HARTFORD — Keller Construction,
with offices in the Fox Cities, has been named the general
contractor for a major expansion of the ProAmpac facility at
Innovation Way in the city’s industrial park.
“We’ve received no notice yet as to when they are going to move
forward with construction,” said City Planner Justin Drew. “They
still need further approvals from the city.
ProAmpac, formerly known as Polyfirst Packaging, is one of the
country’s largest producers of specialty plastic bags and plastic
packaging. The company is proposing an addition at its Hartford
facility that includes moving two silos further away from Innovation
Way. ProAmPac uses plastic pellets to produce plastic bags. Because
of the large quantity of pellets the company uses and prefers to
ship a larger quantity of the pellets and store them in outdoor
In August the city’s Plan Commission approved a preliminary site
plan for the project. Because the property is within the city’s
wellhead protection overlay district, which is intended to prevent
contamination of ground water near active municipal well 15, the
city must review and approve what changes are made within that
“The silos do not appear to pose a threat to the well,” Drew said
during the August meeting.
According to documents included with the site review summary, there
are six silos on the site now; two are 34 feet tall and four are 20
feet tall. They are located east of the building set back 300 feet
from Innovation Way.
“Under the proposal, a new concrete pad set back 400 feet from
Innovation Way would be added,” Drew said. “The two 34-foot silos
would be moved to the new concrete pad. Two additional 34-foot tall
silos would also be placed on the current pad. In addition, two
60-foot tall silos would be placed on the new concrete pad.”
The existing building, Drew said, has a 68-foot tall tower to
accommodate manufacturing equipment, while the maximum allowable
height in the zoning district is 45 feet.
“The Plan Commission can waive this for certain structures,
including silos,” Drew said. “Given the distance from Innovation Way
to the proposed silos, staff believes that the height modification
should be approved.”
The city’s TIF District 9, which includes the ProAm Pac facility,
was created in September 2018 to allow the expansion of ProAmpac and
to facilitate two public purpose projects by the city.
It is an industrial district which covers about 61.5 acres. A 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. In an earlier
ProAmpac project, the company completed extending a railroad spur so
they can ship raw materials in bulk via railcar instead of by truck
because the rail method is less expensive.
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