The annual Sparkplug Awards were held Thursday evening in the Keweenaw to recognize companies and community members who are striving to make a difference in the Copper Country.
The event was put on by the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce, Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance, the Keweenaw Young Professionals, and the MTEC SmartZone.
Sixty members of the community were nominated, but only eight won awards. Awards were given for growth, quality, innovation, teamwork, transformation, community development, person or project of the year, young professional of the year.
Chamber members say the event is put on annually to recognize the people who work hard with no expectation to be recognized.
??We do this not only for the people themselves who deserve the awards, but it encourages other people, too, to strive to do better within the business community,?? said Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce President, Glen Tolksdorf.
Growth- MTEC SmartZone Smart Start
Quality- Calumet Electronics
Innovation- GS Engineering
Transformation- Portage Health
Community Development- John Haeussler (City of Hancock)
Project of the Year- FinnFest USA 2013
Young Professional of the Year- Jessie Brassard
Phil Musser, KEDA
Bonnie Holland, Director of the Jutila Center
Dennis Harbour, Superintendent of the CCISD
Scott MacInnes, Houghton City Manager