WEBCOR Packaging’s new 30,000-square-foot warehouse groundbreaking was Thursday afternoon, Sept. 10, with (from left): Shiawassee County Commissioner Jeremy Root, Durand City Manager Amy Roddy, Durand-Area Chamber of Commerce Interim Director Kathy Ohlund, Durand City Councilman Dr. Brian Boggs, Shiawassee County Commissioner John Horvath, Durand Mayor Deb Doyle, Webcor Project Manager Bob Tyrrell, Webcor Head of Productivity and Quality Control Mark Liggett, Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership Vice President Brent Jones and SEDP President/CEO Justin Horvath, Webcor Vice President Mark Martin, Webcor Plant Manager Jay Young, Webcor Chief Financial Officer Scott Konieczny and Perrin Construction representative Jeff Perrin. (Independent Photo/GRAHAM STURGEON)
Webcor Packaging, a manufacturer of corrugated boxes, hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday afternoon for a new 30,000-square-foot warehouse expansion at its production facility in Durand.
The company is investing approximately $1.2 million in the building, which is needed to accommodate significant growth across a number of sectors and customers (they are currently one of the largest suppliers of United States Postal Service Priority Mail products). The business also has additional manufacturing and warehousing facilities in Burton, Flint and Owosso.
“Our company has been working hard to strengthen operations here for the past couple of years by upgrading the existing facility, adding new machinery and equipment, and now this new warehouse,” said Project Manager Bob Tyrrell. “We really think Durand is a great place to do business, and very much appreciate the support we have received from city officials, including Manager Amy Roddy and her staff, the City Council and the Planning Commission,” Tyrrell added.
“We also want to be good corporate citizens, and are committed to spending our money locally, which includes having Perrin Construction as our general contractor,” Tyrrell said. “We are also looking to hire a lot of people for a variety of positions (including production, warehousing, truck driving and more), and encourage anyone interested to apply by contacting Ashlor Staffing at (810) 275-0690,” Tyrrell added.
“The City has been working collaboratively with Bob and his team on this project, and we are excited to see it moving forward,” said City Manager Amy Roddy. “Webcor is a longtime member of our business community, and we are thankful for their commitment to investing and creating jobs here.”
“This announcement provides more evidence of Shiawassee County’s economic comeback, which has been driven by a rebirth in manufacturing. We are very happy to see Webcor Packaging’s success, and are grateful for their decision to make Durand a home to grow its business,” said President/CEO Justin Horvath of the Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership, which has also provided project assistance.
For more information on Webcor, persons can visit their website at http://www.comwebinc.com/.