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The Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark Lake Shore Systems joining Trident Maritime Systems. Left to right, Suzanne Larson, executive director of the chamber; Chamber Ambassadors Cole Grenier, Trisha Peterson and Mark Sertich; Nicholas Fornetti, Trident Quality Systems Manager; Ambassadors Matthew Lutz, Alex Carey, Teresa Schettler, Kristine Schroeder and Lori Staedt; Serena Johnson, human resources manager at Trident; Jessica Frost, CEO of Trident; Charles Munk, acting director of defense of Trident; Mark Waters, Human Resources Director of Trident; and Fritz Wenzel, acting sales manager of Trident. (Terri Castelaz/Photo from the Daily)

Lake Shore Systems recently celebrated its integration into Trident Maritime Systems with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce.

Lake Shore, a leading designer and manufacturer of heavy equipment for the marine and mining industries since 1858, has worked alongside Trident for decades. Trident and Lake Shore will join forces to provide a comprehensive network of integrated services that will better serve their customers worldwide.

Lake Shore began trading as the Lake Superior Foundry Company in Marquette on July 14, 1858. The company changed ownership over the years, but maintained its main manufacturing and engineering facilities on the Upper Peninsula for over 160 years. Current major locations include Kingsford, Iron River, Ontonagon and Rhinelander, Wis.

While the company has adapted to changing markets over time, the focus has always been on marine and mining equipment. At first, Lake Shore made equipment for iron ore mines and Great Lakes freighters. In 1910, the company became Lake Shore Engine Works. In 1938 Iron Mountain’s Service & Supply Company merged with Lake Shore Engine Works and the company became known as Lake Shore Engineering Company. Wayne Oldenburg purchased the company in 1987 when it became part of Oldenburg Group Incorporated. JF Lehman & Company acquired the company in 2016, bringing it back to the Lake Shore name. JF Lehman & Company also owns Trident Maritime Systems.

Effective January 1, the company was renamed Trident Maritime Systems – Heavy Equipment Group. New panels were installed at each facility in early January and integration efforts will continue. All Lake Shore facilities will remain open, all employees will be retained, and the company will continue to hire talented people.

The new Trident Maritime Systems – Heavy Equipment Group will continue to operate as a designer and manufacturer of equipment and solutions for its global marine and mining customers. Lake Shore products are found on all U.S. Navy surface vessels and include shipboard cranes, anchor handling systems, elevators, ramps and doors, to name a few. .

The Company’s Cannon Mining product line includes drill jumbos, roof bolters, ANFO rigs, scalers and utility trucks for the underground hard rock mining industry. The company employs approximately 500 people, primarily in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin.

“It’s a great group of people who care about our work and our customers, and it shows,” said Jessica Frost, President and CEO of Lake Shore. “As we begin the new year, we are thrilled to join the Trident family and look forward to many more successful years.”

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