MILWAUKEE — Chr. Hansen has purchased the Banker Wire manufacturing facility in Mukwonago, Wis., and will renovate it to become the company’s North American headquarters for its Natural Colors Division.

The facility will house production, research and development, application and quality assurance labs, a pilot plant, a dedicated warehouse, and sales and marketing. Chr. Hansen will take over the building located near Milwaukee next year. Until then, the company will serve customers from its base in Milwaukee.

“This is the largest single investment for Natural Colors in recent years and demonstrates our commitment to the important North American market,” said Jacob Vishof Paulsen, acting executive vice-president of the Natural Colors Division. “Having the whole chain gathered in one place will allow for a fast and agile response to customer needs, supporting Chr. Hansen’s current and future business demands for the next decade, with room to grow.”

The colors in the Natural Colors Division’s portfolio are sourced from nature.