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Posted on Mar 15, 2017 :: Plant News
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Walker signs bill to help cheese industry

Gov. Scott Walker signed into law a bill that allows the Village of Oostburg to create a third TIF district, helping Masters Gallery Foods expand its operations and create new jobs.

“This bill is good news for the Oostburg community and our state,” Walker said in a press release. “With this new TIF district, we are helping Masters Gallery Foods create 120 new jobs within the next three years and a new multimillion dollar facility.”

Under current law, the creation of TIF districts is not allowed if more than 12 percent of the total taxable property value of a local governing unit is part of the district. The bill increased the total to 15 percent of the total taxable property for the Village of Oostburg.

Winona Foods to build new facility in Howard

Winona Foods announced plans to build a new redistribution and cheese converting facility. Equipped with direct rail access, Winona’s new facility will provide its vendor partners additional avenues for distribution.

The facility will allow for continued growth of its food service, chain account and specialty cheese offerings nationwide and will complement the company’s other plants and corporate headquarters, located nearby.

The 187,000-square-foot facility will be built on a 22-acre site in the village of Howard, and it includes land for additional growth. The company aims to occupy the facility by December.

The estimated project cost is $30 million and will generate 120 jobs. In addition to advanced distribution systems for the company’s logistics department, the new facility will feature expanded efficient cooler distribution, additional offices and manufacturing space.

Kohler Co. acquires Liverpool-based company

Kohler Co. announced that its Power Group acquired Clarke Energy Ltd., Liverpool, England. Clarke Energy is a multinational specialist in the engineering, construction, installation and maintenance of engine-based power plants and an authorized distributor of GE’s reciprocating engines in 19 countries worldwide.

Founded in 1989, Clarke Energy provides comprehensive distributed power solutions in multiple industries for mostly prime and continuous power requirements. The privately held firm employs more than 1,100 people. Company founder Jim Clarke, as well as current CEO Jamie Clarke and all other company leaders, will maintain their roles following the acquisition.

Petroleum products, salt led port’s 2016 season

Positive contributors to the Port of Green Bay’s 2016 shipping season, which ended in January, included increases in domestic imports of petroleum products and U.S. salt.

Overall, port tonnage in 2016 totaled 1.8 million metric tons of cargo, just shy of a 2 million metric ton goal and down about 9 percent from 2015.

“While the numbers didn’t quite reach the 2 million mark, being as close as they were means it was still a good season,” Dean Haen, port director, said in a press release. “The numbers indicate that the economy in Northeast Wisconsin remains strong.”

The rise in petroleum product imports was the result of the shutdown of a petroleum pipeline serving Northeast Wisconsin, while the salt increase stemmed from a shift from salt mines in Canada to the United States.