Slinger business looks for village help for expansion


Sept. 16, 2015

 Three of the several buildings occupied by E.H. Wolf and Sons along Kettle Moraine Drive in Slinger are seen Tuesday. The company wants the village’s permission to store more fuel and equipment on property near the buildings. The company needs the additional space because business is growing.
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SLINGER - Business is growing for longtime Slinger business E.H. Wolf and Sons.

Operating for nearly 75 years, the fuel supply company located along Kettle Moraine Drive wants to expand, but needs help from the village to allow growth on land not designated for the use it needs.

Village President Russ Brandt, who also heads the village’s Plan Commission, said it doesn’t appear the company’s request is “that big of a deal.”

“There was a mistake years ago when the designation was made on the village’s comprehensive plan,” Brandt said. “The use they need was allowed before that change and it wasn’t supposed to be changed. This would correct the mistake.”

Company President and owner Craig Wolf said his company needs the property designated as M-2. They discovered the mistake while looking at nearby property that could fit the company’s needs.

“The property we want to buy is designated M-1. When the mistake happened the designation for the land we now occupy was also changed to M-1 which means what we’ve been using it for over many years, isn’t allowed,” Wolf said. “Once we get the designation changed then we can look at buying the additional property from Hanke Trucking which is at 203 Hartford Road.

“If all goes as planned we’d demolish the building there and build an additional 20,000-square-feet of warehouse space at a cost of about $1.5 million,” Wolf said.

Wolf said the company needs to expand because business is rising.

“Our company has its roots here and we want to continue to grow and add jobs in this community,” Wolf said. “Right now we have about 90 employees. We’d be adding more jobs when this is completed. The new warehouse space would be another investment in the community.”

Brandt said the request won’t come before the Plan Commission for action until at least the Oct. 5 meeting.

“It’s good to see a company that’s such a big part of the community continue to grow,” Brandt said.

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