Menasha Packaging Company, which specializes in high-end graphic packaging and product merchandising solutions, is investing $5 million to expand production capacity at its Hartford, Wisconsin, production facility.
The company is investing in machinery and equipment, as well as adding a third shift, to increase production due to increased demand from new and existing customers. The project is expected to generate more than 70 new jobs at the company, including at the Hartford facility and support operations in Neenah.
“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 Governor Scott Walker. “Manufacturing remains a vital component of Wisconsin’s economy and because of the success of companies like Menasha Packaging, the state is outpacing the nation when it comes to growth in manufacturing jobs.”
Menasha Packaging is a subsidiary of Menasha Corporation, which was founded in Wisconsin in 1849 and is one of the state’s oldest manufacturing companies. Menasha Packaging, which has over 2,400 employees at more than 30 facilities nationwide, employs more than 900 workers at six facilities in Wisconsin.
“We are proud of our 165-year Wisconsin heritage and the strong work ethic of our Wisconsin employees that has allowed us to provide outstanding service to our customers and remain competitive in our markets,” said Menasha Corporation President/CEO Jim Kotek. “We continue to grow with our customers and we will invest in facilities, equipment and in jobs where we have strong employee knowledge and commitment.”
To secure Menasha’s investment, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation authorized up to $502,000 in Economic Development Tax Credits for the company over the next three years. The actual amount of tax credits awarded will depend in part upon the number of jobs created during that time.
“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.”
“WEDC is pleased to work with Menasha Packaging to help the company expand its operations and create more jobs for the region and the state,” said Reed Hall, Secretary/CEO of WEDC, the state’s lead economic development organization. “In the last year, our Economic Development Tax Credits have helped more than 60 companies create and retain about 12,000 jobs—and it is gratifying to see another company utilize this program to help grow Wisconsin’s economy.”