A groundbreaking was recently held for the Winpak Portion Packaging manufacturing facility in Dermody Properties’/ DP Partners’ LogistiCenter at Sauk Village, Ill. Participants included Mayor Lewis Towers of Sauk Village, Illinois State Representative Anthony DeLuca, and representatives from Winpak Portion Packaging, Dermody Properties/DP Partners and Principle Construction.
Winpak is a multi-national packaging company and currently operates a manufacturing facility in nearby South Chicago Heights, producing plastic cups and trays for food and beverages. Its new 267,000-square-foot facility will be located on a 28-acre site at 1111 Winpak Way. Principle Construction has begun work on the project and will complete the building envelope by November 2011, and the facility will be complete by March 2012. The expansion will create 40 jobs once the facility is complete, with more jobs in the future based on Winpak’s plans to expand the facility to a full 600,000 square feet.
Winpak chose Dermody Properties’/ DP Partners’ LogistiCenter because of its proximity to Winpak’s South Chicago Heights facility and its strategic location. LogistiCenter at Sauk Village is a 325-acre Class A business park, bounded by Illinois state highway 394 on the east, Cottage Grove Avenue on the west, Sauk Trail on the south and the CN on the north. Located within the heavy industrial Calument Expressway Corridor, the park has immediate access to IL 394 and is within six miles of I-80/I-94, making it an ideal location for serving the tri-state area of Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.
The State of Illinois provided a $1.6 million business investment package to Winpak Portion Packaging to help fund the new manufacturing facility, which complements the company’s $30 million investment for land, building and equipment. The office of Governor Pat Quinn, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), and Mayor Lewis Towers’ office were all instrumental in facilitating this successful transaction.
The Dermody Properties/ DP Partners team that worked with Winpak during the process included Andy James, Midwestern Regional Partner in Chicago, and John Atwell, COO. Justin Fierz and Brian Vanosky of Lee & Associates represented Winpak, and George Cibula of Darwin Realty represented DP. Principle Construction is the general contractor for the build-to-suit facility.