Rep. Rick Outman tours local energy and technology businesses

Posted by Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 2:59 pm on Thursday, August 22 2013

At left, Steven R. Meinhardt, owner of Casair Inc. of Stanton, explains fiber optic technology to state Reps. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, center, and Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton, during a visit to the Internet provider. — Courtesy photo


State Rep. Rick Outman and House Energy and Technology Committee Chair Aric Nesbitt recently spent a day in the 70th House District, touring energy and Internet provider workplaces to better understand the needs of residents in the communities.

Outman, R-Six Lakes, who serves on the Energy and Technology Committee, said he was happy that Nesbitt, R-Lawton, spent a day meeting with local job creators to find out how state government can better serve Montcalm and Gratiot counties.

“We spent time with job creators who are vital to the development and growth of our residents and the business community,” Outman said. “I appreciate Rep. Nesbitt for taking time from his work in his own district to listen to the concerns and ideas from those on the front line of providing energy and broadband Internet service to our communities.”

Outman and Nesbitt toured the Consumers Energy facility in Alma, Renaissance Power LLC in Carson City; Casair Inc. in Stanton, and HomeWorks Tri-County Energy Cooperative in Blanchard.

Stanton City Manager James Freed accompanied Outman and Nesbitt to Casair, an Internet provider.

“It was exciting to visit Casair in Stanton with Chairman Nesbitt and Rep. Outman,” Freed said. “It was an opportunity to showcase just how much talent and new technology can be found in Montcalm County. Casair has an impressive plan to extend fiber cable throughout the county in addition to its ever evolving wireless network. This expanding technology is not only creating jobs, but ensuring our county is relevantly in the 21st century economy. The whole team at Casair, from the installers to the computer engineers are impressive and represent our county well.”

State Reps. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, left, and Aric Nesbit, R-Lawton, center, discuss power transformers with an employee of HomeWorks Tri-County Energy Cooperative in Blanchard. — Courtesy photo

Nesbitt said the visit punctuates the need to have dependable electric and broadband service in rural areas.

“Rep. Outman is one of the hardest-working members of the committee, and it was good to be with him visiting these sites,” Nesbitt said. “Providing affordable, reliable energy and expanding broadband services to the residents and job creators in rural areas is key to the area’s economic growth, and our visit to these locations demonstrated how Michigan businesses are providing a vital tool for rural communities in central Michigan.”

Outman will host a similar business tour with House Agriculture Chair Kevin Daley, R-Lum, on Sept. 7.

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