Operation Action U.P. winners announced

Marquette, Mich. – Operation Action U.P. held its Annual Meeting today in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center at Northern Michigan University. The meeting featured a workforce development panel in the morning with Senator Tom Casperson, Joe Quick (Michigan Economic Development Corporation) and Tom Watkins (TDW & Associates). The afternoon panel focused on infrastructure in the Upper Peninsula with Kirk Steudle (Michigan Department of Transportation) and Thomas Nagy (MJ Electric).


The meeting also recognized four businesses, presenting them with an Award of Excellence. The award winners are outstanding businesses or major institutional employers who have contributed to the economic well-being of their area in the Upper Peninsula. Nominations were solicited from businesses, chambers of commerce, economic developers and the general public.


“Operation Action U.P.’s role in the future development and growth of the regional economy is vitally important given our rapidly changing economic, political and resource climates,” said Dr. Tawni Ferrarini, co-chair of Operation Action U.P.


Brett French, co-chair of Operation Action U.P. adds, “Operation Action U.P. has a long tradition of recognizing noteworthy accomplishments of various U.P. businesses at its Annual Meeting.  2012 was no exception, as we highlighted the accomplishments of the recipients of the 2012 Operation Action U.P. Awards of Excellence. Operation Action U.P. is a staunch advocate for U.P. businesses, working tirelessly to develop and diversify the regional economy while retaining and creating additional family sustaining jobs.”


The 2012 Awards of Excellence winners honored at the meeting were:


Aggressive Manufacturing Innovations Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.


Aggressive Manufacturing Innovations Industries is a Tier 1-2 supplier of fluid handling systems to both automotive and nonautomotive customers. They expanded operations in 2010 with the Sault location, bringing over 85 manufacturing jobs to the area.


For more information visit www.ami-lewiston.com.


Delta Manufacturing Escanaba, Mich.


Delta Manufacturing opened in 2006, manufacturing high quality products for the railroad industry such as gear cases, pilot plows and specialty fabrication. Delta Manufacturing was recognized as a Michigan Top 50 Company to Watch and a MI-SBTDC Region business of the year. Delta is committed to customer satisfaction by controlling the environment through quality processes and continual improvements of man, materials, machines, methods and measurements.


For more information visit www.deltamfg.net.


Heritage Garden Wind Farm Garden Township, Mich.


The Heritage Garden Wind Farm is the first wind energy generating facility in the Upper Peninsula. Over an annual period, the wind farm will generate in excess of 70 thousand megawatt hours of renewable clean electricity, equivalent to the amount of energy needed to power 45% of Delta County’s households. The Wind Farm also contributes 10 million dollars to the local economy.


For more information visit www.heritagewindenergy.com.


U.P. Home Health, Hospice, & Private Duty Marquette, Mich.


Since 1973, Upper Peninsula Home Health, Hospice, and Private Duty has been serving home bound individuals after a surgery, illness, or a new or life-limiting diagnosis. Our focus is on exceptional quality care and we maintain a philosophical approach to care that focuses on empowering people to live life to the fullest. This philosophy is the driving force for UPHHH to provide Home Health, Hospice, and Private Duty. This approach empowers us to support virtually any need of our clients, with seamless transitions between services if the need arises.


For more information visit www.uphomehealth.org.