New Steinhafels store to anchor redevelopment project in Greenfield
December 17, 2014 03:19 PM
A new Steinhafels store, of about 55,000 square feet in size, is planned for a mixed-use redevelopment project planned along the south side of I-894 in Greenfield. The store will replace the existing Steinhafels store in Greenfield, which was built in 1970.

The new store will provide a more contemporary and an easier, single-level, shopping experience than the existing Greenfield store, said Steinhafels president Gary Steinhafel.

“Our new store will feature the key elements that have come to define our store experience: natural light, state-of-the-art displays, and high-quality fashionable merchandise,” he said. “It’s going to make shopping a lot easier. It will be interstate visible.”

For the project, Milwaukee-based Cobalt Partners LLC has assembled 30 acres under contract northwest of West Layton Avenue and South 84th Street along the south side of I-894. The site assembly includes the 10-acre former Champman Elementary School property, a vacant 10-acre site west of the former school property, the existing Steinhafels store property at the northwest corner of Layton and 84th Street and nine single family homes. An additional 10 acres could be added to the site, said Cobalt Partners president and CEO Scott Yauck.

Cobalt Partners plans to build a mixed-use development on the site with market-rate apartments, about 200,000 square feet of retail space and about 20,000 to 30,000 square feet of office space, Yauck said. Details are still being crafted. In addition to the new Steinhafels store, which would be built along the freeway, the retail space could include additional mid-box sized stores plus restaurants and smaller retailers, Yauck said.

The project will be similar to the Whitestone Station project that Cobalt Partners is developing in Menomonee Falls, Yauck said. Whitestone Station is a redevelopment project for a 65-acre brownfield site west of the interchange of U.S. Highway 41/45 and Pilgrim Road. The project includes a Costco store, additional retail buildings and 320 market-rate apartments.

“We want to model (the Greenfield project) after what we’ve been doing in Menomonee Falls,” Yauck said. “We think it’s a similar high-visibility site. We’ve had a lot of success with Whitestone Station, there is strong demand from tenants. We’re very happy with where that is headed. We think there is growing demand for mixed-used developments in a suburban setting. We have been very encouraged by the strong level of interest shown by the marketplace (in the Greenfield project).”

Demolition work for the Greenfield project could begin in 2015 and construction work could begin in early 2016 with tenants moving in during the fall of 2016, Yauck said.

Cobalt Partners is working with Greenfield city officials on the project and could seek tax incremental financing assistance at some point, Yauck said.

Milwaukee-based Rinka Chung Architecture and JSD Professional Services Inc. will lead site design and architectural planning efforts for the Greenfield project. Anderson Commercial Group is leading land acquisition and certain marketing efforts. Selzer-Ornst Company and Marso Construction will provide construction related services.

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Wisconsin Contractor Coalition to fight right-to-work
December 17, 2014 03:19 PM
More than 300 private businesses and private-sector skilled trade representatives from across Wisconsin have joined forces to support the newly formed Wisconsin Contractor Coalition (WCC) and oppose so-called right-to-work legislation.
The WCC will be a bipartisan advocate of legislative, regulatory and public policies affecting the construction industry in the upcoming legislative session.

 Steve Lyons, who has nearly 20 years of experience in government affairs, communications and public relations, will serve as WCC spokesperson. Lyons works in the Madison law office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek.

The WCC’s immediate focus is aggressive opposition to the proposed right-to-work legislation.
“Wisconsin construction companies have a strong partnership with private-sector trade groups to build infrastructure that helps our economy grow. WCC believes so-called right-to-work legislation would seriously diminish what is very beneficial for all parties involved,” Lyons said. “We are working with Republicans and Democrats alike to protect this important partnership.”
Wisconsin has a skills shortage, not a jobs shortage, Lyons said.

“So-called right-to-work puts Wisconsin’s historic business model at risk. Construction trade workers come to work ‘job ready’ with all the necessary training; training paid with private money. It’s a winning formula for private sector construction companies that should be maintained,” Lyons said.
For a list of the hundreds of Wisconsin businesses supporting the coalition against right-to-work, click here.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) said he plans to urge the Legislature to quickly enact a right-to-work bill in January.

