$14 million expansion, remodeling for Sartori|
|The Sartori Co., a family-owned cheese company, announced today that it will embark on a $14 million expansion and renovation project at its plants in Antigo and Plymouth — a development expected to create up to 53 new jobs.|
The project will enable the fourth-generation company to update its Wisconsin facilities. Sartori plans to add new equipment, improve team member ergonomics, enhance safety and sustainability initiatives while expanding capacity and capabilities to enable ongoing growth. Work will begin in 2014, which is also Sartori’s 75th anniversary.
“This is great for the City of Antigo,” Mayor Bill Brandt said this morning.
The city and Chris Berry, director of the Langlade County Economic Development Corporation, have been working with Sartori, Brandt explained, as the tax benefits and other programs were fine-tuned.
To assist with the financing of the project, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has certified up to $394,500 in Economic Development Tax Credits. The tax credits will be distributed annually based on the number of new, full-time positions created over a three-year period. The company also is expected to retain its 265 team members at the Antigo and Plymouth facilities.
Brandt said the announcement offers confirmation of Sartori as an important part of Antigo and Langlade County’s industrial structure.
“We have been working for months on this project,” Brandt said, “we are excited.”
Jim Sartori, CEO of the firm, was certainly pleased with the project and announcement.
He explained that plans call for a ground breaking program in Antigo in May.
The CEO added that a good share of the improvements in the $14 million plan will involve the Antigo plant updating equipment, construction of new facilities and investing in team members.
Sartori said the world-class cheese-makers on the Antigo staff have led to a number of benefits for this plant as the confidence levels have grown.
He was joined by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in expressing pleasure.
“The dairy industry is a vital part of Wisconsin’s economy, and we’re pleased that the state is able to assist this strong family-owned business as it continues to expand and reach new markets,” Walker said.
“We are fortunate to be in Wisconsin where organizations like WEDC are available to help Wisconsin companies accelerate their growth,” Sartori President Jeff Schwager added. “We have a highly skilled team members and award-winning cheese that have led to growth over the past few years, and we’re looking forward to continue to grow for years to come.”
Schwager noted that the expansion with have an economic benefit well beyond Sartori as it will mean more business for local farm families, milk haulers, construction and engineering firms and dozens of suppliers.
Sartori has been producing artisan and premium cheese for seven decades for specialty, retail, ingredient, restaurant and food service markets.
Based in Plymouth, Sartori has an impressive array of award winning cheese noted for innovative approaches and consistent top quality across their entire line.
A portion of the Antigo Sartori plant, which will be the site of updates, growth during 2014.
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