Kerry headquarters brings promise to Beloit
The new North American headquarters for Kerry Ingredients and Flavours in Beloit promises long-lasting positive effects, but the promise came with a cost.
To ensure the international food production company kept its operations headquartered in Wisconsin, thereby bringing jobs and further development to the area, the state provided $5.5 million in loans and tax credits from the Department of Commerce and a $500,000 grant from the Department of Transportation. The city of Beloit chipped in an additional $4.7 million for infrastructure improvements and developer incentives.
Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy also stepped up, granting Kerry $198,000 in financial incentives.
“The whole success of this project is due to collaboration,” said Adam Jelen, project executive at Gilbane Building Co., Milwaukee.
The 260,000-square-foot, $60 million headquarters brought more than 350 Kerry employees to Beloit and includes room for up to 325 more. The influx of people is creating new commercial and residential development in the area surrounding the buildings at highways 90 and 43.
The campus consolidates multiple North American operations into four buildings on 124 acres.
Gilbane was part of a project team that included executives from Kerry, which is headquartered in Ireland and serves 140 countries worldwide, and staff from Hammel, Green and Abrahamson Inc.’s Milwaukee office, among others. The team relied on constant communication, Jelen said, to keep the massive project on track.
From planning, design and construction, Kerry’s new Innovation and Technical Center was a partnership of global proportions.
The project team worked tirelessly, Jelen said, to create a sustainable environment throughout the design and construction phases. Energy-efficient features such as a heat-recovery system and centralized mechanical system will let the campus save an estimated 2.3 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, resulting in yearly savings of $198,000.
Design and construction staff worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to remap the site’s flood- plain and maximize buildable space while protecting wetlands and restored prairie areas.
“Through the integration of strategic space planning, timeless design and materials, and energy-saving systems,” said Rick Hombsch of HGA, “we’ve designed a facility for long-term growth.”