Sen. Jim Stamas tours Alpena small businesses

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas toured four Alpena businesses on Tuesday 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. “These hands-on tours were chances to see the success of some of Alpena’s outstanding small businesses and talk with the people behind that success.

“Vibrant communities attract investment and new jobs. We have come a long way in helping revitalize our communities and build a positive business environment that has helped create nearly half a million new private sector jobs in our state. This tour is about listening to local leaders on what we can do to continue to improve the economy and create jobs.”

Stamas toured Performance Locker with owner Casey Stutzman, Nowicki’s Sausage Shoppe with owner Phil Nowicki, Omega Electric and Sign Company with owner Ryan Fairchild, and Fiber Char with owner Dennis Schultz.

“The variety of products and services offered by the businesses I visited was extraordinary and illustrates the creativity and ingenuity of Michigan’s sunrise side,” Stamas said. “From making sausages and signs to building wood products and enhancing fitness, these businesses are examples of entrepreneurs succeeding and creating opportunities for residents to live and work in Michigan.”

The tours are the latest of many stops by Stamas to the Alpena area. Stamas has attended numerous events in the area, regularly holds office hours and annually hosts a two-day legislative tour with state and regional officials along Heritage Route 23 — staying overnight in Alpena for the Brown Trout Festival.

Businesses interested in having Stamas tour their facilities are encouraged to contact that senator’s office at 1-855-347-8036 or [email protected].


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