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Aspirus Iron River Surgeon Gets Scholarship
IRON RIVER — Dr. Medhat Fanous, general surgeon at Aspirus Iron River Hospital and Clinics, has been awarded the Dr. Nizar N. Oweida Scholarship by the American College of Surgeons.
Only three surgeons in the United States and Canada are awarded this scholarship each year.
This scholarship is given to surgeons who choose to practice in small towns or rural areas. Given at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress that takes place each fall, it is intended to further the doctor’s education and professionalism.
Fanous was awarded the scholarship for the robust, minimally invasive acid reflux management program he was instrumental in starting in 2015 at Aspirus Iron River Hospital.
Since the start of the local program, Aspirus Iron River has helped more than 530 patients deal with chronic acid reflux. The acid reflux manage- ment program offers all the diagnostic workup and various minimally inva- sive procedures via the mouth. Fanous also performs laparoscopic procedures for patients with a hiatal hernia and those who have had previ- ous anti-reflux surgery. In addition, he evaluates and treats patients with gas- troparesis.
Fanous has presented at multiple regional, national and international conferences. He is the author of sever- al articles in medical journals, such as the Journal of the American Surgeon, for his procedures in treating acid reflux disease.
Based in Wausau, Wis., the Aspirus system includes four hospitals in Michigan and four hospitals in Wisconsin, 50 clinics, home health
and
hospice care, pharmacies, critical care and helicopter transport, medical goods and nursing homes.
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Nor thwoods
Manufacturing: Family
Built Metal Fabrication
Business Over Decades
KINGSFORD — Brian Pipp has a simple answer for how Northwoods Manufacturing in Kingsford found success in the heavy metal fabrication business.
“We put out a good quality product on time,” said Pipp, the company’s vice president and general manager, “and we are fortunate to have decent customers.”
The family-owned business was founded by Brian’s father, Jon Pipp of Iron Mountain, in November 1994. After earning an engineering degree at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Jon Pipp started his own business out of a 6,000-square-feet building on River Avenue in Iron Mountain with a skeleton crew of five employees, manufacturing small parts for cus- tomers.
As the business grew and more space was needed, Pipp purchased the for- mer Wittock Supply and Kingsford Broach buildings. Two decades later, the company is at 850 East Blvd. in Kingsford and employs 80 welders, fabricators, assemblers, grinders and painters in 200,000 square feet of manufacturing space.
In 2016, Brian Pipp took over as act- ing vice president of operations with 20 years of experience in the fabricat- ing business.
With customers such as Metso Minerals and Excel Foundry, the heavy metal fabricators are now among the leading producers of com-
ponents for the aggre- gate and mining business as well as industrial ovens, con- veyors and air quality equipment.
“We make lots of
replacement parts for mining, portable chassis that go to gravel pits, cone crushers, jaw crushers, industrial ovens, and we just started making parts for marine travel lifts,” Pipp said.
As a “job shop” Northwoods builds exclusively for their customers’ needs. “Northwoods Manufacturing has always treated our customers the way we would like to be treated, with integrity, honesty, and respect,” Pipp said. “Our goal is always to deliver a quality product, on time in a profes-
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Mueller Assumes GM Duties At Keweenaw Mountain Lodge
COPPER HARBOR — John Mueller has taken over the general manager duties on an interim basis for the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge as of Jan. 1, according to a news release.
This year is the first season the lodge will be under new ownership, with Keweenaw Resort LLC purchasing it from Keweenaw County last September.
During the first season, Mueller has been working alongside employees on a daily basis. He and staffers are spending the off-season working on various improvements and the team is beginning to plan a event for Mother’s Day, May 12, to start its summer season.
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Classic Auto Collision Earns Gold
MARQUETTE — Classic Auto Collision recently announced its award of Gold Class status, an indus- try standard for training that con- tributes to complete and safe repairs, according to a press release from the company.
The status was awarded by I-CAR, or the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, a not-for-profit training organization formed in 1979.
Only 10 percent of collision repair businesses currently meet the training requirements necessary to earn the Gold Class designation, the release states.
Gold Class shops must have every technician involved in collision repair take training each year specific to their roles, including classes in new tech- nology, as the industry is continually introducing new components and parts.
“We are proud of our commitment to training because it is also a symbol of our commitment to professional- ism and to the safety of our cus- tomers,” Jennifer Kinney, of Classic Auto Collision, said in the release.
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