Business News

Resorts partner with hotel franchising firm

IRON MOUNTAIN — The new owners of two resorts in Michigan and Wisconsin have partnered with an internationally known hospitality company. Pine Mountain Resort in Iron Mountain and The Four Seasons Resort in Pembine, Wis., have joined the Trademark Collection by Wyndham. “We are proud ...

DS Tech wins dual awards again

ESCANABA — DS Tech, a leading managed services provider, is announces it have won two awards as recognized by Channel Futures. First, they have won the award that celebrates the fact that they are among the world’s 501 most strategic and innovative managed services providers (MSPs), ...

Making case for Delta Force membership

ESCANABA — Delta Force. A 30 second spot on the radio during my morning commute to work. 30 seconds that piqued my interest, and led me to investigate the program further. Knowing some previous graduates, I decided to ask their opinions Delta Force. What I heard was a resoundingly positive ...

Craig Johnson named senior vice president

ESCANABA — Escanaba native Craig Johnson, who has served for more than 18 years in a number of key budgetary and administrative roles at Northwestern University, has been named the University’s Senior Vice President for Business and Finance, Northwestern President President Morton Schapiro ...

The Delta Force experience

ESCANABA — Graduation for the 15th class of the Delta Force Leadership Program will be celebrated at the Delta County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner, October 11th, at the Island Resort and Casino. The Delta Force experience is comprised of 10 sessions beginning in February with Community ...

Mackinac Financial Corp. acquires bank

MANISTIQUE — The Directors of Mackinac Financial Corporation, the holding company for mBank, announced the consummation of the all-cash acquisition of Lincoln Community Bank (Lincoln), Merrill, Wis. Lincoln was immediately consolidated into mBank and both branches were opened as mBank ...

Gladstone Power & Light marks 90 years

GLADSTONE — Gladstone Power & Light, Gladstone’s locally owned, not-for-profit electric utility, celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. Gladstone Power & Light is a member-owner of WPPI Energy, a not-for-profit wholesale energy provider and joint action agency. The ...

Realtors inducted into U.P. group

On Sept. 13, the above members were inducted into the Upper Peninsula REALTORS at the general membership meeting held at Northern Michigan University. They are, from left, Christopher Bradley of leans, Connie Fries of Marquette, Cheesy Daavettila of Marquette, Tyler Kobasic of Escanaba, Matt ...

Column: Championship fishing tourney coming

ESCANABA — Delta County recently completed a very successful summer tourism season and will welcome a major event bringing national attention to our area this fall. Even with significant road construction on main routes of travel through the county, many tourism businesses had a strong or ...

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 ...