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Posted on August 6th, 2018

State Grant to Help Chippewa County Reuse Airport Buildings

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A state grant will help Chippewa County find new uses for vacant buildings at a former Air Force base in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The Department of Environmental Quality has awarded $45,000 in brownfield funding to the Chippewa County International Airport.

It will help the county’s Economic Development Corporation evaluate under-used buildings on the airport grounds and determine what types of cleanups and asbestos treatments are needed.

The airport was formerly the Kincheloe Air Force Base. It was closed as a military installation in the late 1970s.

The state DEQ uses brownfield grants to help communities make new uses of contaminated parcels while protecting public health and the environment.…


Posted on July 24th, 2018

Chippewa County International Airport completes Runway Lighting Project

Chippewa County International Airport (CIU) recently completed a runway lighting modernization project. New airfield lighting on Runway 10/28, the 5,000 foot crosswind runway, was upgraded to LED lights. This upgrade will replace the current 19 year old lighting, reduce energy costs, and minimize future maintenance. J.R. Ranck was the contractor on this project which totaled $800,000.00. In addition to lighting, all runway and taxiway surfaces were crack sealed to maintain the integrity of all pavements that were improved several years ago.

“Infrastructure improvements increase safety and benefit the airport for many years”, stated Tami Beseau, Airport Manager. “Public use of our facility continues to grow, with May 2018, surpassing all previous Mays total passengers”. “Upgraded, and well maintained infrastructure plays a large part in the public’s increased confidence in our facility”, stated Beseau.

Both projects were funded through USDOT- Airport Improvement Program (AIP), State of Michigan, Chippewa County, and the Chippewa County EDC.
The Chippewa County EDC manages CIU and the Chippewa County Air/Industrial Park. Department of Transportation studies indicate that CIU provides more than 11 million dollars in direct income to residents in the county. Sales to suppliers and the “ripple effects” of income re-spending bring the total impact …


Posted on July 24th, 2018

Mid-Year Passenger totals at Chippewa County International (CIU) Airport 6% greater than in 2017

Over 20,000 passengers flew to and from Chippewa County International Airport (CIU) through June 2018. This represents an increase of over 6% from 2017 totals to date. Passengers from both the US and Canada continue to utilize CIU for their travel needs. In November 2017, CIU added a flight to Minneapolis St. Paul which has provided passengers with many additional flight options, while continuing daily service to Detroit Metro. If 2018 second half totals remain as strong as the first half all indications are that Chippewa County International could have one of its best years on record. “CIU remains a vital link for passengers travelling to and from our area”, stated EDC President Chris Olson. “These strong passenger totals are indicators of consumer spending which translates into significant economic impacts to the area”. For information regarding flight schedules, visit: Airciu.com and for tickets and pricing Delta.com.

The Chippewa County EDC manages the Chippewa County International Airport. Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation’s mission is to encourage economic growth through strengthening the county’s competitive position and facilitating investments that build capacity, create jobs, generate economic opportunity and improve quality of life.…


Posted on April 30th, 2018

Chippewa County EDC Completes Construction of New 8,000 Square Foot Facility

The Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation recently completed construction of a new 8,000 square foot facility at its Industrial park in Kincheloe, MI. The structure will provide an additional modernized facility for its automotive test customer. “The new facility will allow our test client additional capacity and confidentiality for advance vehicle development and testing”, stated EDC President Chris Olson. “The new facility provides updated infrastructure to our park and adds another key asset for our industrial expansion”, stated Olson. The Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation’s mission is to encourage economic growth through strengthening the county’s competitive position and facilitating investments that build capacity, create jobs, generate economic opportunity and improve quality of life. The main contractor on the project was Nomad Construction, with offices in Sault Ste. Marie, support by other local subcontractors.
The Chippewa County EDC manages the Chippewa County International Airport, the Chippewa County Air/Industrial Park. The CCEDC has available land and industrial facilities for immediate use. Please send inquires to Chris Olson chrisolson@chippewacountyedc.com 906-495-5631.…


Posted on January 23rd, 2018

Delta Global Services at CIU Receives 2017 “Station of the Year”

“Delta Global Services” (DAL Global Services-DAL) a Delta Airline aviation services company at Chippewa County International Airport (CIU) was recently awarded 2017 “Station of the Year”. Over seventy (70) North Central Region DAL teams were vying for this honor. The criteria for this award is based on a daily score card of goals, which are expected to be accomplished for each flight. These goals include, but are not limited to; passenger ticketing & check-in, passenger assistance, baggage handling, aircraft de-icing, fuel requests, monitor air/ground communications, and to log all “on time” events related to aircraft departure readiness. The Chippewa County EDC would like to congratulate the DAL team for this award and the outstanding service it has provided for over 44,000 CIU passengers in 2017.
The Chippewa County EDC manages the Chippewa County International Airport, the Chippewa County Air/Industrial Park, and a two and a half mile railroad. The company also operates a winter automobile testing facility in Kincheloe.…


