Making It In NM: TC lab doing its part to fight coronavirus

The 60 employees at Traverse City-based American Proficiency Institute are battling the coronavirus pandemic on three fronts: lab performance, finding a test and detecting antibodies. The institute's clinical proficiency testing programs are approved by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), The Joint Commission...

Making It In Northern MI: Traverse Solar

Local startup Traverse Solar is out to capture energy from the sun. But instead of buying and selling solar panels, company owner Nathan Bildeaux and his two partners have designed, tested and are now marketing their own high-tech mounting system that automatically adjusts the angle...

Making It in Northern Michigan: Moomers Ice Cream

Hot summer days push as many as 2,000 ice cream lovers through Moomers' shop on North Long Lake Road. There are at least two good reasons for that: The award-winning ice cream is the perfect antidote to warmer temps and there are always new flavors...

Making It In Northern Michigan: Big Dipper Dough Co.

In two short years, something sweet on Cass Road has exploded throughout the Midwest. Big Dipper Dough Co., which produces egg-free cookie dough that can be eaten uncooked, is now available in 655 stores located in 13 states. So far, there are two flavors: Rocket Chip, which...

Roofing Company Becomes Its Own Incubator

Most roofers stick to the job at hand.  But Terry Umlor's entrepreneurial savvy took him through the roof. When Umlor, an Air Force vet, bought Springfield, Inc. in 1995, it was a traditional roofing business. Umlor's team tore off old roofs and put new ones on....

Making It In Northern Michigan: Precision Edge Surgical Products

If you’ve had orthopedic surgery, there’s a good chance the 63 employees at Precision Edge Surgical Products’ Boyne City manufacturing facility did their part to assure a good outcome. Precision Edge serves virtually all the major domestic surgical equipment suppliers and enjoys a solid reputation...

Making It In Northern Michigan: Coding Products

With a positive, 25-year record of production and jobs, folks at Coding Products in Kalkaska might be excused if they got a little complacent. But instead, they always seek to improve. And that goes for the front office just as much as the shop floor. Such...

Making It In Northern Michigan: Clark Manufacturing

Clark Manufacturing, a 40-year-old Traverse City-based precision machining firm, values being the best at what it does: hiring top-notch employees and building solid customer relationships. The company maintains ISO:9001 certification and a dedicated quality management system. It also has a long history of investing in the...