CLINTON, MASS. — Most businesses need to get the approval of shareholders or bankers to expand. Nypro Inc.'s latest project required the approval of the 13,200 citizens of Clinton, its headquarters city.
Clinton voters approved a land swap Dec. 7 that gives the injection molder permission to build a new $5 million technical center on a baseball field next to Nypro's downtown headquarters, in exchange for building a replacement ball field nearby.
Almost 500 people turned out for a town meeting — a record — and more than 98 percent of them raised their hands in favor, said Nypro spokesman Al Cotton. Local government officials had approved the deal, but state law requires voters to approve such actions at a town meeting.
Citizen opposition that had put up bumper stickers and yard signs vanished after Nypro agreed to increase its offer for the old baseball diamond by $50,000, Cotton said.
Nypro plans to begin constructing its 2.5 story, 130,000-square-foot building in 2000, after the replacement baseball field is finished, Cotton said.
The new building will house the existing technical center and NyproMold, and give the company room to expand its assembly and injection molding operations, Cotton said. About 1,100 people work for Nypro in Clinton.