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Worzalla’s $12M facility upgrades near completion

Worzalla book publishing in Stevens Point is in its third phase of modernizing their...
Worzalla book publishing in Stevens Point is in its third phase of modernizing their manufacturing facility.(WSAW)
Updated: May. 23, 2021 at 8:15 AM CDT
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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) - An employee-owned printing company headquartered in Stevens Point will complete its final phase of facility upgrades later this year.

Nearly seven years ago, Worzalla started a three-phase process to upgrade and improve its manufacturing process.

“The market for domestic book manufacturing has become red hot. We needed to just update, like all manufacturers, newer equipment, faster equipment comes out. So we set up a strategy that we were going to bud it off in steps,” Worzalla President and CEO Jim Fetherston said.

Last week, the manufacturer finished the concrete floor for the new web press, which will be installed in about one month. This next phase will add more web presses to print thicker, long-run books, which is a market Worzalla wasn’t strong in previously.

The upgrades and improvements are an investment of more than $12 million. They’ll also add 40 new jobs.

Worzalla has been in Stevens Point for nearly 130 years. It was founded in 1892 when brothers Joseph and Steven Worzalla bought a Polish newspaper.

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