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Martin Sports & PC Medic have new Ishpeming location

Customers of Martin Sports Apparel and PC Medic will be stopping at a new location thanks to a move by the two companies, which are owned by Scott Martin.

The companies, which have been based in Ishpeming since they were founded, are now located at the Country Village off of U.S. 41. They are located behind Blimpie Subs and next to the laundromat.

The reason for the move, says Martin, is simply logistics. Their former location, which was next to Meyer Yamaha, came with a massive showroom where Martin Sports Apparel showcased many of the styles of clothing available for customers. The problem was, they were almost always making sales through catalog orders and not off the showroom floor.
The new location still features a big display of shirts, hats and even football helmets that Martins Sports Apparel specializes in, but is smaller and far more cost-effective. Additionally, it gives Martin the chance to be more involved when customers come walking through the door.

PC Medic is also housed in the same building, though not a lot has changed for the company that has been fixing computers in Ishpeming and across the Upper Peninsula for more than a decade. Customers can still drop off their computers for quick repairs, and parts, custom builds and more are still available.

For more information, visit the PC Medic and Martin Sports Apparel Facebook pages.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Martin Sports

Construction on LSSU's school of business will begin

Lake Superior State University is starting construction this spring on its project to renovate South Hall into a modern business school building for its Lukenda School of Business.
 
Bids were awarded on the $13.5 million expansion and refurbishment of the historic building, which now will bear the name R. W. Considine Hall after benefactor Robert Considine of Trout Lake.
 
Considine Hall was first built as a U.S. Army barracks in the early 1900s, as part of Fort Brady. The project will consist of two phases; one to renovate its existing 32,000 square feet and upgrade its infrastructure, and one to put on a 12,000-square-foot addition to connect the two wings of the building and create an atrium. The addition will serve as a commons area with an expanded café and support space including a securities trading lab and the LSSU Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
 
David Finley, dean of the LSSU College of Business and Engineering, says the goal of the capital project is to strengthen LSSU's business offerings and position the school to help push economic growth.
 
"This is a very exciting time for the Lukenda School of Business. We're now firmly poised to take our already strong program to the next level, with a high-tech, state-of-the-art facility to support our efforts," he says. "With so many of our graduates garnering leadership positions in northern Michigan and Ontario companies, the completed R.W. Considine Hall will support sustainable economic development throughout the region for many years to come."
 
Construction is scheduled for a May 2016 completion date.
 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Lake Superior State University

Lasalletech moves to new Hancock office

Financial IT company Lasalletech in the Keweenaw announced it is moving out of the MTEC SmartZone and into a new Hancock office.
 
The tech company started up at the business incubator eight years ago and in February, sold the business to CameronTec Group, a global company focusing on financial trading infrastructure and technology.
 
Lasalletech's focus is on creating IT solutions in the financial trading industry, and especially in electronic trading, so the purchase was a good fit for both companies. As part of the deal, Lasalletech will continue to operate in Hancock, employing at least its current seven people.
 
"This is a very exciting time for the company and our future," says Lasalletech cofounder Jacob Northey. "We are proud that we've been able to grow a company and hire talent who live, work and raise families in the Keweenaw."
                                                                                            
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: MTEC SmartZone

Marquette SmartZone officially opens for business

The Marquette arm of the MTEC SmartZone in Houghton is up and running, it announced in its first public statement.
 
The Marquette SmartZone is the newly incorporated satellite of the existing zone in the Keweenaw, and is made up of a Local Development Finance Authority created last year, the new 501(c)3 corporation and its board, which is in the process of forming. Bylaws are being written, board members are being chosen, and the hiring of a new executive director is upcoming, all spurred by the recent approval of the SmartZone by the Michigan Department of Economic Development.
 
The new economic development engine will be named Innovate Marquette, according to its statement, or, in longer form, the Innovation Marquette Enterprise Corporation. It does have some specific areas of industry as its mission to develop, says finance authority chair Rosemary Smith.
 
"We are really energized and excited to be progressing through the paperwork and organization of the LDFA and SmartZone plans so we can move forward in creating high-tech, high-quality businesses and jobs here in Marquette with the focus on life sciences, green technologies, IT and social media, natural resources and food systems technology companies," she says.
 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Marquette SmartZone

Xccelerated Fitness opens in Negaunee

A new gym and fitness studio in Negaunee held a ribbon cutting and grand opening April 8 and is inviting new members to try out its inaugural challenge for 28 days.
 
Xccelerated Fitness and Wellness Solutions is located at 400 U.S. Highway 41 East in Negaunee, in Suite 106 A, and is owned by Josh Drew.
 
The ribbon cutting included a plaque presented by Negaunee mayor Michael Haines to Drew on the occasion of the opening.
 
