Illing Company to relocate to new Germantown facility

Plans to make the move by June

A rendering of the new Illing Co. building in Germantown
The proposed 240,500-square-foot industrial building in Germantown. (Rendering: Briohn Design Group LLC)

Last updated on September 16th, 2019 at 09:45 am

Germantown-based plastic container distributor Illing Co. plans to relocate to a new 240,000-square-foot building in the village, according to plan commission documents.

The new facility would be near Rockfield and Golderndale Roads, about three-quarters of a mile east of Interstate 41. The site is a little more than two miles from the company’s current headquarters along Maple Road.

Illing’s new facility would be part of a planned industrial development by The Dickman Co. that also includes a 130,000-square-foot multi-tenant building and a future 117,000-square-foot building as well. The plan commission is set to review a certified survey map and site development and building plans for the project on Monday evening.

The commission originally signed off on rezoning for the property at its July meeting. At the time, plans submitted by Briohn Building Corp. indicated a company within Germantown was considering the site but did not name Illing.

The most recent plans say Illing would relocate by June 2020.

“We have three facilities in the Germantown Industrial park which can create an inefficient workflow and duplication of infrastructure / overhead,” Jay Alber, president of Illing, said in an email. “Illing has experienced steady growth over the past several years with a 20% increase in staffing and 35% increase in our inventory management. …  To add a fourth building would only compound this situation and after an extensive review of available properties in the Metro area we felt a reduction in operational oversight was key. Another factor for the build was the opportunity to retain all of our employees, which is the life-blood of Illing’s culture and decades of successful growth and expansion.”

Village documents say the company would have 60 to 70 employees at the site initially and potentially up to 110.

Illing is a distributor of plastic containers with limited production. The company’s products include containers, tubes, pails and buckets, drums and barrels, totes, paint cans and caps and closures. Illing serves both industrial and consumer markets.

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Arthur Thomas
Arthur covers manufacturing for BizTimes. He previously was managing editor at The Waukesha Freeman. He is a graduate of Carroll University and did graduate coursework at Marquette. A native of southeastern Wisconsin, he is also a nationally certified gymnastics judge and enjoys golf on the weekends.