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Activity on the production line at InSinkErator, 4700 21st St., takes place on July 2, 2014. InSinkErator plants to build a new $24 million, 85,000-square-foot headquarters and lab facility in Mount Pleasant.

RACINE COUNTY — Seeing growing demand for its products, InSinkErator needed some upgrades.

Founded in Racine, the world’s largest manufacturer of food waste disposers for home and commercial use employs most of its 1,000 southeastern Wisconsin workers at its world headquarters and manufacturing plant at 4700 21st St.

But the company had run out of space. At the same time, it wanted to elevate its brand and image and build a space that could retain its workforce and attract future employees.

Thus a plan was born for a $24 million, 85,000-square-foot headquarters and lab facility in Mount Pleasant, which company and local officials unveiled in January.

The new building will house 170 engineers and professional staff on an 11.5-acre site at highways 20 and V. The company scouted several other locations in southeastern Wisconsin and also considered relocating its headquarters to St. Louis before landing on Mount Pleasant.

A groundbreaking is scheduled for this spring. The company plans to occupy the building by the fourth quarter of 2018.

The relocation of the offices and lab to a separate site will also enable the company to reconfigure and add production capacity at the main manufacturing plant.

Financing approved

The project came together thanks to a deal between the company and Racine County, the Village of Mount Pleasant and Racine County Economic Development Corp. InSinkErator will receive more than $5 million in financial incentives.

“Very proud to have the partnership with InSinkErator. They are a vital cog, a vital stakeholder in our community for not only employees, but the products that they serve around the world,” Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave said in January.

“We do not take it for granted that (InSinkErator) wants to be here in Racine County and we look forward to just a great partnership.”

The incentives include a $4.65 million loan from Racine County, which will forgive the loan if InSinkErator follows through on its plans of employing 170 people at the facility with an average wage of $85,000. The Village of Mount Pleasant will contribute $600,000 through a tax-incremental financing district.

The financing package allowed the company to stay in Racine County, said Chad Severson, InSinkErator president.

“We’re very excited about the project,” he said at a county committee meeting Jan. 18. “It affords us the opportunity to create some space at our 21st Street facility ... It also makes a great statement in terms of recruiting and attracting talent from around the area.”

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