Ralco Nutrition recently broke ground for a 30,000-square-foot warehouse facility at 1100 Lake Road in the Marshall Industrial Park.
The 14-acre building site provides Ralco with significant additional space for future development based on the needs of the company, said a news release. The warehouse structure will provide much needed infrastructure for the company's continued growth and is designed with versatility in mind for further expansion.
"Ralco's growth during the past years has been inspiring and humbling," said Brian Knochenmus, Ralco vice president. "We have launched several new brands that help us impact an ever greater portion of worldwide food production. Primarily we have been a company that focused on livestock nutrition and health. Recently our technologies have led us to develop products that enhance crop production and other additional opportunities. We are an aggressive company in the dynamic industry of food production, and we need room to grow. This facility and our partnership with Marshall allow us to grow in the same community where we started."
Taking part in the groundbreaking were, from left to right: Ben Martig, Marshall Economic Development Authority, Cal Brink, Marshall Chamber of Commerce; Jon Knochenmus, Ralco president; Brian Knochenmus, Ralco vice president; John DeCramer, Marshall councilmember; Larry Doom, Marshall councilmember; Marcia Loeslie, Marshall Chamber of Commerce; and Marshall Mayor Bob Byrnes.
Ralco was started by Knochenmus' grandfather, Bob Galbraith, when he mortgaged his furniture and used his garage as a warehouse. Since that time Ralco has established a proven track record of sustained growth. Seven years ago, when Jon and Brian Knochenmus took full ownership of Ralco, the company had 23 employees. Today 150 employees worldwide manufacture products and technologies that are distributed in more than 30 countries.
"We are very thankful and appreciate that the city of Marshall and the city council have stepped forward to help facilitate this building project that will support the growth of Ralco," Knochenmus said. "This shows that Marshall is pro-business, which is very important to Minnesota at this particular time."