ESCANABA, MI - Besse Forest Products Group hopes to reopen and expand its sawmill operation in Escanaba - Michigans Upper Peninsula - with financial help from the state.
The Escanaba mill would replace lumber production lost when Besse's sawmill in Newberry, MI, was destroyed in a May fire. That fire in Duck Lake wiped out 21,000 acres of forest, plus homes and buildings located within the impacted area.
Besse, an integrated wood products company based in Gladstone, MI, has filed for an Industrial Facility Tax (ITF) Certificate to expand its Escanaba Lumber Co. that occupies a small portion of a 16- acre parcel. Last month, the Escanaba City Council voted to designate the property as an Industrial Development District. This cleared the way for Besse to apply for the ITF through the state of Michigan. The ITF would provide Besse with a 50 percent reduction ot its taxes on new construction and equipment for up to 12 years, according to the Daily Press.
Besse operates 14 wood products facilities including those that make hardwood veneer, plywood and lumber. The expansion would reportedly create 20 to 25 jobs.
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