A company known for its ice cream mixes is moving to Sandwich after 45 years in Yorkville.
Steve Steinwart, president of Meadowvale Inc., said the company found a property at 1305 E. 6th St. in Sandwich that will give them room for future growth.
“We hope to be in by December,” he said. “We’re in the process of getting our bids in. Once that process is complete, we’ll select a general contractor and get moving. It’s a rather aggressive time frame, but that’s what we’ve got ahead of us.”
The company was founded by Steinwart’s uncle, John Steinwart, in 1967 in Joliet. John Steinwart moved the company to Yorkville, locating in the Fox Industrial Park. The company, one of the first to locate in the industrial park, has been at that location ever since. Steve Steinwart became president of the company in 1993.
“We’re going to have quite a bit more space over there,” Steinwart said. “We’ve got: A. more land and B. just more space under roof.”
Steinwart said the company’s current space in Yorkville is about 30,000 square feet. The new main building at the Sandwich location is 80,000 square feet, and Steinwart estimates the company will use two-thirds of it initially. There also is a 10,000-square-foot building that will serve as a wastewater treatment facility and a 1,500-square-foot building that will be used for storage, he said.
“We wanted to stay here [in Yorkville] and you plan accordingly, and you end up having to maybe put things together that don’t make for the most efficient flow of things,” he said. “The process can get a little bit hamstrung. We’ve done well, but as we grow, we just needed to have more room and do it more efficiently than we’re doing it now. This will allow for that, and we’re excited about it.”
In recent years, the company has provided mixes for two family-owned frozen custard companies that are growing, Steinwart said.
“We’ve realized most of our growth in the frozen custard side of things,” he said. “We’ve partnered up with a couple of growing frozen custard chains, one based out of Wichita, Kansas, and another based out of Springfield, Missouri. They’ve both done quite well and we’re blessed to be a part of that growth. That’s been the impetus for a lot of our growth and for our move.”