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.