2010 Excellence Award Winners


GS Engineering | Houghton, MI

GS Engineering was started in September 2002 by Glen Simula. He hired 2 additional engineers and one MTU engineering student. GSE was the anchor tenant in the MTU Business Incubator, starting with one room and growing to occupy the entire first floor. In March 2008, GSE moved to its own […]

L’Anse Warden Electric Company | L’Anse, MI

The L’Anse Warden Electric Power Plant is an 18-megawatt one unit steam generating power plant located on Lake Superior, in the village of L’Anse, in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula. L’Anse is in Baraga County on the base of the Keweenaw Bay. In July of 2007, the plant was purchased by […]

Oldenburg Group | Kingsford, MI

Oldenburg Group Incorporated is a Milwaukee-based supplier of performance-engineered products used in the defense, mining, energy and architectural lighting industries worldwide. The company’s facilities in Kingsford and Iron River, Michigan and Rhinelander, Wisconsin employ nearly 400 people and contribute over $30 million annually into the regional economy. In recent years, Oldenburg Group […]

QuickTrophy | Marquette, MI

QuickTrophy is an internet based company which offers a full line of trophies, awards, medals, plaques, name tags, name plates, and office signs. QuickTrophy was started in 2000 by 3 partners: Stephen Polk and Michael Kane of downstate Bloomfield Hills and Terry Dehring of Marquette. QuickTrophy was started with no […]

Superior Health Partners | Marquette, MI

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 […]


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, […]

War Memorial Hospital | Sault Ste. Marie, MI

“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 […]