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InSinkErator Expands Mount Pleasant-Racine, Wisconsin, Operation Centers

05/12/2017
InSinkErator, a subsidiary of Emerson and manufacturer of food waste disposers and instant hot water dispensers, will invest nearly $34 million for a new headquarters and lab facility in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin. The company will also invest $29 million in planned improvements at its manufacturing facility in Racine.

“Our new modern headquarters and state-of-the-art lab space will facilitate continued InSinkErator innovation and growth, enabling us to showcase the leading technologies that we’re developing here in Wisconsin,” said Chad Severson, InSinkErator’s President. “With the expansion to Mount Pleasant, we can optimize the layout of the Racine facility for improved product flow and additional capacity.”

Emerson reported its business unit closed on the purchase of 11.5 acres at the southwest corner of Highway 20 and Industrial Drive in Mount Pleasant and received local approvals to build on the site. Construction of the new headquarters and lab building, which has been designed to qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, is scheduled to begin next month.

The new 85,000-square-foot, two-story building will house 175 engineers and professional staff located at InSinkErator’s current headquarters at 4700 21st Street in Racine.

Building of the new InSinkErator facility in Mount Pleasant is receiving financial incentives from the Racine County Board of Supervisors, which approved Emerson’s $4.65 million loan request, and the Village of Mount Pleasant Board of Trustees, which approved $600,000 in tax increment financing assistance.

Severson noted the new facility will offer a convenient location near Interstate 94 in the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor and easy access to InSinkErator’s existing facilities in Racine, Kenosha and Sturtevant.

In addition, Emerson is investing $29 million over the next two years to reconfigure the Racine manufacturing site to optimize workflow and make room for future growth.

“Southeast Wisconsin continues to be an important area of operations for Emerson’s InSinkErator business, and by 2019 our company will have made nearly $150 million in capital investments in this area in support of InSinkErator over five years,” explained Bob Sharp, Executive President, Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions.

“InSinkErator is a dynamic part of our Commercial & Residential Solutions business having invented the food waste disposer in 1927, and we’re committed to positioning InSinkErator for continued growth and success,” he added.

According to company officials, the latest expansion is part of nearly $150 million in investments that Emerson is making in Southeast Wisconsin over the 2015-2019 timeframe. That $150 million investment also includes: $24.9 million to build the Kenosha facility, which opened in 2015, and $60 million in sustaining investment funding for various other needs. InSinkErator employs 1,200 people in Southeast Wisconsin, generating $103 million in wages and benefits in 2016.

Emerson expects to have its new InSinkErator headquarters opened in July 2018 and reconfiguration of the Racine plant completed by the fall of 2019.

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