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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 22, 2018

Beck’s joins MP expansion club

Plant announces $10.9M in additions, improvements
Sep 28, 2017

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News


Beck’s Hybrids is joining the industrial/business expansion club in Mt. Pleasant.

City council members, meeting in regular session Wednesday, authorized the execution of an Iowa Department of Economic Development application for high quality jobs tax credits for the firm, which is located east of Grand Avenue.

During the next three years, Beck’s plans to build three new buildings and remodel and upgrade a fourth. The $10.94 M project begins immediately with the construction of a 120x525-foot warehouse, which is to be completed in September of 2018.

The company also will remodel and upgrade its husk and sort manufacturing building this year, a project slated for completion in August of 2018.

Two 150,000-bushel storage bins, one for soybeans and the other for corn, will be built in 2019-2020.

Beck’s said the expansion will create six additional jobs. The city will provide five-year industrial tax abatement for the firm.

The expansion falls on the heels of three other Mt. Pleasant industries announcing similar plans in the past year.

“They are ready to expand,” Kristi Ray, executive vice president of the Mt. Pleasant Chamber Alliance. “This is the fourth expansion (in Mt. Pleasant) since last October. Things are going very well.”

Beck’s currently employs 19 full-time and four part-time employees at its Mt. Pleasant plant, along with 14 full-time sales people.

Mt. Pleasant resident Maureen Walsh, who lives on the 400 block of North Main, updated the council on nuisances in her area. Walsh discussed the problem with the council at its last meeting and said she would return for progress updates.

“I want to thank you for addressing the properties,” she began. “Both neighbors have been served, and I have noticed some improvement.

Walsh, however, said that some of the materials that were in front of the residences has been moved to the backyard.

“We will keep an eye on things,” she pledged. “I have had some people living in other areas come up to me and thank me for trying to keep Mt. Pleasant nice. I know there are worse properties in town, but I want to thank you. Keep working on it.”

City Attorney Pat Brau said he has filed a nuisance simple misdemeanor against one of the properties for having an inoperable vehicle on the property.

In other agenda matters, the council passed third readings and adopted ordinances governing signs along the highway bypass and also allowing for more square feet of signage in the B-1 (limited business and professional office) district.

A second reading establishing no parking on a portion of the north side of East Clay Street at its intersection with South Harrison Street was approved. Council members also approved the first reading of an ordinance establishing a four-way stop at the intersection of North Main Street and East Mill Street, which is located near Harlan Elementary School.

Financial matters saw the council approve hiring Jason Smith Plumbing and Heating to install new water heaters at the wastewater treatment plant at a cost of $7,500.

Approval was given for a $12,179 expenditure for a new water meter and water flow meter at ContiTech Corporation. City Administrator Brent Schleisman said the industry currently has multiple meters which lead to a “mathematical formula” in determining usage. “This will simplify things,” he said.

Finally, the council approved a change order, decreasing the cost of the Courtland Street asphalt overlay project by $3,540. The change order reflects a decrease in the quantity of concrete patchwork.

Jim Warner of Warner Engineering Associates, Inc., of Mt. Pleasant said work on West Washington Street is nearly completed, and the Courtland Street project should be finished in a couple of weeks.

Mayor Steve Brimhall said the city is inviting public opinion on limiting dogs on residential property. Opinions can be given by calling city hall, or talking to any city official.

Council members meet again in regular session Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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