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Nosco consolidating production in Pleasant Prairie

From the SPECIAL REPORT: Forward Kenosha County Part 2 — COVID heroes and exciting developments on the horizon series
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Business growth does not always come easy. For some companies it can take years of planning and reworking that plan many times over.

Nosco Inc., a packaging provider for the pharmaceutical and personal care industries, has wanted to relocate to Wisconsin since 2015. Headquartered in Gurnee, Ill., the company wanted to grow its business. It was running out of space and desperately needed to consolidate operations into one location.

At one point, Nosco, a subsidiary of Holden Industries Inc., considered buying land and building its own facility. But it has finally made the move to a 172,279-square-foot facility in Pleasant Prairie’s LakeView Corporate Park, 11200 88th Ave. It has a long-term lease, made renovations, invested in new equipment and is looking to be in the facility later this spring and in full operation by June. The site also will house Nosco’s graphic services, solutions engineering and administrative staffs. Its facilities in Gurnee and Bridgeview, Ill., will remain open, but the company will close its Waukegan location.

Nosco, which serves 400 customers in the healthcare industry, expects to have nearly 300 employees in the new facility. Company President Craig Curran said 80% of its production is for the healthcare industry. It also makes test kits and some products related to COVID-19.

“It’s a three-month process to move all equipment and 275 employees into the building,” Curran said. 

“We really needed to consolidate and get into one large building,” Curran said. “Nosco is growing and this move allows us the room to support our healthcare customers. This was set up nicely for manufacturing.

"We’ve been talking about this since 2015; this is a significant improvement,” Curran said. “We’re adding more equipment and will be more efficient."

Help from KABA

Curran credits the Kenosha Area Business Alliance for helping the company make the move. He said Nosco began working with KABA in 2019. After 14 months of further planning, they settled on the Pleasant Prairie site. He also said the company worked out the lease details with Tom Boyle, a principal with Lee & Associates, a commercial real estate firm.

Curran said that KABA was a good matchmaker that helped facilitate the various aspects of the move. Nosco not only needed a larger facility, but also one that was conveniently located in the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor with close proximity to I-94. The Lakeview Corporate Park was the perfect location both for its logistics needs and for employees who life in northern Illinois and in Wisconsin.  

“We have a lot of employees who live in Kenosha County. A lot live five to 10 minutes away," Curran said.

Commitment to employees

Nosco has made a commitment to employees. It operates an employee-owned stock plan company under which the workers own the company. The human resources department notes the owners think long-term, and care about their customers’ needs and the company's reputation.

Curran said, “The ESOP started in 2008 and has been quite successful for our employees. They love being owners. Actually, 100% of the employees own 100% of the company. This is quite unique. We are part of Holden Industries, where the ESOP exists. If you are an employee owner, you can actually own stock in Nosco and three other companies.

“It helps employees retire with dignity in a much better way than traditional methods,” Curran said.

In closing, Curran said  the Nosco team is excited to launch its new Pleasant Prairie site to better serve its customers even better.

“It has been a long journey to find the right place for Nosco’s future, but we are certain this location will set us up for growth and success moving forward.”

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