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The Throttle in Little Lake has new owners

There are new owners at The Throttle Bar and Grill in Little Lake (it's by Gwinn in Marquette County), but the place sure seems to be running just as smooth as it was before.
 
The new owners, Johnny Paris and Amanda Washburn, were introduced April 5 during a customer appreciation celebration. They are taking over from previous owners Scott and Sally Searle.
 
The restaurant and bar, which is located right on M-35 next to Brown's Store, offers up a nice menu that include Broaster chicken, hamburgers made from daily-ground meat, homemade soups, a mean pulled pork and more. They have a full bar that features Upper Peninsula brews, among others, and have specials each day for lunch and dinner. Fridays are, of course, for fish fry, but Thursday features a mean Broaster pork chop (it's so good… my mouth is watering).
 
The Throttle also does fundraising events throughout the year with bike nights and sled nights, among others.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: The Throttle

BridgeGuard named one of 50 companies to watch

Remember when BridgeGuard was just starting up and was still incubating in the MTEC SmartZone? 

That little company is growing in leaps and bounds, it has graduated from the SmartZone after about 10 years there and this year is named among the 2014 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch by Michigan Celebrates Small Business.

"We are honored to be recognized as one of Michigan’s 50 Companies to Watch,” president Jay Ruohonen says. “The BridgeGuard team deserves congratulations for all of their hard work in making this award possible. We continue to look for opportunities to share our innovative bridge deck scoping technologies with departments of transportation not only in Michigan, but across the United States.”

BridgeGuard, which is located in downtown Hancock, will be honored with the award on May 6 during the MCSB awards in Lansing.

The Michigan 50 Companies to Watch selections are companies that are considered to be the future of Michigan's economy. The companies are defined as having six to 99 full-time-equivalent employees and have an annual revenue or working capital between $750,000 and $50 million.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: MTEC SmartZone


Dematic adds jobs in Houghton

Dematic in Houghton has grown a bit since it first opened its doors in May 2012 in the MTEC SmartZone's Lakeshore Center.
 
In fact, the company is now up to 10 full-time engineers who help support the research and development functions for the company's headquarters in Grand Rapids. Additionally, the company is also using five part-time Michigan Technological University students to help keep up with the growing demands from the company's many clients.
 
In December, Dematic acquired Upturn Solutions, which is a provider of computerized maintenance management solutions that are designed for distribution, manufacturing and warehouse environments.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: MTEC SmartZone

Stephenson Bank & Trust promotes two

Two employees have received promotions at Stephenson National Bank & Trust.
 
Both Kathleen Berquist and Jeff Myster have been promoted to senior vice president.
 
Berquist has been with the company since 2005 when she joined the team as a human resources director. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking's human resources management school as well as the Wisconsin Bankers Association Leadership Institute. Additionally, she attended Barnes Business College in Denver.
 
Myster has been with Stephenson National Bank & Trust since 2011 when he was hired as the vice president and retail banking manager. He has more than 30 years of experience in banking in several states and is a graduate of South West University in New Orleans with a bachelor's in business management.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Stephenson National Bank & Trust

New Age Tattoo adds to staff in Marquette

New Age Tattoo and Body Piercing in Marquette has brought on a new staffer to help get the word out about the work the tattoo studio does.
 
Cara Parrish will be the new promoter and coordinator for the tattoo shop at 1009 North Third Street in Marquette. She has worked for MTV, Black Eagle Tattoo and Rockstar Marketing and has a background in promotions. She might be familiar to some from the MTV reality series "Buckwild."
 
At New Age, Parrish will oversee marketing and promotion and organize charitable events. She'll also focus on the appearance of the shop, and creating a welcoming atmosphere for customers, according to New Age's announcement.

New Age is the oldest continuously running tattoo and piercing shop in Marquette and is currently owned by Justin Gahn.
 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: New Age Tattoo

Sunrise Builders promotes L'Huillier

Sunrise Builders showed just how much they appreciate the hard work and dedication of Andrea L'Huillier when they recently announced her promotion to vice president and corporate financial officer. 
 
L'Huiller has been with the company for the past decade, having joined its ranks as an accountant in 2004. 
 
L'Huillier is originally from Marquette, and moved back to the area after graduating from Central Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in corporate finance. 
 
Sunrise Builders has been in Marquette County since it formed in 1977. Since then, it has worked on a large variety of projects that include custom homes, condos, commercial buildings and senior housing. 
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Lake Superior Community Partnership

Bear's Den hires new bartender

The Bear's Den Brewpub in Ishpeming has a new employee, and general manager Pat Beyer says she's been the perfect addition to the newly-opened pub. 
 
Susan Greenlee is the brewpub's new barkeep, and she's brought some pretty cool ideas with her, too. Together, she and Breyer have developed a line of mixed drinks based on Skittles-infused vodka that they make right in the brewpub.
 
Greenlee can be found working most nights at the Bear's Den Brewpub, which is located in the Country Grill at the Country Village in Ishpeming. The brewpub offers up a full menu as well as exclusive-drinks like Horny Bear Ale. 
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Bear's Den Brewpub

Andrew Gale joins Lasco as network technician

Lasco has announced that it has hired a new senior network technician. 
 
Andrew Gale brings with him more than 20 years of IT experience, which was most recently being honed as the regional IT manager for Cliffs Natural Resources, which has several interests in the Upper Peninsula including the Empire and Tilden mines in Marquette County. 
 
Gale attended both Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College and is certified as a Microsoft Systems Engineer as well as a certified Novell Engineer. 
 