Gov. Scott Walker has called a right-to-work bill a "distraction" from his agenda. However, Walker has not indicated he would veto such a bill if it came to his desk.

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Joy Global reports strong 4Q, expects soft 2015
December 17, 2014 12:02 PM
Milwaukee-based Joy Global Inc. today reported fourth quarter net income of $136.9 million, or $1.38 per share, up from $26.8 million, or 25 cents per share, in the fourth quarter of 2013.

But the company’s full-year revenue was $3.8 billion, down 25 percent from $5.0 billion in 2013, and it’s predicting a soft 2015.

Fourth quarter revenue was $1.1 billion, down 4 percent from $1.2 billion in the same period a year ago.

For the full year, the mining equipment manufacturer reported net income of $331 million, or $3.28 per share, down from $533.9 million, or $4.99 per share, in 2013.

A global slowdown in mining and a depressed commodity market have plagued the company for the past several quarters.

"The Joy Global team executed very well and delivered full-year results in line with expectations in what was one of the more challenging years in the company’s recent history," said Ted Doheny, president and chief executive officer. "While difficult commodity market conditions persisted across the year, our team remained focused on improving the company’s cost position and responding to our customers’ requirements with superior service. For the year, the company exceeded its cost reduction target and grew service bookings by 2 percent. In addition, with solid cash flow, the company raised its dividend for the first time in five years, repurchased 4.7 million shares and advanced its growth strategy by expanding into underground hard rock mining with the acquisition of Mining Technologies International Inc."

The company expects its challenges to continue in 2015, Doheny said.

"We look forward to 2015 as an opportunity to further drive our strategies and expand our service business. We remain committed to optimizing our global manufacturing footprint and controlling costs,” he said. “We are responding faster to our customers as lead times have been reduced. Achieving this balance is critical for our business and will make us more efficient, responsive, and competitive when market conditions improve. While 2015 will be another challenging year, we are confident in our ability to deliver results, generate cash and continue to allocate our capital resources in a disciplined manner that will create long-term value for our shareholders."

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PPC Industries to be acquired by New York private equity firm
December 17, 2014 12:04 PM
Mount Kisco, New York-based private equity firm Kohlberg & Co. LLC has agreed to acquire Pleasant Prairie-based PPC Industries Inc.

PPC designs and manufactures custom tubing, films and bags for the medical, food and industrial markets. It has seven facilities in North America, Central America, Europe and Asia.

Kohlberg’s capital and background in packaging and medical devices investments are expected to accelerate PPC’s growth, partially through acquisition.

“We are extremely impressed with PPC’s high quality product offering and deep customer partnerships, supported by its robust new product development pipeline and state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities,” said Seth Hollander, partner at Kohlberg. “We look forward to working closely with the company to support its continued growth and development, both organically and via acquisition.”

“Kohlberg & Co. is an excellent fit for PPC,” said Jonathan Waldron, chief executive officer of PPC. “This transaction will give PPC access to capital, and it positions the company to continue to thrive in the future. We look forward to working with Kohlberg to continue to provide our customers with innovative, high quality specialty plastics solutions.”

Charlotte, N.C.-based Babson Capital Management has provided a senior secured credit facility to support the acquisition. Lincoln International acted as a financial advisor to PPC, and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson LLP acted as legal advisor to PPC. Kohlberg was advised by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

Kohlberg has completed 63 platform investments and more than 100 add-on acquisitions since it was founded in 1987. It has invested more than $3 billion total.

Representatives of Kohlberg and PPC could not be reached for further information.

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Health Care Heroes to be honored on Friday
December 17, 2014 12:06 PM
BizTimes Media is making its last call for registrations to attend the 2014 Health Care Heroes Awards Breakfast, which will take place on Friday, Dec. 19.

The program will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Woodland Dreams Ballroom at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino.

The awards salute the impact and the accomplishments of people and organizations that are making a positive difference in the community on the front lines of health care.

