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Verso Finalist For
Governor’s Energy
Excellence Award
LANSING, Mich. — Twenty-one businesses, organizations and individ- uals from across the state, including Verso Paper Co. in Escanaba, have been selected as finalists for the 2018 Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards.
The awards recognize people and organizations in Michigan that have taken meaningful actions to improve energy efficiency.
“Through our policies and initiatives in Michigan, we are working hard to ensure energy reliability, advance clean energy and help business owners and residents reduce energy waste,” Gov. Rick Snyder said. “Among other things, we’re encouraging utilities to provide incentives and programs that make it easier for others to follow the example of those we’re honoring this year.”
Nominations were made in eight dif- ferent categories that underline the diversity of Michigan’s most cutting- edge energy-efficiency projects. Award winners, which span from individual residents to the manufacturing indus- try, will be announced at an event in September.
Verso is a finalist in the Best Projects–Industrial/Manufacturing category, along with ArcelorMittal of
Lafayette Hired At mBank
ISHPEMING — mBank announces the recent hiring of Katy LaFayette as an Assistant Branch Manager for its Negaunee and Ishpeming branches.
LaFayette began her career in bank- ing in 2016 working directly with business and consumer clients helping them to meet their financial goals. She also managed trust and estate
LaFayette is a graduate of Northern
Michigan University and earned her master’s degree from Concordia University, Chicago.
Active in many events around the Ishpeming community, LaFayette is a proud member of the Ishpeming Noon Kiwanis. In her spare time, she also helps run her household’s hobby farm that includes chickens, goats, ducks, turkeys, geese and rabbits.
“Katy’s upbeat personality and her willingness to go the extra mile is shown day in and day out with her integrity and work ethic. The strong customer relationships and reputation she has built in our community is a perfect fit and we are excited to have her at mBank,” said Tia Rodda, mBank Assistant Vice President, District Manager.
Katy LaFayette can be reached at the mBank Ishpeming branch, located at 100 S. Main St., 906- 204-1504 or by email at
North Country Website
Design Joins Chamber
CRYSTAL FALLS — North Country Website Design, a website design and social media marketing company owned and operated by Marla Bradley in Crystal Falls, has joined the Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance.
For the past decade, North Country Website Design helps small businesses and organizations develop distinctive and unique websites, mobile sites and social media pages.
“When North Country Website Design creates a custom-built, respon- sive website for a business, that web- site is one of a kind,” Bradley said.
“The websites are as unique as the business they belong to,” she said.
Bradley has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Michigan Technological University and 20 years of experience creating websites. She also worked for five years as a software engineer at IBM in Rochester, Minn.
This price also includes features such as web slide-shows, integrated social media, search engine optimization and more.
Customers from throughout the
Midwest are having their websites cre- ated by North Country Website Design, Bradley said.
Examples of Bradley’s work can be seen at North Country’s custom design portfolio: https://www.north- lio.html.
North Country also offers services for self-maintained websites, creating template-based sites on platforms such as WordPress and Weebly.
For more information, call Bradley at North Country Website Design at 906-367-5404.
Mackinac To Make
MANISTIQUE — Mackinac Financial Corp., the holding company for mBank, recently announced that it will purchase the stock and acquire all assets of Lincoln Community Bank, of Merrill, Wisconsin.
The $8.5 million cash transaction is expected to close late in the third quarter of 2018, according to a press release. The transaction is Mackinac Financial Corp.’s second in 2018, and fifth since December 2014. It will increase the number of branch loca- tions in Wisconsin from six to eight, and total branches from 29 to 31.
“The increased footprint will allow us to offer an even more expansive banking experience to the northern central Wisconsin markets,” mBank President and CEO and Mackinac President Kelly W. George said in the release. The transaction is subject to approval by federal and state regulato- ry authorities, as well as the satisfac- tion of other conditions.
Leeds Adds Lindholm
As Agent
IRON MOUNTAIN — Kevin Lindholm has become a new agent at Leeds Real Estate, 1114 Carpenter Ave. in Iron Mountain.
Lindholm grew up in Quinnesec and is a 2006 Kingsford High School graduate. After earning a bachelor’s degree in facility management and an associate degree in architectural tech- nologies at Ferris State University in 2010, he returned home and started his career at Lake Shore Systems, Inc., formerly Oldenburg Group Inc., where he is a program manager.
Lindholm lives in Iron Mountain with his wife, Taylor. In his free time, he enjoys working on home renova- tion projects.
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