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IKO PLant on West Elm
« on: July 28, 2015, 07:34:03 PM »

Anyone know what's going on at the old plant on Elm? Thought it was closed, came by there the other day and there must have been a dozen semi's in there, saw one waiting with doors open trailer was empty so they must be picking up.
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Re: IKO PLant on West Elm
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2015, 11:30:56 AM »

Anyone know what's going on at the old plant on Elm? Thought it was closed, came by there the other day and there must have been a dozen semi's in there, saw one waiting with doors open trailer was empty so they must be picking up.

Roger Homrich bought at least part of it a few years ago.  Seems like they're just using it for warehousing space.  Sounds like that might fit with what you were seeing.
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Re: IKO PLant on West Elm
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2015, 01:01:27 PM »

I noticed activity over there as well and thought it looks like warehousing.   There's often trucks there, but not many cars if any so there isn't any manufacturing go on.   There's a Haynes sign up too, so it looks like he'd gladly sell or lease it if he could find someone who wanted it.    The northern end of the property is a pretty big mess and parts are very overgrown.
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Re: IKO PLant on West Elm
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2015, 07:26:39 AM »

I noticed activity over there as well and thought it looks like warehousing.   There's often trucks there, but not many cars if any so there isn't any manufacturing go on.   There's a Haynes sign up too, so it looks like he'd gladly sell or lease it if he could find someone who wanted it.    The northern end of the property is a pretty big mess and parts are very overgrown.



Here's the cpix listing on the property.  Only being offered for lease at this point.

http://www.cpix.net/listing/9697821/1151-W-ELM-AVE-Monroe-MI-48162-2801


I don't know about any manufacturing currently going on there but 6-7-8 years ago (they start to run together so not sure exactly) Loretta Flour Milling (they bought the former Amendt Milling on E Front street) expanded over to the building.

They still show up on the assessor's website as having personal property at that address although there can be a time lag with that.
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Re: IKO PLant on West Elm
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2015, 08:16:02 AM »

I remember when the neighbors whined and IKO moved out.  Whining seems to be a popular pastime in and around this area.
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Re: IKO PLant on West Elm
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2015, 09:46:09 AM »

When I first moved to town I was about 7 blocks West of that operation and on those rare days when the wind was out of the East I didn't have to look at a flag to see what direction it was blowing from.  Terrible Sulfur odor.....I always felt bad for those poor folks that lived right up next to it. 

Was never sure which came first, the purchase of those homes or the smell coming out of that plant.
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Re: IKO PLant on West Elm
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2015, 12:20:14 PM »

When I first moved to town I was about 7 blocks West of that operation and on those rare days when the wind was out of the East I didn't have to look at a flag to see what direction it was blowing from.  Terrible Sulfur odor.....I always felt bad for those poor folks that lived right up next to it. 

Was never sure which came first, the purchase of those homes or the smell coming out of that plant.


Here's a 'time line' of events at that plant from an article in the MonroeNews:

http://www.monroenews.com/news/2011/apr/17/paper-mills-a-monroe-way-of-life-part-1-timelines/

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July, 1997 â€" IKO Manufacturing Inc., a roofing products maker, buys the recently closed Jefferson Smurfit west side mill.



I'm guessing there may have been some strange odors back when it was a paper and packaging plant but I don't recall the uproar until IKO started production in the building.  The time line mentions that when the plant originally was put there the field to the west (where all the homes are now) was a vacant field.
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Re: IKO PLant on West Elm
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2015, 02:27:00 PM »

Thanks, that was interesting.

I lived in the City back when all the complaints were brought to Council.  Entertaining to say the least.
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Re: IKO PLant on West Elm
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2015, 09:35:42 PM »

Always interesting when you see people drive a business out of town...   

Kind of like Bedford driving Whitman Ford out.  I'm sure there are other examples
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Re: IKO PLant on West Elm
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2015, 09:50:57 PM »

Always interesting when you see people drive a business out of town...   

Kind of like Bedford driving Whitman Ford out.  I'm sure there are other examples
IKO made defective roofing shingles
http://gotaclassaction.com/iko-manufacturing-named-in-class-action-lawsuit-over-defective-shingles/
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Re: IKO PLant on West Elm
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2015, 10:00:43 PM »

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Re: IKO PLant on West Elm
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2015, 08:18:52 AM »

So did Certainteed:  http://www.certainteedshinglesettlement.com/
And GAF: http://www.roofsettlement.com/
And there's a case out there for Owens Corning too but they might get out of it due to the timing of their asbestos-related bankruptcy.

But at least those are made in someone else's back yard.
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Re: IKO PLant on West Elm
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2015, 08:46:35 AM »

So did Certainteed:  http://www.certainteedshinglesettlement.com/
And GAF: http://www.roofsettlement.com/
And there's a case out there for Owens Corning too but they might get out of it due to the timing of their asbestos-related bankruptcy.

But at least those are made in someone else's back yard.


Thats the key phrase...'Someone else's back yard'   All roofing plants stink, it's the nature of the business.  Drive out the Ohio Turnpike east past the Route 250 exit and take a whiff.  The Certainteed plant on the north side of the pike stinks too.

No one wants any detractions in their backyard so they run out the industry and then complain of unemployment and lost wages.....  Go figure, a nation of whiners.  I rest my case.
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Re: IKO PLant on West Elm
« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2015, 09:46:18 AM »

I can certainly understand not wanting that smell in my front or backyard all the time.  I hate to see job loss too, but a manufacturing process that puts out that odor right in the center of a town would be outright disturbing and deserve complaints. 
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« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2015, 10:24:58 AM »


No one wants any detractions in their backyard so they run out the industry and then complain of unemployment and lost wages.....  Go figure, a nation of whiners.  I rest my case.

So you’re in favor of the brine injection wells out in your area now?
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