The St. Joseph County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority is no stranger to transforming blighted and contaminated sites into economic success stories. In fact, throughout the past decade they have assessed nearly 90 Brownfield sites and made over 350 acres of land ready for redevelopment. At the National Brownfields Conference in May, St. Joseph County was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 for "leadership and commitment" on the Cobalt Holding, LLC site in Sturgis, Michigan. As attendees at this year's conference, representatives from Envirologic's staff were able to accept a special award certificate on behalf of the county.
This former mirror manufacturing plant, left behind an abundance of contamination: petroleum, metals, volatile organic chemicals, and polychlorinated biphenyls. Not only has a cleanup of the site occurred but the previous blight that existed has been replaced with a new manufacturing facility. As a rubber tire recycling company, Cobalt Holdings, LLC hopes to use the revitalized site to produce playground surfaces and landscape materials. Somewhat ironically, the formerly contaminated site will now produce recycled landscape materials to improve playground safety. The company estimates that total investment in the new plant will exceed $2 million and ultimately create over 150 jobs over the next five years.
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