The 2014 Health Care Heroes are:

Advancements in Health Care

  • Dr. Michael Mitchell, investigator at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute.
  • Justin Mortara, Ph.D., chief executive officer of Mortara Instrument Inc.
Behavioral Health
  • Kimberly Flannery, nutrition director at Wisconsin Athletic Club.
  • Sue McKenzie, co-director of Rogers InHealth, Rogers Memorial Hospital.
Community Service
  • Robyn Kibler, administrator of Smart Smiles, a dental program sponsored by Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital.
  • Dick Vogel, founder of Kathy’s House (posthumous).
Corporate Achievement in Health Care
  • Cultivate by Standard Process
  • Source 1 Project Solutions Inc.
Executive Leadership

  • Dr. Tito Izard, president and CEO of Milwaukee Health Services Inc.
  • Eric Tetzlaff, administrator of Lake Terrace.
Health Care Staff
  • Lisa Hacker, pediatric social worker, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
  • Susan Meilinger, R.N. and health coach, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Workforce Health Program.
  • Heidi Sykora, Doctor of Nursing Practice and vice president of clinical quality services at the Milwaukee Center for Independence.
  • Cedric Jones, burn support group volunteer, Columbia St. Mary’s Regional Burn Center.
  • Jimmy Krznarich, full-time volunteer, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
The awards program will be moderated by WISN-Channel 12 news anchor Patrick Paolantonio.

To register to attend, visit

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Around Town: Key industries for Wisconsin in 2015 and beyond
December 17, 2014 12:10 PM
The Waukesha County Business Alliance recently presented "Key industries for Wisconsin in 2015 and beyond" at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel.

Gov. Scott Walker addressed the state’s economic future and panelists Tom Fotsch of EmbedTek LLC, Peter Feigin of the Milwaukee Bucks, Neal Glaesar of Denali Flavors/Denali Ingredients and Cathy Jacobson of Froedtert Health gave outlooks for their industries at the event.

View a photo gallery of the breakfast here.

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Milwaukee Biz Poll: Should U.S. normalize its relations with Cuba?
December 17, 2014 12:13 PM
President Barack Obama today announced plans for the United States to lift its restrictions and normalize its relations with Cuba.

Do you agree with this plan? Vote by answering today’s Milwaukee Biz Poll question here.

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Milwaukee Biz Blog: Reduce liability risks at holiday party
December 17, 2014 12:11 PM
Ms. Shiner claimed that at the company holiday party she was fondled, had her boss's tongue in her ear, was chased around a table and propositioned.

All of this undesired attention, and more, she alleged, was given partly in retaliation for her having complained about the previous years' holiday parties. This isn't a bad television sitcom episode but a claim brought in the lawsuit titled Shiner v. State University of New York, et al.

Read more in today’s Milwaukee Biz Blog by Thomas Godar, an attorney at Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek.

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Morning Headlines: Granite Peak’s proposed expansion could cost $50 million
December 17, 2014 12:14 PM
The owner of Granite Peak in Rib Mountain on Tuesday outlined a $50 million dollar expansion proposal for the ski area that would add lodging and more than a dozen new ski runs to the grounds and increase the number of hiking trails and summer recreation opportunities there.

Read more in today’s Wisconsin Morning Headlines.

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Real Estate Weekly: Moorland Commons sale completed
December 17, 2014 12:15 PM
McFarland-based Sundown Capital LLC recently closed on its purchase of the Moorland Commons shopping center in New Berlin for $10,158,800, according to state records.

Read more in today’s Real Estate Weekly.

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Common Council delays downtown streetcar vote
December 16, 2014 11:32 AM
Opponents of the proposed downtown Milwaukee streetcar used a parliamentary procedure maneuver this morning to delay a vote on the $123.9 million project.

Needing only three votes to hold the matter until the next Common Council meeting, aldermen voted 5-9 to delay a vote on the issue. The aldermen who voted to delay the matter were: Joe Davis Sr., James Bohl Jr., Robert Donovan, Joe Dudzik and Tony Zielinski. Alderman also voted to delay proposals to provide tax incremental financing for the streetcar project.

