Quad/Graphics seeks approval for packaging expansion in Franklin

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Quad/Graphics Inc. plans to add roughly 60,000 square feet for printing, packaging and warehousing at a building that previously housed Proteus Packaging, according to a site plan filed with the Franklin Community Development Authority.

Quad, based in Sussex, prints magazines, books and promotional materials around the world and generated $4.68 billion in sales in 2014. It projects the cost of the addition to the packaging operation in the Franklin Business Park will be $3.2 million, according to the filing with the city. The request for building and site plan approvals will be considered by the authority on Thursday.

Company officials have not responded to requests for information, and the building plan does not indicate how many jobs, if any, will be added to the plant in Franklin. Quad (NYSE: QUAD) purchased Transpak Corp. and Proteus Packaging Corp. in 2013 and incorporated both businesses into its QuadPackaging business located south of West Ryan Road and west of South Oakwood Park Drive.

The expansion will include two additions — 48,640 square feet on the north side of the current building and 15,360 square feet on the west side. The building now contains 241,908 square feet.

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