Business News

Key Realty opens in Escanaba

ESCANABA — Key Realty has opened their doors at 2419 Ludington St., behind The UPS Store (across from Gram’s Pasty) in Escanaba. Renovations are now complete with room for additional agents to join the team in the coming months. The locally owned an operated realty company was founded by ...

What this community is doing right

ESCANABA — It’s been a tremendous first week on the job as the new director of the Delta County EDA. Much of my time has been spent sitting down with community leaders ranging from local government officials to partner organizations, manufacturers, educators, retailers and developers — ...

Finland companies to visit Houghton for bioproducts

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Forest Biomaterials Institute (MiFBI) and FinnZone will host multiple Finnish forestry and bioproducts companies October 16 to 19 in Houghton-Hancock for the upcoming Michigan-Finland Summit on Forest Bioproducts. The visit will also include meetings with FinnZone ...

Great Lakes Recovery Centers clinic open

NEGAUNEE — Great Lakes Recovery Centers (GLRC) announces the opening of its Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Specialty Clinic to help address the unmet need for psychiatric and specialty mental health services for children and families. With the opening of the specialty clinic, GLRC ...

A.M. Express sells dry bulk division

ESCANABA — Patrick Barron, owner of A.M. Express Inc., Michaele Charles, operations manager tanker division, and Angela Pouliot, director of safety and human resources, recently made the decision to sell the dry bulk division, otherwise known as the “lime division” to FLASH, the pneumatic ...

Column: Chamber dinner has Octoberfest theme

ESCANABA — Delta County Chamber of Commerce will again celebrate the successes of our community at its annual dinner. Octoberfest is scheduled for Oct. 11 at the Island Resort and Casino. The event provides an opportunity to call attention to and celebrate all the positive activity in Delta ...

MCDC hires Horton for Marquette office

MARQUETTE — Michigan Certified Development Corporation (MCDC) President Mark Williams announces the hiring of Todd Horton to open the new Marquette office, the first in the Upper Peninsula for MCDC. Horton comes to MCDC from River Valley Bank where he was vice president in the Business ...

Funeral home seeks to certify therapy dog

ESCANABA — Skradski Family Funeral Home welcomes Pancake the golden-doodle puppy to their team. Pancake is in the early phases of becoming the only certified grief therapy dog in the Upper Peninsula. A local AKC recognized organization is overseeing Pancakes’ grief therapy certification. ...

Column: Summer tourism and marketing Delta County

ESCANABA — Summer 2018 has been a great opportunity for Delta County to embrace tourists and welcome new and returning guests to this beautiful waterfront community. With the return of the National Trappers Convention and an array of events throughout the area, the summer season brought ...

Dr. Joseph Donohue to join Bellin Health

IRON MOUNTAIN — Bellin Health has signed a professional services agreement with Dr. Joseph Donohue, Iron Mountain, to continue providing general surgery services to patients here. “Dr. Donohue will join with other Bellin providers in Iron Mountain dedicated to serving patients locally,” ...

Gladstone man’s invention being sold

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Edison Nation, an open innovation marketplace for consumer product ideas and intellectual property, has announced licensing success with Apothecary Products for Robert Pontius of Gladstone. Edison Nation licensed Pontius’ nasal aspirator concept to Apothecary Products in ...

Column: Groundbreaking was a memorable day

ESCANABA — It was a beautiful morning when a large crowd gathered to break ground for the new home of the U.P. State Fair and Commerce Center Offices, Visitor Center and the Webster Marble and U.P. Veterans Museums during the U.P. State Fair. The number of people who turned out to witness ...

Sturdy promoted to financial advisor

MARQUETTE — Northstar Investment Management announces that Zachary Sturdy has been promoted to financial advisor. Sturdy joined Northstar as a research analyst in 2016 after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in finance from the Cisler College of Business at Northern Michigan University. ...

Tourism plays big role in July sales increases

LANSING — Back-to-school shopping and heavy tourism months in Michigan are to thank for a solid July sales month, according to the monthly Retail Index. “As you’d expect in July, northern Michigan tourist towns saw a big leap in sales,” said James P. Hallan, President and CEO of ...

Wanted: employees who have soft skills

ESCANABA — Last week I had the pleasure of meeting with the president of Northern Michigan University (NMU), Dr. Fritz Erickson and a variety of business leaders from Delta County. The purpose of this meeting was to determine how we could work together to improve opportunities for students in ...

Turnover: Preventing it and dealing with the aftermath

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A tight labor market and a shrinking pool of talented workers make “I’m quitting” some of the most dreaded words a small business owner can hear. Staff turnover is a fact of life, but it’s particularly painful at small ...

Column: Fair is always creating new memories

ESCANABA — Do you remember what the fair meant to you as you were growing up? A colleague recently said, “that was the chance for me to wear my new shoes for the upcoming school year against my mother’s wishes.” Even though the memory ended in her brand-new shoes being full of mud from ...

Four Seasons Island Resort to reopen

IRON MOUNTAIN — With new ownership in place, an iconic Wisconsin resort is set to reopen after being closed for several years while a ski and golf resort in the Upper Peninsula will receive a multi-million dollar facelift. The Four Seasons Island Resort in Pembine and Pine Mountain Ski and ...

Northern Sun Winery takes honors

BARK RIVER — Four estate grown wines from Northern Sun Winery and Vineyard of Bark River have again taken honors in the INDY International Wine Competition for 2018. “We’re proud that our consistently award-winning LaCrescent white (2016) was a gold medalist again,” said Northern Sun ...

Work of many hands makes fair possible

ESCANABA — Each year a myriad of people work to organize all the activities that go on during fair week. Fair organizers learned a long time ago that many hands make the work lighter. They’ve applied that to all the special events that go on. As it all comes together and everything happens ...