House panel OKs Jones bill to help bring jobs to Shiawassee County

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Tuesday approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Rick Jones to help a trucking company bring hundreds of jobs to Shiawassee County.

“This bill will pave the way for new business investment and well-paying jobs in Shiawassee County,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “With the House committee action, we are one step closer to helping a local job provider invest and create 300 jobs here in Michigan.”

Wheeler Trucking wants to build a new truck center in New Lothrop. The investment would result in 300 new trucking jobs.

Jones and Rep. Ben Glardon, R-Owosso, are working with the company to address a problem it has in Michigan delivering new semitrucks across the country.

Senate Bill 274 would make Michigan’s artificially short length on truck hauling more in line with federal regulations.

Years ago, Michigan artificially changed its length requirement for truck hauling, making it shorter than the requirement for hauling cars. Wheeler Trucking has said their truckers get tickets for being over the limit, and without a change, they might have to move their operations to another state.

The Michigan State Police and Department of Transportation support the legislation, which now heads to the full House for consideration.

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Editor’s note: The above photograph of Jones is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s website at www.SenatorRickJones.com. Click on “Photowire.”

Caption: Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, and Rep. Ben Glardon, R-Owosso, were joined by officials from Shiawassee County and Wheeler Trucking on Oct. 13 to tell the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee about the need for Jones’ legislation to help the trucking company bring 300 jobs to Shiawassee County. Pictured from left: Glardon, Justin Horvath of the Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership, Wheeling Trucking CFO Doug Kelley, Wheeler Trucking board member J.D. Smith and Jones.