Tuscola County receives grant to improve local roads

LANSING—Tuscola County has been selected as one of four Michigan counties that will receive state transportation economic development grants that will support the creation or retention of 563 jobs, reported state Sen. Mike Green.

“This is wonderful news for Michigan and yet another sign that our state is continuing to make progress,” said Green, R-Mayville. “I would like to thank everyone that was involved in the process was for selecting Tuscola County.”

The grants will be used to resurface Doerr Road from Division Street to M-81. Additionally, the intersection of Doerr Road and M-81 will be widened to accommodate an increase in truck traffic.

In September, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), leading milk marketing cooperative announced plans to build a new processing plant in Cass City. DFA services nearly 13,000 members throughout the country, and processes dairy foods with investments in established, well-known brands such as Borden Cheese.

DFA is investing $40 million in a new 33,000-square-foot processing plant in Cass City that will be able to process 3 million pounds of fresh milk each day, supplied by DFA member farms located in Michigan’s Thumb area. The plant will be located in the Cass City Industrial Park located off of Doerr Road. 

“The roads in this area are already deteriorating and the increased traffic will only accelerate the problem,” Green said. “These grants will ensure continued access for trucks and other vehicles while allowing this job creating project to be a resounding success.”