Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Midway Plant

In 1943, a 27 acre parcel of land one mile north of the Menasha city limits was purchased to expand operations of the Banta company.  The plant was eventually named "Midway" by George Banta, Jr. as it was considered halfway between Appleton and Menasha.  (In reality though, he may have finally tired of it being referred to as "Bantaville" by his employees!)  This view looks northeast from the Milwaukee Road tracks. 

Looking south in late 1945/early 1946, this aerial shot shows the progress of the building effort.  Featured prominently is the warehouse area, known as Unit A.  The printing presses were to be installed in the Unit B floor space adjacent to Unit A.  The walls are not yet constructed.  This plant added 42,000 square feet of work space.

Artist's 1964 rendering of Midway plant to showcase the latest improvements to the facility. 

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