New addition will double production capacity, accommodate growing workforce
OOSTBURG, Wis.—Viking Masek, a manufacturer of automated packaging equipment, recently announced a major expansion of its U.S. headquarters that will add 33,000 square feet to the facility’s footprint. The expansion will double Viking Masek’s production capacity, add 36-plus workspaces, an outdoor courtyard, an indoor commons area, and a new multi-purpose gathering space, the company said in a release.
The $4 million project officially broke ground in November 2020 and is expected to be completed in July 2021.
“This business expansion is a natural progression for our company,” said Viking Masek Co-owner and Executive Vice President Robb Leonhard, in the release. “It increases our ability to better provide innovative and automated packaging lines from tote to pallet.”
After better than expected growth and nearly doubling its workforce over the last five years, Viking Masek has again outgrown its space. The facility was expanded twice before, in 2015 and 2016.
“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,” said Viking Masek COO Ty Weinhold, in the release. “As we look to the future, our greatest assets are our workforce and our customers, both of which will greatly benefit from these enhancements to our facility.”
The expansion will also streamline shipping and receiving and provide more space for R&D, product testing, and full packaging line development, the release said.
“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,” said Viking Masek Co-owner and President Rick Leonhard, in the release. “We see no end in sight and expect continued growth in our business.”
When the expansion is complete, Viking Masek’s U.S. headquarters will stand at 91,000 square feet, increasing its total footprint by 60 percent, the company said in the release.
Viking Masek manufactures, sells, and services packaging machinery for food and non-food markets, including VFFS machines, multi-lane stick packing equipment, pouch fill and seal machines, STANDCAP pouch equipment, and carton/case packing machinery. From its solar-powered manufacturing facility located in Oostburg, Viking Masek serves the packaging equipment needs of local, national, and international clients.