City and Madison Kipp Corporation (MKC) officials joined Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce ambassadors and MKC employees on July 14 to cut the ribbon officially opening a 90,000 sq. ft. addition to MKC’s Sun Prairie facility in the Sun Prairie Business Park.
The $3.5 million expansion will allow MKC to house all of its Sun Prairie warehousing and manufacturing operations at one location.
“We’re already operating here and we thought it was an appropriate time to take a pause to recognize this event, say some thank you's to some folks who have been supportive, so we wanted to do that,” MKC president Tony Koblinski told the group assembled Thursday for the ribbon cutting event.
Noting the construction for the expansion began eight months ago, Koblinski also gave credit to developer John Schaefer and CSI Construction for completing the addition in less than eight months.
Koblinski also thanked the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce, from whom MKC purchased 100 chamber key tags to distribute to those attending the event, for their support of the project.
“I just want to recognize the work the chambers do on a daily basis to make Dane County and the surrounding area a great place to invest and continue to grow,” Koblinski said.
Koblinski also thanked the employees for their support during the construction.
“We wouldn’t do it,” Koblinski said, referring to the employees, “if it wasn’t for all of you – the whole team. Nobody makes an investment into their business if they don’t feel confident in that business moving forward, right? And I’ve got nothing but the utmost confidence in the team we’ve got.”
MKC is a major producer of precision-machined components and system sub-assemblies for customers in the transportation, industrial, lawn & garden, and leisure-end markets.
Mayor Paul Esser added his thanks to MKC and its employees and said the expansion is good news for Sun Prairie.
“We as the city of Sun Prairie are so pleased you have chosen to expand in Sun Prairie. Kipp is a good corporate citizen in our community – we like having you here,” Esser told the ribbon cutting crowd.
“I like hearing all of the things Tony is talking about coming – in 2018, '19 and '20. That’s good for all of us – it’s good for you and it’s good for us as a community.
“It speaks to that partnership that we have developed,” the mayor added, referring to possible contracts MKC is working to obtain. “You have a need and we in a smaller way made that happen.”
The mayor recalled being in attendance at the November groundbreaking.
“To think we’re standing here in this completed building, eight months later – it’s amazing," the mayor said. "It is a credit to a lot of people who made this happen . . . that is impressive.”
Esser thanked the company and pledged the city’s support to aid MKC’s growth into the future.
“I would like to thank Tony for letting us be a part of this,” Schaefer said. “It did take a lot of people to put this together . . . but not only that, all the subs [subcontractors] who worked on the project . . . and the Madison Kipp team. We had meetings every couple of weeks . . . we’re almost there. There’s outside asphalt work and landscaping [left to do] . . . but it’s a great project for us and Madison Kipp.”
“Beautiful space,” Koblinski agreed.
Noting the expansion positions MKC for additional products for both domestic and foreign customers, City of Sun Prairie Economic Development Director Neil Stechschulte said both Schaefer and MKC deserved credit for the project.
“This expansion was made possible through the cooperation of a great company, and a great developer," Stechschulte said. "The City of Sun Prairie and Sun Prairie Utilities are grateful for Madison Kipp’s decision to reinvest and grow here. We look forward to continuing to work with Madison-Kipp officials to do whatever we can to help make sure they are a successful part of this community and the Sun Prairie Business Park for a long time to come.”