Sargento Foods to expand Kiel facility, add employees

Special to The Freeman

Jan. 29, 2015

PLYMOUTH — Wisconsin cheesemaker Sargento Foods will expand its Kiel facility by 80,000 square feet and create additional jobs.

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 announcement.

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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