The Keweenaw Community Spark Plug Awards is a celebration that recognizes local businesses, organizations, community projects, and individuals for their efforts during the past year. 

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    Growth - Company that has seen significant growth in employment and/or sales during the previous year.

    Customer Service - Recognized by the community, other businesses, and customers for providing superior customer service.

    Innovation / Transformation - New or existing company pursuing new products or services that hold great promise for local economic growth and employment.

    Project of the Year – A high impact project that is notable within the community and will provide lasting benefits to businesses and community members.

    Young Professional of the Year - A person under the age of 40 who made significant strides in our community and in their profession in 2018.

    Community Contributor of the Year - A person who has made strides in the development of our community.


    Will be held on March 7th, 2019 - Networking and a cash bar begin at 5:30pm. The dinner starts at 6:00pm with the keynote speaker and awards ceremony to follow. 
     Everyone in the community is encouraged to attend. Please get your tickets by February 28th. Tickets can be purchased here.


    Michele Dupras, Founder and Creative Director of Revisions Design Studio. Revisions' handcrafted goods have been sold by large companies, such as West Elm, Urban Outfitters, and Target. They have had their products on display at the MoMA and Tiffany & Co., and their designs have been featured on the Property Brothers, The Today Show, in Martha Stewart magazine, Midwest Living, and Better Homes & Gardens. In 2015, Michele expanded Revisions to include a one-of-a kind lifestyle boutique in downtown Marquette, MI.

    2017 Spark Plug Award Winners!
    Community Development - Lt. Nick Roberts
    Growth - Calumet Electronics
    Customer Service - K.C. Bonkers
    Transformation/Innovation - Orbion Space Technology
    Project of the Year - Copper Harbor Trails Club
    Young Person of the Year - Anders Hill
    2016 Spark Plug Award Winners!        
    Community Development - Leah Polzien
    Growth - Vollwerth's
    Customer Service/Quality/Teamwork - Mark Pittillo
    Transformation/Innovation - ProNav Marine
    Young Professional of the Year - Devin Leonarduzzi
    Person/Project of the Year - Leadership Keweenaw

    2015 Spark Plug Award Winners!
    Community Development - Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau App
    Growth - Xeratec Corporation
    Customer Service/Quality/Teamwork - Swift True Value Hardware, Marilyn Swift
    Transformation/Innovation - Neuvokas
    Young Professional of the Year - Brian Donnelly
    Person/Project of the Year - Keweenaw Science & Engineering Festival 

    2014 Spark Plug Award Winners!
    Growth - Thermoanalytics 
    Quality / Customer Service / Teamwork - Marketing Department
    Innovation / Transformation - Roy's Pasties & Bakery
    Community Development - Bob LaFave & The Village of L’Anse
    Person / Project of the Year - Jon Julien
    Young Professional of the Year - Amanda McConnon

    2013 Spark Plug Award Winners!
    Innovation – Glen Simula / GS Engineering
    Transformation – Jim Bogan and the Portage Health Board of Directors
    Community Development – Jon Haeussler
    Person / Project of the Year – FinnFest USA 2013
    Growth – MTEC Smart Start Program
    Quality – Calumet Electronic
    Teamwork – Pettibone
    Young Professional of the Year – Jessica Brassard

    2012 Spark Plug Award Winners!
    Innovation - Talon / Bridgeguard

    Transformation -Peninsula Powder Coating
    Community Development – Steph Olsson
    Person / Project of the Year – Mike Lahti
    Growth – MTEC SmartZone
    Quality – Portage Health
    Teamwork – Aspirus Keweenaw