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Guardian plans Superior move

The rectangle shows the future home of Guardian Pest Solutions in Superior. Amsoil is to the west, Fed-Ex to the east and Boyer trucks to the south. (Courtesy of the city of Superior)

A Duluth-based pest control company is making plans to move to Superior. 

Guardian Pest Solutions Inc. entered a development agreement with the city’s Redevelopment Authority with plans to construct a nearly $3 million facility featuring office and fleet maintenance buildings next year in the Winter Street Industrial Park.

Guardian is looking to purchase about four acres at the corner of Susquehanna Avenue and Halvor Lane for an 18,000-square-foot facility with an office, said Jason Serck, economic development, port and planning director.

The family owned and operated pest management firm is the 73rd largest of 19,000 pest control firms in the country, said Guardian president Jason Wick.

“We’re a growing company; we’ve been growing at about 10 percent a year,” Wick said. “We employ about 86 people and we’ve been adding every year.”

The company provides pest control primarily for commercial and industrial sites from Sault. Ste Marie, Mich. to the Montana border, including Iowa and Nebraska, and beyond through service partners throughout the nation, Wick said.

He said the Superior site would serve as the call center for the company, taking calls from throughout the country, and would provide maintenance for the company’s fleet of 100 vehicles.

Established in Duluth in 1966, Wick said the company was looking to move and explored options throughout the Twin Ports region including Cloquet.

“We are looking at contributing about $175,000 in tax increment, as well as $75,000 out of our development fund that we have,” Serck said. The money would be put toward site improvements, he said.

Serck said the site has been subject to investigation because it was a former petroleum tank farm, and there will be some mitigation required because of a small wetland issue, which isn’t expected to affect the project. The money would also help pay for infrastructure improvements.

The project will bring 19 jobs over from Duluth and create four new positions in the next three years, Serck said.

“I think this is fantastic,” said Redevelopment Authority member Kevin Norbie before making the motion to approve the agreement. “You obviously are a well-known, well-established company. I see absolutely no risk in this.”

The company is planning to start construction next June.