L’BRI PURE n’ NATURAL buys Gearbox Express building in Mukwonago

Mukwonago-based L’BRI PURE n’ NATURAL, a direct seller of aloe based skin care, body care, beauty and health and wellness products, will move to a larger building in the village.

An affiliate of L’BRI purchased the 43,000-square-foot industrial building at 909 Perkins Drive in Mukwonago, currently occupied by Gearbox Express, for $2.475 million, according to state records. The building, located on a 5.5-acre site, was sold by an affiliate of Madison-based Sara Investment Real Estate.

L’BRI will move its operations to the building. It currently occupies 15,000 square feet of space at 640 Perkins Drive The company, founded in 1998, currently has 30 full and part-time employees.

“We’re committed to the Mukwonago business community, and, by moving only a third of a mile east of our present location, we will experience a very smooth transition for our employees, customers, suppliers and independent sales representatives,” said Brian Kaminski, L’BRI co-founder and vice president. “This expansion will play a major factor in helping us handle our company’s double-digit growth of recent years.”

Gearbox Express, which rebuilds gearboxes for wind turbines, plans to move to a new 75,000-square-foot industrial building that Sara Investment Real Estate is building southwest of Highway 83 and East Wolf Run in Mukwonago. That project is expected to be complete in January of 2016.

In 2012, Gearbox moved to the 909 Perkins Drive building from Hartland, and has grown so much since then that it now needs more space.

The 909 Perkins Drirve property has an assessed value of $1.9 million, according to Waukesha County records. Sara Investment Real Estate purchased the building in 2011 for $1.75 million.

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