ESCANABA — Logging has been an important industry in the UP for a long time.

For those in the business, the Great Lakes Logging and Heavy Equipment Expo was the place to be today. Exhibitors from all over the great lakes region came to Escanaba to check out the latest in industry equipment, technology and information. The Expo is a great way for business owners to find new clients and spread the word about their products.

“Every time we come to shows like this we always get new networks of people involved,” said Kurt Braunel, owner of Clean Air Fleet Inc., “We work in logging, forestry, mining, aggregates, drilling. We have customers all over the world. We export our products to Africa, South America and Eastern Asia as well.”

But, the expo isn’t just for big vendors. Some of the items on display are geared more toward the average Joe.

“We’re just a small family business and we make stuff in America,” said Barry Kratche, part owner in John’s Welding, “We do a lot of camping stuff, like picnic tables, fire rings, and fire pits, and we also do the custom art stuff.”

The Expo continues Friday from eight to five and Saturday from eight to one.

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