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updated: 7/7/2011 4:23 PM

Temple-Inland staying in Carol Stream

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A business that appeared to be leaving Carol Stream for good is staying put -- and upgrading its operations.

Temple-Inland Corporation, which closed its corrugated cardboard box manufacturing plant at 139 Fullerton Ave. earlier this year, has decided to expand and change the facility's use.

The firm will now use the facility for design and testing of its high-quality corrugated packaging, said Bob Glees, the village's community development director.

He said the company is investing $80 million in the building, including the purchase of new equipment and remodeling work. Plans call for demolition of an existing 6,000-square-foot single-story office area, and construction of a 19,000-square-foot two-story office area.

The company will employ 40 salaried office employees and 80 manufacturing employees at the location, Glees said.

Village President Frank Saverino said the village has improved communication with existing and potential businesses in town.

"There was a time when people wanted to get out of this village and that's not happening right now," Saverino said. "People that wanted to leave are staying."