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Major redevelopment coming to Horlick Malted Milk campus in Racine

Did you know that malted milk -- the key ingredient in Ovaltine, Whoppers and chocolate malt shakes -- originated just south of Milwaukee in Racine?

The food product, developed as a critical protein source for babies, was invented by English immigrant brothers William and James Horlick, who set up shop in Racine in the 1870s. The factory campus would eventually expand across 18 acres, as the plant produced malt powder for more than a century.

Now the factory site is seeing a massive redevelopment, led by developer Josh Jeffers, with plans to transform it into a town square, complete with apartments, restaurant space and retail. Demolition work is about to begin at the campus, with plans to restore the historic buildings to their original beauty.

Learn about the plans, plus more about the sprawling site in this week's Urban Spelunking podcast. For more, be sure to visit to read Bobby's complete story and watch a video tour or his visit.

Director of Digital Content | Radio Milwaukee