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L’Anse Manufacturing keeps employment local while serving clients worldwide

Monday, March 17th, 2014

By: Sarah Blakely, Upper Michigan News Source, Posted: 03.13.2014 at 12:27 PM

L’ANSE — It may be just one small building hidden on back roads in L’Anse, but L’Anse Manufacturing creates medical, aerospace, and even military components that are shipped around the world.

Company president, Mark Massicotte, said locating the company headquarters in this little community is no mistake.

“We’re not here by accident. We’re here by choice,” explained Massicotte. “So, part of what was attractive, specifically the western part of the U.P., where work ethic is extremely strong. Primary businesses over the years have been logging and mining. They’re hard labor work, and we have generations of people that are good workers.”

Coming out of the recession a few years ago, Massicotte said in a time when small businesses took a hit, the company’s diversity of service offers kept them afloat.

He said what sets the company apart from bigger manufacturers isn’t the products they create, but rather the 24 employees that make them.

“We’re agile,” stated Massicotte. “We can provide services that other companies can’t see because they’re very much ingrained into these high-volume commodities. We’re low-volume, high-mix, which means we have to be very disciplined in what our approach is to our offer.”

What Massicotte said he hopes to focus on now is collaborative efforts in the community to bring industries together to create jobs and emphasize the importance of skilled labor.

“We need skilled employees technically sound where they can come into the shop and be functional in a short period of time,” he said. “So, we need to support in the community skilled trades training.”

That’s why L’Anse Manufacturing is a key player in the Copper Country industry initiative, GreenForces, which promotes job creation and skills training.

“How do we help people that aren’t going to college get technical training? Because that’s the people that we’re looking for: the people that have good cognitive skills that are good problem solvers,” he said.

There are plans for expansion for the company including more buildings surrounding the L’Anse headquarters and potential satellite offices around the globe.

Massicotte said he has high hopes for the L’Anse community in improving existing infrastructure and developing new opportunities.

“I will say that from a collaboration standpoint, these are exciting times, and it’s great to be part of it,” he said.

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L’Anse Manufacturing Receives Operation Action U.P. Award of Excellence for 2013

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

L’ANSE, Michigan (January 22, 2014) – L’Anse Manufacturing, Inc. was one of four Upper Peninsula businesses to receive an Award of Excellence for 2013 during the annual meeting of Operation Action U.P. (OAUP) Tuesday in Marquette.

The OAUP Award of Excellence recognizes outstanding businesses or major institutional employers that have contributed to the economic well-being of the Upper Peninsula. The awards were presented during the group’s 50th anniversary meeting at Northern Michigan University.

Mark was nominated by Western Upper Peninsula Planning & Development Region Executive Director Kim Stoker and MTEC SmartZone CEO Marilyn Clark for leadership. According to his nomination, “Mark answered the call to help reorganize the Western Upper Peninsula Workforce Development Board. He stood up when no one else would and took the appropriate actions to get the organization working again to help job seekers and employers in the western U.P.”

The nomination continued to say, “Everyone knows that without the skilled workforce to fill open jobs and attract new employers to an area, there would be little or no economic growth. Without Mark’s leadership these things might not have happened. He took the time out of his busy schedule and attended the meetings, reviewed the paperwork and put things back on track. We in the western U.P. are grateful for his leadership and his community values.”

During the awards ceremony, Mark spoke about L’Anse Manufacturing’s commitment to educating and training employees. “The focus on training is supported by the approach that our strength is in people. Training and building cognitive skills is a key attribute for successful companies. I’d like to thank all in the U.P. who each and every day, work  diligently to make the U.P. a better place to live. Without everyone’s efforts, awards like this would not be possible,” he said.

OAUP is a privately-funded economic development organization in Michigan. Their mission is to bring together interested industrial corporations, financial institutions, utilities, institutions of higher learning, businesses and concerned citizens in a coalition that will work to create a favorable economic climate and strong employment base for the U.P.

For more information about Operation Action U.P., visit www.operationactionup.org.

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Five UP Tech Companies Band Together For Defense Work

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

HOUGHTON (WWJ) – A new collaboration of five Upper Peninsula manufacturing technology companies, along with the Houghton tech business accelerator MTEC SmartZone and Michigan Technological I’d say that the deposit is the real money and the economy is basically a perpetual machine. University, is pitching its expertise to the aerospace and defense industries.

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HUBZone Announcement

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

L’Anse Manufacturing & Technology, Inc. is pleased to announce that we are now certified as a Qualified HUBZone Small Business Concern (SBC). This certification makes it possible for LMI to receive HUBZone contracting opportunities. Please click here for official announcement.

