Sawyer Lumber Company for their commitment to the economic vitality of Marquette County through the start up and operation of a state-of-the-art, high tech stud mill.  Their people, processes and technology elevated sawmill technology to a new level in the Lakes States.

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, the world’s top producer of oriented strand board and North American’s number one producer of stud lumber, for their acquisition and continued operation of Sawyer Lumber Company at the former Sawyer Air Force Base.

Soo Plastics, Inc. is a major worldwide supplier of plastic injected molded parts for several major industries including automotive, furniture, railroad, recreational vehicle and medical equipment.  They currently employ 275 people occupying a 135,000 square foot facility in Sault Ste. Marie.  This past year Soo Plastics was named “Worldwide Supplier of the Year” by General Motors.

White Water Associates, Inc. is an acknowledged leader in the fields of analytical chemistry, scientific consulting and environmental education.  Located in Amasa, White Water staff projects have received state and national recognition with a research/education program being recognized by the President’s Commission on Environmental Quality.

Sustainable Forest Products, Inc. of Newberry’s primary business is the kiln drying and planning of a variety of hardwood species for use in the furniture and cabinetry industries.  In 2000, they added value to an estimated 4.8 million board feet of Michigan hardwood timber that previously was leaving the Upper Peninsula for processing at facilities elsewhere in Michigan and Wisconsin.

Jacquart Fabric Products of Ironwood manufactures truck tarps, boat covers, orthopedic pillows and several other fabric products from their home in the Ironwood Industrial Park.  Growth has been steady and strong since they began operations in 1958.  They currently employ 72 people and occupy approximately 47,000 square feet of state or the art manufacturing equipment and techniques to meet their growing customer base.

A division of Northern Star Industries of Iron Mountain began designing and manufacturing BOSS Snowplow products in 1985 and has quickly become a recognized leader and innovator in the snowplow industry.  System Control employees approximately 210 people and achieves sales figures that exceed $40 million annually.  The award was presented to Systems Control in recognition of their BOSS Products.