Friday, November 20, 2009

Boyne City wood pellets business plan approved

From the Charlevoix County News, By B. J. Conley-Hetler: A business that manufactures wood pellets for home and commercial heating use, received final site plan approval from the Boyne City Planning Commission on Nov. 16. Kirtland Products, LLC, located in the Air Industrial Park, is owned by Mike Lange and Tom Monley, both from the Boyne area, and by businessman Leon Tupper of Arete Industries in Southfield. Arete Industries has an office in the industrial park. All three are former automotive industry employees. Wood pellets are a local resource, renewable and sustainable, Monley said. Other positives are that it is a clean energy and that local jobs will be created. The estimate for job creation is approximately 20 people in the office and 30 to 40 workers to harvest and transport wood. The planning commissions’ approval requires Kirtland’s final landscaping plan to be approved by staff, that a landscaping bond be obtained and the business obtains approval from the FAA and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for updated permits. 
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