“The governor is visiting a number of small businesses across the Upper Peninsula this week to highlight that small businesses are the backbone of our economy and to highlight Michigan’s strong economic jumpstart plan. Whitmer’s plan includes one-billion-dollars to stimulate the state’s economy by investing in businesses, workers, and organizations.

Later Whitmer joined the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to announce that Wisconsin-based JD Castings, a provider of casting solutions, is expanding into Iron Mountain. The project is expected to create up to 24 new jobs in Iron Mountain and generate a total private investment of $770,000 with the support of a $200,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund.