Saratoga County

Board to hear plastics plans

Conceptual plans for a plastic container manufacturing plant inside the former International Pape

PHOTOGRAPHER:

Conceptual plans for a plastic container manufacturing plant inside the former International Paper Co. mill will be presented to the town Planning Board tonight.

Philmet Capital LLC, a Manhattan-based company, purchased the 380-acre IP mill property in 2005. The mill, which had produced paper for more than 100 years and was a major local employer, was closed in 2002.

Philmet has been discussing reusing the property for more than two years, including plans to turn the property into an industrial park.

John D’Alessandro, a Philmet spokesman, said the company has some “very basic” plans that feature two main elements. The first element is a 50-megawatt, wood-fired power plant that would be built inside the mill’s existing power plant building on the banks of the Hudson River.

The second element is a plastic container manufacturing plant that would be built inside the old IP building No. 11, the main mill structure on the property off Pine Street.

The plastics plant would start with two production lines, D’Alessandro said on Wednesday.

“We will only use a portion of the building,” he said. The No. 11 building is more than 450,000 square feet in size.

The production lines would be enclosed in a “building within a building” in the mill so that government-required cleanliness standards for the plastic containers can be maintained.

“It’s a very complex project,” D’Alessandro said.

He said Philmet is not looking for any town approval at tonight’s meeting, which will take place in the Corinth firehouse on Route 9N.

“It’s all open for discussion,” he said.

Samuel Meth, a Philmet principal, is also associated with the company Plasticware LLC.

The IP site proposal has Philmet leasing a portion of the IP property, which is located in both the village and town of Corinth, to Plasticware LLC, which would build the manufacturing facility and install the new power plant.

“I think it’s good news,” said village Mayor Bradley Winslow. “It’s been a long time coming.”

At one point two years ago, town and village officials were at odds with Philmet. Local officials don’t want any company bringing garbage or other waste products to the former mill site and incinerating it.A garbage-to-energy plant proposed by a New Jersey company in 2004 was soundly rejected by the town and village because it included an incineration plant.

But then a series of legal agreements were negotiated, including what could and could not be done at the former mill site.

Winslow said now the town, village and Philmet are all working together to bring between 70 and 130 new jobs to Corinth.

“I’m very encouraged that they are presenting a plan,” Winslow said. “It’s a step in the right direction.“We will assist them in any way we can,” Winslow said.

He said the plastic container plant appears to be “a good project” that is in accordance with the village’s legal agreements with Philmet on what can be done at the site.

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