Expanding Epicurean relocates to Superior

Dignitaries and donors were among those who celebrated. From left to right: Susan and Jim Swenson, Lisa Goldberg, Senator Janet Bewley, Dave Goldberg, Representative Beth Meyers, Board President Linda Hultman, Board President; Brian Deaner, USDA ; Steve Probst, Iron River Town Chair; Courtney Dietsche, Library Director; Nate Johnson, NJ Builders; Julie Peck, Friends of the Library; and Greg Strom, architect, 

Epicurean, a manufacturer of kitchen cutting boards and kitchen tools, has opened its new headquarters for office and manufacturing operations on Connors Point in Superior.

Its 60,000-square-foot building has been used by a variety of wood products manufacturers over the years, most recently Woodline. The structure has been renovated during the past year to create an open work atmosphere featuring natural and LED lighting, a heat reclamation system and the conversion of a former parking lot into green space. More than 50 work in the building, which faces the Duluth-Superior harbor. An Epicurean factory outlet store is also featured.

Epicurean previously had been headquartered at Hawksboots Sustainable Manufacturing Facility, a four-acre brownfield industrial site on the West Duluth hillside that the company remediated and refurbished. The company outgrew the space and many operations and warehousing were outsourced to other locations. The new facility on Connors Point offers over triple the square footage of the Hawksboots location, allowing the company to significantly improve efficiencies on responsible manufacturing practices and recycling programs.

“Our goal was always to keep Epicurean at home in the Twin Ports”, said Epicurean co-owner and CFO Dave Benson. “Having our new headquarters on Connors Point finally allows us to have our office, manufacturing and shipping operations consolidated under one roof. It’s great to be here.”

“Epicurean is proving that manufacturing is on the rise in Superior. I am excited that they are improving our economy, improving our opportunities and improving our kitchens,” said Superior Mayor Jim Paine.