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Posted on August 27th, 2021

Peters and Local Leaders Highlighted How Historic American Rescue Plan Has Delivered Vital Relief

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 25, 2021
Brennan Sullivan
(202) 577-4536
media@peters.senate.gov

PARADISE, MI – U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today visited Paradise in the Upper Peninsula on the third and final day of his annual motorcycle tour across Michigan. Peters concluded his Hell to Paradise motorcycle tour at the Whitefish Point Light Station and was joined by Chris Olson with the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation, Chippewa County Commission Board Chair Jim Martin, and Bruce Lynn with the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society.

Click here for B-roll of Peters’ stop in Paradise, Michigan: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmWu4cDj  

Click here for video of remarks from Bruce Lynn, Chris Olson, Jim Martin and Senator Peters: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmWtU3MJ

“There is no better way to see everything that Michigan has to offer than while riding a motorcycle – and my annual motorcycle tour has allowed me to hear firsthand how the American Rescue Plan that I helped enact is providing critical relief to help local small businesses, families and communities recover from this pandemic,” said Senator Peters. “We’re seeing the tangible effects of this support right here in the Upper Peninsula through funding for small businesses to retain employees and keep their doors open, a major tax cut …


Posted on July 27th, 2021

General Aviation Terminal Reconstruction

CHIPPEWA COUNTY — The Chippewa County International Airport is receiving over $5 million in grant funds, as announced Friday afternoon.

The U.S. Department of Transportation will be awarding approximately $5,271,043 to the airport, which will be used for the reconstruction and expansion of the airport’s general aviation terminal building to improve operations and efficiency for travelers and baggage moving throughout the airport. This new building will be funded in part by a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation.

“The new building will have state of the art technology,” said Tami Beseau, airport manager. “Online meetings, conference calls and computerized presentations have become the norm during the recent pandemic and our lack of technology presented many challenges as we continued to do business.”

The airport has been working with its Federal Aviation Administration partners for over 10 years to secure funding for this project. The funding for this facility was finally secured in 2019.

The current general aviation terminal is a former military building and in need of major repair. This new terminal building will provide a warm welcome to air charter passengers and pilots flying to the Eastern Upper Peninsula. The two-story facility …


Posted on July 16th, 2021

EUP Wood Shavings – Tenant Highlight

This week we want to shine the spotlight on Eastern Upper Peninsula Wood Shavings, located in Kincheloe.

After a devastating fire destroyed their shop in December of 2018, they have rebuilt and will soon be at full production of their nationally recognized products.

Production begins in the Eastern Upper Peninsula starting with the logs which are harvested locally using a mixture of spruce and balsam. Processing and packaging are all completed at the plant in Kincheloe where there is no propane or natural gas involved in the drying process. The end result is organic, super absorbent, premium bedding.

The naturally dried shavings are highly recommended by horse owners/trainers and chicken farmers across the country. Organic bedding is great for animals with respiratory issues or skin sensitivities and EUP Wood Shavings is proud to share that its products do not contain any harsh chemicals.

You can find their products locally at Pickford Feed Service, U.P. Feeds or contact EUP Wood Shavings directly.

(906) 240-1215

Follow them on Facebook or find their contact information on their Website.…


Posted on July 7th, 2021

Northern Michigan Beaches’ Voted Best in the U.S.

Sleeping Bear Dunes – Michigan Beaches

Being a true Michigander, we find it no surprise when someone tells us that Northern Michigan has some of the best beaches in the U.S. – Rolling dunes that stretch for miles. Clear fresh water that can be eerie calm one day and full of breaking waves the next. It’s an appreciation that can only be understood through experience.

Fodor’s Travel recently voted Sleeping Bear Dunes as their #1 beach in the U.S. (not near the Ocean). While the Sleeping Bear Dunes are absolutely a sight to behold, I’d like to share some of Chippewa County’s top beaches.

        1. Whitefish Point, 11 miles north of Paradise, MI, and approximately 1.5 hours drive from the Mackinac Bridge. Home to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum and Whitefish Point Light Station it’s also known as Lake Superiors Shipwreck Coast. The Whitefish Point Underwater Preserve protects the shipwrecks in a portion of the bay for future generations of sports divers. The point is a popular location for rock collectors, bird watchers, and ship watchers. Warning, the water may be cold. Lake Superior rarely reaches temperatures above 60 degrees!

          Whitefish Point – Paradise, Michigan

        2. Drummond Island – Fossil Ledges, located

Posted on June 30th, 2021

Making Michigan a Space State

In January of this year, Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (MAMA) announced that the Chippewa County EDC would be the new site for the command and control center for their new Michigan Launch Initiative (MLI). In partnership with Oakman Aerospace, the Chippewa Homestead Antenna & Mission Program (CHAMP) provides an ideal location sustained by a team of industry experts who will now begin work to make the MLI goals a reality.

