A look inside the former Oscar Mayer plant

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- It’s been a staple of the Madison area for decades, and now changes are underway at the former Oscar Mayer building.

NBC15 News has been following the progress of what’s now called OM Station since the Oscar Mayer plant closed its doors in 2017. In October 2017, Reich Brothers and Rabin Worldwide purchased the 72 acre site. Since then crews have been working to revamp the building.

Last week, NBC15 spoke with the CEO of The Bodgery, OM Station’s newest tenant. Now, NBC15 is taking a look inside the building.

“It’s hard to understand,” says Nate Ellis, Senior Vice President of Rabin who is overseeing the project. “You drive by, and new wires in the ground, you don’t see it.”

Contractors say it doesn’t look like much on the outside, but a lot of work has gone on behind closed doors.

“A transformer, a power box, a couple more transformers and an electrical room. What you don't see is all the infrastructure that got installed to support that,” Ellis says, showing our crews an updated part of the campus.

For the past two years, contractors have been hard at work opening up space within the buildings, using a $1 million dollar budget to spruce up both the inside and outside of the plant. That includes updating the gas, water, sewer and power sources.

Ellis says when complete OM Station will house between 20 and 30 tenants, depending on how large a space they use up.

In the next few months, several more renovations will take the historic Oscar Mayer plant into the future.

“We're ready. We want people to come. We've got our infrastructure ready, and we're ready to go,” Ellis says.

Five tenants are already lined up at OM Station. Contractors hope to have three or for more set up shop by this fall.