PROJECT HIGHLIGHT: Fischer Paper Products

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A new 170,000 square foot building for a thriving, third-generation company.

Building the Next Generation for Fischer Paper Products

Fischer Paper Products, a long-standing Antioch, IL company providing paper packaging to the foodservice industry since 1972, recently celebrated the grand opening of its new headquarters and state-of-the-art manufacturing facility built by CG Schmidt.

The new 170,000 square foot building merges Fischer’s two current locations into one facility that remains in Antioch, where the company was founded. As a thriving and growing third generation company, Fischer is committed to having small company values with big company aspirations. The move to the new facility allows for expansion and growth, allowing for workforce expansion of 10 percent each year for the next five to 10 years.

Not your run-of-the-mill manufacturing building, the new Fischer Paper Products headquarters includes a great deal of special features not typically found in industrial facilities including high-end finishes and state-of-the-art lighting, HVAC and dock controls. Many of these features were added after initial budgeting was complete. In order to stay in budget and maximize value for our client, CG Schmidt went above and beyond, performing an extensive value engineering process to ensure these items fit into the established budget, while not sacrificing any key priorities.

An area of significant savings included the HVAC design. Our project team and in-house MEP experts conducted a review of the number of AHU’s required for the project size, considered the associated AHU capacities, and found a solution including fewer units to handle the workload. The team was able to save $80,000 as a result of this analysis. Not only did this save up-front equipment costs, but will also reduce energy costs over time.

The end of the 10-month project signifies a new era for Fischer Paper, one that CG Schmidt is proud to have had such an integral part within. “Bringing together our entire business under one roof has been an important long-term goal for our company that will result in streamlined processes and a stronger team dynamic. To see it all come together as one cohesive unit has been much anticipated and truly moving,” says Joshua Fischer, President & Owner of Fischer Paper Products.

“The new products and technology that we have incorporated into the facility will not only benefit our clients, but our employees as well. We look forward to seeing the positive effect that this new building will have on our business and the Antioch community.”

  • Joshua Fischer, President & Owner, Fischer Paper Products


  • Square Feet: 170,000 SF
  • Location: Antioch, Illinois
  • Type: Corporate HQ and Manufacturing
  • Systems:
    • Dock: iDock integrated control system
    • HVAC: Prolon Control System with Focus software application and Bluetooth converter
    • Lighting: nLight system by Acuity

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