Earlier this month, the W.M. Sprinkman Corporation was acquired by Krones, Inc., based nearby in Franklin, WI, approximately 30 minutes from our headquarters. If you are unfamiliar with Krones, they are a large beverage and liquid food processing and packaging company headquartered in Germany, with the aforementioned US headquarters in Franklin. We were purchased by Krones, Inc., not Krones AG in Germany, and a new entity was formed called W.M. Sprinkman LLC.
Changes are brewing in Wisconsin’s craft brewing and dairy industry after Krones Inc., a North American subsidiary of Krones AG based in Germany, purchases W.M. Sprinkman Corp. on October 3, 2018. The partnership serves to benefit both parties with intent to expand Krones Inc.’s manufacturing services in North America and provide W.M. Sprinkman with the resources necessary to widen its products and services.
Krones Inc., a manufacturing group stationed in Germany, primarily focused its reach to the client base in its area but wished to expand in North America. By partnering with W.M. Sprinkman Corp, Krones Inc., is able to broaden its manufacturing presence and satisfy that need.
A series of relentless rains hit Central Wisconsin the last week of August, leading to rivers overflowing their banks in a number of communities. One of the hardest hit was Elroy, WI where one of Sprinkman’s tank manufacturing facilities resides. On Monday, August 27th flood waters entered the building, exceeding a height of 40” in some areas of the plant before receding. What was left was a field of mud and debris throughout our three building complex and the surrounding area. Many of our employees also had flood damage to their homes, with one employee dealing with a complete loss of his home. Even with all of this disruption our crew immediately jumped in and began the clean-up process. Within a week partial manufacturing had resumed and as of September 17th full-time production was restored!