Updated: August 20, 2013 12:40PM
CROWN POINT — Jim Keilman represented Illini Hi-Reach, Inc. before the Plan Commission on Aug. 12.
Illini Hi-Reach is planning on moving its corporate headquarters to the city in a new 30,000 square foot pre-built pre-engineered steel building. It will contain a shop and a two-level office. The office will be completely brick-surrounded.
Larry Workman, president of Illini, told the planners that the company is looking to Crown Point to build its new main hub building. They will still maintain their other buildings in both Lemont and East Dundee, Ill.
Workman told the planners that Illini is one of the top 100 rental companies for aerial equipment in North America.
“We are a union shop,” Workman said.
Councilman Chad Jeffries asked if they are planning to store their equipment on the ground. He said, “Don’t plan on (storing it) up in the air.”
Workman relieved his concerns when he said, “With six acres we have about 750 machines among all our locations. They might be there once on the way out, they should not be up.”
Planner Mike Conquest asked if the pervious surface would be gravel. He was thinking about the amount of dust heavy machines moving around would cause. “From a good neighbor standpoint Donleavy (Labs) was concerned about dust,” said Conquest.
Workman told them that they were planning on using recycled concrete. “Our traffic is very slow. I don’t see the dust in Lamont,” he said.
Illini uses recycled concrete at that facility.
Conquest said that once the recycled concrete starts getting wet it start reforming into a more solid mass.
Councilman Bill Feder, D at-large, reminded everyone that everything north of these six acres, which are zoned for industrial use, has now been zoned B-3 business.
Illini is planning some sort of evergreen planting to screen their property from the neighbors.
Councilwoman Laura Sauerman said, “It is good to see something going in.”
Illini will be back for the next step with a formal presentation and request for approval after receiving a very positive response from the Plan Commission members.
Illini Hi-Reach is 20 years old. It provides rental, sales, service, parts and safety training for aerial work platforms and material handling equipment.
They have provided equipment to steel mills, sports stadiums and automotible plants, and for road and bridge work on area interstate highways.