UPM Raflatac to Bring Hi-Tech MFG Plant To Dixon, IL

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UPM Raflatac , Inc. has purchased a 62-acre site at I-88 and Illinois Route 26, at Dixon adjacent to the Lee County Business Park and has begun construction of a new pressure sensitive labelstock factory. Project completion is scheduled for first quarter 2008 with an estimated investment value of $109 million.

Dixon facilities will join Raflatac’s other North American operations in Fletcher, NC; Wilkes-Barre, PA; and Ontario, CA. Raflatac has around 2,300 total employees and has indicated they will employ 160+ employees. Ultimate facility designs are being completed by O’Neal, Inc, Greenville, SC and are expected to be in excess of 200,000 SF. The site selection process was conducted through Deloitte Consulting, LLP, Chicago.

Lee County Industrial Development Association (LCIDA) coordinated efforts to secure Raflatac’s commitment to the Dixon and State of Illinois site choice and is proud to have brought this massive investment in process manufacturing by a European-based company to our region of Illinois.

Construction management is through Marathon/Architects/Engineers/Planners, LLC, an Appleton (WI)-based member of the Jaako-Poyry Group, specialists in paper processes.

Raflatac is part of UPM, one of the world’s leading producers of printing papers. The UPM Group’s sales for 2005 were EUR 9.3 billion, and it has over 31,000 employees with production in 15 countries. UPM’s main markets are Europe and North America.