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MARQUETTE — The water is turned on, and the $34 million Marquette Ojibwa Casino expansion project is on-schedule to open its doors before 2020, officials say.

On a sunny summer afternoon, Bill Verrette is sitting at his desk at Champion, Inc.’s headquarters in Iron Mountain, Michigan with an eye on the real-time feed of a current construction project being streamed on his computer screen. Although Bill is no longer the President of Champion, Inc., following a long and successful tenure, and is proud to share the fact that his son, Steve, has succeeded him and is continuing to ensure the company’s success; he is still fast to deliver the fundamental stats of the organization, including current employee count. While clear that he maintains an interest in the company’s happenings and events, it also appears that his new position has him equally well poised to apply the lessons and stories of his career and life in a meaningful and impactful manner.

MARQUETTE — The Lake Superior Community Partnership recognized its 2019 Distinguished Service Award winners Feb. 20 at Northern Michigan University.


The business service award went to Champion Inc. of Iron Mountain. Having served the region for almost a century, Champion Inc. has expanded to three divisions, Champion Concrete, Champion Charter and Gundlach Champion. A few of their notable projects in the Marquette area include Thomas Theatre, Hampton Inn and the Humboldt Mill.


Read the Iron Mountain Daily News article by clicking here.

When a local hospital wanted to take over the existing Municipal Service Center for an expansion, the City of Marquette was faced with the need to promptly replace the Municipal Service Center with a new facility.

GCI has been focused on the safety of our job sites since we were founded in 1898. We are continuing that tradition by participating National Safety Stand-Down Day on May 7, 2018. The focus for this year is a leading cause of death for construction employees, fall-related incidents. Of the 991 construction fatalities in 2016, 370 fatalities were caused by falls from elevation (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.