Global Polymer moving to Madison
By ELISA SAND, Staff Reporter
An Arlington company will be relocating to Madison and building a new facility in the Lakeview Industrial Park.|
Global Polymer Industries, Inc. plans to move 125 jobs to Madison's Industrial Park and expand with 50 additional positions within the next two years.
Global Polymer was founded in 1993 in Arlington by co-owners Todd Huntimer and Dan Palli. From its beginning, Global Polymer made products for some of the world's largest equipment manufacturers.
The company specializes in Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene. UHMW-PE is a polyethylene with a molecular weight of 4.5 to 6 million. That weight gives UHMW-PE a combination of slickness, toughness and chemical resistance. Global Polymer uses 100 percent virgin UHMW-PE in every product manufactured.
"Global Polymer is a strong, well-established company that comes with a solid reputation and immediate plans for adding jobs," said Julie Gross, Lake Area Improvement Corporation executive director. "The LAIC board and I are ecstatic we could help put all the pieces in place in order for Global Polymer to make the transition to Madison."
Plans are under way to build a 60,000-square-foot facility in the Lakeview Industrial Park. Gross said construction should begin this fall, and she estimates the project will take about a year to complete.
"We are very excited about moving to Madison," Huntimer said. "Our business has been growing steadily since its foundation, and Madison will provide all the amenities we need as we continue to grow."
Global Polymer expanded its production capacity to include three of the world's largest agriculture implement equipment manufacturers, the largest water treatment equipment manufacturer in the Americas, the Western Hemisphere's largest truck and trailer suspension manufacturer, every major railroad and rail car manufacturer in North and Central America, and several material handling equipment manufacturers.
"Teamwork between the LAIC board, city and county officials, as well as Heartland Consumers Power District, is what made this become a reality," said Gross. "I can't thank them enough for their assistance throughout this process. We worked together to show Todd and Dan how relocating to Madison would be a positive move for them. They are excellent business owners, and we couldn't be more pleased with their decision."
"Heartland's number one goal is to provide reliable power and excellent customer service. Our economic development programs are vital to many of the communities we serve, and we are thrilled to be able to help the community of Madison," said Russell Olson, Heartland's manager of community and economic development. Heartland provides wholesale power to the city of Madison.
"We are grateful to Heartland for their programs and assistance and to everyone in Madison for helping us throughout this process," said Palli. "We look forward to continuing that strong working relationship once our transition is complete, and to the opportunities being located in Madison will afford our company."
Madison Mayor Gene Hexom said this is good news for Madison.
"We welcome Global Polymer and look forward to cooperating in any way we can to make their relocation to the Lakeview Industrial Park as smooth as possible. We are thrilled with the news they have chosen Madison's Lakeview Industrial Park as their new home," he said.
LAIC Board President Mark Stoller said this announcement will have a significant economic impact.
"Global Polymer will have an enormous economic impact on Madison and the area. On behalf of the LAIC board, the city of Madison and Lake County, we welcome them to Madison."
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