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Lt. Governor Brian Calley comes to Kalamazoo County to talk business


PORTAGE (WKZO) -- Lt. Governor Brian Calley visited the Schupan and Sons plant on Davis Creek Court in Portage Thursday afternoon, to get a look at a company that has diversified.

He also held and invitation only meeting with local business officials and executives from Southwest Michigan First for an exchange of ideas.

Calley says the state is well on the way to recovery but now is not the time to be complacent; it’s the time to “put the pedal to the metal” and to make use of the economic momentum to keep the comeback going.

He refutes the claim made by local economists and state democrats that the vast majority of the state’s recovery and new job production is due to the resurgent auto industry.

Calley says every economic sector has seen job increases in the past few years, except for government, and that’s why it’s important that they provide the tax benefits and business climate that will attract new and diverse firms to the state.

Calley toured the plant and then sat down in a conference room overlooking the production facility with business executives to hear how State Government can accommodate opportunity in Michigan.

Mark Schupan says the firm originally began as a trash and metal waste disposal and recycling operation and has since diversified into a number of other areas, including manufacturing.