Aug 18, 2014

Saint-Gobain plans to add 120 jobs in Portage

Excerpted from Portage Daily Register
By Craig Sauer

Saint-Gobain, a French multinational high-performance materials company, plans to expand its Portage plant and create as many as 120 new jobs.

Plant representatives met with the city officials Monday to discuss the near-50,000 square-foot expansion that will also include exterior improvements.

“We want to continue to grow and hire more of our fine friends around the Portage area,” said Russel Straka Jr., engineering services manager for Saint-Gobain.

Straka said the Portage plant, which was last expanded in 2003, is “at capacity” making mostly medical devices.

The city’s Plan Commission, which oversees development in the city, approved the project plans on a 5-0 vote. A few details will still need to be worked out, but the project appears slated to go forward.

City leaders welcomed the expansion Monday and praised Saint-Gobain’s professional engineering design work and for prioritizing safety and exterior landscaping in the plans.

“Thank you for investing in Portage,” said Portage’s Director of Business Development and Planning Steven Sobiek.

The current Portage plant, located off Wisconsin Street on the city’s northwest side, is about 75,000 square-feet. The company currently employs about 300.

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