Osage Food Products buys former Carnation plant

Freeman Staff

Jan. 17, 2019

Lake Country Foods, 132 S. Concord Road
Rebecca Seymour/Special to Conley Media

OCONOMOWOC — Osage Food Products has purchased the building at 132 S. Concord Road that once housed Carnation operations and then was home to Lake Country Foods.

Lake Country Foods closed in early 2018 and laid off 91 employees.

Now, Osage Food Products will remodel the building and return manufacturing to the site, according to a Wednesday announcement.

“The facility in Oconomowoc provides a great opportunity for us to expand our operations and provide superior products to our customers,” said owner William Dickinson.

OFP is a protein supplier owned by William Dickinson Jr. and based in Washington, Missouri. This new site will expand OFP manufacturing capabilities. Proprietary technology already at the site attracted OFP’s attention because it will help create products their competitors do not offer, according to the announcement.

When Lake Country Foods closed in 2018, it cited the cost of modernizing the nearly 100-year-old facility as the reason for closing.

“There was no economical path forward to continue operations given the age of the plant and the tremendous costs which would be associated with modernizing the facilities in order to maintain the high standards the company has historically set for its products,” a statement from Lake Country Foods had said.

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