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Bennington considers other uses for Energizer facility

April 17, 2021 GMT

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The town of Bennington is seeking proposals from consultants to help prepare a report on the potential redevelopment or reuse for the soon-to-close Energizer industrial facility.

The company announced in 2019 that it would wind down battery manufacturing operations in Bennington and consolidate those in Portage, Wisconsin., in 2021, the Bennington Banner reported. At the time, Energizer employed about 90 in Bennington.

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The state has provided funding to look at options for revitalizing and reusing the Energizer facility, said Jonathan Cooper, community and economic development specialist with the Bennington County Regional Commission.

“From a Select Board perspective, the potential redevelopment of the Energizer facility is an exciting prospect for the community,” said board Chairwoman Jeannie Jenkins.

Proposals from consultants must be submitted by April 23. Community participation, including public meetings, will be an important part of the area planning process, according to the request for proposals.