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firm striving to reopen

Tuesday, October 09, 2018 14:03 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

A manufacturing company in Michigan City has been shutdown for not complying with numerous alleged safety violations.

Calumet Pallet at 4333 Ohio St. had its utilities turned off by the city.

Since that happened October 1, Michigan City fire marshal Kyle Kazmierczak said things like the sprinkler and fire alarm systems were brought into compliance.

An overabundance of pallets inside and outside the facility are among the numerous other violations that still need correcting before the utilities get turned back on, Kazmierczak said.

In December, the violations were cited as factors by the city council in revoking the company's 10-year tax abatement on a $2.7 million investment at its 93,000 square foot building.

In February, Kazmierczak said the company kept operating despite served with a cease and desist order from the city.

''It wasn't because of us. It was because of him we executed our right to shut his utilities down,'' Kazmierczak said.

Calumet Pallet relocated from Hammond in 2013.

About 40 people are employed at the company which repairs old pallets and recycles pallets into mulch, animal bedding and other products, officials said
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