library makes way for LaBudde
Move-in set for May 18
By Denise Seyfer - News Graphic Staff
An open space office area and private offices will occupy
the former Cedarburg library building when the LaBudde Group
Photo by Denise Seyfer
CEDARBURG — Gone are the circulation desk, the aroma of
cardboard book covers and paper as well as the plethora
of bookshelves that used to greet patrons visiting the
old library at W63 N583 Hanover Ave.
The building that once was has been stripped down to its
skeletal structure to make way for a newly designed
workplace for the 22 employees who work for LaBudde
Group in Grafton. They will start calling the red brick
building their home away from home on May 18, when they
are scheduled to move to Cedarburg. Altogether, the
company employs approximately 90 workers.
LaBudde Group specializes in converting food by-products
or waste into new, value-added consumer products such as
animal feed. Some of the ingredients remade come from
beet pulp, apple, vegetable and tomato pomace, sweet
potato waste, coffee grounds and orange pulp, just to
name a few. Some of the services LaBudde provides are
custom drying, grinding, blending and bagging of
products along with ingredient storage and
The Cedarburg building will serve as its headquarters,
while processing, warehousing and sales are conducted at
the other locations around the country, including a
large warehouse on Highway NN in Jackson.
LaBudde, with seven other locations nationwide, is owned
and operated by Richard Erickson and his wife, Mary
Sciascia, the company’s chief financial officer.
“We’ll start out the same, but this
will give us twice as much space, and we’ll continue to
grow,” said Erickson, when asked if he would be hiring
more staff after the move.
The company is selling its Grafton
building on 12th Avenue, Erickson said.
Painted in hues of brown, purple and
green, the new office in Cedarburg will house
accounting, transportation, human resources, sales and
marketing personnel and management.
The open-space work environment is
enhanced by the many windows, glass walls and curved
structures in the main office space, employee kitchen
and gathering areas. The interior uses angled lighting,
drawing one’s eye through the workspace area to the
glass-windowed, private offices.
With a taste for grilling, the
owners said they plan on extending and embellishing the
patio area that faces the Cedarburg Public Library. The
building also sits adjacent to the Ozaukee Interurban
Trail for those who prefer to bike to work.
The building’s purchase was approved
by the city in 2013; six Cedarburg nonprofits expressed
interest in the location, but LaBudde was the only
interested party that submitted an offer to purchase.
Those parties were Cedarburg Holiday House and Covered
Bridge museum, Cedarburg Preschool, Festivals ofCedarb
urg, the Ozaukee County Historical Society, a Cedarburg
historical museum and The Student Union, a teen mentor
program through Alliance Bible Church in Mequon.
Erickson and his wife offered
between $650,000 and $675,000 for the building, which
was appraised at $617,000, city documents said. The
parties closed on the building last December, Erickson
Established in 1907, LaBudde is
named after its founding family, which originally
handled by-products from the numerous breweries in
Milwaukee at the time. The company was sold by George
LaBudde and purchased by Richard and Phyllis Apple in
1978. Erickson started with the company in 1981, and
shortly thereafter, it moved to Brown Deer.
Nearly four years later, Erickson
and Sciascia purchased LaBudde in 1985. Since the
purchase, the owners have expanded its operations into
Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada and Michigan, where it has three
different facilities. The company’s largest and main
processing facility is in Akron, where it encompasses
60,300 square feet of warehouse, processing and office
space; a 12,000square-foot tent builder for storage and
54,000 square feet for more processing, storage,
grinding, drying and bagging operations.
LaBudde Group’s building design,
renovation and consulting was serviced by Design 2
Construct, based in Jackson, and GRAEF, an engineering
and consulting firm in Milwaukee.
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