Largest Green Technoloy Foundry Coming Means Jobs

By: Rachel Thomas Email
By: Rachel Thomas Email

Michigan is welcoming the largest green technology foundry and city officials say it will put Eaton Rapids on the map.

"It's huge. I think there are a lot of cities in the state of Michigan that would be jealous to know this is coming here and they didn't have an opportunity to get it," said Eaton Rapid's city manager Jon Stoppels.

The swedish based company, URV USA, produces the castings for wind turbines. It's new foundry will create 280 plus jobs and will start hiring this year.

"Well, first of all it's going to provide jobs not only for local folks but people from outside the area which could add eventually to the population," said Stoppels.

The new facility will also bring more tax revenue to the city and could lower electricity rates.

"Hopefully we'll be able to offer a little bit of reduciton in our electric rates to our customers as our purchasing goes up and costs come down," said Eaton Rapid's superintendent and public works director Scott Poyer.

Eaton Rapids is now jumping over its last hurdle waiting 30 days for public review of the foundry's environmental impact. Though the foundry will be as large as a 7-story building, city officials say it will have the same environmental impact as one McDonalds resturant.

"You won't even know it's operating. There will be no smells, no clouds of smoke, no dust. It will be a very clean facility," said Poyer.

Local industires are already expanding to work with the foundry. Urv USA's CFO says the company plans to break ground in April.

The company will need laborers as well as people with high tech skills. Jobs openings will be posted at Michigan Works once they become available.


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