The web Browser you are currently using is unsupported, and some features of this site may not work as intended. Please update to a modern browser such as Chrome, Firefox or Edge to experience all features Michigan.gov has to offer.
Whitmer Attends Community Events and Tours Businesses in Cadillac and Reed City
April 22, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2022
Gov. Whitmer Attends Community Events and Tours Businesses in Cadillac and Reed City
LANSING, Mich. – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer attended the opening of a new trailhead, the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce’s Governor’s Breakfast, and toured RexAir and Yoplait in Wexford and Oscela Counties. The Governor is focused on growing Michigan’s economy, investing in every region of the state, and ensuring small businesses can thrive.
“Today, I had the privilege of spending time in Cadillac and Reed City,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “I opened a new trailhead, spoke to the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce, and toured the RexAir manufacturing facility and the General Mills-Yoplait plant. There is energy and innovation in every Michigan county, and I am staying focused on growing Michigan’s economy, creating good-paying jobs, and delivering on the kitchen-table issues that matter most to families so every region can thrive. I am so grateful to both communities for welcoming me today. Let’s keep working together to get things done.”
Tour of Rexair, LLC
Governor Whitmer toured Rexair, LLC in Cadillac to learn more about their business operations and to thank them for their continued commitment to and investment in Michigan. Rexair LLC is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, and since 1936, has developed and manufactured innovative products designed to improve indoor environments. Rexair has manufactured the Rainbow Cleaning System solely in Cadillac since 1969 in their state-of-the-art manufacturing and technology center.
Ribbon Cutting: Trailhead Designation
Later, Governor Whitmer participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony for Cadillac’s newest trailhead. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently designated the City of Cadillac as a Pure Michigan Trail Town, a title given to communities with sizeable trail systems, community support, and tourism and recreation businesses.
Governor Whitmer recently signed the Building Michigan Together Plan, which invests $450 million in Michigan’s state and local park systems, the largest investment in parks in Michigan history. Investments in public land and parks generate $4 in local economic development for every $1 invested, so this record investment will have a $1.8 billion economic impact on communities across Michigan.
45th Annual Governor’s Breakfast in Cadillac
Governor Whitmer attended the 45th Annual Governor’s Breakfast hosted by the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce and delivered the keynote address. Governor Whitmer highlighted her continued efforts to support communities like Cadillac and invest in every region of Michigan.
General Mills-Yoplait Plant Tour
Governor Whitmer toured a General Mills-Yoplait plant in Osceola County to thank them for their long-term commitment to the State of Michigan. In 2019, General Mills-Yoplait received $500,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which was used to upgrade machinery at the Reed City plant.
"Throughout Michigan, we continue to see businesses invest in our thriving food and agriculture industry," said Director Gary McDowell. "The Yoplait production facility in Reed City is at the forefront of agricultural innovation by taking steps towards improving the stability of dairy farms through techniques like regenerative farming practices. At Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, we will continue to encourage large and small companies within our agriculture industry to embrace innovation and growth."
Rural Economic Development
Since taking office Governor Whitmer has worked to support rural communities and their economic development. Earlier this year, Governor Whitmer signed an executive directive to establish the Office of Rural Development to address the issues facing rural Michigan communities. Additionally, Governor Whitmer proposed large investments in economic development including the Michigan Regional Empowerment Program to strengthen the regional economies within Michigan.
Growing Northern Michigan's economy
The Whitmer-Gilchrist administration has invested in every region of Michigan to deliver on the kitchen-table issues that matter most to families, communities, and small businesses
In Northern Michigan, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has invested Over $4 million to support over 20 projects creating nearly 300 jobs and leveraging over $40 million in private investment. The MEDC has also invested$39 million to support over 50 community development projects, leveraging more than $90 million in private investment and reactivating more than 4 million square feet of public space. Since taking office, the administration has Delivered $18 million to support over 1,500 businesses and retain more than 15,000 jobs through COVID, with 74% of relief going to geographically disadvantaged areas.