FLINT TWP. — Nationally distributed Jonny Almond Nut Company is headquartered here at G-4254 Fenton Rd. and township officials want to keep it that way.
Earlier this year the township board gave the growing nut business permission to expand. After adding 2,000 square-feet to the existing 3,000 square feet in 2012 to provide room for the corporate office and more production room, company officials announced plans to add another 2,500 to 3,000 at the back and southwest corner of the building. The recent expansion required land acquisition behind the building. With Fenton Road frontage and a corner lot, there is no place else to go.
Now the company has determined that the expansion will cover a sewer line and a consent agreement was sought to build a permanent structure over an easement.
The township board unanimously granted the request at its Dec. 15 meeting.
“When they went to do the change, they realized there was a sewer line under part of where they are trying to expand,’’ said Tracey Tucker, township building director. “The way the lot is formatted, there is no other way to go except the way they are going.”
Jonny Almond builders will install a public slip line to make the sewer easily accessible and the Genesee County Drain Commission also has agreed to the easement, Tucker said. The township received a hold-harmless stipulation so that if something goes wrong down there or is damaged, Jonny Almond would be required to pay for it. Sewer lines in that area are more than 40 years old, Tucker said.
The township is working with Jonny Almond to facilitate its expansion plans as much as possible.
“We have them here and are glad to have them and hope they stay,’’ Tucker said.
A Jonny Almond official said in a previous report that they looked around for someplace else to move before deciding to stay put and expand.
Jonny Almond started in 1993 with mall booths in Michigan before transitioning to a wholesale business in the early 2000’s. Their cinnamon roasted almonds are now sold in stores nationwide.
Tucker said the expanding company recently obtained new contracts with 7-11 and Kroger stores.
Jonny Almond has obtained abandonment of the alley behind its building and is ready to begin construction, Tucker said. The township owns the pipeline located under the 16-foot alley.