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18
Apr

Snyder: International Company to Invest $15.3 Million for Orion Township Expansion

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder yesterday announced that Fuyao Automotive North America will invest $15.3 million to expand its operations in Oakland County’s Orion Township, a project that will result in approximately 102 new full-time jobs.

Snyder first discussed Michigan’s advantages as an expansion location with company leadership in Shanghai, China during an investment mission in 2012.

“Fuyao’s expansion in Michigan tells global companies that our state holds great opportunities for growing their business,” Snyder said. “Michigan leads the country in the creation of new manufacturing jobs, and the jobs resulting from Fuyao’s growth will keep us moving in the right direction.”

Fuyao Automotive North America Inc., established in June 2008, provides warehousing, assembly, repackaging, inspection, program management, engineering design and sales support services of automotive glass to North American automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The company is a subsidiary of Fuyao Glass Industry Group, an international manufacturer of automotive glass.

Fuyao plans to expand its Orion Township operations by adding equipment to manufacture auto glass assembly parts. The project’s investment and jobs will result in a $1 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund. Michigan was chosen over competing sites in Ohio, Alabama and Georgia. Orion Township plans to offer support for the project in the form of a Public Act 198 property tax abatement.

Job seekers interested in employment opportunities with Fuyao can send resumes to office@fuyaousa.com​.

“Michigan is the undeniable capital state of the automotive industry in North America. Fuyao Automotive North America Inc. has employed more than 100 people in Orion Township since its beginning in 2008,” said Fuyao Automotive North America President Chris Feng. “I am confident that the dedicated workforce, OEM network, wide range supply base and pro-business environment provided by the state of Michigan will support Fuyao’s further growth in Michigan and in the USA.”

Snyder met with Fuyao executives during his trade mission to China in September 2012, when he and a Michigan delegation visited China to focus on strengthening relationships and developing pathways for increasing Michigan exports to the country.

“Governor Snyder’s meeting with Fuyao executives in China demonstrated our commitment to helping companies expand their auto presence and delivered the message that there is no better place in North America for Chinese companies to expand than in Michigan,” said Michigan Economic Development Corp. President and CEO Michael A. Finney. “The expansion of Fuyao’s operations in the Charter Township of Orion will further strengthen the company’s Michigan presence and provide additional high paying jobs for years to come.”

Michigan residents interested in seeking employment with any of Michigan’s growing companies should check mitalent.org, where more than 70,000 jobs are currently available in a variety of industries.

18
Apr

Latest SOSS Results: Governor, President, Congressional Approval

HOUGHTON, MICHIGAN -

WHO: Charles Ballard, professor of economics and director of MSU’s State of the State Survey, and Douglas B. Roberts, Ph.D., director of MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, will be available to talk about the latest approval ratings for the governor, president and Congress.

WHERE: IPPSR Conference Room, Room 313, third floor at Berkey Hall on the MSU Campus, 509 E. Circle Dr., East Lansing.

WHEN: Friday, April 18, 2014. 9 a.m.

SOSS is a quarterly telephone survey sponsored by IPPSR, an institute of the College of Social Science at Michigan State University. SOSS routinely taps Michigan’s public opinion on the state of the state’s economy, elected leadership and most pressing public issues.

IPPSR, a unit of MSU’s College of Social Science, specializes in public policy, leadership, and survey research.

As part of its educational mission, SOSS makes its results available online for public analysis. SOSS’ Director and analysts are available for consultation and assistance with research projects.

For more information, contact Cynthia Kyle, IPPSR, at 517-353-1731 or kylec@msu.edu.

18
Apr

Dianda Introduces Legislation to Aid U.P. Communities in Crisis

LANSING – State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) introduced House Bill 5458 today to provide much-needed financial assistance to Upper Peninsula communities struggling with the frozen water lines crisis. Due to the extreme cold weather this winter and into the spring, thousands of U.P. residents are on “let run” orders to keep pipes from freezing and bursting, and local municipalities are being forced to cover numerous unforeseen expenses stemming from the deep frost. Dianda’s bill would designate $10 million in grants to communities in counties that have issued local states of emergency.

“To thaw pipes, local municipalities have gone well over budget hiring contractors to open problem spots with welding equipment. I am so very concerned about fire protection in the Upper Peninsula. If we have frozen fire hydrants, then public safety is at risk,” said Dianda. “As state government officials, it is our duty to help these struggling communities. We need to get them financial resources or they are going to go into the red.”

