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Work to begin soon on new U.S. Customs facility

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The skies over Sheboygan County may become a little busier beginning next summer when the County’s small airport will be one of five in the state equipped to receive international flights.

Work is expected to begin next month on the airport’s $4.2 million U.S. Customs facility, with plans to have the operations up and running by May.

Golfers, coaches, fans, officials and media flying in to Sheboygan from around the world for next year’s Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits will be able to fly directly to Sheboygan County Memorial Airport without having to first go through customs at another port of entry. The customs facility is also expected to benefit major companies in Sheboygan County that have business interests around the world.

The state will pay for half of the facility, with Sheboygan County picking up the rest. Kohler Co. will  pay for the new customs agents and equipment until the county can begin generating enough revenue from user fees and fuel fees to compensate. A taxiway is also being reconstructed at the airport.

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