AP Interview: Calley says Brazil key for Michigan

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's lieutenant governor says Brazil and its growing middle class are key opportunities for Michigan companies looking to do business internationally.

Brian Calley told The Associated Press on Friday that the goal of his six-day trade trip to the South American country is connecting small- to medium-sized Michigan businesses with potential partners in Brazil. Calley and a delegation of economic development and business officials are due to get back Saturday.

The international trade mission is Calley's third, all taken recently.

He says as the Brazilian middle class grows, the country has "virtually a demand for everything." Calley says key sectors to focus on are steel, beef production, aerospace and the auto industry.

Calley has personal ties to Brazil. His grandparents were missionaries there, and his father was born in Brazil.

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