Ariens Company of Brillion is a step closer to purchase the Brillion Iron Works property. Last night, the City Council gave its approval to allow the world renowned maker of snowblowers and mowing equipment to work with the city’s redevelopment authority to buy the vacant piece of real estate. Brillion Iron Works – once one of Calumet County’s largest employers – was purchased by another company last year and shut down, putting more than 300 people out of work. Although there are no specific plans for the building, Ariens says they wanted to make sure the property doesn’t fall into despair and become a “blight for the city.” City Administrator Lou Gosz says Ariens may be looking to grow, which could have a local positive impact. The next step will be to set up a meeting with the DNR to go over any potential environmental issues.