Zorn calls on Biden to send Michigan more vaccine, glad Whitmer is not imposing new restrictions

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer encouraged a two-week pause for youth sports, in-person learning at schools and indoor dining at restaurants and urged the federal government to send more doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to Michigan and other states where cases are dramatically increasing:

“President Biden needs to step up and send Michigan more doses of the life-saving vaccines. Even with the restrictions and safety mandates still in place, Michigan has been seeing alarming COVID-19 numbers for weeks and is currently leading the nation in new cases per capita. The president should have already recognized Michigan’s COVID-19 needs and stepped up to help remedy the crisis.

“I’m glad to see that the governor is finally agreeing with the Legislature that the Michigan people are the best ones to decide what is best for them — this time encouraging families to choose to pause activities to help fight this virus surge instead of ordering another statewide shutdown or imposing new restrictions.

“I join the governor’s call for everyone to reduce their risk of exposure and to consider if getting one of the vaccines is best for their health.”

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Zorn applauds grant for Uckele $6.7M investment in Adrian

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Thursday applauded the announcement of a state grant for a development project in Adrian that will create 102 jobs and a $6.7 million investment.

“This is great news for the Adrian community and everyone in the area,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “This grant will bring much needed jobs and investment to Lenawee County and will be a real shot in the arm for Michigan families and workers. I applaud Uckele for its commitment to our region and everyone who helped make this project a reality.”

Uckele Health & Nutrition was established in 1962 in Blissfield Township and manufactures its own line of human and animal dietary supplements. The company currently has 171 employees in Michigan and a smaller facility in Toledo.

Uckele is planning three large projects in the high-tech pharmaceutical supplement arena and plans to purchase two facilities in Adrian that will allow it to duplicate its current lines of production and invest in new equipment.

As a result of the investment and job creation, the Michigan Strategic Fund awarded Uckele a $500,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen for the expansion over the company’s facility in Toledo.

Uckele supports personal growth of its employees by fostering an environment of continuous learning and improvement and offers external and internal trainings, seminars and courses. The company also promotes from within by providing pathways to higher-paying jobs. Lenawee Now has offered staff time and resources in support of the project.

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Zorn appointed to Midwest passenger rail commission

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn has been appointed by Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey to serve as the as the Senate’s alternate designee to the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission (MIPRC).

“Railroads are becoming increasingly popular as businesses look for more efficient ways to transport products and materials and tourists and commuters look for alternatives to driving or flying,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “I am happy to serve on this bipartisan commission to work with our neighboring states and the federal government to improve our passenger rail system. My goal is to work with both the public and private sectors to help provide families with cleaner, safer, more affordable and more efficient rail service.”

The MIPRC brings together state leaders from across the region on a bipartisan basis to advocate for passenger rail improvements. The commission meets at least once a year. Its 2020 meeting was held virtually, but the MIPRC plans to hold its 2021 annual meeting in-person in Detroit in October.

Formed by compact agreement in 2000, MIPRC’s current member states are Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

The main purposes of the compact are to promote current improvements and long-range plans for intercity passenger rail service in the Midwest, coordinate interaction among state officials and between the public and private sector at all levels, and support state efforts in developing and implementing a 21st century passenger rail system.

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