Sen. Stamas, Rep. Cole tour local businesses in Gaylord

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LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas and Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, toured several Gaylord businesses on Wednesday as part of a continued effort to engage local leaders about economic development issues.

“I believe that public service begins with serving the public and that begins with staying active in the community,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “Vibrant communities attract investment and new jobs. We have come a long way in helping revitalize our state and build a positive business environment that has helped create nearly half a million new private sector jobs in Michigan.

“These tours are about seeing the success of some of Gaylord’s outstanding small businesses and talking with the people behind that success on what we can do to continue to improve the economy and create jobs.”

In addition to touring the Gaylord Regional Airport with director Matt Barresi, Stamas and Cole toured Cutting Edge Computers with owners Courtney and Mike Willits, SunFrog with owner Josh Kent, and Telephone Support Systems with owner Ron Skoglund.

All three companies are 2017 recipients of Skilled Trades Training Fund grants, which are awarded to employers to assist in training, developing and retaining current employees and individuals to be hired.

“These home-grown companies illustrate the hard work and creativity of Northern Michigan,” Stamas said. “From becoming the nation’s largest online t-shirt company to meeting people’s computer and communications needs, these businesses are examples of entrepreneurs succeeding and creating opportunities for residents to live and work here in Michigan.”

The tours are the latest of many stops by Stamas to the Gaylord area. Stamas regularly holds local office hours and has attended numerous events in the area, including Alpenfest.

Businesses interested in having Stamas tour their facilities are encouraged to contact that senator’s office at 1-855-347-8036 or senjstamas@senate.michigan.gov.

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