Menasha Packaging plans $5 million Hartford expansion

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Neenah-based Menasha Packaging Co. LLC is planning a $5 million expansion of its production capacity in Hartford.

The company, which is a subsidiary of Neenah-based Menasha Corp. that makes graphic packaging and product merchandising solutions, is expanding capacity to meet customer demand. It also plans to add 74 employees, some of whom will be at the Hartford plant and some of whom will be in support operations roles in Neenah.

The expansion will include new machinery and equipment, and the addition of a third shift to increase production. The facility is at 621 Wacker Drive in Hartford.

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The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. has approved $502,000 in economic development tax credits for Menasha Packaging over the next three years to assist with the project. The tax credits are contingent upon the company creating the agreed upon number of jobs.

“I’m pleased that Menasha Packaging—after looking at options in other states—decided to go forward with the expansion in Wisconsin, where the company has six facilities,” said Gov. Scott Walker. “Manufacturing remains a vital component of Wisconsin’s economy and because of the successes of companies like Menasha Packaging, the state is outpacing the nation when it comes to growth in manufacturing jobs.”

“The commitment from WEDC was an important factor in our decision,” said Mike Waite, president of Menasha Packaging. “The capital investment in Hartford will support the company’s growth and allow us to continue to meet and exceed the needs of our broad customer base.”

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Menasha Packaging has more than 2,400 employees at 30 facilities nationwide, six of which are in Wisconsin. About 900 of the employees are in Wisconsin.

The company expanded its Hartford facility to 269,000 square feet in 2010.

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