After months of planning and negotiations, a longtime Antigo manufacturer has announced plans to expand.
Plaspack USA will add about 36,900 square feet to its facility on the north side of Amron Avenue, continuing a tradition of expanding within the local community.
Plaspack USA, originally constructed as a subsidiary of Volm Companies, manufactures high density polyethylene mesh materials used in fences and barriers, wind and shade clothes, as bags for produce, meat, poultry and seafood, and other applications.
The new building will be added on the south side of the existing Fresh Tech structure and include a manufacturing system that has been in the discussion stages for some time.
It will produce some of the core material used in the process to produce its high-technology mesh products now being imported.
Mayor Bill Brandt said he was pleased the plan was made public prior to the meeting, suggesting the a ground-breaking may come later this fall.
The news of the expansion was included in City Inspector-Assessor Jerry Wilhelm’s monthly report to the Antigo Common Council.
Wilhelm said that while the residential construction scene remains stagnant, some things are happening on the commercial scene.
Plaspack leads the manufacturing projects, but there are some retail offerings as well, led by the announcement that a Little Caesar’s Pizza outlet will return to Antigo after a decades-long absence.
The restaurant will be located downtown, at the former Family Dollar location adjacent to the Natural Living store.
Other recent retailing improvements include expansion of the Schroeder’s gift shop at 743 South Superior St., the remodeled Dairy Queen and the resurrection of the old Super America building, which is awaiting tenants.
There are a variety of other projects as well, Wilhelm said, including the completion of Parsons of Antigo’s new body shop, which will allow the existing shop to be converted into a showroom and sales floor; the new State Farm Insurance office being constructed by Tim DeVoe on the city’s north side; and the renovation of the General Clinic to align with the new Langlade Hospital. At a later date, construction on the hospital’s Wel-Fit Center, now housed off-site, will continue on the site..
Work on the new cattle barn at the Langlade County Fairgrounds is also proceeding at a quick pace, Wilhelm said, as well as the start of construction on two new storage buildings on West Pierce Street for the city street department.