Viking Masek has launched a $4 million expansion of its U.S. headquarters in Oostburg, Wisconsin.
The company, which serves the packaging equipment needs of the food, medical and cannabis markets, broke ground on the 33,000-sq.-ft. expansion in early November 2020 with expected completion in July 2021. The project will increase Viking Masek’s total footprint by over 60 percent to 91,000 sq ft.
“This business expansion is a natural progression for our company,” said Robb Leonhard, Viking Masek co-owner and executive vice president. “It increases our ability to better provide innovative and automated packaging lines from tote to pallet."
The building expansion will add 24,000 sq. ft. of warehouse/production space plus 9,000 sq. ft. of office areas including 36-plus new workspaces. Viking Masek will also add a pub-themed gathering area, conference rooms, a sunny indoor commons area and an outdoor courtyard.
With the addition of the space, Viking Masek will be able to:
- Double its production capacity to meet the needs of a growing client base
- Streamline shipping and receiving areas and processes
- Dedicate additional space and resources to R&D and full packaging line integration
- Provide space for its growing workforce to collaborate, inspire creativity, and relax
Viking Masek has expanded its facility twice before, in 2015 and 2016 respectively. However, the company has again outgrown its space, said Ty Weinhold, Viking Masek COO.
"We've reached a critical point where we need to maximize our space to keep exceeding our productivity goals and provide space for our growing workforce to succeed," he said.
After nearly doubling its workforce over the last five years, Viking Masek's recruitment efforts show no sign of slowing. Adding space for this growth ensures employees have more workspace options to enhance creativity, whether it be in their office, outdoors or in common areas.
“Due to our rapid growth in systems integration and growing demand in food and medical markets, the addition became necessary to accommodate additional team members and production space," says Rick Leonhard, Viking Masek president. "We see no end in sight and expect continued growth in our business.”