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Janesville moving ANGI project along

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JAMES P. LEUTE
January 5, 2012
— A Milton-based maker of natural gas compression equipment is one step closer to Janesville.

After a public hearing Tuesday, the Janesville Plan Commission sent a zoning amendment for ANGI Energy Systems on to the city council, which is scheduled to take up the issue Jan. 23.


If Terry McGuire and Tom Lasse of Badger Property Investments are successful in their bid to buy the former Gilman/ThyssenKrupp factory at 305 W. Delavan Drive, ANGI wants to become the building's sole tenant.


ANGI has asked the city for the zoning change to allow both incoming and outgoing deliveries on the east side of the facility off of Jerome Avenue. The previous zoning only allowed shipments out of the facility on that side.


ANGI's possible departure from Milton became public last year when the city expressed interest in moving its library, City Hall and police and fire departments into the former Burdick building, where ANGI now has about 60,000 square feet of manufacturing and material handling floor space for gas and control panel assembly, compressor assembly, welding and fabrication, machining, and hydrostatic testing.


Lasse told The Gazette in December that he and McGuire have entered a contract to buy the former Gilman building and lease all 215,000 square feet of it to ANGI. The two men also own the Burdick building in Milton.


Neighbors have expressed concern with an increase in truck traffic, its safety and the potential for property damage as trucks try to maneuver into the plant's lot off Jerome Avenue.


In the past, truck drivers have turned south off of Delavan Drive onto Jerome. They drove to the railroad tracks and then backed blindly into the Gilman lot. On occasion, that resulted in ripped up lawns and sideswiped vehicles and fire hydrants.


ANGI rented a large truck in late December and successfully demonstrated that the vehicle could be maneuvered into the plant's docks without backing up on Jerome or creating property damage, associate planner with the city Brad Schmidt said Wednesday.


ANGI plans to expand the curb cut on Jerome to make access easier, and previously grassed areas near the docks will be paved to making things easier for drivers, Schmidt said.


ANGI officials have told the city that the Janesville operation would result in six to eight trucks delivering to the facility daily, and most would be in smaller delivery-type vehicles. The company plans one or two outbound shipments daily.


An ANGI spokeswoman was unavailable Wednesday to discuss the potential move.



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