BELOIT, Wisconsin (From the Business Journal) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was slated to be on hand Monday as Pratt Industries officially opens its new 350,000-square-foot corrugated box factory in Beloit.
Pratt Industries invested $60 million in the new facility, according to a company news release. The facility created 200 construction jobs during the building process and now will add 140 "green-collar" manufacturing jobs. The site is designed to produce 600 tons of recycled boxes daily at full capacity.
Pratt Industries invested $60 million in its new Beloit facility, which is designed to produce 600 tons of recycled boxes daily at full capacity.
Beyond using 100 percent recycled paper for its box-making process, the facility also will use the latest in water reclamation technology and eventually will reduce discharge into the local sewer system to zero, the company stated.
Also, the facility's fork lifts and grab trucks will operate on compressed natural gas rather than propane, reducing carbon emissions, Pratt officials said.
The Beloit City Council and the Greater Beloit Economic Development Corp., in conjunction with Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., helped put together an incentive package for the new facility. The company initially considered locations in three different states before selecting Wisconsin.