When Superior Asphalt opens in Delta Township
in July, it will be the third asphalt manufacturing facility in the Lansing area, but the very first to be Michigan-owned and operated. The Grand Rapids-based company opened in 1983 and has grown into a 100-employee operation there.
“We feel that Lansing is a great community with a lot of potential for further growth,” says owner Jeff Kresnak. “We thought it would be beneficial to the municipalities in the area to have three options when they go out for bid.”
The estimated $6 million plant, to be called Lansing Asphalt
, is now under construction at 3880 S. Canal Road and will be capable of manufacturing 400 tons of asphalt per hour. The development will take shape on an 18 acre property and will add 15 to 20 local jobs right away. Kresnak hopes to employ 50 to 100 at the location in the next five years.
One standout feature of the facility is its already operational asphalt recycler that produces small quantities of hot mixed asphalt 12 months a year.
“It gives Lansing an option that the City of Grand Rapids has had for about ten years,” says Kresnak. “[Cities] would rather come in and get hot mix than use cold patch. It’s a nice benefit, and it’s also recycled. Asphalt is one of the only materials that is 100 percent recyclable.”
Silo footings are currently being dug at the future home of Lansing Asphalt, and Kresnak hopes to be in operation by the first week in July.