Denali Ingredients Plans Major Expansion At Manufacturing-Research Hub In New Berlin, Wisconsin
Phase one interior renovations include a new Innovation Center to foster research, development and creative flavor collaboration with industry partners, as well as a state-of-the-art Pilot Lab where Denali can simulate full-scale manufacturing of new concepts. Additionally, new production lines and capabilities have been added and administrative office space has been expanded.
Denali plans to invest another $6 million in its second phase of expansion over the next 24 months, a move that will add new production capabilities and seed another 40-50 new jobs.
According to the firm, its campus has served as the company’s primary manufacturing center for the company's growing ice cream and food ingredients business, since its purchase of the 40-year old complex in 2006. The $5.5 million build-out includes a complete re-facing of the exterior façade, as well as interior renovations intended to support Denali's growth and emerging position as a top independent ingredients supplier in the U.S.
Denali partnered with Oliver Construction Co. for what is the first phase of a larger $12 million investment intended to support an unprecedented period of growth, highlighted by; ingredients production that more than doubled in the past decade, staff that has tripled since Denali first acquired the facility in 2006 and more than 50 new jobs developed to meet growing demand.
"We are in the enviable position of having an incredibly talented team of dairy and food industry veterans who are committed to hands-on collaboration and innovation with our customers," said Neal Glaeser, President of Denali Ingredients. "Our vision is to become the go-to ingredients supplier for innovative products and solutions."
"We're investing at a time when many in our industry are moving in the other direction," Glaeser added. "It's an opportunity for us to get closer to the consumer and to play a larger role in our customer's own R&D efforts as true collaborators. Ultimately, the entire industry benefits when these new flavors and concepts become mainstream trends in the grocery aisle."
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