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Craft beer boom helping Franklin adhesives distributor grow

Sunday, February 4, 2018   (0 Comments)
Business Journal

Sean Ryan


A 14-year-old Franklin distributor of adhesives for beer bottle labels and other food products is expanding with a more than $1 million building addition.

BC Adhesives plans to nearly double the size of its building in the Franklin Industrial Park south of Ryan Road. The project would add 13,000 square feet of warehousing space for the distribution business, said Ed Brozynski, one of three owners.

"We’ve been adding a lot of new bodies within the past two years,” he said. "With the business that’s been coming in, that’s been putting our inventory to capacity.” 

The company sells products mainly used for packaging and labeling food products, Brozynski said. It has seen increased sales to craft brewers, for example, for their beer bottle labels. 

Its offices and distribution are based in Franklin, but BC Adhesives has salespeople in Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota and Pennsylvania, among other locations, Brozynski said. They have been drumming up more business for the distributor. 

A ground-breaking for the expansion is planned once the ground thaws, and could be complete in mid-July, Brozynski said. Kotze Construction Co. Inc. of Milwaukee is leading the project. 

BC Adhesives built its 15,000-square-foot headquarters in the Franklin Industrial Park in 2010, moving there from Muskego during the company’s first major expansion. The latest round of growth has led to two new hires in Franklin, Brozynski said.

"It still is a people business, being honest, and up-front and giving your customers a solution,” he said. "People are willing to work with us if you are able to provide a benefit.”

Expansions by companies including BC Adhesives are filling up the remaining industrial park land in the city of Franklin. The city is planning for a new business park near 27th Street and Oakwood Road. The first new buildings set to break ground in that area are planned by Interstate Partners LLC, which has an office in Waukesha. The company gained final needed approvals for a development agreement for that project from the city's Common Council in late January.

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