9 Buildings… $9 Million… 4000 Jobs
By DONALD WHITE
Polaroid has an option on the land and is in a hurry to begin building. Company officials want construction on the first building to begin by November and be completed by July.
Why the haste?
Because Polaroid’s existing film-making plants are finding it hard to keep up with demand.
In fiscal ’64, film sales outstripped camera revenue lor the first time. Of last year’s sales of $138 million, more than half was from film.
Waltham where the company has 75 acres and employs about 1700.
Forbes Estate is off Route 1A in Norwood and the package that Polaroid seeks includes 30 acres in Westwood. Current plans, however, call for all building to be in Norwood.
At present the property is zoned for residential use. If the change is okayed, the town will be a big financial winner for at current tax and assessment rates a $1 million building yields $36,000 in tax revenue.
Polaroid, founded by Dr. Edwin Land in 1937. is undergoing a period of rapid expansion both in the U.S. and overseas.
At the annual meeting of stockholders in April Dr. Land spoke of a new film plant in Holland to supply the Common Market and another in Scotland to serve Commonwealth countries, both this year. New overseas sales organizations are also being added.
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