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Three proposed resolutions in connection with the decision to locate a Pepsi-Cola canning plant in Watertown will be discussed by the City Council at its committee meeting Monday night.  The session will start at 7 p.m.  The resolutions will be acted upon at Tuesday night’s regular meeting of the council.  It was announced in the Times on July 22 that Wis-Pak, a new corporation set up for the new Wisconsin plant, will be erected in Watertown on a site of approximately 30 acres which the city owns on the West Road.  Two of the resolutions will terminate leases the city has with individuals for the land on which the building is to be constructed and the third authorizes the sale of the property to Wis-Pak, the company which will construct the building.  


09 23      groundbreaking ceremony

A large crowd was on hand Monday afternoon for the groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of construction of the Pepsi-Cola canning plant being erected by Wis-Pak, Inc., a company formed by 16 franchised Pepsi bottlers in Wisconsin and Michigan. Wis-Pak, Inc. purchased 34 1/2 acres of land on the West Road from the city. It will construct a canning plant with 64,000 square feet of floor space. The plant will have an output of 1,000 cans per minute, and in five years will have a capacity of 9,000,000 cases per year. Initial plant investment is estimated at $1,550,000.  The annual payroll will be $250,000. Approximately 20 persons will be employed.  The plant will be highly automated and will be one of the largest soft drink canning facilities in the United States.


1970       CONSTRUCTION OF Wis-Pak (Pepsi plant)







Watertown Daily Times01 25 1983


A major expansion and improvement program which will cost over $1.5 million, is being undertaken at Wis-Pak Inc., 860 West Street, according to Arnold Fobes, vice president and general manager of the firm.  Work is already underway for the projects, which are broken down into two major areas.  They are a new two liter bottling facility and improvements to reduce the content of waste from the plant which is sent to the Watertown Wastewater Treatment plant.  Fobes said the two-liter bottle project is being undertaken to meet the needs of the Pepsi distributors that own Wis-Pak. 


Watertown Daily Times, 11 11 1983

Wis-Pak Expansion

Another Watertown industry has undertaken an ambitious expansion program.  Wis-Pak, Inc., 860 West Street, has announced it is constructing a 48,000 square foot addition to the north end of its facilities.  The addition, which will be 200 by 240 feet in size, will be used primarily for warehouse space, according to Arnold Fobes, vice president and general manager.  Work on the $600,000 square foot addition got under way this week.  Oliver Construction of Oconomowoc is general contractor for the project.  Initial ground preparation work is now under way.



Watertown Daily Times, 09 13 1985

Wis-Pak, the Pepsi Cola canning facility located at 860 West Street, Monday afternoon announced plans for another major expansion of its facilities.  This expansion, a 135,000 square foot addition on the west side of the north end of the present building, will be used primarily for storage of both full and empty cans.  Arnold Fobes, vice president and general manager, announced the plans at groundbreaking ceremonies.  Oliver Construction of Oconomowoc is construction engineer for the project.  Work is scheduled to begin immediately, Fobes said.  He said the addition was being constructed as a joint effort with Metal Container Corporation, a subsidiary of Anheuser Busch, which is a major contractor with Wis-Pak for production of cans.



Watertown Daily Times, 07 08 1988

Barbara Parish has been promoted to the position of president and chief executive officer of Wis-Pak, Inc., according to an announcement by Ed McKelvey, chairman of the board of the firm.  Parish previously held the position of vice president and chief operating officer of the corporation.  In her new role, Parish has full responsibility for the business and affairs of the holding company and its subsidiaries.  Wis-Pak is owned by 29 shareholders, each a Pepsi Cola bottler.  The corporation owns five subsidiaries, including the production operation in Watertown.  The other subsidiary corporations are production operations in Mankato, Minn., and Norfolk, Neb., a Central Sales Corporation, and Klarbrunn, a private label water company.



Watertown Daily Times, 09 30 1989

FORT ATKINSON - The Watertown-Fort Atkinson area could soon be known as the soft-drink capital of the world. The largest soft-drink bottler in existence, Pepsi-Cola’s Wis-Pak is located in Watertown.  As a logical addition, the world’s most technologically advanced metal container plant is now operating in Fort Atkinson. The plant held an open house for members of the media and the families of employees Tuesday.  On June 6, Anheuser-Busch’s 200,000 square foot, $40 million Metal Container Corporation (MCC) plant sent out its first shipment of aluminum cans to its only customer — Wis-Pak.



Watertown Daily Times, 07 27 2007

Manufacturing upgrades, WDTimes article



Watertown Daily Times, 04 10 2009

Ball Corp. will permanently cease manufacturing operations at the polyethylene terephthalate plastic packaging plant in Watertown by June.  The Watertown plant on Dayton Street, which operates four production lines with an annual capacity of approximately 250 million recyclable polyethylene terephthalate bottles, is scheduled to close by June 7, subject to customer requirements, according to Scott McCarty, director of corporate relations for Ball Corp.  The local facility employs 52 people and produces polyethylene terephthalate bottles that are mainly used to hold carbonated soft drinks and water.  Ball Corp. acquired the Watertown plant from Wis-Pak Inc. in 2001.





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