A Proud Manufacturing Heritage

A Proud Manufacturing Heritage

In our second feature with Business in Focus magazine, we sat down with Brad Lebouef of Systems Control and Jody Christy of BOSS Snowplow to talk about manufacturing legacy and growing demand for manufacturing employees in Dickinson County.

Learn how two of our major manufacturers are investing in community involvement and how the Alliance, in turn, supports building a talent pipeline with career paths through our local schools as well as supporting talent attraction efforts.

We also highlight new investments and amenities that make for an exciting time to live and work in Dickinson County. Now is a great time to be in the Dickinson area. Read the full article to learn more.

Lake Shore Systems #KeepUPWorking in Dickinson County

About Lake Shore Systems

Lake Shore Systems has been designing and manufacturing heavy machinery for the maritime and mining industries for 163 years.  Founded in the U.P. in 1858, we are still striving to be the premier provider of innovative products and solutions for our customers.

Lake Shore’s shipboard machinery is on every US Navy surface ship class – elevators, cranes, ramps, anchor windlasses, and capstans are a few examples.  We are also now building sections of submarines to support Navy shipbuilders who don’t have enough people or space to build all the ships our nation’s defense plan requires.  One thing Republicans and Democrats in Congress agree on is we need more ships!


The Cannon Mining product line provides high-quality, robust equipment to operate in harsh underground hard rock mining environments.  We make drill jumbos, bolters, scalers, and a variety of utility trucks including explosives carriers.

Lake Shore has a reputation for high quality and exceptional customer service.  This is only possible with our exceptional workforce.  The skilled men and women of Lake Shore have built a family-oriented culture of trust, growth, and empowerment.  We value demonstrated skills and results over credentials, and encourage team members to fly as high as their wings will take them.

Working at Lake Shore Systems

Lake Shore is growing and hiring for many positions in production and support functions in our factories in Iron River, MI, Ontonagon, MI, and Rhinelander, WI, and our Kingsford technology center.  We encourage employees to gain experience in other areas through internal transfers and we promote from within whenever possible.  This m

eans job openings pop up on a regular basis, so keep checking our Careers webpage or send in a resume and let us know what you’re looking to do.

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Dickinson Area Economic Development Celebrates Manufacturing Day Throughout October

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 1, 2021

MFG Day 2021

Iron Mountain, Michigan (October 1, 2021) The Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance joins Bay College West, Northern Initiatives-MMTC, DIISD, Michigan Works, and local manufacturers in marking Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 1, and celebrating the entire month of October.

The goal of Manufacturing Day is to raise awareness about skilled trade careers in manufacturing. Heavy Metal Tours is the Dickinson Area’s take on the annual event. Heavy Metal Tours collaborative gives high school freshmen exposure to area manufacturers to learn more about local trade careers and how they can be part of closing the skills gap within the local industry.

“We are once again extending Manufacturing Day and observing it the entire month with an interactive game that schools can administer in the classroom,” said Lois Ellis, DAEDA executive director. “Although we cannot meet in-person, we see it as an opportunity to reach more students with this information on career paths through the DIISD Tech Center and Bay College West.”

Local manufacturers participating in Heavy Metal Tours/Manufacturing Day are BOSS Snowplow, CCI Systems, Enbridge, Lake Shore Systems, MJ Electric, Systems Control, and Verso. High school freshmen and parents of high school freshmen are invited to learn more at www.heavymetaltours.com and follow the Heavy Metal Tours social channels where facts about working in manufacturing will be shared.



The Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance (the Alliance) is a private-public partnership in the Dickinson County, Michigan area, whose mission is to spearhead collaboration, awareness, and outreach to employers, educators and residents in order to spur further development of the greater Dickinson County Area.

About Heavy Metal Tours

Heavy Metal Tours is a collaboration between DAEDA, Bay College, Northern Initiatives-MMTC, the Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District, and Michigan Works! It exists to educate students, parents, and school personnel about career opportunities in the trades at local Dickinson County manufacturers.

