Premium Waters

Premium Waters, one of the oldest companies in Chippewa Falls, is shown in this 2012 file photo.

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The city of Chippewa Falls is considering a land exchange deal involving several parcels at the intersection of Cashman and Olson Drives, an area near Highway 178 and the Lake Wissota Business Park.

The deal could result in expanded facilities for two companies: Allied Dies, a die manufacturing and design company with a 25,000-square-foot facility on 800 Cashman Drive, and Premium Waters, Inc., a water bottling plant located next door that produces Chippewa Springs bottled water, among other brands.

The city of Chippewa Falls owns several parcels behind Allied Dies’ facility, according to city documents. Allied Dies is interested in doubling the size of its existing building, and has proposed swapping one of its unused parcels with one owned by the city. Premium Waters has indicated interest in then buying that swapped parcel—as well as two others—from the city. The land Premium Waters is interested in purchasing totals 6.7 acres.

Premium Waters could then build a 100,000-plus square foot addition to its existing building. City documents suggest more “truck and trail parking” would also be created at the site.

“Premium Waters ... is pretty tight on the properties they have. They have a lot of truck traffic,” City Planner Jayson Smith told the Chippewa Falls City Council at a Tuesday meeting.

Both companies and the city could benefit from the proposal, Smith said.

Allied Dies has plans to expand by late 2018 or early 2019, said the company’s president Brian Pitsch. The company hopes to double its facility size to 50,000 square feet.

As for its next-door neighbor? “We’re very interested,” said Premium Waters plant manager Bill Mercer. “This chunk of land gives us two options. We could store additional (product) ... and it gives us plenty of room to add an additional production line if we need it ... It’s a good deal for us.”

“I’ve had people look at this (land) a couple times,” Smith said, referring to the open building sites. “I’ve always felt strongly (we) want to work with our local industries ... to take care of them, because they’re the ones creating the jobs.”

The project is in the conceptual stage, according to Smith; price and other details will be discussed at a later date.

Premium Waters representatives are expected to discuss the proposal in more detail in late January in Chippewa Falls.

In other city council news, Mayor Greg Hoffman presented retiring city planner Jayson Smith with a key to the city Tuesday and praised Smith’s years of service and dedication to Chippewa Falls. Smith will retire from his post at City Hall on Monday, Jan. 8.

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Chippewa Herald reporter

Sarah Seifert covers the city and community of Chippewa Falls. Contact her with tips or story ideas at 715-738-1608 or at sarah.seifert@lee.net.

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