Proposed Huffcutt expansion discussed by C.F. city council

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- An area company is considering expanding its business and creating jobs in the Chippewa Valley.

Huffcutt Concrete is currently talking to the city of Chippewa Falls about building another manufacturing branch in the Lake Wissota Industrial Park.

During a closed session meeting Tuesday night, the Chippewa Falls City Council discussed the plan with Huffcutt Concrete.

Chippewa Falls mayor Greg Hoffman said the city says it is still in the very early stages of negotiations and that the purpose of Tuesday night’s meeting was to update the council on where the negotiations stand.

“You need to bring everything together,” he said to WEAU 13 News ahead of the council meeting. “You need to come up with the acreage. You need to come up with what's it going to look like. You've got to have their water retention pond. It's just a lot of things like this to get it all to come together and that's really what we're doing.”

Hoffman said this proposed expansion is unique in that the industrial park is on county land, which involves working with county government officials.

“The industrial park was set up as this 12-14 years ago. Now, we're having to go back to make changes in how some blocks are going to look,” he said. “They had a lot of lots being 10-acre lots and a building going up and, as with a distribution center that was approximately 70 acres, this is more of a sizable lot. So we have to make some changes and that's really what it comes down to.”

Hoffman said the timetable for any expansion isn't completely set, but predicts a proposal could go before the council as early as the middle of next month.

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