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CalStar Welcomes 17 New Jobs for 2nd Shift Expansion

CalStar Products added a second shift and 17 new jobs at its facility on 4-Mile Road.

CalStar Products has expanded, adding a second shift and 17 new jobs, bringing the total local workforce to 55, according to a press release from the company.

“Increasing interest in our products combined with the improving construction economy had begun to stretch delivery lead times beyond acceptable limits,” said Michael Telischak, vice president of manufacturing for CalStar, in the statement. “Adding a second shift has allowed us to accommodate that growth as well as further bolster our orders.”

Increased sales across the company's product lines - including springtime outdoor projects that include CalStar pavers - triggered the need for more personnel.

A spokesperson for the company confirmed the jobs were filled by the time the press release was distributed to media.

CalStar uses almost 40 percent recycled materials in their products and claims they cost 10 percent less than more traditional bricks and pavers.

Local representatives have been open about the company contracting with Walmart to supply bricks for a proposed store in Caledonia right next door if the development is approved by the village.

Tansandy May 23, 2013 at 10:39 AM
I wonder, did Calstar get the okay to do this from Mr. Tiederman, his lawyer, CRAP, and their LLC? Just make sure you go to the people that have the most influence on our board and our village. Do you have to kiss his ring also??
KEEP ON KEEPING ON May 23, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Tansandy. Please..you have to let go of this. Maybe you need to attack certain people. Maybe you feel in general community input and organizing is vile and should be banned. Maybe you can't wrap your head around the fact people can support growth and business and still feel THIS company (WM) and THIS location is inappropriate. Kudos to Calstar and their success. They have been great neighbors. I imagine this really has nothing to do with any possible relationship with WM-they didn't even show up for the workgroup meeting. And they have an opportunity to sell bricks to any development that would go there or anywhere (as obviously, they are successfully doing). This is not about influence alone. It's about the reality of what that area was intended for and rezoning and amendment criteria. No different than the same criteria used at last night's meeting. Or any rezoning or amendment application. It's about the impact of that size and style of building at that location. Do you not feel a company with more money that any LLC, an attorney present for them on a panel (CARP did not have that) had more opportunity for "influence"? Your statement reduces you voice to one that mimics a petulant child.
San May 23, 2013 at 02:27 PM
it would be better if we stuck to the ISSUES rather than attacking our neighbors personally. such attacks are corrosive to any community and are not helpful to the process. If anything they betray a lack of substance on the side doing the personal attacking, so they have nothing else but to try to run down and besmirch other people. it is a shame.
Tansandy May 23, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Don't get me wrong. I think it's great what CalStar is doing. But it just makes me chuckle when you think back not all that long ago, that the same NIMBY, and the sky is falling people tried to vilify CalStar, and keep them out of Caledonia because they would use approved and safe fly ash in their product. They tried to run them out of town. Now they are a great neighbor. It just took time to open some peoples eyes.

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