Gale is originally from Michigan, and moved to the Upper Peninsula about 18 months ago. He lived in the city with his wife, Amy, and two sons. 
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Lake Superior Community Partnership 

Arnold Line appoints new president

The Arnold Ferry Line has a new president, as the board of directors announced this week Brent C. Rippe will take over that role. 
 
The ferry company is gearing up for its season on the Straits of Mackinac as the Arnold Transit Co. board of directors appointed Rippe to replace former president James Wynn as part of a move in a different direction, according to the announcement.
 
Wynn won't continue to be involved at Arnold in any way, but other management will remain the same, with Matt Stuck as vice president and Veronica Dobrowolski as general manager. 
 
Arnold Ferry Line has served Mackinac Island and the surrounding communities for 135 years with docks in St. Ignace, Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island.
 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Arnold Transit Co.

Michigan Works adds new director of talent acquisition team

Michigan Works! The Job Force Board in Marquette announced recently that it has added Stephanie Zadroga-Langlois to its staff. 
 
Zadroga-Langlois has been hired as the director of the talent acquisition team, which means she will be overseeing the staff of the one-stop service centers and the services provided that focus on job placement for the unemployed and for job seekers searching for new opportunities. 
 
She originally hails from Massachusetts, but moved to Marquette as a college student. She earned a bachelor's and a master's degree in writing from Northern Michigan University. 
 
For the past eight years, she has worked with Manpower overseeing offices in Marquette, Iron Mountain and Gaylord. 
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Michigan Works

Dickinson County names new 4-H program coordinator

When we think of 4-H, we tend to think of farms, fairs and livestock, none of which really jump to mind when you look outside at the snow falling today. But, the 4-H does so much more than most people would ever realize, and their programs require direction each and every day to make sure everything goes off without a hitch. 
 
That's why Dickinson County 4-H has named a new program coordinator in Meredith Imler. 
 
Prior to taking the 4-H position, Imler worked for eight years at a non-profit teen drop-in center in Wisconsin. 
 
She has a bachelor's degree in human services from the University of Wisconsin-Oskosh and is working toward a master's degree in non-profit management at Northeastern University College of Professional studies. 
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Michigan State University Extension

Part of Peninsula Bank's commercial loan team now has offices in Marquette

If you're looking to do business with the commercial loan officers from Peninsula Bank, then you will have no problem going to either Ishpeming to the bank's main offices (that's where the CEO and chief lending officer,  who are both involved with commercial lending are based), or to Marquette, where some of the members of the commercial loan department now have their offices. 
 
The team of Mike Flannery and Dane Nelson, along with credit analyst Rebecca Schneiderhan, are doing some of their business out of the Marquette branch offices, but will still be doing plenty of business out of Ishpeming, too. 
 
Both Flannery and Nelson had previously worked on occasion out of Marquette, but the move is expected to allow them to work together more efficiently and in closer proximity. 
 
The commercial loan team will continue working throughout Marquette County with existing and prospective business clients. The bank is dedicated to serving their clients no matter where they are located, as always, and is committed to the entirety of the county (and beyond) and especially to Ishpeming, the city the bank has called home for more than 125 years. 
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Peninsula Bank

Angeli Foods in Menominee expands to include organic, natural selections

There are millions of memes on the Internet, but one that caught our eye the other day was one that showed a lady holding up some fresh food. It read: "Try Organic Food… or as your grandparents called it, 'Food.'"
 
And while it might make you chuckle a bit, it definitely gets you thinking a little, right? Well, if you've been considering making the switch to eat more natural foods and organically-produced groceries and you live near Menominee, you should probably head over to Angeli Foods
 
The local grocery store, which has nearly a century under its belt in the area, has expanded its offerings to include organic and natural products. 
 
If that weren't enough, they also have started introducing customers to the selections, and the difference, via "Organic 101" tours of the store. 
 
The company has also named Deb Doubek to the role of natural, organic and health foods lead. She will help make the public aware of the products and help bring more such products to the store. You can keep track of their organic and natural updates on the new Facebook page
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Angeli Foods

GEI Consultants adds to staff

GEI Consultants, Inc., which specializes in the field of geotechnical, environmental, water resources and ecological science and engineering, recently announced is has added a water and wastewater expert to their staff. 
 
Scott Richards has joined the company as a senior professional and will be based out of the firm's Marquette office. 
 
"We are looking forward to Scott’s contributions on the water and wastewater front," says Michael Carpenter, GEI’s Marquette manager. "Scott’s proven experience as a project manager and water and wastewater engineer will help strengthen GEI’s existing capabilities in the Upper Peninsula and across the Midwest, and will augment the depth and range of experience of our local Marquette engineering team."
 
Richards brings with him more than 11 years experience with him. He has previously been a project manager and consulting engineer. 
 
Richards has a bachelor's degree in technology and applied science from Northern Michigan University and another in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Lake Superior Community Partnership

Marquette's Frosty Treats is open for the season

It's still below freezing outside, which must mean that you're ready for some frozen treats, right? Well, even if you're not exactly ready at this moment, there is some nice weather on the horizon (so say the meteorologists) and when it warms up Frosty Treats in Marquette is ready for you. 
 
The seasonal business is open again--a week later than last year, but, then again, last year was a lot warmer in mid-March--and all of their Frosty Treat favorites are ready for you to enjoy. 
 
The lines are already forming (not kidding) and the frozen bananas, chocolate-dipped cones with eyes and sundaes are being sold to the customers who are delighted to see the Third Street business open. 
 
To many in Marquette, this is the truest sign that spring is right around the corner. 
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Frosty Treats
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