The new state law sponsored by Sen. Rick Jones to help a trucking company bring hundreds of jobs to Shiawassee County was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday.
“I want to thank the governor for standing up for a Michigan business and local job provider who is looking to build a new world headquarters in New Lothrop,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “I was honored to work with Wheeler Trucking and Representative Ben Glardon to remove an unnecessary obstacle to a major business expansion and help bring 300 well-paying jobs to Shiawassee County.”
Jones and Glardon, R-Owosso, worked with Wheeler Trucking to address a problem it had in Michigan delivering new mid-sized trucks and motor homes across the country.
Years ago, Michigan artificially changed its length requirement for truck hauling, making them shorter than the lengths for hauling cars.
“Making our state more attractive to new business investment is important to ensuring Michigan workers have access to opportunities and jobs — and repealing archaic and unnecessary rules and laws is part of that process,” Jones said. “Wheeler truckers were getting tickets in Michigan for being over the state’s artificially low length for hauling trucks, and without this change, they might have been forced to move their operations to another state.”
Senate Bill 274, now Public Act 208 of 2015, makes Michigan’s truck hauling more in line with federal rules.