by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—Producers Chemical Co. is about to make the switch from Batavia to Sugar Grove.
The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday voted 5-0 to approve a special use that will allow Producers Chemical Co. to move from its current address into a building located at 1960 Bucktail Lane and use it as a facility to store, repackage and distribute chemicals.
Producers Chemical, a distributor of liquid and dry industrial chemicals, serves over 1,000 customers (24 of which are in Sugar Grove) and has 22 full-time and three part-time employees.
“The great thing is that (Producers Chemicals’) presence increases our daytime population by about 25 employees and it provides some employment for local residents,” Village President Sean Michels said. “The current residents who work for Producers Chemical will be much closer to work, and there’s potential for them to hire new employees.”
Michels said it’s been the Village Board’s goal to increase (daytime) population because their employees will eat at the local Subway and McDonald’s and buy gas in Sugar Grove.
“We really think it’ll help out our local economy, and those are numbers that Rich (Young) Community Development Director, I and the rest of the board use to attract other retailers and companies to come to Sugar Grove,” he said.
The Village Board also voted 5-0 to grant a variance for building materials at the company’s new address on Bucktail Lane. According to a document from Young and Village Planner Mike Ferencak, the requested variance would waive the building wall material requirement, which would allow a metal siding product to enclose the facility’s 8,000 square foot outdoor canopy.
After 44 years in Batavia, Producers Chemical’s need for more interior storage space led to an interest in relocating to the building on Bucktail Lane, which was previously a dry wall distribution facility. The indoor storage will eliminate container rust and wear brought on by snow and inclement weather.
“It’s going to improve the looks of their product so much more, and those containers will be safer because you won’t have ice and snow on them,” Michels said.
According to the document from Young and Ferencak, Producer Chemical’s request for a special use includes outdoor acid, solvent, fuel tanks, a railcar unloading platform and truck loading docks.
“(Producers Chemical) is really excited about (the move),” Michels said. “They’ll have to make a significant investment into the site for leak prevention, and they’re aware of that.”