Stella-Jones Corporation reaches out to WI State Legislators over costly bond issue

By KBJR News 1

April 4, 2014 Updated Apr 4, 2014 at 6:25 PM CDT

Superior, WI(NNCNOW.com)--- A Superior company is getting some help from Northland lawmakers for what they call a glitch in state law that requires them to get a costly bond to receive a solid waste permit.

The Stella-Jones Corporation moved its railroad tie grinding plant to Superior about a year and a half ago.

The company takes in railroad ties from all over the nation and grinds them into three inch chips.

The chips from the Superior facility are then sent to Minnesota Power or Xcel Energy in Ashland and burned for biomass fuel.

The plant is one of two Wisconsin companies owned by Stella-Jones, employing 93 people.

While the solid waste processing facility met all requirements to open the plants, including providing proof of financial assets to cover any necessary remedial actions when they eventually shut down, they are now required to purchase a separate bond to receive their solid waste permit.

Company officials have reached out and found support from Northland lawmakers.

"Late 2012 is when we moved over here, and they've been working at it ever since then. It's awesome. It's really good for us. It's gonna be a really good thing, financially it helps us out, our plant, a lot, it's very, very, appreciated what they've done and are doing for us," said Jeffery Brantley, Superior Plant division Manager.

Wisconsin State Senator Bob Jauch, and Representatives Nick Milroy and Janet Bewley will be at the plant on Monday to show their support for the company and discuss legislation to reduce costs.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnatI@kbjr.com