Snyder launches 'Michigan For Michigan' Campaign



Published:

BRIGHTON — Gov. Rick Snyder joined McDonald’s owner / operators on Thursday to launch From Michigan For Michigan, a statewide initiative to raise awareness of locally sourced food, and the positive impact on the state’s economy and job creation.

Snyder kicked off From Michigan For Michigan with a visit to Dietrich Orchards, a farm in Conklin, that supplies apples to McDonald’s restaurants. During his visit, he recognized the local suppliers and McDonald’s for its contributions to the state’s $91.4 billion food and agriculture system.

“We’re extremely proud of Michigan’s agriculture industry,” Snyder said. “Our partnership with McDonald’s is a great way to remind people of the tremendous positive impact that this diverse, cutting-edge industry has on our entire state. We appreciate the company’s enhanced investments across Michigan and also are pleased that it shares our pride in quality Michigan-grown products. We look forward to working together to highlight the success story that is Michigan agriculture.”

Michigan is the second largest supplier of apples to McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S., behind the state of Washington. The food service provider released spending figures related to its investment in local suppliers, including about $62 million this year to remodel or build restaurants. Last year, McDonald’s spent $237 million in Michigan on raw food ingredients. 

Michigan’s food and agriculture system is a major source of employment for the state’s workforce. One in five employed Michiganders, in fact, work directly or indirectly for the state’s food and agriculture industry, according to a report issued last month by Michigan State University.

McDonald’s employs 33,000 people at more than 500 locations. McDonald’s also supports small, family businesses within its own system. In Michigan, there are 107 McDonald’s franchisees and some are second-, third- and fourth-generation owner/operators.

“McDonald’s Out-State Operators in Michigan and Southeast Michigan McDonald’s Operators Association are passionate about supporting the suppliers in the communities where we do business,” said McDonald’s owner/operator Jim Thrower, “We believe it improves the quality of life for us all by keeping dollars and jobs in our state.”

Edit Module
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

The Fountain Restaurant Rolls into Campus Marius

The Fountain Detroit, a restaurant and bar arrived in the unique beach area at Campus Maritus Park this morning in preparation for the 2016 summer season.

Giant Hot Dog Added to Mackinaw City Diner

Pilot Progam Launched to Promote Healthy Lifestyles in Communities

A new community-based pilot project to promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles within communities has launched in Royal Oak.

Alaskan Outfitter Opens First Michigan Store in Detroit

Filson, a Seattle-based manufacturer and outfitter, has opened the doors to its first Michigan store in Midtown Detroit today.

The Townsend Hotel Unveils Final Phase of Renovations

The Townsend Hotel , an award winning and luxury hotel in Birmingham, is unveiling plans for the final phase of its ongoing modern luxury makeover, which began in 2012.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Detroit Denim Co. Opens New Location, Launches Additional Product Lines
    Described as a new manufacturing center in the Motor City, Detroit Denim Co. opens its new...
  2. 3 Beaumont Hospitals to Offer Non-Emergency Heart Procedure
    Beaumont hospitals in Farmington Hills, Trenton, and Wayne have earned approvals to perform...
  3. Detroit’s Metropolitan Building to be Converted into Extended-stay Hotel
    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. and two local partners will convert the historic...
  4. New Nonprofit Plans to Build Market-rate Homes, Apartments in Detroit
    With the goal of investing in Detroit’s communities and creating increased access to housing...
  5. French Firms Plan Visit to Troy to Study Autonomous Vehicles
    An event focused on connected and autonomous vehicles for French businesses looking to gain...
  6. Go! Sy Thai to Open Another Detroit Location
    The Birmingham-based restaurant group Sy Thai will expand with the opening of its second...