Ground should be broken in July or August on Forest City Technologies’ latest expansion, which will open its ninth plant in Wellington.
The project gained final approval June 28 from the village planning commission and will add to Forest City’s injection molding production lines.
New facilities will measure 66,000 square feet, including a 3,000-square-foot mezzanine, and be located adjacent to existing buildings in the Wellington Industrial Park on Maple Street.
Forest City president John Cloud Jr. said the expansion will create new jobs at the company but it’s not clear how many. The business employs just over 700 workers.
“We continue to grow,” he said. “Whether you grow a little bit at a time or a whole lot at once, eventually you run out of room. We ran out of room. This has been under consideration since earlier this year. We want to add as many jobs as possible.”
“Forest City has been here for a long time and we hope residents recognize us as having a positive impact in this community,” he said. “We want to continue to do that as much as we can.”
Electrical infrastructure to the Maple Street buildings has been deemed unsatisfactory for the expansion, leading the village to recommend that a new underground cable, switch, and metering point be installed. That increased capacity would feed power to Forest City and Shiloh Industries separately and offer redundancy from Wellington’s north electric substation.
Mayor Hans Schneider was happy to see his former employer expanding after the final approval for construction was given.
“When I came back from the Air Force, my first job in town was Forest City,” he said. “I remember John Cloud Sr. bringing in a lot of new employees at that time and had a one-on-one with them just to learn the ropes.”
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