Avery Dennison plans $23 million expansion

Bids expected to go out in July

MILL HALL — Avery Dennison is making a big commitment to Clinton County.

On Tuesday night, the company’s proposed $23 million expansion project received favorable review from the Clinton County Planning Commission.

The current project calls for construction of a new process building, a new maintenance building and an addition to the existing storage building on Avery’s Chemical Division property at 171 Draketown Road in Bald Eagle Township, Mill Hall.

The planning commission received the plans on June 12 from Joshua Weidler of WBCM, LLC engineering of Mechanicsburg, and Avery Dennison’s Senior Project Engineer Gary Greytok Greytok brought the existing conditions, stormwater plan, E&S plan, and proposed parking plan with him to the meeting.

All construction is to take place on the single 14.7-acre lot wholly owned by Avery Dennison and located in the Industrial zoning district of Bald Eagle Township’s 2010 Zoning Ordinance. The majority of the site also lies in the FF and FP floodplain overlay district, and is subject to the extra requirements listed in Section 7 of the township’s zoning ordinance, Clinton County Planning Director Katherine de Silva noted.

“Because the building site lies in the floodplain, the township’s engineer and zoning officer should carefully review the plans for conformance to Section 7 of the zoning ordinance,” de Silva said. “Avery Dennison has been working closely with the Clinton County Conservation District on its NPDES review, not only for the building expansion but for the parking lot expansion.”

De Silva jokingly said she was “wondering where they were going to put all the snow” in the winter time.

According to Greytok, the company is currently sending feelers out to contractors and hopes to start the bidding process in July. They hope to have the foundation of the process building done before winter hits, and then begin a second phase of the project in spring of 2020, he said.

The Avery Dennison location in Mill Hall currently employs 129 people, according to Greytok.

Clinton County Economic Partnership president Mike Flanagan, who attended the planning meeting, thanked Avery Dennison “for their investment in the area.”

Avery Dennison Corporation is a global materials science and manufacturing company specializing in the design and manufacture of a wide variety of labeling and functional materials. The company’s products, which are used in nearly every major industry, include pressure-sensitive materials for labels and graphic applications; tapes and other bonding solutions for industrial, medical and retail applications; tags, labels and embellishments for apparel; and radio-frequency identification (RFID) solutions serving retail apparel and other markets.