Lawmaker joins elite group of only six honorees in 25 years
MIDLAND, Mich. -- Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., is the first elected official and one of only six recipients over the last 25 years to be named a "Champion of Free Enterprise" by the Greater Michigan chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, headquartered in Midland.
Rep. Gary Glenn points to a plaque featuring the six individuals -- including himself -- who over the last quarter-century have been named "Champions of Free Enterprise" by the Greater Michigan chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors.
Glenn Monday said he "has been honored to stand with the Associated Builders and Contractors for the last four decades in promoting the principles of free enterprise and competition that create jobs, grow our economy, and give society the best products and services at the best price."
Jimmy Greene, president and CEO of the contractors' organization, said "since the organization was formed in 1977, we have championed free enterprise and acknowledged those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to furthering that principle."
"In that time, we have previously awarded this honor to only five individuals," Greene said. "This year, based on his continued and outstanding advocacy of eliminating the state of Michigan’s 'prevailing wage' law, we have overwhelmingly supported naming our sixth recipient, state Rep. Gary Glenn."
Glenn two weeks ago was the lead speaker during floor debate in the state House of Representatives in favor of legislation to repeal the state "prevailing wage" law, which required that union scale wages and benefits be paid on all government construction projects including schools, other government buildings, and state roadways. The half century old state mandate is estimated to have added 20 percent or more to the cost to taxpayers of such projects.
The five individuals who preceded Glenn in the distinction include:
* Three prominent members and/or founders of the Greater Michigan chapter of ABC -- Jim Johnson of J.E. Johnson Co., Gary Elza of G.E. Insulation Co., and Brian Stadler of Wolgast Corp.
* Two prominent executives of The Dow Chemical Company -- former Michigan Operations Manager Rich Wells, and outgoing CEO Andrew Liveris.
"It is humbling to be listed among such a distinguished group of men who've made such dramatically positive contributions to the economic success of our communities in mid-Michigan," Glenn said.