Link Snacks, Inc., employs 850 people at its jerky factory in Alpena, population 286. That factory uses a lot of water, and the Environmental Protection Agency is tightening water quality regulations. To help Alpena meet those regulations and absorb increased discharges from the expansion Link Snacks wants to undertake, the company is investing $7.1 million to upgrade Alpena's wastewater treatment facility. They're also benefiting from a half-million-dollar federal Community Development Block Grant and a $1.5-million low-interest federal loan. And Link Snacks is still going to add 75 jobs in Alpena over the next five years.
These EPA regulations aren't killing jobs. They are helping maintain water quality and the general quality of life in Alpena, so if workers get sick of bombing down 37 from Huron every day, they can build a house in Alpena and enjoy a cool, non-toxic drink of water.
p.s.: Market-speak of the day comes from Rick Tebay, Link Snacks general manager:
The need is growing for beef jerky.... It’s growing by leaps and bounds [Rick Tebay, quoted by Anna Jauhola, "Big Growth in Little Alpena," Mitchell Daily Republic, 2012.11.23].