By Carrie Steinweg - Going green, building better
Urschel Laboratories’ newest facility was designed to incorporate energy-efficient features and to infringe as little as possible on Chesterton’s natural Coffee Creek area.
The century-old manufacturer of precision food cutting equipment had outgrown its second site in Valparaiso, which was built in the 1950s, and in 2011 began the process of planning for relocation. “We couldn’t expand any further and looked for a new site,” says director of manufacturing Bill Schott, who served as the company rep in working with builder Tonn and Blank Construction in Michigan City. “It was a wonderful project and we were very pleased with the overall result.” The new 370,000 square-foot manufacturing facility opened in 2015 after an 18-month build project.