PLM set to open this month

EVART — A new business focused on environmental management will soon be up and running in Evart.

PLM Lake and Land Management, located in the Evart Air Industrial Park, will offer a variety of services including lake and pond surveys, vegetation mapping, invasive species management plans, water quality testing, fish assessments and much more.

The company is building a 5,200 square foot structure that will house office space and provide equipment maintenance operations for the fleet of vehicles being used to service lakes, ponds and streams in the northwest part of Michigan. The PLM team plans to hire up to six employees to work out of the new facility, two technicians and up to four summer field assistants.

“Locating in Evart has put PLM in the heart of the northern division and located us much closer to our customers and lakes we serve,” said Northern lakes Manager Breanne Grabill. “This should allow us to further expand our company and save travel time allowing us to continue to focus on customer service and aquatic plant management.”

PLM has facilities in Minnesota, and North and South Carolina as well as another facility in Michigan near Grand Rapids.

At the ground-breaking ceremony in December, State Representative Joel Johnson, R-Clare, of District 97, said he was excited about PLM’s move to the community.

“This move helps everyone in our extended community,” he said. “It supplies more jobs and creates opportunities for helping control invasive species in our lakes and streams.”

Grabill has relocated to the area along with her husband, land operations manager Dustin Grabill, and lead northern applicator Mitch Hiler. The team is currently in the process of hiring for the six positions and may hire more full-time staff in the future as the business grows.

“We are currently interviewing and are looking for field technicians to become trained and certified to work on lakes throughout northern Michigan, as well as in our terrestrial division,” Breanne Grabill said.

Applicants for the field technician positions should have a bachelors degree in a related field. A scientific or aquatic background is ideal and individuals should be physically able to work on boats and lift 50 pounds.

Those interested in a position as a summer field assistant should also be able to work on boats and lift 50 pounds. Experience with the aquatic industry is not required and the jobs include the possibility to be promoted within the company.

“The full-time field assistant summer positions are ideal for graduating seniors or young adults who like the outdoors,” Grabill said.

PLM currently serves Miramichi Lake Association, Big Lake Association, Negaunee Lake Association as well as the Rose Lake Association, as well as many other nearby lakes and ponds and anticipates many new customers.

“Being more local to potential customers was one of our top reasons to locate in this area,” said Grabill.

Area leaders are thrilled about the opening of the new business.

“This will be a wonderful asset to our community because we’re known for our fishing along the Muskegon River,” said Evart Chamber of Commerce president Connie Douglass. “We’re very happy to have them choose our community.”

Douglass said she expects the new business to draw others to the area as well.

The company moved to Evart after the Local Development Finance Authority contracted with Michigan Solutions Group to help in developing business growth in the area. PLM plans to remain in Evart for the long run.

“Growth and expansion is our goal in the future,” Grabill said.

To contact PLM call 1 (800) 382-4434.