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Packaging supplier enlists firms for $50M plant in Idaho

March 26, 2015
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Companies develop $50M packaging plant in Idaho
A shot of the land in Burley, Idaho where Kalamazoo-based CSM Group will build a $50-million plant for Kalamazoo-based packaging supplier Fabri-Kal. Courtesy CSM Group

A packaging supplier, construction company and architecture firm from the region are working together to build a $50-million plant in Idaho.

On March 30, Kalamazoo-based CSM Group plans to break ground on a 100,000-square-foot design and manufacturing facility for Kalamazoo-based Fabri-Kal in Burley, Idaho, at 2458 Washington Ave.

Grand Rapids-based Progressive AE is serving as the project’s architect.

The Idaho-based civil engineering firm Riedesel Engineering will also be working on the project.

Fabri-Kal’s plant will employ about 50 people when it opens.

The company also plans to add another 100 employees in the next five years.

Packaging expansion

The plant will expand Fabri-Kal's footprint in thermoforming, or shaping plastic with heat and pressure, and “house initiatives” and add to its Greenware product line with a new plant-based material.

“We are excited to expand our plastic thermoforming footprint west of the Rockies, while growing our materials offering at the same time,” said Chuck Garlock, VP of sales and marketing, Fabri-Kal.

Garlock said that the plant-based material will support the company’s “commitment” to providing sustainable packaging products to the food service, consumer product and retail markets.

Mike Roeder, president and COO, Fabri-Kal, added that the plant is a “strategic effort” that supports Fabri-Kal’s growth plans and “continued focus on innovation.”

Timeline

CSM Group, which also has offices in Grand Rapids and Omaha, Neb., is still bidding out the majority of the work to support the multi-phase design and construction activities, said Katrina Reed, business development and marketing coordinator, CSM Group.

CSM is expecting the building enclosure to be completed in early August, with a phased installation of manufacturing equipment beginning later that month and finishing in late December.

The final certificate of occupancy is expected in early October.

There are also two additions to the building that are planned to take place within the next three to five years.

Out-of-state project

CSM’s Reed said that the firm will have a project manager and a project engineer living in Idaho during construction.

A project director will be on site once a month, and CSM Group President Todd McDonald will be on site every few months.

Progressive AE will also make monthly trips to the project during construction activity.

Reed added that the CSM Group team will use technology to minimize paperwork and increase efficiencies and ease of access to project information from any location.

The construction firm has done work in more than 22 states.

“We use this approach often,” Reed said.

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