A thank-you, warm wishes & glimpses


It’s always a surprise to me how quickly the year goes by. It seems like yesterday we were proudly swearing in board of trustees members, enjoying summer’s July 4 parade, and fall’s “Harvest Fest,” a great coming together for costumed families and kids (wiener dogs, too), that have now come to round-out the year.

In this season of reflection, thanks and joy, I want to express my gratitude for your support, and for providing me the opportunity to lead and guide our Village of Antioch. I am blessed to be part of such an amazing community. I wish you joy and peace this season and in the upcoming year.

Our community has continued to grow throughout the year, along with plans and opportunities on the horizon. With year’s end approaching, I’d like to share a quick look-back and a glimpse of what’s ahead. We’ve accomplished so much. Thank you for working together—Village of Antioch administration, staff and departments, residents, businesses, and community members.

We’ve seen several new businesses open their doors. I hope you’ve had a chance to discover these many shops and services including Rustic & Reclaimed Market, Corniciones (its New York-style pizza a must-try), convenient PromptMed Urgent Care, and Handi-foil, a new 600,000-square-foot facility at Antioch Corporate Center (and a “neighbor” to Fischer Paper Products detailed below). Of the newest on downtown’s Main Street are David A. Cornes, AIA, Architects, the Curvy Diva Boutique, and Edward Jones. The Snowbird Ski Shop, for an extensive selection of snow sports equipment and more, is soon to open along Route 173.

Of significance in the future of local jobs and economic development is the exciting expansion of Fischer Paper Products (www.fischerpaperproducts.com). The Antioch-based paper packaging manufacturer servicing the foodservice industry for over 45 years with the manufacture and supply of high-quality, food-safe paper products, broke ground in October on its new 162,000 square-foot headquarters at Antioch Corporate Center. The new facility on Gregory Drive will merge Fischer’s two current locations into one facility. 

The company’s President, Joshua Fischer, shared his enthusiasm about the facility build. 

With its business under one roof, he noted opportunities such as for an expanded workforce, streamlining of processes, investment in new products and technology, and the ability to continue valued client partnerships for decades to come. The company plans to be moved into the new location and begin operations there next summer.

The Village of Antioch is pleased to work with Fischer Paper Products and all its businesses, large and small, continuing to create and foster strong relationships that are an integral part of our community and employment base.

It has been a great year—and great things ahead for 2020. I’m looking forward to being a part of it with you.

Mayor Lawrence “Larry” Hanson