**PHOTO ADVISORY** Calley, Zorn and Kahle tour Tecumseh Products redevelopment site

LANSING, Mich.Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida; Rep. Bronna Kahle, R-Adrian; and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Tuesday toured the former Tecumseh Products site, which is undergoing a $56.6 million redevelopment that is expected to create 350 jobs.

On Aug. 22, the City of Tecumseh Brownfield Redevelopment Authority received approval of $1.4 million in local and school tax captures to support lead, asbestos and mold abatement as well as demolition activities necessary to prepare the site for redevelopment.

The project will rehabilitate a portion of the old Orbitech building into industrial space and renovate another building into offices. The rest of the 55-acre site will be cleared for a new contemporary retail, industrial and business complex with on-site parking and park space.

Joining Zorn, Kahle and Calley on the tour were Lenawee Now Executive Director Jim Van Doren, Tecumseh Mayor Jack Baker and Great Lakes Aerial President Jason Miller.

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**PHOTO ADVISORY** Zorn, Calley tour Deerfield engineering and manufacturing company

LANSING, Mich.Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, hosted Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Tuesday for a tour of Meridian Mechatronics, a telescope engineering and manufacturing firm in Deerfield.

During the tour, Meridian Mechatronics President Kevin Iott showcased the company’s advanced process for lens manufacturing and products. Meridian Mechatronics is a wholly owned subsidiary of PlaneWave Instruments and manufactures commercial ground-based telescopes used by consumers, schools and research institutes. PlaneWave telescopes are in high demand to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects.

The military and the aerospace industry are also employing PlaneWave telescopes to track space debris, asteroids and satellites, and PlaneWave was recently awarded the contract to provide three 1-meter telescopes for the upgrade of the Lowell Observatory Navy Precision Optical Interferometer in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Joining Zorn, Calley and Iott on the tour were Rep. Bronna Kahle, R-Adrian; PlaneWave Instruments President Richard Hedrick; Lenawee County Commissioner Bob Knoblauch; Lenawee Now Executive Director Jim Van Doren; and Dustin Krasny, field representative for U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg.

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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Calley, Zorn to tour Deerfield engineering and manufacturing company

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn has announced that he and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will tour Meridian Mechatronics, a telescope engineering and manufacturing firm in Deerfield, on Tuesday, Aug. 29.

Who:
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida;
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley;
Rep. Bronna Kahle, R-Adrian;
Meridian Mechatronics President Kevin Iott;
PlaneWave Instruments President Richard Hedrick; and
Local officials.

What:
A tour of Meridian Mechatronics to see the company’s advanced process for lens manufacturing and products.

When:
Tuesday, Aug. 29 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Where:
Meridian Mechatronics
120 W. Keegan St.
Deerfield, MI 49238

Brief:
Meridian Mechatronics is a wholly owned subsidiary of PlaneWave Instruments and manufactures commercial ground-based telescopes used by consumers, schools, research institutes, aerospace companies and the military.

PlaneWave telescopes are in high demand to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects.

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Zorn attends Northern Strike 2017 military training exercise at Camp Grayling

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn recently joined Michigan National Guard commander Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais and numerous state and foreign officials to observe the Northern Strike 2017 exercise at the Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center.

“The Northern Strike exercise provided a close-up view of our military’s ability to work side by side with our international partners throughout the world,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “I had the privilege to meet officers from Poland, Great Britain, Canada, Latvia and Nigeria who all praised the outstanding training facilities at Camp Grayling, which is the largest National Guard training center in the country.”

Military units from six counties joined approximately 5,000 Air Force, Army, Marines, Special Forces and National Guard units from 15 states for the exercise. The annual exercise ran from July 29 to Aug. 12.

“The mission of the joint maneuvers is to provide ground, air and amphibious training for all branches of the U.S. armed forces, so that our troops will have necessary skills to operate and survive in hostile environments,” Zorn said. “From planning to execution, the multinational live-fire exercise reinforced my confidence that our servicemen and servicewomen are strong and well-prepared to protect our freedoms and maintain peace in the world.”

Zorn said one item that makes Camp Grayling so effective for this type of exercise is a mock village, called the Combined Arms Collective Training Facility. It is made up of more than two dozen buildings found in most communities, such as homes, churches, a store, a school, a courthouse and a fire station. It also has a mock embassy and each room has cameras to record the training exercises for evaluation by military leaders.

