May 8, 2020
By David Nordby
The Brillion News
BRILLION – Ariens Company, like it often does, is thinking big with its latest corporate projects.
A trio of developments – Stone Prairie Pavilions on Center Road in Brillion, upgrades to the Ariens Museum and a new structure on Round Lake – fall under the new Ariens Hospitality Group the company has created.
Ariens Company President and CEO Dan Ariens hopes to continue to make Brillion a destination spot with developments like these.
“That’s one of the larger purposes of these structures, including the purpose of Brillion Works, is I would love to see Brillion become a destination for those around the region,” Ariens said. “I think we can draw from as far away as Milwaukee and Madison, I really do. That will be limited but I think we’ll be able to draw people to the community to see some interesting, unique, rural, very rural, back to nature kinds of things.”
Ann Stilp, Executive Program Manager; Elise Ariens, Dan’s daughter; and Monica Ariens, Dan’s daughter-in-law, are spearheading the hospitality projects.
“They’re both very creative working with Ann and we’re going to build a hospitality group,” Dan Ariens said.
Ariens says people from large metropolitan areas can come see how early, small communities have not only originated, but have sustained.
“I really do think around the United States, small communities are actually going to be more and more significant and important,” Ariens said. Ariens says the COVID-19 pandemic “accentuates that point.”