The new 20KW residential
generator is on display in the lobby at Sauk
Technologies on Tuesday afternoon in Saukville.
John Ehlke/ Daily News
SAUKVILLE - Changes at Sauk Technologies have been in
the works for months and now they are coming to light.
Additional jobs and new products are part of the
Saukville plant, a Kohler Co. facility, builds diesel
fuel tanks and generator enclosures. Employees will
continue building the fuel tanks but not the enclosures.
On top of that, they are creating a line to build,
assemble and test home automatic standby generators,
said Anne Smith, associate public relations
manager-Power Group. The company is beginning to work on
the assembly line and expects it to be operational by
June, she said.
think my team is looking forward to the opportunity and
the challenge,” superintendent of manufacturing Rich
Katte said. He has been with the Saukville plant since
2007. “It will be a great opportunity. It’s something
new. It’s a new operation, new processes.”
confirmed jobs will be created in Saukville, but would
not say how many. However, when news of Kohler Co.’s
expansion was released in August, the company reported
it expected to hire 300 associates over the next three
years between its facilities in Mosel and Saukville and
its plant in Kohler, which supplies the engines used in
Kohler’s small and mid-size generators.
Superintendent of Manufacturing Richard Katte stands
next to a display model of the new 20KW Residential
Generator in the lobby at Sauk Technologies on
Tuesday afternoon in Saukville.
John Ehlke/ Daily News
increase in demand for standby generators has been
fueled by weather events like Superstorm Sandy in 2012
and ice storms in the Northeast this winter as well as
consumer interest in having emergency power, Smith said.
These are permanently installed standby-home generators
that run on natural gas or propane and “fire up”
automatically within 10 seconds if the power goes out,
the Saukville plant becomes the production facility for
home automatic standby generators, the Mosel plant will
focus on industrial and light commercial generators for
a range of businesses including hospitals, data centers,
water treatment plants, cellphone towers and small
businesses like restaurants, gas stations and
convenience stores, according to a news release.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources issued Sauk
Technologies an air permit on Feb. 13 to construct the
processing line (25 kw maximum engine capacity). The
plant is allowed to emit 79 tons per year of carbon
monoxide, volatile organic compound or any criteria
pollutant. Under its previous permit, it could emit 25
tons per year, said Ted Cauwels, DNR air management
program registration permit program coordinator and
compliance engineer. However, the plant only emits an
average of 5 tons per year, he said.
“They’re doing the due diligence to get the correct
permit in case they go over the flow,” Cauwels said.
has never been a complaint or enforcement action against
the company, DNR Air Management engineer Ryan Bergh
said. The plant would have to go full blast to get to 79
tons. They are not classified as a “major source” of
pollutants, which is 100 tons per year or greater, he
Saukville Village President Barbara Dickmann said the
upgrade at Sauk Technologies will be beneficial to the
are a very good corporate citizen and they are right in
our business park and very visible in Saukville,” she
Companies often change processes and replace employees
with robotics. “If they are planning to add jobs, that
would be wonderful,” Dickmann said.