Date: February 19, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
POLY FLEX SELECTS KAUKAUNA FOR EXPANSION FACILITY
Contact: Bill Lechner
Mayor Gene Rosin
City of Kaukauna
Calling it an indication of continued company growth and opportunity, Walworth Wisconsin plastic blow molder PolyFlex has agreed to terms with the City of Kaukauna for the purchase of a 6 acre site on which it will construct a 55,000 square foot building. “After considering several communities as potential sites for our new plant, we have determined that the City of Kaukauna and the Fox Cities Region provided us the greatest opportunity,” said PolyFlex President Bill Lechner. Lechner stated that the ability to attract workers with the specific skills required by the company, along with favorable utility rates available through Kaukauna Utilities were key factors in the company’s decision. The site to be purchased will allow the company to expand in response to future opportunities.
Kaukauna Mayor Gene Rosin added, “The City of Kaukauna is pleased to welcome its newest corporate citizen, and looks forward to a long relationship with PolyFlex. We are acutely aware that the health of our local economy depends on the revenues produced by manufacturers like PolyFlex to sustain and grow the tax base that is essential for the provision of municipal services.”
Fox Cities Regional Partnership Executive VP Larry Burkhardt was pleased with the company’s decision. “The decision of PolyFlex to locate its new facility in Kaukauna represents the first industry attraction success for the Fox Cities Regional Partnership,” stated Burkhardt. The Regional Partnership was established in 2012 by the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce as the first regional economic development organization to serve the Fox Cities Region. The Regional Partnership worked with representatives of the City of Kaukauna to explain and market the City’s advantages throughout the company’s due diligence process.
Kaukauna Industrial Development Board Chair Dan O’Neill indicated that the Board worked to develop an agreement that made sense to both the City and the company. “Our responsibility is to exercise good stewardship of the City’s assets, with an eye to evaluating the long-term benefits associated with opportunities like that which PolyFlex brings.”
PolyFlex produces large plastic parts for a variety of industries, including transportation and waste collection. The company hopes to break ground on its Kaukauna facility in the next few months, and intends to hire approximately 40 workers over the first year of operation. Applications for the new jobs will be accepted later in the summer.