A vacant St. John’s plant will see new life as a local company expands, thanks to a partnership between The Clinton County Economic Alliance
, Clinton County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, City of St. Johns and the F.C. Mason
F.C. Mason will soon move its parts and supplies distribution company into the 265,000 square foot plant once occupied by Federal-Mogul in St. Johns. An increase of staff from 62 to 102 will accompany the move.
“We were able to secure a $1 million Clean Michigan Incentive grant from the MDEQ,” says Clinton County Economic Alliance President and CEO, Brian Coughlin. “That enables them to remediate some of the soil problems at that site.”
Coughlin says officials expect site improvements and renovations to begin on the site this summer. For those involved in the project and the residents of St. Johns, the work couldn’t begin soon enough.
“That plant has been empty for four years,” says Coughlin. “It was a constant reminder of how manufacturing in Michigan took such a hit. Now that we have the plant back on line with a new company and new [jobs], it’s a good thing to see for the community.”