As the state’s population shrinks, the nation’s gravel industry is looking for new ways to keep up.
Gravel trains have been a boon to the state and its economy, with jobs and tax revenue pouring in.
The trains are typically used to haul gravel from a quarry to a surface trucking yard, and they are often used to transport thousands of tons of the tough material to a plant.
But when a drought in the state forced the state to shut down gravel operations, the industry has been hit hard, and a major problem has emerged.
The state’s biggest company, General Motors, is looking to open a new facility in the northern part of the state, in an area near where the gravel trains are already operating.GM says it would have a total of 4,000 workers and a workforce of about 300, with a maximum of 10 full-time workers.
The plant would be called the GMRG Company.GM and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) would own the land and build the gravel train facility, the Michigan Business Journal reported.
The company’s plans to open the new facility, which would be a 1,000-acre gravel quarry, are in the works, the Detroit News reported.
A new mine in the area, a $25 million proposal for a gravel mill and a $10 million expansion of a plant that is currently operating in the Detroit suburb of Livonia have been the subject of criticism.
But, in a statement to The Associated Press, GM said it is committed to the region and is ready to work with the state in its plan to keep the gravel industry in the region.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.