Site Selection

L'Anse

L’Anse Industrial Park (off of Lambert Rd)

Available Lot Sizes: 1, 1.5, 3, & 4.5 Acres
Municipal Water: 10”
Municipal Sewer: 8”
Electric Power: L’Anse Municipal Electric
Natural Gas: SEMCO
Telecommunications: Verizon, AT&T
Broadband: Baraga Telephone, Spectrum
Communications Highway Access: US-41
Rail Access: Canadian National
Commercial Air Service: Houghton County Memorial (51 min.) & Sawyer International (1.5 hrs.)
Industrial Development District: Unknown
Price: Unknown

Special Features:

Park is currently under development with completion in 2018. Municipal water and sewer capacity has all been previously upgraded. L’Anse maintains a municipal electric utility with costs below UPPCO.

Baraga

Ojibwa Industrial Park (M-38 & Guy Rd)
Available Lot Sizes: 1+ Acres; 306 Acres shown
Municipal Water: Yes
Municipal Sewer: Yes
Electric Power: UPPCO
Natural Gas: SEMCO
Telecommunications: Verizon, AT&T
Broadband: Baraga Telephone, Spectrum
Communications Highway Access: M-38 to US-41
Rail Access: Siding Nearby in Village of Baraga
Commercial Air Service: Houghton County Memorial (51 min.) & Sawyer International (1.5 hrs.)
Industrial Development District: Sites are Tax Exempt
Price: For Lease with Build-to-Suit to Lease Options

Special Features:

Park is owned by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. Sites can be leased long term with build-to-suit to lease options. Because the land is tribal owned it is exempt from all state and local taxes. There are no tribally levied fees other than standard utility fees. Soil conditions are primarily loamy sands. Park includes additional 160 acres to north.

Houghton

Moyle M-26 Sites (M-26 & Snowmobile Club Rd)
Available Lot Sizes: Parcel A-6.8 A; Parcel B-2.6 A
Municipal Water: Yes
Municipal Sewer: Tentative
Electric Power: UPPCO
Natural Gas: SEMCO
Telecommunications: Verizon, AT&T
Broadband: Baraga Telephone, Spectrum
Communications Highway Access: M-26
Rail Access: No
Commercial Air Service: Houghton County Memorial (15 mins.) & Sawyer International (2.25 hrs.)
Industrial Development District: Unknown
Price: Parcel A-$595,000 ($87,500/A)
Parcel B-$227,000 ($87,300/A)

Special Features:

Sites are zoned appropriately for light industrial and commercial use. Sewer is being planned for 2018.

Somero M-26 Site (M-26 & Girl Scout Camp Rd)
Available Lot Sizes: 8.75 A
Municipal Water: On north side of Hwy
Municipal Sewer: Tentative
Electric Power: UPPCO
Natural Gas: SEMCO
Telecommunications: Verizon, AT&T
Broadband: Baraga Telephone, Spectrum
Communications Highway Access: M-26
Rail Access: No
Commercial Air Service: Houghton County Memorial (15 mins.) & Sawyer International (2.25 hrs.)
Industrial Development District: Unknown
Price: $220,000 ($25,000/A)

Special Features:

Site is zoned appropriately for light industrial and commercial use. Sewer is being planned for 2018.

Manderfield M-26 Site (across from Moyle site)
Available Lot Sizes: West 5 Acres of 10 A Site
Municipal Water: On north side of Hwy
Municipal Sewer: Tentative
Electric Power: UPPCO
Natural Gas: SEMCO
Telecommunications: Verizon, AT&T
Broadband: Baraga Telephone, Spectrum
Communications Highway Access: M-26
Rail Access: No
Commercial Air Service: Houghton County Memorial (15 mins.) & Sawyer International (2.25 hrs.)
Industrial Development District: Unknown
Price: $225,000 ($45,000/A)

Special Features:

Site is zoned appropriately for light industrial and commercial use. Sewer is being planned for 2018.

Julien Gundlach Site (Gundlach & Frederick St.)
Available Lot Sizes: 14.4 Acres
Municipal Water: Yes
Municipal Sewer: Yes
Electric Power: UPPCO
Natural Gas: SEMCO
Telecommunications: Verizon, AT&T
Broadband: Baraga Telephone, Spectrum
Communications Highway Access: Both US 41 and M-26
Rail Access: No
Commercial Air Service: Houghton County Memorial (15 mins.) & Sawyer International (2.25 hrs.)
Industrial Development District: Unknown
Price: $22,000/Acre

Special Features:

Site is zoned appropriately for light industrial and commercial use.