Contact: Lois Ellis, lois.ellis@daeda.org

Loadmaster #KeepUPWorking in Dickinson County

About Loadmaster

Loadmaster is a leading manufacturer of high-quality refuse equipment. Located in Norway Michigan, our equipment is made in the USA with pride!

We are a family owned and operated company with a legacy in the waste industry. Loadmaster prides itself in listening to the customer and providing a product based on their needs. A wide range of product offerings in different body sizes large and small from manual rear loaders to fully automated side loaders that lead the industry in innovation and reliability.

Loadmasters’ customers include the City of Chicago, Buffalo, Minneapolis, Tampa, and even Walt Disney World among others. Currently we have 80 employees with 200,000 square feet of manufacturing space spread out over roughly 25 acres.

Working at Loadmaster

The range of product offerings provides an interesting and challenging work environment requiring more craftsmanship when compared to other production positions. We provide a safe and friendly working environment leading to a highly effective workforce.

Loadmaster is a growing manufacturer of refuse truck bodies. Manufactured in the United States, we have a reputation of reliability and innovation. We also take pride in our level of service achieving the best customer service that sets us apart from our competition. It’s these traits that keeps Loadmaster alive and well today and into the future.

We offer a full benefits package which includes health insurance, dental, vision, 401K, paid vacation, disability, and life insurance.


Louisiana-Pacific #KeepUPWorking in Dickinson County

About Louisiana-Pacific Corporation

As a leader in high-performance building solutions, Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP Building Solutions, NYSE: LPX) manufactures engineered wood building products that meet the demands of builders worldwide. Its extensive offerings include innovative and dependable building products and accessories, such as:

LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding

LP Structural Solutions portfolio

LP WeatherLogic® Air & Water Barrier

LP Legacy® Premium Sub-Flooring

LP® TechShield® Radiant Barrier

LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated Sheathing and more)

Oriented strand board (OSB)

LP® TopNotch® Sub-Flooring

LP® Outdoor Building Solutions®

LP Elements® Performance Fencing.

In addition to product solutions, LP provides industry-leading service and warranties. Since its founding in 1972, LP has been Building a Better World™ by helping customers construct beautiful, durable homes. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, LP operates 26 plants across the U.S., Canada, Chile, and Brazil. The plant at Sagola, MI produces oriented strand board (OSB). For more information, visit LPCorp.com.

Working at Louisiana-Pacific in Sagola

Our LP team is driven by innovation, hard work, and world-class customer service. We’re also involved in the community and building relationships with partners outside of LP. LP creates an excellent work environment for team members, making us an employer of choice for talented individuals. We strive to meet our workplace values to continue to be the choice for employees and to create a welcoming environment around those values.

At LP, each aspect of our culture helps shape who we are at LP.

Vision – To Be a Leading Building Solutions Company

Purpose – Building a Better World

Mission – To provide an innovative and sustainable portfolio of high-quality products that help customers build beautiful, durable homes and structures while our shareholders build lasting value.

Values – Do the Right Thing Always: Trust • Respect • Urgency • Transparency


LP offers its employees an excellent comprehensive benefits package. We are committed to providing competitive compensation and benefits programs that are flexible and meet the needs of employees.


At LP, we value diversity in our workforce and have created an environment that welcomes and encourages diverse people, opinions, and ideas. We treat each other and all members of the LP community respectfully and in a manner that promotes a positive, comfortable and productive workplace.


LP is committed to fair and equal employment opportunities. We do not discriminate in employment and take action to ensure that unlawful discrimination does not occur on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran’s status, or any other status protected by state or federal laws.

LP is firmly committed to equitable employment opportunities for all, not because it’s required, but because it’s the right thing to do.

We take action across all job classifications to recruit, hire and train women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans in accordance with governing laws. LP is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse, high-performance workforce. Learn more about LP’s culture.

M.J. Electric #KeepUPWorking in Dickinson County

About M.J. Electric
For over 60 years, M. J. Electric has built long-standing working relationships and an industry-wide reputation as the single source solution to our customer’s construction and maintenance needs. Our culture is a product of our core values and operating principles which unite our personnel. Their professional competence and intelligent innovation result in outstanding customer satisfaction. We stand by everything we do.

