MARQUETTE - Operation Action U.P. held its annual meeting Friday at Northern Michigan University and announced its annual OAUP Awards.
The morning speaker was Dr. Susan Hedman. Hedman was appointed by President Barack Obama to be EPA Region 5 Administrator on Earth Day 2010. She directs EPA's operations in the six-state Great Lakes region, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, as well as 35 federally recognized tribal governments
The OAUP award winners are described as outstanding businesses or major institutional employers who have contributed to the economic well being of their area in the Upper Peninsula. Nominations were solicited from businesses, chambers of commerce, economic developers and the general public across the U.P.
The 2011 Awards of Excellence winners honored at the meeting were: Western Lime Corporation of Gulliver; Potlatch of Gwinn, a real estate investment trust with approximately 1.45 million acres of timberland in Arkansas, Idaho and Minnesota; and Basic Marine of Escanaba, a manufacturer of custom-built steel vessels, drydocking for marine repairs, specialty hauling of customers' oversized equipment and more.