Alpena County expecting to see new road and 15 new jobs


By next summer, Alpena County expects to see one new road, two new businesses and 15 new jobs.

The county has received a state grant to construct a road that will serve the limestone company and the microbrewery. The $300,000 matching grant comes from the Department of Transportation. The cost of the total project is $710,290.

Austin Brother Beer Co. will be investing $1.1 million to renovate a vacant building and create the brewery. 11 full-time positions will be created as a result.

Specification Stone Products in Alpena will utilize the road to expand and add four full-time positions to their company.

The road is set to be constructed between Johnson Street and Long Lake Avenue.

James Lake is a spokesman for MDOT.

“This is a brand new road, but it will be a public road so it will benefit any travelers in that area and any business in that area that wanna use that route.”

Lake said new jobs are an added bonus to the new infrastructure.

“Well as everybody knows jobs are important to any community, and 15 new jobs in the Alpena area are significant.”

Lake said the road and businesses are slated to open by next summer.

The road and businesses are slated to open by next summer.