Pavlov tours Michigan Sugar Company

LANSING―Sen. Phil Pavlov on Friday toured the Bay City production facility of the third largest beet sugar processor in the United States, Michigan Sugar Company.

The company’s flagship plant, built in 1901, is one of their four facilities in Michigan—all located in or near the Thumb, including a plant in Croswell in Sanilac County and one in Sebewaing in Huron County.

“The Michigan Sugar Company is one of the great success stories of Michigan,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “They are locally grown and locally owned, and they are as committed to the success of the area growers as they are to the bottom line.”

During conversations with Rick Gerstenberger, chairman of the board of directors for Michigan Sugar Company, Pavlov learned that the Croswell and Sebewaing plants are scheduled for major capital improvements that will help protect jobs across the Thumb.

Michigan Sugar Company plays an important role in Michigan’s $100 billion agriculture industry. The cooperative has more than 1,000 grower-owners, making them a major employer in the region. Today the organization is the only remaining sugar company in the state.

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