The concept of NIMBY (not in my backyard) seems to be at play in some upcoming manufacturing projects.
The pushback involves major projects such as vehicle battery plants planned for Big Rapids, Mich., and Marshall, Mich. — a venture involving Ford Motor Co. that would employ 2,500 — have led to backlash from some residents trying to block the projects.
In Marshall, 800 people signed a petition trying to stop the Ford site, although community leaders rejected the petition, as Reuters reports.
But anti-manufacturing moves are also impacting far smaller projects.
In New York, the environmental group Beyond Plastics is calling for community leaders in Lockport to lock out a company that plans to open a thermoforming and injection molding plant.
SRI CV Plastics Inc., based in Perundurai, India, has proposed building a 13,870-square-foot factory on land that it would purchase from the Lockport Industrial Development Agency. It would employ 20 people.
Beyond Plastics has pointed to the derailment and fire in East Palestine, Ohio, that led to the release of vinyl chloride monomer, a PVC feedstock, as an example of what can go wrong with plastics production.
But Varunkumar Velumani, the head of SRI, told PN Editor Don Loepp in a statement that the company would make only finished products, not resin. Local production adds jobs to communities and shortens supply chains, which reduces the environmental footprint.
A hearing on the Lockport project is set for July 13.