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 PAGE 6 UPPER PENINSULA BUSINESS TODAY AUGUST 2020
 Beth Millner Jewelry Received Small Business Award
Marquette, MI -Beth Millner Jewelry has been selected as the Woman Owned Small business of the year by the Michigan Small Business Administration and Michigan Celebrates Small Business. All woman owned businesses in Michigan with fewer than 500 employees are eligible for this award. These organizations seek to identify successful growing companies known for their market- place performance, innovation, phi- lanthropy, and work-place culture. Beth Millner Jewelry is a company that is committed to creating eco- friendly, nature inspired jewelry while following ethical business practices and giving back to the community. We have a variety of fundraiser initia- tives, an inclusive business model, and have expanded into producing much needed PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are honored to repre- sent the Upper Peninsula and to bring awareness to the thriving small busi- ness culture that resides here.
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Samet Joins Garceau Insurance Office
Jeff Samet
ESCANABA — Garceau Insurance has welcomed Jeff Samet to their office as a commercial lines specialist. His responsibilities will include servic- ing existing clients, developing new commercial opportunities and creat- ing customized coverage solutions for Upper Peninsula businesses.
He grew up working on his family’s grain and livestock farm and earned a degree in Technical Systems Management at the University of Illinois.
“Working with agricultural, con- struction and trucking companies as a regulatory manager for the past 15 years puts Jeff in a great position to understand and serve your insurance needs,” the company said in a press release.
He can be reached at 1-906-789-0900 or jds@garceauins.com
Upper Hand Brewery
Expands Distribution
ESCANABA — A taste of the Upper Peninsula is headed to the Mitten.
Upper Hand Brewery, a division of Bell’s Brewery, will end its drought of availability below the Mackinac Bridge. Beginning this fall, Upper Hand will begin distribution of its beer to the Lower Peninsula.
“When we started this adventure more than five years ago, we wanted to give everyone another reason to come and enjoy the beauty and culture of the U.P.,” said Larry Bell, founder and president of Bell’s Brewery. “That mis- sion has not changed. We are just sharing more of what makes the Upper Peninsula special and will hopefully entice more people to make the trek up here and experience this beer where it’s meant to be enjoyed.” “Every can, every pour, is another invitation to that experience. Our goal is still to bring people up north. Now, everyone will have one less excuse not to sample a taste of what the U.P. has to offer,” Bell added.
Upper Hand will ship initially to Northern Michigan in September, where Griffin Beverage and H. Cox & Son will handle distribution. Additional distributors and territories will follow in 2021.
Upper Hand Brewery will begin Northern Lower Peninsula distribu- tion with its three most popular year- round brands: UPA (Upper Peninsula Ale), Upper Hand IPA, and Upper Hand Light, with additional brands to follow.
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Astrea - Formerly
Packerland Broadband
Expands Its Service Area
IRON MOUNTAIN — Founded in 2007 as Packerland Broadband, Astrea continues to grow.
A division of CCI Systems Inc. in Iron Mountain, the company now serves more than 60 communities through- out Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula, offering internet, TV and phone connections.
Astrea also has store locations in Oconto Falls and Crivitz, Wis., as well as Sault Ste. Marie.
Packerland was rebranded under the name Astrea in August 2019. Astrea is Greek for “star” and the goddess of truth and justice. Astrea builds and maintains broadband Internet infra- structure exclusively for small-town families and businesses.
“At Astrea, we believe that you shouldn’t have to sacrifice connectivi- ty based on where you live, and we are
committed to keeping our small-town communities connected to the things and people they love,” said Corey Heigl, vice president and general man- ager. “We do this by being reliable, being responsive and making life bet- ter.”
In December, Astrea assumed owner- ship of the Clark/Pickford Township cable and broadband franchise in the eastern Upper Peninsula, formerly held by Sunrise Communications. Astrea first expanded into the eastern Upper Peninsula in 2018, after acquir- ing Lighthouse.net. With that acquisi- tion, they became the service provider for the Curtis, Engadine and Naubinway communities and began servicing the residents and businesses of Mackinac Island.
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Jon’s Auto
MARQUETTE — Jon’s Auto has been voted The Mining Journal’s Readers Choice Award for the best place to purchase a pre-owned vehicle in Marquette County all of the 14 years since the program was intro- duced. Primarily because quality and value are what it is all about at the dealership. They work had to make each and every customer who steps onto the lot is happy with the vehicle they purchase. Starting the most pop- ular late model low mileage unit, with a clean Carfax history, an extensive mechanical check over, an in-depth cleaning, and a top-notch warranty, they take the fear out an automobile purchase.
Jon’s Auto is located at 1004 W. Washington St., Marquette. The phone number is 906-225-5566 and the website is www.jonsauto.net.
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We Energies Notes Safety Milestone
IRON MOUNTAIN _The last time the We Energies meter service team based out of Iron Mountain experi- enced a lost-time injury, Lyndon B. Johnson was president. The year was 1965.
Fifty-five years without a lost-time injury in any sector of the utility busi- ness is a notable accomplishment, and based on all information we have, we believe this is the best safety record in the industry, said Amy Jahns, We Energies communications specialist. Employees often have to drive long distances and walk through snow and ice to reach customers and equipment. Despite these added risks, the employ- ees have managed to avoid any type of work-related injury that resulted in lost time.
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