August 2019 - Issue #84
Top Chamber Supporters
Please Welcome Our New Chamber Members
Please support our Chamber Member Businesses!

We are happy to welcome the beautiful historic Keweenaw Mountain Lodge as a Developing Partner with the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce.

Take a drive to Copper Harbor and enjoy the wilderness resort on top of the Keweenaw, with a history that dates back to 1934.

While you're there stay in one of their log cabins, eat a meal, or enjoy the number of outdoor activities both on their property or in the area! In addition, they can host events, plan your dream wedding, a staff retreat, or a conference.
Thank you for renewing your membership
American Forest Management, Inc.
Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital
Crown Cleaners
Culligan Water of South Range
Family Chiropractic Center
Gitzen Company
Hancock Public Schools
Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association
Keweenaw Automotive
Keweenaw Community Foundation
Keweenaw Co-op Market & Deli
Keweenaw National Historical Park
M&M Power Sports
Michigan Technological University
Northern Heating and Plumbing, Inc.
Northern Michigan Land Brokers
R.L. Kavorik, D.D.S.
Real People Media
River Valley Bank
State Farm Kelly Jepsen Insurance
Subway - Houghton
Superior Service Towing
Surplus Outlet
The Mariner North
U.P. Engineers & Architects, Inc.
Upper Peninsula Power Company
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Team of 4 - $400 (Includes green fees, lunch, cart, and two drink tickets)
Skins - $20 per team
Mulligans - $10 per team
Raffle Tickets - $20 per stretch (25 tickets)
50/50 Raffle: $20 per stretch (25 tickets)


Par Sponsorship ($100) – Logo on a sign near a selected hole.
Ace Sponsor ($500) – Logo on a sign near a selected hole, water bottle, and key chains. Mentioned in all media.
Cart Sponsor ($900) – Logo on a large sign on the back of all carts, and on a sign near a selected hole. Mentioned in all media.
Hole – In – One Sponsor (no cost) – You determine the prize. Mentioned in all media.
Raffle Prize Donations appreciated!

$150 KEWEENAW CASH TO EACH PLAYER + $2500 Advertising Gift Certificate to TV6 Fox UP



Event Recaps
August 2nd: Congratulations to Swift True Value Hardware on celebrating their 150th Birthday on August 2nd and 3rd.
July 23rd: We had the privilege of presenting a check in the amount of $5000 to 31 Backpacks from the Thatcher Markham Memorial Run held on Bridgefest weekend.

31 Backpacks is a non-profit organization that provides food for at-risk children in Houghton and Keweenaw County.
Member Spotlight:
Give us some background on your business.
Pettibone/Traverse Lift, LLC is owned by a parent company called The Heico Companies that is based out of Chicago, Illinois. We manufacture versatile material handling equipment to serve the construction, rail, mining, oil and gas, and forestry markets. 

Pettibone was founded in 1881 as a manganese refinery located in Chicago, Illinois, where the company began to design and build specialized material handling equipment for use in their manganese operations. The company moved its factory to Baraga, Michigan in 1951.  

Our product lines include the Cary-Lift which is primarily used in the gas and oil industry, the Speed Swing, which is used in the rail industry, and the Extendo line, a telehandler, primarily used in the construction industry. We sell our products through our dealer network in the United States and Canada, however, we also ship our products internationally to areas such as South America, Africa, Australia, and the Middle East.

How many years have you been in business?
Altogether Pettibone has been in business for about 138 years and operating in Baraga, MI for 68 years.

What’s an interesting fact about your business most people don’t know?
Pettibone designed and built what is believed to be the first rough terrain telescopic boom forklift – Extendo in 1970. Next year we will be celebrating its 50 year anniversary.

What is one thing you're most proud of so far?
The brand as such. Pettibone has been around for so many years, its machines are unique, reliable after decades and decades of usage. Our machines have exceptional durability in harsh environments globally and our customers recognize this. 
Customers and followers are very passionate about our brand, they feel very connected to our company and products.

Do you have a personal or professional motto?
Our professional motto is to deliver reliable equipment, innovative solutions, and high quality services to professionals who build, maintain, and power the global infrastructure. 

