Graphic Packaging facility to be demolished, land donated in support of river naturalization

BATTLE CREEK — A vacant manufacturing facility on the banks of the Kalamazoo River will soon be torn down.

New Mill Capital Holdings and Battle Creek Unlimited are partnering to demolish the 350,000-square-foot Graphic Packaging International facility at 79 E. Fountain St. It’s a key step in the city’s vision to naturalize the north branch of the Kalamazoo River through downtown Battle Creek.

GPI’s recycled paperboard mill closed its doors in August 2022. Work has been underway on the interior for months and major demolition work is set to begin within weeks, officials said. Upon completion of the demolition, New Mill Capital Holdings will donate the land to support the overall river naturalization and redevelopment plan.