State Rep. Ben Frederick, R-Owosso, issued the following statement after Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2017 State of the State address:
“Gov. Snyder’s address illustrated how far Michigan’s economy has come in the past six years, but he also recognized the need to keep moving forward to improve the quality of life for Michigan families who are still struggling.
“I was particularly pleased to hear Gov. Snyder touch on one of my top priorities – increasing our focus on vocational training. It’s critically important that we’re giving our young people every opportunity to succeed in the workforce and earn a decent living. Thousands of high-paying trade jobs are available but Michigan companies are struggling to find workers with the skills to fill them. Career and technical education programs provide students with training to succeed at those jobs.
“The Mid-Michigan area has much to be proud of, and Gov. Snyder has taken notice. I was thrilled to hear 2nd Chance Wood’s expansion project in Durand highlighted during his address as one of our state’s success stories. This small, family-owned business has grown rapidly over the past five years, going from a small facility in Corunna to a larger operation in Vernon Township, and now constructing a 50,000-square-foot building in Durand with plans to add more than 50 skilled jobs over the next three years. 2nd Chance Wood certainly deserves the recognition, and I’m eager to help as I can as they continue to grow in our community.”