NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP – Leaders of the Michigan Statewide Carpenters and Millwrights Joint Apprenticeship and Training Fund announced today at a groundbreaking ceremony in Negaunee Township that a state-of-the-art, 30,000 square foot training facility to train and educate the next generation of skilled tradesmen and women is planned to open next year.
“Our new joint training center in Negaunee will ensure Michigan’s carpenters and millwrights are the most highly-skilled in the nation, ready to take on any job,” said Mike Jackson, executive secretary-treasurer of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights. “There’s a lot of talk about the growing demand for a skilled trades workforce and Michigan’s carpenters and millwrights are taking bold action today to meet the demand.”
“There’s incredible demand for skilled workers throughout our state, especially in West Michigan, and local contractors want to hire skilled, local workers,” said Donna Pardonnet, executive director of Architectural Contractors Trade Association. “This new training center is good for business and the economy. We’re proud to partner with the union to build this facility.”
According to a national report, 60 percent of contractors had trouble finding skilled workers in the last year. Construction will continue to be a top job provider in the state of Michigan through 2019, the University of Michigan’s RSQE forecast predicted last October.
The new training facility will include specially-designed indoor areas for carpenters and millwrights to gain real-world experience, in addition, allowing union members to practice skills that are used to build everything from single-family homes to medical centers, bridges and schools. The center will also contain areas for woodshop training and welding booths to help members hone specialized skills.
The facility will focus on cross-training between carpenters and millwrights, equipping workers with unique skills and helping them take on complex projects.
“This new training center will provide tremendous opportunity for every carpenter and millwright in our union, whether they are just starting out as an apprentice or a seasoned worker seeking professional development,” said MRCC Organizing Director Kevin Klingler.
Klingler also noted apprentices can “earn while they learn,” meaning they earn money while working towards a rewarding career in the skilled trades as a carpenter or millwright.
Construction for the new facility is projected to take one year to complete.
For more information, contact Jen McKernan at (313) 618-5022.
MARQUETTE- The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony with Sayklly’s The Candy Store to kick off their grand opening.
The owners, Julie and Kevin Robitaille, of the Sayklly’s Factory in Escanaba recently opened the new store Sayklly’s The Candy Store in Marquette in the Jandron Retail Center. They will be hosting a grand opening event Saturday, July 21 at 10 a.m. where great deals, giveaways, and more will be happening!
Sayklly’s Candies has been a family owned and operated business since 1906. Owner, Kevin Robitaille has been a member of the Sayklly’s team for 30 years. They will continue to sell their local homemade and hand dipped chocolates, gummies, jelly beans, and more.
Sayklly’s The Candy Store is located at 609 County Road HQ in Marquette near Target. Their hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 5p.m., and closed on Sunday. For more information please contact them at (906) 273-2595 or find them on Facebook.
Pictured from left to right front row: Lori Seguin, Sayklly’s Staff; Libbie Trill, Syklly’s Staff; Julie Robitaille, Owner; Eli Tatrow; Ellie Soper, Manager; Lucy Snyder, Sayklly’s Staff and Sabrina Stanley, Sayklly’s Staff.Pictured from left to right back row: Dave Aro, Marquette County Ambassador; Barb LaVigne; Garland LaVigne; Pete Frazier, Marquette City Commission; Randy Girard, Marquette Township; Kevin Robitaille, Owner; William Soper; Vanessa Soper; Dan Robitaille; Mary VanTilburg, Lake Superior Community Partnership, Director of Business Development and Scott Erbisch, Marquette County Ambassador.
The Royal Pub Celebrates Grand Opening
ISHPEMING- The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony with The Royal Pub to kick off their grand opening weekend.
The Royal Pub will be hosting their grand opening on June 30 from 2 p.m. – 2 a.m. Come enjoy great music, drink specials, and good company! Bands will be starting at 2 p.m. and raffles for door prizes will be held hourly. Gather up your friends and make sure to come and see the transformation of their new bar!
The Royal Pub is located at 205 East Division Street in Ishpeming. They are bringing back the past with pool, darts, drinks, and food. They are open Monday-Saturday from 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. and on Sundays from 12 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. For more information please contact (906) 486-4505 or find them on Facebook.
Pictured from left to right: Keith Moyle, Marquette County Ambassador; Mary VanTilburg, Business Development Specialist, Lake Superior Community Partnership; Sierra Scarfo, Bartender; Brandon Scarfo, Manager; Tom Auston, Owner; Karen Auston, Owner; Candace Norem, Bartender; and Jesse Bell, Marquette County Ambassador.
Fraco Concrete Products Celebrates New Showroom
MARQUETTE- The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony with Fraco Concrete Products to celebrate the opening of their new showroom.
