The structural steel is taking shape at an expansion by the Volm Companies at its Freshtech facilities on Antigo’s north side.
The 37,000 square foot structure is an addition to the firm’s existing Freshtech plant for the three-generation Antigo owned and based company.
Ground was broken for the new facility on Oct. 2 when personnel from Volm Companies and representatives of contractors turned shovels of dirt, while machinery had already started working to clear the site for the structure.
Spokesmen for Volm Companies explained that the expanded facilities will allow the firm to introduce new machinery and increase production in Antigo to improve service to customers and enhance the ability to compete.
The building is scheduled to be completed during March with the new equipment arriving quickly and production of packaging materials expected to begin in April.
Volm Companies has expanded to be one of the largest providers of fresh produce packaging and equipment used in the industry across all of North America.
At the time of the October ground breaking there were 146 employees at three sites and another 46 at a distribution location.
The corporate home is Antigo and the firm also has facilities in Idaho Falls, Idaho and Pasco, Wash.