M. J. Electric, LLC invests in and fosters trusting relationships as we safely deliver electric transmission, substation, distribution, renewable energy, power, industrial, and civil/foundation construction services that increase the security, reliability, and capacity of our nation’s infrastructure. Our customers experience the benefit of our local presence with a national reach. Founded on integrity, we are committed to raise our industry’s expectations for safety, quality, and project execution.

We are committed to and invest in our employees in many ways including training, tools, equipment, establishing a safe work environment, providing technical solutions, process improvements, decision-making authority, and fair wages to name a few. Our success and the success of our customers is directly related to the well-being of the men and women of our company.

We sustainably invest in the communities in which we live and work, both personally and corporately, through participation in service/volunteerism efforts, e.g., blood drives, community athletic, art, and entertainment sponsorships, charity events, school programs, charitable giving, and community organization participation.

Working at M.J. Electric
At M. J. Electric you aren’t just applying for a job, you are building a career. We are experiencing significant growth resulting in numerous opportunities for experienced professionals, skilled tradespeople, recent college graduates, and interns. We continually recruit individuals who reflect the values that define our culture.

M. J. Electric, LLC is an equal opportunity employer and all applicants will be given equal consideration. No applicant or employee will be discriminated against because of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

Our employees are our most valuable assets. Our success, and the success of our customers, is directly related to the well-being of the men and women of our company.

As an employer of choice, we attract and retain the best employees in the industry. We are committed to and invest in, our employees in many ways including training, tools, equipment, industry-leading safety measures, advancement opportunities, and more.


Current Openings at M.J. Electric

About M.J. Electric

BOSS Snowplow #KeepUPWorking in Dickinson County

About BOSS Snowplow

BOSS began manufacturing snowplow in Iron Mountain, MI in 1985.  In the early years, the company was focused on taking a revolutionary and untested product design and improving it to meet the quality and durability expectations of the commercial snow removal professional.

Today, BOSS is a leader in the snow and ice management business with a growing line up of plows for trucks, UTVs, and ATVs, salt and sand spreaders and box plows built for the snow and ice management professional, as well as the homeowner.  All products are designed for ease of use, quality and durability.  With a market competitive warranty, uncompromising quality and high level of craftsmanship, BOSS has grown to be a leader in the sale of truck plows.

With distributors in the United States, Canada and International markets, BOSS is recognized for its reliability, innovation, and performance-pillars.  Those pillars drive the company as it continues to advance the production process for which all products are designed, tested and built.

Working at BOSS Snowplow

We have established our reputation rooted in family values over the course of our history. Our values date back to 1959 and guide the culture and the people that make up the BOSS family.


We have an unwavering approach to doing the right thing all the time. (period)


We provide an environment of team safety that is rooted in accountability, advanced safety techniques and a commitment by each and every member of the BOSS team to keep each member of the BOSS family safe.


We have a leadership team that instills and encourages employee empowerment. We recruit the best and brightest talent and offer an environment that allows them to challenge the status quo. From the first cut of steel to the final product, every BOSS team member contributes his or her skill to creating and maintaining high quality BOSS products.


We know each day we can rely on each other like family. We don’t make empty promises to our customers. We keep our promises with each cut of steel on the plant floor, with each coat of paint on a newly welded plow and with each phone call we answer from our customers. Together we are the BOSS family.

If you are driven to be the ‘best’ and are looking for a rewarding challenge with an industry leader, search our current job openings and apply today!

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Bay College #KeepUPWorking in Dickinson County

About Bay College

Since the early 1970’s, Bay College has had a presence in Dickinson County, dedicating itself to offering academically excellent and affordable public education in our region. The college prepares students to be continuous learners who succeed upon transfer, work effectively in the contemporary workplace, and function as productive citizens and leaders in their communities. We focus on the following pillars of success:

  • Student Success: Bay College will continue to be a premier institution of learning that creates high quality, relevant academic experiences for a diverse community of learners.
  • Community Success: Bay College collaborates as a proactive leader in workforce development, educational partnerships, cultural diversity, and being a responsible member of a resilient community.
  • Culture of Success: Bay College fosters a supportive environment that engages accountable employees, data driven results, and develops talent to be an employer of choice in the U.P.