KEDA Announces High School Scholarships

Friday, June 14th, 2013

The Daily Mining Gazette, June 12, 2013

KEDA announces High School scholarships and encourages all High School graduates to pursue additional training and education in order to be qualified for available jobs and to increase lifetime earnings;  the ability of local businesses to expand depends on the availability of a trained and qualified local workforce. The Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance (KEDA) and its Corporate Partners are pleased to announce the following $500 Scholarships to graduating High School seniors who have chosen to further their education.

Maria Halonen, Adams Township School District,
Corporate Sponsor: Miners State Bank
Christine Wilson, Baraga Area Schools,
Corporate Sponsor: Pettibone Corporation
Eli Jukuri, Chassell Township Schools,
Corporate Sponsor: Anderson Welding
Jaikob Djerf, CLK Public Schools,
Corporate Sponsor: Calumet Electronics
Lena Erickson, Dollar Bay Schools,
Corporate Sponsor: Horner Flooring
Braden Peterson, Hancock Public Schools,
Corporate Sponsor: IR Telemetrics
Kira Fowler, Houghton-Portage Twp. Schools,
Corporate Sponsor: GS Engineering
Travis Mannikko, L”Anse Area Schools,
Corporate Sponsor: L”Anse Manufacturing
Brittni Kisul, Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools,
Corporate Sponsor: Peninsula Powder Coating

Lt. Gov. visits L’Anse

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
August 1, 2012
By STEPHEN ANDERSON – DMG writerThe Daily Mining Gazette

L’ANSE – Creating jobs and removing roadblocks for small businesses have been primary goals of Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration, and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is visiting the Upper Peninsula this week – including a stop at L’Anse Manufacturing Tuesday morning – to find out how well the state is doing at achieving those goals.

“That’s what this trip is really about – to get feedback and input about the things that we’ve done, and feedback and input about the things we still need to do in order to give people the best possible shot at success here in our state,” said the 35-year-old second-in-command, who also made stops in Marquette, Munising and Manistique Tuesday.

Calley said the U.P. has a lot of untold success stories in manufacturing, particularly since it is often overshadowed by a recent emphasis on tourism and natural resources.

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Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, left, talks with L’Anse Manufacturing President Mark Massicotte Tuesday at L’Anse Manufacturing. Calley’s visit was part of a three-day tour of the Upper Peninsula.

“One of the things I think is really important for people downstate to understand is that, sure, the U.P. has awesome tourism opportunities, timber … and mining … but then also manufacturing,” said Calley, whose grandmother on his father’s side is from Calumet. “People in the Upper Peninsula make so many things; particularly the western side is just a hotbed of manufacturing activity.”

L’Anse Manufacturing serves a wide variety of industries, including medical, orthopedics, aviation, automotive, light industrial and military (no plant tours were given Tuesday due to confidential projects). It was honored as an awards program sponsored by the Edward Lowe Foundation and presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business.

“We have a niche business model and what we do is we focus on applying it to a multitude of markets. The real foundation to that is the work ethic of the region. … Because of that, productivity is higher,” L’Anse Manufacturing President Mark Massicotte said.

Calley was impressed with the growth of the stage-two business in L’Anse and its focus on community needs during his visit, which involved discussing ideas around a table with Massicotte, L’Anse Village Manager Bob LaFave and Marty Fittante from State Sen. Tom Casperson’s (R-Escanaba) office.

“I’m so proud of the work that they’re doing – the innovation and the expertise that is right here in this location is truly inspiring. It’s no wonder they’re seeing the type of growth they’re experiencing here,” Calley said.

But, while L’Anse Manufacturing has witnessed growth, Massicotte and Calley both agreed that the biggest roadblock still in place locally and throughout the state is workforce development.

“One common theme I’ve heard from top to bottom, east to west across the U.P., is that companies are hiring right now but they can’t find people that have the right skills to fit the needs of the companies,” Calley said.

He said the key to fixing that problem in the short term is better integrating education efforts with private sector workforce demands: “Getting input in terms of what type of skills are needed and using that to better our education policy … will pay big dividends.”

Calley said long-term efforts to improve businesses center around communication, energy and transportation infrastructure, which will ultimately play key roles in community involvement, too.

“We need schools, we need roads, we need all that infrastructure because it’s part of our community. They’re not turning a blind eye to that. I’m glad I heard that because I was very concerned,” Massicotte said. “I was very appreciative that they would take time out of their schedule to come to a small business in rural America and ask my opinion. They weren’t directing my questions. I had a list, three pages and we went through every one of them.”

