BREAKING: State gives half million to give BIW site new future

Posted at 3:45 p.m. on December 17, 2018

The Brillion News

WEDC funds will offset costs of clearing the site for first phase of $10 million project

BRILLION – In a major step in the redevelopment of the former Brillion Iron Works site, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) on Monday announced the City of Brillion is receiving a $500,000 grant to help finance demolition work on the site.

The Brillion Iron Works site consists of several buildings that have been home to numerous companies since the early 1900s. The city plans to redevelop the entire 145-acre parcel in two phases. The WEDC grant is for the first phase, a 70-acre parcel on the south side of the site that was acquired by the Ariens Co. in October.

The Ariens Co. plans to renovate the Farm Implement Building (also known as Plant 3) into a new research and development facility for the company. The research and development facility will support Ariens’ operations, engineering and supply chain operations.

The City of Brillion is supporting the renovation of Plant 3 with the construction of a new roadway and a bridge crossing, and the remaining structures on the site will be demolished. The first phase has a $10 million budget. Work is now underway and is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

COMPLETE COVERAGE of this development will be featured in the December 20 PRINT EDITION of THE BRILLION NEWS, available on Thursday at retail outlets in Brillion, Forest Junction, Reedsville, Hilbert, Hollandtown, Wrightstown and Greenleaf.

~ Source: WEDC

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