A groundbreaking ceremony was recently held on the northwest side of Fort Atkinson at the site of the new Country Inn & Suites. Representatives of the Hetts family, Connery Construction and Cornerstone Hotel Management Inc. gathered with City and Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce officials for the ceremony at the new hotel location at the 1600 block of Madison Avenue.

Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM is a privately-owned, leading hotel company with more than 1,370 hotels in operation and under development in over 110 countries and territories worldwide. Country Inns & Suites is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is one of seven brands within the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group portfolio.

A leader in the upper midscale hotel segment, Country Inns & Suites locations feature residential architecture and welcoming interiors to provide the feeling of home with amenities such as free high-speed Internet, fitness centers, swimming pools, complimentary cookies, and much more. The Fort Atkinson property will offer 83 suites and a 3,400 square foot meeting and conference center, which can accommodate 250 guests. The anticipated completion date is targeted for Spring 2018, with reservations for the conference center beginning early in the new year.

This is the second property in Fort Atkinson constructed by Connery Construction, and managed by Cornerstone Hotel Management, Inc, based in DeForest, WI. The company manages nine other properties in Wisconsin.  

Pictured in the groundbreaking photo from left to right are: Dave Bienfang, chamber ambassador; Russ Turk, PremierBank; Mason Becker, Fort Atkinson City Council president; Tim Connery, Connery Construction Inc.; Randy Connery; Rhonda Shore; Brian Brandstetter, Cornerstone Hotel Management Inc.; Ron Robinson, construction foreman; Rodney Hetts; Jameson Hetts; Kelli Hetts; Lucas Hetts; Kaylin Hetts; Charlie Huebner, construction foreman; Carrie Chisholm, chamber executive director; Dave Witte, chamber president; Tom Dehnert, chamber president-elect; Eric Frey, chamber treasurer.