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Bemis looking to expand; could bring new jobs to Oshkosh


OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - An Oshkosh manufacturer is looking to expand and that could mean more jobs.

However, Bemis says it needs $2 million from the city of Oshkosh to help the nearly $25 million plan.

That $2 million that Bemis needs would come through property tax reimbursements, impacting the properties near the plant. The money would be reimbursed over 10 years.

Bemis, which makes packaging for healthcare supplies, is looking to expand its facility on North Main Street. Currently, the company has 160 workers and the plan is to double the workforce over the next three years.

Oshkosh City Manager Mark Rohloff told FOX 11 the expansion would help the city, considering Oshkosh Defense plans to cut 700 jobs this summer.

“The jobs are very important with all the reductions in workforces we’ve been seeing in the area, this is a great time for something like this to occur and I think it demonstrates the resiliency of our economy,” said Rohloff.

The request by Bemis needs approval by several entities. The first is Oshkosh's plan commission, which will take up the issue on June 17.