For over 60 years they have been producing and supplying the highest quality in masonry and landscape products for both contractors and homeowners. They are the Upper Peninsula’s leading supplier for concrete block, redi-mix, tile, landscaping products, and masonry supplies. Fraco Concrete Products offer a wide variety of construction materials and accessories for starting a new job, maintenance, or repair.
Stop by their showroom Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. located at 3470 US Highway 41 West in Marquette. For more information visit www.fracoinc.com or call 906-249-1476.
Pictured from left to right: John Marshall, Marquette County Ambassador; Heather Mosher, Marquette County Ambassador; Mike Cousineau, Sales; Lincoln Frazier, President; Terrell Frazier; Chris Richards, Sales; Missy Bengry, Office Manager; Terry Bengry, Operations Manager and Paul Wolfson, Marquette County Ambassador.
The Trillium House Celebrates Housewarming
MARQUETTE- The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Trillium House to celebrate the completion of their construction at 1144 Northland Drive. Guests had the ability to take tours, listen to a presentation, and enjoy refreshments.
The mission of the Trillium House is to build and support a residence for individuals to live in during their final weeks and months, while under the care of Hospice. At the Trillium House the residents and their loved ones are considered family, there is tons of natural light and nature right at hand. The space is filled with warm smiles and a staff that will do whatever they can to comfort those who live there.
The Trillium House is still in need of many things. Please consider making a donation to help make it a home for their residents. For more information you can visit www.trilliumhospicehouse.org or call 906-264-5026.
Pictured from left to right front row: Tony Retaskie, Marquette County Ambassador; Sam Elder, Board Member; Sharon Fries, Vice President; Dave Holli, Board Member; Lyn Swadley, Project Manager; Aaron Scholnik, President; Dan Mazzuchi, Board Member; Alicia Burgess, House Manager; Jackie Martin, Treasurer; Bob Kulischek, Board Member and Dave Aro, Marquette County Ambassador.
Pictured from left to right back row: Sherry Henderson, Board Member; Pat Bray, Executive Director; Roger Bentlage, Board Member; Mary Bentlage, Volunteer; Sue Kitti, Treasurer; Trish Davis, Marquette County Ambassador; Tom Blake, Board Member and John Marshall, Marquette County Ambassador.
Rippling River Resort & Campground Celebrates Grand Opening
MARQUETTE- The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony with Rippling River Resort & Campground to celebrate their grand opening. Guests had the ability to take self-guided tours and enjoy a traditional camp cookout with live music by Troy Graham.
Rippling River Resort & Campground is located on over 37 acres just minutes from downtown Marquette on the Carp River. They provide options for all types of campers, from rustic tent sites to luxury log cabins. You can access mountain biking and hiking trails within the Resort grounds, ski at Marquette Mountain, or relax in the sun down by the river.
Rippling River Resort & Campground also provides many amenities including a heated pool (seasonal), year round outdoor hot tub, complimentary WIFI, a general store, a playground, and much more!
For more information or to make a reservation call 906-273-2259 or visit their website at http://www.ripplingriverresort.com/.
Pictured from left to right: Patricia Davis, Marquette County Ambassador; Melissa Holmquist, Marquette County Ambassador; Pete Frazier, Marquette City Commissioner; Dave Campana, Marquette City Mayor; Greg Dix, 41 Lumber; Melissa Curran, Owner; Logan Curran; Mark Curran, Owner; Gary Bufe, Hiawatha Log Homes; Joe Esbrook, Hiawatha Log Homes; Joanna Emigh, Campground Manager; Toni Olavaime, Campground Staff; Cole Mulder, Campground Staff; Sierra Schiller, Campground Staff; Jenna Smith, Marquette City Commissioner; and Karen Anderson, Marquette County Ambassador.
Yooptone Music Celebrates Grand Opening
MARQUETTE – The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently teamed up with Yooptone Music to celebrate the grand opening of their new location with a ribbon-cutting. The owners are excited to offer a variety of musical options to current and aspiring musicians at the new store.
Yooptone Music is owned and operated by local musicians Jake Kuhlman and Jeff Krebs, who have over 25 combined years of professional music experience. They started the business with one goal in mind, which is to better serve their community’s musicians and to foster growth so that they can pass along the gift of music to the next generations. Yooptone Music plans to achieve this goal by offering a full line of instruments, accessories, sound gear, professional repairs, rentals, and quality music lessons for all ages and skill levels.
Yooptone Music is located at 1015 N. Third Street, Marquette, MI, in the Village Shopping Center. They are open Monday – Thursday from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information, call (906) 273-0568 or visit www.yooptone.com.
