Expansion of Jeneil plant put on hold

Work on $48 million project delayed because of death of company founder
By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

A planned $48 million expansion of Jeneil Biotech in the Saukville business park is on hold following the death of the company’s founder.

Members of the Village of Saukville’s Community Development Authority voted to accept the “pause plan” after Neil Gandhi, son of founder Niranjan Gandhi, made the request, saying the company was currently in transition following his father’s death.

The elder Gandhi died unexpectedly in June. He was 73. He founded the company, which develops enzyme-modified cheese cultures and natural flavorings, in 1995. He named the company after his children, Jennifer and Neil.

On Tuesday, Neil Gandhi told CDA members his company plans to complete the wastewater and stormwater components of the project this fall but wants to put on hold building the 80,00-square-foot addition, which will include a warehouse, equipment room, cooler, freezer and a dry box room.

A second phase will add another 60,000 square feet of office space and a fermentation center to the current 233,000-square-foot-facility at 400 N. Dekora Woods Blvd.

The project should be complete in 2020, about a year later than originally planned, according to a letter to village officials.

The company expects to add about 35 jobs.

 

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