Waukesha-based Hydro-Thermal Corp. recently opened a second facility down the street from its main 36,000-square-foot facility at 400 Pilot Court.
The new building, located at 407 Pilot Court, contains a 12,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and 15 offices, according to president Jim Zaiser. In total, the new facility is approximately 16,000 square feet.
Hydro-Thermal’s second location will be used for assembling its Silverline smart cooking system. Officially launched earlier this year, the product is revolutionizing the food and beverage industry’s antiquated standard kettle cooking process, Zaiser said.
“It’s taken off, so we needed more manufacturing space,” he said.
The new building also boasts collaborative workspaces for developing new technologies and improving processes. The objective is to allow employees to move away from their regular duties and customer obligations in order to better generate new ideas.
Hydro-Thermal has 95 employees, and Zaiser said about 15 are expected to work in the new facility, which was formerly a drywall company. Hydro-Thermal spent $30,000 in upgrades and is now renting the space.
Marketing communications specialist Christine Edgerton said the manufacturer also did an expansion a few years ago, increasing its main building by about 10,000 square feet.