April 2019 Newsletter
Ford Airport - Key Community Asset

If you have flown out of Ford Airport recently or even just visited to pick someone up, you probably have observed a very full parking lot. Ford Airport continues to see an increase in the number of passengers utilizing our local air service. In the last five years, the airport has doubled its passenger numbers. In 2018, the airport served 20,238 outbound passengers and in 2014, the total was 10,608. So far, in 2019, the numbers are strongwith the busiest February ever recorded. To keep up with demand, the parking area was reconfigured and staff continues to evaluate options to expand parking capacity.

Delta Airlines, operated by SkyWest, offers non-stop service to Minneapolis/St Paul, MN (MSP) and Detroit, MI (DTW) on Sunday through Friday each week with two arrivals/departures to MSP each day and one arrival/departure to DTW. One additional flight is offered on Saturdays to MSP. The airport also serves the needs of private aviation customers along with air ambulance providers and air cargo services.

Passenger activity is not the only area doing well at the airport. Development of new aircraft hangars for private use continues, with one hangar completed in late 2018 and another to be constructed this summer to serve the needs of CSA Air, the contractor for FedEx air cargo services in the region. Further hangar development is expected in the near future to provide options for transient aircraft to park indoors for overnights.

Kubick Aviation, the fixed base operator at the airport, continues to grow and now employs 40 people. Kubick provides vital general aviation services to aircraft and passengers including charter air service through Northern Airways, aircraft maintenance and fuel services.

Last year was also a big year for Ford Airport with the total rehabilitation of the runway occurring in late spring 2018. Bacco Construction was the project contractor and was able to complete the project on schedule to minimize air service disruption at the facility to just 15 days. This project was a huge endeavor and was accomplished by utilizing a 24/7 schedule and detailed planning. Bacco received an Award of Excellence for the project from the Asphalt Paving Association of Michigan. The new runway surface will serve the airport well for many years.

Ford Airport provides an estimated $20 million/year economic impact to our area and is a vital asset that contributes to our region's prosperity. We thank the community for supporting the airport and look forward to a continued bright future of this important asset!
Heavy Metal Tours Continue

On May 15th BOSS Snowplow/the Toro Company will host a free Open Doors event from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. CT to welcome interested students, parents, teachers and residents to learn more about manufacturing and the job opportunities available in Dickinson County. Participants can register for facility tours and will enjoy light refreshments. Registration information will become available soon. 
In addition, throughout April and May, eighth grade students from Iron Mountain Public Schools, Breitung Township Schools, Norway-Vulcan Schools and North Dickinson Area Schools are participating in tours of local manufacturing facilities. Small groups of 20 students will visit Systems Control, BOSS Snowplow or Lake Shore Systems to learn about the career opportunities and educational pathways to continue exploring the skills needed for those careers. For more information visit heavymetaltours.com . Any questions or concerns can be directed to Lois Ellis at 906-360-4653.
Legislative News

On April 9 & 10, Alliance Executive Director Lois Ellis participated in the Marquette County Ambassadors annual spring legislative visit in Lansing. The trip was an excellent step in establishing relationships for the Alliance with our newly elected state legislators and freshly appointed department leaders. Lois met with all of the U.P. elected officials along with Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist, Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development, and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.
Lake Antoine Park Partners

The Lake Antoine Park Partners (LAPP) have exciting plans to rehabilitate the beach area at Lake Antoine this summer. The project features a 10-foot beach expansion and a block retaining wall with two access stairways. The new wall will help to stabilize the shoreline and discourage geese from entering the grassy area, making for a cleaner park for all to enjoy.
The proposed project received a major boost when LAPP was awarded a $40,000 grant from The Toro Foundation (BOSS Snowplow). Thank you to The Toro Foundation and BOSS Snowplow for investing in our community! LAPP is now fundraising to secure $25,000 in matching dollars to complete the project. Local businesses and residents are invited to purchase wall blocks or contribute in-kind donations to support the project.
Visit their Facebook page for details or contact Barb Kramer at 906-396-3116.
2019 U.P. Food Summit

Learn key skills on how to take your food business to the next level and hear from industry experts on the regulatory, business, equipment and retail implications of a commercial food business. The U.P. Food Summit will be held on Friday, May 17th at Bay College West. Presentation subjects include Food Business 101, Food Safety, Going Commercial and Being Retail Ready. This event is co-sponsored by the MSU Product Center, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Northern Initiatives and the Woodland Kitchen Incubator/NWTC. The event is free, but registration is required. 

Upcoming Meetings

Alliance Board of Directors
Thursday, April 18
7:15 am
Systems Control
LOYAL to LOCAL presentation
Wednesday, May 15
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Bay College West 
Room 231
Open Doors at BOSS Snowplow
Wednesday, May 15
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Inquiries to
2019 Leadership Conference
Thursday, May 23
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Bay College West
Click here for more information.
LOYAL to LOCAL Gathering May 15

The Loyal to Local Planning Committee invites current
participants and all those  interested in learning more about the program to attend a presentation on
May 15 at 7:30 am in Room 231 at Bay College West .
The presentation will highlight why this program is important, first year momentum gained and goals for the second year. As the program closes in on the last months of the initial year of activity, we are looking forward to renewing the existing participants and welcoming new participants for the second year, which starts on July 1st. Please RSVP to 
Contact Alliance Executive Director,
Lois Ellis
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