Upper Pinsula UP Sucess Stories

Liberty Farms & Flour Mills is no longer a “run of the mill” family farm

Upper Peninsula family hobby farm means business with the support of public and private support

SKANDIA, Michigan (March 5, 2019) – As a kid, Paul Wilson, Jr. loved to drive the tractor across his grandparents’ land where the family farm stood. Today his son Neo is following in his dad’s footsteps. But Liberty Farms and Flour Mill in Skandia is no longer a hobby farm.  When Paul recognized that there…

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Iconic UP Paper prepares for the future with private and public investment

MANISTIQUE, Michigan. (February 4 , 2019) — When you receive a package in the mail, there’s a good chance a UP Paper product protected the contents. The nearly century-old paper mill in Manistique manufactures 100% recycled paper products found in Amazon boxes, but also paper for grocery bags, take-out style bags, and wrapping paper. Thanks…

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Community banks are driving the cornerstone of the Upper Peninsula Economy

mBank CEO talks about the importance of community banking

MANISTIQUE, Michigan (January 25, 2019) — If you ever do business with community banks, you may notice something different about them. Tellers greet you by name. Loan officers are familiar with your local company — in fact, they might even be your customers. That personal touch and feeling of comfort is a hallmark of community…

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Lansing Commitment will generate more than $119 Million of Holiday Cheer throughout Upper Peninsula

HOUGHTON, Michigan (December 21, 2018) – Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is celebrating the recent appropriation of $119.3 million and the creation of numerous new jobs by the outgoing Michigan State Legislature. The approved funds will leverage an additional $37 million of additional public and private investments, for a total of more than $156 million expected to…

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Private and Public Resources Work Together to Brew a Start-Up Success for Barrel + Beam in Marquette, Michigan

MARQUETTE, Michigan (November 13, 2018) – When Marina Dupler and Nick Vancourt began tossing around the idea of starting a brewery that crafts world-class farmhouse and barrel-aged real ale, they knew they would need plenty of support. Thanks to the business-friendly Upper Peninsula community, they got it. The collaboration at the heart of Marquette-based Barrel…

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$5 Million Commercial Loan Program Created to Stimulate Gogebic County Jobs

Strategic initiative in response to Ojibway Correctional Facility closing

MARQUETTE, Michigan (November 1, 2018) – InvestUP is supporting economic development activities to help offset the Ojibway Correctional Facility closing in Marenisco Township of Gogebic County. Their efforts are focused on developing a resource stimulus program to create jobs within existing businesses and start-ups. InvestUP members mBank, headquartered in Manistique, and People’s State Bank of…

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New Longyear Company Creates High-tech Jobs and Strengthens Upper Peninsula’s Medical Device Cluster

MARQUETTE, Michigan. (October 31, 2018) Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder recently visited the Upper Peninsula to celebrate the launch of a medical device company that will bring new job opportunities to the region.  Able Medical Devices, a new holding of Longyear, began production early this summer. The company got off to a strong start with an…

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