A production facility for Asian styled cultured beverages
has plans to open a second location in Oswego.
Economic Development Director Vijay Gadde told the Village board Tuesday that Win Soon Inc. has gotten plan commission approval and will be coming to the Village board to seek zoning approval for a facility.
Gadde said Win Soon Inc. plans to invest $3 million in an Oswego facility, located at 190 Kendall Point Drive, for a 20,000 square foot addition to the already 51,000 square foot building.
Currently that location is occupied by Molor Products, which will be downsizing and will not need as much space.
“Win Soon Inc. expects to employ 40-fulltime workers in their first year of operation, and reach 180 employees by 2020,” said Gadde.
Win Soon is a subsidiary of the Hap Dong Corporation of South Korea, according to the company’s website. Hap Dong developed its own probiotic beverage with “unique technology,” which quickly became popular in South Korea in 1978.
The company then established Win Soon Inc. and launched a presence in California in 1993 with a factory constructed in 1995.
In 2003 the company relocated to a new building in South Gate, California, and are now looking to open a second location in Oswego to process and bottle their Epoca brand beverages.
Gadde said Win Soon serves a very large company in Chicago, which makes Oswego’s location ideal.
They sell their beverages in locations including Aldi, Costco and Cub Foods, and Gadde said in 2006 they began exporting as well to Mexico.
Products include a probiotic beverage, flavored milk, culture dairy beverages, smoothies and more.
Win Soon Inc. will address the Village board at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5.