Clinton company celebrates growth

Sep. 24—CLINTON — Huge River Packaging celebrated the completion of a $3 million warehouse addition Thursday with speeches supplied by BRP President Bob Simpson and Assistant Vice President Kip Simpson, followed by a ribbon-reducing ceremony.

The making at 1905 Lincoln Way, prior to the addition by Vantage Architects and Position Builders LLC, measured 88,000 sq. toes. Now, 35,000 square ft of additional area will make it feasible for BRP to retail store giant rolls of paper board, weighing up to a ton every single, on web site and at arm’s arrive at, alternatively than within the warehouses where by they’re at present positioned.

A pair important troubles offered by themselves through the earlier yr of building, which includes “learning that the sprinkler method in the existing making was not heading to be sufficient for what we wanted to do,” Kip claimed. “That was a quite high-priced surprise.”

There was also the realization that the area of a significant h2o pipe was not as indicated on a map. In actuality, the pipe ran instantly beneath BRP’s new composition and had to be moved.

Only a number of information stay, such as the installation of a pair of railings and compact paint facts prior to the making is absolutely concluded.

Funding for the task was partly furnished by an incentive BRP been given in May perhaps 2021 from the Iowa Economic Advancement Authority. A whole of $237,750 was awarded to the organization in assist of its progress and expansion. Remaining funding for the undertaking was provided by a financial loan via Initially Central State Lender.

Bob Simpson recalled the record of BRP, commencing with his initially meeting with BRP Vice President John Huling, with whom he established the organization. Huling’s “goofy” strategy, spoken out of aggravation with his qualified condition at the time about a cup of espresso with Bob, was to commence their individual box firm. This brought about equally of them to giggle.

Bob states he seasoned several sleepless evenings, but Huling’s concept commenced to occur to fruition. Bob’s son, Kip Simpson, joined the gentlemen and they acquired a site at 823 S. Third St., a place Bob describes as getting a leaky roof and filled with a selection of smells prior to the facility was cleaned up. The business enterprise commenced in 2005 with a workforce of 11 persons, supplying Sweetheart Bakery with a option to sheet cake containers in which cupcakes would tumble above.

In 2006, Kip’s notion to produce proved to be wildly prosperous.

The business enterprise continued to expand, achieving 60,000 buyers in 28 distinct international locations in the yr prior to its 2012 move to the spot on Lincoln Way. That transfer gave them three periods additional house than they had at the earlier locale.

Now, in its 17th calendar year, the company has expanded once again.

“This warehouse addition,” Kip claimed, “is roughly the exact same dimension as the manufacturing facility we began in at the foot of the South bridge.”

Bob is semi-retired, but he and Kip both still have a enthusiasm for the business that they told the story of to a present-day workforce of 58 on Thursday.