Company president says $5 million building will be the first of three to be erected over next 20 years
It was a case of good news and even better news when the Village of Saukville Community Development Authority reviewed expansion plans for Calibre Inc.
Company president Jerome Wachowiak presented plans for a 98,732-square-foot building on vacant land adjacent to the existing plant on North Dekora Woods Boulevard.
The building will be used for warehousing and finishing work on parts made for the power-sports industry, including custom motorcycle parts.
When the new building is complete, the company will add as many as 100 employees, according to Calibre.
According to Wachowiak, the building will be valued at about $5 million.
Calibre is currently leasing about 70,000 square feet of space at various locations around the county.
Wachowiak told commission members the company has a 20-year plan that includes the construction of two more buildings at the site, each expected to be about 60,000 square feet.
“At this point, we don’t know when we’ll get around to the other buildings,” Wachowiak said.
The first building is on a definite timetable. Ideally, he said, he would like to see work start this summer.
CDA members liked the building plan and the intent to mimic exterior building treatments used on Calibre’s existing plant. The design calls for white stone-like panels trimmed by bands of brown aluminum.
Two bump-outs will give the building texture and depth, designer Jim Dallas of Keller Inc. said.
The only significant glitch that surfaced in the site plan review was the discovery that a proposed stormwater retention pond is proposed for an area where bedrock has been found within a couple feet of the surface.
A revised plan for that pond will be submitted for staff review and approval.
That same bedrock issue, company officials said, will make it necessary to do some “minor blasting” to clear about 1,500 cubic feet of rock from the construction area.
Apart from some minor utility connection issues, the CDA enthusiastically supported the building, site and landscaping plans.
Village President Barb Dickmann spoke glowingly of the expansion plans, saying, “I think this is really exciting.”
Wachowiak said the pending building projects reflect a pattern of growth the company has been experiencing.
“We have been able to do some long-range thinking, which is how this company operates,” he said.
Calibre is an employee-owned company which has been in operation since 1981.