COST's roots began in 1957 when John Stanwyck's contracting company, Anchor Corporation, was hired to develop natural-looking rock work and ponds at the Milwaukee County Zoo. The zoological industry desired improvements to the standard cages common in zoos, and sought out a firm that was proficient in concrete applications and artistry. Since the very beginning, COST excelled in blending proven construction methodologies with an artistic flair. This proficiency has enabled the firm to develop award-winning, highly realistic rockwork, water features, theme facades, and other finishes at miniature golf courses, theme parks, zoos, aquariums, and museums worldwide.
Jon J. Stanwyck was named President in 1978, where his leadership skills continued to drive innovation in thematic construction, and COST was later led by Lance L. Stanwyck, until his untimely passing. Under their decades of leadership, COST branched out into many different market segments and grew dramatically into the firm it is today. Their integration of technology in design through construction has streamlined processes and improved efficiencies at all organizational levels. Jon continues to keep COST on the theme construction forefront as the firm celebrates its 60th year in business.
COST’s 144,000 square-foot plant is equipped with BIM modeling, a 5-Axis Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machine, prototype 3D printing, a proprietary Computer Aided Framework System (CAFS), and automated bar-bending equipment. The Jackson, WI plant operates GFRC, FRP, and urethane spray departments in addition to paint booths. Various epoxies and acrylics are also utilized by COST’s staff of scenic artisans. Theme carpentry, mechanical systems, and steel fabrication complete the numerous departments within the main production facility. In addition to the Jackson, WI headquarters, field offices in Orlando, Seattle, and Winnipeg, Manitoba were established to better serve regional clients.