In addition to the Meijer opening in Sussex, there was some other big business news in the Germantown-Menomonee Falls-Sussex Now region in 2016. Here is a look at a few of those items.

A new Sussex IM manufacturing facility added 158,000 square feet to one of Sussex’s major development areas. The property sits on the north side of Lisbon Road, just 400 yards east of the new Meijer store.

Gehl Foods had two evacuations this year. In June, five employees were hospitalized for respiratory distress after a chemical explosion happened after 10:30 a.m. The accident occurred when sulfuric acid was accidentally mixed with sodium chlorite 25% by a contractor, which created chlorine and sulfur dioxide. The hospitalized employees were soon after in stable condition. The second evacuation happened at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, after an employee called the Germantown Police Department to report someone had entered the warehouse with a possible explosive device. Approximately 60 employees were evacuated from the warehouse located at N120 W19000 Freistadt Road. There was no explosive device found. The Germantown Police Department identified a suspect in the bomb threat, but the suspect is still at large in the case, and police are not disclosing the identity.

Development at Whitestone Station in Menomonee Falls was ongoing this year. The project began in 2014 when the 154,000-square-foot Costco was built; it opened in October 2015. This year, more than 300 apartments on the site opened, and this month, it was announced T.J. Maxx and Five Below would lease the space intended for the now defunct Sports Authority. Both retailers will open their doors for business in early 2017.

Sobelman’s is coming to the village of Richfield in a 120-year-old building. Franchise owners-to-be and Germantown residents Al and Nancy Hochmuth will open the restaurant sometime in 2017.

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