The Oak Creek Current chose Suzy’s Cheesecakes as its business spotlight in the seasonal magazine. The article tells the wonderful story of how Suzy’s came to be, as well as updates on the new Oak Creek plant.
“We particularly enjoy having great access to the freeway for shipping our products. And we are proud to be a part of Oak Creek’s recent growth,” Mark Kirchner, president, CEO and Suzy’s son-in-law, said about the new plant.
After 14 years in St. Francis, Suzy’s Cream Cheesecakes Inc. is now officially open in Oak Creek.
The 44,200-square-foot facility at 9911 S. Howell Ave. is more than quadruple the size of its former 10,000-square-foot St. Francis location at 1775 E. Bolivar Ave.
“We were very near capacity in St. Francis,” said Mark Kirchner, president and chief executive officer. “In order for the business to keep growing, we needed a larger space and more capacity.”
Suzy’s, a producer of cheesecakes and other desserts, had been running the St. Francis plant 24 hours per day, six or seven days per week for the past three years depending on the time of year, according to Kirchner. Now, he expects the new plant to run 12 hours per day, five days per week.
An Oak Creek industrial building proposed as the new home for Suzy’s Cream Cheesecakes Inc. has received city approval for some renovations to accommodate the company.
The Plan Commission on Tuesday night approved changes to the 44,200-square-foot former commercial printing facility, at 9911 S. Howell Ave., said Kari Papelbon, a city planner. Suzy’s plans to begin that work as soon as possible, she said.
Suzy’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Kirchner couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday.
Suzy’s, which now has around 50 employees at 1775 E. Bolivar Ave., St. Francis, plans to have 90 employees at the Oak Creek building, according to a city report.
The Oak Creek Common Council in January approved a $2.2 million industrial revenue bond sale to help finance Suzy’s move from its longtime St. Francis production facility to the Howell Ave. building.