Chassell

Anderson Chassell Site
Address: 41455 Sturgeon River, Chassell, MI 49916
Available Lot Sizes: 3.29 Acres
Municipal Water: Yes
Municipal Sewer: Available
Electric Power: UPPCO
Natural Gas: SEMCO
Telecommunications: Verizon, AT&T
Broadband: Baraga Telephone, Spectrum
Communications Highway Access: US-41
Rail Access: No
Commercial Air Service: Houghton County Memorial (24 mins.) & Sawyer International (2 hrs.)
Industrial Development District: Unknown
Price: $99,500

Special Features:

Site is zoned industrial. Site contains a 3,600 s.f. building that was originally used as a foundry, later a warehouse, and finally was used as a paint shop. MLS#1101578

Hancock

City of Hancock Business Park Site (West of Lake Annie Rd & Mine Rock Rd)
Available Lot Sizes: 38 Acres
Municipal Water: Available
Municipal Sewer: Available
Electric Power: UPPCO
Natural Gas: SEMCO
Telecommunications: Verizon, AT&T
Broadband: Baraga Telephone, Spectrum
Communications Highway Access: US 41 via Class A roadway
Rail Access: No
Commercial Air Service: Houghton County Memorial (15 mins.) & Sawyer International (2.25 hrs.)
Industrial Development District: Unknown
Price: Negotiable

Special Features:

Sites are zoned appropriately for industrial and commercial use. Site is approximately 2,543’ x 654’. Site is relatively flat with sandy, gravely soils. Municipal water and sewer are 300’ from the site; natural gas and electric are 900’.

Tomasi US 41 Site (South of US 41 & Mesnard Location Rd)
Available Lot Sizes: Appx. 7 Acres
Municipal Water: On West side of US 41
Municipal Sewer: Nearby
Electric Power: UPPCO
Natural Gas: SEMCO
Telecommunications: Verizon, AT&T
Broadband: Baraga Telephone, Spectrum
Communications Highway Access: US 41
Rail Access: No
Commercial Air Service: Houghton County Memorial (5 mins.) & Sawyer International (2.25 hrs.)
Industrial Development District: Unknown
Price: $75,000 ($10,700/A)

Special Features:

Site is located two miles north of Hancock on US 41 at the Mesnard Location Road. Site has no zoning. All uses allowed.

Painesdale

Champion No. 4 Machine Shop
Address: 15331 Second St., Painesdale, MI 49955
Available Lot Sizes: Appx. 10 Acres
Municipal Water: Yes
Municipal Sewer: Yes
Electric Power: UPPCO
Natural Gas: SEMCO
Telecommunications: Verizon, AT&T
Broadband: Baraga Telephone, Spectrum
Communications Highway Access: M-26
Rail Access: No
Commercial Air Service: Houghton County Memorial (24 mins.) & Sawyer International (2 hrs.)
Industrial Development District: Unknown
Price: Negotiable

Special Features:

Site contains two adjacent sandstone buildings (200’x50’ & 150’x60’) built circa 1902 that comprised the machine shop for the Champion No. 4 mine and a 3,000 s.f. pole building. Buildings remained in active manufacturing use until 1998 and as a scrap tire processing facility until 2012. Both buildings have overhead cranes and high ceilings. Phase I & II environmental assessment has been completed.

Houghton County Airpark

Goodwill Industries Building
Address: 23390 Airpark Blvd, Calumet, MI 49913
Available Lot Sizes: 4.8 Acres
Municipal Water: Yes
Municipal Sewer: Yes
Electric Power: Ontonagon REA
Natural Gas: SEMCO
Telecommunications: Verizon, AT&T
Broadband: Baraga Telephone, Spectrum
Communications Highway Access: M-26
Rail Access: No
Commercial Air Service: Houghton County Memorial (0 mins.) & Sawyer International (2.5 hrs.)
Industrial Development District: Yes
Price: Negotiable

Special Features:

Building contains 30,800 s.f. composed of 20,000 s.f. (200’x100’) multispan at 12’ sidewall height, the rear 6,000 s.f. (60’x100’) at 16’ sidewall height, clear span with 13’x15’ OH door and floor level loading dock, and a 4,800 s.f. (50’x96’) attached pole building at 16’ sidewall height with a 14’ OH door.