Pictured from left to right: Rand Larson, Marquette County Ambassador; Melissa Kuhlman; Eleanor Kuhlman; Jake Kuhlman, Owner; Jeff Krebs, Owner and Jenna Smith, Marquette City Commissioner.
Marquette County Medical Care Facility Breaks Ground on Rehab Wing
ISHPEMING – The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently teamed up with the Marquette County Medical Care Facility (MCMCF) for a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the construction of its new Rehab Wing. They are excited to expand their operations to better serve the needs of their current and future residents.
MCMCF is a skilled nursing facility that services residents of all ages and is equipped to handle a wide variety of medical needs. MCMCF is also able to provide special services to those in need of physical, occupational, and speech therapy. The facility’s goal is to create a home-like atmosphere and provide the best care for its residents.
The Marquette County Medical Care Facility is located at 200 Saginaw St in Ishpeming. To learn more about the facility and services offered, visit www.mqtcmcf.org or call (906) 485-1061.
Pictured from left to right: Scott Erbisch, Marquette County Administrator; Melissa Holmquist, Marquette County Ambassador; Mark Eckles, Plante Moran; Caroline Bridges, DHHS Board Chair; Bradley Cory, DHHS Board Member; Mark Sundquist, Cross Construction; Gerry Corkin, Marquette County Board Chair; Jerry Hubbard, Building Administrator; Cindy D’Agistino, DHHS Board Member; Mike Patron, Cross Construction; Steve Boetcher, Integrated Designs, Inc.; Karen Alholm, Marquette County Commissioner and John Wright, Cross Consturction.
Daniele Carol Photography Celebrates One Year in Downtown Marquette
MARQUETTE- The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony with Daniele Carol, Co. to celebrate one year at their studio in downtown Marquette. Owner and lead photographer, Daniele Carol, started 14 years ago and she and her team have a wide range of skills that covers newborn photography, to professional business portraits for large corporations.
Daniele believes the gift of photography is a beautiful thing and their goal is capture history as it happens, and fill the walls of their client’s homes with beautiful portraits that will last a lifetime.
Daniele Carol, Co. is located at 617 N. Third Street in Marquette, MI. Contact Daniele at 906-228-9636 or visit their website at http://www.danielecarol.com/ for more information.
Pictured from left to right: Randy Larson, Marquette County Ambassador; Pete Frazier, Marquette City Commission; Dave Campana, City of Marquette Mayor; Jenna Smith, Marquette City Commission; Daniele Carol, Owner/Lead Photographer; Ashley Sarri, Production Manager; Lali Khalid, Production Assistant; Michelle Sellers, Marquette County Ambassador; Fred Stonehouse, Marquette City Commission; Scott Knaffla, Marquette County Ambassador.
UP Kubota Celebrates Grand Opening for New Location
MARQUETTE – The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently teamed up with UP Kubota to celebrate the grand opening of its new location on US-41 and its new ownership with a ribbon-cutting. During the two-day grand opening, attendees have the opportunity to demo tractors, RTVs, zero-turn mowers, enjoy refreshments, and enter prize drawings. Guests can also take advantage of special blowout pricing. The event will be held on Friday, April 13 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Located on 4250 US HWY 41 West, in Marquette, MI, UP Kubota carries utility vehicles, mowers, tractors, construction equipment, generators, and other power equipment. The business also repairs and services tractors and equipment. UP Kubota is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. They can be reached at (906) 451-5700 or at www.upkubota.com.
Pictured: Jim Grundstrom, President of Frei Chevrolet; Paul Wolfson, Marquette County Ambassador; Matt Iery, UP Kubota Technician; Todd Noordyk, Great Lakes Radio CEO; Sean McAdam, UP Kubota GM; Paul Gray, UP Kubota Sales; Nick Toutant, UP Kubota Technician; Brian Wiggins, UP Kubota Parts; Jackie Paupore, UP Kubota Marketing; Ryan Blixt, UP Kubota Sales and Sarah & Jordan Wolfenberg, UP Kubota Owners.
DIGS Gastropub is Celebrating One Year with DIGS Bash 2018
MARQUETTE – The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently teamed up with DIGS Gastropub to celebrate its one-year anniversary with a ribbon cutting ceremony. DIGS will continue its anniversary celebration on Saturday, March 17 with the second annual DIGS Bash, a back-alley festival.
DIGS Gastropub, founded in 2017, provides guests with fun, delicious spins on American pub food, creative cocktails, and exclusive beer options in a warm, inviting atmosphere. The eatery has also developed a following for its catering services. After just a year, DIGS has become a staple in downtown Marquette’s restaurant scene.
