UPPCO believes in helping local communities. When we share our time, knowledge and resources, we help sustain our communities and enrich our neighbors’ lives. Here are some examples.

Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce

Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce

UPPCO is a member of the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce.

UPPCO sponsored the 2015 Business of the Year Award at the chamber’s 5th annual dinner held recently at the Red Rock Lanes Banquet and Conference Center in Ishpeming.

UPPCO’s Matt Teeters, left, presented the award to Clay and Donna Sandberg of the Red Rock Lanes and Banquet Center.

Congratulations Donna and Clay as well as the other organizations and individuals honored at the event:

  • Business Persons of the Year – Paul and Sandy Arsenault
  • Organization of the Year – Bell Auxiliary
  • Volunteer of the Year – Ray Leverton
  • Chamber Member of the Year – Ishpeming 4th of July Committee

Copper Country Curling Club C and H Drill House Project

Copper Country Curling Club C and H Drill House Project

UPPCO’s Dan Crane, left, presents a check for $1,000 to Gary Lassila, President of the Copper Country Curling Club. The donation will be used to help the club make improvements to the former C and H Drill House in Calumet.

Pelkie Centennial Farm Designation

Pelkie Centennial Farm Designation

Elizabeth Hakola proudly displays a sign recognizing her family’s farm as a Michigan Centennial Farm. In 1915, Hakola’s grandparents, Eli and Johanna Turpeinen of Finland, moved to the 80-acre farm located on Papin Road in Pelkie. To be designated as a Centennial Farm, a property must be a working farm of 10 or more acres that has been continually owned by the same family for at least 100 years. The Centennial Program, sponsored by Michigan electric utilities including UPPCO, commemorates the dramatic changes electricity brought to farm operations and family life. The plaque was presented to the Hakola family on behalf of UPPCO and the Michigan Historical Commission. For more information on the Michigan Centennial Farm program, call 906-485-2445 or email dcforsberg@uppco.com.