LANSING | A Wisconsin-based company that sells Peterbilt-brand trucks in Illinois and Wisconsin is asking to set up shop in the village and create nearly 20 jobs.
JX Peterbilt, a subsidiary of JX Enterprises Inc., had officials appear before the Village Board last week. Village trustees are expected to approve a special use permit and sign variance measure when they meet again May 15.
Kurt Jorgensen, JX Enterprises vice president of sales, told village officials the company wants to renovate the former Hyster Lift Co. site, 2100 Bernice Road, and also build a new structure on the site of a vacant house, 2203 Bernice. They would sell and lease Peterbilt trucks, as well as maintain a garage for their repairs, at that complex.
Hyster closed its Lansing operations a little more than two years ago, and village Planning and Development Director Kristi DeLaurentiis said it has sat empty since then.
DeLaurentiis said Lansing's location on the state line has proved to be valuable because company officials currently are shipping truck parts to Indiana locations from a warehouse they have near Bolingbrook.
"They want to do more business east into Indiana, and they see us as a staging site for that effort," DeLaurentiis said.
The Village Board is being asked to approve a special use permit that would allow for the business to operate. Company officials said they want the complex to be open for two shifts — beginning at 6 a.m. and closing at 11 p.m.
DeLaurentiis said trustees have not expressed opposition to the extra hours.
Also, village officials will have to approve a sign variance because the company wants signs on the building at the main entrance and at the lot it intends to use for parking. It also wants a sign that will be visible to motorists on Interstate 80/94.
Once the measures are approved, DeLaurentiis said, company officials would want to start renovations in coming weeks. She said they would like to be open for business by Sept. 1.
Initially, 12 new jobs would be created sometime this summer, with the likelihood of three to five more jobs being created just before the facility opens.
"It could be close to 20 new jobs being created in Lansing," DeLaurentiis said, adding that village officials were told the jobs would pay close to $17.50 per hour.
Village President Norm Abbott said he is pleased to have a new business in Lansing, particularly one that has chosen to operate on the Illinois side of State Line Road.
"For all the talk about businesses going to Indiana, we had someone choose to operate here in Lansing," Abbott said. "That's big news, don't you think?"