101_3769Situated on 38 acres of waterfront property in the naturally protected harbor of northern lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc, Basic Marine’s services reach customers from across the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico via the Illinois and Mississippi waterways, “around the horn” to the West Coast, to the East Coast via the St. Lawrence River or the Erie Canal, and anywhere in between.

Ever since 1979, Basic Marine has been serving their customers throughout the nation by providing custom-built steel vessels, drydocking for marine repairs, specialty hauling of customers’ heavy, oversized equipment, and much more.

From barges to buoys to ferries, quality prevails at Basic Marine. Their custom-built steel vessels are delivered on-time, with workmanship, paint and equipment warranties, at competitive prices.

With 20-25 permanent employees and anywhere from 7-20 subcontractors working for them at any given time, Basic Marine has huge economic impact in Delta County and beyond. According to Economic Modeling Specialists, the average wage per worker in Delta County for ship building is $40,000. Certainly a family sustaining wage for our region. Additionally, according to EMSI for every shipbuilding job in Delta County, two other jobs are created. Ultimately Basic Marine is supporting 75 of our residents as a net-exporter, by bringing in dollars and wealth from outside the area.

There are no other shipbuilders of Basic Marine’s size and capabilities in the state of Michigan, and the company holds its own in a competitive U.S. market with long term relationships with the Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Geographical Survey and Department s of Transportation among others.

To date, Basic Marine has completed 208 vessels, and has another one underway.
Recipient: Terrie Peters
Terrie Peters has been Controller for Basic Marine since 1998. As Controller, she manages all aspects of accounting and finances for the company. She also bids jobs, administers government contracts, and writes for grants for the company. Prior to joining Basic Marine, she was a Certified Public Accountant for a local CPA firm for 8 years. In that capacity, she specialized in the manufacturing and construction industries; doing audits, reviews and corporate taxes. One of her customers was Basic Marine; which is how the link began to where she is now.

She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Managerial Accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay in 1989; graduating with honors, having earned magna cum laude status. As a resident of Michigan’s beautiful U.P. for most of her adult life, she truly enjoys the natural recreation available here. She bikes, hikes, kayaks and golfs in warmer weather months, and skis and skates in the colder months. Being married, and having raised her family here, she knows first-hand, and loves to share how wonderful it is to be able to provide a safe, small-town atmosphere for the area’s families and youth. Terrie is actively involved in her church in Trenary, as treasurer, board member and Sunday School teacher. She also volunteers her time to minister to youth at Bay Pines Detention Center in Escanaba.

101_3768Potlatch is a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) with approximately 1.45 million acres of timberland in Arkansas, Idaho and Minnesota. Potlatch, a verified forest practices leader, is committed to providing superior returns to stockholders through long-term stewardship of its forest resources. The company also conducts a land sales and development business and operates wood products manufacturing facilities through its taxable REIT subsidiary. More information about Potlatch can be found on the company’s website at www.potlatchcorp.com
Recipient: Ron Salisbury
Born and raised in northern Minnesota.
Degree: major chemistry…minor biology from Bemidji State University
Four adult children.
Has lived in Neguanee since 2005.
31 years with Potlatch Corp.
V.P and General Manager of the Minnesota Wood Products Division for Potlatch before coming to the U.P.
Presently the Plant Manager at the Gwinn facility.

101_3770Western Lime Corporation is a Wisconsin based company with lime manufacturing operations in Fond du Lac, WI, Green Bay, WI and Gulliver, MI. Western Lime Corporation is the result of a 1921 merger of eight Wisconsin Lime producers, the oldest of which predated the State of Wisconsin’s entry into the Union. Today, the descendants of one of the original families carry on a six- generation commitment to its customers, the business, and the industry.

Western Lime has long been involved in Michigan’s economy. Since 1921, Western Lime’s Green Bay, WI plant has processed limestone sourced from quarries located in Michigan. In 2007, Western completed construction of a new state of the art lime plant in Gulliver, MI. This flag-ship plant efficiently produces 250,000 tons of lime annually. The Gulliver Plant’s high calcium lime is used in environmental applications such as drinking water treatment, flue gas desulfurization and iron ore mining and a wide range of industrial customers such as steel and paper manufacturers located throughout the Midwest.

Western Lime’s Gulliver, MI plant employs 25 people and is located at 181 Cty Rd 432, Gulliver, MI.

Recipient: PJ Stoll
PJ Stoll is the Plant Manager of Western Lime Corporation’s Port Inland Plant. PJ graduated from the Lake Superior State University in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. After graduation, PJ began his career by taking a position as an Electrical Project Engineer with MJ Electric based in Iron Mountain, MI. In 1999, PJ got his start in the mining industry at Oglebay Norton’s Port Inland Plant as an Electrical Technician, where he was promoted to Production Manager in 2001. In 2007, PJ began his career with Western Lime as the Plant Manager of the Port Inland Plant. PJ and his wife Amy live in Manistique, MI with their four daughters, Samantha age 16, Ally age 14, Lilly age 9, and Paige age 3.





