Economic Development

Posted on: February 9, 2017

Prolamina cuts the ribbon on a $6.95 million facility upgrade

Prolamina

With the city’s help, Prolamina cuts the ribbon on a $6.95 million facility upgrade


The History

Prolamina (Previously operating as Jen-Coat) was incorporated in 1972 and has been operating a manufacturing company at 132 North Elm Street for more than 30 years. Prolamina supplies the food packaging, health care and industrial markets with a wide range of extrusion coated and laminated, metalized, and adhesive laminated structures. Products include sugar/sugar sub packets, paper/ foil laminations, film/foil laminations, composite can laminations, coated nonwovens, QSR wrap, release papers and many other specialty packaging materials.  Prolamina employs 256 full-time employees and utilizes the rail services of Pioneer Valley Rail Road extensively.


The Project

Prolamina was willing to commit significant financial resources ($4 million to the building and $2.95 million in machinery and equipment) to preserve the viability of their business.  With appropriate local tax incentives and energy pricing can be secured, Prolamina will executed a new 20 year lease ensuring their Westfield presence over the long term for their current staff and as well as 12 additional full time employees.


Description of renovation:  Approximate Size of Improved Area (SF)

  • First Floor Gut/Remodel SF 13,200
  • First Floor Ground Up Addition SF 2,300
  • Second Floor Gut/Remodel SF 9,100
  • Second Floor Roof Addition SF 4,100
  • Second Floor Ground Up Addition SF 2,300
  • Significant improvements to the building facade

          Total:  31,000 Square Feet
          Roof repair/replacement:  200,000 Square Feet


Proposed new process equipment

  • Winder:  $950,000 fiscal 2015
  • Press:  $2,000,000 fiscal 2016-2017


Public Benefit

  • Preservation of a large number of manufacturing jobs at one of the city’s larger employers.
  • Preservation of one of the city’s largest consumers of energy.
  • Expansion of Westfield’s commercial/industrial tax base
  • Expansion of Westfield’s job base
  • Improvement of the streetscape at the gateway to the city’s downtown district.
  • Increase in customer and corporate executive visits to the city translating to increase hotel/restaurant revenue.


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