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Food recycler develops $8M plant

December 17, 2014
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Food recycler develops $8M plant
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The largest recycler of bakery, cereal grain, snack food and related food byproducts in the U.S. is planning to invest $8 million to rejuvenate an industrial site in the region.

The state said yesterday that ReConserve of Michigan has received approval for a brownfield plan for the redevelopment of a property in Battle Creek, at 170 Angell St.

The project is expected to create nine full-time jobs.

Redevelopment plans

The company’s investment will re-activate about 45,000 square feet of industrial space and nearly two acres of green space, Battle Creek Unlimited said yesterday.

“The project will result in the rehabilitation of a blighted and underutilized property near downtown, provide and create employment and increase the taxable value of the property,” said Cheryl Beard, administrator, Battle Creek Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.

ReConserve’s redevelopment project will include repairing and modifying two 100-year-old processing buildings and an office building.

The company will install processing equipment, grain bins and a rail spur that will go directly into a specially designed building to accommodate loading and unloading of rail cars using the Grand Trunk Railroad.

ReConserve, which has 18 locations throughout the country, serves more than 1,000 small-to-large food makers and recycles select food waste into a high energy, highly palatable dried component for livestock feed.


Under the approved plan, ReConserve will be eligible for reimbursement of environmental and specific non-environmental activities to redevelop the site, including baseline environmental assessment activities, compliance reporting, lead and asbestos abatement, demolition and site preparation.

Beard said the taxable value of the ReConserve site is expected to be about $2.15 million within one year of project completion.

“This taxable value will increase the economic base for the city, as well as its schools,” she said. 

The state said the Battle Creek Brownfield Redevelopment Authority will use local and school tax capture valued at $892,740 to redevelop property located on Angell Street and Grand Trunk Avenue in the City of Battle Creek for the ReConserve project.

The tax capture will go toward partial and whole building demolition, lead and asbestos abatement and site preparation.

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