city’s Joint Review Board recently discussed creating
TIF District No. 9 to help PolyFirst Packaging with an
City Administrator Gary Koppelberger said the district
could aid other vacant and expansion-ready parcels on
the Dodge County side of the Dodge Industrial Park near
PolyFirst, at 2261 Innovation Drive.
TIF district uses additional property taxes generated
within its borders through increased economic
development to pay for infrastructure such as sewer and
water, storm water management, roads, access to
electricity and natural gas and other improvements.
proposed district is located near Highway 60,
Independence Avenue and Goodland Road.
“PolyFirst anticipates the initial expansion will
require about $4.9 million,” Koppelberger said. “They
expect the completed expansion to generate 40 jobs.”
Joint Review Board, Plan Commission, City Council and
Department of Revenue have to approve the district.
“The district’s goals are facilitating expansion of
PolyFirst, the inducing of development on vacant and
under-developed sites in the Dodge Industrial Park and
to provide funds for public purpose projects in the area
— road improvements and storm water detention,”
April, the Council gave preliminary approval of the
company’s sale of tax-exempt industrial development
revenue bonds to fund the project. Final approval will
come at a future meeting.
city won’t issue the bonds — PolyFirst will — but the
city supports the company by allowing it to use the
city’s tax-exempt status to sell them. The bonds are
attractive because investors don’t have to pay taxes on
money they receive when the bonds are paid off.
PolyFirst Chief Financial Officer Andy Garni said the
plan has two phases.
“First we’ll construct a new building with 20,00030,000
additional square feet of space on the parking lot’s
east side,” Garni said. “In the second phase, which
should begin right after the first phase is done, we
plan to add 20,000 more square feet to the south of our
PolyFirst is one of the largest producers of specialty
plastic bags and plastic packaging in the U.S. The plant
covers 50,000 square feet.
Hartford Area Economic Development Corp. Executive
Director Tom Hostad said PolyFirst is working with
economic development agencies, including the state
Economic Development Corporation, to discuss funds for
equipment and employee training. They also contacted the
Department of Transportation about gaining rail access
to transport raw materials instead of by truck.
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