CHAMP is a unique Public/Private Partnership (P3) that will support MLI vertical and horizontal launch sites in Michigan as well as fully integrate United States Government (USG), Allied, Commercial, and Academic Space mission support worldwide through innovative and cost-effective Modular Open System Architecture (MOSA) designs necessary to remain competitive in the NewSpace Era.  Expected to bring an estimated 40,000 new jobs and solidify the state’s place as a premier commercial aerospace destination, the new command and control center will enable the MLI to interface with the U.S. Department of Defense, or DOD, and other related agencies on highly sensitive and defense-related projects.

Space in Michigan is Looking U.P.!

Learn more about Oakman Aerospace, MAMA and don’t miss watching this informative video:


Posted on June 23rd, 2021

Michigan Open Full Capacity

Hurray! Michigan is finally open to full capacity. This means that masks are no longer required indoors and capacity restrictions have been lifted. Be aware that private businesses may still require you to wear a mask, social distance, and any other safety measures they may choose. Let’s be grateful for how far we have come in the past 15 months. One year ago the pandemic was in full swing and there was no end in sight. Many of us were asking, “when will this all end, when will masks no longer be a necessity”. Finally, the day has come and we have much to be grateful for and so much more to look forward to in the coming years.

Speaking of things to look forward to, local events are back! The Soo Locks Engineer Day is happening this Friday, June 25th. According to Facebook, 998 people have already responded that they are interested in attending. This will make for a busy weekend in the Sault so plan your activities well or you may be waiting in long lines.

Beginning at 9 a.m., a section of West Portage Avenue in between Ferris Street and Gov. Osbourne Boulevard will be closed off …


Posted on June 17th, 2021

Eight colleges – including LSSU – bring nearly $1 billion a year to U.P.

“The U.P.’s academic sector creates family-sustaining job opportunities and incentives for people to relocate to the region. New residents purchase homes, contributing to property taxes that increase city revenues. Along with students and visiting families — especially those who travel from overseas — they spend money in restaurants, hotels, and retails outlets, keeping local businesses thriving. These institutions also play a significant role in shaping the area’s vibrant culture. With its unique mix of high-tech innovation and apple-pie downtowns, the U.P. is a magnet for intelligent, interesting people who appreciate the beautiful surroundings and active lifestyle.”

Read the full article at The Daily Mining Gazette

For more information about Lake Superior State University, visit their website and like/follow them on Facebook.


Posted on June 10th, 2021

Superior Fabrication – Tenant Highlight

For over 40 years, Superior Fabrication has called Kincheloe home. We are pleased to highlight this company and know that you will find their work to be no small feet.

“Established in 1979 on the former Kincheloe Air Force base, Superior Fabrication Company, LLC is located in the scenic eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Superior Fabrication Company, LLC began primarily as a defense fabrication contractor and has since expanded into many diversified markets. With a very seasoned workforce of longstanding employees and journeymen, we have expanded into creating our own product designs for the material handling market. We have a full-time dedicated engineering team to support your needs.

The combination of our dedicated engineers, talented workforce, and exceptional customer service support grant us the ability to exceed all of our customers’ needs. We combine superior craftsmanship and demand the best in ourselves.

With a 150,000 square foot facility under our roof, we have the advantage of providing full-service fabrications, by starting with raw materials and finishing with fully painted equipment.” – Superior Fabrication (Like them on Facebook.)

Superior Fabrication is located at 17499 South Dolan Kincheloe, MI 49788 and can be reached by calling (800) 236-0064 –


Posted on May 6th, 2021

CHIPPEWA COUNTY EDC MANUFACTURING BUILDING CONSTRUCTION AND RAIL SPUR EXPANSION – DESIGN-BID-BUILD ARCHITECTURAL AND ENGINEERING SERVICES

Project Name: Chippewa County EDC EDA Public Works Industrial Manufacturing building construction

The Chippewa County EDC (CCEDC) has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) to construct a 20,000 square foot building, for the primary purpose of industrial manufacturing space. The CCEDC is seeking to contract with a qualified engineering firm to prepare all final design plans, specifications, bid, and construction documents and to conduct all necessary and final inspections. These services shall be provided in accordance with all local, State, and Federal laws, regulations, and executive orders applicable to this grant program. This project is located near Kincheloe Road, on the west and northwest side, Kinross Charter Township, MI 49788, ~ GPS Coordinates of 46.268421, – 84.481912.

 

Below is the entire RFP. If you have any questions, email chrisolson@chippewacountyedc.com .

CCEDC_EDA_AE_RFP_2021_Final


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