New soy sauce facility planned in Jefferson

New soy sauce facility planned in Jefferson

JEFFERSON, WIS. (EXCERPTS FROM MADISON.COM) – The state EDA has approved up to $15.5 million in tax credits to help Kikkoman Foods Inc. expand its soy sauce-brewing plant in Walworth and to build a new facility in Jefferson.

Kikkoman, which first opened in Walworth in 1973, is expected to invest $800 million in the project that will create 83 jobs over 12 years, the governor’s office said in a news release.

Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. “Fifty years ago, Kikkoman made history by choosing Walworth, Wisconsin. Now (it is) opening a new chapter in that history by expanding its presence in Walworth and Jefferson.”

We have always valued Walworth for its great market access, outstanding workforce, central location for raw materials, pure water and the open-hearted spirit of partnership of the local community,” said Yuzaburo Mogi, honorary chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Kikkoman Corp., in the news release. “We chose Jefferson for those same reasons.

Groundbreaking for the initial phase of the 240,000-square-foot Jefferson facility will be in June. It will make soy sauce and soy sauce-related seasonings, including teriyaki sauce, with the first shipments of soy sauce planned for fall 2026. The planned brewing plant is expected to open in Jefferson by 2026.