Operations have begun at GEA’s new 86,000 square-foot fabrication, repair, logistics and training facility in Janesville, WI. The project designed by Zimmerman Architectural Studios and built by Hunzinger Construction Company was completed as planned in December 2023.

Representing an investment of $20 million to meet demand from the company’s growing Midwest customer base, the facility has production capabilities to finalize separator, decanter as well as valve and pump assembly.

The new site has a strong emphasis on sustainability, the facility was built with environmentally friendly measures including solar panels, water reuse systems and a state-of-the-art building management system. The Hunzinger Team throughout construction tracked diverted waste with over 235.52 metric tons diverted for an eye popping 87.62% (see charts for more detail).

GEA remains committed to minimizing its environmental footprint, incorporating eco-friendly features such as LED lighting, electric car charging stations as well as a high-efficiency heating and cooling system in the new facility.

Deployed primarily in the pharmaceutical, dairy, food and marine industries, separators are machines used to separate two liquids of different densities from each other. Decanters contribute to a cleaner environment in numerous industrial applications such as wastewater and water treatment. Valves and pumps control flow technology equipment, while homogenizers create uniform and consistent mixtures.

It is anticipated that over 70 employees will work at the facility located 80 miles west of Milwaukee and 40 miles south of Madison. Its main production area is used for mechanical equipment fabrication, repair and logistics. The modern office concept housed in the facility allows for effective workspace utilization, collaboration and communication, while the open flow of the building helps promote employee connectivity and productivity.