Sen. Schmidt reacts to governor’s State of the State address

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, issued the following statement Tuesday night after Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his 2017 State of the State address:

“Governor Snyder spoke tonight with a lot of optimism about our state and where it is going. As chairman of the Commerce Committee, I share his enthusiasm, particularly about the strength of the economy, business expansion and job growth.

“We have seen tremendous growth in key industries that drive our economy and employ our people. Agriculture and tourism, which are key to northern Michigan, as well as manufacturing, all continue to push Michigan forward, attracting talented workers and paying high wage jobs that all contribute to the economic turnaround.

“Infrastructure is one area that I am glad the governor discussed, and particularly that of upgrading the Soo Locks. Thousands of jobs and millions of dollars rely on this vital crossing and the time has long passed that it be upgraded.

“I also agree that we must continue our investment in future generations of Michiganders by improving education in our state, to empower parents and students with more choice and flexibility to better meet their needs and goals. We should also work to provide more opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math and the skilled trades to help students prepare for the jobs of tomorrow.

“In a wide ranging speech, the point is clear that Michigan is back and doing better, but there is work left to do. I look forward to the challenge and continuing the work of making our state the best place to be.”


Schmidt applauds MEDC action on forthcoming manufacturing facility in Antrim County

Senator Wayne Schmidt

Senator Wayne Schmidt

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt applauded recent action by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation that will aid in the construction of a planned, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Antrim County’s Warner Township.

EJ USA, Inc., known for its manhole covers and other iron works, through its affiliate East Jordan Foundry LLC, will construct the new facility. The plant will feature a high tech, more environmentally friendly molding line that will use fewer fossil fuels.

“This is great news for EJ USA, its employees and customers, and for the region’s economy,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “My thanks to the MEDC for supporting this project that will help support more than 400 jobs and generate $125 million in capital investment.”

Additionally, the company will take down an existing foundry near Lake Charlevoix to allow for redevelopment of the site.

The Michigan Strategic Fund approved a five-year Alternative State Essential Services Agreement valued at $408,535 that will support the project.