The exterior of Gehl Foods is seen Thursday morning in
Germantown. The Village board recently rezoned property
on Main Street to allow Gehl Foods to expand.
John Ehlke/Daily News
Gehl Foods has cleared one
hurdle to complete an expansion of its
production facility along Main Street in
The Village Board recently
approved a request to rezone two residential
lots, owned by the company, along Main
Street adjacent to their production facility
to permit expansion. The property was
changed from B-3 General Business to M-1
Stacy Cooke, project engineer
and who was representing Gehl Foods, said
the company plans to constructing five silos
soon with possibly an additional five more
at a later time.
The plan calls for a 6,180
square-foot expansion in the southwest
corner of the facility for up to 10
stainless steel silos and the relocation and
widening of the existing east driveway on
Main Street to improve the safety equipment
accessibility to and around the production
The plan calls for the
construction of a fire rated 21-foot wall to
enclose the 42-foot high silos.
“These silos are required to
support increased production within the
facility which will bring in as many as 30
new jobs to the Main Street facility over
the next three to five years,” Cooke said.
Cooke told village officials
one of the two homes is currently rented.
“The other one, an addition
to the back of that home is not in very good
condition and we won’t be renting that place
out,” she said.
Cooke said it’s also possible
sometime in the future the two homes could
be torn down and replaced with a small park
to keep up the residential appearance of the
rest of Main Street.
“But those plans are not firm
or definite,” Cooke said.
But the process for the
expansion is still not complete as far as
the village is concerned.
“They still have to come
before the Plan Commission for a site plan
review of how that building and the silos
are going to look,” Village President Dean
Wolter said. “They haven’t submitted a
formal plan yet. We know what their plan is,
but they haven’t gone through the process
with the Plan Commission for that part. This
was kind of the first step with the rezoning
application and the second step would be for
the site plan to be reviewed and approved by
the Plan Commission.”
Wolter said Gehl Foods’
business is seeing a large increase.
“Based on the projections on
their current increase in business, they’re
going to need the additional space for
product,” Wolter said. “They’re really
expanding out to what is almost a 24-7, 365
days of the year operation over the last
In other business-related
news, village officials have also granted a
conditional use permit that would allow the
opening of a Rainbow Child Care Center in
property owned by First Financial Bank at
N112W17060 Mequon Lane in the village.
Rainbow Child Care will
provide infant to 12-year-old full-time
child day care services. The facility is
designed to accommodate up to 116 children
with about 15 teachers and staff.