Bay College is nationally recognized for student success and completion and for its use of technology in both learning environments and business practices. Bay College has achieved this success by building a culture of continuous improvement and living by its employee-created cultural beliefs.


Working at Bay College

There are several benefits to working at Bay College, but helping students be the best version of themselves is by far the best. When we effectively educate others, not only does it profoundly impact someone else’s life, but it impacts their future, their family, and their community.

Regardless of department or job function, when you work at Bay College, you are given the daily opportunity to make a difference. As an instructor, you’re leaving a legacy by sharing your knowledge, life lessons and time to grow and inspire others. What we do might vary, but our “why” is the same — to position our students for success and for our communities to thrive.

I choose to work at Bay College West because we are all focused on student success.  I go to work every day knowing that we, as a team, are trying to make a difference in our students’ lives.  I also know that I can count on my colleagues when I need them.  Since we’re a small college, we get to know each other – and our students – more than we would at other higher education institutions.

– Britt Slade, Full-time Math Instructor


I have worked at Bay College West since 2003 and it has been an awesome place to work.  Every day is something new and when I work with students it is inspiring to see them change throughout a semester.  Bay College West offers a safe environment that allows students and staff the ability to focus on succeeding in class or their job.  I have seen many changes over the years but one thing that has remained constant is Bay Colleges focus on success, including community, staff, and students.  Bay also encourages growth within their employees using professional development, or job advancement. In my area I am always provided the tools or assistance I need to perform my job.  Being from a small town, I am very proud to tell people that I work at Bay College West and I feel Bay has had a very positive impact on the community, as well as thousands of students over the years.

– Pat Bazan, Building Maintenance Manager at Bay College West


I choose to work at Bay College because the work we do matters. We get to help individuals, industry partners and ultimately our community. Seeing the campus utilized, connecting people and helping others on their journey is fulfilling.

Gina Wollner, Dean of Bay College West Campus

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41 Lumber #KeepUPWorking in Dickinson County

About 41 Lumber
41 Lumber is a full-service building material supply and design company. We have a retail store and distribution center in Quinnesec, and our kitchen and design center in downtown Iron Mountain will open in April 2021. We have five additional retail locations outside of Dickinson County.

Building Dreams, One Project at a Time Since 1925

Our Difference

41 Lumber is a fourth-generation UP-family-owned business, and our greatest asset is our Team. Our Team takes a customer service-based approach to all projects, big or small. We have the expertise for any project, from Kitchen and Bath Specialists to our Residential Design Team or our Sales Team, who know how to build and solve problems with years of experience to back it up. Our customers have confidence that they will find better products for better results when they come to 41 Lumber.

Our core values guide our Team and influence our relationships with our customers, community, team members, and suppliers.

Delivering the “wow factor”
Growth and Learning
Be Passionate and Determined
Be Humble

Have fun!

Working at 41 Lumber

We understand that a successful career is dependent on providing the proper tools and training. At 41 Lumber, training begins on day one and continues throughout your career. We ensure you have the best tools to do your job well and meet our customers’ needs.

Our Team-based approach ensures we meet our customers’ needs throughout the lifecycle of their projects. Teamwork is essential for the success of our customer service-based approach.

At 41 Lumber, we foster our Team Members’ aspirations to advance within our company and to take opportunities to grow and learn. Our goal is to provide you with a fulfilling experience that leads to along career with 41 Lumber.

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DCH Expands Orthopedic Team with the Addition of Dr. Sproul


Dickinson County Healthcare is increasing bone and joint care for the community with the addition of Jack Sproul, MD, to the area’s largest orthopedic team. As a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Sproul brings high bone and joint expertise levels, including arthroscopy, to the Iron Mountain community. He provides care and healing to shoulders, knees, and hips, including injuries from accidents and sports.

For the full press release, click here.