ESCANABA, Mich. (WLUC) Tuesday and Wednesday Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow toured small businesses throughout the Upper Peninsula in order see exactly what they do and find out how she can be supportive of their needs as a legislator.
"It's wonderful to be back in Escanaba and to be really highlighting the incredible work that's being done by small business, particularly in manufacturing," said Stabenow.
First stop Tuesday morning was Delta Manufacturing in Escanaba, which is a supplier of numerous products to the railroad industry. She made time to talk to not only the owners, but also some of the machine operators and employees.
After touring Delta Manufacturing, Senator Stabenow then made her way down to Cretens Furniture in Perkins to tour some more UP made products. Cretens manufactures bedroom furniture, but their main business is kitchen and bath customization which is installed and built all on the premises. After nearly forty years in business, the owners of Cretens were pleased to see the senator take an interest in their hard work
"It's nice to see her coming in and taking interest in the small businesses," said Mathew Cretens, President of Cretens Furniture. "It's not something we're going to see every day but it is nice to see them taking notice of the little people who are doing the backbone work of the country"
Senator Stabenow herself was also honored to have the opportunity to visit.
"I tell all my colleagues, 'we don't have an economy, we don't have a middle class unless we make things and grow things," said Stabenow. "And that's what we do in Michigan, and right here at Delta Manufacturing and Cretens Furniture, that's what's happening."
Senator Stabenow wrapped up her day Tuesday in Marquette by touring more small businesses, this time at places like Doncker's and The Flying Moose.
The businesses chosen were recommended to Senator Stabenow by Northern Initiatives, a Community Development Financial Institution, which is also another UP small business.