The UPEDA (Upper Peninsula Economic Development Alliance)  award for 2011 is special recognition for the redevelopment of the former KI Sawyer Air Force Base. In September 1997 the Marquette County Board of Commissioners formally accepted the task of redeveloping the former Air Force Base facilities.  At the time of the closure, the base consisted of 327 commercial buildings comprising 2.3 million sq ft, 1686 family housing units, and significant aviation assets, including a runway capable of landing space shuttle.


Prior to closure, KISAFB was the largest employer in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  It was necessary for Marquette County to absorb the modernization, and marketing costs of 5,200 acres of land.


To date, the redevelopment includes:


With the cooperation and assistance by its many development partners, including the base reuse team, Telkite, and all of the businesses that chose Sawyer for their home, Sawyer was named facility of the year by the National Association of Installations and has won multiple prestigious awards over the years.


Operation Action UP was formulated in 1963 to recognize regional businesses who have made significant contributions to the regional economy as well as being local community leaders.  It is comprised of primarily private business.  This is the annual meeting of Operation Action whereby they feature 4 businesses allowing them to tell their success story.


UPEDA is comprised of primarily municipalities and non profit entities.  It was established in 1998 with support of an economic growth grant from the State of Michigan.  The two organizations have always collaborated to support economic growth.



This year is the first time UPEDA has presented an award at the annual meeting.  We are ecstatic to honor Sawyer!!


Award to be presented to Chuck Bergdahl, Marquette County Board Chair

“Exceptional Care. Centered Around You.”
War Memorial Hospital has answered our community’s demand for increased health access and services. During the last five years the hospital added sixteen specialty providers bringing new services such as pulmonology, urology, pediatrics, and infectious disease to the Eastern Upper Peninsula. Access to care was improved with additional obstetrics, cardiology, psychiatric, and oncology physicians.

New physicians are impressed by our technology. Digital mammography, fixed MRI, and a 64 slice CT scanner were anchors of a new $5 million imaging center. Mobile PET scanning decreases need for patient travel. Positive partnerships provided the ability to add inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services; a new state of the art rehabilitation facility and a 40,000 square foot medical office building.

This extended growth could not have been achieved without a skilled, committed staff. War Memorial Hospital employs the equivalent of 705 fulltime employees, a 22% increase in five years. Staff volunteer support to local agencies including United Way, Relay for Life, and Road to Recovery. In 2010 the hospital completed $6.9 million in projects, $500,000 of which was new equipment. New investment was realized without financing, a significant achievement in a climate of decreasing reimbursements and increasing charity care. Our mission “to improve the quality of life and health through partnerships with those we serve,” was developed by employees, is supported by our community, and evidenced by our growth.

Recipient: Sue Tetzlaff
Sue Tetzlaff, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, accepts this award on behalf of the more than 800 employees, physicians and volunteers who make War Memorial Hospital a great place to work, a great place for physicians to practice, and a great place for patients to receive care. Sue was raised in the eastern Upper Peninsula and left the U.P. for a short while to pursue undergraduate degrees in nursing and health information administration from Ferris State University and a master degree in Healthcare and Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota. She is Board Certified in Healthcare Administration and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Sue came back home to the U.P. eighteen years ago and joined the administrative team at War Memorial Hospital. Sue has served as the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer and is currently serving as the Chief Nursing Officer, a role she has performed for more than nine years. She has been part of the growth of the hospital from 325 employees to over 800, 17 active medical staff to over 40, and has led the expansion and addition of many programs that serve the healthcare needs of the community residents and visitors.

Superior Health Partners is a new company —a new health care delivery system — formed by Bell Hospital and Marquette General Hospital (MGH).
Superior Health Partners will enable more people to receive their health care close to home in the Upper Peninsula. If more patients remain in the U.P. for care, there is tremendous potential to create hundreds of new health care jobs.
By combining the resources and management talent of Bell and MGH — and other hospitals that join in the future — Superior Health Partners will focus on enhancing high quality health care services and medical treatments delivered in the Upper Peninsula and proactively prepare for national healthcare reforms. This means: improved access, improved clinical quality outcomes and improved patient satisfaction. It will also mean many more healthcare jobs.
Recipient: A. Gary Muller, FACHE, President and CEO
Since joining Marquette General Health System in November of 2007, Gary has led the organization through changes in the Board of Trustees, and assembled a new management team. As Marquette General has begun to recover from the largest financial challenge in its history, Gary has led the organization through a work force reorganization following the early retirement of approximately 120 employees. He is actively working with hospitals throughout the region to redefine partnerships and collaborations, and is leading an initiative with Northern Michigan University to implement continuing education for leaders at all levels of Marquette General.

Prior to his arrival in Marquette, Gary was president and CEO of West Jefferson Medical Center in the metropolitan New Orleans area. It was one of three hospitals to remain open in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. West Jefferson was named to U.S. News & World Report’s list of America’s Best Hospitals in 2001, 2002, and 2003; the Health Careers U.S.A. Employer of Choice list in 2002 and the New Orleans City Business Magazine Top Ten New Orleans Employers of Choice out of more than 10,000 businesses from 2002-2006.

Gary has also served in administrative roles in hospitals and health systems in Florida for many years. He holds an MBA in Health and Hospital Administration from University of Florida, and a BS in Business Administration from Louisiana State University.

Gary resides in Marquette with his wife Sandi and has two adult children, Adam and Anne.