Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin (October 18, 2018) – Nordson Extrusion Dies Industries, a Chippewa Falls manufacturer has reached an agreement to open a new $18 million facility in the Lake Wissota Business Park. Nordson EDI and the Chippewa Falls City Council approved a developer’s agreement on a 16.6-acre parcel Tuesday. Nordson has been processing thermoplastic materials since 1971 and are experts in polymer processing solutions and have crafted systems used worldwide to melt, extrude and pelletize polymers. These dies are exported to vendors across the globe and contracts include countries in China, Germany, Japan, Mexico and Indonesia.
Locally, Nordson EDI employs around 270 workers between three facilities, which are all located in Chippewa Falls. Charlie Walker, Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation, President/CEO said he began working with the company on the new headquarters in early February and the project picked up rapidly this summer during the month of June. “This is a team effort by the City of Chippewa Falls and the Chippewa County to help an existing business to modernize and become more efficient and competitive, Walker said. “This is a great victory for the economic development team in Chippewa Falls and the Chippewa County.”
The building will be about 140,000 square feet in size. The company is required to retain at least 225 full-time jobs, and there are incentives for growing the number of staff. As part of the developer’s agreement, Nordson EDI has been asked to make “reasonable efforts to hire from special populations, “specifically hiring veterans of all branches of military service, ex-offenders, workers with disabilities, welfare recipients and those who have poor financial credit or have previously declared bankruptcy. Another impressive incentive that has been put into place of the agreement is that the company hires 60 percent of its new workers from within Chippewa County.
The company aims at breaking ground this fall and city planner Brad Hentschel noted that construction should begin as soon as the land sale is finalized this upcoming month. The new construction will continue throughout the winter and are expecting to open summer of 2019.