Detroit tarp firm buys former Gary dealership
By Carole Carlson email@example.com/302-0949 August 21, 2014 3:50PM
Updated: September 23, 2014 6:17AM
GARY — A Detroit company that sells tarps for flatbed trucks is buying the former Tyson Ford dealership on Grant Street, south of Interstate 80/94.
The Redevelopment Commission approved the sale to Verduyn Tarps on Wednesday for $113,000.
Verduyn was the highest of two bidders for the 7.5-acre property at 3333 Grant St., acquired by the commission last year from Ford for $10. The commission initially attempted to lease the property but decided to sell it because of little interest from potential renters, said Joseph Van Dyk, director of the Redevelopment Department.
Van Dyk said Verduyn liked the location near truck stops and the interstate. He said the company had been scouting for a site across the Chicago area.
Lloyd Verduyn, who owns the company, said besides tarps, it also sells tarping systems and related equipment needed for flatbed trucking.
“Gary has the steel mills up along the lake so that attracts a lot of flatbeds,” Verduyn said.
Verduyn said he hopes to close soon on the property because it needs extensive renovations.
He plans to hire five to six local workers initially but could hire about 15 within a year.
Van Dyk said the money from the sale would go into the city’s general fund. No date has been set yet for the closing.