Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist visits Dickinson County businesses

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IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (WLUC) – Opening a hunting blind is something Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist experienced when visiting Iron Mountain today. He visited Orion Hunting Products, which designs, manufactures and ships hunting equipment.

“Michigan has been a great support in our quest to continue to grow and was there to encourage us to keep doing what we do,” said Beau Anderson, president of Orion Hunting Products.

The lieutenant governor said he was keen to visit Orion because of the mentorship he received through a partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to overcome obstacles to starting a business.

“We have worked with MEDC in conjunction with the Edward Lowe Foundation and the Rural Entrepreneurship Group and qualified for specialist services that help solve stage 2 business growth issues,” Anderson said. “We are actively seeking government funding to help with working capital, future plant extensions, as well as safety and equipment integration upgrades. “

Gilchrist toured the facility and saw the manufacturing process.

“This company has been recognized and this product is one of the coolest things that has been made in Michigan, of course I had to come and see it,” said Garlin Gilchrist, Michigan Lieutenant Governor (D).

Gilchrist said the tour also allowed him to show his support for UP small businesses.

“You cannot represent a community with which you have no relationship. I am proud to be here at Iron Mountain, to meet people and to listen, ”said Gilchrist. “It’s as much a listening tour as anything. We have all been through so much and the experiences of the pandemic and its economic fallout have affected different communities differently. “

Orion hunting products began five years ago in Anderson’s garage. With 14 employees now, Gilchrist praised how far it has come.

“When I asked him the question ‘How did Orion get the cut?’ We’re a small UP company and he just congratulated us on our innovation, ”Anderson said. “He said he had a heart for entrepreneurship and wanted to showcase the business.”

Gilchrist continued his day by examining a proposed US-2 bridge at Powers, calling attention to infrastructure security.

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