City Covers Infrastructure Costs for Truss Plant Expansion

Originally published by: Edgerton Gazette (WI)February 6, 2018

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Edgerton will pay to extend public utilities so a west-side business can expand—provided it creates and retains at least one job.

Longtime Edgerton lumber business Nelson-Young plans to expand its truss plant, known as Nelson Truss, at 104 Artisan Drive. The work likely will begin this spring once the city extends power to the site, City Administrator Ramona Flanigan said.

The city council unanimously passed the measure at its meeting Monday with little discussion.

The city will foot the bill for the $8,600 project as long as Nelson Truss adds one new job within 12 months and retains it for at least one year. Flanigan said the plant’s operators have told her the expansion could add five jobs.

Adding a second shift at the plant could add another two positions for a total of seven new openings, she said.

Nelson Truss is buying new machinery for its expansion. Flanigan was unsure of the specifics behind the company’s plans, and a company representative did not attend Monday’s meeting.

Nelson Truss is located within the city’s west-side tax increment financing district. It’s roughly 2 miles away from the company’s Edgerton lumberyard, where a cluster of bright red buildings have served as the home of Nelson-Young for more than a century.

Nelson-Young also has lumberyard locations in Evansville and Deerfield.

The west-side tax increment financing district has seen a flurry of industrial expansions recently. Edgerton Gears, Southern Wisconsin News and Rinehart Taxidermy Supply have all enlarged their operations in the last few years, Flanigan said.