Drew says he's starting off the gym and fitness center's new location with a 28-day challenge running from April 13 to May 10, to help clients get in shape for summer. Xccelerated Fitness and Wellness Solutions focuses on nutrition plans, fitness training at the individual and group level, and personalized training programs to help members achieve their personal health or fitness goals.
 
Drew is available via email for more information or questions, or find Xccelerated Fitness online here.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Xccelerated Fitness

 

Ishpeming hotel rebrands with new name and owners

The Country Inn in Ishpeming has rebranded under a new affiliation.
 
Formerly the Best Western Country Inn, the hotel, located in the Country Village Resort on U.S. 41, now is the Magnuson Hotel Country Inn.
 
Magnuson Hotels is a global brand with more than 1,000 hotels under its auspices and has been growing recently, also cementing an affiliation with a Houghton hotel, the Magnuson Hotel Franklin Square Inn.
 
The property, owned by Bradley Argall, has 60 hotel rooms and easy access to local landmarks like the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame and the Michigan Iron Industry Museum. Staffing won't change significantly with the new name, but brand awareness, it's hoped, will.
 
"We are proud to welcome Bradley Argall and his entire staff, and are fully committed to increasing their visibility and reservations," says Thomas Magnuson, CEO of Magnuson Worldwide of the agreement.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Magnuson Country Inn

Systems Control will open Houghton office

Iron Mountain engineering firm Systems Control announced it is opening a new office in Houghton, not coincidentally in the same building as the MTEC SmartZone.
 
The motivation was a simple one: getting closer to qualified employees who can help Systems Control grow.
 
The company's executive vice president, Brad Lebouef, says the firm plans to double its business over the next five years using new initiatives, but its main constraint is lack of availability of engineers, technicians and manufacturing personnel.
 
"Establishment of the Houghton office will afford us better access to recruit, train and employ the talented team members needed to help us realize our goals," he says. "We intend to engage ten to fifteen team members to start in Houghton."
 
Those new hires they'll be looking for will include experienced electrical and mechanical engineers, as well as engineering students at Michigan Technological University. The Houghton office will be managed by David Rowe.
 
Systems Control offers engineered solutions for manufacturing electrical control panels, control centers, and outdoor electrical systems, and engineering services for the electric, oil and gas industries. It has other offices in Iron Mountain, and Pewaukee, Wisconsin.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: MTEC SmartZone

Pinc. Photography adds new employee

A Marquette photography business is growing with the addition of web design services and a new employee, besides.
 
Pinc. Photography is owned by Patty Belt, who is adding web designer to her job title, she recently announced. It's a natural expansion, as she can offer photography, design and web services all in one package, to create good-looking and functional websites.
 
Belt will still be the lead photographer for pinc., but as the business grows, she's also hired on a new photographer this spring to assist with additional photography, Gemma Darr.
 
"Gemma shoots similarly to me and understands that photography is more than just a pile of equipment. It's about treating people with care and making the experience enjoyable," says Belt.
 
For more details and galleries of work, pinc. can be found online here.
 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Pinc. Photography

Natural Organizing moves to Marquette

A new professional organizing business has come to Marquette. Natural Organizing, owned by Carol Hultquist, has expanded from Minneapolis, Hultquist's previous location.
 
Hultquist splits her time between Minneapolis, Battle Creek, her hometown, and Marquette, where she noticed there was no professional organizing service.
 
Natural Organizing sets itself apart from other organizing services by using the principles of reduce, reuse and recycle, and recommending green and sustainable cleaning and organizing products and methods. Hultquist says she founded the business because of her love of organizing, but didn't agree with the overuse of chemicals and particularly plastic containers usually recommended by organizers.
 
She works in both homes and businesses and is available for professional consultations in the Marquette area. Natural Organizing recently held a ribbon cutting in cooperation with the Lake Superior Community Partnership.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Natural Organizing

1844 Ore apparel shop is new to Negaunee

The community is welcoming a new apparel store in Negaunee, 1844 Ore. Located at 211 Iron Street inside the Negaunee City Center, 1844 Ore sells Negaunee-themed clothing.
 
Designs include inspiration from local sports teams, schools, and the history of the town itself, which gave rise to the name, which honors the year iron ore was discovered in Negaunee.
 
The Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Chamber of Commerce held a business after-hours gathering and a ribbon cutting for 1844 Ore March 10, in the shop's newly redecorated location, the former home of the West End YMCA.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: 1844 Ore

MISH Watersports brings more recreation to Delta County

A new recreation company has started up in Escanaba, called MISH Watersports.
 
And if winter seems like an unlikely time to kick off an outdoor recreation business, founders Rick Elrod and Jarred Drown were undeterred, simply offering up adventuresome options like snow kiting lessons until the summer arrives.
 
