Cass City to receive dairy manufacturing plant, add 25 jobs

Cass City to receive dairy manufacturing plant, add 25 jobs

LANSING— Dairy Farmers of America,a national milk marketing cooperative, plans to build and equip a new dairy manufacturing plant at a site in the Village of Cass City, investing $40 million and creating 25 jobs, said state Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville.

As a result, the company has been awarded a $500,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant and $300,000 from the Michigan Development Economic Corporation funds. 

In 2011, Green sponsored Public Act 22 which amended the Michigan Strategic Fund Act and expand the definition of “Competitive Edge Technology” to include information and agricultural processing technology. The measure also adds a significant “catch-all” provision to include any other innovative technology. Without this legislation, Cass City could not have been awarded this grant.

 “Cass City is home to some of the hardest-working people I know, and this is great news for the community,” said Green, R-Mayville. “I would like to thank the Dairy Farmers of America for selecting Cass City for the plant, and I look forward to working with them in the future.”

Once fully functional, the facility will be able to process up to 3 million pounds of milk per day.

“Ground has already been broken project and I look forward to when they are up and running and can’t wait to see what future expansions come from this project,” added Green.

The Cass City wastewater treatment facility also received a $1 million grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund that will allow for necessary upgrades so the plant can fully function. 

Green: Home Heating Credit application deadline quickly approaching

LANSING—Residents who qualify for Michigan’s Home Heating Credit have less than two weeks left to apply for assistance, said state Sen. Mike Green.

The deadline to apply for the credit is Monday, Sept. 30.

“Michigan’s cold winter is only a few short months away,” said Green, R-Mayville. “If you need help heating your home and are eligible for the credit, I encourage you to apply before the deadline so you can keep your family safe and warm this winter.”

According to the Michigan Public Service Commission, eligible individuals must maintain their homestead in Michigan, must own or rent the home in which they live, and for the standard allowance, their income must fall with certain limits.

For example, a single person must have an annual income of $11,929 or less to qualify. The income limit increases $4,114 for each additional exemption. Special exemptions are available for individuals who are deaf, blind, disabled or over the age of 65.

Designed to help low-income Michigan families with the cost of heating their homes, the Home Heating Credit is federally funded through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

For the application form, visit the Michigan Department of Treasury website at: www.michigan.gov/taxes, or call 517-636-4486.

For the application form and additional information about the Energy Assistance Programs website at: http://www.michigan.gov/heatingassistance.

 

Green announces September office hours in Essexville

LANSING—Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, announced that September office hours have been scheduled for the 31st Senate District.

District office hours provide residents with the opportunity to meet with the senator or a member of his staff to address issues related to state government. No appointment is necessary.

The next scheduled meeting hours will be on Monday, Sept 16 at Essexville City Hall, 1107 Woodside Ave, Essexville, from 11 a.m. – 1p.m.

For more information or to contact Green, please visit www.statesenatormikegreen.com or call toll-free at 1-866-305-2131. The 31st Senate District includes the counties of Arenac, Bay, Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola.