Dexter Axle Adding Jobs in Albion

October 29th, 2014

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Dexter Axle to bring 100 jobs to Albion

Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 11:00 pm | Updated: 6:14 am, Wed Oct 29, 2014.

By Bob Braley

ALBION — The Albion Town Council took a step Tuesday to help Dexter Axle add at least 100 new jobs.

Dexter plans to add 150-170 new parking spaces at its complex in Albion’s east industrial park in order to accommodate new jobs, said Josh Rosenogle of Dexter, adding, “We’re looking at 100 to 200 new employees starting after the first of the year.”

Most of Dexter’s proposed parking was off-street parking along South Seventh Street and South Park Drive, as well as an expansion of its existing lot. But some spaces would be in the town’s parking lot at 1140 S. Park Drive, the former town street shop.

The new jobs would be permanent, said Jake Fillenwarth of Dexter. It’s part of a pattern, he said, adding, “Over the last five years, we’ve consistently been growing 10 to 15 percent per year.”

The parking will be concentrated on the west side of Dexter’s complex, where most of the work for the new jobs will be, Rosenogle said.

The town’s former street shop would still be accessible for a SWAT vehicle stored there. The council voted 5-0 to lease the land to Dexter for 24 months, with improvements to the lot being the cost of the lease, and the lease to be evaluated after two years.

A fire hydrant on the property also will need to be moved as part of the proposal. Fillenwarth said that would be at Dexter’s expense.