Latest contract points to future growth for Saukville company that specializes in pre-moistened wipes
The Village of Saukville Community Development Authority approved a simple outdoor storage area at Carroll Converting last week, with the promise of bigger things to come.
Mike Kryshak, president of the pre-moistened wipes manufacturer at 700 N. Progress Dr., told village officials the company is becoming a key producer of disinfecting wipes used to wipe down grocery store shopping carts.
“We have a contract that will make us the No. 3 producer of shopping cart wipes, taking the business away from a company in China,” Kryshak said.
The company has 16 employees working two 10-hour shifts, four days a week.
According to Kryshak, the new emphasis for the company could eventually mean the need to hire as many as eight more full-time workers.
For now, the added work means the company needs more room.
Carroll Converting gained approval from the CDA for an 86-by-24-foot fenced storage area under a pitched metal roof that will be mounted over a concrete slab. The fenced area will be added to the back of the building and will not be visible from North Progress Drive.
Slats woven into the chain-link fence will be the same blue color as the existing building.
A conditional-use permit was required for the fence. Fencing has been an issue in the past in the business park, but nobody showed up for the public hearing on the permit request although notices were sent to approximately two dozen neighboring property owners.
“This will be cold storage. We are basically running out of space,” Kryshak told the CDA.
He said much of the waste fabric used in the manufacture of the wipes can be stockpiled and sold to a company that makes absorbent booms — or stuffed sleeves — that are used in sopping up chemical spills.
The CDA supported the fenced storage area, but made approval conditional on the support of the building owners, Ferro Investments of Cedarburg.
Kryshak said his company anticipates signing a new three-year lease for the building in spring.
Before that lease expires, he said the company hopes to have an option to purchase the building. If that occurs, Kryshak said an expansion at the 18,900-square-foot plant will be pursued.
As Carroll Converting grows, he said the company is comfortable with making a long-term commitment to the village.
“We love it in Saukville and I see a comeback in the industrial park, with a lot of business activity,” Kryshak said.
“We are happy to be here, and being able to take a little business away from the Chinese is always a good thing.”
According to the company’s website, it makes nine lines of wipes, including hand cleaning and sanitizing, disinfectant cleaner, multi-use and specialty cleaning wipes.
Among those products is a line called Rebel Wipes, which is made available as a fund-raiser for a number of non-profit groups.