A Rhinelander business will be expanding to a new building -- bringing jobs and opportunities to the area.
After planning for more than a year, Printpack leaders said they're ready to move, leaving behind the Rhinelander building they've worked in for nearly a century.
"It's a $72 million facility," said Rhinelander plant manager Pat Marquart. "That includes the building and the things that are going to be purchased. It's going to be a state-of-the-art facility -- all new equipment, all new processes."
The new building will be along Highway 17 -- south of the city. Just this week, the Rhinelander city council added the land from the town of Pelican.
"The site plan has to be authorized and okayed," said Rhinelander Mayor Richard Johns. "The state has to take a look at the plans and all kinds of things that go with that type of construction have to be done but we're on target to do it."
Company leaders want to break ground in September and be ready for business by this time next year. It's a project they said will open doors for many more in the city.
"It's all construction work that will happen in Rhinelander," said Johns. "With the economy the way it is today, we're one of the fortunate communities to have that."
Printpack officials said one of their facilities in North Carolina will close. Marquart said some of those workers may transfer here and all their current Rhinelander employees will work at the new site. They even plan to hire a few more.
"Now the fun begins," said Marquart. "We have to buy the equipment. We have to spec the equipment. We have to train on the new equipment because it's going to be totally different from what we're used to."
Printpack officials said they look forward to continuing business in Hodag country.