Posted on January 9th, 2018

Passenger totals at Chippewa County International Airport 8% greater than 2016

Over 44,000 passengers flew to and from Chippewa County International Airport in 2017, which is 3,242 more than 2016.  Passengers from both the US and Canada continue to utilize CIU for their travel needs. In November 2017, CIU added a flight to Minneapolis St. Paul which will provide passengers with many additional flight options, while continuing daily service to Detroit Metro.  “Flying into two major hubs will allow passengers to choose the flight times and travel schedule which best accommodates their travel needs, and will also provide the ability to compare ticket prices”, stated Airport Manager Tami Beseau.  “So far the Minneapolis route has been well received by passengers and the 7:30 a.m. daily departure is  much better than the 5:00 a.m. departure that we have had in years past”, stated Beseau. If the 2017 numbers are any indication Chippewa County International will continue to experience passenger growth in 2018, which for CIU passengers may mean more flights, better pricing or perhaps even larger aircraft.  For information regarding flight schedules, visit: Airciu.com and for tickets and pricing Delta.com. 

Recent Community Benefits Assessment by the Michigan Department of Transportation showed that the Chippewa County International Airport activities and air/industrial park tenants …


Posted on October 19th, 2017

CCEDC names new President/Executive Director

After a nationwide search and screening process the Board of Directors of the Chippewa County EDC is pleased and excited to welcome a local young man, Chris Olson, as their President/Executive Director.

Board Chairman Don McLean commented, “Chris brings with him extensive experience in Program Management and Business Development and a network of business connections that will be beneficial to the EDC’s efforts to assist and expand local businesses and bring new businesses and jobs to our area. He has the personality and background that will enable him to work well with other economic development agencies at a time when our region wide Logistics Study is reaching completion. We look forward to a bright and exciting future for area economic development under his leadership.”

Olson was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Lake Superior State University, an Executive MBA at Baker College in Flint, MI. and post masters coursework in Finance at Oakland University, in Rochester, MI.

Olson lived and worked in the Detroit area for 20 years in Engineering, Program Management, Business Development, Manufacturing, and Quality in the automotive and industrial markets. Most recently he worked as a …


Posted on August 27th, 2017

Kincheloe Celebrates 40 Years of Progress

Saturday 40 September 30th will be a celebration of 40 years of successful conversion from military to civilian use of the former Kincheloe Air Force Base.  The area has been transformed into a dynamic community that is the home of three Department of Corrections facilities, Chippewa County International Airport, and manufacturers and businesses that employ hundreds.

Celebrate the progress with us Saturday, September 30th. The Open House from 9:00AM to 4:30pm will feature displays of military memorabilia, airplanes, equipment, and manufacturers products .
 
At 9:00AM The public is invited to participate in a 5k torch run on the runway and taxiway, put on by the Department of Corrections & Kinross Lions Club to benefit Special Olympics of Michigan and the Kinross Lions. At 10:15 a.m. the public is invited to walk the 7,200 foot main runway and starting at 11:30 a.m. kids and adults are invited to bike the runway. Food will be available from the Kinross Lions Club.

Throughout the day see displays at the airport terminals and aircraft hangars. • Military and civilian aircraft •General Motors automobiles • Sports Car Club of America cars and race videos • Displays from Air/Industrial Park manufacturers • The Michigan DOC …


Posted on August 22nd, 2016

7 things every business startup must know

handshake-business-2jpg-00edd7a38909f9ffFrom Bridge Magazine By Mike Wilkinson

So you’ve got this great business idea, one that will liberate you from your current job or offer a lifeline after losing one.

With Michigan hurt by a marked decline in the number of new businesses created in the last decade, you think your idea is a sure-fire winner. Your husband thinks it’s a great idea, too, as does your Aunt Irene. Can’t fail, right?

Hold on a minute.

Business leaders contacted by Bridge Magazine for our recent article on the dearth of entrepreneurs in Michigan say they see new business owners make the same, critical mistakes that, with some work, can be avoided.

Here are their tips on what steps to take ‒ and avoid ‒ to help your business succeed.

Stage 1: Planning your business

MAKE A BUSINESS PLAN

Before you quit your job and buy that commercial sewing machine, experts are unified on the need for a sound, well-thought-out business plan.

Banks require them, as does any lender. A business plan outlines how your product or service will sell, the costs involved, the marketing required. It is a blueprint for success, and a great way to identify gaps or weaknesses in …


Posted on August 15th, 2016

Michigan and the death of entrepreneurship

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Article by Mike Wilkinson | Bridge Magazine – MLive.com

In a tiny brick building on the west side of Jackson, Jeff Drushal is living his dream, stepping out onto a ledge that is both frightening and exhilarating.

Married and with a daughter, Drushal, 34, just left a steady job as a supervisor in a machine shop and surrounded himself with decades-old – but still working – metal cutters, lathes and welding guns. He is betting on his own skills and business acumen to make the transition from employee to employer.

In five years, he hopes to generate enough work that he’ll be able to hire and train a dozen workers at his metal fabrication shop in this struggling manufacturing city of about 33,000.

To say he has doubters is an understatement.

“Half of them think I’m crazy,” he said of his peers. “And half the people think I’m going to answer only to myself – and sit at home and watch TV all day.” He chuckles. He won’t be watching much TV.

Michigan needs a lot more people like Jeff Drushals. Instead, Bridge found, the state has too many business owners who have either closed …


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