BAY COUNTY (WJRT) - (07/11/18) - The next time you see a pothole getting patched take a close look. The equipment might come from an expanding Mid-Michigan company.
Falcon Asphalt Repair Equipment makes asphalt hot boxes and other items used for pothole repair and maintenance.
President Michael Day said sales have increased 35-40 percent in recent years allowing the company to move from two leased spaces in Midland County, to a new $4.7 million facility in Bay County. "We're the public's best friend. Because when they see our equipment out there they know their roads are getting patched up."
Company and community leaders broke ground on the more than 50,000 square foot facility Wednesday morning.
The facility, which will include manufacturing and office space, will sit on Salzburg Road at Flajole Road, just off of M-47.
"I couldn't be more excited about what's going on, truly. This is super," said Williams Township Supervisor Paul Wasek.
"Our manufacturing process will be a lot smoother and more efficient, and we'll also be able to accommodate the growth we're seeing in our organization," Day said.
Bay Future, Inc. helped bring together everything needed to keep them in the region. "It's a lot of work, and it's work we don't mind doing," said Bay Future, Inc. President and CEO Trevor Keyes.
Fifty jobs will remain in the region with another 50 possible in three years.
Keyes said it adds up to jobs today and tomorrow. "Keep our kids, you know, in their community close to their family, and raise that next generation of hard workers here in Bay County," he said.
Salzburg Road off of M-47, and not too far from U.S. 10, is turning into a popular location.
The Michigan State Police Tri-City Post opened along the road in 2012. Last year the first building in an industrial park went up.
In addition, in the coming months Dow hopes to begin construction on its Innovation Center at the old Dow Corning headquarters.
"It is the beginning of a very, very large movement here in Williams Township and something we're super proud of," Wasek said.
Falcon hopes to be moved in and working out of the new building sometime in December.