WestRock to move operations from Milwaukee to Germantown

Building expansion approved by Plan Commission

Last updated on May 15th, 2019 at 05:02 pm

Virginia-based packaging manufacturer WestRock Co. has leased what could become a 100,000-square-foot facility in Germantown and plans to use it to replace a warehouse in Milwaukee.

A rendering of the proposed expansion of the Fulton Drive facility.
A rendering of the proposed expansion of the Fulton Drive facility.

The company already operates a facility at 11900 River Lane in Germantown and will now lease another facility at N117 W18456 Fulton Drive.

The Fulton Drive facility is currently 67,200 square feet, but the Germantown Plan Commission on Monday approved plans for an addition. The plans call for the addition of 33,600 square feet to the facility, which is located on 5.9 acres in the Germantown Industrial Park.

Hendricks Commercial Properties purchased the building for $3.35 million from an affiliate of MGS Mfg. Group in May.

WestRock, which was formed last year through the combination of RockTen Co. and MeadWestvaco Corp., operates a number of other Wisconsin facilities located in Beloit, Adams, Neenah, Jackson and Milwaukee. Chris Augustine, WestRock director of corporate communications, said the new Germantown facility would replace the Milwaukee operations at 2800 W. Custer Ave.

A determination on what the company would do with the Milwaukee facility had not been made, Augustine said. The company also operates a sheet feeder plant at 9400 W. Heather Ave.

Documents filed with the village of Germantown said the Fulton Drive facility would not have more than 10 employees.


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