, and have served on the arbitration committee. Neumann Developments, Inc. has hosted four Parade of Homes sites in the last six years, and we’re considering a few for 2015. Tim O’Brien Homes, past president of the MBA has built homes in every Parade of Homes event for the last six years. I’m also the president of the Wisconsin Solar Energy Industries Association on behalf of SunVest.

How has technology changed your business?

It’s been dramatic. Smart phones do literally everything you need. We are in a mobile world where everyone wants immediate access to information. This has led to us valuing in-person meetings all the more to build personal relationships.

What is your proudest professional achievement?

Assembling our fantastic team of people and building a reputation in land development, home building, and solar energy savings, leading to long-term business opportunities. More specifically, we proved we can weather the storm of a massive recession, coming out stronger while growing our businesses with the best teams in our respective industries.

What is one of your greatest business challenges?

It’s challenging to maintain communications with all those who need to be in the loop on various issues. There are only so many hours in the day for work, and keeping relationships strong often relies on communication. I enjoy actively listening to people to understand how we can grow together, and that requires time which is sometimes very hard to come by.

What is your favorite quote/saying that represents your business philosophy?

‘Work hard, play hard.’ Anyone who knows me knows that I love competition, having fun and laughing often. If you don’t enjoy what you do, you better find something else to do.

What inspires you?

My faith and family are my top two priorities in my life. My inspiration to grow our businesses is rooted in family and faith because I’d like everyone to have the peace of knowing their eternal future while also enjoying life with their family. Our companies provide a positive work environment that always prioritizes faith and family above business.

Who is your personal hero?

My dad. He’s never been afraid to take a leap of faith and try new things. He’s always starting something new, and there’s never a dull moment with him. He’s taught me “the ropes” of the building industry, but also gave me space to do what I feel is best for the companies, allowing me to develop the businesses into what they are today.

Linfield Crossing in Brookfield was awarded the "Best Development" at the Metropolitan Builder's Association Emby Achievement Awards

Metropolitian Builder's Association - September 29, 2014

Push To Impose Extra Fees On Solar Customers Draws Outrage In Wisconsin

ClimateProgress - By Kiley Kroh - September 14, 2014

A recent move by Wisconsin utility We Energies to not only raise electricity rates on all consumers but also to add an additional charge on those who produce their own energy and sell it back to the grid has sparked outrage within the state and beyond. The plan would raise the “fixed charge” on all customers’ electric bills from $9 to $16 a month, as well as reduce net metering — a policy that enables customers with solar panels or other forms of distributed generation to sell their excess electricity back to the grid — and add a new charge on these electricity-generating customers.

The result of such a policy, said Matt Neumann, owner of Wisconsin-based SunVest, would be dramatic: “It would not only end solar but remove the economic viability for any renewable energy in Wisconsin.” Neuman, whose company is the largest solar installer in the state, said the demand charge of $3.80 per kilowatt (kW) per month works out to about $220 per year for a 5 kW system, a deterrent for potential solar customers and an unfair penalty for those who have already chosen to go solar.

And by increasing fixed charges by 75 percent, Neumann said the utility is punishing everyone, even those who have taken steps to reduce their electricity consumption. The proposal also seeks to ban third-party ownership of renewable energy systems, meaning those customers who rent or lease, rather than owning the entire system outright.

Jess Williamson, We Energies spokesperson, said the company is “requesting modest increases that will help us to continue to make improvements to improve and modernize our grid, to meet environmental standards” and cover costs associated with maintaining a reliable electricity system. As for the additional charge and reduced compensation for customers who produce their own energy, Williamson said it’s simply a matter of fairness. “Under the current rates, they really don’t pay their fair share of grid operating costs,” she said. “We’re asking for a demand charge and also asking that instead of buying excess energy at a premium rate, that we pay a comparable market rate.”

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For developer, it’s not just home building: Matt Neumann

Milwaukee Business Journal - By Sean Ryan - Photo, Scott Paulus - May 30, 2014

When Matt Neumann started in the subdivision business in 2004, it felt like a developer could do no wrong.

Properties were gaining value at 10 percent or more a year, covering up any mistakes made along the way, said Neumann, president of Neumann Cos., Pewaukee. He said he didn’t appreciate just how strong the market was at that time, but through the economic downturn of 2007-2009 has since learned a lot more about home building and development.

“You felt like every project you started you would finish and it was going to go great,” he said of the boom years. “What happened, though, is as the market changed starting in late 2006 to 2007 and continued to slide in 2011, you learn quickly what mistakes you can’t afford to make. We walked away from a lot of projects at that time.”

Those write-offs, Neumann said in retrospect, were “the biggest blessings we’ve ever had” because the company was not bogged down with land holdings going into the downturn. As the market rebounded, Neumann became the busiest subdivision developer in the Milwaukee area. Neumann Cos. started four subdivisions with 150 lots last year, and this year has a pipeline of 10 projects with about 400 home sites, Neumann said.

Neumann, whose father, Mark Neumann, led the company before him, now focuses on identifying sites for subdivisions and working with sellers and local and state government officials to prep them for development. After weathering the latest housing downturn, Neumann said he recognizes the risk inherent in the new development.

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Wisconsin Way Future Leader of the Year Award: Matt Neumann

Wisconsin Way Future Leader of the Year Award: Matt Neumann

When it comes to Matt Neumann, the case can be made that it’s both future and current leadership that makes him a deserving recipient of this award.
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Wisconsin's First Net Zero Community

Neumann Companies along with Tim O’Brien Homes Inc, SunVest Solar Inc., and the City of New Berlin held a ground breaking ceremony on Wisconsin’s first Net Zero community, Red Fox Crossing in New Berlin.
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Homesites available in Franklin

Ryanwood Manor - Franklin, WI
From $114,900
Currently 8 homesites available in Phase I.
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SunVest Solar Project Map

More than 2,000 kW and 100 Systems installed in 4 different states!
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