Governor tours FloraCraft: ‘This really gets me fired up.’

April 21, 2014
Gov. Snyder, second from right, along with Jim Scatena, CEO of Floracraft; Sen. Hansen and Vic Burwell, vice president of FloraCraft, watch a demonstration.

Gov. Snyder, second from right, along with Jim Scatena, CEO of Floracraft; Sen. Hansen and Vic Burwell, vice president of FloraCraft, watch a demonstration.

By Rob Alway. Editor-in-Chief. 

FloraCraft Vice President Vic Burwell talks to the governor.

FloraCraft Vice President Vic Burwell talks to the governor.

LUDINGTON — “It’s great to see a company as successful as this,” Gov. Rick Snyder said after he took a tour of the FloraCraft plant in Ludington Monday afternoon.

“It was an honor to have him here,” said Jim Scatena, CEO/president of FloraCraft, the world’s largest supplier of Styrofoam products for the craft and floral display industry. Scatena said over the past two years the Ludington based company has experienced 19 percent job growth. It now employs 171 full time employees and 33 temporary employees in Ludington.

FloraCraft owner Lee Schoenherr, left, along with Scatena, Hansen and the governor.

FloraCraft owner Lee Schoenherr, left, along with Scatena, Hansen and the governor.

He said the company has also added 300 more products to its product line this year. Those products are sold in 22 countries.

Scatena, along with owner Lee Schoenherr and other executives led a tour of the plant for Snyder and Sen. Geoff Hansen. The tour also included local dignitaries such as Mayor Ryan Cox; Fabian Knizacy, county administrator and Kathy Maclean, CEO/president of Ludington and Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Ludington Mayor Ryan Cox, left; Kathy Maclean, CEO of the chamber; Gov. Snyder; Sen. Hansen and county administrator Fabian Knizacy.

Ludington Mayor Ryan Cox, left; Kathy Maclean, CEO of the chamber; Gov. Snyder; Sen. Hansen and county administrator Fabian Knizacy.

“It was great that the governor chose to come here and tour FloraCraft,” Mclean said. “This is a company that is making progress and bringing additional jobs into our area. We are proud of FloraCraft and it’s great to see that recognition in Lansing.”

“We wanted to show the wonderful team that has made FloraCraft successful,” Scatena said. “We have the greatest employees. And, we also wanted to discuss our recent growth with the governor. Under the Snyder administration, changes have been made that have facilitated our exciting expansion.”

“Seeing a company like this really gets me fired up,” Snyder said.

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