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Cold temperatures affecting construction crews

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - This year, cold temperatures have been hard to handle.

In Stevens Point, Service Cold Storage, a food preserving company, is building a new facility. But, city grants that pay for construction costs are running out.

"Those have surmounted much more than we thought they would,” says Milton Austin, CEO of Service Cold Storage.

Now the Stevens Point city council is addressing those needs. Tuesday night, the council voted to loan $200,000 toward the project. This comes after the project received a $350,000 grant.

"It starts at propane and goes from there on down. The cost that we're experiencing because of the extreme temperatures this year are very extreme, " says Andrew Halverson, mayor of Stevens Point.

In exchange for bringing 30 jobs to area, land was given to Service Cold Storage. As an incentive, city leaders agreed to pay for winter construction costs. Costs were based off the average Wisconsin winter. This year, the winter has been anything but average.

"Concrete we cannot get it delivered if the temperatures are below zero. The hydraulic systems, the concrete company has to heat the aggregate also heat the water which is all an extra cost," says Austin.

The company says it needs money but doesn't know if the $200,000 is enough.

"First of all winter isn't over yet. We don't know what the costs are going to be," says Austin.

And it seems spring can't come soon enough.

Despite the conditions, construction leaders say the project is on schedule. They expect the doors to open in June.

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