What is the plan for the site of Graphic Packaging?
Will GPI have to do any environmental tests before they leave town, and what is the plan for that area and the old Kmart?
(Multiple, similar questions are grouped together.)
Graphic Packaging’s announcement to invest $600 million into their Kalamazoo facility was announced as a capacity-neutral investment. This project will take multiple years to complete, just to get the new capacity-neutral machine online. GPI has multiple facilities throughout the Midwest, where current capacities could come offline, including at the Battle Creek facility. GPI’s capacity could remain the same two or three years from now, or capacity demands could increase, eliminating or reducing the need to change current production. In any event, if GPI were to close the Battle Creek facility, it most certainly would have to abide by all regulatory and environmental laws. Currently, both the Kmart and GPI sites are held by private entities and, ideally, the community would work with these parties to redevelop the area into one of several possibilities, including the re-naturalization of the Kalamazoo River.