Sept. 14 2020 08:38 AM

The Brillion Early Learning Center is set to open in the fall of 2021.

Equipment manufacturer Ariens Company, Brillion, Wisconsin, is turning an old Brillion Iron Works property into an early learning center, according to a Fox 11 News article.

The site was home to the Calumet County foundry for more than 100 years. It shut down in 2016, Ariens Company bought the property shortly after, and the foundry was torn down.

Now, nearly four years later, the site will be inhabited once again.

Steve Servais, Ariens Company vice president of human resources, says in the article that the idea started about two years ago when the company was discussing ideas to retain employees and attract future talent, and daycare rose to the top of the list.

Ariens Company and KinderCare are collaborating to build the Brillion Early Learning Center. The center will have a capacity for 96 students and 25 additional spots for before and after school care.

Local leaders and employees at Ariens Company say that they hope the early learning center will not only be an asset to the company but a draw to the community as well.

Servais says that they hope this center will help lead them into becoming ‘Destination Brillion.’ He adds that many of Ariens employees come from out of town, and they’d like to see employees to start living in Brillion and going to school there as well.

The Brillion Early Learning Center is set to open in the fall of 2021.