New Horizons

Posted on Sep 1, 2009 :: Development
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Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Downtown Neenah is sporting a whole new look. The Glatfelter Paper Mill, which dominated the city’s skyline for decades before closing three years ago, has come down and in its place Plexus Corp. is building a 104,000-square-foot corporate headquarters. Besides Plexus’ new offices, city officials are looking at other development opportunities, including retail and office uses, as well as public open space and additional parking for the seven-acre site.

The city owns the Glatfelter site and is leasing the land to Plexus, which has an option to purchase the land in the future.

“Having Plexus as the anchor on the site is poising the entire project for success,” says Robert Buckingham, executive director of Future Neenah Inc. “After 130 years of papermaking on that site, we are transforming it into a mix of uses that will enhance our downtown.”

Plexus and about 350 employees will move into the headquarters in 2010. The company’s current headquarters along U.S. 41 will be used by the Plexus Technology Group, the company’s engineering services division, which is in need of more space.

Moving its headquarters to Neenah’s downtown is a sign of Plexus’ commitment to the Fox Cities, says Dean Foate, Plexus’ president and chief executive officer.

“We believe that having our corporate headquarters in downtown Neenah serves the long-term needs of Plexus while supporting the City of Neenah’s goal to further develop the downtown area and create a positive, long-lasting impact within the community,” he says.

Plexus will join two other multi-national companies who have their corporate headquarters in downtown Neenah – Alta Resources and the Bemis Co.

“We are seeing some very positive trends in our downtown. People tell us they like the quality of the downtown neighborhood and the mix of retail and service providers along with the large companies and their workers who call the area home,” Buckingham says.