PRECISION GIFT – Executives with Precision Edge Surgical Products Company LLC pose with a $25,000 gift to the South Hall renovation project at Lake Superior State University. From left are Engineering Manager Duke Pepin, Controller Katie Pepin, President John Truckey, and LSSU Foundation Executive Director Tom Coates. (LSSU photo by John Shibley)
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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Precision Edge Surgical Products Company LLC has committed $25,000 to the South Hall renovation project at Lake Superior State University. In recognition of the support, a seminar room on the second level of the renovated building will be named for the company.
The restoration and renovation project, slated to begin in winter 2014, will turn South Hall into a cutting edge learning environment for students and collaborative space for the community, while preserving an important historic building on campus. When it's completed, the building will house LSSU’s School of Business and its Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
“We value our relationship with the University and feel fortunate to be able to help local students,” said John Truckey, Precision Edge president. “I believe that it is our duty to do our small part to help where we can and encourage students to move on to higher education while helping to increase LSSU’s enrollment at the same time. We have benefitted greatly by hiring graduates and interns and will continue to do so.”
Precision Edge is a world-renowned contract manufacturer of fine surgical components, cutting tools, burs, blades, drills, instruments, and other surgical cutting accessories used in orthopedic surgery and procedures. From its beginnings as a small shop in Barbeau, Mich., in 1989, Precision Edge expanded to a 37,000-square-foot facility in Sault Ste. Marie and has opened a second plant in Boyne City, Mich. The company provides employment for about 200 people in Sault Ste. Marie, with more being hired at the Boyne City location.
“Entrepreneurship and economic development are two consistent themes in our state, region and our community right now,” said LSSU Foundation Executive Director Tom Coates. “The story of Precision Edge beginning in a family garage to grow into a corporation with two manufacturing facilities in Northern Michigan is a story our students and community should know about. It is appropriate this success will be recognized in South Hall.”
Precision Edge was the 2012 recipient of the Donald and Catherine Finlayson Distinguished Citizen Award during LSSU’s Great Lake State Weekend celebration held last month. The award, presented by the LSSU Alumni Association, recognizes a group or individual who has enjoyed success in their profession or community, who is a strong advocate of the university, its programs, faculty, staff, and students.
The company continues to be a very generous donor to LSSU, providing equipment to the engineering program, two scholarship awards, a significant real estate donation, and sponsorships for LSSU golf fundraisers.
Run a Web search on "South Hall opportunity" to see an animated fly-through of the building's renovation plans. For information about the South Hall project, contact the LSSU Foundation at 906-635-2665 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315.