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Italian food ingredient company considers $40 million Caledonia plant

Tuesday, August 7, 2018   (0 Comments)

Milwaukee Business Journal
Sean Ryan



An Italian company that makes food ingredients and supplements could build its first U.S. plant in Caledonia, a $40 million investment.

The project gained approvals from Caledonia’s Village Board on Monday. The Italian company is CSL Centro Sperimentale del Latte USA Inc., doing business as ProBio. It plans to build the U.S. location at the request of a "major customer,” according to a filing with the village of Caledonia that does not name that customer.

The company produces and sells probiotics, starter cultures, molds and yeasts for the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, dairy, food and agriculture sectors.

"Proximity to major customers in the Midwest, availability of workforce and cost of doing business are important considerations for the project,” the filing said. "The cluster of food and beverage businesses in the greater Milwaukee area and Wisconsin provide the necessary talent pool to meet the company’s needs.”

The Caledonia plant could have 31 full-time employees by the end of 2021, and 40 by 2024. Pending approvals, construction of the 66,500-square-foot building would begin in fall, and the plant would be fully operational in 2020.

The Racine County Economic Development Corp. and village officials have been cooperating to attract the company.

"We are pleased an international manufacturer is considering a location in our community,” said village president Jim Dobbs, adding that village staff and the Racine County Economic Development Corp. "continue to work with the company to secure the project and look forward to a decision that is beneficial for the company and our community.”

The company has focused its site search down to Caledonia at this time, but has looked at other sites as well, said Laura Million, business development manager of the Racine County EDC. 

"This milestone of the plan approval is one step in their process,” she said. 

ProBio’s plant would have fermentation equipment to grow probiotics and other food ingredients, along with cold storage space and a 10,000-square-foot office.

ProBio is securing a 25-acre property on Nicholson Road in the Caledonia Business Park for the building. The initial phase would cover about 10 acres, with the remaining 15 reserved for a future expansion.


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