Houghton County Airpark Lots
Available Lot Sizes: 4+ Acres
Municipal Water: Yes
Municipal Sewer: Yes
Electric Power: Ontonagon REA
Natural Gas: SEMCO
Telecommunications: Verizon, AT&T
Broadband: Baraga Telephone, Spectrum
Communications Highway Access: US-41
Rail Access: No
Commercial Air Service: Houghton County Memorial (Adjacent) & Sawyer International (2.5 hrs.)
Industrial Development District: Yes. 198 Abatement Available
Price:  

Special Features:

Park is owned by Houghton County and is adjacent to the Houghton County Memorial Airport (CMX) which is served by SkyWest United to Chicago twice a day, seven days per week. Park is home to the Michigan Technological University Keweenaw Research Center.

Sidnaw

Wood Development Corp. Building
Address: 12571 Crystal Lake, Sidnaw, MI 49961
Available Lot Sizes: 35 Acres
Municipal Water: No
Municipal Sewer: No
Electric Power: Upper Michigan Energy Res. Corp.
Natural Gas: No
Telecommunications: Verizon, AT&T
Broadband: Baraga Telephone
Communications Highway Access: M-28
Rail Access: 1,500’ east of facility (E&LS)
Commercial Air Service: Houghton County Memorial (1.25 hrs.) & Sawyer International (1.5 hrs.)
Industrial Development District: Unknown
Price: Negotiable 

Special Features:

Building contains 16,000 s.f. composed of 11,200 s.f. (160’x70’) clearspan at 16’ eave height with 15’x18’ OH door and floor level loading dock, 3,000 s.f. (50’x60’) clearspan at 19’ eave height, with standard OH door, and an 1,800 s.f. (30’x60’) office. Site contains a large dust collection system and the former dry kiln building. Facility operated until 2006.

Calumet

Centennial Industrial Park (US 41 & Centennial #6 Rd.)
Available Lot Sizes:  .75 A—8.6 A
Municipal Water: Yes
Municipal Sewer: Cluster System
Electric Power: UPPCO
Natural Gas: SEMCO
Telecommunications: Verizon, AT&T
Broadband: Baraga Telephone, Spectrum
Communications Highway Access: US-41
Rail Access: No
Commercial Air Service: Houghton County Memorial (15 mins.) & Sawyer International (2.25 hrs.)
Industrial Development District: Unknown
Price: Negotiable

Special Features:

Sites are zoned appropriately for light industrial and commercial use.

Renaissance Industrial Park (N 11th St. & Renaissance Rd)
Available Lot Sizes:  1 Acre
Municipal Water: Yes
Municipal Sewer: Yes
Electric Power: UPPCO
Natural Gas: SEMCO
Telecommunications: Verizon, AT&T
Broadband: Baraga Telephone, Spectrum
Communications Highway Access: M-203 to US 41
Rail Access: No
Commercial Air Service: Houghton County Memorial (15 mins.) & Sawyer International (2.25 hrs.)
Industrial Development District: Unknown
Price: Negotiable

Special Features:

Sites are zoned appropriately for industrial and commercial use.

Workforce & Wages

For the most up to date labor market information go to the Michigan Labor Market Information data site. The data search tool will generate downloadable Department of Labor Data on labor force, employment, unemployment, employment and wages by industry sector (up to three digit NAICS) by county or region as well as wage survey data by occupation by region.

Training/Education

Michigan Works! for Business

Employers across Michigan turn to the Michigan Works! System to identify skilled candidates who are
prepared and ready to succeed. Michigan Works! Agencies and Service Centers offer a variety of
services, such as online job advertisement, training support, talent recruitment and resume sorting, to
ensure that the labor force meets the needs of employers.

This assistance is provided in the Keweenaw through the UPWARD Talent Council with offices in the
Village of L’Anse (Baraga County) and the City of Hancock (Houghton and Keweenaw Counties). Call 906-
482-6916 for more information or visit their web site at http://www.upmichiganworks.org/employer-
services. Assistance with the following area can secured through the UPWARD Talent Council’s Michigan
Works! offices:

  • Fidelity Bonding Program
  • Foreign Labor Certification Office
  • Job / Career Fairs
  • Post Jobs / Search Resumes on Pure Michigan Talent Connect
  • Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF)
  • Veterans Services
  • Work Opportunity Tax Credit
Skilled Trades Training Fund

The Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) awards grants to employers to assist in training, developing and
retaining current employees and individuals to be hired. Training is customized to meet employee skill
requirements and is short-term in duration, preferably less than three months, with no training
extending more than six months.

