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Systems Control Expands Manufacturing Facility - Again
Systems Control Iron Mountain, MI, has announced another major expansion of its facil- ity in Iron Mountain. On the heels of adding 70,000 square feet in 2015 and 127,000 square feet in 2012, the company will commence con- struction of an 89,000 square foot addition to its manufacturing facility this summer. The lat- est expansion project will bring the total foot- print of the company’s headquarters, manufac- turing and engineering facility, to 403,000 square feet. Continued growth in the compa- ny’s core business of electrical control panel and substation equipment enclosures, over the last several years requires expanded manufacturing, engineering and design capabilities. Also, incre- mental opportunities for the company’s engi- neered solution in the grid scale energy storage market necessitates additional capacity.
According to Al Bloniarz, Executive Vice- President of Systems Control, “This expansion is necessary to meet the growing needs of our customers and markets. We have realized rapid growth over the last several years. When we broke ground on our last expansion, in 2015, we had 472 employees. Today, we have over 670 employees. To facilitate this growth, and con- tinue to meet the standard of high quality and exceptional customer service that our customers have come to expect, we have decided to make a substantial investment in our Iron Mountain operation. In addition to the capital invest- ment, we will continue to add employees to
service this growth.”
The additional space will be devoted prima-
rily to the manufacture of electrical substation equipment and energy storage enclosures. Brad Lebouef, CEO, adds, “Our talented and dedi- cated employees have helped us earn the repu- tation as best-in-class designer and manufactur-
human resource side of the business. “In order to achieve our strategic goals, we will continue to grow and develop our workforce. Creative, dedicated and talented employees are founda- tional to the success of Systems Control. We offer our team members meaningful opportu- nity for career growth and development,” con-
tunities for CAD designers, electrical engineers and engineering technicians in the
Houghton and Pewaukee offices, as employees in those locations provide services to customers and support manufacturing initiatives at the Iron Mountain facility.
About Systems Control: Systems Control, a wholly owned subsidiary of Comvest Partners, Inc., has over fifty-six years of expertise as an industry leader in the design and manufacture of engineered solutions that enable the reliable delivery of energy to the world. Systems Con- trol is a market leader in the engineered solu- tions for production of electrical relay and con- trol panels, sub-station equipment enclosures, energy storage enclosures, outdoor walk-in elec- trical system enclosures and engineering services for the electrical utility, oil and gas transmission industry. With a long standing history of oper- ational excellence, Systems Control takes pride in delivering the highest quality service to its customers. The company has over 670 employ- ees in its 314,000 square foot engineering and manufacturing headquarters in Iron Mountain, MI. The company operates remote engineering offices in Pewaukee, WI, and Houghton, MI. To learn more about Systems Control and employment opportunities, visit www.system- or contact Theresa Caylor at or 906- 776-3402.
er of highly engineered control panels and elec- trical substation equipment enclosures in the energy transmission and distribution industry. Given our markets, we could expand our man- ufacturing capabilities anywhere in the country. We prefer to leverage the strong work ethic and technical expertise resident in the Upper Penin- sula. Quality and innovation are hallmarks of our success.”
Accompanying the investment in plant and equipment, Systems Control has embarked on a substantial program to develop and grow the
tinued Lebouef. The company plans to add 300 employees over the next three years to its Iron Mountain workforce as the result of the new expansion. Immediate needs include electrical engineers, manufacturing engineers, project managers, CAD designers, welders and fabrica- tors.
Systems Control also operates engineering services offices in Houghton, MI, and the Mil- waukee suburb of Pewaukee, WI. The expan- sion at company headquarters in Iron Moun- tain, will result in further employment oppor-
First National Bank & Trust Teams Up With Local Filmmakers for Commercial Production
First National Bank & Trust Teams up with Local Filmmakers for Commercial Production FirstNationalBank&Trustispleasedtopart-
ner with Mountain Media Works for a new commercial production utilizing historic down- town Iron Mountain location photos combined with present day video footage. The newly- formed Mountain Media Works is based in Iron Mountain and was formed by the partnership of filmmakers Seth Anderson and Michael Johns. Both are involved with the locally filmed Northbound web series, with Seth being the co- founder, writer, and director of Northbound’s production company, Lullskull Ltd. This proj- ect is also the first television commercial produc- tion for Mountain Media Works.
“With Mountain Media Works, Michael and I want to celebrate the area, its history, and the
tremendous growth potential we see evident all around us,” said Seth Anderson.
“Working with First National Bank & Trust has offered us the perfect opportunity to high- light the bank’s ongoing contributions to the community, and set up a vision for how it will take part in an exciting new era.”
Mountain Media Works is involved with numerous upcoming area productions, includ- ing video production for the Iron Mountain Road & Trail Half Marathon and the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance Loyal to Local campaign.
“Our goal was to produce a new commercial with a cinematic feel that spotlights First National Bank’s connection to the community and historic downtown Iron Mountain,” said Mick Gayan, Marketing Director of First
National Bank & Trust.
“Being able to work with Seth and Michael
from Mountain Media Works has been a delight as they share a great appreciation for our local downtown history and bring their filmmaking experience to create a very cinematic-style pro- duction.”
The commercial is slated to begin airing on tel- evision in July and will also be able to be viewed on the First National Bank & Trust Facebook page and YouTube channel. For more informa- tion on Mountain Media Works, visit and
their official website at
About First National Bank & Trust
First National Bank & Trust is one of the old- est and largest independently owned banks in the Upper Peninsula. Chartered in 1887, First National Bank & Trust is a full service, FDIC federally insured bank providing seven conven- ient locations in Iron Mountain, Kingsford, Menominee, Iron River, and a Wealth Manage- ment office in Marquette. For more informa-
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