That said, summer will see the addition of several new water sports to the Delta County area, as the entrepreneurs offer rentals and instruction for stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, and kiteboarding in Escanaba.
 
The name itself, MISH, is inspired by the Ojibwa word "mishigamma," which means "great water," and also pays tribute to Lake Michigan, says Elrod.
 
The two hope that their new business can help promote and provide more access to recreational water sports on Lake Michigan, since both love the water and a variety of recreational and adventure sports.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: MISH Watersports

Marquette's Auto Lawn Rain Gear expands to Midwest home stores

A Marquette entrepreneur's product is getting a wider audience as it appears on the shelves of Lowe's home improvement stores across Michigan.
 
John Coyne is the inventor of Auto Lawn Rain Gear, a DIY irrigation system kit made for homeowners. Coyne created his company after many years of installing residential and commercial irrigation systems, and seeing the cost and other related issues that kept homeowners from being able to do it themselves.
 
He invented the Auto Lawn Rain Gear system using commercial-quality components and adapting a system to be easy to install at home, self-draining, and affordable for more people. The self-draining part was especially important for northern climates, to avoid freezing and breakage in the winter, or the added expense of having an irrigation system winterized each year.
 
The adaptable-size kits started out being sold online through the company's website, but now, they are available to shoppers at Home Depot and Lowe's stores, as well as other hardware stores. In Michigan, Lowe's locations to find the kits are Marquette, Petoskey, Traverse City, Burton and Midland, says Coyne. Prices range from $97 to $329, depending on the size of the kit, which can be as small as a flowerbed, or as large as a full lawn.
 
"For many years people have been intimidated to take on a project like this," says Coyne. "By installing an ARLG kit themselves, homeowners can save up to 70 percent over the cost of a contractor."
 
More information on the kits, including instructional videos, is available online at the Auto Lawn Rain Gear site.
 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Auto Lawn Rain Gear

Development company Kanava locates in Sault Ste. Marie

A management consulting firm, Kanava International, is locating in downtown Sault Ste. Marie.
 
Previously located in Arlington, Virginia, the move is a return home for president and CEO Susan Puska, who is a Sault Ste. Marie native.
 
Kanava's new office, which opened early this year, is located at 546 Ashmun Street in downtown Sault Ste. Marie.
 
Puska made her career in the U.S. Army, serving as a logistician around the world and as an attaché to Beijing, before retiring at the rank of colonel. She worked as a U.S. government contractor and then returned to school at George Mason University, where she earned an MBA. In 2013, she opened the doors on Kanava International, joined by chief operating officer Carol Yee, an international management capacity specialist.
 
Puska wanted to return to Sault Ste. Marie to work on economic development in the area by helping to build sustainable companies and nonprofits. Kanava offers several services to that end, such as consulting on operating platforms, personnel training, and diversification of customer base and funding.
 
Hiring has already started at Kanava, with the addition of regional manager Erin Marra, who will run office operations in the U.P., recruit for development projects, and work with partners in the U.P. Two part-time consultants also will add their skills to Kanava projects.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Downtown Sault Ste. Marie

Revisions Design Studio expands to Marquette

St. Patrick's Day coincided with another happy date for downtown Marquette--the opening of Revisions Design Studio.
 
Located in the former Farmer Q's Market at 219 West Washington Street, Revisions made the move from Ishpeming to its new location this month.
 
While hours are still limited as owner Michele Dugree and her staff work out their new store and schedule, Revisions should be open with a new showroom and design offices in the new space full-time in April.
 
Revisions Design has been offering handmade home goods for several years, starting with an Etsy store in 2008. Some major wholesale contracts followed, including creating items for Target.
 
Dugree expanded to a retail location in Ishpeming a few years ago, and now is making the move to Marquette to expand even further. A NMU art and design graduate, Dugree makes all her designed items by hand, creating jewelry, lighting fixtures, household objects, interior design pieces, gifts, and custom designs.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Revisions Design Studio

Liberty Way development moves forward in Marquette

The continued growth of the Veridea Group's Liberty Way development will be moving forward thanks to a $4.1 million load from the Michigan Community Revitalization Program.

The funds, which are distributed by the MEDC, will be used to begin construction on the next phase of the project, which will include a two-level underground parking facility that will support 145,000 square feet of space for offices, a hotel, residential units and retail shops.  

The new hotel will be a Staybridge Suites designed for extended stays in the area. It will have 108 suites that are either studio or 1- or 2-bedroom units and each will have a full kitchen.

This will be the third hotel developed and operated by Veridea, but the first designated for extended stays.

The new construction will also include connections being built to the Marquette bike path as well as the new Marquette General Hospital campus.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Veridea Group
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