“I just think the way this was brought to the council at the last minute, in my opinion, with changes in the financing, it should be held to allow us more time to discuss the issue with our colleagues and our constituents,” Dudzik said.

The vote to delay vote, means the Common Council will instead vote on the streetcar proposal at its Jan. 21 meeting.

Today’s vote to delay the matter could be an indication that a majority of the Common Council plans to vote for the project next month. The aldermen who opposed the delay were: Ashanti Hamilton, Nik Kovac, Robert Bauman, Milele Coggs, Willie Wade, Michael Murphy, Jose Perez, Terry Witkowski and Russell Stamper II. Ald. Robert Puente was not present for today’s the meeting. Bauman, Kovac, Wade and Hamilton are the sponsors of the streetcar resolution.

Coggs said she has received “probably over 100 emails” in support of the streetcar.

“Just because we have work to do (as a city) doesn’t mean we should miss opportunities for growth,” she said.

If approved, construction for the streetcar could begin in 2015 and it could be operational in 2018.

The initial streetcar route would run from the Intermodal Station, at 433 W. St. Paul Ave., northeast through the Historic Third Ward, downtown and ending at Ogden and Farwell avenues on the Lower East Side. The initial route plans also includes a spur to the proposed Couture project at the lakefront.

However, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has made it no secret that he wants to extend the streetcar route further, in several directions, to extend it into other neighborhoods near downtown.

“I want to get this thing in the ground and I want to expand it,” Barrett said Sunday on the UpFront with Mike Gousha show on WISN-TV Channel 12, a media partner of BizTimes Milwaukee. “I want to expand it down through the Third Ward, the Fifth Ward, to the airport. I want it to go up to Bronzeville. I want it to go to UWM. I want it to go out west past Marquette. And there are federal dollars that are available for this. It’s going to take a local match, be we’ve seen other cities that have been very proactive and very aggressive and what they’ve been rewarded with is dynamic metropolitan areas with a lot of young people. That’s what I want for southeastern Wisconsin.”

The cost to build the streetcar system would be paid for with $64.9 million in federal funds and $59 million from tax incremental financing districts. The total $123.9 million costs includes an estimated $22.7 million in utility relocation costs, which must be borne by the city.

Supporters of the streetcar project said it would spur economic development attracting businesses and residents, especially members of the millennial generation, along the route.

“I’m betting on the future,” Barrett said. “Young people are attracted to cities with transportation like this. That means talent and that does mean more jobs. So, I’m betting on the young people.”

Opponents of the controversial project say the streetcar is a waste of taxpayer money in a city with greater needs, and will attract few riders.

“I just don’t see that this particular project will (address) any of those areas (where Milwaukee needs to improve),” Dudzik said.

Several business organizations and business leaders in the community have thrown their support behind the streetcar project. Philanthropist Michael Cudahy; Jeffrey Joerres, executive chairman of ManpowerGroup; David Lubar, president and CEO of Lubar & Co.; Alex Molinaroli, CEO of Johnson Controls; Gary Grunau, developer of Schlitz Park; Greg Marcus, president and CEO of Marcus Corp.; Barry Mandel, president of Mandel Group Inc.; and others signed a letter, which appeared as a full page add this week in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, in support of proposed downtown investments including the streetcar and a new arena.

Representatives for the Downtown Milwaukee Business Improvement District, the King Drive Business Improvement District, the African American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Milwaukee, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, Creative Alliance Milwaukee, Bartolotta Restaurants and the Hilton Garden Inn hotel in downtown Milwaukee, have all expressed support of the streetcar project recently.

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Medical College receives $5.5 million grant from Department of Defense for concussion study
December 16, 2014 11:38 AM
The Medical College of Wisconsin has received a four-year, $5.5 million grant from the United States Department of Defense to develop a full understanding of concussions.

The integrated investigation, which involves studying 900 athletes from 10 local high schools and two local colleges, will broaden on concussion research already taking place at MCW. The research is led by Dr. Michael McCrea, who serves as a professor of neurosurgery and neurology and the director of brain research at MCW.

