New industry coming to town

April 29, 2010 —

It was announced last week that a new industry will be coming to town following the purchase of the old M&S Plant 12, located near the corner of School and McKenzie streets.

The purchaser is Alpine Manufacturing, which currently has an auto parts plant in Morenci. The company is owned by Lyons Manufacturing of Novi, MI. Owner John Lyons was unavailable for details, but Hudson City Manager Steven Hartsel said it was his understanding that several Hudson residents are already employed by the company and may be moving to the new location.

No dates for the actual startup of Alpine Manufacturing in Hudson have been announced

Hartsel reports that there is more happening in the search for new business for Hudson.

The city manager noted that the Hudson Downtown Development Authority recently approved a loan to Eagle Capital Holdings that would help pay for environmental work required by the state that could lead to the reopening of the old Metalloy Corporation plant on Main Street.

The loan from the Downtown Development Authority is contingent on Eagle finding separate capital from other sources to complete the environmental cap, which would consist of new paving and sod that would help to seal off past site contamination. Hartsel was optimistic that the money could be found. If Eagle Capital Holdings is able to get the necessary capital as required by the terms of the DDA loan, it could lead to an opening of the plant by the middle of this summer, hopefully with twenty people employed by the end of the year and more next year.

Hartsel said that in recent weeks he’s noticed an increase in the number of inquiries he’s recevied from people looking for industrial properties in the vicinity. In addition, Hartsel says that several existing industries in Hudson are reportedly considering small expansions.

“Manufacturing seems to be picking up now,” the city manager commented, noting that there are still several buildings available for industrial purchase around Hudson. Hartsel noted that there is still a ways to go for Hudson to regain the jobs it had a few years ago, at least steps are being made in the right direction.