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Zorn applauds brownfield approval for $56.6M Tecumseh redevelopment project

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Tuesday applauded approval of a brownfield tax capture that will pave the way for a more than $56 million redevelopment of the former Tecumseh Products facility.

“This is the next step in cleaning up an old industrial site and putting it back to productive use, which is outstanding news for the people of Tecumseh and the entire area,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “The brownfield project will help create 350 jobs and generate $56.6 million in investment and also bring more economic opportunities to the community and additional support for local schools and public safety.”

The City of Tecumseh Brownfield Redevelopment Authority on Tuesday received Michigan Strategic Fund approval of $1,447,584 in local and school tax captures for brownfield activities at the former Tecumseh Products site.

Local leaders joined Zorn in praising the project.

“I am extremely pleased to see this redevelopment,” said Tecumseh Mayor Jack Baker. “This property was important in the past and will be important in the future.”

Lenawee Now Executive Director Jim Van Doren also weighed in.

“On behalf of a small community this project is especially important,” Van Doren said. “It is within walking distance and this project encourages more growth. It assists the entire county.”

The Revival Commons project will rehabilitate a portion of the old Orbitech building into industrial space and renovate a building at 600 S. Ottawa St. into offices. The rest of the 55-acre site will be cleared for a new contemporary retail, industrial and business complex with on-site parking and park space.

Prior uses of the Tecumseh Products site as a foundry, metal and machine shop, and refrigeration equipment manufacturer left the site heavily contaminated. The brownfield capture will support lead, asbestos and mold abatement as well as demolition activities necessary to prepare the site for redevelopment.

“I applaud the state, local and private development leaders for working together to support returning an abandoned facility back into a source of pride and economic renewal, and I look forward to seeing the redevelopment completed,” Zorn said.

Zorn, Bellino applaud grant to help fight blight in Monroe

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn and Rep. Joe Bellino announced on Thursday that the city of Monroe has been awarded funding to help eliminate blight in the community.

“Helping clean up blighted and abandoned properties can have a tremendous impact in revitalizing our communities and improving the entire region,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “This grant will help return property in Monroe to productive use, improve safety and help encourage new economic growth and investment in the area.”

The city of Monroe will receive $174,300 from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) to assist in the demolition of abandoned properties within the planned footprint of the River Raisin Heritage Corridor expansion project.

Monroe is one of 19 cities across Michigan that will receive funding for residential and commercial blight elimination projects using more than $3.6 million in grants from MSHDA.

“As a business owner, I can attest to the negative impact blighted buildings can have on a local economy,” said Bellino, R-Monroe. “The same goes for residential areas where blight is prevalent. Property values can plummet if the nearby properties are not cleaned up. This grant will help our community tremendously.”

County land banks and local units of government were invited to submit eligible projects for a MSHDA-funded blight elimination grant opportunity. Projects needed to improve public safety, stabilize or increase property values, and/or support efforts that were currently in progress.

All structures targeted for demolition are vacant, publicly owned and meet specific blight criteria including being deemed a public nuisance.

The maximum award amount was set at $25,000 per residential structure or $100,000 per commercial structure. Residential proposals had to prove that the building’s last use was as a multi- or single-family residential structure and commercial projects had to be part of development plans with existing funding commitments and a local match of at least 10 percent.

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Zorn announces August coffee hours

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn has announced that he will conduct district coffee hours in Tecumseh and Monroe this month.

Coffee hours are open to residents to express their opinions or concerns about state government or to request assistance with a state issue.

The first coffee hour will be held Monday, Aug. 21 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at City Limits Diner and Pancake House, 114 W. Logan St. in Tecumseh.

The second coffee hour will be held on Friday, Aug. 25 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Panera Bread, 393 N. Telegraph Road in Monroe.

“I am holding these local coffee hours in order to help provide residents a convenient opportunity to meet with me in person,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “My aim is to provide the best service possible for the hardworking people of the 17th District. I look forward to continuing a regular series of meetings throughout the district and hearing directly from constituents in one-on-one discussions.”

To respect other patrons of the restaurants, no town-hall style discussions will be entertained. No appointment is necessary.

Residents who are unable to attend the coffee hours may contact Zorn’s office at (517) 373-3543 or via e-mail at SenDZorn@senate.michigan.gov.

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