In addition to Tuesday’s stops, Calley visited Menominee, Kingsford, Iron Mountain and Iron River on Monday before pulling in for a dinner with the Baraga County Republicans Monday night. Today, he will visit a material supplier in Gulliver and the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie during the tour, which primarily included visits to manufacturing companies.

Lt. Gov. Calley tours U.P. small business

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

by Eric Kane, TV 6

uppermichiganssource.com

L’ANSE — On Tuesday morning, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley continued his U.P. small business tour with a stop at L’Anse Manufacturing in Baraga County.

After meeting with business owners across the U.P., Calley says he”s discovered how overlooked the manufacturing industry is above the bridge.

“The U.P. has a lot of untold stories, particularly about manufacturing,” said Calley. “As we work on public policy goals for the state of Michigan, I think it”s really important we truly understand, celebrate, but then also form public policy around the needs of Michigan”s Upper Peninsula.”

For Mark Massicotte, President of L’Anse Manufacturing, having the Lieutenant Governor spend time visiting was impressive alone. “They’re looking at rural America, not just the large corporations, the large cities,” said Massicotte. “That’s appealing to me because this is where my home is.”

The lieutenant governor’s visit comes during a time of economic hardship in Baraga County. Despite some improvements, the county still has the highest unemployment rate, 13.8 percent, in the state.

Massicotte says in order for companies like his to turn the tide and hire within the community, there needs to be a skilled labor force. “That’s where I”d like to see better attention by the state level, at the school and college focus for training,” Massicotte explained.

Calley agrees and says the governor is committed to tailoring education policy towards the demands of the workforce. “Better coordinating or better integrating our education efforts with the private sector workforce demands, I think will result in much more opportunity for people,” Calley said.

Calley will finish his U.P. tour in Manistique Tuesday night before heading back downstate.

L’Anse Manufacturing Honored as One of the 2011 "Michigan 50 Companies to Watch"

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

(L’Anse) – L’Anse Manufacturing, Inc. has been recognized as one of the 2011 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch,” an awards program sponsored by the Edward Lowe Foundation and presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business. L’Anse Manufacturing, Inc. will be honored at an awards ceremony during the seventh annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event, April 28 in Lansing, Mich.

L’Anse Manufacturing, Inc. (LMI) offers machining services that accelerate products to market. Located in upper Michigan, they have been in business for over 30 years. Their organization is built upon three pillars of service: reliability, agility and capability. LMI takes quality seriously holding both ISO 9001 and AS9100 certifications. They serve multiple industries including medical, military, aviation and performance automotive. LMI offers manufacturing services for all stages of a product life-cycle (prototype, validation, production, and legacy). They can make one part or several thousand depending on the need. LMI works with most metals and plastics. If you can draw it, chances are they can make it.

Mark Massicotte, president of LMI, comments on the award:

I am pleased and humbled to receive this award on behalf of L’Anse Manufacturing.Oftentimes we are so busy that we forget to take a step back and reflect on our accomplishments. The MI 50 Award is a great opportunity to celebrate and recognize our employees, suppliers, customers and community. Their dedication, cooperation and professionalism are critical to our success. As this a state-wide award, I hope others will be inspired to consider our region as a viable manufacturing source.

Companies making it to the “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” list are a remarkable group of second-stage companies. Defined as having 6 to 99 full-time-equivalent employees and generating $750,000 to $50 million in annual revenue or working capital from investors or grants, these companies form the backbone of Michigan’s economy. Representing all regions of the state and a diverse range of industries, companies like L’Anse Manufacturing, Inc. are known for their exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, creation of innovation or use of innovation in creative ways, and their sustainable competitive advantage.

Winners were selected by Michigan-based judges from the banking, economic development, entrepreneurship development and venture capital communities.

Michigan 50 Companies to Watch is presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business.

PNC Bank is the lead underwriter for Michigan Celebrates Small Business, with additional underwriting support from Clark Hill PLC, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, DTE Energy Foundation, Comcast Business Class, Michigan Certified Development Corporation, Accident Fund Insurance Company of America, and Dynamic Edge.

Michigan Celebrates Small Business is presented in association with the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Small Business Association of Michigan, the U.S. Small Business Administration – Michigan, and the Edward Lowe Foundation.

Information about the 2011 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch program can be found at http://Michigan.CompaniesToWatch.org. For information about Michigan Celebrates Small Business, visit http://MichiganCelebrates.biz.

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