— Wisconsin cheesemaker Sargento Foods will expand its
Kiel facility by 80,000 square feet and create
The Kiel Planning Commission and City Council approved
the company’s request to construct its third major
expansion, according to an announcement.
The Kiel plant opened in 1993 on a 40-acre site in Kiel
Industrial Park on Highway 67 between AA and XX. It
expanded by 40,000 square feet in 2000 and 60,000 square
feet in 2007. Sargento Foods natural shredded, sliced
and snack cheeses, cheese dips and battered and breaded
frozen appetizers are produced at this location.
“Sargento remains steadfast in our commitment to growing
in Wisconsin,” said CEO Louie Gentine in a statement.
“We look forward to the possibility of expanding our
Kiel facility to add production lines and better
accommodate our employees.”
Included in the expansion plans is increasing the space
for employees. The location currently employs 540
people, but added lockers would accommodate up to 720
employees during the next five years. In addition, the
expanded building would include additional space for
production, storage and employee facilities, including a
health and wellness center, according to Sargento Foods.
Tax increment financing for the project was approved by
Kiel’s city government as a pre-condition of Sargento to
move forward with the expansion, according to the
Construction will begin during the second half of 2015
with occupancy expected by late 2016.
Sargento Foods also operates production facilities in
Plymouth and Hilbert and a technical center in Elkhart
Lake. Sargento Foods is a third generation, family-owned
company with $1.3 billion in net sales.
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