Morenci will soon lose one of its small businesses when Alpine Manufacturing Technologies moves to Hudson.
Alpine, a screw machine branch of Lyon Manufacturing of Livonia, Mich., opened in 2006 in one of the former M&S Manufacturing buildings on Salisbury Street. In July the company will move into a larger M&S building located in Hudson.
“It’s not big enough for us now,” vice president Jim Lyon said of the Morenci facility. “We’re trying to have a little more room and spread out.”
The Hudson building will allow the company space to locate under one roof rather than using the second M&S building in Morenci.
Lyon said he hopes the operation will eventually expand and he believes the move will help the company get ready for the future.
Lyon said there’s some preparation needed at Hudson before Alpine moves, but he figures the transition will probably occur in July.
Alpine employs 12 people.
The Economic Development Corporation of the County of Lenawee borrowed $300,000 in 2006 to buy the two M&S buildings on Salisbury Street to pave the way for Alpine’s move to Morenci. City council approved loaning the economic development group up to $25,000 for environmental asses sments of the property.
Council also approved a standard 12-year tax abatement for Alpine in June 2007 on the estimated $2.9 million of property.