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Walls Up at PrintpackSubmitted: 01/28/2013

Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter
bmeyer@wjfw.com


RHINELANDER - Monday, Rhinelander's new Printpack facility started looking more like an actual plant.

"This is exciting. They just started this morning and you can see the progress they've made already. Once the panels come in, they'll move really quickly and you'll start to see the walls go around the entire building," says Jeremy Van Camp, the Human Resources Manager at Printpack.

The first of more than a hundred huge concrete wall panels went up at the new Printpack facility in Rhinelander on Monday.

It's a step toward making the property look less like a construction site - and more like a manufacturing plant.

"The panels are made in Wisconsin. They're a pre-cast concrete panel. They've got two inches of Styrofoam on the back. They set the panel in place. They're pre-colored, so we never need to paint or anything. They'll finish out windows and all that kind of stuff later on," says Van Camp.

The panels are made in the Milwaukee suburb of Germantown.

Starting Tuesday, eight truckloads a day will make their way from southeastern Wisconsin to Rhinelander.

The new Printpack plant should have these concrete panels up before you know it, and the best news of all, construction is way ahead of schedule.

The builders hope to turn over the reins to Printpack June 30th of this summer.

"The building is eight bays wide and eight bays deep, structurally, and we are on about the sixth bay deep, eighth bay across mark, so we're a little more than three-quarters done structurally," says Van Camp.

Current Printpack employees are eager to see the site.

Once the roof is done, in about three weeks, builders will host employees under the new structure to check things out.

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