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(Janesville, WI) Upper Lakes Foods, Inc. is expanding its distribution network by moving into the City's East Side Business Park, where it has signed a long-term lease for 100,000 SF. The company, which anticipates having its new Janesville facility operational by Q3 2017, is actively hiring and training employees to reach the company’s 50+ staffing benchmark.

"We believe strong communities build strong businesses. Being a part of the Janesville community, where many of our employees live, is an exciting opportunity for Upper Lakes Foods. We look forward to continuing our 50 year legacy and providing our customers the excellent service we are known for," said Upper Lakes Foods President Susan R. Ryan.

Established in 1967, Upper Lakes Foods (ULF) is a family-owned, privately-held wholesale food distributor that services healthcare, institutional and quick-service restaurants within the extended Midwest. ULF carries over 14,000 name brand products, ranging from fresh to frozen and from poultry to produce. Renowned for its customer service and multi-tiered quality assurance processes, ULF is also recognized for its fleet, facilities and operational sustainability initiatives. In addition to Janesville, the company has two Minnesota locations.

Gilbank Construction, Inc. provided construction services for the project, while Angus Young Associates performed the architectural, design and engineering services. The property, which was developed and built on speculation, is managed and owned by Badger Property Investments. Tenant representation was provided by Steve Nilsson (Colliers – Twin Cities Office) and Bill Langhoff (Colliers – Milwaukee Office), while Bill Mears (Coldwell Banker McGuire Mears & Associates) provided building owner representation. 

To facilitate this project, the City of Janesville approved a Tax Increment Financing package.

According to James Otterstein, Rock County Economic Development  Manager, "This project reinforces the power of leveraging market proximity with right-sized and optimally timed real estate investments. Moreover, this announcement provides another example of how the Janesville-Beloit MSA is continually attracting new targeted industry investments.”

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