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  Beau Anderson, president of Orion Hunting Products of Iron Mountain, displays a panel from one of the company’s modular hunting blinds. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photos)
Orion Hunting Products Is Iron Mountain’s Newest Manufacturer
Leading Managed Technology Services Provider (MTSP) Helps Businesses in all Industries Create Safe Environments
ESCANABA, MI — June 2020 – DS Tech, a leading Managed Technology Services Provider (MTSP), announced today that the company is supplying small to mid-sized busi- nesses (SMBs) with thermal cameras and scanners designed to read body temperature in order to keep their locations safe for employ- ees and customers.
As protection from COVID-19 is at the fore- front of every business owner, demand for thermal technology is skyrocketing in every industry and every environment where people gather whether it be employees, customers or both. Companies are proactively adopting this technology out of an obligation to protect their team and those they serve. Many organiza- tions that have made the investment in thermal cameras and scanners are also benefiting from increased profits and competitive advantages over companies that have not yet made a sim- ilar investment.
“Thermal cameras have become a great tool in this new world that we find ourselves in,” stated Eric Wakkuri, President of DS Tech. “If some of your customers would feel safer knowing your staff does automated body tem- perature checks every day, that brings a lot of value”
Thermal technology is being used in every industry. For example, in healthcare like
nursing homes, assisted living facilities or medical institutions, thermal cameras detect individuals through facial recognition so when a guest, patient or employee approaches a door, it scans their facial image for identifica- tion, ensures they’re wearing a mask and then conducts a body temperature reading and per- mits entry through the automatic opening of a door. For business owners who are trying everything they can to get reluctant customers back into their businesses, this is key differen- tiating technology that assures customers of their safety.
“You’ve likely seen employees standing outside of buildings counting the number of people that are inside a particular location and then instructing guests to wait or enter, based on capacity,” added Wakkuri. “With our cameras you can conduct people counting automatically, freeing up valuable staff to focus on enhancing customer experi- ence. Staff can tell at all times whether the environment is under or at capacity to meet social distancing guidelines.”
After months of working from home, many people report feeling unsafe when asked to go back into the office, which has very high liability concerns. However, with thermal cameras, their security is ensured making it easier for organizations to continue to attract customers and new employees, while increasing everyone’s safety.
Jim Anderson.News Editor
IRON MOUNTAIN — As a youngster, like many others in the Upper Peninsula, Beau Anderson hunted out of scaffolds and blinds built by his father.
“Dad was a carpenter, but they were a little rough — ‘Yooper built’ — you might say,” he said.
Decades later, back in his home town of Nor- way, engineering credentials in hand, Ander- son started making structures for his own fam- ily.
How the hobby has grown.
His father, Fuzzy, might recognize the inspi- ration, but the towers and blinds being sold today by Orion Hunting Products can’t be con- fused with “home made.” They’re high-end products, built for comfort, mobility and easy assembly.
Jamie Hedlund, production supervisor, puts finishing touches on one Orion’s new products — a hunting tower with stairs.
“We’ve got a little backlog of orders,” Anderson said, noting an empty storage lot at the manufacturing facility the company opened this spring in Iron Mountain.
The former machine shop on Pewabic Street totals 10,000 square feet and there’s room to expand. Delayed by the pandemic, Orion expects to be fully up and running this sum- mer, growing from the current full-time staff of four to as many as 20 in the years ahead.
Anderson is the president. His partner Dave Brule II is chairman, with Jamie Hedlund on board as production supervisor and Cole Welch as operating engineer.
The most unique thing about Orion’s blinds is a patented latching system that’s the key to quick assembly.
“Just you, a buddy, your pickup truck and two hand tools,” is all that’s needed to set up an insulated and elevated hunting blind that can “pass the shake test,” Orion advertises.
Cole Welch, operating engineer, assembles a new painting system at Orion Hunting Prod- ucts in Iron Mountain.
“No screws or bolts,” Anderson added. Dis- assembled, the blinds and towers will weigh about 350 pounds each.
On the manufacturing side, Orion has a sys- tem to glue each structure’s components — aluminum, foam, wood and carpet — into light, strong, durable panels. Essentially, a hunter needs only snap them together to form a multi-windowed shanty.
The metal and wood is cut and shaped at the Iron Mountain plant, with a painting unit now the final detail. There’s also a “wall of fame” — photos of successful hunters using Orion blinds.
The company is taking orders online. There’s also a growing network of retailers, including Hardcore Outfitters in Iron Moun- tain.
DS Tech Offers Thermal Cameras and Scanners Designed to Read Body Temperature To Keep SMB Employees and Customers Safe
To Advertise, Call Sue Delaney at (906) 786-2021 Ext. 156 or email to
  900 1st Ave. South, Suite A P.O. Box 1064, Escanaba, MI 49829
906-786-3300 •

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