Gov. Whitmer tours Reed City Yoplait facility

Tour to support economic development in rural communities

REED CITY — Governor Gretchen Whitmer toured the General Mills-Yoplait facility in Reed City last week as part of a tour through Osceola County to promote rural economic development in rural communities.

Whitmer thanked Yoplait for their long-term commitment to the community. 

In 2019, General Mills-Yoplait received a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which was used to upgrade machinery at the Reed City plant.   

"The Yoplait production facility in Reed City is at the forefront of agricultural innovation by taking steps towards improving the stability of dairy farms through techniques like regenerative farming practices.” said Director Gary McDowell.  “At Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, we will continue to encourage large and small companies within our agriculture industry to embrace innovation and growth."

During the tour, Whitmer also participated in the groundbreaking of the White Pine Trail trailhead in Cadillac.

While in office Whitmer has worked to support rural communities and their economic development. Earlier this year, Whitmer signed an executive directive to establish the Office of Rural Development to address the issues facing rural Michigan communities and the Whitmer administration has proposed investments in economic development including the Michigan Regional Empowerment Program to strengthen the regional economies, according to a news release from her office.