by Nathan Warner, Contributing writer
The Zimmerman City Council heard from UMA Precision Machining Inc owner Tom McChesney Monday about his desire to build a new manufacturing plant in Zimmerman.
McChesney would relocate Orrock business and has submitted an application to the City of Zimmerman and Sherburne County for tax abatement.
McChesney told the council he hopes to break ground on a vacant lot in Zimmerman by August 24, if all the approvals come in. He believes it is a win-win for the city.
“I’ll be bringing 19 employees and looking to hire at least 10 more from the Zimmerman area,” McChesney said, adding that the city will have new tax revenues coming from a vibrant company on a once vacant lot.
He also vowed to be an active support to the Zimmerman community and said he’s already partnered with Zimmerman High School Principal Marco Voce to help create the skills that will create job-worthy graduates.
McChesney said for business reasons he’d rather build here in Zimmerman than in Orrock. “This is my home,” he added, “and I like it here.”
The Council will consider the tax abatement application at their Aug. 19 meeting, and Sherburne County will take it up at its Aug. 20 meeting.