Speedrack Products Group, Ltd. Purchase of 42 Cole Street, Quincy, Michigan


Speedrack Products Group, Ltd.
Quincy, Michigan


Speedrack Products Group, Ltd. (Speedrack) manufactures pallet rack and related systems including selective rack, cantilever rack, drive-in/drive-through rack, and reverse gravity flow systems. Speedrack wanted to relocate, consolidate, and automate certain operations to Quincy, Michigan, in order to expand their production capability.

In July 2002, Speedrack and affiliated entities purchased approximately 110 acres of land. A former window and door manufacturing plant and associated improvements occupied approximately 10 acres of the parcel. The former manufacturing plant facility was over 330,000 square feet. Past operations at the plant caused significant soil and groundwater contamination at this facility.


R&W evaluated previous environmental reports, performed a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA), assisted in negotiations with the seller, and conducted asbestos inspection and sampling. These tasks developed into a Phase II ESA consisting of multiple rounds of soil and groundwater sampling and analyses. R&W compiled this work along with plans for future use into a Category ‘S' Michigan Baseline Environmental Assessment (BEA) for Speedrack.

After Speedrack's purchase of the 42 Cole Street facility, R&W was retained by the Village of Quincy to perform consulting services for a Brownfield Redevelopment Grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).

Several tasks were completed to assist Speedrack in the redevelopment of the 42 Cole Street facility which included the following:

  • Additional site characterization to establish baseline concentrations of metals and to assess soil and groundwater contamination
  • Selection, bidding, and installation of a floor-coating system to resist solvent vapors and production products
  • Design, bidding, and installation of a cap able to resist solvent vapors and support fully-loaded steel delivery trucks
  • Removal of PCB-containing transformers
  • Demolition of selected structures
  • Modifications of storm water drainage to improve the effectiveness of the cap
  • Coordination of environmental issues with building renovation and equipment installation
  • Wastewater treatment

Project Schedule/Cost

The project required extraordinary coordination between Speedrack, the Village of Quincy, and other parties due to Speedrack's compressed schedule. The total project cost for this site redevelopment exceeded $13 million, of which environmental costs were approximately $1.4 million.