BRILLION, Wis. - Ariens Company is planning to work with the Brillion Redevelopment Authority Commission (RDA) to buy the former Brillion Irons Works property.
The company and city signed a "Memorandum of Understanding" to work together to see if its feasible to buy the property and outline a long-term development plan for it.
The Brillion Iron Works facility at 200 Park Ave in Brillion was shut down in September 2016.
“Ariens and the City of Brillion have a common interest in preserving and growing our community and together we hope to accomplish that goal which includes, in part, the future of the shuttered Brillion Iron Works,” says Dan Ariens, Chairman and CEO of Ariens Company “We are encouraged by the City’s willingness to partner with us as we collectively work toward building upon an already great community to live, work and raise a family.”
The sudden closure of the Brillion Iron Works facility was a blow to the area, leaving about 300 people without a job.
Ariens Company employs about 1,100 people in Brillion at two manufacturing plants and its corporate headquarters.