It took some doing but the Tuscola County Economic Development Corporation was finally able to find a soybean roasting company a location to set up operations in the county.
The Gilford Township Planning Commission approved a site-plan for Quality Roasting LLC. The proposed location for the soybean plant is 135 S. Bradleyville Road, Reese, near the Star of the West facility.
Initially, Quality Roasting officials wanted to build their plant in Indianfields Township, but between public outcry and township official's concerns about the facility, a new location had to be found that met the necessary requirements.
Not just any location would work for soybean processing. It has to be near a railroad and a location that had enough power to operate it. That was found in Gilford Township; and so far, plans to build there are going smoothly.
"The Tuscola County EDC is proud to be a major part of locating the Wisconsin based soybean processing plant. This will keep Tuscola County competitive in the dairy feed and related industries," said Tuscola County EDC Communications Director Jim McLoskey.
McLoskey and Tuscola County EDC Director Steve Erickson met with the Michigan Strategic Fund Board regarding the company's plans. And, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation approved financing up to $10 million for Quality Roasting�s new facility.
Once Quality Roasting's plant is completed, which is expected by fall, it will process raw soybeans into a high by-pass soybean meal designed for high producing dairy cattle. The facility will process about 2.2 million pounds of soybeans a year, which is expected to generate about $500,000 annually to area farmers, and generate about $30,000 in taxes for the township.
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