By Paul Schmitt
With the Algoma Hardwoods plant closing in the near future, the City of Algoma is optimistic that the buildings on the 30-acre campus can be used to some extent by future tenants. Over 500,000 square feet of space under roof in the old industrial complex is available for use. City Administrator Jeff Wiswell says there have been inquiries in utilizing the property along the Ahnapee River.
Wiswell says the challenge faced by the city and property owner Whitey Ellsworth is that there are six to seven other closed industrial complexes in Northeastern Wisconsin. Each of those, including Manitowoc Crane and Brillion Ironworks, are competing to find new factory operations to take over the closed plants, according to Wiswell.