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 May 6th, 2021


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 .


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 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.…

Development Partners

Chippewa County EDC

5019 Airport Drive, Kincheloe, MI 49788


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