New owners of Wausau Paper mill look to fill it quickly
BROKAW (WAOW) -
Some new business could be coming soon to the site of the old Wausau Paper mill in Brokaw. That's the place where hundreds lost their jobs earlier this year.
The new owners plan to turn the property into a business park. They took a tour of the 50-acre property Thursday, and they say they want to get moving quickly on the project.
"Well-maintained property by Wausau Papers, I mean, well-maintained," said Phillip Dunn, a consultant for the company that bought the land. "A plant like this has real potential for either a single user or multiple users that are in light manufacturing, assembly, or distribution, or warehousing."
Dunn says the property features 300,000 square feet in ten buildings. Some of those buildings are connected.
"This is an ideal industrial site," said Dunn.
"It's just a matter of trying to find the right businesses or companies that want to do some things here," added Dave Eckmann of the Marathon County Economic Development Corporation.
Dunn says the new owners have talked to several businesses about moving in. Nothing is set yet, but they want to move quickly.
"The leasing season, the high leasing season, is March through October," said Dunn.
That deadline's coming up quickly. Dunn says he hopes they'll find someone wanting to take advantage.
"Our goal is to make a difference and make a profit," said Dunn. "If you can do that, and create jobs, and revitalize, repurpose a facility, then you're doing some good."
As part of an overall plan to redevelop Brokaw, Marathon County economic development leaders have applied for a $100,000 grant. That money would help them develop property along the river near the mill.