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MCT doubling size of Bernalillo plant

Signpost Staff

One of Bernalillo’s larger private employers is about to get bigger as it expands to accommodate new work for the U. S. military.

MCT Industries recently won approval from the Bernalillo Town Council for issuing $5 million dollars in industrial revenue bonds to pay for the expansion. Site preparation already is underway for the new eighty-thousand-square-foot building going up next to the existing seventy-thousand-square-foot plant on South Hill Road adjacent to Interstate 25.

Company officials signed the bond documents on April 22, MCT President Claudine Martinez said. “We’re very excited,” Martinez told the Signpost. “We’d like to give special thanks to the Town of Bernalillo and its staff and officials. They’ve been exceptional.”

MCT builds vehicle and specialty trailers in Bernalillo and already is producing a universal lift used in aircraft maintenance for the U. S. Air Force. The new contract is for producing an additional five types of maintenance platforms for the Air Force, Martinez said.

The company currently employs forty to 45 people and will add another twenty to forty people, depending on the new and potential contracts.

Martinez said MCT is part of a Lockheed Martin team, one of three competing to build the new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, a replacement for the Humvee. The competing vehicles are currently being tested, and if the Lockheed Martin model is chosen, MCT would build companion trailers, she said.

During the Bernalillo Town Council meeting where the bond issue was approved, councilors urged MCT to do as much local hiring as possible and to work with the public schools on encouraging the education and skills needed for the manufacturing jobs.

“MCT is an extraordinary success story,” Mayor Jack Torres said. “I encourage you to work with the schools to benefit the company and the community.”

The plant expansion is expected to be finished around January 1. While industrial revenue bonds are issued through the local government to provide tax incentives, the company, and not the town, are responsible for repaying the bonds.

Eastern Sandoval Citizens Association

—Chris Daul

ES-CA board members met with Timothy Parker, NM DOT Section Three Engineer, on April 7, to continue discussions about issues that have been raised, concerning the new I-25/Route 165/Route 550 interchange. ES-CA had sent a letter to Mr. Parker, dated March 26, 2014, wherein we listed the issues of continuing concern. These included:

  • The elimination of the acceleration lane for eastbound Route 165, exiting northbound I-25
  • The short merge lanes for the southbound entrance to I-25 from Route 165 westbound
  • Lane markings on the bridge
  • Difficulty in discerning the lane markings for the southbound I-25 exit onto Route 165 eastbound.
  • Heavy truck traffic from the frontage road north, during peak commuting hours

Mr. Parker stated that he will send the letter to an outside traffic engineer for an analysis and report. We should expect that report by June. In addition, Mr. Parker noted that the final paving will take place in May, along with final striping. The work will be done at night to minimize traffic delays.

The Fisher property, located south of Placitas along I-25, is still seeking to be annexed by the Town of Bernalillo and to conduct a limited mining operation with an end goal of commercial and light industrial development on the site. ES-CA officials have met with both Fisher representatives and Mayor Torres of Bernalillo to express our concerns about the mining. ES-CA officials will be meeting again with Mayor Torres and with Fisher representatives to work on a compromise that protects residents from future long-term mining operations.

On April 21, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham met with ES-CA Board members, Land Grant representatives, and various home owner association presidents to discuss issues of concern to Placitas residents. In particular, the issues of BLM land and Lafarge were discussed. Congresswoman Grisham stated that she would schedule a meeting with BLM to discuss the disposition of their land. She also noted that the Environmental Impact Statement should be issued within the next two months and the Plan would be issued sometime this winter or early next year. Although the LaFarge issue is not a Federal one, the Congresswoman said that she will work with Sandoval County to address the issues raised by Placitans.

ES-CA will hold a general meeting on August 2, at the Placitas Community Center, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. All ES-CA members and residents of the Placitas area are invited to attend. ES-CA will also be sponsoring a candidates’ forum on September 20 at the Community Center. We expect to have state and county candidates on hand to discuss the issues and answer questions. The next ES-CA board meeting is scheduled for May 5, at La Puerta Realty, beginning at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

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