Monday: In Business

U.P. Regional Blood Center: Vitally important

MARQUETTE —  For some 50 years, the Upper Peninsula Regional Blood Center — a service of UP Health System-Marquette — has played a critical part in saving lives by providing blood when needed in the local community. The center provides blood to 13 hospitals in the U.P. and all ...

Match UP holds promise to help spur employment

About a month ago, along with the Michigan Economic Development Corp., UPWARD Talent Council and Cliffs Natural Resources, we launched a talent portal called Match UP. This program allows employers with qualified job openings to connect directly with the experienced, skilled workers who were ...

mBank promotes Beaudre

MANISTIQUE — mBank has announced the recent promotion of Bernie Beaudre from AVP Deposit Compliance/Bank Secrecy Act officer to vice president – Deposit Compliance/Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) officer, located in Manistique. Beaudre has been with mBank for more than 26 years providing ...

Champion Sport and Bait: Continued growth

CHAMPION — As it approaches its third anniversary, Champion Sport and Bait keeps on growing, adding firearms and ammo sales to its already impressive list of outdoor related offerings. “As of September, we have our federal firearms license,” said Manager Tracy Mattila. “We don’t ...

What the GINCC does and why should be a member

The Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce would like to invite local businesses and community members to learn more about the west end and what we do. The mission of the GINCC is to enhance the community by building better businesses and relationships. We will fulfill its mission ...

Tesla begins making battery cells at massive Nevada factory

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Tesla Motors says it has started producing lithium-ion battery cells at its $5 billion factory in Nevada. The company says it began making high-performance cells in December and production started Wednesday for cells used in Powerwall energy-storage products. Tesla plans ...

Tomasi police chief in Carmel, Calif.

MARQUETTE — Paul Tomasi, son of George and Bettey Tomasi, of Marquette, has been promoted to director of safety for the city of Carmel by the Sea, Calif. According to an article in the Monterey Herald, Tomasi is a 21-year law enforcement veteran and member of the Carmel Police Department ...

Price dispute anchors crab boats

SEATTLE (AP) — Dungeness crab could be harder to come by if hundreds of fishing boats remain tied up at docks from California to Washington state by a dispute between crabbers and seafood processors over the price of the sought-after crustaceans. Crab fleets that have been fishing in parts ...

Ski industry skews big, so smaller resorts tout authenticity

DENVER — A budget ski resort in western Colorado came up with an eye-popping offer — a $700 lift ticket, the most expensive in the nation. Only this lift ticket comes with a sweet bonus: a pair of handcrafted skis made from Colorado wood. Gimmicky? Sure. But Sunlight Mountain Resort says ...

Rewards of economic development outweigh costs

The goal of economic development is to improve the economic well-being of a community through efforts that entail job creation, job retention, tax base enhancements and quality of life. We all benefit when the community’s economic development strategies are successful. I often ask groups I ...

Archambeault joins family medicine

NEGAUNEE — UP Health System - Negaunee Family Medicine announced that John Archambeault, PA, has joined its practice. Archambeault joins a team of family medicine providers that includes Joel Dank, MD, and Allan Olson, DO at the Negaunee clinic. Archambeault is a graduate of Western ...

Pemble Concrete crew attends IPCI

MARQUETTE — Charles Pemble and three members of his crew recently attended the International Polished Concrete Institute Certified Craftsman Training in Norris, Tennessee, according to a press release from Pemble Concrete Coatings. IPCI Craftsman Certification is a technique-driven course ...

Globalization took hits in 2016; Will 2017 lead to more?

LONDON — Globalization, the path that the world economy has largely followed for decades, took some hefty blows in 2016. The election of Donald Trump as U.S. president and Britain’s decision to leave the European Union have raised questions over the future of tariff-free trade and ...

Clickner is MEDA board president

LANSING — Amy Clickner, CEO of Lake Superior Community Partnership, has been elected president of the Michigan Economic Developers Association Board of Directors for 2017. Clickner has worked for the LSCP since the organization's inception in 1998, was the first full-time employee and ...

Railroad agrees to changes

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The nation’s largest freight railroad has agreed to more thorough inspections and maintenance improvements after a fiery oil train derailment in Oregon and the discovery of more than 800 potential safety violations across its sprawling network. Details on the ...

An organization doing great things in the west end

The Republic Community Services and Youth Organization was chartered in 1958 through United Way of Michigan. Members of the Organization serve on a voluntary basis and no fees or wages are paid to members. It operates as a charitable organization that sponsors various community activities such ...

Walgreens, Rite Aid shed 865 stores to close $9.4B deal

Walgreens and Rite Aid will sell 865 stores to rival retailer Fred’s for $950 million, potentially removing the final roadblock thwarting a tie up between the nation’s largest and third-largest drugstore chains. Wall Street certainly saw it that way, sending shares of all three ...

Call her Tina: Meet UPHS’ Dr. Maria Cristina Chan

MARQUETTE — You can call her Tina, said Dr. Maria Cristina Chan, who joined UP Health System - Marquette this autumn. “I have a Filipino name,” she said, a bright smile lighting up her face. “But I go by Tina.” She grew up, she said, the younger by 10 years sister of three ...

Partnership News and Views: Match UP connects employers with skilled workers

In economic development, we work with all types of businesses in all stages of their life cycle. While our staff is trained to assist with start up, expansion, retention and attraction needs of a business, we are also prepared to work with companies who are overcoming challenges including ...

906 Sports Bar and Grill: Winter golfing oasis

The weather is becoming frightful but golfers will find the 906 Sports Bar and Grill in Marquette delightful. Because for the second winter in a row, the 906 will offer serious golfers a chance to keep the skills honed — and the not-so-serious golfers a chance to have fun playing. That’s ...