In June, North American lime specialist Graymont announced that it plans to ‘move forward’ with a new limestone project in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, known as the Rexton Project, subject to regulatory approvals. The company plans to resume quarry operations at the Hendricks Quarry site in Garfield Township. The limestone will be transported via truck to the Sand Products Dock, Lake Michigan, with the first shipment expected in 2015. The first phase of the project will generate around 50 direct jobs and 100 indirect jobs in the local area.
In November 2013, Graymont applied to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for the purchase of state land for the new project, after which it carried out an extensive consultation process with interested stakeholders.
The site will remain open to the public for leisure activities such as hunting, fishing and snowmobiling. Graymont plans to support the local community and will use the services of local companies to handle forest-management operations at the quarry site.
“We are already a member of the Upper Peninsula business community with our Port Inland plant, near Gulliver, and we are looking forward to expanding our Michigan operations, thereby creating new jobs and generating additional economic spinoffs in the region,” said Stéphane Godin, Graymont CEO. “Area residents can rest assured that, having heard their concerns, we are committed to safeguarding the precious natural resources entrusted to our care by minimising the environmental footprint of our operations, through strict adherence to best practices in crucial areas like responsible forest management, the preservation of ground-water quality and post-mining reclamation.”
Adapted from press release by Louise Fordham
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