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Badger Blending coming to Hillsboro
Elroy business plans to bring 38 new jobs to city
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After much discussion at the monthly meeting last week, the Hillsboro City Council unanimously approved a developers agreement with Badger Blending, a branch of Bardo Custom Blending in Elroy, that will bring a new business to the City of Hillsboro.

The company that deals with dry dairy blending, was represented at the meeting by Vito Justiliano, who detailed some of the plans.

The firm was approached by the City of Hillsboro after completion of the recent excavation and grading project on a 5.3-acre piece of land in the industrial park on Enterprise Drive. Under the development agreement Badger Blending will construct a 25,000 square foot building.

The agreement will eventually create approximately 35 jobs and add a minimum of $1.2 million in assessed property tax evaluation. The city will Provide a $200,000 development incentive to aid in the construction.

Dave Prechel of Dana Foods played an important role in bringing Badger Blending and the city together on the agreement.

The timeline for completion of the project is mid-summer of 2014. The company will hire 14 full-time employees at that time with a goal of 35 plus workers.

Justiliano reported that his company is hoping for groundbreaking to take place at the beginning of May and the chief contractor will be seeking bids from local contractors for some of the work.

Other business

In other business, the Council reviewed bids for the Well #3 project with Mid-States Associates Engineer Rob Uphoff.

The Council eventually awarded the Well  drilling to  CTW Corp for $214,792. The wellhouse construction bid was awarded to Springlake Contracting, LLC for $1.012 million.

Well #3 will be located on Salsbery Circle and will necessitate an extension of the road including curbs, gutters, water pipes, and sewers.

The city received approximately $500,000 in public utilities grants and $500,000 from a Department of Natural Resources grant.