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Amlat to break ground in June
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MONROE - Groundbreaking for the Chinese-owned Amlat facility in the city's north-side industrial park is scheduled for June.

That's what Neenah-based Miron Construction is reporting, as it announced this week it is partnering with Middleton-based Power Engineers on the design and building of the 60,000-square-foot infant formula plant on 20 acres of land.

"That's a couple months later than expected, but that's great news," said City Administrator Phil Rath, whose last update included a projected groundbreaking during this current month.

"I was always confident they'd come and that it was only a matter of time."

Some of the delays were attributed to the international red tape involved with the company opening a facility here.

At a projected price tag of $16 million, the plant will consist of a precast dryer tower, a wet processing area, a small warehouse and office space.

The projected completion date is the summer of 2016 and the business is expected to create as many as 200 jobs.

"I'm glad it's finally getting going," said Alderwoman Chris Beer. "Monroe needs the jobs."

Added Rath: "That's the largest projected employer to come to Monroe since I've been here for my four-and-a-half years."

Beer said she never worried the company wouldn't come through with its commitment to Monroe.

"Dealing with foreign countries sometimes takes time," Beer said.

The company initially thought it would break ground last November. The project received Common Council approval June 17, 2013 with a land-sale price of $447,000 in cash.