Kangaroo brands will open new production facility in early August

In the next three to four weeks, Milwaukee-based Kangaroo Brands Inc., a manufacturer of pita breads, pita snack foods and related products, will open an expanded and renovated 65,000-square-foot facility at 8222 N. Granville Woods Road on Milwaukee’s far northwest side.

The new facility will be used for producing Kangaroo’s existing line of pita chips. It will also produce additional snack foods. The company plans to introduce a new line of snack food to the market in early 2010, said Salem Kashou, marketing manager for Kangaroo Brands.

The facility will also house the company’s warehousing and flour silos.

Kangaroo Brands turned to Max Weiss Co. LLC, a specialty steel fabricator located just a few blocks from Kangaroo’s new facility, to produce a custom-designed mezzanine for the new facility. The mezzanine was designed to house Kangaroo’s “form, fill and seal” line, which weighs and bags its pita chips, Kashou said.

“We were able to supply the stairs and railings to meet industry safety requirements,” said Al Sanders, operations manager of Max Weiss Company. “Painting and installation were a relatively new challenge for us, but they were successfully completed.”

When production is operational in the new plant, Kangaroo’s existing 55,000-square-foot facility at 7620 N. 81st St. will continue producing pita bread and related products.

For more information, visit http://www.kangaroobrands.com or http://www.maxweiss.com.

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