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Governor Walker announces $100,000 transportation grant to city of Antigo

May 2, 2014

Award will help create/retain 20 jobs at Plaspack USA through street improvements

Governor Scott Walker announced today that the city of Antigo will receive a Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) grant. The $100,000 award represents the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s (WisDOT) contribution toward the design and resurfacing of the northern end of Clermont Street to benefit the expansion of the Volm Companies’ Plaspack USA plant in the Antigo Industrial Park.

The plastic and mesh bag manufacturer is building a new $4.1 million 36,900 square foot building that will house resin silos and production equipment; the addition will manufacture high-tech mesh products. This expansion project will create 10 new jobs and retain 10 jobs in Langlade County. Indirectly, this TEA grant will spin off an additional 15 jobs. The Clermont Street project improvements include wider cross-sections to handle increased truck traffic, employee traffic and improved drainage and will result in a better pavement design of an all-weather, all-season corridor. This assures the timely delivery and shipment of Plaspack USA products, an essential component of business growth and viability.

WisDOT’s $100,000 TEA grant covers half of the $200,000 construction project. The other half is being provided by the city of Antigo. Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2016 and be completed in the fall of 2016.

Volm Companies started in 1954 as a small family-run business in Bryant, Wisconsin selling groceries and hardware to local dairy and potato farmers. Its packaging business came about when founder Gerald Volm begin providing used and new burlap bags for area farmers to get their potatoes to market. Over time, the company formed distributor relationships with other bag companies and moved the business to Antigo, Wisconsin. Today Volm Companies manufactures its own products and has since expanded to include multiple manufacturing and distribution locations across the nation.

Since its start in 1987, Wisconsin’s TEA grant program has invested almost $94.7 million in 337 projects, creating or retaining more than 80,000 jobs around the state. For a complete listing of TEA grants and project details, visit the TEA page on the WisDOT website.

The TEA grant program is a performance measure in WisDOT’s MAPSS Performance Improvement Program. MAPSS focuses on five core goals of mobility, accountability, preservation, safety and service. To learn more, go to the MAPSS page on the WisDOT website.

For more information, contact:
Don Uelmen, WisDOT TEA program manager
(608) 266-3488,



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