foundation gives $1,500 to United Way

The mBank Community Foundation has given a $1,500 grant to the United Way of Northeast Michigan, the United Way said in a news release.

The gift will be applied toward the United Way’s annual fundraising drive.

State launches manufacturers

energy program

Small manufacturers statewide can now participate in the the Michigan Energy Office’s Small Manufacturers Energy Waste Reduction Incentive Pilot, the state said in a news release.

Each manufacturing facility is eligible for up to $15,000 in rebates for activities such as the installation of new insulation, Energy Star-qualified windows or doors, variable frequency drives, advanced lighting, or other efforts that lead to energy savings, the state says. Companies with 50 or fewer employees are eligible.

“We’re pleased to make this rebate program available to small manufacturers throughout Michigan,” Robert Jackson, MEO director, said in a statement. “It will help jump-start a variety of energy waste reduction activities at small manufacturers, who face many challenges.”

Contact David Herb at for more information.



program launches

United Country Real Estate/Great Lakes Realty and Auction recently partnered with camouflage maker Realtree on a new service called Realtree United Country Hunting Properties, the pair said in a joint news release.

The program “will provide a one-stop shop for hunters and real estate investors looking for recreational and hunting property, hunting attire and hunting property expertise,” the news release said. “Services to our hunting property clients,” said Mike Duffy, president of United Country Real Estate.

Call 866-637-8851 or visit for more information.

Upcoming free safety trainings at ACC

Alpena Community College is holding free safety trainings at its Alpena and Oscoda campuses.

The classes happen May 14 and June 25 at the Alpena campus in the World Center for Concrete Technology building and May 16 at the Oscoda campus. The classes are from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. The classes are either about electrical safety, lockout/tagout or energy isolation, and eronomics and lifting.

Contact Amanda Dort at 989-358-7451 or or Dawn Stone at 989-358-7293 or for more information or to reserve a spot.

Labor Dept. launches mental health tool

The U.S. Department of Labor has launched a new Mental Health Toolkit for employers, providing “guidance on how to cultivate a work environment that supports employees with related conditions,” the department said in a news release.

The toolkit is available online at

“By some estimates, one in five American adults experiences a mental health condition each year and work plays an important role in their wellness,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Jennifer Sheehy said in a statement.

MidMichigan program


MidMichigan Health, the Midland-based owner of the Alpena hospital, has recieved accreditation from the American Nurse’s Credentialing Center for its Transition to Practice Program, the hospital group said in a news release.

The group had to prove it could “transition registered nurses into new practice settings that meet rigorous, evidence-based standards,” to earn the recognition, the news release said.

The hospital’s year-long Transition to Practice program helps new graduate nurses as they transition from school to the workplace.

Wolverine opens Oscoda location

Wolverine State Credit Union has opened a new location at 201 N. State St., Oscoda, the credit union said in a news release.

A grand opening event happens at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 2 and will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Oscoda AuSable Chamber of Commerce.