June 2022
Upcoming Meetings
Loyal 2 Local Out to Lunch Concert
Thursday, July 7
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. CT
Downtown Iron Mountain
Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, July 7
3:30 p.m. CT
Bay College West
Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, July 21
8:00 a.m. CT
Bay College West
FREE Cybersecurity Training
Wednesday, July 27
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. CT
Bay College West
Interns Welcomed at Social
On June 2, the Alliance sponsored an evening social event at Pine Mountain Resort to welcome interns, co-op students and newly hired recent graduates working in our community. The group enjoyed networking, food, beverages, outdoor games and a few entertaining and competitive rounds of trivia provided by Justin Cowen. All attendees received prizes and swag from local companies along with information about fun things to do in the area this summer. A special thank you to the volunteers that helped make the night a success – Theresa Caylor, Luke Carey, John Orttenburger, Elsa Pontbriand and Justin Cowen!
Alliance Hosts Tour of Systems Control
The Alliance Government Relations & Advocacy Task Force hosted a tour of Systems Control for local elected officials and staff from the City of Iron Mountain and Dickinson County. The group learned about the facility expansions and business growth that have taken place in the past several years. The walking tour provided an opportunity to see the entire production process first-hand and understand the various workforce needs and challenges.

Special thanks to Brad Lebouef, CEO, Jon Harry, VP of Organizational Excellence, Nikki Bowers, Senior Executive Assistant and the entire team at Systems Control for welcoming our group!
Loyal 2 Local Updates
5th Year Kick Off - July 1
The 5th year of the Loyal 2 Local program officially kicks off on July 1, and the program is welcoming both new and returning participants. Last month, the Loyal 2 Local Planning Committee hosted a presentation highlighting the successes of the first four years of the program and plans for the coming year. Attendees also saw a new website with features like a Participant Directory and online sign-ups and payments.

Please visit to join or renew your participation in Loyal 2 Local. Contact Lois Ellis at 906-360-4653 or if you have any questions.
Loyal 2 Local Sponsors Out to Lunch Concert on July 7
Join us on Thursday, July 7, from 11:45 a.m. until 1:15 p.m. for the Out to Lunch concert in downtown Iron Mountain. Enjoy the free concert by Luke Warm and the Not-So-Hots, Loyal 2 Local swag giveaways, and prizes from Erickson Jewelers, First National Bank & Trust, CWRK Collective, Danielson Insurance, and more. Look for details on
FREE Cybersecurity Training Offered
All local business leaders and employees are invited to join Guide Star, a division of CCI Systems, for a free Cybersecurity Training on July 27 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Bay College West in partnership with Loyal 2 Local and the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance. Certificates of completion will be provided. The one-hour session will be followed by refreshments and networking. You can learn more here or register using this form.
Michigan Municipal League Highlights Iron Mountain Power of Words Project
The Power of Words Project launched in Iron Mountain was highlighted recently in The Review, the official magazine of the Michigan Municipal League that serves as a medium for exchanging ideas and information for the officials of Michigan cities and villages. The feature showcases how Mia Tavonatti’s mural projects have enhanced Iron Mountain’s downtown and helped transform other areas in the U.P. as well. Read more here.
ICYMI: names Iron Mountain #9 on Top 10 Affordable Small Towns Where You'd Actually Want to Live.
BOSS Expansion and Acquisition Celebrated
BOSS Snowplow, a division of The Toro Company, officially cut the ribbon in celebration of the South Expansion grand opening. BOSS partnered with EUA and Smith Metal to complete the project. The project adds 19,000 square feet of additional manufacturing space. The investment from The Toro Company demonstrates the company’s continued commitment to producing world-class snow and ice removal equipment to meet customers’ needs. In addition, the south expansion houses steel receiving, laser cutting, press brakes and internal part supermarket manufacturing operations.
BOSS Products also announced the acquisition of the assets of Voigt Smith Innovation (VSI). VSI is known for its industry-leading liquid deicing equipment for snow and ice contractors, offering both brine makers and applicators and smart-connected technologies. Congratulations to the BOSS team for both of these significant growth milestones!
Rotary Pine Mountain 500 - August 6

The Rotary Club of Iron Mountain-Kingsford invites you to participate in the Rotary Pine Mountain 500 stair climb on Saturday, August 6, 2022. Event proceeds support scholarships and local community enhancement projects.

Race up the 500 stairs of Giant Pine Mountain, home of Pine Mountain Ski Jump! This unique event starts at the top of Pine Mountain, where racers run/walk down the hill following roads and then tackle the 500 stairs to finish. Total distance 2.78 miles. Are you tough enough to become “King/Queen of the Mountain?” How about tackling the 2 laps of the Dual Duel? Chip timing and awards for all ages and abilities. Music, food, and beverages following the race. Details and sign-up information at

If you aren’t up for competing in the race, volunteers are needed to help support the event. Please contact to help out!
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