Congressman Vern Ehlers was a dedicated public servant who represented West Michigan with distinction. Yesterday, members of the community gathered at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids to plant a tree in memory of Vern’s life, legacy, and service. Thank you Congressman Ehlers for all that you have done to make West Michigan an even better place to call home.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to tour and meet with employees at the General Motors facility in Wyoming. This plant is where they are manufacturing the axles for the new GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado. It's great to see GM expand its footprint and create good-paying manufacturing jobs right here in West Michigan!
Today, I toured and met with employees at Hutt Trucking Co., Inc. in Hudsonville. Earlier this year, Hutt expanded its operations at this location. During the visit we discussed tax and regulatory reform, how the company recently announced raises in addition to nice bonuses, and the importance of corporate stewardship. If you have enjoyed some ice cream this summer, there’s a good chance Hutt Trucking was involved! Thank you for the opportunity to visit!
Today, I had the honor of presenting Al Johnson and Keith Cole with the Congressional Gold Medals they earned as members of the Office of Strategic Service (OSS) during WWII. This is the highest honor Congress can bestow. On behalf of West Michigan and a grateful nation, thank you both for your service!!!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
With the economy growing and new jobs being created, we need to make sure employees currently looking to change jobs as well as those returning to the workforce have a skill set that matches the job openings currently available. Recently, the House passed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act to overhaul and modernize our nation’s career and technical education programs. This legislation will better equip job seekers with the skills needed for today’s economy and help more individuals in West Michigan climb the ladder of opportunity so they can provide a better life for themselves and their families.