Douglas County Sweetens Deal to Land Airplane Manufacturing Company

By KBJR News 1

January 11, 2012 Updated Jan 11, 2012 at 7:10 PM CDT

Superior, WI (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- A project promising to bring 600 jobs to Superior is gaining momentum.

Douglas County officials have approved the transfer of 13.3 acres of land to Superior's redevelopment authority for a potential sale to Kestrel Aircraft.

For several months Superior has been wooing Kestrel Aircraft to open an airplane manufacturing business.

This is the first in many steps before the land could ultimately be sold to Kestrel.

The 13.3 acres would come out of the Northern Portion of the Douglas County fairgrounds, the Bong Airport and the Winter Street Industrial Park.

This land would be sold to Kestrel though Superior's redevelopment authority for 500,000 dollars.

Some of that money would go to Douglas County, and some would go back Kestrel as an incentive.

Under the development agreement, construction could begin as early as June on a 35,000 square foot manufacturing facility.

The city and county are exited about the potential multi million dollar investment which could help stimulate economic growth and create several hundred high paying jobs.

"We are talking about 600 eventually good paying jobs by 2016. We are talking about the start of a 120 million dollar investment in the city of Superior. We are talking about a huge potential growth whether it be the existing plane or variations of the plane which are in the plan"

Community leaders say the land sale would have no impact on the annual Douglas County fair.

The redevelopment authority will hold a public hearing on Monday to consider the development agreement between the city and Kestrel.

The Superior Common Council will consider the recommendations on January 17th and the Douglas County Board will meet on the 19th to consider a cooperative agreement.

Written for the web by: Zach Vavricka