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Maxco Packaging Plans Fowler Box Factory/ New Tulare Vets Clinic

June 21,2107

Maxco Packaging plans an expansion of operations from its Parlier base to nearby Fowler where the company will build a 280,000sf corrugated paper manufacturing facility on 26 acres in town. The company is studying construction of both a manufacturing plant as well as a phase two, 12,519sf office, that is less certain. Together the two projects could employ around 100 says Fowler city planner Trevor Stearns.

The box plant itself could employ 60, he says. The project is located at Golden State Blvd and East Manning Ave. Of the 26 acres, some 20 acres would be used for truck parking. The city published a mitigated negative declaration on the project in the past few days.

While a student at California State University Fresno, Maxco’s founder and CEO Max Flaming started in the packaging business by gluing labels on wooden boxes, then the container of choice for the fruit industry. Flaming founded Maxco Supply, Inc. in 1972 and has been providing packaging solutions to the agricultural industry ever since becoming a major supplier of grape and tree fruit packaging. Their busies has now expanded to include a machinery division.

New Tulare Veterans Clinic Gets Permit

Screen Shot 2017-06-05 at 4.35.13 PMThe long awaited construction of the new larger Veterans Administration clinic in Tulare is at hand with the issuance of a $2 million construction permit to remodel the old IRS building at 1000 N Mooney at Prosperity.

The permit was issued earlier this month for the remodel of the 10,000sf building, built in 2006. The property on 2 acres, has been vacant since the IRS relocated to Visalia in 2013. The property already has some 172 parking places.

The  construction work will not add more space but upgrade the landscaping and parking lot as well as make ADA-related improvements.

In 2015,the Tulare Planning Commission issued a conditional use permit for the South Valley Veteran’s Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic to move into the building. The permit is still in force.

Currently, the clinic is located at 1050 Cherry Street – just north of the Tulare Regional Medical Center, in a building that has far less parking and is two-thirds the size or less than the new facility.The Mooney location should improve access for vets who drive here from the two-county region.

The former IRS building is leased to the government through the Government Services Agency (GSA) who reportedly continues to lease the vacant space from property owner Cary Stanley.

Spokesmen for VA said they could not comment until the GSA signs off on the deal and makes it public, expected soon. But the VA has discussed adding more services for veterans at the new facility, including mental health services. 

The clinic offers outpatient services to veterans who live in Kings and Tulare Counties. Some 11,000 veterans live in Kings County and 16,000 in Tulare County.

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