State-of-the-art recycling plant in Cassopolis undergoing final approval

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CASSOPOLIS, Mich. (WNDU) – Here’s more proof that it’s a small world … a Norwegian-based company wants to make a big investment in a village in southwest Michigan.

A company called Norsk Hydro plans to build a $ 140 million aluminum recycling plant there.

In some ways, Cassopolis is still the same sleepy old farming town that it always has been. In some ways, this is not the case.

“A commitment of $ 150 million from the company is not a ten-year commitment. It is a company that intends to be there for the next 50 to 100 years, ”said Cassopolis village manager Emilie Sarratore.

This is the kind of commitment that was squarely courted when the community of Cassopolis developed a smart industrial park that combines solar power, fiber optics and rail access.

Midwest Energy and Communications Smart Park is a 300-acre blank commercial canvas looking for its first tenant.

“When they (Hydro) are looking for acreage and they have certain criteria, they realized that this smart park that we are working on development, development, would fit most of that,” Sarratore explained.

The company is spelled “Hydro” but is pronounced He-drow.

Hydro employs 30,000 people worldwide in 40 countries.

The Cassopolis factory project would create 70 new jobs.

“They especially like small rural communities for this reason: they believe in hiring to retire, it’s their company’s motto, and their turnover percentage is so low it’s very clear that it is. really what they do. “

There are still obstacles to overcome. Grants are requested to build roads in the park and to extend sewer and water lines to the site.

But after a year of preparation, plans for the plant are only one step away from final approval. “This is the final decision date, it will happen here over the next couple of months, but we are cautiously optimistic that we will be there with our aluminum excavators side by side in the spring,” Sarratore said.

The company now has American factories in Texas and Tennessee.

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