A rejected rezoning is leading specialty injection molder Global Polymer Industries Inc. to move to a new location.
Global Polymer plans to build a 60,000-square-foot plant in Madison, S.D., about 25 miles south of its current location in Arlington, S.D. The new site will employ 125, with 50 new jobs planned in its first two years of operation. The new plant is expected to open sometime in 2013.
Arlington City Council rejected a rezoning that would have let the business expand there, where it was founded in 1993. Global Polymer is one of the largest employers in Arlington, which has a population of about 900.
Officials could not be reached for comment. In a recent article in the Brookings (S.D.) Register, Global Polymer co-owner Dan Palli said the rezoning of a 1-acre parcel from residential to industrial was rejected after adjacent property owners complained that the 21,000-square-foot expansion would devalue their land and create noise and runoff into the area's storm-sewer system.
“The board listened to five complainers and turned us down,” Palli said in the article.
Julie Gross, executive director with Madison-based Lake Area Improvement Corp., said in an Aug. 30 phone interview that Global Polymer could break ground for the new plant this fall.
In an Aug. 28 news release from LAIC, Global Polymer co-owner Todd Huntimer said his firm's business “has been growing very steadily since its foundation.”
LAIC said Global Polymer “will have an enormous economic impact on Madison and the area.”
Global Polymer molds specialty parts made of ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylene. Markets served by the firm include industrial, agricultural, recreational, food and drug, marine, transportation and medical.