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Posted on May 14, 2019 :: Plant News
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Alliance Laundry purchases site, expands footprint into Manitowoc

Ripon-based Alliance Laundry Systems is planning to expand its operations into Manitowoc.

The Manitowoc Common Council unanimously approved a pay-as-you-go $900,000 tax incremental financing district agreement with Alliance. The company, a world leader in manufacturing commercial laundry equipment, submitted a plan for a $30 million improvement on the former Manitowoc Cranes site. The 50-acre site has been vacant since Manitowoc Cranes moved its crawler cranes operations to Pennsylvania in 2016.

The City of Manitowoc had announced a manufacturer submitted a plan to buy the Manitowoc Cranes site and hire 250 workers, but that the company would not be named officially until its due diligence period was complete.

An Alliance spokesman confirmed the company is looking to move to Manitowoc, but declined to name the site due to extended due diligence it is doing with the site’s former owners. The move will not affect any jobs at the Ripon manufacturing facility.

GLK Foods announces plans to build Appleton production facility

GLK Foods LLC is building a new production facility for its Oh Snap! Pickling Co. brand of refrigerated single-serve brineless pickled vegetables.

The new 67,000-square-foot facility is being built at 1725 W. Evergreen Drive, Appleton. Miron Construction Co. Inc. is the general contractor.

The facility will allow GLK Foods to reduce its cost of manufacturing by introducing better line flow, increasing storage capacity, and enabling the procurement of more Wisconsin-grown cucumbers.

GLK introduced the Oh Snap! line in 2015 to capitalize on consumer demand for tasty, healthy, convenient snacks. Since the brand’s inception, it has roughly doubled in sales each year.

Family-owned for more than 100 years, GLK Foods is the world’s largest producer of sauerkraut. Headquartered in Appleton, the company also has manufacturing operations in Bear Creek.

Milwaukee’s Johnstone Supply to expand to North Fond du Lac

The Village of North Fond du Lac completed the sale of 4.83 acres in the Northgate Business Park to Milwaukee-based Johnstone Supply. The site will be home to a new 25,000-square-foot facility that is slated to be completed in the summer of 2020.

Johnstone Supply is a heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration supply company that supplies parts and equipment to the residential, light commercial and industrial markets. Johnstone will lease 20,000 square feet in the Fond du Lac area to serve as a temporary location until construction is complete.

“The village is thrilled to have such a great business locate in our community. This is a great example of tax incremental financing working for a small community,” said Nick Leonard, North Fond du Lac village administrator.

The Northgate Business Park is located northeast of Interstate 41 and County Highway OO in the Village of North Fond du Lac. The park’s location offers access to Interstate 41 and Highways 23 and 151. In addition to Johnstone Supply, the park is home to Agnesian HealthCare Clinic, Aurora Clinic, FZE and Side x Side Construction.

Menasha Packaging plays role in debut of New Glarus cans

The New Glarus Brewing Co. announced the release of a 24-pack case of Spotted Cow cans, featuring beer, cans and corrugate packaging made entirely in Wisconsin. New Glarus partnered with Menasha Packaging in Neenah to produce the corrugate case box.

“Menasha Packaging is proud to partner with New Glarus Brewing. The new production of their 24-pack can case allows Menasha Packaging to continue as one of the Wisconsin companies that partners with New Glarus to keep jobs in Wisconsin and help grow our economy,” said Mike Riegsecker, president of Menasha Packaging.

In addition to its partnership with Menasha Packaging, New Glarus is working with Ball Corp.’s Fort Atkinson facility to make the cans.

Kaukauna, Mishicot honored for career training programs

Two Wisconsin high schools were among eight to receive national honors for programs delivered in partnership with technical colleges that “represent the best of Career and Technical Education (CTE).”

Kaukauna and Mishicot high schools received Excellence in Action Awards at the 2019 Advance CTE spring meeting in Maryland. Advance CTE is a national nonprofit representing state leaders in secondary, postsecondary and adult CTE across the country.

Mishicot High School was honored for its plant science program, which was developed in partnership with more than 30 local businesses and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Fox Valley Technical College and Lakeshore Technical College.

The program evolved from a single class into a full program of study, offering students the ability to earn college credits and industry certifications. Students also engage in work-based learning, assuring an understanding of industry trends and connections for future employment.

Kaukauna High School’s manufacturing program works with FVTC to prepare students for high‑demand careers with hands-on experience and rigorous coursework. Kaukauna students, who are part of the state’s Youth Apprenticeship program, can program state-of-the-art machining equipment that uses industry-standard computer-aided design. They can earn state-recognized certifications and college credit in manufacturing, automation and electronics for a smooth transition to college or career.

WEDC awards tax credits to Faith Technologies project

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. has authorized up to $800,000 in state income tax credits over the next three years for Faith Technologies’ new Excellerate manufacturing facility, which is under construction in Little Chute. The Menasha-based company’s $20 million project is expected to create 275 jobs over the next three years. The 225,000-square-foot facility is expected to be completed later this year.

Beyond the 275 jobs, an economic modeling study estimates the project could indirectly generate 136 additional jobs in the region. Those 411 total new jobs are expected to generate over $3 million in state income tax revenue over a five-year period. The actual amount of tax credits Faith Technologies will receive is contingent upon the number of jobs created in the next three years.