January 11, 2018
Fisher Sand & Gravel is relocating its sand and gravel operations from where it has been since 1947 to a new location, and has requested an Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption Certificate, Midland Daily News reports. The Midland City Council set a public hearing for Jan. 22, 2017, for the operation to request the certificate for new real property worth $949,795 and personal property worth $946,375, which will be used to relocate its recycled concrete operation.
According to news agency, city documents indicate the tax abatement will offset costs, including demolishing the existing ready mix plant, completion and regulatory closing of ongoing Michigan Department of Environmental Quality environmental remediation at the site, and installing a new water main, sanitary sewer, and storm drainage.
“There are some benefits that align with community efforts, particularly around the downtown district in calming the (traffic),” said Fisher Contracting President J.W. Fisher, according to the news agency. Moving the operation will do away with the truck traffic on one-way streets downtown.
“The new location will allow us to be more efficient and expand our crushing operation,” Fisher told reporters. “As well as retaining the jobs we have, our new plant will allow us to serve our customers better, including industrial customers.”
Becky Church of Midland Tomorrow, Midland’s economic development agency, supports the tax abatement for Fisher companies. “By approving this tax abatement for the Fisher companies, this is just reassuring how important it is to keep our existing companies in Midland,” she said, according to the news agency. “They are staying here and creating more jobs over time.”