“The science of concussion has greatly advanced in the last decade, but it is still a significant problem for our sports players, our war fighters, and anyone who takes a significant blow to the head,” McCrea said. “However, a comprehensive model of concussion is yet to be developed. This will be the most comprehensive study of concussion to date, and as we integrate all the methodologies involved in investigating traumatic brain injury, we expect to see a significant correlation between the different markers—and that will give us answers.”

Mild traumatic brain injuries, otherwise known as concussions, are known to cause serious disruption in the body, physically, cognitively and behaviorally. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.7 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury every year, three-quarters of which are concussions.
The Department of Defense is interested in concussion research, according to MCW spokeswoman Maureen Mack, because traumatic brain injuries inflict a great number of servicemen and women.

In the study, 900 athletes will undergo pre-exposure baseline clinical, genetic and biological studies. Concussed athletes will then undergo extensive post-injury follow-ups, as will their non-injured peers. Those studies will be repeated at numerous intervals, which will allow the researchers to create a diagnostic and predictive value for each marker of concussion.

Ultimately, the project is intended to advance knowledge of concussions and to improve clinical care in military, sports and civilian populations.

MCW investigators collaborating on the research with McCrea include Shi-Jiang Li, professor of biophysics and director of the Center for Imaging Research; Matthew Budde, assistant professor of neurosurgery; Kevin Koch, associate professor of biophysics; L. Tugan Muftuler, associate professor of neurosurgery; Dr. Lin Nelson, neurosurgery resident; Andrew Nencka, assistant professor of biophysics; and Brian Stemper, associate professor of neurosurgery.

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Couture developer pledges workforce development funds
December 16, 2014 12:10 PM
Barrett Visionary Development Group, which wants to build the 44-story Couture apartment tower near the lakefront in downtown Milwaukee, has pledged $100,000 for workforce development, which will be matched by a $100,000 grant from the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic announced today.

The addition of the $200,000 in funds increases the planned workforce development investment for The Couture and the proposed downtown streetcar project to $500,000, Dimitrijevic said.

“This city-county partnership will help touch more than 500 workers, providing the necessary job training skills needed to connect with open positions in our growing economy while building our talent pipeline,” said said.

“The investment of half a million dollars from the city and county together will be used for evaluation, assessment, recruitment workshops, and career pathway/training programs translating into real jobs on these projects,” said Earl Buford, president of the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board.

The Couture is a proposed $144 million development that would be built at the site of the Milwaukee County Downtown Transit Center at the southwest corner of Michigan Street and Lincoln Memorial Drive. A proposal to sell the site to Barrett will be reviewed by the County Board on Thursday, Dec. 18.

For the project, Barrett Visionary Development owner Rick Barrett has also agreed to hire 40 percent of workers from within Milwaukee County and contract with disadvantaged business enterprises for 25 percent of the project.

Barrett is also seeking $17.5 million in tax incremental financing from the city to pay for public spaces in the project including a transportation hub with a streetcar stop. He has said that the streetcar project is vital to the current design of The Couture.

“As a lifelong Milwaukeean, I am excited to help take us to the next level,” Barrett said. “I am happy to partner with the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board to provide additional resources to train workers and develop our diverse workforce.”

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Cambridge Major Labs to expand Germantown plant
December 16, 2014 09:46 AM
Cambridge Major Laboratories Inc., a supplier of comprehensive pharmaceutical development and manufacturing services, is investing more than $20 million in its Germantown plant.

The project will include a new administrative headquarters, as well as an expansion of the company’s research and development and manufacturing capacity to service the global pharmaceutical industry. The expansion, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015, is expected to create 75 new jobs over the next three years.

CML recently joined with AAIPharma Services Corp. to form a supplier of comprehensive pharmaceutical development and manufacturing services. With more than 800 employees operating out of seven sites in the United States and Europe, the combined capabilities include API development and manufacturing, solid state chemistry,  formulation development, analytical development and testing services, clinical and commercial finished dosage form manufacturing (solid dose and parenteral), packaging and stability services.

