Port Plan Commission signs off on addition to KMC building

By 
KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM
Ozaukee Pres staff

KMC Stampings in Port Washington is growing.

The Port Washington Plan Commission recently approved an almost 19,000-square-foot addition to the company’s plant at 1221 S. Park St.

The addition to the back of the building will square off the west side of the structure, Adam Hertel of American Architectural Group told both the Plan Commission and the Design Review Board, which had earlier recommended approval of the expansion.

The addition is needed to store raw materials and improve production efficiencies, he said, particularly the flow from shipping and receiving the presses.

“They need to reorganize in terms of being more functional,” Hertel said.

The company also plans to enclose a lean-to that’s used to store scrap metal in bins until they’re taken off site, Hertel said.

Because they’re exposed to the elements now, the bins “fill up with water and snow,” he said, adding the forklifts used to move them track mud and water into the plant.

The lean-to will be enclosed by a chain link fence.

The company’s plans also show a new loading dock, but whether that is built depends on the cost, Hertel said.

The addition will be a pre-engineered metal building that’s designed to match the existing industrial portion of the building, he said, but with more clerestory windows on the north and west sides than elsewhere.

“The intention is to match what’s there,” Hertel said.

A recommendation by the Design Review Board that the addition also have a concrete base like that used on the existing plant was not required by the Plan Commission.

Hertel told the commission that the base will add cost to the project but no function.

“It’s not needed for operations. It’s not needed in any way,” he said.

Plan Commission member Kyle Knop noted that there are parts of the existing plant where the metal panels go all the way to the ground.

“I do not believe it should be a condition (of approval),” he said.

Hertel said that the company plans to begin work on the project this fall, although work on the footings and foundation could start as early as August.

  KMC Stampings specializes in engineered manufactured metal stampings and fabrications for multiple industries, including automotive and heavy and commercial equipment companies at its four locations — two in Port, one in Fredonia and the other in Walker’s Point.

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