Hartford company to increase production
More than 70 jobs will be created

By JOE VANDELAARSCHOT - Daily News

Oct. 21, 2014

HARTFORD - Menasha Packaging Company LLC announced Monday it is investing $5 million to expand production capacity at its Hartford facility.

Company officials say the company’s investment in the Hartford plant, 621 N. Wacker Drive, will generate more than 70 new jobs.

Menasha Packaging 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 company specializes in high-end graphic packaging and product merchandising solutions.

“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,” said Menasha Corp. President and 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.”

Hartford Common Council President Tim Michalak said Monday he had heard a rumor about possible expansion by the company, but getting the news confirming the announcement is good for the city.

“It’s great news,” Michalak said. “I really congratulate them for their decision to make this investment in our community and having the courage to maneuver their way through the economy to complete this. I know the city tries to do whatever it can to help local companies expand and add jobs. I look forward to having their new employees as members of our community.”


Mayor Joe Dautermann was out of town Monday and unavailable for comment.

To secure Menasha’s investment, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. has 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 depends on the number of jobs created during that time.

“The WEDC commitment 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.”

Menasha Packaging is a subsidiary of Menasha Corp. Menasha Packaging has more than 2,400 employees at more than 30 facilities nationwide and employs more than 900 workers at six facilities in Wisconsin.