PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Plans for a metal fabrication facility that specializes in custom stainless-steel equipment serving the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries, among others, received site and operational approval from the Plan Commission Monday night.
Bio Fab Technologies Inc. is expected to construct a 50,743-square-foot office and custom stainless-steel fabrication facility — along with improvements from lighting to landscaping — on 5.6 acres in the 11100 block of 88th Avenue in LakeView Corporate Park.
Bio Fab, currently located in Kenosha at 7640 60th Ave. in the Business Park of Kenosha, is planning to relocate to the Pleasant Prairie site, according to Jean Werbie-Harris, community development director for the village. Construction on the new facility is expected to begin this month. Developers expect the facility to be completed and fully operational in February.
The new location would also allow Bio Fab business partners Jim O’Connell and Mark Schnuck to expand their business. The plans call for future building expansion of 22,890 square feet at the new site, Werbie-Harris said.
Established in 2006
Schnuck and O’Connell established Bio Fab Technologies Inc. on March 1, 2006. The company is well-known for custom fabrication, ASME vessels, process systems and engineering. According to Werbie-Harris, the company currently has 39 employees and plans to hire up to five new full-time employees when it opens the new facility.
Chelsea Couette, of Zilber Property Group, said the group would be providing developer services; however, Bio Fab would own the building.
“We’re just excited to expand and stay in Pleasant Prairie,” O’Connell said.
O’Connell, of Pleasant Prairie, assured Plan Commission chairman Michael Serpe and the commission that the facility performs fabrication and doesn’t melt steel as part of its operations.
“We fire all our material. We fabricate it. We laser-cut, we form, we roll, we mold and polish and assemble it,” he said.
Serpe congratulated the company for their plans to expand and for choosing to move to the village.
“We’re happy to see that,” Serpe said.
Following the meeting, O’Connell said that the village was an ideal location because they live in it.
“All of our employees live kind of close, so this worked out. We wanted to stay local,” he said. “It was pretty simple.”