The Talent Investment Agency (TIA) grants the funds to employers through Michigan’s workforce
system, commonly known as Michigan Works! Michigan Works! Agencies (MWA) Business Services staff
conduct fact-finding sessions with employers to assess their talent skill gaps, suitable training providers
and availability of federal funding sources. The MWA Business Services staff can then determine
whether STTF grants would be appropriate to help close the skills gap. During the application period
MWAs submit STTF applications to TIA on behalf of their partnering employer. For more information
about the STTF, review the Program Overview, Fact Sheet, and Frequently Asked Questions.

Copper Country Intermediate School District Career and Technical Education

The Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD), serving Baraga, Houghton and Keweenaw
Counties, is leading our area to build an employer driven career and technical education (CTE) delivery
system. Working with area employers, K-12 school districts, and our universities and community colleges
the CCISD has secured the overwhelming support of the district voters to fund a more comprehensive
training program that will expand from automotive and health career training to construction and
industrial training using existing facilities, but increasing the breadth and depth of the training capacity.

MIOSHA Safety Training

KEDA hosts MIOSHA general industry and construction industry training courses annually in partnership
with the MIOSHA Training Institute and Macomb Community College.

Transportation System

  • Highways - The Keweenaw is served by two state highways- US 41 from the east and M-26 from the west.

 

  • Waterway - Houghton and Hancock have commercial docking along the Portage Waterway for deep water ships. The Potage Waterway connects to Lake Superior to the north and south.

 

  • Rail - The Keweenaw is served by a branch line of the Canadian National Railway (CN) to L'Anse and Baraga at the south end of the Keweenaw and E%LS with track and sidings in the southern Houghton County.

Utility Services

Broadband / Telecommunications

The Keweenaw is served by redundant fiber backbone (Peninsula Fiber Network, Charter, and Verizon). A variety of wired and wireless broadband providers are available. Cellular service is provided by AT&T and Verizon. The Keweenaw is like most of the world. Because of the dispersed nature of the population and geography, we don't have 100% call coverage. However, all of our urban areas are covered and is steadily improving throughout the balance of the Keweenaw.

Providers:

Natural Gas

Natural gas is provided by SEMCO energy from a major pipline that transits the UP. All urban areas have natural gas available.

Contact
Michelle Levine, Key Accounts
141 3rd Street
Port Huron, MI 48060

810-887-3014
Rate Book: Link

Power

Electricity is provided in all of the urban areas by UPPCO. The out country areas are served by the Ontonagon County Rural Electric Association, an electric power cooperative.

UPPCO Contact:
Dan Crane
18494 Canal Road
Houghton, MI 49931

906-483-4556 or 906-483-4507
Rate Book: Link

OCREA Contact:
500 J.K. Paul Street
PO BOX 97
Ontonagon, MI 49953

ontrea@chartermi.net
906-884-4151
Rate Book: Link

Water and Sewer

A legacy of the copper mining era in the Keweenaw is that regional water and sewer systems were constructed and have been expanded upon. This means that we have fairly widespread availability of municipal water and sewer services.

  • Village of Baraga
    Sewer & Water: Gerard Lindemann or Dave Apger
    vobwater@up.net
    906-353-6795 (water)
    906-353-6237 (sewer)
  • City of Houghton
    Fee schedule attached, 906-482-1700
  • Portage Township
    906-482-4310
  • Calumet, Laurium & Calumet Charter Township
    Michigan American Water
    311 5th Street
    Calumet, MI 49913
    906 337-3502
  • North Houghton Sewer Authority
    25880 Red Jacket Rd
    Calumet, MI 49913
    906 337-0591
  • Houghton County Airpark
    Service is provided by Michigan-American Water and Torch Lake Sewer Authority through the Houghton County Airport.
    Contact Dennis Hext, Manager, 906-482-3970 or email at dhext@cmxairport.com
  • Adams Township Department of Public Works
    South Range
    906-482-4420
    adamstwp@adamstwp.us

Incentives

Tax Abatements (Industrial Facilities Exemption, P.A. 198 of 1974, as amended)

The Plant Rehabilitation and Industrial Development Districts Act, (known as the Industrial Facilities Exemption) PA 98 of 1974, as amended, provides a tax incentive to manufacturers to enable renovation and expansion of aging facilities, assist in the building of new facilities and to promote the establishment of high tech facilities. An Industrial Development District (IDD) or a Plant Rehabilitation District (PRD) must be created prior to initiating a project so it is essential that you consult your local assessor before commencing a project. An Industrial Facilities Exemption (IFE) certificate entitles the facility to a 50% exemption from ad valorem real and/or personal property taxes for a term of 1-12 years as determined by the local unit of government.

