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MARCH 2018
Veriha Trucking In Best
Fleets To Drive For
MARINETTE, Wis. — On Jan. 30, Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge awarded 20 fleets as a 2018 Best Fleets to Drive For. Veriha Trucking was honored as one of the 20 fleets in North America to receive this award.
To be considered for award, fleets must be nominated by a driver or independent contractor with that company. The announcement explains evaluation criteria, “all fleets were evaluated using a scoring matrix covering a variety of categories such as total compensation package, health benefits, pension plans, professional development opportunities, and career path/advancement opportuni- ties, among other criteria.”
In 2015, Veriha was named as a Fleet to Watch in the program and has con- tinued to take a progressive stance in continuing to build the business while keeping their core values consistent. “Veriha has developed a range of inno- vative and effective programs, and the high satisfaction levels among their drivers show that the effort is paying off,” CarriersEdge VP, Sales & Marketing Mark Murrell.
One of Veriha’s more advanced pro- grams is Veriha Driving Academy that was established in 2016. The state cer- tified academy helps students earn their Class A CDL through high qual- ity education and start their career as professional VIP Veriha Drivers. In June 2017, Veriha also installed a TranSim L3 Simulator to give their students and drivers more opportuni- ties to be coached and experience dif- ferent scenarios such as adverse driv- ing with different weather patterns and skills development such as right hand turns and backing.
“Being recognized as one of the 2018 Best Fleets to Drive For is humbling but could not have been done without our drivers and team.” said Veriha President Karen Smerchek. the next level!”
Three New Pizza
Places Open
The U.P. is bursting with new pizza places lately as three new family- owned small pizzerias have announced their openings.
From east to west, Sault Ste. Marie, Gwinn and L’Anse all have new pizza joints to try.
North of Chicago Pizza
In Sault Ste. Marie, the Sault Area
Chamber of Commerce announced the grand opening of North of Chicago Pizza, held January 5.
North of Chicago Pizza makes Chicago-style pizza including deep dish, and is located at 1000 Ashmun Street in downtown Sault Ste. Marie.
Adam’s Place
In Gwinn, the new pizza provider is Adam’s Place, located at 412 Avenue A in Sawyer. It’s located next to the Gwinn-Sawyer Veterinary Clinic. It’s open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and offers take-out and delivery in the neighbor- hood, the first pizza place to do so.
Adam’s Place describes itself as a fam- ily-owned traditional Italian pizzeria and offers an assortment of pizza spe- cials.
Up North Pizzeria
Another new pizza place is open in L’Anse, at 15740 Jack O’Lantern Road, right off of U.S. 41 and wel- coming travelers with a wide menu of pizza, subs, wraps, soups and desserts. Specials include pizzas with local names like Mt. Arvon.
Up North Pizzeria opened to the public in early January and are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 9 p.m. on Sundays. Dine-in or take-out options are available.
Bero Scholarship
Developed At Bay College
Escanaba native, Bob Bero, recently developed the Robert & Shirley Bero Scholarship at Bay College. This scholarship will be awarded each year to a nursing student from a local county with financial need. Bob is excited to give back to the community where he ran his business for many years.
Kim Carne, Vice President of Advancement/Foundation at Bay College stated, “We are honored that Bob started a scholarship to help stu- dents at Bay College. With this gener- ous scholarship support, many nurs- ing students will be a step closer to earning a college degree and advanc- ing the health of individuals and com- munities.”
Founded in 1972, the Bay College Foundation connects businesses, organizations and individuals to the rewards of changing lives and advanc- ing communities with higher educa- tion.
For more information on the Bay College Foundation or if you are interested in creating a scholarship, visit,
email or call 906-217-1700.
Leeds Real Estate
IRON MOUNTAIN –Leeds Real Estate in Iron Mountain posted more than $23.7 million in sales for 2017, according to the Upper Peninsula Association of Realtors.
That represents an 18 percent increase over the previous year and is a new record for Leeds Real Estate, the business reports.
Leeds Real Estate has been a part of the community for 11 years and has four full-time real estate agents: Linda Plumley, Craig Recla, Kim Harder Webb and Ed Williams.
“I am blessed, proud and honored to have these friends on my team. They give 100 percent of themselves to achieve their client’s goals. They have faith, integrity and unmatched work ethics. Our reward is our clients become our friends and we love to see them smile,” said Linda Plumley, bro- ker/owner.
Leeds Real Estate has earned the People’s Choice Best Real Estate Award for the past six years.
CTP-TEK Technology
The Delta Ambassadors held a rib- bon cutting recently at CTP-TEK Technology Services. Located at 524 Ludington St., Suite 104, Escanaba. CTP-TEK offers complete IT services for small and medium sized business. Specializing in managed technology services that include all aspects of business technology; strategic plan- ning of technology needs, hardware, software, computer networking, spam and virus control, unified communi- cation, website development and busi- ness relocation. Owner Tony Wenick, a native of Bark River is glad to be able to return home and expand his business to the U.P. He will share office management and consulting with his son, Vice President John Wenick. Hunter Mahood rounds out the Escanaba team as IT support spe- cialist. “We’re happy to be able to expand our business into the UP and to be able to spend time at home.” said Tony Wenick. He will be spend- ing two weeks of the month in the Escanaba and two weeks in Tennessee. CPT-TEK can be reached at 906-212- 2200, or on Facebook.
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