The Alpena Volunteer Fire Department is the recipient of a $70,000 donation from Link Snacks Inc. to be used to purchase emergency medical support equipment and for personnel training. The check was presented Wednesday and is part of an overall LSI investment of $7.1 million in the community. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
ALPENA – Link Snacks Inc. has donated $70,000 to the Alpena Volunteer Fire Department in conjunction with LSI’s investment of $7.1 million in improvements and expansion of the community’s wastewater treatment facility.
LSI makes Jack Link’s beef jerky and is the largest employer in Jerauld County.
The donation to the fire department will be used to purchase emergency medical support equipment and provide personnel training.
Alpena is receiving a $515,000 Community Development Block Grant to make critical improvements to its wastewater treatment plant to support the food production sector and the greater community.
The city is also receiving a $1.5 million low-interest federal loan through the Department of Energy and Natural Resources.
The wastewater treatment facility which has been operating at capacity, needs a significant upgrade to accommodate future growth in the Alpena area. The increased capacity will also allow for the expansion of LSI, which will invest $7.1 million in costs associated with improvements to the pre-treatment facility, a key component of the overall upgrade.
Total cost estimates for the entire wastewater treatment project are estimated at $9.1 million.
“The Alpena water treatment plant expansion is a critical project to help ensure continued economic development and growth for the Alpena area,” said Troy Link, president of LSI.
“This project reflects our long-standing commitment to improving and investing in the infrastructure and betterment of the Alpena community,” he said. “Without the investment and upgrade, LSI would be unable to grow or increase capacity.”
Also, LSI is undergoing an expansion project at its Alpena-based production facility.
The overall expansion will create about 57 pre-development and construction jobs and allow LSI to create 75 new full-time jobs in the production facility by the end of 2017. It also means the preservation of 800 existing jobs.
The upgraded pre-treatment facility will reduce the byproducts treated from LSI’s production facility to that of minimum household strength.
It will greatly relieve the municipal system and prevent the town of Alpena from incurring any additional costs in treating LSI’s waste.
Also, methane produced from the upgraded system will be used to generate electrical power.
The project will improve water quality and meet new, more stringent Environmental Protection Agency requirements as well as all state, county and municipal regulations.
The upgrade will eventually include the addition of a 15-acre wastewater treatment pond to be located about two miles south of Alpena.
Construction on the wastewater treatment facility upgrade has begun and is expected to be completed by fall of 2013.
Gil Haugan Construction has been named general contractor, with Banner Associates Inc. designed as the primary engineering firm and Biothane as provider of the equipment.
For the complete article see the 11-24-2012 issue.
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