I stopped by the Cannon Valley Veterinary Clinic on Hwy. 3 a little over a week ago to get the inside scoop on all the construction from Dr. Mark Werner and his sidekick Spike (right photo). They are adding 5,000 sq.ft to their building, increasing the reception area up front, and adding exam rooms, laboratory space, and four doctors’ offices in the back.
See these architectural sketches of the expanded building from various angles.
But the bigger news is that the Strobel-Werner Partnership (Mike Stroebel is a partner with Mark) has started to break ground on a 62,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility behind their building (left photo, adjacent to Babcock Park) for their subsidiary companies, Pharmaceutical Solutions, Inc. and Veterinary Provisions, Inc. From an April EDA document:
Strobel–Werner Partnership is proposing to expand the existing building facilities located at 1200 Highway #3 South by approximately 62,500 square feet. This expansion will occur in a three-story addition to the existing clinic facilities. The Partnership is in the final stages of acquiring approximately 2 acres from the City of Northfield that will assist in making this expansion possible. This expansion will provide the needed square footage for the Clinic and other subsidiary companies owned by Strobel-Werner to expand operations in the area of pharmaceutical compounding for the hog industry and also provide expanded veterinary services and related product distribution for veterinarians…
Strobel–Werner are expecting to invest approximately $4,000,000 in the construction of the 62,500 square foot facility. Pharmaceutical Solutions and Veterinary Pharmacy Corporation, subsidiaries of Strobel-Werner Partnership expect to invest an additional $3,000,000 in FDA approved pharmaceutical compounding equipment and fixtures that will be installed in the new facility… The Strobel-Werner Partnership is actually the parent partnership company that owns the four subsidiary companies which are all integrally involved in pharmaceutical compounding, animal disease research, animal care and animal health product distribution.
I managed to get a photo of some, but not all of the staff there.
L to R: Dawn Miller, LeAnn Maxon, Enrique Mondaca DVM, Trish Babbini, Jeff Beckman, Casey Ulve, Deb Ulve, “Spike”, and Dr. Mark Werner.
Kudos to Mark, Mike, the EDA, Community Development Director Brian O’Connell, and the Northfield City Council for making all this happen.
Didn’t there use to be an National Guard site or something behind their building? I remember seing all the camouflaged trucks back there when I worked at the Cannon Valley Kennel.
Who knows, maybe I could shoot for a job there when I’m done with school. 😀
Gilly! You HAVE to come back to Northfield – soon! Hope school is going well. You’re missed here!
Yeah, I learned more about this local company that is an international powerhouse in swine products when they came before the Planning Commission with their expansion plans.
I’m glad that we (me, Tracy Davis and the rest of the Commission) were able to work out a friendly and flexible deal to keep this business, that generates wealth based on their intellectual capital, in our community, which offers that special sense of place that is so important to business owner Mark Werner.
Happy Thanksgiving to David Ludescher and all the other Northfielders who work so hard to make our town better!
I was reluctant to name you and Tracy, Ross. Glad to hear you hand a hand in it!
Gilly, I think you’re right… the Nat’l Guard did have a parking lot back there when the City owned the land. As for a job, you need to know someone influential who can help get you in the door.
Well, just be sure that you make it clear that I was wearing my Planning Commission hat (or was it the boxer shorts?) when I took that action…
The National Guard actually was parking vehicles on the City’s portion of the lot, (behind) the Vet Clinic. Which they actually still need space for these vehicles. We have been trying to find them another spot, since the City of Northfield sold the land to the Vet Clinic, month back when we had the groundbreaking. Previously the Guard used the lot for their cars-vehciles with a lease.
The EDA also worked on 5 applications for this expansion…so again another party to this expansion and investment is the EDA if your passing out pats on the back Ross. (smile)
So happy to hear everyone is talking good things today as we spend Thanksgiving together with those we can!
Now we know what has always been supposed to be one of the genus MEN’s better kept secrets; For Ross it’s Boxers! Are they orange like the cover of the Planning commission packets? or are they printed with tiny land use maps in different colors?
OOH .. getting too far into this, but for Ross (that is for the Ross that is the “college wrestler Ross”, I would have guessed briefs)
Happy Turkey Day! Is YOUR bird in the oven ?
We like the new look of the strip mall just north of the new Vet development.
They are Northfielders, too, aren’t they?
Happy Thanksgiving to all you lovely birds!
Is there a spell check on this site?
Charlene, the software we’re using here, WordPress, doesn’t have spell checking built into the commenting feature. But the Firefox web browser does:
and you can get a free add-on for the Internet Explorer 7 browser that does, too:
I wish we could get Mark Werner to make some comments here. The business origin, growth, and development are really fascinating, but it would be best to hear it from the source. I’m gonna go harrass him to see if he’ll post.
[…] and Veterinary Provisions, two companies of the Mike Strobel–Mark Werner Partnership. See my Nov. 2007 blog post for more details on the companies and my Aug. 2008 blog post for construction […]
This summer, I will relocating my family to Northfield. I have searched for a company website or phone number. I am very interested in finding out more about potential jobs. Does anyone have any contact information? Or information on when they might start hiring and/or where the jobs might be posted?
Congratulations to the folks at Cannon Valley Veterinary Clinic for being chosen this year’s Business of the Year by the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce. You are very deserving. Cannon Valley Vet Clinic has some of the most caring animal people on their staff that you would ever want to care for your pets. Being a frequent visitor to their clinic with my two dogs and cat, a dog with Addison’s disease and a cat with Thyroid disease, I could not ask for better care of my beloved pets. Dr. Passe, Dr. Tollefson and Dr. Bisel are not only wonderful veterinarians but are very caring individuals as well. Thank you for the great care of my “kids” and congratulations to all of you!
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