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Wapak to see infrastructure updates as industry grows

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Golden Fresh Farms moving in to town definitely boosted Wapakoneta's economy, and with another big company opening shop Mayor Stinebaugh says it is just the boost Wapak needed. Golden Fresh Farms moving in to town definitely boosted Wapakoneta's economy, and with another big company opening shop Mayor Stinebaugh says it is just the boost Wapak needed.

Wapakoneta has been growing economically for the last couple of years, and now citizens are going to start seeing how that industrial success will benefit them.

"People have talked, and talked, and talked for years, you know, why doesn't anything come to Wapakoneta?" says Mayor Tom Stinebaugh. "Well, I don't know why, but we can't say that anymore."

Golden Fresh Farms moving in to town definitely boosted Wapakoneta's economy, and with another big company opening shop Mayor Stinebaugh says it is just the boost Wapak needed.

"We've been very fortunate the last two years to have a nice company like Golden Fresh Farms locate to Wapakoneta," says Stinebaugh. "Hopefully, they will be expanding in the not too distant future. and now with Pratt Industries $310 millions, 300 jobs, that's a huge shot in the arm for Wapakoneta."

Pratt Industries wants to break ground at the start of March, but before that the city needs to build new water and waste lines out to the property. They also have some road and rail projects they have been wanting to take on for some time now. But Stinebaugh says it will not happen over night. Citizens voted to increase tax by .5% to help with the road projects, but the city cannot act until that money comes in.

"Especially when the cost of doing the total reconstruction is very, very expensive," says Stinebaugh. "We have Perry Street, we have West Benton Street, we have Silver Street, is a long street that's been neglected for a long, long time, so those are, in my opinion, the next three that will get totally reconstructed." 

The reconstruction projects will probably take around five years to complete, but smaller road projects will start this year.
 

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