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Kenosha equipment maker for food and pharmaceutical industries moving HQ to Pleasant Prairie

Tuesday, June 11, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sean Ryan, Milwaukee Business Journal
A Kenosha company that manufactures equipment for the food and pharmaceutical industries will expand to a larger and more modern facility that will break ground soon in Pleasant Prairie.

Bio Fab Technologies Inc., co-founded 13 years ago by Mark Schnuck and John O’Connell, makes stainless steel tanks, piping and other equipment, much of which is shipped to drug and food and beverage production facilities outside the state and overseas. It currently leases 1970s-era industrial buildings in Kenosha.

The co-founders want to own, rather than rent, and want a more modern-looking facility that will make a stronger impression with potential clients and prospective employees.

"Over the past five years, we’ve grown quite a bit,” O’Connell said. "For us to grow, we need a facility that matches a little more what we do.”

Bio Fab is working with Milwaukee developer Zilber Property Group to build a 50,000-square-foot facility in the LakeView Corporate Park in Pleasant Prairie that would serve as the company's new headquarters. The village’s Plan Commission approved the project on Monday. It is to break ground soon to open in spring 2020, according to a Tuesday news release by Zilber.

"We want to stay here and grow here,” O’Connell said. 

Bio Fab has 39 people on staff now, and plans to hire up to five more workers before it moves into the new building, the co-founders said. Riley Construction Co. Inc. is the general contractor.

"We were born and raised here in Kenosha and we are trying to use as much local help as we can on the project,” Schnuck said. 

The Bio Fab property in Pleasant Prairie has land for a potential future expansion. 

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