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Calumet Pallet

Michigan City Fire Marshal Kyle Kazmierczak ordered utility service cut-off earlier this month at Calumet Pallet.

MICHIGAN CITY — A manufacturing company in Michigan City has been shutdown for not complying with numerous alleged safety violations.

Calumet Pallet at 4333 Ohio St. had its utilities turned off by the city Oct. 1.

Michigan City Fire Marshal Kyle Kazmierczak said the sprinkler and fire alarm systems have been brought into compliance, but an overabundance of pallets inside and outside the facility is among numerous other violations that still need correcting before the utilities get turned back on.

In December, the violations were cited as factors by the City Council in revoking a 10-year tax abatement on the $2.7 million investment at the company's 93,000-square-foot building.

In February, Kazmierczak said the company kept operating despite having been served with a cease-and-desist order from the city.

"It wasn’t because of us. It was because of him we executed our right to shut his utilities down,’’ Kazmierczak said.

Calumet Pallet relocated from Hammond in 2013.

About 40 people are employed at the company, which repairs old pallets and recycles pallets into mulch, animal bedding and other products.

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