“We are pleased to be expanding our pharmaceutical services presence and capabilities in Wisconsin,” said Stephan Kutzer, chief executive officer of AAIPharma Services and CML. “Wisconsin’s strong base of research universities and talented workforce, combined with the support of the State of Wisconsin, Washington County and the Village of Germantown, contributed to our decision to make significant additional investments in our active pharmaceutical ingredient operations in Germantown.”

“This project demonstrates CML’s commitment to increasing its research and development efforts in Wisconsin as the company continues to serve the pharmaceutical industry by developing and manufacturing active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) for life-saving drugs,” said Gov. Scott Walker. “The center also will provide dozens of new family-supporting jobs in Washington County as CML adds new scientists, engineers and other professionals to its staff.”

“Partnering local and state agencies to fuel CML’s expansion demonstrates our focus on leveraging  the unique capabilities of each entity in making a decisive difference for existing growth companies and job creators in Washington County,” added Christian Tscheschlok, executive director of Economic Development Washington County. “By investing in both CML and its future workers at this important juncture in the company’s evolution, EDWC and its partners didn’t hesitate to maximize this opportunity for the company’s successful growth.”

To support the project, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has authorized up to $800,000 in Jobs Tax Credits for the company over the next three years. The actual amount of tax credits awarded will depend upon the number of jobs created during that period.

“Wisconsin, thanks in large part its strong university system, already is a leader in research and development in many areas, including pharmaceuticals,” said Reed Hall, secretary and CEO of the WEDC, the state’s lead economic development organization. “CML is continuing to advance R&D in the state by making this kind of commitment, and we’re pleased that WEDC is playing a major role in establishing the new center.”

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development also recently issued its intent to award CML a $400,000 Wisconsin Fast Forward worker training grant. The grant will support the training of more than 250 existing and new employees through a new, industry-specific training program that embeds career development with continuous improvement and learning.

"The Department of Workforce Development supports innovative training solutions that help workers develop skills that are in demand by employers," DWD Secretary Reggie Newson said. "These are the kinds of innovative programs that make Wisconsin a leader in addressing the skills gap and ensuring a talent pipeline for employers in our state."

The Village of Germantown and Washington County joined forces to provide a $280,000 loan through the county’s Attraction Fund that allows for principal forgiveness should CML meet certain jobs and new investment performance criteria. If those criteria are met, the loan will be repaid with revenue generated by an existing Tax Increment District. The county also provided a $200,000 low-interest loan from its County Impact Revolving Loan Fund. In addition, the village provided incentives not to exceed $378,000.

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OSHA cites extreme temperatures at Darien plant
December 16, 2014 11:41 AM
An investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration concluded that employees working in a 40-degrees-below-zero Fahrenheit freezer at Birds Eye Foods Inc. in Darien were left in the cold.

The investigation found that the company expected employees to work in extreme temperatures without properly insulated personal protective equipment. OSHA said it also discovered slip, trip and fall hazards on unclean freezer floors.

“OSHA’s investigation uncovered that entry-level workers bought thermal protective equipment because Birds Eye Foods had not provided it. It was ridiculous that workers needed to spend money on protections their employer failed to provide,” said Kim Stille, OSHA’s area director in Madison.

OSHA initiated an inspection after it received a complaint that alleged unsafe working conditions. The inspection of the frozen-food processing plant resulted in one repeat and 12 serious safety violations. The citations carry proposed penalties of $109,400.

The company was issued a repeat violation for failure to install fixed stairs to access elevations with tools and equipment, which exposed workers to fall hazards. Inspectors found the same violation at the Darien facility in June 2013. OSHA issues repeat violations if an employer was cited previously for the same or a similar violation of any standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.

The investigation also found serious violations with workers exposed to live electrical parts and hazards related to hexavalent chromium. An industrial process, such as welding on stainless steel or other alloy steels containing chromium metal, usually produces hexavalent chromium. Exposure to hexavalent chromium could cause cancer and adversely affect the respiratory system, kidneys, liver, skin and eyes.

A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

To view the current citations, click here.

Birds Eye Foods employs about 600 workers at the Darien facility and is a division of Pinnacle Foods Inc., based in Parsippany, N.J. Pinnacle Foods also operates the Duncan Hines Grocery Division. Birds Eye Foods has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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