WEDC pledges $735,000 in tax credits for Sargento expansion

Freeman Staff

July 2, 2015

MADISON — The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation announced Thursday that it has authorized Sargento Foods Inc. to receive up to $735,000 in state tax credits to support its expansion of facilities in Kiel and Elkhart Lake.

According to the announcement, Sargento is investing $30 million to expand its production facility in Kiel and its technical center in Elkhart Lake. As result of the project, about 140 jobs are expected to be created at those two facilities as well as at the company’s corporate headquarters in Plymouth.

“My grandfather and father built Sargento from a small cheese gift shop into the $1.3 billion national company it is today, thanks to the dedication and hard work of our employees over the past 62 years,” said company CEO Louie Gentine in a statement. “We are committed to growth in this area that will benefit the entire Sargento family of employees and all of our other stakeholders—suppliers, customers and community.”

Sargento is planning an 80,000-square-foot expansion of its Kiel production facility, which will be its third major expansion of that plant since it opened in 1993. The expansion would include additional space for production, storage and employee facilities, including a health and wellness center and additional locker space to accommodate up to 720 employees during the next five years, according to the announcement. The plant currently employs 540 people.

In Elkhart Lake, the company is undertaking a 59,000-square-foot expansion of its it technical center, which will more than double the size of the facility and provide new space for engineering, research and product development operations, according to the announcement.