Business News

Column: A year in review at the EDA

ESCANABA — By all accounts, 2017 was a great year for Delta County and economic development. Each year the Delta County EDA publishes an annual service summary that highlights our accomplishments while giving an opportunity to look back and reflect on the important work we do to improve the ...

Thomson nominated for board of directors

MANISTIQUE — The directors of Mackinac Financial Corporation, the holding company for mBank, announced Martin A. Thomson has been nominated for appointment to its board of directors, with such appointment subject to the closing of the merger agreement with First Federal of Northern Michigan ...

Dyer named to Coldwell International Elite

ESCANABA — Amy Dyer, of Gladstone, associate broker with Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors, has been named to the company’s 2017 International President’s Elite. Only the top 2 percent of all sales associates worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system qualified for the group. Dyer has been ...

Column: Gaining insight into organizations

ESCANABA — What are the qualities of success? I am sure that it can be argued that these qualities vary based on who you ask and what facet of their life they are thinking about. Regarding the success of a business or nonprofit organization, I think agreement can be reached that qualities ...

Imperial Beverage gets beer distribution

MARQUETTE — Imperial Beverage has acquired beer distribution rights from Highland Park-based Great Lakes Wine & Spirits. The purchase of Bayside Beverage in Marquette, Great Lakes’ Upper Peninsula beer division, includes all beer brands in U.P. counties, which will be added to ...

Uppertunities conference set April 13

ESCANABA — Uppertunities, The U.P.’s premier business and tourism conference is scheduled for April 13, 2018 this year. This annual conference is designed to help businesses and their employees enhance their interaction with visitors, strengthen their tourism strategies and develop ...

Michigan retail sales take dip in February

LANSING — Michigan followed the national trend, with a tiny dip in retail sales in February, according to the latest Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Detroit branch. The Michigan Retail Index’s ...

Apprentice of Year honored at banquet

MARQUETTE — Approximately 180 people met at the Don H. Bottum University Center of Northern Michigan University March 10 for the seventh annual Upper Peninsula Apprentice of the Year recognition banquet. The winner of this year’s award was Joseph Prusi, an apprentice member of ...

Broadband expansion Phase 1 completed

ESCANABA — Michigan Broadband Services has completed Phase I of its fiber optic broadband network expansion in Escanaba. The initial build covers Ludington Street and south to Doctor’s Park and new customers installations are being scheduled. “Our initial fiber optic network investment ...

Column: Uppertunities a tool to promote tourism

ESCANABA — Tourism in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan has been trending in a very positive direction in recent years. Many travelers are visiting new areas of the U.P. and falling in love with the gorgeous views and unique offerings that are available in this beautiful part of the country. ...

Business After Hours is March 28

ESCANABA — Business After Hours will be held Wednesday, March 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bowl-A-Rama, located at 2510 1st Ave. N., Escanaba. This evenings event is co-hosted by the U.S. Army and Bowl-A-Rama. Business after Hours is a social event held each month and provides an ...

Jet’s Pizza opens in Escanaba

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press John Varline, Jr., center, owner and operator Jet’s Pizza in Escanba, does the honors of cutting the ceremonial ribbon Monday outside of the pizza restaurant’s new storefront while members from the Delta County Chamber of Commerce, Ambassadors of Delta ...

Column: Fire and Ice was successful fundraiser

ESCANABA — The Chamber’s first fundraising event of the year is officially in the books. Fire and Ice ~ Midwinter Fundraising Gala, held Feb. 3 at the Terrace Bay Hotel, was quite a success. On behalf of the Delta County Chamber directors and staff, we would like to extend our most sincere ...

Campbell joins OSF Healthcare Medical Group

ESCANABA, — A private blessing and dedication was held recently for the newest OSF HealthCare Medical Group practice. Abraham Campbell, D.O., P.C. has joined OSF HealthCare Medical Group General Surgery and will continue to operate in suite 300 of the Willow Creek Professional building ...

Granger named to Coldwell Banker President’s Elite

ESCANABA — Judy Granger of Gladstone, associate broker/sales agent with Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors, has been named to the company’s 2017 International President’s Elite. Only the top two percent of all sales associates worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system qualified for this ...

Michigan Broadband Services completes first phase of optic network expansion

ESCANABA — Michigan Broadband Services has completed the first phase of its fiber optic broadband network expansion in Escanaba. At this phase of the project, the network is capable of providing high speed internet access to business customers along Ludington Street and south to Doctors ...

Column: Making an impact on talent

ESCANABA — Talent development, retention, expansion and attraction is a top priority and our core mission at the Delta County Economic Development Alliance. As our broad and diverse companies face the challenge of finding a skilled workforce, what works in in our community is the ...

Verso plans to restart paper machine

MIAMISBURG, Ohio — Verso Corp. has announced plans to upgrade the shuttered pulp line and No. 3 paper machine at its Androscoggin Mill in Jay, Maine, enabling this equipment to restart for the manufacture of packaging products. The paper machine and associated pulping capacity were ...

Column: Finding Delta County through Escanaba

ESCANABA — Are you a native Yooper that once lived in another town in the Midwest like I have? If so, I’m sure you were very happy to tell people in your new city where you were from originally. When I lived in Lower Michigan in the late 1990s and 2000s, I worked in sales and told everyone ...

Harley-Davidson dealership recognized

GREEN BAY — Vandervest Harley-Davidson earned the prestigious Silver Bar & Shield Circle of Achievement Award for 2017. Presented by Harley-Davidson Motor Company, this award is given to dealers based on motorcycle and related product sales performance, customer service and satisfaction, ...