Bloomington economic leaders say a packaging company could leave town if a tax abatement is not approved for a new eco-friendly building.
PrintPack currently employs 151 people, about 65 of whom live in Monroe County, but Bloomington Economic Development Corporation Chairman Ron Walker said the company could pack up and leave without incentives to build in the county.
“They’ve made it clear to us that this is a very critical component in their decision,” Walker said. “We know they’ve looked at other sites; we know this is the only viable site in Monroe County.”
If the abatement is passed, however, Walker said the company has the potential to expand.
“They would save 151 jobs and create ample room for more job creation. In doing so, they’re asking for the county to forgive some of their raxes in the first ten years.”
Members of the public spoke both in support of and against the abatement at a Tuesday meeting, including one man who lives next to PrintPack’s current facility. Chris Foster said the already business doesn’t make a good neighbor.
“When the wind comes out of the east, we get a huge, terrible burning plastic odor,” foster said.” “It tends to make me ill, so one day I went down one day to ask them what they were doing to produce such an odor. The receptionist said to me that she knew about the odor, that it makes her sick. When I tried to call their corporate offices…and speak to anyone who would represent the company, I could never get past a secretary and never got a call back.”
Council members say they hope to secure promises from PrintPack in the event before an abatement is granted.