Nov 25, 2013

Janesville loan will help United Alloy expand, add jobs

Excerpted from Janesville Gazette
By Frank Schultz

United Alloy of Janesville will expand and add jobs with the help of a forgivable loan from the city of Janesville.

The city council approved the agreement at its meeting Monday night.

John Beckord, president of Forward Janesville, lauded city staff for its efforts to keep the company here, noting Janesville was “up against southern states.”

“Congratulations to all of you,” Beckord said. “This is good for Janesville.”

The agreement calls for the city to provide an incentive package worth $887,460. In return, United Alloy would double the size of its plant at 4100 Kennedy Road and add at least 40 workers by 2017.

The city’s part of the deal would be financed through Tax Increment Financing District 25.

A TIF district uses the property taxes on the increased value of the property to pay off the city’s costs. This deal includes:

  • The city gives the developer 7 acres of the industrial park located just south of the existing site. The land is valued at $191,625.
  • The city provides a 12-year, forgivable TIF loan to pay for construction of the approximately 112,500-square-foot expansion to the production facility at 4100 North Kennedy Road.
  • The loan also would pay for retention of 100 full-time employees and creation and retention of 40 additional full-time jobs after 2017.

The deal requires United Alloy to guarantee its property tax assessment would increase by $3.37 million as a result of the expansion, for an increase in annual property tax payments of at least $79,463.

“If United Alloy fails to meet any of the above requirements, they will be required to pay back all or a portion of their annual debt service,” according to the memo.

City staff and acting City Manager Jay Winzenz both agreed to recommend the deal to the council, according to a memo from the city’s economic development office.

“United Alloy is a valued community partner, and their continued growth and success is an important piece of our economic recovery,” Winzenz said in the memo.

Dillon said company officials have decided to stay in Janesville and quickly build a new production/warehouse facility, doubling its current size.

Construction could begin as soon as December and finish by the end of next summer, Dillon said.

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