Unlike many communities of its size, Marathon City is an employment center for the surrounding area. Marathon City is an employment center for the region with nearly 2000 people commuting to the Village daily for work and is recognized regionally, nationally, and globally for the products created here. Over 50 small businesses with focuses in agriculture, manufacturing, hospitality, personal finance, medical and personal services are located in the Village.
Marathon City is home for the corporate headquarters of Marathon Cheese Corporation (the largest cheese packing company in the country), Menzner Hardwoods (the largest hardwood millwork company in the country) and County Materials Corporation (a multi-state ready-mix, masonry, landscaping and precast and prestress concrete products company). Over the past 6 years these companies have invested millions of dollars in expansions within the Village, demonstrating their confidence in the workforce and the Community.
Multiple other companies have chosen to locate in Marathon City and have built facilities in the Marathon City Business Park. These investments have generated $41.8M in new increment value in TID #1 an increase of 143% since 2016.
The village’s highway connections to the rest of Wisconsin are State Routes 29 and 107. Cities such as Green Bay (105 miles), Madison (140 miles), Minneapolis (175 miles), Milwaukee (190 miles) and Chicago (275 miles) are all easy drives by multi-lane expressways and interstate highways. Air service is provided at the nearby Central Wisconsin Airport (15 miles away) by several airlines that maintain a regular schedule of jet flights to Chicago, Detroit and Minneapolis, with connections to anywhere in the world.
In addition to its excellent public and private elementary schools and a top performing public high school, several higher education facilities are located less than a half-hour drive from the village. Northcentral Technical College offer associates degree and certificate programs in a number of career areas. The University of Wisconsin Stevens Point Marathon County campus offers a full range of classes with two and four year programs. Rasmussen College has a campus a short drive away offering degree programs for the non-traditional student.
Marathon City has several private health care providers offering chiropractic, dental, vision, and primary medical care. Two hospitals, Aspirus Wausau and Ascension St. Clare’s, and several clinics offering a full range of medical and surgical specialists and a variety of other health care providers are less than a half-hour away. In addition, the main campus of the Marshfield Clinic, one of the largest private medical practices and research clinics in the Midwest, is located less than a 45 minute drive away.
Recreation and Culture
The residents of Marathon City have many opportunities for recreation and cultural enjoyment. While baseball and softball occupy the village’s Veterans Park during much of the summer, during Labor Day weekend it hosts the annual Fun Days celebration with its parade, live music, carnival and games. Outdoor recreation opportunities, from hunting and fishing, to biking, hiking and snowmobiling, are available on public lands, trails and waterways throughout the area. Or, you might choose to relax and read a book at the new Marathon City Branch Library. Right next door, the Goldbach Swim Center provides year around swimming for adults and youth. Or, you could workout at the Marathon High School Wellness Center, with a full complement of exercise equipment for adult use throughout the year. Or, you may wish to take a reflective walk through the grounds of the St. Anthony Spirituality Center. During the winter, you could ski down some of the 72 runs at Granite Peak or traverse some of the 18 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails in the Nine Mile County Forest. Both of these facilities are just a few miles outside of the village limits. During the summer, several challenging golf courses are open to the public and are only a short drive away. The Big Rib River offers the opportunity for canoeing and kayaking. Throughout the year, there are many live music events, art shows, festivals and fairs all around the area for village residents to enjoy.