Despite the “let run” orders, many U.P. residents are without water, or receiving their water through garden hoses running from nearby buildings. Because of the freeze-thaw cycle, water mains are bursting at very high rates, a trend that is projected to continue through the spring. To help with the crisis, Gov. Rick Snyder today declared a state of emergency in Marquette County. This declaration primarily opens the door for the state to send people and equipment to the county. Additionally, several U.P. counties declared a local state of emergency, but did not seek a governor’s declaration.

“I applaud the U.P.’s local municipalities for going above and beyond the call of duty to keep their residents safe. These communities have done everything they can to keep water running, and have gone far over their budgets in the process,” said Dianda. “This bill would give back to those communities to ensure they have enough money to continue operating once this problem has passed.”

17
Apr

Levin, Wyden, McCain Release GAO Preliminary Report on Scant IRS Audit Coverage of Large Partnerships

By webmaster@Levin.senate.gov

Read more here: Levin, Wyden, McCain Release GAO Preliminary Report on Scant IRS Audit Coverage of Large Partnerships

17
Apr

Senators Stabenow, Levin announce support to enhance Battle Creek Fire Department’s Operations and Safety

By webmaster@Levin.senate.gov

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17
Apr

Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Support to Enhance Battle Creek Fire Department’s Operations and Safety

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for the Battle Creek Fire Department. The grant comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.
Senator Stabenow said, ‘Across Michigan, our firefighters provide courageous service to communities like Battle Creek. This support makes sure they have the resources they need to perform their duties safely and protect the public.’
Senator Levin said, ‘Battle Creek firefighters stand ready to protect lives and property in their community 24/7. This grant will support the firefighters and EMS personnel of Battle Creek Fire Department and help them in their vital mission of keeping their community safe.’
The department will receive a $74,648 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters grant program.
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program is a part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These competitive grants will help fund professional training programs, update equipment and facilities, and provide new supplies to help first-responders handle hazards efficiently and effectively. More information about the grant can be found at http://www.fema.gov/welcome-assistance-firefighters-grant-program.

Read more here: Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Support to Enhance Battle Creek Fire Department’s Operations and Safety

17
Apr

NASA Administrator and Senior Leaders to Outline NASA’s “Path to Mars”

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will outline NASA’s human exploration path to Mars during a keynote address at the Humans to Mars Summit 2014 at 9 a.m. ET, Tuesday, April 22. The conference, sponsored by Explore Mars, will be held April 22-24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lisner and Betts Auditoriums at George Washington University in Washington and will be carried live on NASA TV.

Read more here: NASA Administrator and Senior Leaders to Outline NASA’s “Path to Mars”

17
Apr

NASA’s Kepler Telescope Discovers First Earth-Size Planet in ‘Habitable Zone’

Using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the “habitable zone” — the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun.

Read more here: NASA’s Kepler Telescope Discovers First Earth-Size Planet in ‘Habitable Zone’

17
Apr

NASA Sets Preview Briefing, TV Schedule for Space Station Spacewalk

Two NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station will conduct a spacewalk in the coming week to replace a failed backup computer relay system on the space station’s truss. The activity, designated U.S. EVA 26, will be broadcast live on NASA Television and previewed in a briefing at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston at 9:30 a.m. EDT Friday, April 18.

Read more here: NASA Sets Preview Briefing, TV Schedule for Space Station Spacewalk

17
Apr

Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support for Michigan Fruit, Vegetable and Nursery Producers

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced the availability of over $1.9 million to support fruit, vegetable, and nursery producers. The funding, which comes through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, is a direct result of the 2014 Farm Bill’s significant investment in healthy, locally grown food. President Obama signed Sen. Stabenow’s 2014 Farm Bill at Michigan State University in February.
Chairwoman Stabenow said: ‘The 2014 Farm Bill makes an unprecedented investment in fruits and vegetables and gives Michigan families better access to local and healthy food options, which will be a boost to our economy. Today’s announcement provides Michigan growers with the tools they need to more effectively sell their products at local and regional farmers’ markets, protect their crops from pests and disease, and develop better production practices.’
In 2008, Senator Stabenow authored the first ever fruits and vegetables section of a Farm Bill to provide support for so-called ‘specialty crops’ which includes fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, nursery products and floriculture. These crops are critical to the state’s economy as Michigan leads the nation in producing a wider diversity of crops than any state other than California. Prior to 2008, farm bills focused largely on traditional commodity crops but had no section dedicated to fruits and vegetables. The 2014 Farm Bill strengthens support for specialty crops and makes major investments in organic crops and local and regional food systems. For more information, click here.
Specialty crop block grants are allocated to U.S. States and territories based on a formula of specialty crop acreage and value. The deadline to submit applications to Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for this funding was April 11.

Read more here: Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support for Michigan Fruit, Vegetable and Nursery Producers