Relocated business gains OK for storage building; company plans two major additions by 2025
When officials from Oldenburg Metal Tech decided to move some of their operations from the Town of Port Washington to the Saukville industrial park, they cited the need for room to grow.
The village’s Community Development Authority learned how serious the company was about being in growth mode, and approved a 3,200-square-foot free-standing storage building on the grounds of the manufacturing plant at 775 N. Progress Dr.
“We are calling it cold storage, but it is not a meat locker or anything like that. We just need the space to store materials,” company president Robert Oldenburg said.
The value of the 40-foot-by-80-foot building is $150,000.
The committee had no problem with the storage building, but told Oldenburg a band of brick or decorative masonry would need to be added to the exterior wall facing the street to meet the village’s aesthetic requirements.
“We can do that. I think it will look nice,” Oldenburg said of the wall treatment.
“I love that you came and are growing right away,” Village President Barb Dickmann said following the building approval.
The company’s tentative long-range expansion plans call for erecting a 18,750-square-foot manufacturing addition in 2016-18, and another 18,750-square-foot addition in 2020-25.
When the second addition is complete, the cold storage building will be removed, according to the company.
Oldenburg said the building boom reflects the product demand the company is facing.
“We have plenty of work. Finding the bodies has been the challenge, especially for second shift. Nobody wants to work second shift,” Oldenburg said.
He said the company is seeking CNC operators and toolmakers.
The company also got approval to add a second driveway that will access on Progress Drive.
“Right now, semis making deliveries are backing up onto Progress Drive, which is something I don’t think you want,” Oldenburg said.
“The way it is now, there can be chaos at shift change.”
In conjunction with the new traffic pattern to accommodate the second drive, the company will also be adding 16 parking spaces.
Those changes were approved by the committee, with the warning that parking spaces can be no closer than 50 feet from the lot line.
The company also gained approval for an LED-lit sign that will be attached to the exterior wall of the building.
The flurry of approvals were just the latest sign the village has rolled out the welcome carpet for the company.
In January, village officials approved an $80,000 revolving-loan.
Oldenburg Metal Tech is a manufacturer of stamping tools and complex machined parts for the automotive, recreational vehicle and lawn and garden industries.
In an earlier report to the village, the company projected growth in its tooling division at 10 to 12% over the next three years. Officials said the relocation to Saukville will allow productivity and profits to grow by approximately 20% a year over the next three years.
Since moving to Saukville, the company’s workforce has grown from 18 to 42.