Applications are filed, reviewed and approved by the local unit of government, but are also subject to review at the State level by the Property Services Division and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The State Tax Commission (STC) is ultimately responsible for final approval and issuance of certificates. Exemptions are not effective until approved by the STC.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), on behalf of the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF), administers the economic and community development portions of he CDBG program. CDBG is a federal grant program utilizing funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Funding can be used for direct assistance to business and infrastructure to support business expansion or location. Direct assistance to private and for-profit businesses includes support for machinery and equipment purchase, job training, and rail enhancement.

Communities may request grants to provide public infrastructure improvements necessary for the location, expansion, and/or retention of a specific, for-profit business firm(s) which is engaged in an economic base activity (e.g., manufacturing, point of destination tourism, headquarter operations, major multi-state distribution facility). This program is restricted to infrastructure improvements tied to development activities that require additional infrastructure improvements tied to development activities that require additional infrastructure to create new economic opportunities and will result in the creation of full-time equivalent (FTE) positions, of which at least 51 percent of the created positions will be held by persons living in a Low to Moderate Income household.

Private Activity Bonds

Private activity bonds are an attractive source of financial assistance to economic development projects in Michigan. They provide profitable firms with capital cost savings stemming from the difference between taxable and tax-exempt interest rates. The Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) issues private activity bonds on behalf of the borrower and lends the bond proceeds to the borrower.

For manufacturing projects, 95 of the bond proceeds must be used to acquire land, building and equipment directly related to the manufacturing process. Warehouse space and other ‘non-core’ items are ineligible unless they are directly related to the manufacturing process, and then are limited to 25 of the project. At least 70 of bond proceeds must be spent on ‘core manufacturing’ costs. If you acquire existing facilities, a minimum of 15 of the bond proceeds must be used to renovate the facility. Used equipment is generally ineligible. Loans for such purposes as working capital or inventory are not permitted.

The maximum size of bonds is limited to:

- $1 million free of any restrictions on capital expenditures; or,

- $10 million subject to the condition that the company’s total capital expenditures in the locality over the period of three years before and three years after the date of issuance do not exceed $20 million.

Michigan Business Development Program

The Michigan Business Development Program (MBDP) is an incentive program available from the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF), in cooperation with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). The program is designed to provide grants, loans or other economic assistance to businesses for highly competitive projects in Michigan that create jobs and/or provide investment. The MBDP is available to eligible businesses that create qualified new jobs and/or make qualified new investment in Michigan. The qualified new jobs must be held by Michigan residents of the Applicant company and be in addition to those maintained in Michigan prior to the project. Eligible investment includes investment made by the business in Michigan in support of the project and approved by the MSF. Preference may be given to businesses in need of additional assistance for deal closing and second stage company gap financing. Any business seeking to qualify for MSF support on the basis of job creation must create a minimum of 50 qualified new jobs. Unless a project is in a rural county (a county with a population of 90,000 or less) or qualifies as a high-technology activity, in which case the business must create a minimum of 25 qualified new jobs. High-technology activities are defined in the Michigan Economic Growth Authority Act, Public Act 24 of 1995. Additionally, the MSF may provide support for certain strategic business development growth opportunities that create fewer jobs than the requirements mentioned above.

MSF support in the form of a grant will be performance based, with preference given to eligible businesses seeking to locate or expand in Michigan rather than in another state. Grants will include flexible terms and conditions, and will include repayment provisions under circumstances approved by the MSF. MSF support in the form of a loan shall also be performance based, with preference given to qualified businesses needing assistance to expand in Michigan. Loans may include flexible terms and conditions, including below market interest rates, extended grace and repayment provisions, forgivable terms and flexible security requirements. Loans will also include provisions requiring repayment of loan funds under circumstances approved by the MSF.