Until recently Humic Growth Solutions, an organic fertilizer company, was trucking its product from Alberta, Canada, to Jacksonville, Florida.
Now the company has a location in Shelby, which benefits both Shelby and Humic.
"They were moving a lot of waste material across the United States. Here we're going to further refine it, upgrade it, and then move it. It will provide what we believe is a considerable cost savings to the company," said Shelby Mayor Larry Bonderud.
The City of Shelby approached Humic about opening a plant there. But to make the deal happen, the city needed to make some infrastructure upgrades by putting in a waterline to serve the Humic plant. The water line will be funded by two grants.
"The EDA grant combined with the Block Grant is about a $1.1 million project," said Bonderud.
Bringing Humic to Shelby will provide about 40 jobs over the next five years. About 15 people have already been hired to work at the plant.
"People that have a good job with benefits are able to be great citizens in your community so we work hard every day thinking about ways to create jobs," said Bonderud.
And Bonderud says bringing in new companies and industries to the Shelby area creates job security.
"We're great believers in diversification so all our eggs aren't in one basket. The likelihood of a plant shutting down and affecting us dramatically isn't there," said Bonderud.
The waterline is expected to be completed in the spring of 2018. Mayor Bonderud says the water line will also serve some residences and the Devon water system so they have a better water supply.