Stora Enso has decided to commence a feasibility study with the aim of expanding containerboard production at Ostrołęka Mill in Poland by 500 000 tonnes annually. The findings of a recently completed pre-feasibility study supported continuation of the process. The feasibility study, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2016, will evaluate the profitability of the possible expansion. The studied investment will be cost competitive and it has synergies with the newest containerboard machine in Ostrołęka, which went into production in 2013. If the investment is approved following the feasibility study, the capital expenditure for the expansion is estimated to be in the range of EUR 350-400 million over a couple of years.
Balcan Plastics, a Quebec-based manufacturer of flexible packaging and technical films, has bought a roughly 215,000-square-foot facility in Pleasant Prairie’s LakeView Corporate Park. A village official said the company is planning an operation there with 60 employees.
An affiliate of the company paid $13 million to acquire the 50-acre property at 7201 108th St. from Mondi Akrosil LLC. The property was assessed at $9.14 million for 2020, according to Kenosha County records.
“We are pleased to see Balcan Plastics invest here in Pleasant Prairie,” said Nathan Thiel, village administrator of Pleasant Prairie. “The company had several options around the nation, but ultimately selected on our community, which will result in manufacturing jobs and enhance the use of an existing building.”
Mondi Akrosil, a division of London and Vienna-based international packaging and paper company Mondi plc, informed state officials last year the company planned to close the facility by July 1 of this year, a move that eliminated 108 jobs.