Written by MARK JAEGER
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 18:32
Business parks welcome Jeneil Biotech expansion, Oldenburg relocation
It may still be the dead of winter, but the business climate on the Village of Saukville’s industrialized west side appears to be heating up.
Following a sudden surge of interest in the manufacturing area, a pair of industrial expansion projects were approved by village officials last week.
Last September, Jeneil Biotech got approval from the village for a 44,815-square-foot addition to its facility at 400 N. Dekora Woods Blvd. in the Dekora Woods Business Park
That expansion project is expected to start this spring. Earlier in 2013, a 20,000-square-foot cooler addition and 2,500-square-foot processing addition were built to accommodate growing space needs.
Last week, the company took its expansion plan even further, gaining approval from the village’s Community Development Authority for a pair of lesser expansion projects.
The company now intends to build a two-story, 50-by-32-foot storage platform for compressors and air tanks that will be needed to support new equipment in the previously approved addition.
The addition will be on the north side of the existing building, between areas designated for fermentation and distillation.
The original building was erected in 1996, and architect Kurt Davis said great efforts will be made to match the appearance of the existing exterior materials.
“This project is on a fast track as the need for this space is immediate and will provide additional employment opportunities,” Davis told the CDA.
Jeneil Biotech is a leading supplier of dairy flavorings, soy milk powders and natural flavor chemicals.
Village officials also approved the certificate of compliance for the move of Oldenburg Metal Tech into a building in the adjacent Saukville Industrial Park.
Earlier in the year, the company announced plans to move some of its production facilities from its current location on Highway KW in the Town of Port Washington to 755 N. Progress Dr., known as the GenMach building.
Company owner Robert Oldenburg told village officials last week the conversion of the Saukville location is about 95% complete.
Oldenburg said the company currently has a workforce of 40 and expects to add six people as soon as possible.
Those hirings would exceed the number required of the company as part of an $80,000 revolving-loan agreement with the village secured to help finance the move.
At the time of the application, the company said it intended to hire as many as 15 new employees and two part-time workers within the next three years because of growing business demand.
Oldenburg is a manufacturer of stamping tools and complex machined parts for the automotive, recreational vehicle and lawn and garden industries.
The company projects growth in its tooling division at 10% to 12% over the next three years. Officials said the additional space at the new building will allow productivity and profits to grow by approximately 20% a year for the next three years.