Details emerge on Briggs & Stratton’s new Germantown facility

By Dave Fidlin - For the Daily News

July 25, 2018

GERMANTOWN — Details surrounding Briggs & Stratton’s proposed warehouse and distribution facility came into sharper focus Monday as a Germantown panel gave a series of recommendations.

The small engine manufacturer this spring was named as an anchor tenant in a new industrial park within a 151.3-acre site east of Interstate 41, west of Goldendale Road, north of Holy Hill Road and south of Rockfield Road.

Plans surrounding the industrial park were solidified a month ago when village officials made a series of pivotal decisions — including rezoning land and creating a new tax-incremental financing district to assist in a series of infrastructure and utility improvements.

With the heavy, big-picture lifting out of the way, members of the village’s Plan Commission dug into details related to Briggs & Stratton’s 706,840-square-foot building, which will be located in the northeast quadrant of the I-41 and Holy Hill Road interchange.

“I like the approach and how it will appear as you drive by it,” said Village President Dean Wolter, who chairs the Plan Commission. “I think it will be a good building and help set the precedent.”

Milwaukee-based Briggs & Stratton, which has signed a 15-year lease to operate within the new industrial park, will use its Germantown facility as a distribution warehouse for the company’s assortment of products, including lawn and garden equipment, pressure washers and generators.

According to company executives, the target opening date for the new Germantown facility is April 1.

Briggs & Stratton’s business plan for the Germantown site calls for employing 38 persons — 30 fulltime and eight temporary. Under the proposal, the facility will operate from 6 a.m. to midnight daily.

Briggs & Stratton employees will work first and second-shift hours, according to the company’s plans. Of the full-timers, the company anticipates scheduling 19 workers first-shift and 11 employees second-shift.

Also under the microscope at Monday’s meeting were architectural and landscaping plans and other features, including fencing around the perimeter of the property.

The company’s proposed building materials include painted 12-foot-wide precast concrete wall panels and aluminum storefront widow systems. The exterior, as proposed, will feature a variety of color schemes, including orange, grey and white accents.

While the bulk of the site will function as a warehouse facility, other features are set to include 37 loading dock bays and two at-grade overhead docks.

The submitted renderings revealed plans of offering an assortment of trees, shrubs, perennial plantings and ornamental grasses.

While Wolter and others on the Plan Commission lauded Briggs & Stratton for the landscaping details, there was less support for such security measures as fencing. Monday’s proposal called for a vinyl-covered chain-link fence.

Commissioner Anthony Laszewski implored the project’s developers to reconsider the fencing details.

“The building itself is very high end, but the fence doesn’t seem to match,” Laszewski said.

Briggs & Stratton will occupy 39.2 acres of the new 151.3-acre industrial park, which will be developed in a series of phases.

The Plan Commission’s favorable recommendation will be forwarded on to the Village Board for further deliberation and action.

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