DIGS Bash 2018 (which will also celebrate St. Patrick’s Day) will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. at DIGS Gastropub, located at 154 W Washington St in downtown Marquette. The event will feature free admission, live music, green beer, corned beef and cabbage. The back alley and parking lots behind DIGS will be blocked off and tented for the event. Guests must be 21 or older to attend.
For more information, visit DIGS’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DIGSMarquette or call (906) 226-6399.
Pictured from left to right: Paul Schloegel, Marquette City Commissioner; Jenna Smith, Marquette City Commissioner; Andrew Sear, DIGS Executive Chef; Lauren Moosman, DIGS Manager; Pat Digneit, DIGS Owner; Alyssa Pilot, DIGS Owner/General Manager; Chad Linton, DIGS Manager; Mona Lang, DDA Executive Director and Marquette County Ambassador; Fred Stonehouse, Marquette City Mayor Pro Tem, and Tony Retaskie, Marquette County Ambassador.
Integrated Designs, Inc. Celebrates 25 Years
MARQUETTE- Integrated Designs, Inc. (IDI) recently teamed up with the Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) to celebrate their 25th anniversary. To celebrate this milestone they hosted local clientele, business affiliates, friends and family at the Ore Dock Brewing Company on Friday, February 23rd.
IDI was established in 1993 with a primary mission to deliver quality, cost effect design solutions, responsive to each individual client’s needs. IDI provides creative and practical design solutions while maintaining program efficiency, technical proficiency and cost effectiveness.
IDI is a full service design organization qualified to manage a variety of planning, design and construction administration work related to new construction, renovations and repairs.
For more information on Integrated Designs, Inc., visit their website at www. http://intdesigns.com/ or call 906.228.4480.
Pictured from left to right: Steve Boettcher, Mechanical Engineer/Principal; Shannon Finnila, Business Manager; Andrew Farron, Mechanical Engineer; Amy Doveau, Mechanical Engineer; Tom Heiskanen, Electrical Designer; Sean LaRock, Associate/Architect; Aurora Dobbs, Mechanical Engineer; Andrew Mansfield, Civil Engineer; Travis Hongisto, Associate/Architect; Carrie Goodney, Designer and Phil Niemi, Structural Engineer/Principal.
Marquette County Jail Celebrates Opening of Diversion Rooms
MARQUETTE-The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office, the County of Marquette, and Pathways Community Mental Health teamed up with Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) to celebrate the opening of two diversion rooms with a ribbon cutting ceremony. This is part of their joint Jail Diversion project.
Pictured from left to right: Dave Aro, Marquette County Ambassador; John Marshall, Marquette County Ambassador; Melissa Holmquist, Marquette County Ambassador; John Blemberg, CFO of Pathways Community Mental Health; Tami Leblanc, Jail Diversion Liaison; Lynn Johnson, Pathways Crisis Services Supervisor; Undersheriff Daniel Willey; Deputy Ryan Luezzo; Sheriff Greg Zyburt; Johnny DePetro, Marquette County Commissioner; Tony Retaskie, Marquette County Ambassador; Randy Larson, Marquette County Ambassador; Gerry Corkin, Marquette County Board Chair, Diane Heidtman, Marquette County Prosecutors Office; Erik Powers, LSCP Business Development Representative.
Upper Peninsula Supply Co. Ribbon Cutting
MARQUETTE – The Lake Superior Community Partnership recently teamed up with Upper Peninsula Supply Co. to celebrate its 10-year anniversary as well as the grand opening of its new brick-and-mortar location in downtown Marquette. Attendees had the opportunity to meet U.P. Supply Co.’s owners and enjoy refreshments, giveaways, and networking with fellow “Yoopers.”
Upper Peninsula Supply Co. (formerly Yooper Steez) was founded in 2008 by Upper Peninsula ambassador, Bugsy Sailor. The brand is credited with the launch of products such as the original U.P. silhouette tee, campaigns like Plaidurday and 906 Day, and Yooper Singles, a conceptual dating site launched on April Fools Day. Sailor partnered with Paul Hess in 2017, and the duo now works together to “foster community by creating unique goods and campaigns that celebrate the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.”
Located on 221 W. Washington St. in downtown Marquette, U.P. Supply Co. offers a variety of local retail products and an environment for creatives to aid in the advocacy of the Upper Peninsula. The store is open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and can be reached at 906-273-2848 or www.upsupply.co.
Pictured from left: Pete Frazier, Marquette City Commission, Mary VanTilburg, LSCP Business Development Specialist, Christian Palomaki, River Valley Bank, Paul Hess, Upper Peninsula Supply Co., Bugsy Sailor, Upper Peninsula Supply Co., Fred Stonehouse, Marquette City Commission, John Marshall, Marquette County Ambassador and Jenna Smith, Marquette City Commission.
2013 Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies