GODFREY — In a move the mayor said will help draw other businesses to the village, trustees Tuesday night voted unanimously to annex Hanley Industries Inc., a defense contractor, from Foster Township.
Trustees also voted to amend an ordinance to zone the company’s property an M-2 classification (general manufacturing) and for a special-use permit to allow flammables and explosives.
Last December, the Godfrey Planning and Zoning Commission voted in favor of the rezoning.
Hanley Industries, 3640 Seminary Road, is a privately owned company that manufactures explosive devices for the military equipment and aircraft market. It employs approximately 50 people.
Company President T. Gaynor Blake said he was “glad it’s done.”
“It’s taken a long time to get here,” Blake said. “We’re surrounded by Alton and Godfrey. It was just a matter of time before one of them wanted us.”
Foster Township will continue to receive tax revenue generated by Hanley Industries for another 10 years (paid to the township by the village of Godfrey from tax revenue generated by the company), but Mayor Mike McCormick said the move was in the right direction.
“It tells people that Godfrey is open for business,” McCormick said. “Hanley is a major industry and this looks good when it comes time to recruit other businesses to Godfrey.”
Hanley Industries was incorporated in 1958 by explosive and pyrotechnic personnel from the Olin Explosives Division and the Universal Match Corp. Armament Division. In 1980, it expanded to its current facility and currently offers explosive components for field and aerospace equipment, artillery and bomb fuses, and more.
In other business, the village passed a resolution certifying support and commitment of funds for the construction of the northeast interceptor sanitary sewer improvement project.
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