Pettibone Traverse Lift

Pettibone/Traverse Lift, LLC has been in business for over 50 years manufacturing a variety of versatile, material handling equipment. Product lines include the CaryLift, which is ideal for handling steel pipes, logs, poles, lumber, scrap and other heavy loads. The company also manufactures railroad maintenance equipment and telescoping boom rough terrain forklifts.

Pettibone recently began a company-wide shift in philosophy from price reduction to building the best performing, most reliable high-quality machines. Their goal is to make a high-quality product that saves the customer money in the long run by eliminating the need for expensive repairs and reducing the need for replacement parts early in its product life.

Pettibone/Traverse Lift, LLC, under the direction of Kevin Walsh, has made improvements by focusing on lean manufacturing and eliminating waste. They have been so pleased with the changes in their bottom line, that they have been vocal advocates of continuous improvement principles to their own suppliers as well. Walsh’s vision for continuous improvement continues to evolve and flow into other areas of the business. With an uncertain economic climate in an industry plagued by over-capacity, Pettibone continues to look for and address improvement opportunities. Their desire to share these lessons with their suppliers and translate them into shared cost savings for their customers has made Pettibone and industry leader.

Since 1963, Operation Action UP has been bringing together interested industrial corporations, financial institutions, utilities, institutions of higher learning, businesses and concerned citizens into a coalition that works to create a favorable economic climate and a strong employment base for the U.P. For more information on Operation Action UP, contact their office in Marquette at 906-225-0089.

International Paper

International Paper is the world’s largest forest products, paper and packaging company that is complemented by an extensive distribution system, with primary markets and manufacturing operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Pacific Rim and South America. The Company’s businesses are separated into six segments: Printing Papers; Industrial and Consumer Packaging; Distribution; Forest Products; Carter Holt Harvey; and Other Businesses.

As one of the largest private forest landowners in the world, the company manages its forests under the principles of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Program – a system that ensures the continual planting, growing and harvesting of trees while protecting wildlife, plants, soil, air and water quality. Headquartered in Stamford, CT, International Paper has operations in over 40 countries and sells its products in more than 120 nations.

And for over 17 years, International Paper’s Quinnesec mill thrives as the economic “anchor” in Dickinson County. The Quinnesec mill is a $1 billion state-of-the-art facility that manufactures bleached hardwood kraft pulp and high-quality coated printing paper used in magazines and catalogs. With over $50 million in annual payroll and benefits, IP employs 543 at the Quinnesec mill and 43 in the (Norway) forest resources office.

IP-Quinnesec recently celebrated their 10 year partnership with the National Geographic Magazine. Currently, the IP Company (IPCo) Foundation
underwrites over 5,000 subscriptions of the (new) National Geographic for Kids Magazine for 3rd through 6th grade students in the greater Dickinson and Houghton County areas.

In addition to a state-of-the-art facility, great employees and strong customer relations, the mill’s workplace safety and health excellence has been recognized by the Michigan Occupational, Safety, and Health Administration (MIOSHA) for its achievement as a Michigan Voluntary Protection Program (MVPP)-Star site. Quinnesec is the fourth site in the state of Michigan, first pulp/paper mill in Michigan, and the first company in the Upper Peninsula to receive the MVPP Star recognition.

Precision Edge Surgical Products

Precision Edge was founded in 1989 as a bur manufacturing facility near the city of Sault Ste. Marie in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Originally operating out of a 1,100 sq. ft. facility, its founder and his family hired and trained a talented young work force from the local area. The company expanded to outgrow a 14,000 sq. ft. facility located in Barbeau, Michigan and today is operating from a 37,000 sq. ft. facility and employs over 100 highly skilled workers engaged in the design and development of thousands of various sized burs, blades, drills and other surgical cutting accessories.

Precision Edge Surgical Products, Co. is a world-renowned manufacturer of fine surgical components, cutting tools and accessories for powered instruments. As a surgical cutting tool manufacturer they are foremost in the industry in technical diversity, versatility, innovation and customer support. They understand the critical nature of superior performance from a surgical instrument and their team takes extreme pride in building quality into their products to provide a competing edge for their customers.

Products include: carbide, stainless steel, tool steel, and diamond burs, saw blades, cannulated drills and reamers as well as standard types, rasps, bone harvesting tools, screws, bone taps, fixation devices, K-wires, pins, trocars, etc…

TriMedia Consultants

TriMedia Consultants is an environmental and safety service company assisting private and public clients throughout North America. Since its inception in 1995, TriMedia has earned a reputation for prompt, technically efficient service that balances cost and results.

From its regional offices in Marquette, Michigan; Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin; and Bozeman, Montana, TriMedia consults with national, regional and local firms to develop compliance solutions to environmental, health and safety issues. From contaminant investigations, feasibility studies and clean-up, to due diligence evaluations, Brownfield redevelopment, and permit assistance, TriMedia provides comprehensive environmental services. A summary of its active environmental projects include: remedial treatment system operation and maintenance at K.I. Sawyer; facility clean-up in Sidney, Nebraska; surface water management in Livingston, Montana, Brownfield redevelopment of the lower harbor property here in Marquette, and compliance planning for railroad facilities in California, Colorado, Louisiana, and Texas.

Its health and safety projects range from compliance audits, ergonomic assessments, and industrial hygiene, to asbestos management, written safety program development and employee training. A summary of its active health and safety projects include: emergency response training for We Energies at its fossil steam and hydroelectric operations throughout Wisconsin and Michigan; industrial hygiene involving mold abatement at K.I. Sawyer; resident health and safety management services for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Bozeman, Montana; and asbestos management for Northern Michigan University.

TriMedia’s staff of Professional Engineers, Engineers-in-Training, Certified Safety Professionals, Professional Geologists, Certified Hazardous Materials Managers, Industrial Hygienists, Biologists, Earth Scientists, Compliance Specialists and technical support staff, are experts right here in the Upper Peninsula on whom you can rely.