Detroit’s Marine Pollution Control Opens West Michigan Facility


Marine Pollution Control, a Detroit-based oil spill cleanup company that works all over the world, has expanded with the addition of an office in Holland.

The new office, located at 11320 E. Lakewood Blvd. in Holland, offers services such as emergency response for oil and hazardous materials releases along with mercury and PCB decontamination. The company also offers industrial services, including tank cleaning, waste hauling, lab packing, asbestos inspections, and compliance services.

“We expect our new location to allow us to better serve our current and prospective west Michigan customers,” says Charlie Usher, president of Marine Pollution Control.

Usher says the company already has working relationships with environmental contractors in the region and a project manager based in Wayland, a city 30 miles southeast of Holland. He says the company is in the process of hiring staff for the new facility, and plans to hire more employees and add additional equipment based on its west Michigan customers’ needs.

Marine Pollution Control, founded in Detroit in 1967 by David Usher, was one of the first spill cleanup companies in the Great Lakes region. The company has helped with various pollution incidents including transferring more than 40 million gallons of oil from the Exxon Valdez in Alaska in 1989, and providing oil-recovery services for the crude carrier Amoco Cadiz when it broke and sank in France in 1978.