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SwimSmart Warning Systems awarded $20K to keep swimmers safe

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MTEC SmartZone, an InvestUP Board Member, recently announced that SwimSmart Warning Systems—an internet-connected beach warning system—has been approved for a Business Accelerator Fund award of $20,000. The system, which connects to the National Weather Service’s database to match the beacons to the area swim risk forecast, has several new installations contracted this year in Michigan […]

Fincantieri Marinette Marine awarded contract for Constellation-class Frigate

The U.S. Navy announced last week that Fincantieri Marinette Marine is on contract to build a third Constellation-class Frigate, the future USS Chesapeake. The announcement follows last month’s successful critical design review of the first-in-class FFG-62, which is nearing the start of construction. The value of the contract option is approximately $536 million. Fincantieri received […]

BOSS Snowplow purchases Minnesota-based VSI


BOSS Snowplow, located in Dickinson County, purchased a Minnesota-based company to expand its product line. VSI produces liquid deicing equipment, and product that will primarily be sold to BOSS’s contractors. “Salt gets down into wastewater, it gets down into lakes and streams and things like that,” said Mark Klossner, BOSS Snowplow VP of Marketing. “So, […]

CoLab work space available for remote workers in Marquette

CoLab work space available for remote workers in Marquette

Veridea Group has opened a professional co-office space in the newly renovated Kaufman Block. Unlike typical coworking spaces, CoLab offers private offices along with open work areas that cater to a wide range of office needs. The flexible packages and amenities allow workers to create their idea working environments, whether they need to receive clients, […]

Fish and Hunt Shop in Curtis is the #1 Ski-Doo dealer in the US

Fish and Hunt Shop

Fish and Hunt Shop in Curtis, MI, was named the number one Ski-Doo and Lynx dealer in the nation, providing the best service and care for customers out of all 812 Ski-Doo dealers in the U.S. To determine this, Ski-Doo looked at brand representation and customer satisfaction index scores. The Fish and Hunt Shop has […]

Michigan Office of Rural Development will improve U.P. quality of life

Michigan Office of Rural Development

This week, InvestUP hosted an introductory roundtable with Sarah Lucas, Office of Rural Development Deputy Director, and Gary McDowell, MDARD Director, to discuss plans for the Michigan Office of Rural Development (ORD). With plans to improve the quality of life in the U.P., the ORD will address some of the region’s key issues, like decreasing […]

UP Health System makes communities healthier

UP Health System

The UP Health System combines the experiences and services of two historic community hospitals, UP Health System – Bell and UP Health System – Portage, with the tertiary care of UP Health System – Marquette—a Duke LifePoint hospital—to provide exceptional healthcare and value to residents throughout the Upper Peninsula. UP Health System employs more than […]

MSP holds groundbreaking for new communication facility

MSP holds groundbreaking for new communication facility

The Michigan State Police recently held the groundbreaking ceremony for a new communications and dispatch facility in Negaunee Township that will be shared with Marquette County Central Dispatch. The new building will be nearly 6,000 square feet which is more than five times the size of the current facility—estimated at a more than $4 million […]

Veridea Group selected to be the master developer for former Marquette hospital site

Veridea Group selected to be the master developer for former Marquette hospital site

The NMU Foundation selected Marquette-based real estate developer Veridea Group as the master developer for the former hospital site. The NMU Foundation issued a RFQ on March 11, 2022, which was open to developers across the nation of all sizes and locations until April 8, 2022. With 180 views of the RFQ, the foundation formally […]

Cleveland-Cliffs ranked 171 on Fortune 500 list for 2022

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InvestUP Board Member Cleveland-Cliffs announced Monday that it was named to the Fortune 500 list for the first time since its transformation from a mining company to become the largest flat-rolled steel company and the largest supplier of steel to the automotive industry in North America. The company’s revenue of $20.4B earned the ranking of […]

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