Wisconsin Film and Bag expansion gets green light

Brandi Shaffer

Published: February 21, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Packaging, Film & Sheet

SHAWANO, WIS. (Feb. 21, 11:30 a.m. ET) — A planned expansion at Shawano-based Wisconsin Film and Bag has been given the green light after a building permit denial was overturned, according to a Feb. 14 news release.

The Shawano Board of Appeals permitted the polyethylene bag and film manufacturer to go ahead with a facility expansion of 11,000 square feet. The expansion was stifled by building inspector Mike Miller’s adherence to City Code, which requires structures to be a minimum of 25 feet from the side lot lines.

Wisconsin Film and Bag will be within 10 feet of the eastern boundary, but the adjacent property is 40 feet from the property line, allowing enough room for emergency vehicles. Miller was concerned about the possibility of the other property expanding in the future.

Miller said his decision to deny the permit was based solely on the code and he had no qualms with the project moving forward, according to the news release. The board’s vote to overturn the decision was unanimous.

As a result of the expansion, the company will gain 24-28 employees, bringing the total to more than 150. In addition to people, the company will add five extruders that will run continuously.

Jim Feeney, president of Wisconsin Film and Bag, said the expansion has been in the works for two years. The company decided to expand its Shawano facility in lieu of building a satellite location in another state.

Wisconsin Film and Bag creates a range of products such as large polyethylene pallet covers, plain polyethylene film and bags for shrinking products and layflat bags for food and parts.

According to a Plastics News ranking of film and sheet manufacturers, Wisconsin Film and Bag earned an estimated $42 million in sales in 2010.


Comments

Wisconsin Film and Bag expansion gets green light

Brandi Shaffer

Published: February 21, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

French investment firm buys Alabama-based CSP Technologies

January 30, 2015 1:10 pm ET

A French investment firm has finalized a deal to buy CSP Technologies Inc., an Auburn, Ala., company that makes specialty plastics packaging.    More

Image

Report: Brands are falling short on packaging sustainability

January 29, 2015 5:19 pm ET

Packaging in general, and plastic packaging in particular, has a long way to go in terms of recycling, according to a pair of environmental groups.    More

Image

Profit dips at Bemis Co. Inc.

January 29, 2015 2:04 pm ET

Profit dipped for Bemis Co. Inc. for all of 2014, but were up during the fourth quarter in what the company's leader called a “pivotal year....    More

Image

Plastics News Now: Losing weight with style, plastics in the Dragons' Den

January 29, 2015 6:00 am ET

A 19-year-old entrepreneur brings business to a U.K. injection molder after winning support on TV's Dragons' Den, auto suppliers combine...    More

Image

African equity fund invests in Kenya's General Plastics

January 28, 2015 4:24 pm ET

An African investment fund specializing in agriculture has invested in Kenyan packaging firm General Plastics Ltd. to provide funds to expand in the r...    More

Market Reports

Plastics in Automotive: Innovation & Emerging Trends

This special report newly released by PN and sponsored by The Conair Group examines current trends in the use of plastics in automotive, materials innovations and the changing landscape. It includes a review of legislative/regulatory activity impacting vehicle development and lightweighting, market opportunities & challenges for mold and toolmakers, innovative design strategies being implemented by major OEMs and suppliers, as well as a review of key indicators in Canada, Mexico, Brazil and China.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Injection Molding Market Analysis & Processor Rankings

Plastics News BUNDLED package contains our in-depth Market Analysis of the Injection Molding segment. You will gain keen insight on current trends and our economic outlook.

As a BONUS this includes PN's updated 2014 database of North American Injection Molders RANKED by sales volume. Sort, merge, mail & prospect by end market, materials processed, region, # of plants and more.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events