Budnick expansion ready to begin


Construction plans for Budnick Converting’s business expansion in Columbia were announced this week.

Budnick Converting, located at 200 Weinel Boulevard, specializes in converting adhesive coated tapes, foams, films, foils, and other specialty materials for hundreds of clients, including the transportation, appliance, consumer electronics, moving and storage, medical, and distribution sectors.

As reported in August, the city approved plans to double the size of Budnick’s headquarters and add jobs by building a 100,000 square foot facility adjacent to its current home. 

The six-acre site is located in the Admiral Parkway TIF District and will allow for future expansion of another 77,000 square feet of construction.

Kadean Construction of St. Louis was awarded an $8 million design-build contract for the project. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-October and be completed in June 2019.

Budnick owner and president Ann Wegmann said the company plans to move into its new facility next summer.

Budnick currently employs 89 in Columbia and plans to increase employment by at least 10 percent in the next year.

The new structure will include 75,000 square feet of manufacturing, production and warehousing space, and 25,000 square feet of office space including the ground floor, a mezzanine area, a break room, conference room, and other commons areas.

“We are very excited about our plans to construct our new headquarters and manufacturing facility,” said Wegmann, whose father, Ed “Bud” Schwartz, co-founded the company with “Nick” Cutlich in 1952. “My dad would be very happy we are continuing to grow the company. This expansion also will enable us to better serve our national and international clients.”

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