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Custom longboard business from the U.P.

Andrew Norton

Michigan's Upper Peninsula is represented in a new business venture from two NMU students - Darren Young and Brian Emigh. The two took an entrepreneur class at NMU and were inspired to start a business involving custom longboards (like skateboards only longer and more stable). The wood for the longboards is from local maple trees and the sand used for grip on the boards is from the shores of Lake Superior. Young dubbed the sand "Superior Grip." Their business name is Presque Longboards - an homage to the area they are based in (there's a Presque Isle Park just up the road from NMU).

From a guy that runs a business that features only products from Michigan - I've got to say I love this idea and concept. I wish Darren and Brian all the best in their endeavor.

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Read the article about this venture in the Escanaba Daily Press.

Stryker, a Michigan company that delivers good news

Andrew Norton

Stryker Corp. just announced a 65% surge in first Quarter earnings. Net income rose to $243.5 million for the three month period of January through March. At the end of the day Wednesday, Stryker was trading at $69.10 per share which was down from the $70.06 it opened the day at.

It sure is nice to see a Michigan based company that issues good news.

Detroit Free Press Turns 175 on May 5, 2006

Andrew Norton

As Cliff Clavin (from the popular Cheers television show) might say - it's a little known fact that the Detroit Free Press will celebrate it's 175th year of existence on May 5, 2006. All week long the Free Press will be featuring bits of trivia from its history. A quick piece of trivia from today's article -

"the Detroit Free Press has outlasted nearly all its peers, becoming the second-oldest continuously operated business in Michigan."