Who are the people in the background of your organization?
We are very tight group of people, we work very well together to make sure that we are providing the solutions that the customers are looking for. Our engineering team, supply chain, aftermarket, sales and marketing and shop floor are under the same building which allows us to get answers promptly and provide support to our customers in a very efficient manner. 

Do you have any advice for new business owners?
Get involved with local chambers and get in contact with other local business owners. Will help you become aware of local, state, and federal programs that can assist you with the cost of doing business in the U.P.

What brought you to the area?
In 1949, Phil LaTendresse of LaTendresse Manufacturing in L’Anse, Michigan, developed the Cary-Lift, the world’s first extended-reach rough-terrain forklift. Mr. LaTendresse sold the manufacturing and marketing rights to Pettibone in 1951, and Pettibone continue production in L’Anse and then Baraga.

What keeps you here?
The strong work ethic and positive attitude of the people of Upper Michigan.

What are your business's goals?
Our goal is to grow our business through new product development, increasing domestic sales by establishing new dealers, and grow our International business by locating new customers in markets that fit our product portfolio. 

How can people keep up to date on what's happening at your organization?
People can find about us in our website: and in our Social Media platforms, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. We are very active online and keep our followers informed on any company and product updates, any new dealers that are signed up, and any trade show or events that the Pettibone team is involved with. 

Anything else you want the community to know about your business?
We started a new telehandler rental program for the local area. We look forward to support the local construction industry and see more Pettibone machines working on local job sites. Furthermore, if you are looking for a job opportunity be sure to check our career page for open full-time and internship positions.
Is your business/organization interested in being in our member spotlight? Contact us for more details!
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Each Skillshare class has an associated project to allow students to practice what they learn, and customized class recommendations based on individual interests and engagement will help give each participant a personalized experience tailored to their specific needs.
Upcoming Events
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Keweenaw Cash
The Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce is pleased to offer Keweenaw Cash: a gift certificate program that can be used at more than 300 Chamber member businesses. Since its launch, the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce has issued over $341,000 worth of Keweenaw Cash. That money goes right back into local businesses!

Keweenaw Cash can be purchased in any denomination, allowing the recipient more flexibility and enabling them to use the certificates at numerous businesses.

In addition to making great gifts, businesses can purchase Keweenaw Cash as bonuses, prizes, at fundraising events, as employee incentives or awards, retirement gifts, to mark a milestone, or as part of a welcome package for new hires.

Certificates come with an envelope and a list of all the participating businesses.
Please note we require at least a 24 hour notice when placing orders. We are not responsible for any lost or stolen certificates.

If you are a business and would be interested in being able to redeem Keweenaw Cash, please look into a   becoming a member   with the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce.

For additional information about Keweenaw Cash, to purchase certificates, or how you can accept Keweenaw Cash, call  906-482-5240  or email
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Board of Directors
Karin Van Dyke, President
Vice President for Advancement
Finlandia University

Mary Myers, Vice President
Account Executive

Angela Luskin, Secretary
Health and Fitness Manager
UP Health System-Portage

James Desrochers - Treasurer
Director of Advancement
Michigan Technological University

Morgan Impola
Regional Engineer
Jan Cole
Managing Partner
Edochi, LLC

Todd Gast
Marketing Manager
Keweenaw Co-op

Brian Donnelly
VP Director of Retail Banking
Superior National Bank

Carrie Richards
Partner Engagement Program Manager
Michigan Technological University

Mary Sears, KEDA Representative

Brad Barnett, CVB Representative
Your Lansing Contacts
Do you have questions, comments, or concerns? Contact your legislators! 
U.S. Senators
U.S. Representative
State Senate District: 38
House of Representative District: 110 
Our roots run deep in the Keweenaw
Upper Peninsula Power Company was created in 1947 through a merger of three utilities. One of them, the Houghton County Electric Light Company, earlier acquired the interests of Peninsula Electric Light and Power, which began operating in the Keweenaw in 1884 – just five years after Edison invented the light bulb.
From the Edison bulb to high-tech electronics of today, you might say UPPCO has been providing “ U.P. Power ” for more than 130 years. 
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902 College Ave, Houghton, MI 49931